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RATINGS: 1685   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2011
On tap at Tyler’s, Durham. Almost missed the boat on this one, and glad it was still on tap a while back. Big vibrant, nearly glowing orange pour. Still cloudy enough to give it that good earthen/herbal appearance, and there was a thick creamy head resting nicely on top. Nice dank nose, tons of hop oil and pineapple making for an inviting brew. Mouthfeel was very full and luxuriant in the same way those Alpine brews are. Taste was slightly less satisfying than the nose, with the balance tilted towards the bitter. But still a really nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (8575) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 31, 2011
Bottle at a tasting. Thanks Dagan. Clear deep golden with a white head. Aroma of lemony, grapefruity hops and light piney hints. Bitter hoppy flavor with a bit of sweetness in the back, nice citrus and a bit of alcohol. Medium-bodied. Tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrallen34 (3497) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
2011 bottle poured into my De Struise glass... The body is super clear clear dark copper, looks great. A huge tope head with great retention and superb lacing... The aroma is super strong with tons of sweet yet citrusy grapefruit on the front. The hops are present as well and on the, pine resin and alcohol. Not your typical stinging dipa notes, really balanced... The taste is more hops than anything, tons of alcohol and pine resin, but for some reason I like it, not annoying. A little one-dimensional but good...Mouthfeel is good...Totally crushable, I drink the whole bottle in about 20 minutes, no clue its 10%. Recommend, best Sierra Nevada IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
matt7215 (2265) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2011
bomber shared by jsprime. the most crazily hoppy beer ive ever had. not for the faint of heart. or for people who enjoy having the use of their taste buds. a stupidly palate shredding intoxicating massive beer. loved it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Razaroth (8) - Murrieta, California, USA - MAR 28, 2011 does not count
Probably one of the best Double IPA’s I have ever tried in my entire life. Aroma and appearance are awesome with its light and tan color and its full cone hop aroma. Mmmmmmm, I need one right now....haha! Taste’s like you drank the best IPA ever and now your going to eat a bowl of fresh full cone hops. YUM! Overall, the best IPA ever, hands down!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arone12 (924) - Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Pours a beautiful hazy orange color. Very thin off white head. Smells amazing. Hops and more hops! Pine trees and pine needles. A nice sweetness added at the beginning of this one. Tasty bitter hops. Lovin’ it

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2011
My Bottom Line:
Tropical hop fruitiness bounces off honeyed cereals before alcohol heat and a lengthy resinous bitterness seal this suave Double IPA .

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the clear light amber.
-The mouthfeel and flavor display are as professional as any other Sierra Nevada creation.
-The delicate prickling of carbonation and moderate sweetness leave plenty of room for the hops to shine.
-Alcohol was a bit too prominent for my tastes in the style.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2011
UPDATED: APR 17, 2012 Bottle I got last year must have been old or left in the heat. Pours light orange, minimal lacing. Very piney, really from the nose through the finish, resinous. Medium body, not too heavy given the abv, dry bitter lingering finish. Best to be sipped, a little warmer, and savored. "I wasn’t in to this one at all. Tons of resin and not much floral or citrus. Really didn’t taste like I would want, but and it didn’t do much for me. Very heavy, not so flavorful. Bleh 2.2"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlacoAlto (3881) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Sampled on tap at 1702; March 2011
This beer arrives from the tap with a pale head and a copper-gold hue that shows quite clear in the light. The nose smells of tangelo, lychee, lots of floral bright citrus and peach aromatics from the ample hop character. A cracker like malt character is joined by a hint of biscuit like maltiness; as the beer warms up the malt backbone becomes a bit more noticeable in the nose.

The beer tastes of super fruit hops as it first hits my tongue; this accentuates a sweetness, though this beer finishes dry with a biting bitterness that is not to overly aggressive. There are lots of floral hop flavors here that boost and accentuate an ample hop fruitiness; tropical fruit definitely, lychee, super ribe tangelo zest, amp’d up floral peach and even some mango notes are all contributed by the hops. This is all anchored by a menthol and herbal hop character, big lingering pine like notes and a bitterness that is always prevalent. The body has a certain fullness to it , but it is not cloying, but it is a touch heavier than I would absolutely prefer in a Double IPA.

This is quite nice and really enjoyable as I can always use a good hop fix. I wish it was a touch lighter in the body, though this is certainly not heavy when compared to many a Double IPA out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Appearance: clear amber sap, blood oranges, and nectarines. Off-white pithy head – bubbly and cakey which fades into a nice solid blanket. Swirls nice, releasing a huge nose.
Nose: wet hops. Sticky, orangey, sappy, sticky. Fresh rain weighs heavy in the air. Orange zest up front. Grapefruit zest in the back. Absolutely beautiful in its wet whole hop cone simplicity. Evergreens and pine trees and forests aplenty – sticky damp dew with dryness of brush and bark in the back.
Palate: wow! Piney orangey sticky and sappy. Makes my mouth water and my teeth hurt, all in good ways of course. Orange skin in the back of each and every swallow. Long lingering oily waxy orange skin bitterness. Mouth never stops watering. Wet, grassy, and sticky, ohmy. Orange sap, orange honey. Grass and orange zest. Whole hop cones freshly picked.
Final Thoughts: big, bad, bold, and imnsho, darn tasty. A bit unbalanced? Hard to say since it’s the equivalent of grabbing a handful of green hop cones and squeezing their sticky juicy oils directly into one’s mouth. Intense, which is kind of the whole point, a point I was more than happy to partake of.

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