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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
monkeychugg55 (1056) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2012
Clear light copper with a medium sized, frothy white head.The aroma is a pretty even mix of pine, caramel, and citrus. The flavor is sweet caramel at first, followed by hop flavors (mostly pine), and a long, bitter finish. Very full body, with soft carbonation, and some warming on the finish. Very tasty stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennisjoel (1403) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2012
Wowser! Sierra Nevada has done it this time. This one hits on all cylinders. Very nice balance between hops and malt. ABV is well hidden. Easy drinking. All in all a very nice beer here. One that Ill revisit regularly. I was waiting for SN to put out a good IIPA. This is what I was waiting for!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ringnes (3) - Elk River, Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2012 does not count
Deep golden color with a mildly effervescent pour into a nonic pint glass. The taste is pure hop bliss with lupulin oils coating the tongue. There is a crispness to this DIPA that you wont find in many other products. Well done SN and at approximately $9 a four pack, I will definitely be back for more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (4344) - California, USA - JUN 18, 2012
18 June 2012, bottle, 2012 batch. yellow, clear, steady bubbles, frothy white head. nose is gorgeous: grapefruit and lots of peaches. thin body and moderately fizzy. bit more resiny hops in the flavor. grapefruit and not much peaches. slight bitter finish. nice enough but not nearly as good as i expected from the aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ebone1988 (1543) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2016 Aroma is malt, tropical fruit, pine, mostly malt. Appearance is amber golden, white head, clear. Taste is malt bomb, pine, tropical fruit, decent. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, light carbonation, malty aftertaste. Overall, this is a pretty decent beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odysseyalien (71) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2012 Adding to my notes from June 2012. This is one of my top five favorite beers. My other favorites are Firestone Double Jack, Stone Ruination, Weybacher Insanity Barleywine Ale, Firestone Subaca. This one has found a place in my rotation and I buy it whenever I can stumble across a 4-pack. The only reason I dont give this an even higher rating as I dont feel that anything is perfect. This beer...is very close! Previous: Very nice brew. Worth trying if youre a hop head and into double ipas!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBeerFanatic (1035) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 17, 2012
A light clear amber with a wonderful cloudy head. Big aromas of grapefruit, resiny citrus, apricot and light pine. Flavors of resinous sweet grapefruit/citrus, pine, apricot, and alcohol only lightly in the nose. Sweet, very bitter, strong hops coming through, and lightly dry. Two thumbs up to sierra nevada!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eros47 (53) - Huntington Park, California, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Smells great. A mix of fruity hops and earthy/grassy hops. Not much malts on the nose. Has a very nice clear golden color. I poured a two finger head that lasted a bit. Taste awesome. Upfront get a heaping of the fruity hops followed by the earthy hops. Light body, very smooth. Very carbonated. For I Double IPA, this beer is very sessioable. Overall, this a great beer, I highly recommend to any hop head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gription79 (2873) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. The aromas are of resin, pine, citrus, basically a huge american hop bomb. The flavor is super resin/pine, and overly sweet. I did not care for the lack of balance in this beer. Way to sweet and way to resinous.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
natejgood (493) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Pours medium golden with a large off white head that craters down nicely. Aroma of sweet hops with hints of pine and tangerine. Flavor of hops all the way through. Very bitter, but a bit creamy in the mouth, which helps cut the bitterness but also leads to a less than refreshing drinking experience. A very hop forward beer with a ton of hop flavor without much else to balance it out. Good hoppy beer if that is what you are looking for.

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