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RATINGS: 1693   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
lb4lb (2574) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Wasn’t a fan. Looked good. Smelled more piny than fruity to me. More like a cleaner than anything. Taste was quite bitter and hoppy with piny flavors more so than fruitiness. Very resiny. Rich, syrupy body especially as it warmed and this beer just gave me a headache. Didn’t want to finish the last half and dumped it. One of the very rare beers of Sierra Nevada that I don’t like, as typically everything of theirs I enjoy. Maybe just changing tastes...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vvesside (256) - California, USA - JUN 8, 2013
You taste a lot of different aspects of the hops in this one. Really enjoyable DIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
strongpieman (1607) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Bottle. Very good overall, strong floral hp aroma, medium body, assertive bitterness. Strong and bond IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drsordr (1666) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Bottle pour clear yellow with orange hue. Née of tropical and pine hop. Taste very bitter forward, rein, floral, and grassy hop. Mid palate malty sweetness and a long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Fresh off the truck from the Biergarten. Thanks Freddy! 12oz. served into a snifter glass. A - Golden orange with a hefty white head that stays through the entire session. S - Wow! Smells very fresh, floral, leafy green, sweet grapefruit, pineapple, green pine resin, mild onion, T - Dense perfume hops, sweet mango, cantaloupe, tangarine, grapefruit, intense pine resin, all backed by candy like sweet malt. The finish is provides a ridiculously long bitter finish. M - Smooth thick feel with moderate creamy carbonation. If you like hops, this is your dream come true. I’ve had insanely hoppy beers in the past but none come close to pulling the aroma, bitterness, juicy flavor, and balanced malt that this perfect beer provides. As I rate this I find myself going back to every IIPA that I’ve tasted trying to find a better candidate...but I can’t. Serving type: bottle 05-03-2012

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiveacestx (825) - Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Bottle - light amber in color with an average head and some lacing. Piney hop flavor with an oily mouthfeel. The finish is dry and bitter. Was much like a New Belgium Rampant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bule (1328) - California, USA - JUN 6, 2013
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a glen brown color without much head. Intense hop flavors through the whole taste. Though some of the hop flavors are a little harsh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stumpyiliz (216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2013
solid beer. Resinous smell and clear gold pour with light tan head. Taste is balanced amazingly with the malts and hops. Very chewy for a DIPA but that’s how i like em. Very big grapefruit taste initially followed by a big malt bill that settles the hops down, but leaves them lingering on the palate for some time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a medium orange-amber with white head. Smells hoppy - citrus and floral. Taste is juicy hops, tropical fruit, pine, resin. Long bitter finish. Got better as it warmed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
VRH (56) - Georgia, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Pours a nice light copper with a nice head and lacing. Aromas of rich honey-like malt, caramel, straw, slight dankness, piney resin, & tropical fruit, followed by a deliciously bitter hop blast on the palate with herbal resin, grass, hints of perfume, & a solid malt presence that is quickly overcome by a strong grassy and white pepper finish. Excellent!

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