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RATINGS: 1614   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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (1837) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - FEB 4, 2011
24 oz bottle into an Allagash chalice. 2011 bottle. The label is hilarious! Pours a slightly hazy orange with a nice thick long-retaining head; leaves some decorative lacework. Aroma is packed with pine and grapefruit--awesome and perfect for this style (at least for me). Taste is very bitter with a light sweetness and a bit of sour coming up in the finish. I taste a hint of honeyed bread lurking in the background behind all the hoppy flavors. Carbonation is medium-high, body is full, texture is sticky. A very nice "hop-bomb."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Light copper with a touch of foam and a lasting ring around the glass. Potent dusty hops backbone is present with a spicy caramel sweetened. Pined hops are there for the taking as well as the light sugared peaches. Slight attic funkiness is prevalent with a quiet oaky vanilla. A potent hop brew with an easy drinkability. Not overpowering but a solid brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (1974) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2011
light amber pour with a thick foamy head. aroma is delicious grapefruit and pine. Flavour is piney hop. caramel malt, some medicinal alc tones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2012 Pours clear gold with a frothy beige head that laces well. Aroma of freshly cut pine branches, orange, earthy dankness. Taste is awesome, lots of bitterness, toffee sweetness, some cherry. Hefty bitter finish. Medium body, rich carbonation.... Another bottle. Awesome color, alcohol is fairly apparent in the taste, lots of pine and tropical fruit sweetness, great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5893) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Excited to try this one. The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the orange and pine from the hops. The flavor is similar. I get some caramel, orange and pine. The bitterness is about medium. The beer is also very boozy, much more than I expected. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very tasty, I just wish the alcohol was a little bit more subdued.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maddog (418) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Bottle shared with my 80 year old Hop-Head of a Dad. I just hope I can enjoy these beers 40 years from now. This beer surprised me in many years. Pours a bright, clear amber with a wonderful aroma of hops. I was impressed with the beauty of this beer with the huge, creamy head. Flavors of this IPA are hops, hops, glorious, piney hops. Amazingly balanced and big at 10.4%, this beer is fresh, flavorful, resinous, fruity and delicious.

   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 (6689) - 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 (332) - 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.

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