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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Emeister84 (2505) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Piney and citrusy hop aromas with honey and caramel notes as well. Clear orange-gold with a mostly lasting, white head. Dry with fruity and bitter hops, cushioned by a heavy, malt backbone. Medium bodied and very smooth.

Tongan77 (115) - Ventura, California, USA - JUL 28, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2013 Bottle,color orange with a thin whitehead,smell is very hoppy,taste is bitter,very heavy beer.

BeerKurve (520) - - JUL 26, 2013
Pours a hazy orange color with a 1 finger heads and sticky lacing. Strong Floral, Citrus, Dry and Piney hops all upfront followed by a caramel sweetness. Flavor is strong floral/piney/citrus hops and some grapefruit and caramel maltiness. The hoppiness is strong upfront but it becomes even stronger on the back of the palate. Body is heavy and the carbonation is moderate and lends to the flavor. Excellent Imperial IPA overall, cannot wait to have this again!

mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Beautiful orange color with a sharp hop nose. Nice lace from a dissipating cream head. A bit of sweetness and then bitter hop. Kind of medicinal. Good not great. Amateurish to me. When breweries brew a line of beers it seems you can taste the similarity between them. The base beer ingredients. This beer has that distinct Sierra Nevada quality. I love variety and it doesn’t make you want to try all their beers when you know basically what they will taste like. But I am a hophead and this one is highly rated.

tozac (19) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Dark orange, crystal clear. Huge nose, delicious. Hops are strong but not overpowering

ljstephenson (250) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Bright deep orange pour with a thinning white head. Aroma is light fruit. Flavor is strong hop, pine, some orange & moderate malt. Finish is dry, quite malty and lingering. Wow, what an IPA! ---Rated via @jxray76 on Twitter

Art (3217) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2013
On tap at HOTB. Orange clear pour. Not a ton of head. Slight aroma of hops but mostly alcohol aroma. Smooth mouthfeel.

rxeight (3084) - Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Very bitter. A bit floral. Sweet and carmel malt. Has that hop alcohol bite like hopslam but doesnt pull it off nearly as well. Decent but i really dojt see what the big deal is.

RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Bottle. Clear orange gold. Looks nice. Hop/pine/fruit aroma. Taste is heavy pine and hop as well. Fairly smooth for being a heavy hitter but slightly astringent in mouth.

fr5ed (62) - Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Like Torpedo on steroids - but better. Grapefruity, resiny (if those are words) deliciousness. This is a great everyday DIPA. Need to get another keg if this.

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