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RATINGS: 1564   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


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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennisjoel (1180) - 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!


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TattooJack (114) - Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Poured from the bottle of a 4-pack to a pint glass, the first drink i took knocked me back a bit, wow! I get confused reading the wine taster like reviews of beers, I never taste the apricots or the sandalwood highlights people claim. I do on the other hand know good beer when i drink it and we have a good one here. I’m not sure how the hops and bitter balance works but if I can drink a 4 pack of a 10.4% beer in an hour I think it qualifies as balanced. Sierra Nevada strikes again with another winner!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hockert (86) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours medium dark orange with a frothy head. Aroma is hoppy but have probably lost some over that Atlantic. Bitter! Not that balanced.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
phikus (59) - syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2014
I loved this beer when it first came out. This is by far my favorite style of beer. I do not know what happened to sierra Nevada. This as with all their IPA styles offers no flavor from the hops just the bitterness. The malt attempts to balance this but it just does not happen.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TourDeBeer (118) - your mummas pants, AUSTRALIA - OCT 28, 2014
resin, orange, caramel, floral aromas. slight off white head, head is maintaining a thin layer. Medium carbonation, very warm alcohol taste. Bitters were medium.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ingevara (806) - SWEDEN - OCT 27, 2014
Firm lasting head. Fruity fragrance. Shallow aroma and restrained flavors but very overhopped. Not a balanced beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iznogud (649) - CROATIA - OCT 26, 2014
Bottle, 355 ml at Patrick’s Irish pub, Ljubljana. Pours orange with white head. Hoppy aroma. Incredible amount of hops, hop bomb. Piney and fruity. Long dry bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (477) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2014
(355mL bottle from Systembolaget) Pours clear medium orange with a smallish but long lasting whitish head with lots of lace. Aroma sweetish, resinous dank hops with tropical fruit and sweet citrus, quite floral as well, some fresh pine and a bit of caramel - not a massive aromatic punch but reasonably strong. Flavour is where this beer is at, sweetish pale etc. malts at first with dried tropical fruit, peach, orange, loads of hop oil resin though which really builds through the palate, floral and spicy and what you’d expect loads of whole cone hops to taste like, with some pine needle and a softwood plank sort of note but not really earthy. Quite a malt backbone to it but the sweetness isn’t crippling at any point, and dries out a lot with quite heavy bitterness on the finish - alcohol well hidden but hop resin lingers on the palate for ages (several minutes, actually). Palate medium full and oily, softish carb. The hop flavor in this beer is really big, quite bitter and resinous, and stands out because of it. More bitter than, for example, Ruination. It’s still pretty sweet (maybe that malt core is needed), but the biggest weakness for me was the aroma. Maybe the cost of shipping to Sweden. Still really nice stuff, though suited to a one beer night!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
konungen (54) - - OCT 26, 2014
Orange / bronze färgad öl med beige medium skumkrona. Mycket humle, lite malt och alkohol i doft. Inslag av tropisk frukt och citrus. Detta tillsammans med en kraftig beska och lite sötma utgör ölets smak. Gillas av mig som gillar humlebesk öl. Flaska från Systembolaget. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
radiomgb (2274) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2014
Orange-Amber, thin but lasting White head, excellent lacing. Aroma is not overly hoppy, light alcohol, malty sweetness. Flavour is quite hoppy, caramel, dry and quite sweet. Warming hoppy mouthfeel, medium body, mod carb. Finishes long, very hoppy, dry. Excellent is pretty much all you can say about this.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
David_87 (11) - - OCT 26, 2014
Aroma is very sweet but slightly toned down on the citrus notes. Taste is very bitter, more so than other 100+ IBU Imperials that i have had. not bad in it´s own, the problem i find is the alcohol that is less masked than i like. Good Imperial IPA but nothing amazing. Bottle from SB, bottled 26 June 2014.


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