Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 1693   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

tennisjoel's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennisjoel (1244) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Samuel214 (48) - SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2015
Flaska från SB. Bärnstensfärdag med tunnt vitt skum. Mycket tallbarr, ananas, mango, gräs, tuggummi och en aning brödig doft. Rejäl kropp som fyller munnen väl, går över i fin beska. Svårt att säga särkilt mycket om smaken. Humlen dominerar.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
abergdahl (112) - SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2015
When opened the room fills with hop aroma... Cool Nice honey color.. But taste is where this one excels, more pine raisin than tropical fruits, not really bitter, more full and some sweetness sneaking in, tropical fruits in the aftertaste, smooth feel and wonderfull lingering hints of fruit and fresh cut pine logs.. Like this one.. A lot.. Extreme hops yet balanced For extreme hops it can’t get much better,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
euniceradio (243) - Colton, California, USA - SEP 27, 2015
12 oz bottle to tulip. Pours clear gold orange, white frothy head. Aroma of pine, candied citrus and booze at warmer temps. Taste is the same with some berries, floral and trop fruit. Booze in finish, but pretty smooth and hoppy delicious for 10.4 abv.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vighals (2141) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - SEP 26, 2015
Gylden brun klar med fingerhøyt beige skum. Lukter masse humle, plommer, fersken og noe karamell. Middels fylde. Kraftig humlebitter, druesten og sitrusskall. Bitterheten øker på og er på topp rett etter svelging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RafeAU (487) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2015
2014 bottle from plonk. Hop resin, alcohol sweetness , bursting with that characteristic Sierra Nevada hop blend. spot on imperial IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fritz123 (1419) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Bottle pour at home in a snifter. Pours a deep orange-amber with very little head. Some lacing. Aroma is light fruits, some citrus, cereal grains, hay. Taste is hefty malts with big grain bill, backbone of citrus and fruity hops, boozy, and slight sweet finish. Medium body, modest carb. Well balanced. Nicely done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madchemist83 (189) - USA - AUG 29, 2015
Big resinous aroma. Murky with small head, well balanced taste with biting bitterness. Good ipa but there are way better examples out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JanVah (227) - SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2015
På flaska från systembolaget. Bärnstensfärgad. Doft av russin. Smakar starkt spritsigt och sött i en bra blandning.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BarleyHop (1) - SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2015 does not count
Big whitish head that klings to the glass. Amber body. mostly citrus and hops on the nose. Bitter taste as one would expect, but not too much. Tastes mostly of citrus, grapefruit and tons of hops. Very nice Imperial IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IngetSlick (73) - - AUG 28, 2015
Bottle from Systembolaget. Nog creamy White head. Amber body. Smells of grass, citrus, hops, grapefruit. Tastes very bitter. Mostly citrus, grapefruit, hops. Too bitter for me.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3 4 » 170

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50