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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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Doofgoblin (423) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - MAY 17, 2013
A strong imperial IPA for sure, just wanted more citrusy, piney aroma on the nose. Pours a typical amber. Aroma is piney, resin, and faintly citrus with a hint of onion. Simcoe, meh. Taste is piney, resin, faint citrus. Finish is clean bitter and really good. Overall, it’s a good brew just wanted a little more "wow" on the aroma.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ericular (793) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2014 Update, from a bottle packaged one month ago. Aroma is subdued citrus fruit, floral, earthy. Taste is bitter, spicy hops, medicinal booze. A little too cough syrupy with the evident alcohol. Bitter and dry in the end. Once again not quite as bad as it sounds, but it’s not top notch.

Pours a clear amber with great white lasting head and excellent lacing. Aroma is pine, caramel, fruit, and a touch of alcohol - very nice. Taste is boozy and slightly medicinal up front, like a bitter barleywine, but not as harsh as it sounds. Gives way to hop resin and grapefruit rind. Bitterness hangs on as expected, but fades to a really nice finish with the caramel and bready malt making a minor appearance. Fresh grass and pine in the mix too. Very complex and packs a punch. Alcohol is evident but it’s not offensive. Palate is thick, and lively carbonation is appreciated, as the effervescence adds to the experience. If you’re in the mood for an aggressive grassy hop bomb with some character, this is where to turn. 9+5+9+5+17=4.5

2.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
walleye (1080) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2013
I have to say I did not likes this. I thought may be I got a bad bottle but all four were the same. very strange hop flavor that left a bad after taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (2670) - New York, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Tap at Stags Head for Sierra Nevada tasting,. this paired nicely with the free salmon crostinis they were serving. nose is huge sweet hops. tastes is over the top juicy hops, in particular grapefruit, caramel, lilacs, juicy fruit gum, a touch of the cedar, and bananas. sticky finish with slight alcohol hotness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wxman (1548) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Pours a clear bright golden/amber with a full long lasting antique lace head. Aroma is pine cones and grapefruit. Taste is sweet caramel malt, maple syrup, grapefruit and a really big amount of hop bitterness. alcohol is rather subdued considering the ABV. A very busy, but well balanced strong IPA. Delicious, but you gotta be in the mood.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
harmfillstead (8) - - MAY 15, 2013 does not count
Love the hop selection, someone masterminded a glorious concoction here. Although sweet, it hits the tongue with bitter hopiness more than enough dominate the sweetness. It finishes with great floral and slightly piney remember acne on the palate. There is a malty undertone that adds the perfect weight to the beer, a warning weight that says ,’ hey! I’m 10+% and I can make you forget that fast !!! Yum yum yum

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
PhilHarmstead (22) - Vermont, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Like mouth-mowing a field of hops after a spring rain. Wonderful aroma, whole-cone hopped flavor. Nothing to knock here, except I’d like to see it in a can (a la Heady Topper). Wunderbar!

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bestbrew1 (60) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Nice brew and solid like most of Sierra Nevada beers would drink again but nothing too special.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Belgian22 (17) - Deerfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2013
So glad to have found this at a local mom & pop - 4 pack, this review for the third one having had one 4 nights ago and one 2 nights ago. Never put much stock in the Nevada but they really came through here. Serious quality. As it sits here in front of me - more of an orange / amber, thin, chunky off-white head, easy-going carbonation. Nose, palate, taste, and aftertaste all superb. Very juicy palate, reminds me of Heddy Topper on mouthfeel (although quite different in most other regards). Just so much to appreciate here. Time for my first sip.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jd10 (68) - Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 12, 2013
cloudy, light copper pour with medium white head and lots of lacing. aroma of grass, lemon, and hops. lots of flavors in this one - citrus hops, tropical fruits, and pine, all nicely balanced by a malty, slightly sweet caramel backbone. thick and resinous. bitter finish with a touch of bread and sweetness. very good.


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