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RATINGS: 1618   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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 Ďnew-schoolí 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 Ė 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GJF (1316) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - APR 28, 2012
Excellent beer. A thick, creamy body with lots of hop aroma, bitterness, and finish. A sweet start but ends up with a nice dry, bitter finish. This is good for my millennial beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rumproasts (3575) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2012
i had immensly high hopes for this. lots of intense piney hop bite intertwined with fairly strong booziness. far from smooth. makes me appreciate hopslam even more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beaver (1404) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2012
12oz bottle. Pours a clear copper gold with a huge creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is resiny, dank hops with a little fruit. Itís a little subdued.

The flavor is sweet sugary caramel malt followed by a big dank resiny hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, itís a little similar to Deviant Daleís, but I like that a bit better. The sweetness didnít play well with the bitterness which was a bit harsh. Still a good DIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2596) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2012
Draft. I could say this beer is not balanced, and one could reply that it isnít supposed to be. That may be so, but the aggressive hopping and sugary sweet malts were less than appealing. This is just too big, too much "extreme beer" cliche. But on the positive side, the hop profile was well designed, a mixture of citrus and floral accents.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcane7 (1669) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2012
12 oz. bottle. Poured golden orange into a pint glass with average fluffy white head that produced good lacing. Nose of a lot of citrus, grapefruit hops with pine notes and sweet malt. Taste of grapefruit with a little pine with a sweet think mouth feel and solid bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbirker (42) - Fullerton, California, USA - APR 26, 2012
Very good DIPA! Aroma contains citrus and floral hops. Appears dark golden and very clear. Great carbonation and lacing. Taste is similar to the aroma but not a huge malt profile to counter the bitterness. The dry finish compliments the bitterness very well. Overall I love all of SNís stuff so this is just another winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6415) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2012
My 4400th rating! Bottle [12oz]. This seems as good a beer as any for this milestone, so here goes: Pours a slightly hazy, very bubbly, orange-copper with an average size lasting frothy off-white head. Nice hoppy aroma, a bit sweet, resiny and citrusy, with grapefruit and oranges. Some tropical fruit and malt in the back. Big hoppy flavour with the hops hitting you right away, itís very bitter and the alcohol is noticeable (but not 10% noticeable). Sweet and fruity as well. Medium bodied. Quite drinkable, especially with that high abv, I really enjoyed it. -- Rated via Beer Buddy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - APR 26, 2012
Bottle pours a orange with thin white head. Taste smells of citrus pine caramel sort of darker lots of bite. Very nice mouth feel. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2012
Pours clear burnt orange with a moderate white head that fades to a modest ring of foam. Aroma is classic Sierra Nevada hops, but magnified with notes of plant store, pine, grapefruit, lemon, butter, grass, earth, and a slight hint of sweet doughy malt. Flavor has all of those hop qualities intermixed with caramel, toast and dough that just hits all of the right spots. Thereís bitterness, citrus, dank plant store, grass, pine, and they mix flawlessly with the sweet-ish malt flavors. Finishes mildly bitter for what I expect, yet its immensely flavorful again with the earthy flavors lingering while the nose detects all the plant and citrus. Iím not detecting the heat much at all, and the palate is quite creamy and smooth. God I wish I had some salty bleu cheese handy right now! What a gem of a beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilnatp (630) - Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2012
TAP: Pour is clear orange/brown with a white head. Aroma is hops, citrus and grapefruit. Taste is grapefruit with hints of pine and orange. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy for CO2.

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