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RATINGS: 1704   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamTheBarrel (703) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2015
355ml brown bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada branded Spiegelau IPA glass. Appearance is clear amber with a large beige frothy head, that reduced fast leaving some lacing. Aroma of pine, grapefruit and a hint of caramel . Flavours of grapefruit, resin, orange peels, caramel and bread. Taste is medium sweet and heavy bitter. Palate is full bodied, slightly sticky texture and average carbonation. Sierra Nevada Hoptimum is a great Imperial IPA, maybe a little too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Turtles (1210) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2015
355ml bottle from Systembolaget. Clear, dark golden, big and fluffy, long lastning head leaving lots of lacing. Pine and grapefruit aroma with some sweet malt and bread. Oily mouthfeel and low carbonated. Taste is mild citrus, grapefruit, ripe orange, pine and cookies. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
AAEA (265) - California, USA - AUG 12, 2015
12 Fl OZ ($2.49 Bottle) this was a surprise! A good one too. coming in at 10.4 ABV and 100 IBU this is a monster. not just a smash in the face of power like some IPAs but a wealth of flavors that show you they thought about the flavor profile more than 3 seconds. This is not a beginners beer; if you’ve had this early on in your career go back and try it again. Glad to see real IPAs of substance for sale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thehinge (290) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 12, 2015
Orange pour with a decent white head. Doesn’t leave much lacing. Excellent aroma and lots of lemon and resin flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Luvystypotables (1298) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2015
Aroma of a resiny hops with a hint of caramel. Pours a clear caramel color without much head. A bitter taste with hints of hops and caramel. A dry chalky feel with a slightly metalic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike5326 (1399) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Clear golden color, medium white head. Oily floral hops aroma. Medium body with a resin flavor and a lingering finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rollinsr (520) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - AUG 12, 2015
Pours clear rich gold with two fingers of light tan head. Aroma is tart and piney with sweet candied citrus. Flavor is resiny but sweet with lingering dankness on the palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7502) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2015
(Bottle) Amber colour with frothy, off-white head. Malty, hoppy nose with citrus peel, grapefruit, a touch of resin, dried pineapple and mango, crisp-bread, caramel, honey, peaches, apricots and lots of fresh citric hops. Malty, hoppy taste with notes of pink grapefruit, resin, orange peel, dried fruit, crisp-bread, caramel, honey and a generous, fresh citric bitterness in the finish. Quite bitter, with a slight touch of alcohol. More than medium body, fairly sweet. A bit one-dimensional, but really tasty with an impressive hop presence. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cobaink2 (282) - seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle from beer junction. Amber on pour. Dank pine needles with some herbal notes. It’s a great example of a double IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gorgosh (394) - - AUG 7, 2015
Har du undrat hur labbråttor känner sig efter en dag på "jobbet"? Närmare svaret än såhär kommer vi nog inte utan att prova att själva sitta i burar och få diverse experimentiella vätskor intryckta i stjärten. Här har vi ett extra allt-experiment signerat Sierra. Testperson: du. Skyhög alkohol som maskeras av näst intill klaustrofobiska mängder humle och extrem fyllighet blir...intressant. Långt ifrån det bästa Sierra gjort, men förbannat intressant och skickligt genomfört.

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