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RATINGS: 1662   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2011
Tasted 3/19/11. 24oz bottle. 2011. Pours mildly hazy with an amber orange hue. Aromas of bright and fresh hops with notes of mild grapefruit and lemon rind. Slightly floral. Nice and full bodied with a bright hop character. Good bitter flavors with a decent alcohol bite. Typical Sierra Nevada quality! Bright yet bitter effervescence and body. Nice piney notes as it warms. Very solidly produced!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
zvikar (4014) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 22, 2011
At a tasting, thanks Dagan, pours yellow with a thick head, aroma of lemon, fresh leaves, olives, pepper and orange, extremely bitter and sweet, light acidity, strong burn, grapefruit peels, long bitter aftertaste, medium to full body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2011
Draft… Clear amber ale with a small, foamy, white head. The bouquet is fruity and floral – Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit gum, a fresh arrangement of mixed wildflowers, freshly fallen pine needles and mango. Full-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and stinging carbonation. The flavor furnishes a sturdy toffee-biscuit-caramel malt backbone, but the fruity, earthy hop bitterness is, without question, the star of this show. Piney, grassy, mildly biting finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 19, 2011
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Holy fucking hops. Pours coppery golden with a medium white head and ok retention. Medium lacing and oily appearance. Aroma is an awesome hop explosion. Fuck, this shit could pucker your asshole from ten feet. Pine resin and citrus hops all over the place. Yummo. Flavor is boozy and super hoppy with more citrus and pine resin notes. Clean finish , but bitter as shit. One of the best hop bombs I have ever had. Bravo Sierra Nevada! A real winner!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2011
24 oz bottle: Pours a clear copper color with a light, small tan head. The aroma isn’t as hop driven as some of the other double IPAs I’ve sampled. The aroma is largely driven by malt but I do get some sweet citrus on the nose. The taste is slightly sweet, probably the malt and finishes bitter. The mouth feel is medium heavy but it fits the style. I liked this better the first time I tried this and it’s not bad now but the hops don’t pop the way I remember. Great effort by SN.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichardW (1739) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2011
US Pint bottle, mybrewerytap.com. Wonderful grassy, oily hop aroma. Very fresh, excellent tingle on the tongue, warming, full-flavoured, with traces of caramel. Dryness on the back of the throat, doesn’t linger massively. Great mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - APR 14, 2011
Bottle, thanks to curly. Really had a serious jones for SNPA today, but sadly the closest place in Montana that sells it is 2 and a half hours away. PLEASE start selling the Pale Ale in Alberta! It’s just over the line in B.C. For crying out loud! Pours clear amber, orange hue, thick off-white head, great lacing, insanely sticky. Nose is honeyed malt, big grapefruit pith, some nondescript pine notes too, some florals. Damn fine smelling beer! Flavours of grapefruit, very intensely bitter, big mouthfeel, almost to the point of astringency. Some navel orange notes, melded with the sweet malt, can come off a bit like marmalade. Rather warm and spicy, and lightly astringent in the finish. Nice, but not exactly a game-changer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9446) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2011
Pours a lustrous hazy copper-orange color with a medium off-white head that diminishes slowly. Rings of lacing on the glass. Citrus, floral hops and malt in the nose. Medium body with a moderately bitter hops flavor that has grapefruit and herbal characteristics. Caramel malt undercurrent throughout, as well as floral notes. The finish is fruity, both citrus and tropical, with a hoppy aftertaste. Well done all around.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6428) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2011
Bouteille de 24 oz partagée avec MartinT et Fred82. Arôme: Forte odeur de pamplemousse avec une pointe de fruits tropicaux. Apparence: La couleur est orangée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de pamplemousses et d’oranges avec une pointe de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût houblonné. (Rating #3594)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcos (1704) - Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2011
UPDATED: APR 16, 2012 Location/Date:Bottle on April 16th, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a dark orange.
Aroma: Aroma is of piney hop.
Taste: Lots of bitterness, piney, some citrus, balanced by the malt though.
Palate:Medium, slick, quick finish.

Summary: Much tastier this time around, must have been something wrong with my original bottle.

Old rating from 4/12/2011: Bottle split with dbarnold. Clear orange appearance, nice hop aroma. Medium body, long finish, alcohol really stayed on my tongue, giving me the impression that the beer is a little imbalanced.


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