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RATINGS: 1719   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Draft @ The Dash-In. This, is an amazing beer. Great color. Aroma is incredible hops, just huge. I get a lot of grapefruit in the flavor. The finish is quite bitter and seems dry, despite it’s final gravity. Excellent in every way. The best thing to come out of Sierra Nevada, no doubt about it.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RIXBREW (11) - USA - MAR 18, 2012
Cannot compare to Pliny the elder as I have not had it yet but this is the ultimate imperial ipa with hopslam and breckenridge 471. Purchased in bottles this year had on tap last year at sugar maple in Milwaukee. A delicious explosion of well balanced hop bitterness and classic piney grapefruit flavors. I'd be curious to know what the proprietary hop blend is but I'm definitely tasting a citra hop influence. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4471) - Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2012
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 2/17/2012. Pours hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger off white head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of huge orange, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, honey, and light pine. Great aromas here with huge fruitiness and absolutely no alcohol noticeable at over 10%. Taste of big mango, grapefruit, pineapple, orange, pine, honey, biscuit, and light herbal spiciness. Surprisingly light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, mango, citrus, and herbal on the finish for a while. Great flavor balance without being too cloying. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, sticky, and slick mouthfeel. Nice and smooth, but is still definitely a sipper. Alcohol is very well hidden, with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic DIPA. Huge hoppy flavor; but still very balanced and as smooth as a 10% brew could be.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bconch (348) - - MAR 17, 2012
Orange pour with a disappearing head. Smell is fresh grapefruit and tropical fruits. A very bitter taste greets you up front but there is a well balanced taste underneath all the hops. Finish is quick but leaves a bitter residue. Nice dipa.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bookman10 (900) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Pours an orange that’s almost the color of burnished copper. Smallish head. Massive floral/hop aroma. Flavor is full of citrus with pine-hop bitterness and a certain amount of underlying sweetness that makes the finish quite smooth. Definitely worth checking out.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jlruthven (604) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Tap at the Mason. Pours mostly clear light orange, about a one-finger white head. Cobweb lacing. Huge citrus and resinous hops on the nose, even more on the tongue: bracing bitterness, big clementine and peach, bits of pine and sugared grapefruit. Sticky, prickly mouthfeel. Fantastic.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
anderson01 (317) - Idaho, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Amber in color. Thick, creamy head. Above average lacing. Resin in the aroma. Has an earthy aroma also. It smells like weed. It has a very powerful hoppy flavor but a creamy texture. Great combination. This is a hop lovers beer. Awesome.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1625) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2012
I’ve somewhat soured from sierra nevada lately. Torpedo seems like a grassier, earthier version of the pale ale, and celebration ale has lost it’s magic. I even hesitated when i saw this years Bigfoot. But I’ve always kept the faith and pursued Hoptimum and today I finally bed her. Aroma is super resiny, almost B.O. wet hop aroma. I was worried this would be a boozy mess when I verified the 10.4% abc. However, the flavor doesn’t disappoint. Juicy hop goodness, almost syrupy. Pine, resin, grass, and a little citrus. Hides the alcohol pretty well.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiercepanda (615) - Missouri, USA - MAR 16, 2012
A clear red-orange beer with a medium white head. The aroma is floral, pine, and resin. The flavor is also very piney and floral with citrus and mouth puckering bitterness, but in a good way.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bvc (1235) - Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2012
12oz bottle with 2048209:54 date code. Pours a clear dark fireweed honey golden with pillowy off white head that leaves sticky lacing. Peachy/pineapple/pine hop aroma...quite a bit of earthiness in there and hints of the catty simcoe as well. Pale biscuit malt base with some peppery undertones. Balanced in the nose and nothing overly aggressive. Tight prickly carbonation. Slow easy piney hop sweetness up front that quickly launches into aggressive bitterness that lingers long on the palate. Malts really just act a a vessel for the hops...’layers of aggressive hoppiness’...that is no joke.


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