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RATINGS: 1652   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


4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Appearance: Clear amber-orange with billowing off-white head and loads of lacing. Sierra Nevada beers always look great. Aroma: Spicy and bitter aroma with orange, grapefruit, pineapple and pine. A light underlying sweetness provides balance. As opposed to the appearance (and taste), the aroma of this and many other Sierra Nevada beers tends to dwindle as it sits in the glass. Still smells very good while it lasts. Taste: An onslaught of grapefruit, orange and pine upfront with a light pineapple-like sweetness underneath. While I am sure the malts provide some backbone, I don’t taste much of them. This is a hop machine with a long lingering bitterness at the end. Palate: Moderately low carbonation, fairly full and creamy body. Extremely dry finish but almost a little too warming and hot. Overall: Other than being a titch too boozy (and a dwindling aroma), this is a fantastic DIPA. Something about it just tastes like Sierra Nevada, as (while I can definitely tell them apart) there is something similar about this beer, Celebration, Torpedo and Estate. This really needs to be a little less limited next year, and a little less expensive as well. C’mon Sierra Nevada, make this a six-pack next year, even if you need to charge a Hopslam-like price, as that would still be a lot cheaper ounce for ounce.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aniela (3537) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2011
Bottle at The White Horse, London august 2011. Golden with a small head. Hoppy balanced aroma. Hoppy and citrus flavor and some alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (5885) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Bottle from bleeng and TXJeep shared at May tasting. Pours a cloudy orang copper with a small frothy white head that diminishes quickly, The aroma is floral hops and simcoe. Medium mouthfeel with a nice light bitter finish. Easy to drink hiding the alcohol well, a very good IIPA from Sierra Nevada.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Bomber. Glowing hazy bright amber under a tall stone head with velvety lacing. As advertised, there’s a huge pine and grapefruit aroma followed with the same in the flavor. Lots of citrus with milk chocolate, caramel, mango and white pepper. Silky texture with plenty of prickly carbonation and a very dry, bitter and quick finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5771) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2011
(24oz bottle thanks to Dixonian) clear amber with creamy white head. Nose of candied citrus, oranges, and spices. Taste is quite bitter, grapefruit, orange, and syrupy. Reminds me of Bigfoot. Syrupy body with a nice linger.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pilsnerrogge (2618) - Finspång, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2011
Bottled:
Amber colour with a thick head. Dried fruit, soap and resinous hops on the nose. Flavour is all about hops with some notes of toffee. Long bitterness.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ekstedt (5903) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2011
Bottled (71 cl) at The White Horse, London. Clear orange, medium off-white head. Fantastic fruity hop aroma with apricots, peaches, and some perfumy and piney notes. Medium bodied and silky smooth. Dry to medium dry, high lingering bitterness. What a great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4169) - SWEDEN - AUG 10, 2011
Bottle shared with friends @ White Horse. Pours clear golden copper with a small bubbly beige head leaving lace. Aroma is fruity, apricot, raisins, hoppy and sweet. Flavor is bitter, piny, citric, alcohol, cummin and fruity. Finishes sweet but yet dryish piny bitter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (13157) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2011
Bottle shared at The White Horse, London. Golden beer, creamy offwhite head. Hoppy fruity aroma, grassy, hay, milky, perfume, metal notes. Hoppy flavor, grassy, malty, creamy, perfume, grapefruit, fresh hops. Long pleasant hop finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mad_Ferret (741) - SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2011
Bottle. Clear pale amber/golden with a medium creamy cremecoloured head that lace. Big hopjuicy aroma with caramelly sweetness, resin, pineneedles, flowers, grapefruit, mango and almost an oaky vanilla not with some alcohol heat. Taste is sweet with a big spicy resiny bitterness. Resin, caramel, grapefruit, mango and warming booze. Hopjuicecoctail. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Really tasty hop head beer. The alcohol burns a bit though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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