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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hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark golden color with a thick white head. The aromas are pine, floral and citrus with some heavy fruit sweetness. All the right stuff in there. Taste is bitter up front.....very much the dominant flavor. Very large and heavy with sharp citrus and some pine, but overwhelmingly bitter. Body is medium with average carbonation and a long bitter finish. Lacing is all down the glass. Overall, this is a decent DIPA with big hoppiness. Not bad, but a bit too over the top for my taste

beerme31 (689) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2011
Pours copper/amber with medium white head. Very satisfying nose - grass, citrus, floral, pine. Obviously heavy on the bitterness. Its is likely the most bitter I’ve ever had and most bitter I’ve rated so far. Quite a bit of tingling and carbonation in a lasting bitter finish. Overall it was interesting but not something I would buy again.

johnnnniee (4374) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 28, 2011
A careful pour produces a mostly clear orange/amber elixir with a one finger bubbly white head that recedes quickly but leaves lots of lace. Smells of pine and citrus with a bit of an earthy grassy tone mixed in there as well. Hints of sweet malt buried deep beneath barely find a voice in this one. Taste is pine and resin mixed with more bitter grapefruit and lemons than the produce isle at Hannaford. There’s some malt in there I’m sure, but every time I think I can find it, its gone. Sticky resinous pine pitch mouthfeel, low to medium level of carbonation, medium body. Well you asked for hops, you got it! I was expecting that Sierra Nevada sameness that runs through their IPA line and was pleasantly surprised at this over the top DIPA. Its over the top hops, bracingly bitter, and that’s just fine with me. Now put it in a six pack and charge me a fair price for it and I’ll buy it often. On a side note why is this vintage dated? Not a cellar candidate by any means.

oobawa (1580) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Not Sierra Nevada’s best effort in their always-interesting lineup expansion. Very, very, very, very bitter, not Ruination levels but close, with a heavy malt front that leaves the beer tasting like maple syrup chased by quinine. I’m a huge SN honk, but Hoptimum seems a lot like a quick effort to capitalize on a fading craze than a well-thought-out beer. (2/2/11)

DiarmaidBHK (5371) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2011
God was this stuff hard to get. I didn’t even know they had it for sale but I met a fellow hophead who told me they had it stashed behind the counter. Pours amber from bottle with a decent head. Big citrus notes on the nose and even bigger on the tongue. There’s bitterness but at a certain point the bitterness is so extreme it becomes sweet. The mouthfeel was thick almost like pudding. It has some linger to it but yet it hides it’s 10% fairly well. A great reward for a long day of work.

Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Thanks to bleeng and texasjeep for this beer. Golden orange pour with small head. Big nose of hops...grapefruit, flowers, and some sweet malts too. Flavor is a bit sweeter than expected, but works with the hops...easy drinking and flavorful.

Strykzone (7483) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2011
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. Clear golden with some copper. A small off white head. Very little aroma. Flavor is quite nice and they roll over the tongue in waves. There is pine, then floral, then grapefruit, then malt, then pine again. Flavors come one at a time. Delightful!

SDalkoholic (2395) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 13, 2011
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: Created a thick fluffy layer of head where as the liquid was a dense golden honey color with slow rising bubbles. In the nose, there is a strong aroma of green wet hops that smell as if they were freshly picked but there is also a scent of nuts such as pistachio or maybe even cashew. The initial flavor is an overly intensive bite of bitter almost tart tasting green hops that boast of sticky oily resin fresh from the vine. The hops are highly potent and have a similar resemblance to orange, tangerine or grapefruit. Also, there is a base of sweet syrupy malts that when paired with the flavorful citrus hops, it becomes a complicated beer that requires attention.

mjs (7510) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 13, 2011
(Bottle, 0.71 l, at Kaisla, Helsinki - shared with tiong and nokku, thanks, 20110512) The beer poured amber and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. The resinous hops dominated the aroma. Some notes of sweetness and malts could be found in the background. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were hops, pine resin, sweetness, malts, lightly almond and strong bitterness. Aftertaste was sweet, hoppy and bitter. This beer was quite extreme when considering hoppiness but still it showed nice balance, too.

BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Tap @ The Sushi Bar, McCall, ID: My oh my, this beer is quite the treat. Nice orange color with a big white sticky head. The nose is gigantic, tons of citrus and pine; grapefruit and spruce, mint and pepper. A hop monster with a floral fresh underpinning. Intense lemony flavor and a malty caramel mouthfeel, hoppy finish and a big long lasting tail. Even at this ABV, you can’t really tell how high it is because the hop obliterate anything, but with grace.

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