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RATINGS: 1618   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (1390) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2014
355mL bottle Bottled 07/08/14 Clear, viscous golden body with a dense rocky white head. Tangy hop aroma; bitter orange, grapefruit rind, sticky hop resin, pine needle, floral/grassy notes with backbone of caramelly, toasty malt. Texture is slick, oily, somewhat syrupy with a moderate carbonation and fair amount of weight about it. Seriously sticky resiny hop character - almost like drinking sap. An all-encompassing bitterness underpins the whole palate with notes of green pine needles, grapefruit skin, orange oil, green tropical fruits, woody spice. A good measure of toasty pale malt is there, but it hardly makes a dent in the onslaught of hops! Warming finish, lingering woody sappiness - keeps going, and going! Full on, intense IIPA - what you’d come to expect from the style. Aggressive, doesn’t hold back. Couldn’t drink much of it, but damn it’s nice!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMA (234) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2014
Amber color. Nice head that lasts. Fruity, sweet aroma of tropical fruit. Medium body. Full taste. Fruity. Some sweetness. Hoppy bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
7stern (449) - Bromma, SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2014
Amber with thick head. Meaty and fruity aroma. Oily texture. Full bodied, but the alcohol is well hidden behind fruit, malt and bitterness in good balance.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laakus (53) - Nossebro, - OCT 31, 2014
Nice golden yellow colour with a white head. Nose is strong of hops with some fruity aromas like tangerine pushing through. Ofcourse with a beer with this great IBU the mouth is dominated by huge bitterness, though well balanced. Medium body with somewhat thick texture. Alcohol very well hidden. Really nice hop bomb this one from Sierra Nevada!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TattooJack (221) - Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Poured from the bottle of a 4-pack to a pint glass, the first drink i took knocked me back a bit, wow! I get confused reading the wine taster like reviews of beers, I never taste the apricots or the sandalwood highlights people claim. I do on the other hand know good beer when i drink it and we have a good one here. I’m not sure how the hops and bitter balance works but if I can drink a 4 pack of a 10.4% beer in an hour I think it qualifies as balanced. Sierra Nevada strikes again with another winner!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hockert (104) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours medium dark orange with a frothy head. Aroma is hoppy but have probably lost some over that Atlantic. Bitter! Not that balanced.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
phikus (96) - syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2014 I loved this beer when it first came out. This is by far my favorite style of beer. I do not know what happened to sierra Nevada. This as with all their IPA styles offers no flavor from the hops just the bitterness. The malt attempts to balance this but it just does not happen.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TourDeBeer (121) - your mummas pants, AUSTRALIA - OCT 28, 2014
resin, orange, caramel, floral aromas. slight off white head, head is maintaining a thin layer. Medium carbonation, very warm alcohol taste. Bitters were medium.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ingevara (830) - SWEDEN - OCT 27, 2014
Firm lasting head. Fruity fragrance. Shallow aroma and restrained flavors but very overhopped. Not a balanced beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iznogud (1230) - CROATIA - OCT 26, 2014
Bottle, 355 ml at Patrick’s Irish pub, Ljubljana. Pours orange with white head. Hoppy aroma. Incredible amount of hops, hop bomb. Piney and fruity. Long dry bitter finish.


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