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RATINGS: 1683   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

chronictonic's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2011
22oz bottle from Capone’s - Pungent citrus and pine sap aromas - not overly grapefruity like some Simcoe aroma hopped beers. Pours a deep gold color with slight orange hues, with a firm white head. Flavor is a bit sweet (I do not like overly sweet barleywineesque double IPAs at all - and while this isn’t in that category, it does have some of that malty sweetness that leans in that direction). Hops provide a nice wide spectrum from pleasing bitterness, to flowery sweetness, to fresh hop flavors and resins. A very good offering from Sierra Nevada.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enwiebe (204) - - AUG 23, 2015
8/21/15. Bottle brewed in June. Not as much as an aromatic nose as a expected. However hop mouth is huge given the ABV. Resinous and deep. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
klas (365) - SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2015
Bottle from Systembolaget. A very good Sierra Nevada beer, but still not one of the best Double/Imperial IPAs that I have tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrHult (448) - SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2015
Flaska delad med @thaalcoholic, tack! Klar bärnstensfärgad vätska med ljust skum. Doftar kåda. Kraftig jävla bira

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jens_thogersen (25) - - AUG 22, 2015
Not Much on the nose. Mostly dank and grapefruit peel and orange zest. Can tell from the nose that this should be an overly bitter beer. Full mouthfeel. Quite bitter compared to the fruitiness. Very similar to nose. Quite one sided. Mostly different layers of bitterness. It is a tad disappointing. I had very high hopes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermajstro (11) - nykvarn, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2015
Mycket gran, citrus mysig sötma från malten o en trevlig munkänsla. Bra beska o fyllighet

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoTheO (12) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2015
Oh yes, hops is the word. Nice deep amber-copper with a slightly offwhite head. Aroma is hops and citrus. Taste is plenty of hops, but the balance of the sweetness due to the potent ABV and the hoppy bitterness is a bit peculiar. First comes all of the sweet and then, briefly interrupted by some fruit, all of the bitter notes in a dominant finish which seems to never end. First sip is a bit surprising, but it settles...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mambossa (111) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2015
Pour from bottle to snifter, bright gold pour with monumental head. First whiff of the nose is supremely piney with a layer of sticky peach, mango, and pineapple underneath, a toasty caramel backbone as well. The taste is very pine-forward, astringently floral, very resinous. Lingering is not pleasant, not my style really. It has some nice flavor going on, but the astringency outshines any of the hop characteristics with a soapy linger that is far too long. Old bottle? Maybe my worn palate is burnt out on these high-gravity doubles. I’ll try another day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jiwookdo (3) - changwon, SOUTH KOREA - AUG 17, 2015 does not count
floral, citrus, clear, amber, orange, medium bitterness, medium body, sticky, soft carbonation,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
knasputte78 (67) - SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2015
Bärnstensfärgad med ett stort vitt skum. Humle i doft och rejält med humle i smak. Djup smak med bett av alkohol ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamTheBarrel (642) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2015
355ml brown bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada branded Spiegelau IPA glass. Appearance is clear amber with a large beige frothy head, that reduced fast leaving some lacing. Aroma of pine, grapefruit and a hint of caramel . Flavours of grapefruit, resin, orange peels, caramel and bread. Taste is medium sweet and heavy bitter. Palate is full bodied, slightly sticky texture and average carbonation. Sierra Nevada Hoptimum is a great Imperial IPA, maybe a little too sweet.

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