RATINGS: 1780   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (10122) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Bottle. Wow - what a monster! Clear orange/amber pour with a smaller white head that laces okay. Huge hop nose - grapefruit and pine resin. Slick palate. Taste is again huge hops - grapefruit, pine resin, floral....just huge, and extremely tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours gold with a big white head. Aroma is full of pine and citrus. Taste is medium bitter with a strong malt backbone of caramel. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2012
12oz bottle, 2012 edition. Thin, foamy khaki head. Clear vibrant orange color. Good lace. Very nice, creamy texture, very light carbonation. A light alcohol bite in the finish. Super-bitter taste. Super dry and assertive hop-bomb aroma. If you crave hops, youll find this to be delicious. Citrus, mango, grapefruit, pine and resin aromas. Really big... Not for the casual fans of IPAs. Gets better and even smoother as it warms, with that light bite softening away. Great to enjoy with a panini-pressed Jimmy Johns italian sub.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WVHouseofBeer (1055) - West Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2012
A very soild Double IPA, but not great. A light golden orange thats not quite opaque enough for a good appearance rating. The smell is on point, piney hops lifting from a slightly unbalanced body. Taste is zest of grapefruit, a heap of bitter spruce hops with a mouthfeel of fine wine. Def worth a try but one is all you need and can probably handle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (8645) - Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Bottle to snifter. Looks good; deep burnt-orange with nice lacing. Smells good too; nice and hoppy. Tastes solid. Hoppy without being too heavy. Mouthfeel was nice as well. Overall, a very good brew, and my favorite Ive tried from Sierra Nevada.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (3119) - 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 (3574) - 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 (500) - 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

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