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RATINGS: 1719   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
paintedmaple (671) - Peopleís Republic of Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 2, 2012
12 oz bottle...One of the finest DIPAís to date. Very impressive and complex bill of hops and SN has managed to bring new flavor profiles to this brew - much like a maker of fine wines. Outstanding

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
davidajensen (206) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 1, 2012
I donít love it, but it isnít bad. The color is quite light despite all of the hops. The lacing is oily but thin. The oiliness of the hops caries over to the mouthfeel. The flavor is bitter with some citrus but significant earthiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGB (578) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2012
Pours amber with a nice dense head. Nice aroma of spicy hops. Medium bodied with a nice palate for how hoppy it is. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rich916 (84) - Rancho Cordova, California, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Bottle 120z. in to tulip. Pours amber orange, minimal head, Aroma of grapfruit, citrus, some pine and grass. Taste is mudium sweet with citrus. Body is medium,Sticky texture with bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (7247) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is medium amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), moderately to heavily hoppy (grapefruit, resin, apricot), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of dried mango and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Well, Iíll be doggoned, this ainít half bad. Nice fruit characters mixed in with the expected resin, good balance for the style, and not terribly abrasive...velvety and creamy. Alcohol doesnít get out of hand. Not a style I enjoy drinking, but this is a quality rendition.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2012
Bottle. Slightly hazy golden amber pour with a lasting creamy beige head. Aroma is big, hoppy and fruity with a substantial amount of sweet caramel malt and notes of grapefruit, pineapple, mango and lime standing out. Flavour is very similar to the aroma but with much more prominent piney, grassy, herbal characteristics. Full bodied with a thick, creamy mouthfeel, soft carbonation, a long bitter finish and very little evidence of the abv. This is an exceptionally well made IIPA, one of the best examples of this style Iíve tried in a while. Big and rich but very easy to drink, everything seems to be balanced just right.

   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 (1081) - 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 (1270) - 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.

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