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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 Ďnew-schoolí 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 Ė 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2011 Great variety of hopping in this beer. Flower and grass dominate, but there is a good pine presence with grapefruit mixed in. Perfect malt balance. Awesome double ipa.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 28, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2011 24oz. Bottle - Pours golden/orange with slight haze. Creamy white head, decent lacing. Aroma is fresh citrus, orange, lemon, hops, sweet malt. Damn, this is fresh and amazing... Taste is sweet, hoppy, citrusy, etc. The alcohol is well hidden, fantastic for over 10%. Really fresh, and overall very drinkable, although perhaps a bit hot overall... This beer is very nice. I have read people comparing this to Pliney - I think it comes close, but Iíd still take the Pliney. However, I would LOVE to see Sierra make more beers like this - as it shows they are capable of incredible extreme beers! (Like the several others they debuted in 2010!) I want to see more!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2167) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2011
bottle. pours a nice orange color with a 1 finger white head which falls within a few minutes. the aroma is the one area this beer is lacking in. I was expecting more hops to scream out of the glass into the nose, but am left with some faint lingering citrus hop notes. big mouthfeel full of hops. lots of citrus notes throughout the mouth... some grapefruit, orange, etc. very bitter. somewhat chewy. softer sides with some caramel notes. a well blended finish with the malts coming forward more intertwined with the hops. the alcohol seeps through a touch as well. the bitterness really sticks with you well after the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3119) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Pours golden orange with a small white head. The aroma is very sweet and peachy with minor grassy, citrus notes. The flavor is potent with grass, pot, peaches, pine sap, and an orange pith bitter finish. This is an extremely big hop bomb and a pretty darn good one. Very thick resinous mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phiconners (147) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Light copper pour, fairly large white head. Very nice hops aroma. Full hops flavor, some nice sweetness. Alcohol is very slightly noticeable. An excellent Double IPA from Sierra Nevada. Itís nice to see they can hang with the big boys when they want to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6361) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Bottle from BevMo Arden. Pours light copper with a rich beige head and a pine and citrus aroma. There is a hearty pale malt flavor that is overwhelmed by a severe grapefruity hop bitterness. There is certainly a lot of flavor resulting from the massive ingredient in this brew, but the bitterness unbalances the palate to the extent of compromising drinkability. I know that sounds like a cheap beer commercial, but I was unable to finish the 24 oz bottle - probably a good thing in light of the high, but well-masked ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bialover (9) - Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2011 does not count
Had it on tap at Mekong the other day and it kind of remind me a little bit of Bellís Hopslam with a dry bitter finish

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2011
On draft at London Grille. Pours a clear golden yellowish orange color with pale golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a thin lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind. Earthy hop aroma with hints of pine as well as citrus and tropical fruit. Thereís also a prominent sweet alcohol aroma which takes away from the hops significantly and a nice biscuit/Graham cracker malt character. Subtle grapefruit and citrus peel but the nose is overpowered by an earthy/soil like and sweet alcohol presence. Chewy body thatís on the fuller end of the spectrum with a blast of earthy bitter hops up front that lingers throughout but fades toward the sweet, hot finish. Slick and oily feeling with a one dimensional hop profile. Very faint citrus/tropical fruit character and again, a way too powerful alcohol presence that kills the better qualities of this beer. Sweet pale malt backbone that lacks the graham cracker biscuit character that the aroma suggested. The ABV is well masked as far as heat is cncerned but there is a lot of alcohol flavor. This beer is kind of a mess really. Not very hoppy, especially when the palate adjusts to the original earthy pine flavor. Half way through the glass it tastes like a mildly hoppy sweet phenolic failure. Iím a big fan of SN and I was really excited to try this one but it was a huge disappointment. Iím glad I didnít sprig for the bottles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Getbetter (815) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - JAN 27, 2011
From a bottle,very piney ,grapefruit flavors,medium body,more than minimal head, clear,amber in color,worth the money for this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kbutler1 (1349) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Bottle. Lucky to find this at MGM St Loius Park as they only got 4 bottles in. Poured into a New Belgium tulip glass a copper ambe orange color with a tight fluffy off white head. Laces while it settles. Sweet citric hoppy aroma in the nose. Very sweet start moves quickly to hard core citrus hop resin flavors with a pretty hot booze flavor. Lingering bitter and booze notes. Medim mouthfeel. Overall, Iím not really impressed with this. Itís pretty over the top and not very balanced. I fully understand that the over the top was the goal but still it could have been better.

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