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RATINGS: 1605   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2562) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2012
Draft. I could say this beer is not balanced, and one could reply that it isn’t supposed to be. That may be so, but the aggressive hopping and sugary sweet malts were less than appealing. This is just too big, too much "extreme beer" cliche. But on the positive side, the hop profile was well designed, a mixture of citrus and floral accents.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcane7 (1669) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2012
12 oz. bottle. Poured golden orange into a pint glass with average fluffy white head that produced good lacing. Nose of a lot of citrus, grapefruit hops with pine notes and sweet malt. Taste of grapefruit with a little pine with a sweet think mouth feel and solid bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbirker (42) - Fullerton, California, USA - APR 26, 2012
Very good DIPA! Aroma contains citrus and floral hops. Appears dark golden and very clear. Great carbonation and lacing. Taste is similar to the aroma but not a huge malt profile to counter the bitterness. The dry finish compliments the bitterness very well. Overall I love all of SN’s stuff so this is just another winner.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6307) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2012
My 4400th rating! Bottle [12oz]. This seems as good a beer as any for this milestone, so here goes: Pours a slightly hazy, very bubbly, orange-copper with an average size lasting frothy off-white head. Nice hoppy aroma, a bit sweet, resiny and citrusy, with grapefruit and oranges. Some tropical fruit and malt in the back. Big hoppy flavour with the hops hitting you right away, it’s very bitter and the alcohol is noticeable (but not 10% noticeable). Sweet and fruity as well. Medium bodied. Quite drinkable, especially with that high abv, I really enjoyed it. -- Rated via Beer Buddy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - APR 26, 2012
Bottle pours a orange with thin white head. Taste smells of citrus pine caramel sort of darker lots of bite. Very nice mouth feel. Great beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2012
Pours clear burnt orange with a moderate white head that fades to a modest ring of foam. Aroma is classic Sierra Nevada hops, but magnified with notes of plant store, pine, grapefruit, lemon, butter, grass, earth, and a slight hint of sweet doughy malt. Flavor has all of those hop qualities intermixed with caramel, toast and dough that just hits all of the right spots. There’s bitterness, citrus, dank plant store, grass, pine, and they mix flawlessly with the sweet-ish malt flavors. Finishes mildly bitter for what I expect, yet its immensely flavorful again with the earthy flavors lingering while the nose detects all the plant and citrus. I’m not detecting the heat much at all, and the palate is quite creamy and smooth. God I wish I had some salty bleu cheese handy right now! What a gem of a beer!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilnatp (628) - Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2012
TAP: Pour is clear orange/brown with a white head. Aroma is hops, citrus and grapefruit. Taste is grapefruit with hints of pine and orange. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy for CO2.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5735) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 25, 2012
Draft at blind tiger during the founders event. Pours a hazy golden body with lots of great spider we’d lacing. Aroma is incredibly sweet, citric hops, grapefruits, and sugarcane. Mouthfeel is syrupy, which suggests the alcohol content; notes of sweet grapefruit sliced open drenched in tons of honey, sweet citrus, and Citra hops.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavoleBomb (1487) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2012
Poured into a snifter. 4.0 A: Lightly hazed dark orange color. Two fingers of creamy off-white head. Retention is a touch above average and moderate amounts of lacing is left. 4.0 S: Pine, mango and papaya citrus, grapefruit, and hints of cat piss. Light caramel maltiness. Good. 4.0 T: Sugary hop flavor with pine and grapefruit dominating. Mango, papaya, and orange after that. Caramel and bready malts. The booze is perceived at what the actual ABV is. 4.0 M: Heaviery medium to heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth enough with a boozy aftertaste. 3.5 D: Good and tasty. I would give this a 4.0 as well if it was a bit less boozy or bready. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-31-2012 23:14:09

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3254) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2012
12oz Central Market bottle. You know, it wasn’t as big and bold as expected. It was good but not over-the-top especially considering the goal of 100 IBU. Seriously no hint of the 10+ ABV too. Pretty tasty.


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