RATINGS: 1777   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mayday035 (120) - san jose, California, USA - MAY 3, 2011
Bomber bottle. bottle.... Pours orange/amber with moderate offwhite head, good retention and lacing, a little darker maybe than a typical IIPA. Great aroma, tropical fruit, resin, floral notes and a toffee/doughy malt sweetness. The taste is subtle as a sledgehammer - huge grapefruit/resin bitterness overwhelming just about everything else, though you do get a nice toffee note from the malt before the finish, which is also hugely bitter and lingering. best in small doses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 1, 2011
bottle.... Clear light amber pour , two finger white head , good lace . Aroma of citrus , pine , floral notes and mango . Taste is moderately sweet , grapefruit/pineapple , grass , pine and some floral notes . Resiny , sticky palate . Medium to heavy hop bitterness . Long lasting , dry , bitter finish . Strong Imperial but stickiness adds up towards the finish .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2881) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 30, 2011
Nice deep copper nice whitish head. Nice pinye-hoppy aroma and taste; texture is a bit syrupy (in a good way)...a bit of coffee bittness in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2011
Crazy laced, clear pale amber, big off white head, big ol bubbles, great retention... Ridiculous aroma, loads of citrus and toasty malts... Im beginning to believe that when it comes to these double ipas personally no beer with ever taste as good as it smells when it comes to my palate, i hope im alone in this feeling... Big flavors, strong flavors, very piney, with less citrus than expected, becomes thick as it warms... Big sticky mouthfeel...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (7637) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2011
24oz bottle. Poured an absolutely clear orange color with a medium sized white head. Aroma was sweet malts, citrus, grapefruit, hoppy floral notes. Flavor was hoppy, pine notes throughout, the bitter malts. Wow, this one is pretty good alcohol masked pretty well, but creeps up quickly. Certainly one Id suggest sharing because even though I was enjoying it, only consuming about 1/3 became a chore.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2011
Tasted 3/19/11. 24oz bottle. 2011. Pours mildly hazy with an amber orange hue. Aromas of bright and fresh hops with notes of mild grapefruit and lemon rind. Slightly floral. Nice and full bodied with a bright hop character. Good bitter flavors with a decent alcohol bite. Typical Sierra Nevada quality! Bright yet bitter effervescence and body. Nice piney notes as it warms. Very solidly produced!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
zvikar (5592) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 22, 2011
At a tasting, thanks Dagan, pours yellow with a thick head, aroma of lemon, fresh leaves, olives, pepper and orange, extremely bitter and sweet, light acidity, strong burn, grapefruit peels, long bitter aftertaste, medium to full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10901) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2011
Draft Clear amber ale with a small, foamy, white head. The bouquet is fruity and floral Wrigleys Juicy Fruit gum, a fresh arrangement of mixed wildflowers, freshly fallen pine needles and mango. Full-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and stinging carbonation. The flavor furnishes a sturdy toffee-biscuit-caramel malt backbone, but the fruity, earthy hop bitterness is, without question, the star of this show. Piney, grassy, mildly biting finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 19, 2011
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Holy fucking hops. Pours coppery golden with a medium white head and ok retention. Medium lacing and oily appearance. Aroma is an awesome hop explosion. Fuck, this shit could pucker your asshole from ten feet. Pine resin and citrus hops all over the place. Yummo. Flavor is boozy and super hoppy with more citrus and pine resin notes. Clean finish , but bitter as shit. One of the best hop bombs I have ever had. Bravo Sierra Nevada! A real winner!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2011
24 oz bottle: Pours a clear copper color with a light, small tan head. The aroma isnt as hop driven as some of the other double IPAs Ive sampled. The aroma is largely driven by malt but I do get some sweet citrus on the nose. The taste is slightly sweet, probably the malt and finishes bitter. The mouth feel is medium heavy but it fits the style. I liked this better the first time I tried this and its not bad now but the hops dont pop the way I remember. Great effort by SN.

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