RATINGS: 1787   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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drfabulous (7782) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 9, 2012
4 pack from Shenanigans. Malty and crisp. Nice bitterness. Hoppy. Bit of grapefruit and then sweetness.

daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2012
hopheads are going to go nuts over this one. aroma and initial taste are exavcly where they should be. middle and finish are plesant and finish leaves you sucking your tongue. but in todays era of beer development does this warrant the price?? I am not sure. have a few cases to go through and may change rating later. but for now there are many comparable for less.

mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - MAR 7, 2012
The nose is of grapefruit rind and pine. Sweet malts are barely detectable underneath. As expected the taste starts nice and bitter with the juicy pine and grapefruit. next comes a good balance of sweeter malts. The finish is dry and resiny. The taste doesn’t quite live up to the nose, but it’s still quite the hop-head’s dream.

MadDogMD (215) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Initial thin white head quickly dissipated. Incredible hop aromas of grapefruit, peach & pineapple. Mouthfeel is nice hop resin but not overly thick or oily. Taste is overwhelming fruity hops. Lots more peach & pineapple, w/ mango & creamsicle flavors. Pine on the backside, finishing w/ a slight caramel malt note. Hop bitterness stays on the palate. A great & fun beer!

backdaft (286) - Menasha Red Light District, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2012 2012 Bomber. Pours a deep clear orange color with high a 2 finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is that of full cone fresh hops, grapefruit, pine, grass, and a touch of caramel. Flavor is of bitter green resinous hops, and grapefruit pith with just a touch of some caramel sweetness. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Some alcohol presence lingers. Overall a nice beer, I hope they give this another try

dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Aroma- massive tropical fruits, flowers, fresh-cut grass, obvious hop presence, malt sweetness Appearance- copper orange, minimal head, nice lacing Taste- tropical fruits upfront followed by a severe hop bite, some caramel sweetness, and a bitter pungent hop bite at the end Palate- nice mouthfeel, lower carbonation, well-balanced Overall- Better than I initially thought it would be. Very hoppy, well-crafted, and exceptionally balanced. Probably the best SN brew I’ve ever had.

MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2012
12 oz bottle. Picked this one up not having ever looked at a review. I expected a nice DIPA, but I got a great one. Seemed perfectly balanced with fantastic flavor. I just wish all of the great DIPAs came out at different times.

Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Pours a light ruby color with a finger or so of white fluffy retaining head. Smell is pretty strong, piney hop profile, earthy. Taste is a lot resin and pine. Bitter hops, but not overpowering. Syrupy texture, mid to full bodied. Decent drinkability. Pretty good.

Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Pours a copper with sticky white head. Aroma is pine cones, pine trees, citrus, coriander, malt. Flavor is stinky sticky hops, bitter on the tongue with a tinge of sweetness and citrus. Did I mention hops, hops and more hops. Best Sierra Nevada beer i’ve ever had, and one of the 10 best IPA’s as well.

beerbastard (844) - 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.

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