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RATINGS: 1520   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Golden copper pour with a big, frothy, white head. The aroma is fresh and herbal with lots of juicy grapefruit, orange and lemon zest. The malt component is light caramel, toffee and a hint of biscuit. The flavor has loads of grapefruit and mixed citrus with a grassy, herbal, bitter hop finish, some sweet caramel, honey and toffee malt. Sticky, medium body with moderate carbonation and some alcohol on the finish. Definitely Sierra Nevada’s best representation of a west coast IPA.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
coleee1 (11) - SLOVENIA - SEP 15, 2014
Pours amber with little head and minimum lacing. Not a good start, huh? Well the aroma turns it the other way around. Extremely hoppy, which goes for the taste as well. The taste is very full and strong bitterness stays there from the beggining to the end. Great beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gschrade (663) - Collinsville, USA - SEP 15, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours orangish with a white head. Taste sweet, citrus, pine. I thought this was good. I would drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4092) - Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Backlog rating 8-14-2012 (Bottle) This beer has a medium sized off-white head with a long retention, slightly hazy golden body, fizzy, fast rising carbonation, and has spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is malt, pine hops, hint of grapefruit, wheat. The flavor is heavily bitter, sweet malt pine hops, grapefruit, and has a semi-dry finish. The mouthfeel is aggressive and this beer is medium bodied. This beer has a lingering bitter aftertaste and is a beer for hopheads. This beer is too hoppy tasting for me, but is worth trying.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiammanghilla (553) - Genova, ITALY - SEP 13, 2014
Bottiglia 33cl, ordinata su birraland è bevuta a casa. Piuttosto morbida come corpo, poco carbonata. Amarezza eterna e complessa. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhold

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
BenOver (79) - SLOVENIA - SEP 12, 2014
Pours crystall golden, with medium head, hoppy fragrance, not too strong, not too weak. Taste has a lot of body. Strong feeling with a starting sweetness, that is very well followed by the bitter finish. Thos is one hell of a beer! The moderate carbonation and strong hops make you very "burpy" though. :)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dr.Drei (22) - New York, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Pours Amber with a decent head. Citrus aroma with caramel notes. It is on the sweet side and not as balanced as some other DIPAs. Overall, it is still very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Desverger (2094) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2014
Cask@GBBF 2014, London (13/08/2014) - amber coloured pour with white head. Aroma and taste is big hoppy and fruity, pine needles, caramel malty base, toffee, solid bitter finish. Great stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
orangesol (853) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
22oz. bomber purchased at Shady McGrady’s and poured into a snifter. Thanks to my buddy bones for purchasing this one for us to try.

A - Pours deep amber orange with a thin film of white head, dissipating down to tiny spots of head, leaving light rings of lacing down the glass.

S - Still pretty smokey in this place so this could have been a little bit better I am sure. Plenty of grassy hops, rich caramel malts, and some dulled tropical fruits. A touch too sweet for my liking, almost smells like hoppy syrup.

T - A good amount of grassy citric hops up front mix well with the caramel malt sweetness and some light grapefruit acidity. Finish is sticky sweet with plenty of lingering hop bitterness. A touch hot once it warmed up a bit. Pretty good but not the best.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Pretty heavy in the feel, almost syrup like. Tons of hop bite in the finish with a good bit of it lingering for some time.

D - Decent stuff. I liked it but I could really only have one glass. The combination of the higher ABV. and the sticky sweet feel really got to me. Still a good beer tho.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CelticBrew (772) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Pours from 12oz bottle a hazy copper/amber with a large foamy white head that leaves some clumpy lacing and holds an island of foamy ring. Aroma is rich citrusy hops, pine needles, grapefruit juice, chewy caramel, spicy hops and sweet malt. The flavour immediately brings a bitter rush pervades the mouth upon first sip, with citrus of mango and pineapple really strong, along with a bit of peach. Malt comes in late, with some honey sweetness to balance the hops, but really this beer is all about the hops and pine. Pretty solid double.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
woodychevy (354) - - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle from Joni’s. Holy crap this is good. Pours a perfect IPA amber/ orange with a once inch white head. Nice lacing, slightly mellow carbonation. Nose of pine, citrus (grapefruit if I were getting specific), some floral notes and resin. Taste follows- all the flavors one wants in a big IPA but without being a hops bully. Nicely balanced. Hops and alcohol definitely there but in a thoroughly enjoyable way. Nice dankness and creamy mouthfeel. Decently long and not overly bitter finish. Citra and Chinook (one of my favorites) really work as the torpedo hops. Complex and delicious. Really, really, really good.


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