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RATINGS: 1520   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


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2011
(22oz bottle). Pours copper with off-white had. Active carbonation. Aroma of cardboard, citrus, resin and something perfumey. Sweet with bitterness. Medium to full bodied with sticky texture. Finish is bitter. Very nice beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Floral and citrus nose with louts of pine and cotton candy. Taste is moderately sweet, lots of astringent bitterness... fuck, I don’t care, it sucks

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Taverner (1096) - San Ramon, California, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Pretty damn good! Very dank, very hoppy, very bitter but also very floral, very cannabis like. Pours and amber with white head. Nose is hop cones all the way. Flavor is, well, the hops punch you in the tonuge, but the after affect is the dank cannabis flavors that come afterward.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sunnyridge (222) - USA - FEB 12, 2011
Holy F’ing Balls. Could this be my favorite ever Sierra Nevada? Probs. The nose comes across obviously heavily hopped but on the sweeter side of hoppiness. The appearance scored beautifully in the head department with a thick rich head that held to a good frothy surface coating. If I’m being a stickler though I could’ve used more haziness. The taste is really incredible- big rich and hoppy without it being something I’d worry about giving me a headache later. The palate is good but I would like the bitterness up one more notch. All in all a wonderful beer. I was extremely knit-picky on my critiques, at the end of the day, this beer is a giant in a class of giant beers. So glad I managed to get two. Wow Sierra Nevada, Wow. Please make this again!!!!!!!�

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajd6c8 (70) - USA - FEB 12, 2011
This is an excellent DIPA that kicks your mouth with a shock of pure Simcoe. Lots of bitter citrus to round out each drink. Not quite the profile complexity of a Hopslam but nearly as drinkable, which is impressive for such a high ABV.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexanderj (3317) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Bottle; poured a dark orange color with an off white head. Aroma of earth, alcohol, citrus, pine with a wee bit of caramel. Woody, fruity and earthy flavor; resin would be a way to put it. Pretty smooth, but with a clear bite. Sappy. Alcohol hidden. Good stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoppyhampy (73) - , California, USA - FEB 11, 2011
24oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on 12/17/10. Pours a clear, yellow amber with two fingers of lumpy foam. Good amount of carbonation can be seen. Minimal lacing. Nice balance on the nose. Sweet malt up front with fresh and bright hops underneath. Pineapple and fresh pine aromas. Slightly different mouthfeel. Full bodied for sure but with the right amount of carbonation. The way it hits the palate belies its 10.4% abv. It seems quite a bit lighter. Balanced palate. Comes is silky smooth with a honeyed sweetness, not syrupy but more like a desert wine. Then a mouthful of resiny hops comes in to dominate through the finish with orange peel, mango, and pine. Definitely a great DIPA. Delivers balance without sacrificing IBUs.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3450) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear ruby-orange with a small white head. Aroma of tropical fruits, sweet caramel malt, sugars, acetone, grassy and citrusy hops. Flavor of sweet malt, sweet citrus, sweet resin, and alcohol. The sweetness is slightly overpowering with the hops in second place. A pretty tasty DIPA but probably would like this better with less alcohol/sweetness. It was still rather drinkable for its abv. 7/4/7/4/15 [3.7/5]

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (4004) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2011
24 oz, you read that right 24 oz, short fat bottle from Spirits Brick Blvd. Poured an amazing looking thick reddish/orange clear body underneath a larger dense foamy slightly off white head. Aroma was just bland and unimpressive, especially considering this one is clocking in at 100 IBUs. What is there is a three wy tie of blandness, alcohol.....dried out hops....grains. There’s a slight syrupyness about the hop aroma to show it’s overall strength but that to was bland and unimpressive. Full syrupy body with a strong initial dose of bitterness that fades rather nicely and medium to soft carbonation. Flavor is pretty much the same as the aroma with a bit more hop flavor coming through. Notes of citrus rind, yellow grapefruit, alcohol, dry grains. Hmm....maybe if the local distributor didn’t sit on this beer for a month and actually put it on the market instead of having it sit in their super huge airport hangar sized warehouse it might have been a better beer....keep pushing that Coors Light though Shore Point.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (6881) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2011
26oz bottle pours clear copper with tan head. The aroma exudes thick rich clouds of citrus like notes consisting of tangelo, orange peel and some grapefruit as well as mango like tropical notes, a touch resiny – grassy with a touch of heat at the end of the draw. The taste is rich and pulsing with malt sweetened grapefruit, tangelo, tangerine and a touch of lime with tropical fruit notes here and there too. This is full up double IPA yum. It stays smooth with citrus hop flavor and bitterness taking this to the finish. I was wondering when Sierra Nevada would bring a big IIPA to bear on the market. Glad I had a chance to try it.


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