RATINGS: 1788   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

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AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2012
Bottle. My only problem with appearance is lack of head. There is no head, but good lacing. Aroma is solid pine hops with a strong malt backbone. I get the grassey notes and a tiny bit of citrus/grapefruit . Palate is smooth considering the ABV. Flavor is bitter finishing dry.

Davros (3137) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2012
Pours gold with a large head. Nose shows pine, grapefruit, resinous hops and celery along with caramel. Very full-on flavours: pine, solvent notes, caramel. The pine character is almost like a pine-scented cleaning agent. Well-hidden alcohol, but perhaps partly responsible for the soft solvent note. Carbonation seems a little excessive. Not overly complex or interesting, pretty much just pine throughout.

jb (3221) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2012
Wow, this is interesting. Nose is whatever you want it to me or sniff in the moment. Sometimes I get a pine forest, sometimes tropical fruit, sometimes cedar. Appearance is light amber/dark gold, clear, thick lacing pattern. Palate is complex, malty, resinous, pretty dry considering, and the booze is totally hidden.

krisolson (57) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2012
WOW... This is a really good beer. It’s a nice amber color and smells wonderful. The taste is wonderful but the only draw back to me is the aftertaste. I enjoy beers that don’t linger. Give me big flavor without a bad aftertaste.

Sammer (1119) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Taste is big, bold hops, pine, citrus and flowers, with a nice warm finish. Bravo Sierra Nevada!!

Lukaduke (3206) - Gray, Maine, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Pours a deep orange copper color with slight off white head. Aromas are sweet malts and earthy pine hops; On the palate it is alot of the same. Earthy bitter notes with touches of grapefruit and cedar. The malty sweetness round out the bitterness nicely. Not bad but Ive enjoy many DIPA a bit more.

AleWife725 (21) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 7, 2012
On tap in our living room (sixtel). Pours a clear golden amber with a thick off-white head. Pine sap aroma Lots of bright pine flavor that hits all corners of the palate. Notable sugariness from the high alcohol content. Finish is long and lingering, but after sipping the brew awhile, leaves a bitter hop oil character on the tongue, causing a very dry finish. Best served in tulip or wine glass.

kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Bottle. Pours a rich golden amber with a thick creamy off-white head. Potent dank grassy and floral hop aroma. Very flavorful, a full bitterness that lingers potently with a grassy aftertaste. Some mild floral sweetness in the body. Nice feel and carbonation in the mouth.

musinj6 (506) - Dedham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Pours slightly hazy golden with small head and no lacing. Clean pour. Primarily toasted malt and maybe a hint of caramel. Hops are predominate with strong bitter flavor overwhelmingly grapefruit peel up front with spruce that follows. The citra and chinook clearly stand out. Medium body with crisp moderate carbonation and chewy palate. Very long bitter finish. This is a fantastic beer.

ComradeK (1230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2012
355ml bottle, 2012 edition. Pours a slightly hazy light copper amber, with a moderate off-white head, which lasts fairly well and leaves good lacing. Strong pine resin hops mix with a milder mango hops aroma and faint caramel malt on the nose. Very potent pine resin hops up front are again tempered by a sweeter mango hops flavour. Mild orange blossom and a touch of honey lead into a brief caramel malt flavour in the mid-palate. The finish mixes burnt caramel with more slightly fruity mango, and leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste. This is a quality imperial IPA. The blending of aggressively bitter hops with a sweeter, fruitier variety has given a great deal of balance to what is nevertheless a very hoppy ale. Good stuff.

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