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RATINGS: 1749   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (5830) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2012
Intense hoppiness with enough maltiness to balance it, along with syrup notes in the body. I do like these Sierra Nevada big bottle releases, but my wallet does not.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 9, 2011
22oz bottle -

I have to applaud Sierra Nevada. They rarely drop the ball when it comes to producing great beer and it’s nice to know that you can pretty much bet the house that when you see Sierra Nevada, that Ken Grossman and Co. and going to do it right the first time. This beer, was done right.

It pours out a cream-soda/copper hued body with a dense 3/4" head. Some carbonation present in the body, but mostly still waters. It really is a picture perfect pour of an IIPA. Aroma is wallowing deeply in the dank underworld of grapefruit/citrus hoppage. Even cold, this beer puts forth a mighty effort to let you know what awaits...hops. As it warms up to proper temps, the hops explode in both aroma and flavor. Sierra Nevada gets it right, and damned if I didn’t think they made this beer just for someone like me, who loves the hops to be the showcase and the malt is there just to keep a rhythm. It’s just chock full of bitter, hop-loving goodness with just the right amount of sweetness, to keep it from becoming hop-tea. Hopefully, if they don’t run out of hops there in Chico, this will be an annual offering (or year-round would be even better)!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2627) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2011
On tap at Blue Tusk. Pale golden yellow with an off white head. Huge citrus and pine resin, bit of fruit - aggressive hops is definitely a good way to describe it. Quite bitter and boozy, full bodied and good carbonation, finish that just keeps on giving as it goes through a spectrum of bitterness that becomes more dry. A hop bomb but tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJestersBeer (2391) - SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2011
24oz bottle. (Rating #400) Pours a hazy deep gold, with a firm off-white head. Extremely hoppy aromas, spruce, pine resin, pineapple, grapefruit peel, dried fruits, apricots, raisins. Medium sweet, full bodied, high bitterness, creamy CO2. Hello hop explosion, goodbye palate! Loads of hops, herbs, flowers, pine needles, spruce, tropical fruits, mango, papaya, grapefruit peel, blood orange, almost slightly smoky. Long, hoppy, bitter finish. (2011-11-19)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Pours a clear amber with a bubbly white head. Aroma is pungent dank hops with grapefruit, pineapple and oranges. Flavor is the same with a bit of malt sweetness and a touch of alcohol. Very tasty imperial IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2011

Bottle 1pt.8fl.oz. @ [ Tasting by Fin & Loz ].

Clear medium orange colour with a average, frothy, good - fair lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, perfume - flowers, pine, orange - citrus. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20111022]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blafa (511) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2011
Sampled at SBWF. Stockholm, September 29th, 2011.
Aroma is very hoppy with fresh notes of citrus and grapefruit, but also a wired soap note. Luckily it’s not present in the taste which in return is very nice and creamy. Big hop character with loads of grape and pine needles. A it on the sweet side but nevertheless an impressive DIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (8557) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Draft. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Big grapefruit and tropical fruit aroma. Grapefruit and caramel flavor with tropical fruit. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruit and caramel lingers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kuphish (381) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Bottle split with EC. Clear, golden-amber body with a 1/2", thick, dense white head. Bubbles pearl up from the bottom of the glass. Nice lacing. Aroma of mango, gooseberry, and light citrus. Fairly prominent aromas, but not overpowering. Tropical fruit flavors, some white berry. Grapefruit comes through - malt is buried somewhere beneath all the hops. Fairly full body with a highly resinous mouthfeel. Medium-high carbonation with a moderate alcohol presence. Sticky, resinous finish with long lasting grapefruit peel. Very good, beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (14267) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2011
Bottle shared with Mes @ The White Horse, Parsons Green. Clear lightly sparkling orange colored beer, small white head. Smell citrus, hops, bitter. Taste hops, bitter, citrus, pine. Quite smooth, no sticky texture. Alcohol well hidden, great mouthfeel! Love this beer!

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