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RATINGS: 1654   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoppyhampy (73) - , California, USA - FEB 11, 2011
24oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on 12/17/10. Pours a clear, yellow amber with two fingers of lumpy foam. Good amount of carbonation can be seen. Minimal lacing. Nice balance on the nose. Sweet malt up front with fresh and bright hops underneath. Pineapple and fresh pine aromas. Slightly different mouthfeel. Full bodied for sure but with the right amount of carbonation. The way it hits the palate belies its 10.4% abv. It seems quite a bit lighter. Balanced palate. Comes is silky smooth with a honeyed sweetness, not syrupy but more like a desert wine. Then a mouthful of resiny hops comes in to dominate through the finish with orange peel, mango, and pine. Definitely a great DIPA. Delivers balance without sacrificing IBUs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3516) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear ruby-orange with a small white head. Aroma of tropical fruits, sweet caramel malt, sugars, acetone, grassy and citrusy hops. Flavor of sweet malt, sweet citrus, sweet resin, and alcohol. The sweetness is slightly overpowering with the hops in second place. A pretty tasty DIPA but probably would like this better with less alcohol/sweetness. It was still rather drinkable for its abv. 7/4/7/4/15 [3.7/5]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (4632) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2011
24 oz, you read that right 24 oz, short fat bottle from Spirits Brick Blvd. Poured an amazing looking thick reddish/orange clear body underneath a larger dense foamy slightly off white head. Aroma was just bland and unimpressive, especially considering this one is clocking in at 100 IBUs. What is there is a three wy tie of blandness, alcohol.....dried out hops....grains. There’s a slight syrupyness about the hop aroma to show it’s overall strength but that to was bland and unimpressive. Full syrupy body with a strong initial dose of bitterness that fades rather nicely and medium to soft carbonation. Flavor is pretty much the same as the aroma with a bit more hop flavor coming through. Notes of citrus rind, yellow grapefruit, alcohol, dry grains. Hmm....maybe if the local distributor didn’t sit on this beer for a month and actually put it on the market instead of having it sit in their super huge airport hangar sized warehouse it might have been a better beer....keep pushing that Coors Light though Shore Point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (7423) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2011
26oz bottle pours clear copper with tan head. The aroma exudes thick rich clouds of citrus like notes consisting of tangelo, orange peel and some grapefruit as well as mango like tropical notes, a touch resiny – grassy with a touch of heat at the end of the draw. The taste is rich and pulsing with malt sweetened grapefruit, tangelo, tangerine and a touch of lime with tropical fruit notes here and there too. This is full up double IPA yum. It stays smooth with citrus hop flavor and bitterness taking this to the finish. I was wondering when Sierra Nevada would bring a big IIPA to bear on the market. Glad I had a chance to try it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshrosborne (10) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2011
24oz bottle into a pint glass A-Copperish with a white, small head S- Grapefruit, grapefruit, and alcohol T- The citrus is very obvious here, but the alcohol revealed in the small is not obvious. M- Not syrupy like a lot of DIPA’s, I would say the perfect amount of carbonation. D- Dangerously drinkable for a DIPA. At greater than 10%, this could be trouble. One heck of a beer. It’s too bad it’s a special release. I could drink this all year round. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EKGoldings (616) - Radford, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Pretty much a perfect beer for a hophead. Great clarity for something this big, nice juice hop overload but without the cloying sweetness of some other DIPAS I’ve had recently. Really a fantastic beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2011
24 oz bottle from the Four Firkins. Golden color with a big foamy white head with great lacing. Aroma is simply amazing. Hops bitterness with fruity and piny notes. Flavor is very aggressive yet very pleasant. BIG hops bitterness but yet has that "juicy" fruitiness that I love combined with the piny resinous flavors. Bitter dry finish. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beernovice39 (3252) - Montana, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Bottle. Now this is what I like in a DIPA! Pours an orange/gold brew with a white head. Scent is all HOPS! cut grass, very floral! Taste is pine tree with citrus. What a great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (10663) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear amber with white head. Nose is very pleasant full citrus, tropical fruits and caramel malt. Taste is rather intense. Lots of pine cone, pine, tropical citrus fruit and caramel malt. I found the pine to be a bit abrasive at times. High ABV was very noticeable at times as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (5217) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Big bottle. Nose is hugely hoppy, dank and citrus, wet paper and cat pee, pine and orange peel, grapefruit and a whole lot of flowers. Simcoe is dominant for me here above any other new proprietary variety, I wouldn’t be able to guess at the presence of anything else. Pours pale copper-orange with a stready stream of carbonation and a short white head. WHOA taste is macerate floral juice, essence of cones squeeze into the bottle, pure hp juice above any other DIPA. Heavy alcohol and heavy bitterness, also has a strong sweetness for a hint of balance. Aftertaste dry and resin-filled but with lemony/orangey citrus and strong Simcoe to bend reality. Full body makes the lips super stucky. Massive flavor, perhaps too much. A little sloppy and no subtelty - but a true ’experience!’

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