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RATINGS: 1471   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedSox2004 (1214) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Pours clear golden amber with a generous pillowy bright white head and wonderful lacing. Explosion of pine hops with lots of grapefruit character. Flavor follows, with aggressive resinous flavors leading the way. Citru and pine comes through as well. Bitter, bitter, bitter, but with a surprising dose of caramel malt to counter and add another layer of complexity. Medium to full body, high carbonation, and barely detectable ABV. Lives up to the promise.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2012 Bottle. Pours with a nearly clear golden body and a slightly off-white head. Aromas of citrus, dankness, papaya, wheat, tropical fruits, pine and guava. Flavors are bitter and grainy. Very bitter but there are some nice tropical fruit floral hop notes. Lively and dry with a nice, caramelized sweetness. Tons of tropical fruit. Noticeable alcohol. Lingering bitterness.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jscore (2) - , North Dakota, USA - JAN 29, 2011 does not count
Poured into a glass from a bottle. Overall a very solid Imperial IPA. I really enjoyed how it wasn’t like many other IPAs in terms of the fruitier (thinking grapefruit) taste. This brew provides a pleasant spice on the tongue that finishes with an enjoyable pine and hop taste. The alcohol is noticeable, but it is appreciated as it stimulates your nostrils. Minimal lacing from the head except from the area in which the initial aggressive pour head had formed (larger bubbles). Seemed to only hang on the top quarter of the glass. I would buy/drink this beer again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2011
On tap at Beachwood BBQ. Pours a bright shade of amber with a creamy off-white head. Greatfor the style, but my only notes are that it was a bit sweet on the mid palate and the alcohol content was noticeable. The citric hops and body were great, though.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brigg (501) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 29, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2012 (bottle) A mostly clear copper body with a creamy, off-white, lacy head. Very fragrant aroma with floral and fruit (cherry, light citrus, pineapple) notes, slightly sweet with a touch of honey. Full bodied, round, soft feel; the body and feel is really spot on. Strong bitterness throughout, but even; a mild sweetness (pineapple) up front and citrus hops, turning to pine on the way back. Alcohol adds some heat on the back end.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALCOHOLNIZM (164) - WARWICK, Alabama, USA - JAN 29, 2011
LIGHT CHERRY RED,NO HEAD AND A HUGE PINE AROMA. MORE BITTER THAN SWEET AGGRESIVE HOPS FLAVOR OF CITRUS GRAPEFRUIT LIKE MANY OTHER IPAS, THE INGRIEDENTS USED ARE DEFENITLY TOP NOTCH, AND ALTHOUGH THIS BEER IS VERY GOOD IT DOSNT STAND OUT INFRONT OF MANY OTHER GREAT IMPERIAL IPA’S. AND IS PRICED FAR TO HIGH.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9454) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Tap at The Nook. Pours clear copper with an average, frothy white head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted, meal), heavy hops (floral, grassy, pine, citrus), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of pineapple. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted, meal), heavy hops (floral, grassy, pine, citrus), and average esters (apple/pine) with notes of alcohol, peach, and pineapple. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, low creaminess with a dry and biting finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ManvsCity (180) - Redmond, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle and draft from Malt & Vine. Can’t expand upon the above description much. This is one extreme brew that is also amazingly smooth and tasty. Clear copper pour with a thick and foamy off white head + plentiful lacing. Draft comes off maltier, while bottle tastes more hoppy. This just has such a wide range of hop sensations - bitter on the back of the tongue, dry on the sides, floral and citrus combined in the nose. Taste is vaguely peppery, melon, and honey, with alcohol heat.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1282) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2011
24 ounce bottle, bottled on January 17th, 2011. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is pretty good, with an average amount of lacing. Aroma is citrusy (tropical fruit, orange) and pine hops, along with some sweet malt. The brew tastes mostly like the aroma, it’s pine and citrusy (grapefruit, pineapple) hops, sweet malt and a hint of floral hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s creamy and sticky, with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it’s very smooth and goes down easy. I thought this was a good overall beer, hopefully Sierra Nevada will decide to make this again sometime in the future.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eaglefan538 (2860) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle from Stateline. Consumed during the AFCCG, poor Jets. Poured the usual amber-orange color, decent but average initial head and lacing. The aroma was strong strong grapefruits, light fruits, and faint pine. Strong booz/alcohol notes in the aroma and flavor. Sweet and juicy fruit flavors, grapefruit at the fore, not nearly enough hop bitterness. Remineded me of a 90minute IPA, but this was hotter and more harsh, and the residual sweetness was there. Some of these dIPAs are over the top and lose the bitter base of the beer. Mouthfeel was moderate to full for the style, adequately carbonated. Thanks to Robert at SL for the bottle!


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