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RATINGS: 1509   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


ACHops' rating

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (675) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 26, 2012
On tap @ Noble Fir. Pours medium amber with thin creamy head. Aroma is thin floral hops. Taste is big alcohol and hops - both come on at the same time. For all the different hops that went into this, there isn’t much nuance - the hops are strong, bitter, resiny, and punchy. Lots of dark burnt caramel malts in an attempt to balance it. Thick mouthfeel is not surprising considering the 10% ABV here. I love Sierra Nevada, and Torpedo proves that they can do a great IPA, but this just doesn’t stand up to some of the better DIPA competition like Double Jack or Pliny. I tried this in the bottle too and had the same conclusion - kind of muddy from trying too hard with the hops. Still, all things considered, an impressive beer.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
liquidhedonism (37) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - SEP 1, 2014
12 oz bottle from Whole Foods Market in Hillsboro, OR. Strong citrus and piney aroma is perfectly balanced with a strong malt backbone, which gives notes of caramel. Crisp, yet incredibly smooth mouthfeel. Finish and long aftertaste both have balanced sweetness and bitterness. A perfect beer!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
julesjis (31) - Oregon, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Poured from a 12oz bottle. Great appearance with the dark amber color. Nice a clear too! Taste is piney from the aroma and slightly citrus at first. Great bitter linger on the back of the roof of the mouth. A great "in your face" IPA!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dbeatdano (52) - - AUG 30, 2014
Aroma- hops Taste-hops Palate - hops. Seriously though this beer is fantastic. Great flavor and aroma. Nice complexity and balance. This beer is one of the greats and has definitely earned it’s 100 rating. Not a beginner beer by any means.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dalfaro86 (260) - Mexico City, MEXICO - AUG 30, 2014
Pours a clear golden brew with a medium white head with poor retention, aroma is moderate to heavy bitter and moderate to heavy sweet with caramel, alcohol, peach and floral hops, full bodied, flavor is moderate to heavy bitter and moderarte to heavy sweet with a bittersweet finish and a long and bitter aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chiiidog (30) - Lubbock, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Didn’t expect to love this beer but it exceeded my expectations. Smoother than I expected and really really nice grapefruit/pine hops. Pleasantly surprised.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Dittoson (17) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Delightful beverage that brings a nice golden orange color and an almost sweet hoppy taste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pclinto (2) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 26, 2014 does not count
I usually enjoy most Sierra Nevada beers, but Hotimum took a few drinks. All said and done it was really good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bootlegger007 (22) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2014
2013. Heavy aroma of caramel and tropical fruits, pours a golden / amber coulour with a smallish head that has good retention, flavours of tropical fruit and citrus with the lingering bitter aftertaste, not over-carbonated but it dances on the tongue, wow an excellent ale

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Berard (300) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Draft. Pours golden brown with thin white head that lingers. It looks like how a perfect beer should. Mild carbonation with a hop aroma. It's like a slightly less sweet and slightly less boozy dfh120. Hop punch in the mouth with no complexity. On the west coast I'm sure this us a good dipa. In VT, this sits on the store shelves. Meh. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ravens_n_beer (20) - - AUG 21, 2014
Poured from a bottle in Catonsville, MD. Very floral aroma, traditional IPA amber orange color. If you are an IPA fan, DRINK THIS anytime you can find it. Would love to find it on tap. This is a splendid resinous, bitter hoppy taste with a very smooth mouth feel. Start to finish and even the lingering aftertaste is gratifying. Best Sierra Nevada product I’ve tasted.


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