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RATINGS: 1739   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BeeriedEyed (211) - USA - JUN 15, 2012
One incredible delight. Out of this world flavor. Sipped very very slowly but very very rewarding. A must for any IPA lover.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2012
Iím gerting a wintergreen flavor up front with a grapefruit finish. Must be the way the malts interact with the hops in kind of a cloying way but the hops do shine. Citrusy aroma and a very nice finish with a chewy mouthfeel with textured bubbles and love that bitterhop bite at the end. I would say this is pretty solid. I wish they would reveal all the hops because I would clone this with UK two row to accentuate it more. The wheat malt is a nice addition as it gives the beer a nice bite. A good summer ipa with a kick to it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rubbishystuff (2296) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2016 Thanks to iNBe. Malty sweetness balances the hops with out being too sweet and cloying. At various times the hops hit you as citrus, pine, grassy and herbal. With citrus being the least evident. The over all flavor was a bit sharp. Serving: Bottle

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MacBoost (1738) - Penfield, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2012
Pours a clear amber with a small off white head. Very piney in the nose, some sweet malts. Perhaps a slight whiff of alcohol. Taste follows suit - this is not a citrus bomb, this is a pine bomb. Chewy pine tree branches, pine cones, bitter bark. A touch rough around the edges. Very dry finish... Very low residual sugar, which is a huge plus for me. I kind of prefer the intrusiveness of citrus type hops to the snowy pine hops, but this beer is just fine. Very smacking on the lips. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2012
coper/amber color, aroma of grapefruit, pine, burnt caramel, flavors of pine, grapefruit, caramel, bread, booze, nice kick, med to full body, very sticky, very good

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5547) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 13, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2012 Tons of hops in the aroma. Looks great. This is very much like just biting into a hop right off the vine. Extremely hoppy and quite a bit of sweetness as well, yet maybe just not quite as great as Iíd hoped. Still, the 10% is more in the aftertaste than in the body. And a great price for such a beer as this. However, it will hit you...beware.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 13, 2012
The brewer has given statistics as a fair warning, but the actual effect of this beer are nearly indescribable. It positively stanks of ropey, resinous dried out grapefruit peels moldering in alcohol. Glowing copper color and suspiciously still somehow. Itís heady at first, but ten percent pays that off quick. Itís surprisingly sweet up front, which may reflect the claimed wheat malt used. All of this is to balance a punishing mid-palate dryness that comes on the finish. Not too heavy, but very rich obviously. This is a second gen double india that show how the style has overtaken quads and imperial stouts as the most masochistic of beers.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pintocb (652) - Hoon, Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2012
Deep copper.....very floral aroma, oily as hell.....the flavor is so sweet itís almost malt forward....until the hops beat your ass to the ground.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rpolacse (1) - - JUN 12, 2012 does not count
Its about damned time Sierra. Finally you put a beer out the equivalent of Bellís Hopslam......and might I add push up against the envelope of Three Floyds

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3483) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2012
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours bright orange with a long lasting, sticky white head. Nose is huge on tangerines and passionfruit. Seems to be a heap of grapefruit there as well, and itís almost sticky like a jam, Stickiness comes out in the taste. Sticky, sweet and bitter grapefruit jam...probably no such thing but if there was this would taste like it. Crazy stuff. Considering the bitterness in this thing it is actually quite balanced. Very cool stuff


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