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RATINGS: 1707   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 ‘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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerSensi (119) - California, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Poured from bottle amber color with white head. Smells mostly of piney hops with just a touch of caramel. Taste of hops and earthy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
deekyn (1457) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 23, 2012
A - pours dark golden amber with almost no head. S - dry grasses/wheat, grapefruit and quiet tropical fruit notes and hint of pineapple. Melon As well? M - strong bodies brew with a nice full palate. Rich and creamy. Touch of Lingering dry bitter hops. T - nice full creamy caramel malts and vegetal malts up front, transitions to a nice tropical fruit and citrus hop on the palate with a nice mellow undertone. Lingering hop burn. O - nice rich ipa, the best I’ve had from Sierra Nevada 7+

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goodgrief (1964) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Beautiful golden brown pour with a nice head. Clear. Big malty base, caramel, toast and citrus. Big hop profile, resinous, citrus and floral. Complex hop bill. Thick and chewy in the mouthfeel...maybe a tad too sweet. That’s the only thing keeping this from tops in style, but still mighty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garthicus (2862) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 23, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2013 Thanks to Blankboy. Appearance: Golden orange, nice medium sized white head. Aroma: Decent hoppy nose, malty, some citrus fruits, little bit of an alcohol singe on the nostrils. Flavour: Definitely strong in alcohol !!! Quite a hop punch! Lots of malt with a good pine and citrus flavour, somewhat sticky mouthfeel with a long bitter finish. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2012
12oz bottle shared with by blankboy with me and garthicus. Clear slightly oily-looking gold with a smallish lasting off-white fizzy head. Smells ... good. Intense floral hops, definitely some alcohol, some citrus zest - taste follows, with building booziness - not one to chug. Actually a fairly light body, decent carbonation, the bitterness drops off a bit quicker than I thought, it leaves a somewhat boozy impression - but well done, very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3070) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2012 Tried on tap at Temple Brewery and bottle at home! Clear golden body with a touch of amber, floral hops on the nose also some malt coming through, balanced taste, grapefruit notes and some pine, lovely full bitterness, drank really easily for a high alcohol beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (3281) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2012
Bottle. Amber with an off-white head. Aroma of a melange of citrus fruits (including lime, which I can’t recall before in a beer), passionfruit, white grapes, orange blossoms. Somewhat syrupy body. Sweet before substantial bitterness - caramel, apricots, white grapes - lots of citrus, light spices. There’s no harshness about the hops though the finish is almost buzzing, but they do struggle until they break free of the sweetness. Started at 10C, much better as it warmed and the flavours had a bit more room to move.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2012
As if SN could mess up any hopped up beer as they wrote the book on these styles. Anyway, big citrus fruit in the nose and palate. Not as resinous and danky as the usual SN house flavor hop profile, but this one is more tropical fruit with floral notes. Malt is there to balance it out but doesn’t stand in the way of the hop assault. Well done. Lovely brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
reverendj (185) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2012
A frontal assault on my tongue. Great balance on the nose with very floral hoppage and rich malts. Who really cares about the color (other than my wife)! Bitter, bracing, sweet, bitter, hoppy, sweet, yada, yada, yada. Lots of perfume base aromas here supported by a bready malt base. 10.4 % ABV, who knew! A very dangerous and drinkable brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ron (3394) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2012
On tap at Tap and Mallet. Pours a clear orange, with a nice amount of carbonation and a soapy white head. The aroma hits you with an onslaught of pine needles, backed up by sweet juicy hops. The taste is tongue tingling bitter with Oranges and pineapple. Nice amount of malts balancing it out. Pretty sweet, a bit boozy, very drinkable.

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