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RATINGS: 1698   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   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

monkeychugg55's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
monkeychugg55 (972) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2012
Clear light copper with a medium sized, frothy white head.The aroma is a pretty even mix of pine, caramel, and citrus. The flavor is sweet caramel at first, followed by hop flavors (mostly pine), and a long, bitter finish. Very full body, with soft carbonation, and some warming on the finish. Very tasty stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6825) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 24, 2015
Where and how: bottle 355ml, tasting (2015 Vintage)
Aroma:rich, heavy with solid dose of hops. Malts with rounding alcohol. Plenty of everything but execution was average.
Appearance :
Top: plus sized, white cap, some lace on glass.
Base: almost clear, amber
Palate : heavy with mild carbonation. Semi dry longer finish.
Taste: zesty , tart hop notes, chewy mid with bitter hoppy finish. Alcohol noted but in check.
other notes I cant say that I have not expected more from SN. Just good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stew41 (1822) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - OCT 24, 2015
2015 Vintage Rich powerful beer. Malts and hops and quite thick and sweet but it holds together very well. Would be hard to session these.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (3216) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle. Dark golden color. Nice aroma of strong hops, sharp citrus and malt. Taste is heavy, with a nice balance of citrus and caramelised malt, some pine and a nice subtle booziness. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubblehouse (934) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 15, 2015
Pours a dark orange with little to no foam. Extremely hoppy and tasty. Really smooth for the high abv.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RRistow12 (503) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2015
Tasted from bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with off white head. Aroma is pine, floral and biscuits. Taste is moderate to heavily bitter with a mild to moderate sweet malt backbone. Lot of pine resin. Some floral and earthy notes too with a little caramel. Just a hint of citrus. Big time bitter IPA. Very tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Samuel214 (144) - 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 (144) - 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 (272) - 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 (2239) - 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 (553) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 31, 2015
2014 bottle from plonk. Hop resin, alcohol sweetness , bursting with that characteristic Sierra Nevada hop blend. spot on imperial IPA.

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