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RATINGS: 1504   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


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3275) - Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Aroma is quite strong and very hoppy with an undertone of grapefruit and a hint of honey sweetness. It pours an attractive clear amber with a fairly thick, if not persistent, head. Flavor is seriously hoppy and just a little bitter, with grassy, woody, grapefruit and malt hints and just a touch of honey. It is very lip-smacking, and the hoppy component is quite complex and enjoyable. Texture is fairly smooth with a strong and lingering tingle. Finish is hoppy, minimally bitter and fizzy. This is one of the best IPAs I have ever had, and I strongly recommend it to all "hop heads."

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
popery (1397) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle (previously tried at Toronado anniversary festival on tap). When this beer warms up to a proper temperature, every sip is chock full of hop flavor. There’s nice malt sweetness, light and honey-ish, but it’s buried underneath a ton of hops. The hop flavor is excellent. It’s a mix of sweet lemons, tangerines, pineapples, wildflowers, spruce and pine. Bitterness is strong, but the beer is exceptionally smooth. The feel is a bit harsh at first, but as the carbonation settles, it smooths out nicely. It pours a slightly darkened gold with an ecru head. In my opinion, this is one of the best new DIPAs.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Bomber, from bev4less. Came very hyped from my east coast buddy. Pours a bright, tangy orange hue, with lots of bubbles rising up to a nice lacy, thin white foam head. Aroma is faint, and sweet. Some citrus and honey are notable there, but nothing too strong. First taste is very decent, initial notes are solidly piney, with a middling mouthfeel and body of citrus and sweet malt. Mid-to-late palate however is mind-blowing. This beer takes it to another level on the back end. While it does have a touch of the cloying overdone-ness that often moves me away from the DIPA style, this one has all the fullness, sass, and boozey burn that any true beer lover could want. Nice work Sierra.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedSox2004 (1232) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Pours clear golden amber with a generous pillowy bright white head and wonderful lacing. Explosion of pine hops with lots of grapefruit character. Flavor follows, with aggressive resinous flavors leading the way. Citru and pine comes through as well. Bitter, bitter, bitter, but with a surprising dose of caramel malt to counter and add another layer of complexity. Medium to full body, high carbonation, and barely detectable ABV. Lives up to the promise.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7854) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2012 Bottle. Pours with a nearly clear golden body and a slightly off-white head. Aromas of citrus, dankness, papaya, wheat, tropical fruits, pine and guava. Flavors are bitter and grainy. Very bitter but there are some nice tropical fruit floral hop notes. Lively and dry with a nice, caramelized sweetness. Tons of tropical fruit. Noticeable alcohol. Lingering bitterness.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jscore (2) - , North Dakota, USA - JAN 29, 2011 does not count
Poured into a glass from a bottle. Overall a very solid Imperial IPA. I really enjoyed how it wasn’t like many other IPAs in terms of the fruitier (thinking grapefruit) taste. This brew provides a pleasant spice on the tongue that finishes with an enjoyable pine and hop taste. The alcohol is noticeable, but it is appreciated as it stimulates your nostrils. Minimal lacing from the head except from the area in which the initial aggressive pour head had formed (larger bubbles). Seemed to only hang on the top quarter of the glass. I would buy/drink this beer again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2011
On tap at Beachwood BBQ. Pours a bright shade of amber with a creamy off-white head. Greatfor the style, but my only notes are that it was a bit sweet on the mid palate and the alcohol content was noticeable. The citric hops and body were great, though.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brigg (508) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 29, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2012 (bottle) A mostly clear copper body with a creamy, off-white, lacy head. Very fragrant aroma with floral and fruit (cherry, light citrus, pineapple) notes, slightly sweet with a touch of honey. Full bodied, round, soft feel; the body and feel is really spot on. Strong bitterness throughout, but even; a mild sweetness (pineapple) up front and citrus hops, turning to pine on the way back. Alcohol adds some heat on the back end.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALCOHOLNIZM (164) - WARWICK, Alabama, USA - JAN 29, 2011
LIGHT CHERRY RED,NO HEAD AND A HUGE PINE AROMA. MORE BITTER THAN SWEET AGGRESIVE HOPS FLAVOR OF CITRUS GRAPEFRUIT LIKE MANY OTHER IPAS, THE INGRIEDENTS USED ARE DEFENITLY TOP NOTCH, AND ALTHOUGH THIS BEER IS VERY GOOD IT DOSNT STAND OUT INFRONT OF MANY OTHER GREAT IMPERIAL IPA’S. AND IS PRICED FAR TO HIGH.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9596) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Tap at The Nook. Pours clear copper with an average, frothy white head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted, meal), heavy hops (floral, grassy, pine, citrus), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of pineapple. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted, meal), heavy hops (floral, grassy, pine, citrus), and average esters (apple/pine) with notes of alcohol, peach, and pineapple. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, low creaminess with a dry and biting finish.


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