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RATINGS: 1545   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
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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 ‘new-school’ 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 – 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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
topherh (1911) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 10, 2012
Pours orange with a white head. Aroma is hoppy citrus. Flavor is big time citrusy hops, fruity, piney resin, and a hint of alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2012
Bottle. Aroma has notes of citrus, grapefruits, tropical fruits, stinky-spicy pine resin and caramel malts. Medium clear amber hue with an average off-white head that left good lacing. Flavor is heavy sweet and very bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily average. Medium long very bitter finish. Overall another great brew from Sierra Nevada. Great aroma and taste. Liked it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn (2461) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours the color of a really nice chunk of amber... kind of that golden orange with a little bit of red to it. Head is large and fluffy and sticks around long after the pour. Aromas are aggressively hoppy... resinous and citrusy. Almost a blood orange fruitiness to them. Flavor is a charming mix of honey and sweet malt that then yields to oranges, tangerines and other citrus before getting punch and resinous. On the backside, this is an abusive hop monster and finish is resinous... like chewing on a spruce tree. The malt presence is about perfect to balance out the hops and give the beer enough mouthfeel so it doesn’t come across as a hop-tea mess. This is very nice stuff, and I’m hoping SN keeps churning it out year-round.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rejtable (1378) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 8, 2012
Burn your taste buds off with this one. Up front massive hop burn. All pinecones, bitter grapefruit. Maybe a peach in the middle. Strong carbonation. Pours orange-copper. No head retention.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2012
Bottle. Appearance: Pours a rich copper color with a nice off-white head. Aroma: Hops! Aggressive hops! Smells quite wonderful with grapefruit predominantly on the nose. Taste: Big grapefruit flavor and bitterness right away on the tongue. As the grapefruit fades the hoppy flavor takes on mango/tropical fruits with hints of caramel malt. Palate: Lasting spicy bitterness on the palate, not much of an alcohol presence given the ABV.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
raphael (884) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 7, 2012
clear color like yellow blushing amber, slightly off white head. full hop assault on the nose, almost peppery, abundant, first taste goes in so many directions, resin bordering on smoke. grapefruit going over the edge and coming back, alcohol, hints of floral syrup. I feel the traces—resin, alcohol, etc—with the air passing in and out my mouth, 7

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshmcg000 (322) - Iowa, USA - APR 7, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2013 Pours hazy copper with tan head. The Aroma is very very spicy and so is the taste. The first drink the hoppy bite and spiciness is overwhelming, in a very good way. Tropical fruit and citrus, and its fairly sweet, tons of piney bitterness also. Finishes very bitter and it sticks around a long time. Some alcohol bite. I really like this stuff...Updated this for the 2013 version.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
blackflag321 (494) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2012
Bottle pour into tulip. Strong hoppy nose. Beautiful to look at; hard to wait for the head to settle. The wait was rewarded. Hoptimum has the nice kick of a high ABV without knocking me over. It has the freshness I expect from a premium DIPA. Once again, Sierra Nevada comes through with a good tasting beer. I will pick up some of this every year.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - APR 7, 2012
Draft at Three Penny Taproom - Poured a slightly hazy golden-orange-amber in color with a tight medium head that held on to produce some very nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is a very heady mix of hops... primarily citrus/grapefruit, but also some pine mixed in. Flavor is very hoppy... lots of citrus with a hint of pine. Also quite fruity with a nice amount of balancing caramel malts. Finish is full of citrus hop flavor, medium bitter and lingering. *Really* nice...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2012
2/24/12 az wine. Clear golden w a small ow head. A+F bitter,waxy,onions,floral,armpits,gf,spiciness,ear Caramel hits in the flavor. Bitter,waxy at. Med body...thinnish for the style....which is a plus. 8/3/7/4/15+


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