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RATINGS: 1710   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   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


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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Swanny6193 (18) - - MAR 10, 2013
Aroma is of super fresh, fruity hop - really present. Beautiful, fresh hop taste hits first, followed by a lot of bitterness, with a massively lingering fruity, hoppy aftertaste. Stays for quite a while. Lingering bitterness. Tastes really good, really fresh. Big hop hit with awesome taste. Great mouthfeel, good carbonation. Strong in pretty much every way, I would say. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JRisWasted (10) - La Palma, California, USA - MAY 24, 2016
Pours a clear bright orange with great head. The smell of dirty grapefruit and pine, with a small amount of esters dominate the aroma. No single hop variety comes through in the taste. All of the hops kind of mesh together in pure bitter harmony. An almost indescribable bitterness. Long lasting and dry on the palate. This is a fine cognac of beers. Superb!!!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Percy0103 (497) - MEXICO - MAY 22, 2016
Bottle, 355ml. A clear amber beer with a medium size white foamy head. Aroma is of hops, pine resin and floral notes. Taste is bitter with a strong hoppy finish. Medium bodied with some carbonation. Somewhat dry and astrigent. Floral aftertaste and well-balanced.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sdaniel90 (775) - Mexico City, MEXICO - MAY 22, 2016
Bottle, 355ml. Clear golden/amber with a beautiful frothy/creamy offwhite head. Aromas of floral hops, tropical fruits, caramel, resin. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Medium sweet with heavy bitterness. Absolutely delicous malt and hoppy character into an astringent bitter finish. Stunning IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
aleksander9 (1194) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 2, 2016
Hazy copper with white head. Spicy, citrus and tea leaf. Thick, earthy, sweet and dank green finish. Overall: nice! Old bottle...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (4887) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2016
Pours a deep dark orangish amber color. Aromas of big hop action, sweet malts, and more hops. Flavor has some bready maltsy tastes with nice grapefruit and floral hop taste. This is one hoppy sumbitch.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALIBALI (280) - Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, GERMANY - APR 5, 2016
Muss diese Kritik leider aus meiner Erinnerung verfassen. Mein Kumpel Micha brachte mir 2015 zwei Flaschen von seinem USA Trip mit. THANX!!!! Das Bier tatsächlich so wie ein IIPA mit 100IBUs und 10,4% Alkohol sein sollte. Mächtig & Kräftig. Aber auch nicht so außergewöhnlich wie erwartet. Hoffe ich komme irgendwann nochmal in den Genuss.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ByTheirLimpin (248) - New York, USA - FEB 3, 2016
From the bottle to a tulip. Clear golden honey amber sunshine. The head set up and hung around while I putzed around the kitchen wrapping up and headed to the sofa. It stayed thick and foamy teasing me to punch a hole through and draw out my first quaff of the nectar tucked away beneath. The nose was tame, hoppy. Here we go.....smooth, sweet, big and round in the mouth. The malt and hop interplay helps to distract from the warmth growing in my mouth and tummy...tastefully boozy...long well balanced finish that never really reaches a horizon, but fades gracefully as you contemplate the experience...yum

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
OrthoDoc (118) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Huge beer but incredibly smooth and alcohol well hidden. For the name didn't get that much hop explosion. Sweet malt and torpedo like hops. Good beer but not that special or complex. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scotchzombie (513) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2016
Pours hazy orange Amber with a nice thick yellow-white head. Wet lacing. Sweet caramel malt aroma with notes of piney hops. Taste brings a fantastic balance of sweet caramel malt and hops, hops and more hops. Pine and bitter. Some citrus. Really well balanced. This is what an IIPA should be.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnoaksson (781) - , SWEDEN - JAN 8, 2016
Hela vår kulturhistoria är fullknökad med elixir och magiska dekokter, från ungdomens källa till Jesu blod till Bumbibjörnssaft. Suggestionskraften ökar ytterligare nu när Sierra Nevada Hoptimum makar sig in i springan mellan myt och verklighet. Det är nästan så man förväntar sig att hitta denna flaska i en skogsglänta, omstrålad av ett överjordiskt ljus. En dryck att spinna sägner kring.


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