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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (3028) - California, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Golden orange in color... Aroma of citrus hops.... Flavor has very prevalent notes of grapefruit contributing to its bitterness, tropical fruit, lemon tart.... Fairly dry overall... Pretty nice beer, but then again, Ive been drinking Firestone Walker Union Jack IPAs all night so its tough to compare...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
weihenweizen (3333) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2012 On tap at Pies and Pints and from bottle. Pours clear deep golden with medium white head. Some lacing, well carbonated, and light grapefruit aroma. Taste is grapefruit, hint of pine, and heavy bitter hops in the finish. Needs to be fresh and the finish is a little over the top bitter for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
iugrad93 (265) - Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Poured clear, light amber color with white head. Aromas of citrus, pine. Taste is nicely bitter but the malts tame it a bit. Really a wonderful flavor and mouthfeel, smooth. Overall, another great one from SN. I put it up there with Hopslam.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jabic (443) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Ar: Orange, lemon, and resiny pine - medium-low intensity. Ap: Orange-amber, crystal clear - small off-white head with medium-low retention. T: Pine, tangerine, and mango - high bitterness, with a bit of black-tea tannic quality - medium-sweet, and toasty - fruity hops are intense and juicy. P: Medium body with medium-high carbonation. O: The hop flavor is really standout in this beer - aroma is not quite on par, but the flavor more than makes up for it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2012
12oz bottle pours hazy gold with an rocky head. Aromas of pine floral notes of hops and grapefruit rind also grassy notes of hops and lots if hop resin. Flavor is huge and bitter lots of pine sap and alcohol. Body is medium to full with a real astringent feel lots of alcohol warmth. Finishes with a real bitter hippy flavor

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PD4Ever (109) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip. 2012 release. Aroma: very hoppy floral and citrus. Grapefruit and lemon. Appearance: clear pour. Coppery brown color. 1 finger white head that faded quickly. Laces glass well. Taste: medium bitter and light sweet. Medium sour. Medium sour and very bitter aftertaste. Palate: medium body. Thick texture. Slightly syrupy. Lower carbonation. Bitter sour and alcohol in the aftertaste. Overall: similar abv to hopslam but not as balanced. Could use more sweetness. Very hoppy but maybe too much on bitter hops. Alcohol could be hidden better. Probably wont pick this up next year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Atom (2234) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2012
12oz bottle pours a bright copper/orange with a large white head. Aroma of resinous pine sap, sweet caramel malts, toffee, honey, citrus, and tropical fruits. Taste of sweet caramel and biscuit malts, with honey, and bitter resinous hop oils stinging the sides of the palate. Solid!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skmikeg (1822) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2012
Pours a nice looking amber orange with a small off white head and some lacing. aroma is nice with a lot of pine resin, grapefruit, tropical fruits, biscuit malt. flavor is nice and hoppy with a lot of pine, grapefruit, tropical fruits, biscuit malts, and some baked bread notes. Has a medium full body with a creamy mouthfeel and a dry bitter finnish that really hits you on the back of the tongue. overall, a very nice DIPA that is now my new favorite Sierra Nevada beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BucannonXC5 (1520) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2012
Poured from a draft into a goblet at San Diego Brewing Company on March 21, 2012. Color was caramel paleish. A good-looking beer. Minimal lacing on the top with bubbles on the sides. Light film on the sides of the glass. Smelled citrus hops up front. Grapefruit seemed to lead the way. Could smell the bitterness. Tiny amounts of pine. Tasted bitter hops up front but it balanced out after that. Could taste the alcohol, but it wasnt overwhelming by any means. Smooth taste. Medium body. Average carbonation. Smooth finish. Really just a perfect feel. By far the best part of this beer. I went out of my way to try this beer (it was tapped earlier in the day at this place). Overall I was hoping for slightly more, but I did enjoy it and would try it again in a heartbeat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thicksuds (449) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Literally smells like weed. Could the proprietary hops be canibus? Glows orange/amber. Taste is hoppy, very well hopped, bitterness dominates but is well balanced by a fruitiness as well. Really hits hard on the back end, with a pungent bitterness and dryness, leave a strong aftertaste but not overpowering. One of the better imperial ipas I have had because it is not overdone, but very powerful. Awesome.

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