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RATINGS: 1586   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   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 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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BayAreaBeers (85) - Fremont, California, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Pours a burnt orange that is pretty clear. Aroma is all hops! Grapefruit, tropical fruits, a bit of oak. Taste follows. This is a hop BOMB. Finishes really dry with a nice sweetness. Overall a great DIPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nobeerandnotv (12) - eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Very floral head citrus and hoppy resinous smell. You can tell that this beer is packed with wonderful hoppiness first sip is a hop head dream balanced very nicely not overly bitter has a very nice lingering finish I love Sierra Nevada!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
EastBayPints (20) - California, USA - FEB 26, 2012
This is a huge bitter DIPA. Agressively hopped with a big "torpedo" dry hop addition. Hoptimum comes off the tap a grassy yellow amber. It comes with a creamy double finger white head. The hops make a definite impression, they are intensely bitter resins, dank and like a fresh cracked hop cone. There are big hits of stingy pine and cutting grass. The alpha oils add a lemon zest, lemongrass, and green tea. The taste is big and mouthwatering. This is a northwest hop loverís delight. If you enjoy sticky pine and mouthwatering grapefruit this is your beer. The firm malt base makes the big hops more palatable. There is a slight funk to this beer as well. Itís hop farm fresh. The mouthfeel is oily and sticky. This is a fine Double India Pale Ale. Sierra Nevada demonstrates there ability to make the most of the fresh northwest hop harvest. Enjoy.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnRMurdoch (3361) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 17, 2012
750ml bottle from Mybrewerytap.com. Hoppy aroma. Amber brown colour, good head. Hoppy flavour. Sweet aftertaste. Good but too strong fo me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Hoptimum pours a clear amber color with a smooth 2 finger head. Great lacing throughout the glass. Beautiful looking beer. You want hops? You got hops! Citrus is the number one aroma that comes to mind with this beer. Mixed in with some grapefruit and other tropical fruits. Slight grassiness and a nice bready malt backbone. The 10% abv isnít to apparent here. Hoppy as hell but balanced nicely with the malt. At first sip I was in love. This is a huge beer and like I said above this isnít something I can see from Sierra Nevada. Blasted with fruit right off the bat. Grassiness sits on the tongue. Aftertaste of really nice bready malt. The alcohol is very much more apparent here. I would of loved to have seen it toned down a bit. But the number one thing youíll notice here, especially as you drink and drink, youíll notice the 100 IBU kicking your ass. One of the more bitter beers Iíve had in a while. Just sits everywhere. Mouthfeel is medium bodied a little bit syrupy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (5819) - Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Bottle shared by shigadeyo. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma had a strong citrus hop character, grapefruit, herbal and pine resin. Lighter hints of sweet caramel. The flavor was definitely about the hops; big herbal/spicy bitterness, citrus, grapefruit, pine resin with a lightly toasted caramel malt base. Medium bodied. This was right up there with the better DIPAs available.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Westmeister (1805) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Draft. Now I love me some SN but had no idea how good this was. Did not consult RB but was more than pleasantly surprised. Pours golden with creamy off white head. Smell is a balanced of pine, resin, grapefruit and caramel maltiness. The taste is where the magic is, though. Creamy, thick, oily. Mmmmmm. Hops are bright tropical and grapefruit hops. The over 10% is nearly nonexistent. Superb brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (4000) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2012
Intense hoppiness with enough maltiness to balance it, along with syrup notes in the body. I do like these Sierra Nevada big bottle releases, but my wallet does not.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
GG (2323) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 9, 2011
22oz bottle -

I have to applaud Sierra Nevada. They rarely drop the ball when it comes to producing great beer and itís nice to know that you can pretty much bet the house that when you see Sierra Nevada, that Ken Grossman and Co. and going to do it right the first time. This beer, was done right.

It pours out a cream-soda/copper hued body with a dense 3/4" head. Some carbonation present in the body, but mostly still waters. It really is a picture perfect pour of an IIPA. Aroma is wallowing deeply in the dank underworld of grapefruit/citrus hoppage. Even cold, this beer puts forth a mighty effort to let you know what awaits...hops. As it warms up to proper temps, the hops explode in both aroma and flavor. Sierra Nevada gets it right, and damned if I didnít think they made this beer just for someone like me, who loves the hops to be the showcase and the malt is there just to keep a rhythm. Itís just chock full of bitter, hop-loving goodness with just the right amount of sweetness, to keep it from becoming hop-tea. Hopefully, if they donít run out of hops there in Chico, this will be an annual offering (or year-round would be even better)!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2062) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2011
On tap at Blue Tusk. Pale golden yellow with an off white head. Huge citrus and pine resin, bit of fruit - aggressive hops is definitely a good way to describe it. Quite bitter and boozy, full bodied and good carbonation, finish that just keeps on giving as it goes through a spectrum of bitterness that becomes more dry. A hop bomb but tasty.


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