RATINGS: 1775   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mlmeeks (46) - Winona, Mississippi, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Torpedo hops shining thru. definite C hop aroma. pours with a nice head. nice bitterness. doesnt have the alcohol presence you might expect from a 10.4%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GSH1976 (307) - Delaware, USA - JUN 23, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2015 Pours a medium golden color with minimal head. The aroma is fantastic and the taste is dominated by hops as expected -- citrusy, This is an excellent DIPA although it could be a little less sweet. Despite the high ABV the alcohol is not nearly as noticeable as it is in other beers I have tried today that have a lower ABV. It tastes like the Torpedo Ale on steroids. I initially rated this a 4.2 overall back in 2012 but after having it many times since, including the 2015 version the other day, I realize that rating is much too high. Overall I would give it a 3.6. The hops are very strong but it is not very refined and there are so many better choices out there in this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgasparine (10) - USA - JUN 22, 2012
Thin white head, decent lacing, and a medium-amber body. Aroma is heavy resinous hops-- hops completely overpower the malt. Flavor is hop-forward to an extreme... the big malt backbone is revealed on the mid-palate... and the finish is intensely bitter and lingering. Body is big and chewy, with a soft pervasive carbonation. Overall, this is an intense, but nicely crafted Imperial IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mmmkay (51) - - JUN 22, 2012
Big hop flavor and aroma. Good Imperial IPA. My local shop in Michigan ran out. Pick it up in Texas. Good lacing and orange amber color. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
That1Guy (2216) - Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2012
12 oz bottle pours a clear orange with a slight head thats pretty sticky. Got pine, and lots of grapefruit pulp on the nose. Flavor slaps you across the face with more hop notes, pine, and grapefruit, with a sweet, subtle malt character backing it up. Resinous and sticky as hell. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (5402) - Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2012
12 ounce bottle pours an orange amber color with aromas of pine, sap, citrus, and some caramel, farily even distributed aromas. Flavors are the same as the aromas balanced nicely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (2071) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Bottle from King&Godfree. A hop bomb, complex and long lasting. Aromas of caramel, resin, grass, and liquorice. Taste is bitter, complex, with long length. Palate is creamy, and full bodied. Orange, with a frothy head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sickassmick (228) - Concord, California, USA - JUN 21, 2012
saw a new sierra. had to get it. cold in the fridge at bev-mo. 2012, thats the right year. pours mostly clear. visible carbonation. orange brown. head thins but stays on top for a long time. lots of lacing.. would expect that from a huge beer like this one. here goes. smell is overwhelming citrusy hops. grapefruit, little bit of burnt cherry. mouthfeel is thick, not quite carbonated enough. nice sweet front, short roasty middle and a long bitter finish. This one just might be a bit too much for me in my recent days. 5 or 6 years ago i would have gone crazy about this. not a bad beer. just what you would expect from Sierra. Big citrus hops, as good a balance as you can get with this big a beer. Clean, nice looking, nice smelling, nice tasting. not my thing but doesnt mean it wont get a good rating. one beer got me a lil buzz. thx again sierra.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4924) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2012
On tap at BTBF. The look is clear, golden in color, and has an ok off white head. The smell is hops, grass, fruits, floral, citrus, and good. The taste is more of the same.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BeerDeltaBravo (53) - Oregon, USA - JUN 19, 2012
Pours a vivid ruby red with a two-finger head. Excellent lacing. Sexy herbal scent, with apple and citrus. Delicate biscuity palate, with notes of marzipan and hops. Hearty yet effervescent mouthfeel and extremely long finish.

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