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RATINGS: 1518   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 ‘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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Just picked this beer up Tuesday. Couldn’t wait any longer to pop open this baby. Pours a brilliant orange-copper with a beautiful pillowy oft head that just floats on top of this exciting brew. You can smell the hops with this beer just sitting on the coffee table. No need to bury your nose in this one but when you do, you’re in for a fantastic resin, floral and citrus treat. Theres so many different kinds of hops to give it a complex aroma and flavor. It starts with some sweet grapefruit and floral flavors then gets overtaking by a huge wave of hops bitterness than stays on the tongue for awhile. Can kind of detect the alcohol in the finish. Has kind of a chewy texture. Sticks to the glass like glue. This is just a phenomenal beer. Great job by Sierra Nevada. Any hop head will love this intense brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (6009) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Fat bottle at the Bayou. Pours a golden color with a medium white head. A sweet fresh hop aroma, fruity and bitter. The flavor is very nice; rich resiny .chewy hops, some bitterness, lots of heat, light fruit. Very nice. Aggressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerGuyTWMore (128) - Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Awesome brew! Pours pure golden with amber tinge, big fluffy pearl head. Earthy hop aromas with citrus and a big malt on top of hops. Candy all the way through, grapefruit, pines that bight back, malty backbone, earthy hop finish - maybe some cedar...this is what excitement tastes like!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wegro (331) - Fresno, California, USA - FEB 4, 2011
if only every beer was this good. or every drink. or every food. hops are evenly spread out throughout the whole body. the flavor is bold and assertive but the bitterness isn’t cloying or tongue scraping or chalky in the slightest. the flavor is downright delicious and still has signature SN stamp on it. it’s like a torpedo that has reached full sexual maturity or something and is ready to give birth in the wild to beautiful creatures in a perfect world. it should be on the discovery channel or something in its natural habitat. truly outstanding double IPA with its own characteristics, not just another peachy chalky hop bomb to make you go back to dark beers for awhile again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
riseagainstme (48) - Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2011
22oz bottle poured into snifter...pours a red-orange color with a big lasting white head. First sip...Mouthgasm! Second sip...Mouthgasm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigabe (194) - California, USA - FEB 3, 2011
Well done Imperial IPA. The expected sweet notes are there, along with a nice bitter hoppy bite. The whole cone hops must be high quality, because the depth of citrus, and even tropical notes in the hop flavors is absolutely insane. This brew hides it’s ABV very well too... it’s dangerously drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2011
Light golden color with an off white frothy head. Even though it is over the top bitter it is very drinkable for a hophead. And with a decently hidden 10% a 24 oz. bottle can be dangerous. Really not a cop out but it seems to have just about every standard hoppy flavor. Very dry from start to finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2011 I was really looking forward to this beer, however; the hype was greater than the actual product. The aroma is full of hops and light floral notes. The appearance is a golden/amber color with decent carbonation. The taste is bitterness from the hops at the very beginning but that bitterness fades away quite quickly and you are left with a heavy dose of malt that is almost more prominent that the hops at the beginning. I enjoy this beer, however; it is not perfectly balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (6173) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2011
Pours deep orange/red, nice thick lacing white head. Beautiful fluffy appearance. Aroma has notes of big whole hop pine, resin, grass, touch of orange peel and grapefruit. Taste is notes of orange peel, bitter grapefruit, pine and grass bitterness, tiny touch of caramel sweetness, finishing piny, resinous, harshly bitter in a good way. How DIPAs should be made, big hoppy, and bitter. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2011
Bottle from Midtown. Pours nice amber orange with an off white head. Aroma of floral hops and fruity ale esters. Medium bodied with steady carbonation. Flavor of caramel malts with that hint of SN house character, with a nice, but not overly assertive tropical fruit bitterness. Some slight dry grassiness on the finish, with alcohol very well hidden. This is very nice but tame, because it does not smack you in the face with hop bitterness or have a hot finish.

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