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RATINGS: 1606   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7206) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Big ’ol bottle. Poured translucent medium golden with a short, sticky white head.. lovely color. The aroma picked up juicy pine resin, grapefruit, and black peppery notes over a sweetish caramel and honeyed base.. spicy, assertive, and well-balanced. The flavor found honey and lighter fruits at the core, with the whole heap of bitter hops still there.. pine, floral, and fruity notes led the mid-drink, with peppery notes and grapefruit juice through the warm finish.. balance between the elements was alright, but not great. Heavier-bodied and filling on the palate.. bitter, warm, and engaging.. I enjoyed this.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thefederalist (294) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Bomber. Pours a golden/copper with a medium small head. Aroma is nice, lots of resin and citrus. I like the malt profile a little better than Bigfoot because this one is a little less sweet. However, I prefer IIPA’s that are less about the bitterness, and more about the intense aroma. This one has an almost caustic bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden. Definitely a well made beer, just a little to heavy-handed for my taste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1473) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Bomber from Sendiks in Brookfield. Pours a coppery orange color with fine bubbling and almost no head. Aroma is pure simcoe; syrupy sweet, fruity with resin. Taste is syrupy hops - grass & overripe fruit - with alcohol. Sticky bitter finish. Pretty much pure simcoe syrup hop juice with a fairly strong alcohol base.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 17/20
TommyTilt (67) - Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2011
8 oz mug on tap. Golden honey color, light tan head that lingered for a little while. 10.4 abv and felt like every bit of it. Frothy. Alcohol hits you right in the face. Cherry, heavy barley and wheat flavors. Malty, fruity, had very long lace.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leafs93 (1775) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Pours a clear burnt orange with small white head. Aroma is piney, citrus and some caramel. Taste is sweet with a nice bitter finish that lingers. The caramel adds the sweetness. Mouthfeel is thick and oily. Very enjoyable.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2011
This one comes out pipe-hitting. Hops in your face; hops in your mouth. Next to Dogfishead 120 min. this is the closest thing (in a different fashion) to liquid hops. It is like a hop-infused barleywine with a thick body and robust character. Super bitter greatness... you have to want this! Sold out at the store which I originally purchased it and it was available on tap at Victoria Gastro Pub, but it is gone, too. I can only hope it is brewed again-

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2011
(22oz bottle). Pours copper with off-white had. Active carbonation. Aroma of cardboard, citrus, resin and something perfumey. Sweet with bitterness. Medium to full bodied with sticky texture. Finish is bitter. Very nice beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Floral and citrus nose with louts of pine and cotton candy. Taste is moderately sweet, lots of astringent bitterness... fuck, I don’t care, it sucks

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Pretty damn good! Very dank, very hoppy, very bitter but also very floral, very cannabis like. Pours and amber with white head. Nose is hop cones all the way. Flavor is, well, the hops punch you in the tonuge, but the after affect is the dank cannabis flavors that come afterward.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sunnyridge (222) - USA - FEB 12, 2011
Holy F’ing Balls. Could this be my favorite ever Sierra Nevada? Probs. The nose comes across obviously heavily hopped but on the sweeter side of hoppiness. The appearance scored beautifully in the head department with a thick rich head that held to a good frothy surface coating. If I’m being a stickler though I could’ve used more haziness. The taste is really incredible- big rich and hoppy without it being something I’d worry about giving me a headache later. The palate is good but I would like the bitterness up one more notch. All in all a wonderful beer. I was extremely knit-picky on my critiques, at the end of the day, this beer is a giant in a class of giant beers. So glad I managed to get two. Wow Sierra Nevada, Wow. Please make this again!!!!!!!�


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