drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hoptimum pours a clear amber color with a smooth 2 finger head. Great lacing throughout the glass. Beautiful looking beer.
You want hops? You got hops! Citrus is the number one aroma that comes to mind with this beer. Mixed in with some grapefruit and other tropical fruits. Slight grassiness and a nice bready malt backbone. The 10% abv isnít to apparent here. Hoppy as hell but balanced nicely with the malt.
At first sip I was in love. This is a huge beer and like I said above this isnít something I can see from Sierra Nevada. Blasted with fruit right off the bat. Grassiness sits on the tongue. Aftertaste of really nice bready malt. The alcohol is very much more apparent here. I would of loved to have seen it toned down a bit. But the number one thing youíll notice here, especially as you drink and drink, youíll notice the 100 IBU kicking your ass. One of the more bitter beers Iíve had in a while. Just sits everywhere.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied a little bit syrupy.
alexsdad06 (8268) - Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by shigadeyo. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma had a strong citrus hop character, grapefruit, herbal and pine resin. Lighter hints of sweet caramel. The flavor was definitely about the hops; big herbal/spicy bitterness, citrus, grapefruit, pine resin with a lightly toasted caramel malt base. Medium bodied. This was right up there with the better DIPAs available.
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. Now I love me some SN but had no idea how good this was. Did not consult RB but was more than pleasantly surprised. Pours golden with creamy off white head. Smell is a balanced of pine, resin, grapefruit and caramel maltiness. The taste is where the magic is, though. Creamy, thick, oily. Mmmmmm. Hops are bright tropical and grapefruit hops. The over 10% is nearly nonexistent. Superb brew.
wlajwl (5444) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Intense hoppiness with enough maltiness to balance it, along with syrup notes in the body. I do like these Sierra Nevada big bottle releases, but my wallet does not.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 9, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
22oz bottle -
I have to applaud Sierra Nevada. They rarely drop the ball when it comes to producing great beer and itís nice to know that you can pretty much bet the house that when you see Sierra Nevada, that Ken Grossman and Co. and going to do it right the first time. This beer, was done right.
It pours out a cream-soda/copper hued body with a dense 3/4" head. Some carbonation present in the body, but mostly still waters. It really is a picture perfect pour of an IIPA. Aroma is wallowing deeply in the dank underworld of grapefruit/citrus hoppage. Even cold, this beer puts forth a mighty effort to let you know what awaits...hops. As it warms up to proper temps, the hops explode in both aroma and flavor. Sierra Nevada gets it right, and damned if I didnít think they made this beer just for someone like me, who loves the hops to be the showcase and the malt is there just to keep a rhythm. Itís just chock full of bitter, hop-loving goodness with just the right amount of sweetness, to keep it from becoming hop-tea. Hopefully, if they donít run out of hops there in Chico, this will be an annual offering (or year-round would be even better)!
pushkinwow (2486) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Blue Tusk. Pale golden yellow with an off white head. Huge citrus and pine resin, bit of fruit - aggressive hops is definitely a good way to describe it. Quite bitter and boozy, full bodied and good carbonation, finish that just keeps on giving as it goes through a spectrum of bitterness that becomes more dry. A hop bomb but tasty.
TheJestersBeer (2360) - SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
24oz bottle. (Rating #400)
Pours a hazy deep gold, with a firm off-white head.
Extremely hoppy aromas, spruce, pine resin, pineapple, grapefruit peel, dried fruits, apricots, raisins.
Medium sweet, full bodied, high bitterness, creamy CO2.
Hello hop explosion, goodbye palate! Loads of hops, herbs, flowers, pine needles, spruce, tropical fruits, mango, papaya, grapefruit peel, blood orange, almost slightly smoky. Long, hoppy, bitter finish.
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear amber with a bubbly white head. Aroma is pungent dank hops with grapefruit, pineapple and oranges. Flavor is the same with a bit of malt sweetness and a touch of alcohol. Very tasty imperial IPA.
fonefan (42843) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 1pt.8fl.oz. @ [ Tasting by Fin & Loz ].
Clear medium orange colour with a average, frothy, good - fair lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, perfume - flowers, pine, orange - citrus. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 
blafa (511) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at SBWF. Stockholm, September 29th, 2011.
Aroma is very hoppy with fresh notes of citrus and grapefruit, but also a wired soap note. Luckily itís not present in the taste which in return is very nice and creamy. Big hop character with loads of grape and pine needles. A it on the sweet side but nevertheless an impressive DIPA.