brokensail (11008) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The beer pours an orange-amber sort of color with a finger of khaki colored head.
S: Smells pretty dank and funky. I get some feet and armpit at the beginning, but it seems to subside. A decent amount of citrus comes through in the form of grapefruit and there’s a good pine note. A fair amount of booze and some mild malt (bread).
T: The grapefruit and pine flavors are "large and in charge" here with a lot of big hop bitterness. Unfortunately, there is a strong alcohol flavor that brings a bit of a burn. Some toffee and toasted malt flavors provide the malt character.
M: The body is on the full side for a DIPA, and it’s pretty heavy on the tongue. The carbonation is moderate.
D: A rare miss from Sierra Nevada. I would have liked a lot less booze and a lot more hop flavor here.
JStax (3014) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Appearance is a wonderful translucent amber with sticky lacing. Aroma is hops and peppermint. Taste is all semisweet hops with just a little bit of hop influence. Very well balanced beer and delicious.
BOLTZ7555 (2822) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really solid but nothing earth-shattering. 24 karat body with a tightly packed ivory foam that leaves clumps of lacing/webs spattered inside the glass. Aroma is bright citrus, spruce, and caramel for balance. Flavor is assertive with grapefruit pith, lemon peel, and orange juice accompanied by evergreen. Medium mouthfeel...ABV nicely hidden.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company--Hoptimum--Whole Cone Imperial IPA--The Ultimate Whole Cone Hop Experience--2011 24 oz. Bottle. 10.40% ABV. 100 IBU’s. (5.0 / 5.0) Semi thick pour. Lacy thin rocky white head. Clear bright gold color. Clean pretty enticing appearance. Herbal mixed floral hop malt ester rich aromatic front. Creamy smooth mellow sweet mellow resinous hop pine caramel minimal grapefruit mildly earthy rich smooth body. Tasty well balanced bitter mild citrus crisp hop spice mild hot EtOH end. Dangerously smooth. Perfect balance of aroma body and finish. Sampled 2/8/2011. Purchased for $8.25 at PCC--Fremont on 1/18/2011.
Ughsmash (7147) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big ’ol bottle. Poured translucent medium golden with a short, sticky white head.. lovely color. The aroma picked up juicy pine resin, grapefruit, and black peppery notes over a sweetish caramel and honeyed base.. spicy, assertive, and well-balanced. The flavor found honey and lighter fruits at the core, with the whole heap of bitter hops still there.. pine, floral, and fruity notes led the mid-drink, with peppery notes and grapefruit juice through the warm finish.. balance between the elements was alright, but not great. Heavier-bodied and filling on the palate.. bitter, warm, and engaging.. I enjoyed this.
thefederalist (290) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - FEB 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours a golden/copper with a medium small head. Aroma is nice, lots of resin and citrus. I like the malt profile a little better than Bigfoot because this one is a little less sweet. However, I prefer IIPA’s that are less about the bitterness, and more about the intense aroma. This one has an almost caustic bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden. Definitely a well made beer, just a little to heavy-handed for my taste.
AWISLguy (1302) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Sendiks in Brookfield. Pours a coppery orange color with fine bubbling and almost no head. Aroma is pure simcoe; syrupy sweet, fruity with resin. Taste is syrupy hops - grass & overripe fruit - with alcohol. Sticky bitter finish. Pretty much pure simcoe syrup hop juice with a fairly strong alcohol base.
TommyTilt (67) - Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
8 oz mug on tap. Golden honey color, light tan head that lingered for a little while. 10.4 abv and felt like every bit of it. Frothy. Alcohol hits you right in the face. Cherry, heavy barley and wheat flavors. Malty, fruity, had very long lace.
Leafs93 (1688) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear burnt orange with small white head. Aroma is piney, citrus and some caramel. Taste is sweet with a nice bitter finish that lingers. The caramel adds the sweetness. Mouthfeel is thick and oily. Very enjoyable.
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one comes out pipe-hitting. Hops in your face; hops in your mouth. Next to Dogfishead 120 min. this is the closest thing (in a different fashion) to liquid hops. It is like a hop-infused barleywine with a thick body and robust character. Super bitter greatness... you have to want this! Sold out at the store which I originally purchased it and it was available on tap at Victoria Gastro Pub, but it is gone, too. I can only hope it is brewed again-