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RATINGS: 1704   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2011
That winning aroma of really fresh dry hopped pine hops,tantalizing and alluring, taste is tongue curling bitter hopping, those Magnums have never been displayed like this,you truly notice the hop bitterness over the flavor,fireworks spectacular,caramel malting just to keep it from being insane,the best beer I have ever had from Sierra Nevada


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ByTheirLimpin (93) - 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 (82) - 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 (483) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ston3s42 (135) - - JAN 2, 2016
Cloudy orange appearance with little head. Complex tastes of hops, citrus, chocolate, caramel, peppers, smoke, vanilla, spruce and dough. Full body, okay carbonation and a lasting bitter finish. Chocolaty bitter heaven

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TEJA (1928) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2015
Bottle from systembolaget sweden. Medium and lasting white head. Clear amber color. Nice caramell maltiness and piny aroma with small citrus. Big fresh hoppy taste with balanced bitterness. A very good imp ipa.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6885) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stew41 (1854) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (3402) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubblehouse (1015) - 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.


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