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RATINGS: 1625   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 Ďnew-schoolí 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 Ė 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10603) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Tap at The Nook. Pours clear copper with an average, frothy white head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted, meal), heavy hops (floral, grassy, pine, citrus), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of pineapple. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted, meal), heavy hops (floral, grassy, pine, citrus), and average esters (apple/pine) with notes of alcohol, peach, and pineapple. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, low creaminess with a dry and biting finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ManvsCity (183) - Redmond, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle and draft from Malt & Vine. Canít expand upon the above description much. This is one extreme brew that is also amazingly smooth and tasty. Clear copper pour with a thick and foamy off white head + plentiful lacing. Draft comes off maltier, while bottle tastes more hoppy. This just has such a wide range of hop sensations - bitter on the back of the tongue, dry on the sides, floral and citrus combined in the nose. Taste is vaguely peppery, melon, and honey, with alcohol heat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1502) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2011
24 ounce bottle, bottled on January 17th, 2011. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is pretty good, with an average amount of lacing. Aroma is citrusy (tropical fruit, orange) and pine hops, along with some sweet malt. The brew tastes mostly like the aroma, itís pine and citrusy (grapefruit, pineapple) hops, sweet malt and a hint of floral hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís creamy and sticky, with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, itís very smooth and goes down easy. I thought this was a good overall beer, hopefully Sierra Nevada will decide to make this again sometime in the future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eaglefan538 (2923) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle from Stateline. Consumed during the AFCCG, poor Jets. Poured the usual amber-orange color, decent but average initial head and lacing. The aroma was strong strong grapefruits, light fruits, and faint pine. Strong booz/alcohol notes in the aroma and flavor. Sweet and juicy fruit flavors, grapefruit at the fore, not nearly enough hop bitterness. Remineded me of a 90minute IPA, but this was hotter and more harsh, and the residual sweetness was there. Some of these dIPAs are over the top and lose the bitter base of the beer. Mouthfeel was moderate to full for the style, adequately carbonated. Thanks to Robert at SL for the bottle!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2011 Great variety of hopping in this beer. Flower and grass dominate, but there is a good pine presence with grapefruit mixed in. Perfect malt balance. Awesome double ipa.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 28, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2011 24oz. Bottle - Pours golden/orange with slight haze. Creamy white head, decent lacing. Aroma is fresh citrus, orange, lemon, hops, sweet malt. Damn, this is fresh and amazing... Taste is sweet, hoppy, citrusy, etc. The alcohol is well hidden, fantastic for over 10%. Really fresh, and overall very drinkable, although perhaps a bit hot overall... This beer is very nice. I have read people comparing this to Pliney - I think it comes close, but Iíd still take the Pliney. However, I would LOVE to see Sierra make more beers like this - as it shows they are capable of incredible extreme beers! (Like the several others they debuted in 2010!) I want to see more!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2227) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2011
bottle. pours a nice orange color with a 1 finger white head which falls within a few minutes. the aroma is the one area this beer is lacking in. I was expecting more hops to scream out of the glass into the nose, but am left with some faint lingering citrus hop notes. big mouthfeel full of hops. lots of citrus notes throughout the mouth... some grapefruit, orange, etc. very bitter. somewhat chewy. softer sides with some caramel notes. a well blended finish with the malts coming forward more intertwined with the hops. the alcohol seeps through a touch as well. the bitterness really sticks with you well after the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3932) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Pours golden orange with a small white head. The aroma is very sweet and peachy with minor grassy, citrus notes. The flavor is potent with grass, pot, peaches, pine sap, and an orange pith bitter finish. This is an extremely big hop bomb and a pretty darn good one. Very thick resinous mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Light copper pour, fairly large white head. Very nice hops aroma. Full hops flavor, some nice sweetness. Alcohol is very slightly noticeable. An excellent Double IPA from Sierra Nevada. Itís nice to see they can hang with the big boys when they want to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (7291) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Bottle from BevMo Arden. Pours light copper with a rich beige head and a pine and citrus aroma. There is a hearty pale malt flavor that is overwhelmed by a severe grapefruity hop bitterness. There is certainly a lot of flavor resulting from the massive ingredient in this brew, but the bitterness unbalances the palate to the extent of compromising drinkability. I know that sounds like a cheap beer commercial, but I was unable to finish the 24 oz bottle - probably a good thing in light of the high, but well-masked ABV.

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