RATINGS: 1735   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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ben4321 (6827) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Location: Draft at Iron Monkey, 6/28/12

Aroma: It has lots of fresh pine/resin, a good amount of citrus, and some light caramel and crystal malts
Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a couple inches of white head and some sticky lace
Flavor: The taste is much the same, some decent sweet and bitterness from pine and citrus hops
Palate: It is somewhat sticky and chewy on the mouth, with a medium-plus body, and a lingering dryness
Overall Impression: I found this one to be a nice pine/resin forward example of the style. I like the idea here, the whole cone IIPA. It worked well. The alcohol is very well hidden, I had no idea it was 10.4% until I just started logging it here. Another nice one from Sierra Nevada, but I’d expect nothing less.

ALLOVATE (3087) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2012
Just on cool and into a snifter. Oily looking, radiant orange amber with just a few lonely bubbles rising to atmosphere. Little head retention shown but granted by the high hopping. Clean bright hops on the nose; spicy, herbaceous, predominately piney and interfilled with inklings of fresh baked cookies, golden syrup and toffee, sawdust and peat, stonefruit, honeydew and grapefruit, all coming across in declining order. Oily in feel, not huge in body but there is plenty of presence shown. There is a reserved sugary sweetness, burnt toast and toffee, toasted grains, light buttery note before all hops and pinewood in back. A rather harsh and drawing, herbal battering of the tonsils sees the alcohol weighted - though there is a warmth and an almost fusel higher alcohol at play. There is supple fruit to linger and into the long hop bomb of a swallow. Lychee, grapefruit, apricot, peach; the spritzy carbonation is lingering with the fruit esters. Good malt balance to the heady hopping. Not as extreme as I was dreading. A nice DIIPA! (12fl.Oz, No.209010556, Liquor Barons, Ocean Reef)

frpilz (111) - Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2012
tangerine color, fully hoppy aroma citrus mostlysome earthiness, simcoe hops smell so gooooood. Not as heavy as I thought, medium mouthfeel. Very well balanced, some alchohol warmth at the end. Bittering is consistent throughtout, you get the malty tatstes in the middle. Very good, I would pair with grecian grilled lamb chops and some pungent feta cheese.

SPDickerman (1315) - Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Pours clear orange with a large white head. Smell hints of citrus and flowers. Taste is very bitter with some grapefruit kick. Medium-to-full bodied with a slick texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Sierra Nevada Hoptimum finishes with a lot of bitterness.

Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2012
12oz bottle from Louisville Beer Store in Louisville, KY. Pours a crystal clear golden colored body with a finger-width, frothy and creamy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is bright and dry grapefruit rinds, sweet resins, crisp and slightly sweetened pale malts, a light caramel, pine spice, and some citrus florals. Flavor is big, sticky citruses with lots of sweet resins and pines. Lightly sweetened, crisp pale malts with some caramel before bigger tropical fruits and florals come out towards the end with even more citruses and grapefruit rinds before the hops give off a slight spiciness. Finishes dry and highly bitter with lots of sticky resins and sweet fruits, but not really malty sweet at all. All the sweetness comes from the hops. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, this is one sticky, hoppy, resiny, fruity IPA. The hops really accentuate the sweetness, but this is definitely bitter enough to provide some sort of balance to the hop explosion. Really enjoyable DIPA.

mansquito (7127) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Chevy Chase, DC single ($3): Pours a copper body with a white head. Aroma is pine needles, wood, citrus, and a whole bunch of other hop aromas, although I should note that this beer does not skimp on the malts either. Taste is very hop forward, but still drinkable. I think the advantage it has is that the hops do not leave too bitter of an aftertaste. Body is oily and somewhat thick, but the beer is thankfully not too sweet. An excellent DIPA, but not amongst those I hail as my favourites, but then again maybe I was just in the wrong mood.

Indra (2710) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JUN 26, 2012
12oz. bottle. Sweet, floral and citric aroma, full of sugary, toasty, caramel malts and juicy, piney, fresh, resinous hops, along with some doughy yeast, orange, pineapple and alcoholic fumes in the background. Mostly clear light-medium golden amber color with very fine head and lacing. Flavor profile is very hoppy indeed, but not without a fairly strong malt presence as well, with a lightly sweet, honeyish, floral character overlaying the generous hop citric, piney, spicy flavors and substantial bitterness. Some tropical fruit and leafy herbal tones late. Full, in fact almost heavy mouthfeel, oily and coating, showing some warmth and a massive body. Certainly has that certain SN character that almost makes this seem like a cross between Torpedo and Bigfoot, but it does have its own thing going on as well. And it’s a good thing.

queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Bottle. Sweet orange, pineapple, caramel malt aroma. Orange with a small creamy head, good lacing. Very sweet malt which is quickly eclipsed by phenomenally strong bitter, resinous piney hops. Medium body, very sticky. Definitely a hop bomb.

Brenhophead (695) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 26, 2012
355ml Bottle. pours clear golden with a nice off white head and a sweet piney aroma. The first thing i notice is how the sweetness balanced the bitterness and the alcohol is well hidden. I really get that woody resinous flavour as well as zesty tang.

canes89 (31) - New York, USA - JUN 25, 2012
This beer is impossible to find! Had a four pack once. Awesone, drink at home,low alcohol taste. Need to have more of !!!!

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