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RATINGS: 1530   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11008) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 15, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (3014) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2822) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 15, 2011
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7147) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thefederalist (290) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - FEB 14, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1302) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 17/20
TommyTilt (67) - Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leafs93 (1688) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2011
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2011
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-

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