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RATINGS: 1471   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

OxfordBeer's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OxfordBeer (16) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Pours bright orange with medium carbonation and a small white head. Nose is american hops. Very floral. Piney, citrus, and fruity, mostly oranges. VERY BITTER, deffinately did not expect it to jump out at me like this. Medium bodied with nice carbonation complementing the bitter fruity flavours from the hops. If I had to guess id say Citra and Cascade hops. The finish is dry and not very long but it works. Very great beer to sip on. I am pairing this with a grilled hamburger with garlic and red pepper seasonings. Not my favorite IPA to have with food, but not bad. Overall, this beer is a novelty to me, I wouldnt have more than one, but id love to drink this big beer on occasion. Something everyone should try for themselves

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (2776) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2014
I am not sure how on earth this ranks as Sierra Nevada’s second best beer (as of July 2014) but it is a pretty decent IIPA as far as IIPAs go. This pours a nice golden orange color, clear w/ a ring of fine bubbles for a head. This is very focused on tropical fruit and pine flavors from the hops. It is a bit sweet, maybe slightly sticky, full bodied but still relatively drinkable. As it warms, a strong mandarin orange character develops and it gets quite juicy and thick but not unpleasantly so. It finishes w/ a bit of sweetness, solid bitterness and just a bit of alcohol burn. I grew to like this more and more over the course of the glass. It is definitely a good beer to take some time w/.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Whatup14 (684) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2014
Bouteille 355ml. Couleur orangée trouble, mousse beige crémeuse. Arôme de houblon résineux, agrumes, citron, alcool, malt. Goût d’agrumes, beaucoup d’alcool, houblon, sucré, malt caramel, longue amertume. Carbonatation moyenne-élevée, corps moyen-dense.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sinfull (794) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Great balanced beer!!!Amber color ,medium off-white head. Aroma of pine ,mango,caramel malt and citrus. Floral , fruity taste with malted sweetness in begining , which balanced by strong hoppy bitterness in finish. Long bitter aftertaste. Fantastic balans.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1490) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Tepid orange pour looks heavy, fresh from the tap. Peach schnapps, caramel, and soft cantaloupe are the main notes in the misty, perfumed haze of an aroma. It is obviously alcoholic but the way it maintains its floral, fruity softness is surprising.

Bubblegum, flowers, honeydew melon; lots of melon. It’s juicy but more accurately very oily. Its sweetness is reminiscent of angel food cake, and almond frosting; the clean softness of these notes is pleasing.

Heavy palate with soft bubbles. While alcoholic and decidedly sweet throughout, it is never cloying. It is slick and wet - certainly too much alcohol for my taste - but I dislike this less than is usual. There is an impressionistic quality to the hop and malt tones that’s aesthetically nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
joejames (109) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Bottle to English pint glass. Pours hazy amber/orange, quick head, little lacing. Aroma...never came across such intense aroma from an ale. Hints of grapefruit, wild flowers, spruce, stone fruit and bread. The taste starts out sweet up front then the hops kick in creating an intense bitter flavor bomb. Full bodied, medium carbonation, a bit sticky resin mouth feel. Finishes quite dry with notes of pine, grapefruit, lemon, candy and well menthol, for lack of that note I can’t grab but comes from the alcohol content. This sucker is the best DIPA I’ve ever tasted. Nice job Sierra Nevada!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
r464 (1890) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Sharp and crisp. Bitter, punchy hops, grapefruit and citrus zest. Easily drinkable despite the alcohol content. Complex, a bit of sweetness, a bit of earthiness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tielord (52) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2014
On bottle. The aromas of this beer are like a punch on the nose, a combinaison of : piney, citrus, tropical fruits overwhelmed us like a ram on a castle door. In the mouth, a light caramel taste at first that rapidly leave place to the parade of heavy hops flavors : pine, resin and citrus. A long bitter aftertaste that stay on well after your last sip. A nice beer for hopheads ! Rating # 51

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gendv138 (1043) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2014
4 oz draft pour at ChurchKey. Clear amber with off-white head. Aromas of biscuit, citrus, floral notes, pine, resin, booze. Tastes of citrus, grapefruit, pine, resin. Medium body with a dry finish. Medium carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerZombies1 (33) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Hoptimum - Sierra Nevada Imperial IPA 10.4% ABV 100 IBU APPEARANCE: Pours a star-bright raw golden honey color. Produced a lovely dense off white creamy looking head that held it's retention nicely. After a few sips it settled into a nice cap with tons of lacing down the glass. AROMA: The bouquet opens up with nice fresh grapefruit zest followed by a sweet floral fragrance almost like a honey suckle flower. There is most definitely some citrus and pine swirling around that gets balanced out by some earthy maltiness on the backend. TASTE: Like someone is firing and automatic hops assault rifle in my mouth. Nice intense burst of flavor, malty and sweet at the same time, tropical fruits up front with the likes of mango, pineapple and some freshly cut grapefruit sprinkled with sugar in the raw. Nice amount of heat on the backend from the high ABV. MOUTHFEEL: Feels like a classic west coast ipa with nice medium body and ton of dancing bubble carbonation. Slightly creamy and oily with a great coating of the mouth that gets sucked up in an instant with that quick snappy dry finish. OVERALL: I still find that my perfect balance for an ipa is in the 10% ABV 100 IBU range. This delivers for me in every possible way. From the look of the beer to the nose to the taste I enjoyed every drop. I am torn wishing it was a year round release and appreciating that it's not so I can look forward to it coming out. I think I could comfortably put this in my top 10 dipa's. RATING: 4.5/5 Zombie Heads! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChiGuy68 (399) - Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Tasted from a 12oz. bottle. It poured a clear amber with lively carbonation and a foamy white head. Aroma of hops and citrus with a hint of mango. Taste of hops, malt, and fruity alcohol.

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