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RATINGS: 1779   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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ACHops' rating

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (1526) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 26, 2012
On tap @ Noble Fir. Pours medium amber with thin creamy head. Aroma is thin floral hops. Taste is big alcohol and hops - both come on at the same time. For all the different hops that went into this, there isnt much nuance - the hops are strong, bitter, resiny, and punchy. Lots of dark burnt caramel malts in an attempt to balance it. Thick mouthfeel is not surprising considering the 10% ABV here. I love Sierra Nevada, and Torpedo proves that they can do a great IPA, but this just doesnt stand up to some of the better DIPA competition like Double Jack or Pliny. I tried this in the bottle too and had the same conclusion - kind of muddy from trying too hard with the hops. Still, all things considered, an impressive beer.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
alex_leit (3407) - Minsk, BELARUS - MAR 12, 2017
Bottle. Amber color. Aroma: fruits, hay, flowers, white port wine. Taste: port, juicy, slightly sweet, pleasant hop bitterness, good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brandon1989 (600) - Lewisville, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2017
Pours a nice copper amber color with a medium off white head. The aroma is pine, caramel, citrus, grapefruit, passion fruit. The flavor is more of the same and there is a definite hop kick with this beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (9919) - Mlndal, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2017
Draught at Haket, Gteborg, on February 10, 2017.
Clear golden to amber color, off-white head. Hoppy, fruity, sweet, caramel scent. Sweet, hoppy, bitter, tropical fruits, alcohol taste. Medium full mouthfeel, medium high to high bitterness. For me to high bitterness and not that well hidden alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
szymonskc (778) - Skrcz, POLAND - FEB 4, 2017
Zapach intensywny, słd, owoce tropikalne, karmel, żywica, sosna, brzoskwinie. Kolor bursztynowy, klarowne. Piana średnio obfita, drobna, średnio trwała, zdobi szkło. W smaku słodkie, pełne, słd, żywica, karmel, sosna, brzoskwinie, zioła, alkohol. Goryczka wysoka, wysycenie średnie.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tjeerd (454) - GERMANY - JAN 16, 2017
It started with a good aroma and then I was completely surprised by the full round taste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martin00sr (3365) - Haderslev, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2017
Clear amber, thick offwhite head. Aroma has malt, pine and peach. Strong, hoppy flavour. Piney, resinous with fruity peach and orange. Some sweetness and lasting bitterness. Slightly chewy. Warming. Very flavourful, strong but still well balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Piw (1028) - Rsselsheim, GERMANY - JAN 8, 2017
355ml Flasche. Klar und rotgolden mit durchschnittlicher Schaumkrone. Intensives Hopfen- und Malzaroma. Fruchtig. Geschmacklich erst herb und trocken dann malzig s. Alkohol leicht schmeckbar.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wojo21 (290) - Pelplin, POLAND - JAN 8, 2017
Aromat dość intensywny, tropikalno żywiczny. Barwa bursztynowa, zamglone, piana średnio obfita. W smaku słodkie, takie karmelowe ale nie do końca, oleiste. Goryczka wyrazista, ściągająca. Oglnie dobry imperial.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PabloZab (1346) - Wroclaw, POLAND - JAN 2, 2017
Bottle 355ml.Clear amber colour, white-yellowish big head, long with great lacing. There are sweet tropical fruits in aroma, fresh and intense, very nice to smelling. Additionally malty aroma like for barley wine, very nice as well. Bitterness is high with herbal character with alcohol hint at the finish. Full body, a bit dense, a little sweet from second site. Good balanced between bitterness and malty body. Warms inside but its quite drinkable when we look at the power of the beer. Very good imperial IPA, malty and bitter with fresh aroma of hops. Maybe one small minus for alcohol which is quite intense when beer gets warmer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PugUglyBrewer (431) - - DEC 22, 2016
Up there with Narwhal as one of my favorite Sierra Nevada brews. A "triple" IPA that is aggressive on all descriptors. Big malt base of caramel and toffee that supports candied orange, fresh pine, grapefruit, and perhaps some tropical notes in there as well. The 10.4 ABV is impressive and is masked well by the engineering of the recipe.


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