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RATINGS: 1720   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hermod (6256) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAY 12, 2011
70cl bottle @Kaisla, Helsinki. Poured amber color with a thick white head. Aroma is very fruity and hoppy, orange, pine and pineapples. Flavor is hops, malt, pine and tropical fruit. Finish is long and bitter. Slightly sticky, oily mouthfeel. Nice full bodied brew. Not much alcohol noticeable, some warming finish mostly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (16443) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 7, 2011
Vollmundiger Hopfenantrunk mit dunklen und süßen Bitternoten. Im Mittelteil isnd Marzipannoten präsent, daneben Schokoladennuancen. Die Herbe ist äußerst gring, der intensive Hopfen dafür um so süßer. Nach und nach erhält die Bitterkeit einzug, die aber auch im Nachgeschmack noch erstaunlich gering ausfällt. Die Herbe ist dort etwas stärker, unangefochten ist aber der süße und dunkle Hopfen an der Spitze der Aromen. Bis zuletzt vollmundig und eher unsüffig. 9/10/6/11/12/11

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Big 24oz bottle. Amber \ copper color, creamy white head. EVERY HOP CHARACTER IS CONTAINED IN THIS BEER! Aroma is herbal, floral, medicinal, piney, citrus, grassy, orgasmic and calming. A good amount of caramel malt as well as a touch of mixed berries. Flavor is thick sweet maltose, nice buscuit, and bitter hops. As big as the HOP complexity is in this beer, somehow it is sweeter than it is bitter. WOWZERS, this beer is in perfect hamony in the most Jazziest way. Only an America DIPA could harmonize like this. Back to the flavor, it finishes with a hearty citrus rind, candy caramel, golden grapefruit, buscuit and munich malt, hints of earthy wheat malt, ABV well hidden, heavy bodied. SN couldn’t have done better! 9,5,10,5,18

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mayday035 (120) - san jose, California, USA - MAY 3, 2011
Bomber bottle. bottle.... Pours orange/amber with moderate offwhite head, good retention and lacing, a little darker maybe than a typical IIPA. Great aroma, tropical fruit, resin, floral notes and a toffee/doughy malt sweetness. The taste is subtle as a sledgehammer - huge grapefruit/resin bitterness overwhelming just about everything else, though you do get a nice toffee note from the malt before the finish, which is also hugely bitter and lingering. best in small doses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 1, 2011
bottle.... Clear light amber pour , two finger white head , good lace . Aroma of citrus , pine , floral notes and mango . Taste is moderately sweet , grapefruit/pineapple , grass , pine and some floral notes . Resiny , sticky palate . Medium to heavy hop bitterness . Long lasting , dry , bitter finish . Strong Imperial but stickiness adds up towards the finish .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2524) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 30, 2011
Nice deep copper nice whitish head. Nice pinye-hoppy aroma and taste; texture is a bit syrupy (in a good way)...a bit of coffee bittness in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2011
Crazy laced, clear pale amber, big off white head, big ol bubbles, great retention... Ridiculous aroma, loads of citrus and toasty malts... Im beginning to believe that when it comes to these double ipas personally no beer with ever taste as good as it smells when it comes to my palate, i hope im alone in this feeling... Big flavors, strong flavors, very piney, with less citrus than expected, becomes thick as it warms... Big sticky mouthfeel...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (7090) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2011
24oz bottle. Poured an absolutely clear orange color with a medium sized white head. Aroma was sweet malts, citrus, grapefruit, hoppy floral notes. Flavor was hoppy, pine notes throughout, the bitter malts. Wow, this one is pretty good alcohol masked pretty well, but creeps up quickly. Certainly one I’d suggest sharing because even though I was enjoying it, only consuming about 1/3 became a chore.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2011
Tasted 3/19/11. 24oz bottle. 2011. Pours mildly hazy with an amber orange hue. Aromas of bright and fresh hops with notes of mild grapefruit and lemon rind. Slightly floral. Nice and full bodied with a bright hop character. Good bitter flavors with a decent alcohol bite. Typical Sierra Nevada quality! Bright yet bitter effervescence and body. Nice piney notes as it warms. Very solidly produced!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
zvikar (4127) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 22, 2011
At a tasting, thanks Dagan, pours yellow with a thick head, aroma of lemon, fresh leaves, olives, pepper and orange, extremely bitter and sweet, light acidity, strong burn, grapefruit peels, long bitter aftertaste, medium to full body.

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