RATINGS: 1791   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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alexsdad06 (10436) - 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.

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.

wlajwl (6814) - 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.

GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 9, 2011
22oz bottle -

I have to applaud Sierra Nevada. They rarely drop the ball when it comes to producing great beer and it’s nice to know that you can pretty much bet the house that when you see Sierra Nevada, that Ken Grossman and Co. and going to do it right the first time. This beer, was done right.

It pours out a cream-soda/copper hued body with a dense 3/4" head. Some carbonation present in the body, but mostly still waters. It really is a picture perfect pour of an IIPA. Aroma is wallowing deeply in the dank underworld of grapefruit/citrus hoppage. Even cold, this beer puts forth a mighty effort to let you know what awaits...hops. As it warms up to proper temps, the hops explode in both aroma and flavor. Sierra Nevada gets it right, and damned if I didn’t think they made this beer just for someone like me, who loves the hops to be the showcase and the malt is there just to keep a rhythm. It’s just chock full of bitter, hop-loving goodness with just the right amount of sweetness, to keep it from becoming hop-tea. Hopefully, if they don’t run out of hops there in Chico, this will be an annual offering (or year-round would be even better)!

pushkinwow (2793) - Ottawa, CANADA - NOV 29, 2011
On tap at Blue Tusk. Pale golden yellow with an off white head. Huge citrus and pine resin, bit of fruit - aggressive hops is definitely a good way to describe it. Quite bitter and boozy, full bodied and good carbonation, finish that just keeps on giving as it goes through a spectrum of bitterness that becomes more dry. A hop bomb but tasty.

TheJestersBeer (2430) - SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2011
24oz bottle. (Rating #400) Pours a hazy deep gold, with a firm off-white head. Extremely hoppy aromas, spruce, pine resin, pineapple, grapefruit peel, dried fruits, apricots, raisins. Medium sweet, full bodied, high bitterness, creamy CO2. Hello hop explosion, goodbye palate! Loads of hops, herbs, flowers, pine needles, spruce, tropical fruits, mango, papaya, grapefruit peel, blood orange, almost slightly smoky. Long, hoppy, bitter finish. (2011-11-19)

rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Pours a clear amber with a bubbly white head. Aroma is pungent dank hops with grapefruit, pineapple and oranges. Flavor is the same with a bit of malt sweetness and a touch of alcohol. Very tasty imperial IPA.

fonefan (49424) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2011

Bottle 1pt.8fl.oz. @ [ Tasting by Fin & Loz ].

Clear medium orange colour with a average, frothy, good - fair lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, perfume - flowers, pine, orange - citrus. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20111022]

blafa (511) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2011
Sampled at SBWF. Stockholm, September 29th, 2011.
Aroma is very hoppy with fresh notes of citrus and grapefruit, but also a wired soap note. Luckily it’s not present in the taste which in return is very nice and creamy. Big hop character with loads of grape and pine needles. A it on the sweet side but nevertheless an impressive DIPA.

bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Draft. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Big grapefruit and tropical fruit aroma. Grapefruit and caramel flavor with tropical fruit. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruit and caramel lingers.

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