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RATINGS: 1618   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 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


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5215) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Sampled from a 24 oz brown bottle this beer poured an orange-amber color with a huge creamy orange-white head that lingered forever and left great lacing. The aroma was sweet pineapple, grapefruit, cherry and pine. The flavor was sweet pineapple, bubblegum, clove, pine and pear. The finish was long and sweet with a fruit cocktail element rising. Fairly full bodied. Lovely.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ontbeertaster (2348) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2011
Very nice offering from sierra, the aroma of the beer was really nice, it didnít appear to good, not a fan of the label or the colour of the beer, but it had a real great taste, good offering and I would have again

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (7562) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear amber gold with an off-white head that lasts and laces slightly. Aroma is full of pine hops with a bit of dankness and a strong sweet grains and biscuit backing. Flavor is full of slightly dank pine with a sweet grain backbone, but pine rules throughout.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2011
this was pretty awesome. the flavours were all over from citrus, pine and grassy hops. the malts balanced the hops almost perfectly. the bitter finish was great. very good example of what a IIPA should be. another great beer from SN.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cstuartj (1017) - Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2011
Deep orange gold color with thin dense head. Great hopy, grassy nose. Very clean bitter hop taste Start to end. Yumm.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
larrewl (4) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2011 does not count
Appearance: clear copper w/ foamy light white head Aroma: citric esp. grapefruit hops, Flavor: extremely hoppy explosion at start, shortly followed by grapefruit/orange Dry, very bitter finish. My current favorite IPA after Sweetwater and Coast. (I know itís a DIPA. lol) have yet to try a Pliny though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2011
24 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Opened 3/2/11. Pours a clear copper color with a large frothy offwhite head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of big leafy, resiny hops. Some peppery and vegetal notes as well and a faint hint of caramel malts. The taste is bitter citrus, floral, tropical and resin hop notes. Notes of honey, plum, lime and some faint malts as well. Medium-full bodied. Nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
muteprint (176) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2011
24 oz hobo. Smells like a hop in a glass, tastes like one too. Ruddy amber with minimal head. Pretty good beer that comes in at a barely noticeable 10.4 abv! A+ would drink again.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
flatmatt (1208) - Northville, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2011
On tap. Pours a red-tinged amber with a white head. Aroma is a fresh citrus with grapefruit and pine. Flavor is strong, fresh, juicy citrus and pine resin, herbal flavors, with a strong bitterness. This is a great double IPA!

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - MAR 3, 2011
25 oz. Bottle. (Donít get me wrong, I appreciate a good complex home/micro/craft-brew...) POW! This ninja ipa bred with Aliís right jab laid me out like Joe Frazier! the taste reminds me of squeezing the hops of their juices pulled fresh outta the keg. These hops are earthy (like a hippie un-doused in patchouli stench), tangy, and super grapefruit and lemon rind-y. Although, the aromas are quite flowery and have an almost dainty caress (entirely misleading). I may not be high, but definitely hop-high after this monster. the finish is all forest floor, but i canít stop drinking it. This is one powerful brew. Definitely overt. Itís like SN threw on a Dogfish mask and robbed the hop bank. But then again, extreme brews are a nice idea, too bad these I2país, I3país, etc. are just becoming the hoppy version of everclear. I have an idea - letís dump as many hops as we can think of and just add enough malt to placate those who may enjoy an almost-tasty beer. SN just hopped on the bandwagon (hehe), way to be like everybody else. FAIL.


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