RATINGS: 1726   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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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.

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. There’s 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.

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

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!

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 lover’s 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. It’s 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.

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