RATINGS: 1775   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (15436) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 11, 2011
22 oz. bottle, pours pale golden with a white head. Aroma is strong citrus & herbal hops, with some floral notes. Flavour is full-bodied citrus and herbal hops. Extremely well-rounded with just enough malt backing. Wonderful IIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcr (2644) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Bomber. Clear, deep gold body. Fizzy, off-white head, mostly diminishing. Nice aroma of leafy hops, pine, sweet peach, lemon. Hints of toasted grain. The flavor is moderately sweet and moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, creamy texture and lively carbonation. Tasty contrast between sweet orange jam early on and piney hops in the finish which also displays some hot alcohol notes. Bright and reasonably clean. Despite the sweet, thick orange and melon, this beer is about hops and bitterness. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2011
22oz Bomber Gravity Beer Market Olympia, WA
Golden orange in color, clear with a thin head. Big hops floral and fruity orange nose. The hops flavor is huge and this is a big hop bomb of a beer. Tons of fruity flavor along with some light pine and nutty flavors. This was a terrific brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Bomber. Pours a coppery orange and amber color with a half-inch of milky white head. The aroma is heavy on the orange citrus and pine with some toasted malt and dried mango at the end. The taste starts with an onslaught of resiny hops and tropical citrus followed by caramel, grapefruit, hops bitterness and alcohol. The mouthfeel is slightly sticky and syrupy with a sharp, bitter finish and mild alcohol burn. The flavor profile has that distinct Sierra Nevada citrusy hops bite to it with a noticeably potent ABV level. This is a hops monster that should be drank with caution.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2011
Golden amber with a white, two-finger, frothy head. Gorgeous frothy head. Decent lacing. Piney and grapefruity aroma; pungent hops. Floral too. Very sweet smell of strong hops. Bit of apple in there too. Taste is unique. Backing up the hops is a peaty/earthy taste that really is almost as prominent as the hops. Smoky, mesquite. The pine lingers throughout. Chewy and sticky and the froth swirls around in your mouth. Deceptively big. Very good. Fun to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Bottle from kegs and barrels. This beer pours a copper color with a medium white head. The aromas are grass, citrus, and flowers. The mouthfeel is dry and bitter with a fairly heavy body and strong alcohol presence. Good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2011
transparent amber, wispy large bubbled white head. Nose of orange, mango, pine, bit of caramel. Flavor with a thin, astringent resin and pine, light orange and alcohol. Meh

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7189) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Sampled from a 24 oz brown bottle this beer poured an orange-amber color with a huge creamy orange-white head that lingered forever and left great lacing. The aroma was sweet pineapple, grapefruit, cherry and pine. The flavor was sweet pineapple, bubblegum, clove, pine and pear. The finish was long and sweet with a fruit cocktail element rising. Fairly full bodied. Lovely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2011
Very nice offering from sierra, the aroma of the beer was really nice, it didnt appear to good, not a fan of the label or the colour of the beer, but it had a real great taste, good offering and I would have again

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (10709) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear amber gold with an off-white head that lasts and laces slightly. Aroma is full of pine hops with a bit of dankness and a strong sweet grains and biscuit backing. Flavor is full of slightly dank pine with a sweet grain backbone, but pine rules throughout.

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