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RATINGS: 1693   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
A group of hop-heads and publicans challenged our Beer Camp (#19) brewers to push the extremes of whole-cone hop brewing. The result is this: a 100 IBU, whole-cone hurricane of flavor. Simply put- Hoptimum: the biggest whole-cone IPA we have ever produced. Aggressively hopped, dry-hopped and torpedoed with our exclusive new hop varieties for ultra-intense flavors and aromas.

Hops, hops and more hops are the stars of this big, whole-cone Imperial IPA. Resinous Ďnew-schoolí and exclusive hop varieties carry the bold and aromatic nose. The flavor follows the aroma with layers of aggressive hoppiness, featuring notes of grapefruit rind, rose, lilac, cedar and tropical fruit Ė all culminating in a dry and lasting finish.

Beer specs:
ABV: 10.4%
Original Gravity: 22.8 Plato
Final Gravity: 4.5 Plato
Bitterness Units: 100 IBU
Color: Orange Amber
Bittering Hops: German Magnum
Aroma Hops: Simcoe & New Proprietary Variety
Dry Hops: Simcoe & New Proprietary Variety
Torpedo Hops: Citra & Chinook
Malts: Two-row Pale, Golden Promise, Munich & Wheat
Yeast: Ale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JaffaHawk23 (76) - Broomfield(via Iowa City), Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Had this at Lucky Pie Pizza and Tap House. This beer is a true hop loverss delight. Went great with a very flavorful pizza and made the other IPAís I had that night seem bland.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
doubelknv3 (1056) - Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Golden-amber with off white head. Floral, caramel, and citrus aroma. Full bodied, mild alcohol, caramel sweet malt, citrus-orange flavor. Medium bitterness, fruity, and mild alcohol finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
sthlm (1255) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2012
[Bottle] Pours amber, with a nice off-white head. Aroma is just vaguely sweet--not bad, but not overly impressive, and has some grassy and vegetal notes. Taste is alcohol, fairly sweet again with good amount of bitterness, and then big malt, and some grassiness towards the end. Thick mouthfeel, long finish. Overall, a big beer that makes no effort to hide its size. Does very little to set itself apart, and has a hop profile that I do not care for. Certainly no glaring flaws, but not something I am eager to revisit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mtlasley (39) - Anna, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Appearance: Hoptimum hits the glass and produces and really gorgeous, deep amber coloring. Itís "rich" looking for a beer that you can see through. A tall 2 finger amber head takes itís time dissipating, Lacing is nice and strong. This beer has legs. 3.75/5 Smell: Of course hops hit you first. And they take the first few hairs in your nose along with them. For as strong as the scent is, itís deep. Thereís bold pine, lemons, oranges, grapefruit. I get a "stiffness" here that really helps the hops make a point. Hops arenít the whole show though. The high ABV imparts a warmness that gives this brew real backbone. 4.25/5 Mouthfeel: This IPA really lives up to itís Imperial tag. Itís heavy. Surprisingly so. The carbonation carries things along nicely but I get a syrupy feel at the end of the mouth. Itís great. Get ready to ruin your palate for the evening though. 4/5 Taste: You really have to have a few sips before you can get to the taste here. Itís quite overwhelming (in a good way). Lemon, grapefruit and peach stand up front. with a tangy pine that I want more of. Thereís a mild warming from the alcohol that helps the hops give a real punch. And it sticks with you for quite sometime. Close your evening with this because anything else will taste like water. Itís amazing. 3.75/5 Overall: Sierra Nevada has a real winner here. Of course itís hoppy but it still manages to be fruity and rich. This beer is complex AND dominating in taste. And surprisingly drinkable. At 10%ABV though, one is enough. Your palate will walk away ruined but I think the people that are buying this are well aware.. Itís a top notch Imperial IPA and I couldnít be happier with my buy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jw0406 (943) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 27, 2012
12oz bottle pours a nice orange color with a small white head. Aromas of grapefruit ,pine, resin, huge hops. Full bodied, bitter finish, great dipa

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Bottle. Pours amber-orange with a thin head. Nice, though somewhat understated, hoppy aroma. Nothing understated about the flavor, though. Definitely a hop-dominated IPA - grass, pine, and a touch of citrus on the sip. A solid double IPA, though quite bracing and certainly not one for everyday drinking.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass and pours a nice copper color that is mostly clear. Has a light tan head that disappears quickly. Great aroma of grapefruit, citrus, caramel, and light malt with a hint of alcohol and grassyness. Great clean initial bitterness flavor with some grapefruit and citrus added in. The alcholic bitterness with some sweetness kicks in on the back end. Great mouthfeel that seems full and well carbonated. Overall a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (7975) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 26, 2012
Draught at Tadgís. Deep amber color. nice grassy hop nose, fruity. Dry and hoppy flavor, very bitter and also lots of alcohol in the finish. Rounded body. Some stone fruits in the flavor. Nice enough, but not all that special, and too strong feeling.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Courtre (3) - - MAY 26, 2012 does not count
Delicious. If you like Hoppy and strong beers you can get at the local grocery store, (opposed to speciality beer stores) this is the beer for you. It?s easy to drink, but take your time as the 10% alcohol content sneaks up on you!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Voodoo (455) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2012
A gift from Andy at B&B.......Pours a deep golden color, the aroma is pure grassy hops. Taste is grapefruit, deep citrus puckering kind of taste. Aftertaste is over the top pure grassy hop flavor. No real hint of the 10% alcohol, everything is overwhelming grassy, citrusy hops......if you like hops this may not be for you, if you love hops this is your brew.

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