RATINGS: 1778   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbastard (842) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2012
I have a 12oz bottle, can I drink the whole thing? Really big powerful nose of pines and citrus. The balance of malt and hops is good in the taste. Complex aromas and flavors. This is big! Its almost a little too overpowering. The finish is very dry and a little too bitter. This beer takes time to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Bottled on Feb 17: The nose is unreal - huge, sweet citrus. It almost smells like some high grade sativa. A bit of spruce to follow. Theres enough malt to balance but the pungency of the hops is what makes this appealing. Pours a bright amber gold with a swelling off-white head and distinct laces. The taste echoes the nose with a stronger malt presence: caramel and simple syrup. A cloying orange peel bitterness dries things out in the end. Overall, this is a must-try and, for me, a repeat purchase.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BayAreaBeers (85) - Fremont, California, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Pours a burnt orange that is pretty clear. Aroma is all hops! Grapefruit, tropical fruits, a bit of oak. Taste follows. This is a hop BOMB. Finishes really dry with a nice sweetness. Overall a great DIPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nobeerandnotv (12) - eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Very floral head citrus and hoppy resinous smell. You can tell that this beer is packed with wonderful hoppiness first sip is a hop head dream balanced very nicely not overly bitter has a very nice lingering finish I love Sierra Nevada!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
EastBayPints (20) - California, USA - FEB 26, 2012
This is a huge bitter DIPA. Agressively hopped with a big "torpedo" dry hop addition. Hoptimum comes off the tap a grassy yellow amber. It comes with a creamy double finger white head. The hops make a definite impression, they are intensely bitter resins, dank and like a fresh cracked hop cone. There are big hits of stingy pine and cutting grass. The alpha oils add a lemon zest, lemongrass, and green tea. The taste is big and mouthwatering. This is a northwest hop lovers delight. If you enjoy sticky pine and mouthwatering grapefruit this is your beer. The firm malt base makes the big hops more palatable. There is a slight funk to this beer as well. Its hop farm fresh. The mouthfeel is oily and sticky. This is a fine Double India Pale Ale. Sierra Nevada demonstrates there ability to make the most of the fresh northwest hop harvest. Enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnRMurdoch (4622) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 17, 2012
750ml bottle from Mybrewerytap.com. Hoppy aroma. Amber brown colour, good head. Hoppy flavour. Sweet aftertaste. Good but too strong fo me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Hoptimum pours a clear amber color with a smooth 2 finger head. Great lacing throughout the glass. Beautiful looking beer. You want hops? You got hops! Citrus is the number one aroma that comes to mind with this beer. Mixed in with some grapefruit and other tropical fruits. Slight grassiness and a nice bready malt backbone. The 10% abv isnt to apparent here. Hoppy as hell but balanced nicely with the malt. At first sip I was in love. This is a huge beer and like I said above this isnt something I can see from Sierra Nevada. Blasted with fruit right off the bat. Grassiness sits on the tongue. Aftertaste of really nice bready malt. The alcohol is very much more apparent here. I would of loved to have seen it toned down a bit. But the number one thing youll notice here, especially as you drink and drink, youll notice the 100 IBU kicking your ass. One of the more bitter beers Ive had in a while. Just sits everywhere. Mouthfeel is medium bodied a little bit syrupy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (9740) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Bottle shared by shigadeyo. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma had a strong citrus hop character, grapefruit, herbal and pine resin. Lighter hints of sweet caramel. The flavor was definitely about the hops; big herbal/spicy bitterness, citrus, grapefruit, pine resin with a lightly toasted caramel malt base. Medium bodied. This was right up there with the better DIPAs available.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Draft. Now I love me some SN but had no idea how good this was. Did not consult RB but was more than pleasantly surprised. Pours golden with creamy off white head. Smell is a balanced of pine, resin, grapefruit and caramel maltiness. The taste is where the magic is, though. Creamy, thick, oily. Mmmmmm. Hops are bright tropical and grapefruit hops. The over 10% is nearly nonexistent. Superb brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (6150) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2012
Intense hoppiness with enough maltiness to balance it, along with syrup notes in the body. I do like these Sierra Nevada big bottle releases, but my wallet does not.

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