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RATINGS: 1551   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


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2011
26oz bottle pours clear copper with tan head. The aroma exudes thick rich clouds of citrus like notes consisting of tangelo, orange peel and some grapefruit as well as mango like tropical notes, a touch resiny – grassy with a touch of heat at the end of the draw. The taste is rich and pulsing with malt sweetened grapefruit, tangelo, tangerine and a touch of lime with tropical fruit notes here and there too. This is full up double IPA yum. It stays smooth with citrus hop flavor and bitterness taking this to the finish. I was wondering when Sierra Nevada would bring a big IIPA to bear on the market. Glad I had a chance to try it.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshrosborne (10) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2011
24oz bottle into a pint glass A-Copperish with a white, small head S- Grapefruit, grapefruit, and alcohol T- The citrus is very obvious here, but the alcohol revealed in the small is not obvious. M- Not syrupy like a lot of DIPA’s, I would say the perfect amount of carbonation. D- Dangerously drinkable for a DIPA. At greater than 10%, this could be trouble. One heck of a beer. It’s too bad it’s a special release. I could drink this all year round. Serving type: bottle

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EKGoldings (526) - Radford, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Pretty much a perfect beer for a hophead. Great clarity for something this big, nice juice hop overload but without the cloying sweetness of some other DIPAS I’ve had recently. Really a fantastic beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2011
24 oz bottle from the Four Firkins. Golden color with a big foamy white head with great lacing. Aroma is simply amazing. Hops bitterness with fruity and piny notes. Flavor is very aggressive yet very pleasant. BIG hops bitterness but yet has that "juicy" fruitiness that I love combined with the piny resinous flavors. Bitter dry finish. Great beer!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beernovice39 (3140) - Montana, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Bottle. Now this is what I like in a DIPA! Pours an orange/gold brew with a white head. Scent is all HOPS! cut grass, very floral! Taste is pine tree with citrus. What a great beer!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8594) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear amber with white head. Nose is very pleasant full citrus, tropical fruits and caramel malt. Taste is rather intense. Lots of pine cone, pine, tropical citrus fruit and caramel malt. I found the pine to be a bit abrasive at times. High ABV was very noticeable at times as well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (5009) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Big bottle. Nose is hugely hoppy, dank and citrus, wet paper and cat pee, pine and orange peel, grapefruit and a whole lot of flowers. Simcoe is dominant for me here above any other new proprietary variety, I wouldn’t be able to guess at the presence of anything else. Pours pale copper-orange with a stready stream of carbonation and a short white head. WHOA taste is macerate floral juice, essence of cones squeeze into the bottle, pure hp juice above any other DIPA. Heavy alcohol and heavy bitterness, also has a strong sweetness for a hint of balance. Aftertaste dry and resin-filled but with lemony/orangey citrus and strong Simcoe to bend reality. Full body makes the lips super stucky. Massive flavor, perhaps too much. A little sloppy and no subtelty - but a true ’experience!’

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Golden copper pour with a big, frothy, white head. The aroma is fresh and herbal with lots of juicy grapefruit, orange and lemon zest. The malt component is light caramel, toffee and a hint of biscuit. The flavor has loads of grapefruit and mixed citrus with a grassy, herbal, bitter hop finish, some sweet caramel, honey and toffee malt. Sticky, medium body with moderate carbonation and some alcohol on the finish. Definitely Sierra Nevada’s best representation of a west coast IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Deep golden color with a huge white head. Aroma: fruity hops with slight resin. Flavor: Starts off quite sweet, giving way to heavy hop bitterness. Overall, not as intensely hoppy as I had hoped for a special limited release DIPA. More bitter than flavorful. A Sierra Nevada rep told me that Hoptimum was going to be their answer to Bell’s Oracle. But it definitely falls short. An enjoyable IPA, glad I got a bottle... but not amazing. I would go for some Bigfoot over this.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2011
22oz bottle from Capone’s - Pungent citrus and pine sap aromas - not overly grapefruity like some Simcoe aroma hopped beers. Pours a deep gold color with slight orange hues, with a firm white head. Flavor is a bit sweet (I do not like overly sweet barleywineesque double IPAs at all - and while this isn’t in that category, it does have some of that malty sweetness that leans in that direction). Hops provide a nice wide spectrum from pleasing bitterness, to flowery sweetness, to fresh hop flavors and resins. A very good offering from Sierra Nevada.


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