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RATINGS: 1743   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


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgasparine (10) - USA - JUN 22, 2012
Thin white head, decent lacing, and a medium-amber body. Aroma is heavy resinous hops-- hops completely overpower the malt. Flavor is hop-forward to an extreme... the big malt backbone is revealed on the mid-palate... and the finish is intensely bitter and lingering. Body is big and chewy, with a soft pervasive carbonation. Overall, this is an intense, but nicely crafted Imperial IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mmmkay (51) - - JUN 22, 2012
Big hop flavor and aroma. Good Imperial IPA. My local shop in Michigan ran out. Pick it up in Texas. Good lacing and orange amber color. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
That1Guy (2192) - Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2012
12 oz bottle pours a clear orange with a slight head that’s pretty sticky. Got pine, and lots of grapefruit pulp on the nose. Flavor slaps you across the face with more hop notes, pine, and grapefruit, with a sweet, subtle malt character backing it up. Resinous and sticky as hell. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (5369) - Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2012
12 ounce bottle pours an orange amber color with aromas of pine, sap, citrus, and some caramel, farily even distributed aromas. Flavors are the same as the aromas balanced nicely.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Bottle from King&Godfree. A hop bomb, complex and long lasting. Aromas of caramel, resin, grass, and liquorice. Taste is bitter, complex, with long length. Palate is creamy, and full bodied. Orange, with a frothy head.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sickassmick (228) - Concord, California, USA - JUN 21, 2012
saw a new sierra. had to get it. cold in the fridge at bev-mo. 2012, thats the right year. pours mostly clear. visible carbonation. orange brown. head thins but stays on top for a long time. lots of lacing.. would expect that from a huge beer like this one. here goes. smell is overwhelming citrusy hops. grapefruit, little bit of burnt cherry. mouthfeel is thick, not quite carbonated enough. nice sweet front, short roasty middle and a long bitter finish. This one just might be a bit too much for me in my recent days. 5 or 6 years ago i would have gone crazy about this. not a bad beer. just what you would expect from Sierra. Big citrus hops, as good a balance as you can get with this big a beer. Clean, nice looking, nice smelling, nice tasting. not my thing but doesn’t mean it won’t get a good rating. one beer got me a lil buzz. thx again sierra.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4847) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2012
On tap at BTBF. The look is clear, golden in color, and has an ok off white head. The smell is hops, grass, fruits, floral, citrus, and good. The taste is more of the same.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BeerDeltaBravo (53) - Oregon, USA - JUN 19, 2012
Pours a vivid ruby red with a two-finger head. Excellent lacing. Sexy herbal scent, with apple and citrus. Delicate biscuity palate, with notes of marzipan and hops. Hearty yet effervescent mouthfeel and extremely long finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
monkeychugg55 (1026) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2012
Clear light copper with a medium sized, frothy white head.The aroma is a pretty even mix of pine, caramel, and citrus. The flavor is sweet caramel at first, followed by hop flavors (mostly pine), and a long, bitter finish. Very full body, with soft carbonation, and some warming on the finish. Very tasty stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennisjoel (1363) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2012
Wowser! Sierra Nevada has done it this time. This one hits on all cylinders. Very nice balance between hops and malt. ABV is well hidden. Easy drinking. All in all a very nice beer here. One that I’ll revisit regularly. I was waiting for SN to put out a good IIPA. This is what I was waiting for!


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