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RATINGS: 1518   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2011
That winning aroma of really fresh dry hopped pine hops,tantalizing and alluring, taste is tongue curling bitter hopping, those Magnums have never been displayed like this,you truly notice the hop bitterness over the flavor,fireworks spectacular,caramel malting just to keep it from being insane,the best beer I have ever had from Sierra Nevada

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Elwood (3153) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2011
22 oz. bottle from Fireworks. The nose is minty with a bit of pine. The light resinous taste keeps the alcohol surprisingly well hidden. Medium to light body with a lingering bitter finish. A bit warming on the way down. This was the IIPA hit for this year in my mind. Way better than Hopslam or any of the other big names were. If they can do this one consistently I am definitely on board.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9096) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Nbutler11 with the bottle. Deep orange pour. Creamy head. Aroma is sweet, malty, citrus hops, and pine. Flavor is very hoppy, sweet, bitter, resin, and a great creamy texture. Great.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2011
Pour deep orange with finger thick white head decent lacing. Aroma skunky with mint,honey, and citrus hops. Taste here comes the hops. Big citrus floral and grassy hops, with a subtle nudge of malt caramel and honey. Palate very bitter medium to full body with a very fine prickly carb ab well hidden. Overall tasty smash in the face of hops.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (4869) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 22, 2011
24oz bottle pours a clear orange with a thin white head. Nose is metallic, oranges, C hops. Flavor is sweet, spicy, malty, oranges, grapefruit. Full bodied, bitter finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamherbert (1288) - Syracuse, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2011
2011 version. Phenomenal pine oil and tangerine hop. Mint leaf. Outstanding. The appearance is orange, with very thick lace. Good carbonation and some decent head. The flavor ... and there is lots of it: Toasted malts, piney hops, tangerine citrus. Mint leaf still comes in with a sweetish finish. Hops also turn bitter to balance the malts. The palate is creamy, a little astringent to the touch. Leaves the tongue a little numb. Sweet, minty, woody, bitter, delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2356) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2011
On draft at Capones. Pours a clear deep coppery color with a small frosty white head. Aroma of various hops, fresh citrus, resiny pine and malt. Taste is very hoppy with notes of fresh orange, grapefruit, resiny pine and malts. This one bites you from start to finish with hops, citrus and pine. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2011
22oz bottle purchased at WLV on 2.21. took awhile for this to make it into the city proper so def. not the freshest sample... pours a medium hazy darker apricot brown hue with a thin to medium soapy white head that quickly receded to a thin layer of froth... aroma teeters on the sacharine citrusy to tropical fruit hop portion of the spectrum with somewhat of a sugary crystal malt bent that for a minute reminds me of hopslam for some reason or another. a bit piney towards the finish... flavors are carry-forward from the aroma with sweet piney and citrusy hops with more of an emphasis on the former and a bruising bitter grapefruit rind finishing quality. the middle remains predominantly sweet, somewhat exceedingly so but fails to become overly cloying due to the abrasive bitter finish. body is medium to full, thicker to be sure and adequate carbonation to go along with it. all in all, somewhat overdone. hops are present, for sure, but not presented in a clean synergistic manner.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (3978) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Pours amber reddish with an off-white head. The aroma has grapefruit and pine along with a sweet toasty malt backbone along with pineapple and cotton candy. Medium / full resiny body that’s slick and sticky with frothy sharp carbonation. The flavor starts out with a good balance of sweet candied caramel malt and earthy / piny / grapefruit hops that is very resiny. The finish has spiciness, funky hops and a bit of alcohol. The mouth almost has a coated feeling to it. Nice IIPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jzzbassman (1515) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Pours a clear orange with a large sticky white head. Big aroma sweet and hoppy, with notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and light floral. Hoppy and bitter flavor, with a long finish. Sort of wish for a bit more "fresh hop" flavor, but a very good beer.


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