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RATINGS: 1745   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 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5649) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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

   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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
LKT1983 (112) - Benton, Kentucky, USA - JUN 10, 2012
What a taste experience. Convinced to try this by my hop head brother & another friend. Overwhelming hops, donít know any other way to put it. Still not a hop head, but seriously, this was some intense stuff, and thats not a bad thing. At 10% its quite a kick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 10, 2012
Medium sized head deep amber pour medium carbonation aromas sweet note fruity caramel pine perfume note pasionfruit the flavours bitter sweet goodness first up caramel piney resin medium ibu passionfruit grapefruit orange apricot well balanced smooth ale though strong tasting imperial dry bitter so well put together great piece of work fine ale lasting bitter goodness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2012
I really didnít much care for this one. For one the hop bouquet was musty and dank with nothing in particular raising to the top. Another reason was that the flavor was basically just bitter without any hop taste. Perhaps this was old for I did not check for a date on the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gramoit (397) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 9, 2012
Amber pour. Very strong, citrus and floral aroma. Hoppy and bitter with a hint of alcohol (Still very well hidden) it has lots of flavour. Overall its very good and one I hope I will be able to get my hands on again in the near future.

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