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RATINGS: 1710   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
brewballs (215) - USA - JUN 18, 2013
This is truly a kind brew! It has a hoppy taste, in keeping with the Sierra tradition. It has a citrusy feel to it with a little horsey kick to it. This not a chug a lug beer. This is one you sit down and savor. It comes in a four pack so share it with your bro and listen to some Mercyful Fate to it. It’s really cool! Go check it out friend!!!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (7025) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2013
pours clear golden with a minimal white head, some retention and lacing. floral, citrusy, piney, spicy, woodsy. smooth caramel, grainy toastiness. boozy, some sweetness. moderate carbonation, medium to full body, medium long citrusy-piney finish, complex hop profile, semi-sweet backbone malt bill, barleywine-like. heavy stuff but i liked it.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BroSpud (2014) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUN 17, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2015 12oz bottle with a picture of me after I drank a couple of these (my entire head managed to turn itself into a hop bud). Poured clear orange-ish with a white head that did not stick around long. Very big on hop flavors and bitterness as expected but well balanced with plenty of sweetness and very little alcohol taste despite the huge abv. Well done and so I am I now. 8-8-15 Rediscovered these on our annual family camping trip and am still impressed. Upping the rating a couple points higher.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndyW68 (1358) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Clear burnt orange with white head. Aroma is citrus hops. Taste is citrus and pine. Very bitter finish. No dogfish head 90 minute, but still nice.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nandalora (3) - - JUN 16, 2013 does not count
One of the best IPAs I’ve ever had, maybe the best. Don’t be discouraged by the 100 IBU rating, in case you would be. The hops used here are so tasty, it’s not like you just get a mouthful of bitterness from overdoing it. The chosen hops are perfectly fragrant and flavorful. Well done Sierra Nevada. Best enjoyed in their IPA glass of course!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EricTeusink (700) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 15, 2013
I was beginning to become concerned that Georgia wasn’t going to get any Hoptimum this year. Better late than never. While this beer isn’t quite up to the level of the Plinys and Hopslams of the World, it is damn good, cheap, and easy to find. Pours light gold and clear with a white head. Smells of citrus and booze. The hop character and sweet finish isn’t quite to the level of the top tier IIPA’s, but it is fantastic nonetheless. Will continue to buy every year. Bottle - Sherlock’s - Decatur, GA

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 15, 2013
12 oz bottle poured into a perfect pint glass shows typical copper color with a thin white head. Nose of resiny pine hops with some sweetness. All pine hops upfront, a bit harsh at first, then mellows into some floral notes. Thick on the tongue. Bitter finish hangs around for a bit. Nothing spectacular, but true to style.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
eruizgarcia (290) - - JUN 14, 2013
Very straight hoppy with lots of sweetness. Very boozy. I can enjoy a couple of sips but not much more.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deaconmike (456) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Bottle. Poured amber with thick white head. I enjoy imperial IPAs, but this one did not suit my taste. Aroma and taste were dominated by pine and the bitterness provide was unpleasant and bitey. A bit of a chore to make it all the way through this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 14, 2013
Cask at Ginger Man NYC. Pours clearish dark amber with average head. Deeply resinous hops on the nose with rich caramel behind. Lots more going on palate wise. There’s candied citrus fruit, resin, pine and lots of caramel malt. Deeply satisfying bitterness.


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