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RATINGS: 1598   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
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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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5667) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 25, 2012
Draft at blind tiger during the founders event. Pours a hazy golden body with lots of great spider we’d lacing. Aroma is incredibly sweet, citric hops, grapefruits, and sugarcane. Mouthfeel is syrupy, which suggests the alcohol content; notes of sweet grapefruit sliced open drenched in tons of honey, sweet citrus, and Citra hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2012
Poured into a snifter. 4.0 A: Lightly hazed dark orange color. Two fingers of creamy off-white head. Retention is a touch above average and moderate amounts of lacing is left. 4.0 S: Pine, mango and papaya citrus, grapefruit, and hints of cat piss. Light caramel maltiness. Good. 4.0 T: Sugary hop flavor with pine and grapefruit dominating. Mango, papaya, and orange after that. Caramel and bready malts. The booze is perceived at what the actual ABV is. 4.0 M: Heaviery medium to heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth enough with a boozy aftertaste. 3.5 D: Good and tasty. I would give this a 4.0 as well if it was a bit less boozy or bready. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-31-2012 23:14:09

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3243) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2012
12oz Central Market bottle. You know, it wasn’t as big and bold as expected. It was good but not over-the-top especially considering the goal of 100 IBU. Seriously no hint of the 10+ ABV too. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pellegjr (395) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2012
Bottle, pours clean copper with a creamy white head, aroma is resiny hops with some light esters, sticky caramel malt with assertive lightly citrusy bitterness throughout, super bitter bile finish, ball buster

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ddemmingjr (723) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2012
Here's a beer that is a style I love yet is simply a bit off. Pours clear deep golden, fine off white head that creates a misty swirl in the glass, nice lacing. Nose is grapefruit, green, fresh herbal notes, grass and resin. Once on the palate, things are a bit messy, slight citrus and earthy notes, then a huge resinous sticky finish with a ton of spicy alcohol heat that throws things off. I dig everything but the sticky palate and huge spicy alcohol finish that doesn't dissipate quickly. Drinkable yet needs work ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
elihapa (1529) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - APR 24, 2012
4/21/12 notes: 2012 bottle, fresh. Pour is orange, clear, great head retention. Nose is serious wet grapefruit, pithy orange. Flavor is bracingly hoppy, with floral, pungent notes, and ascending pithy tangerine-grapefruit. Finish is miles of bitterness, a bit of a surprise. Body is rich, long, sticky, boozy at end. As advertised, this is extremely hop forward, perhaps sacrificing a bit of drinkability.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CardinalDan (3) - Louisville, Alabama, USA - APR 23, 2012 does not count
Tulip. Pours a beautiful medium to dark amber. Very clear Smell is pine alcohol and sweet fruit and malt. The first flavor is strong hop bitterness followed closely by alcohol then sweet fruit. It has a very long hop aftertaste. A very good beer. My only complaint is that the alcohol taste was very present. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (4706) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2012
This Poured an organe to amber color with an off white head. Aroma was large pine and herbal notes and alcoholc. Flavor was very bitter and sweet, but lacking a bit in the fresh hop taste, and the alcohol is not well hidden at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2012
The aroma and appearance are by far the best aspects of this beer. It smells beautifully of the simcoe hops with a pleasant pineapple aroma. Pours a deep gold with a light head that gives way to heavy lacing. But, it just isn’t enjoyable to drink. I’m a huge hop head, but this is just unbalanced and trying too hard. It’s less drinkable than a DFH 120.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
islay (1251) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2012
12 oz. bottle, consumed on 4-19-12. 2012 edition. The third beer from a four-pack that I have tried over the last couple of months. Strong, appetizing, fresh, salty, tangy aroma features lemon, pine, orange, and resin scents. Pours a clear, orange-ish brass/bronze. Produces a moderate amount of thick, long-lasting, cream-colored head and good lacing. Sweet, syrupy taste with a dry finishes that matches the aroma. Tasty, but sweeter than I would prefer. Long, tangy aftertaste. Medium body. Unremarkable palate effects. Just lively enough to raise the palate to average. Hoptimum is over the top and poorly balanced but memorable.

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