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RATINGS: 1462   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 ‘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


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4170) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2011
The aroma is very much like I would expect from Sierra Nevada. It’s one of those hop lover beers. There is the full spectrum of pine, citrus, grass, herb and resin. The malt is there to balance and gives it a significant bread smell but it’s all about the hops. The appearance is amber gold with a large foamy head. The taste is like the aroma with hops dominating but never getting too astringent. The palate is smooth. Overall a very well crafted beer but could use a little more maltiness.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cfrancis (2250) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2011
Thanks to John for this. Pours a deep, dark amber with a frothy white cap. Aroma is floral hop and wheat malt. Taste is loads of hops, citrus and floral. Bitterness is high, it throws the balance off a bit in my opinion. But is a very good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RickTStiles (696) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Floral biting aroma with citrus and fruit. Body is full. taste is sweet and bitter with lots of hop action. maple and grapefruit dominate. finish is nice but not too long.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - MAR 13, 2011
24oz. bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Poured a clear gold with a finger of fine bubbled head. Plenty of carbonation. Very fragrant with lots of pineapple. Medium bodied. Aggressive bitterness. Some caramel malt, but the hops predominate. Drying finish on the palate from the hops. Could have used a little more balance. A 12oz. bottle would have been better. If you are a hop head, this will be right up your alley.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (992) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2011
24 oz bottle. I was kinda let down by this - I felt it was a little too sweet for the style. Definitely had some honey notes, but the usual citrus and pine flavors were subdued. It had the hops, but it frankly wasn’t hoppy enough for what I was expecting. Poured an orangey-gold, mouthfeel was pleasant and slightly creamy.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Nice orange dark pour with a generous white head. Aroma is pine resin up front with just a bit of citrus behind some almost woody notes. Flavor is tangerine grapefruit citrus and a bit of pine resin. Flip flopped from the aroma. The only knock against this beer is that the malt backbone isn’t quite up to the task of harnessing all the hop potential and it gets a little rangy toward the end but really that’s just nitpicky. Excellent hop showcase.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PorterPounder (5346) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 24 oz bomber. Pours a nice dark copper with a soft, subtle white pillowy head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing. Fresh, hoppy aroma with plenty of spruce goodness with some nice floral hints. Brimming with flavor, citrusy grapefruit is most prominent, but it is not a one-dimensional hop monster. Bitter hoppiness is tempered by syrupy sweet back end with some hints of spearmint and caramel. Thick rich mouthfeel. SN hit it out of the ballpark with this one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (5942) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 11, 2011
22 oz. bottle, pours pale golden with a white head. Aroma is strong citrus & herbal hops, with some floral notes. Flavour is full-bodied citrus and herbal hops. Extremely well-rounded with just enough malt backing. Wonderful IIPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcr (2165) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Bomber. Clear, deep gold body. Fizzy, off-white head, mostly diminishing. Nice aroma of leafy hops, pine, sweet peach, lemon. Hints of toasted grain. The flavor is moderately sweet and moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, creamy texture and lively carbonation. Tasty contrast between sweet orange jam early on and piney hops in the finish which also displays some hot alcohol notes. Bright and reasonably clean. Despite the sweet, thick orange and melon, this beer is about hops and bitterness. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (4784) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2011
22oz Bomber – Gravity Beer Market – Olympia, WA
Golden orange in color, clear with a thin head. Big hops floral and fruity orange nose. The hops flavor is huge and this is a big hop bomb of a beer. Tons of fruity flavor along with some light pine and nutty flavors. This was a terrific brew.


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