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RATINGS: 1504   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

LeftCoastRider's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LeftCoastRider (110) - , Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Awesomeness. Pours a clear gold with a moderate cream-colored head. Aromas of tropical fruits and flowers, and amazing flavors - it’s like candy. Sweet but still uber hoppy. Heavy bodied, very high in alcohol. One of my favorite beers, I just wish it were lower in alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Dittoson (16) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Delightful beverage that brings a nice golden orange color and an almost sweet hoppy taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pclinto (2) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 26, 2014 does not count
I usually enjoy most Sierra Nevada beers, but Hotimum took a few drinks. All said and done it was really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bootlegger007 (17) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2014
2013. Heavy aroma of caramel and tropical fruits, pours a golden / amber coulour with a smallish head that has good retention, flavours of tropical fruit and citrus with the lingering bitter aftertaste, not over-carbonated but it dances on the tongue, wow an excellent ale

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Berard (295) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Draft. Pours golden brown with thin white head that lingers. It looks like how a perfect beer should. Mild carbonation with a hop aroma. It's like a slightly less sweet and slightly less boozy dfh120. Hop punch in the mouth with no complexity. On the west coast I'm sure this us a good dipa. In VT, this sits on the store shelves. Meh. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ravens_n_beer (20) - - AUG 21, 2014
Poured from a bottle in Catonsville, MD. Very floral aroma, traditional IPA amber orange color. If you are an IPA fan, DRINK THIS anytime you can find it. Would love to find it on tap. This is a splendid resinous, bitter hoppy taste with a very smooth mouth feel. Start to finish and even the lingering aftertaste is gratifying. Best Sierra Nevada product I’ve tasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4394) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Copper color with a medium head. Mango and tropical fruit aroma. Strong citrus flavor. Lots of tangerine and orange peel. Marmalade kind of sweetness, but solid bitterness. Full bodied. Venturing into Am Barley Wine territory, but delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yiannnos (857) - , CYPRUS - AUG 19, 2014
On tap. Orange colour. Heavy grapefruit mango hop aroma and flavour. Full bodied, bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
planky84 (2103) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2014
Cask at GBBF, 2014. Gold pour with a white head. Baked apple, summer fruit and herb aroma. Lots of fruity goodness on the palate. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vulcanmeister (196) - La Grande, Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Pours a golden with small off white head. Aroma is citrus and malt. amber with thin head. Aroma is citrus and malt. Flavor is pine,citrus, a big dollop of hops and a nice lingering grapefruit, caramel, and hoppy finish with the warmth of the alcohol lingering through.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerman33190 (48) - FRANCE - AUG 18, 2014
Quite simply, nectar from the gods ! Rich, powerful flavours and aromas. Started with this at the GBBF, mistake. Everything got fuzzy after and the other beers couldn’t compete. Best Ipa I’ve had.

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