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RATINGS: 1544   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


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmohno (1102) - Iowa, USA - APR 6, 2012
Clear copper gold light head with lacing. Aroma seems mild really but not,has some pine and just a mild hoppyness complex with floral musty fruit earthiness,raw grassyness,maybe some onion. Taste is very hoppy,top of the tounge and mouth spicey bittering some salt, with a smooth creamy maltiness, some fruit tones,carmel,slickness,and more hops,with a piney bittering grapefruit more salt menthol like strong bittering.Very nice seems a bit on the salty side than i rember it from the last years.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (2470) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2012
12 oz. bottle poured to a shaker at Lunar Brewing Co. displaying a clear, orange/golden color, with off white, moussy froth to the persistent head, and wavey cling to the lacing. The aroma was fresh white grapefruit with a follow up note of pine. The flavor added a medium, full palated hop bitterness that was earthy, rind-like, and stayed fairly pungent into the finish. Medium+ body, with good alcohol warmth, but would have liked some malt sweetness to balance off the taste experience even more.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jandd1983 (2602) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2012
It poured a copper/orange color with a white head. The aroma was of resinous pine sap, some sweet caramel malts, toffee, honey, citrus, and tropical fruits. The taste was of sweet caramel and biscuit malts, with honey, and bitter resinous hop oils. Awesome!!!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rougeau13 (2016) - Richmond, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2012
Dark clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma of fruity pebbles, flowers and citrus. Taste of fruity pebbles, citrus and caramel and pale malts. Mostly sweet and fruity with little actual bitterness. Medium bodied.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
boozedude (1857) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - APR 5, 2012
Pours amber...strong citrus hopps arome..taste is hoppy grapefruit with bitter finish...good ipa..

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomas15 (688) - USA - APR 5, 2012
beautiful crystal clear red gold color with gorgeous dense white light yellow head that leaves superior lacing. the taste is amazing. if this exists why chase hopslam in kansas city? better beer imo. dazzling resinous hops imparting both pine and citrus. it’s as kind as it can be to the palate as it temporarily ruins it. very bitter with moments of sweetness. i’ve had almost 2 and i’m smoked. VERY well hidden alcohol. Fuckin tremendous. favorite ipa ever at the moment.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 5, 2012
Pours dark amber with a thin tan head. Notes of sweet chewy mango, thick citrus resins, delicous. Full bodied, resinous and thick with lively carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - APR 5, 2012
Clear, deep gold with a creamy white head. Heavy pine and sweet citrus nose. Think blood oranges or tangerines instead of grapefruit or lemon. Caramel, pine, and toasted crust on the mid-palate. Medium body, quite creamy, a bit resinous/oily, with lively carb. Solid peppercorn spiciness and grapefruit-pith bitterness in the lingering finish. I have not been overly enamored with ’big’ beers lately, but this is pretty tasty. I have always preferred a strong malt backbone to balance copious hops, and this one does that respectably well. The booze is very well hidden, thankfully; but that kind of abv is just way too high for me these days. Therefore, drinkability is the only reason I could not personally bump this up to a 4.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thome50 (1049) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - APR 4, 2012
12oz bottle from 2012. Pours a deep orange with white head. Dissipates quickly. Aroma is slight floral, tropical, bitter hops but very minimal across the board. Taste is lacking and is more of a "Sierra Nevada" taste than anything else. The alcohol is once again very apparent which I was hoping would be tamed from the 2011 release. Overall, a nice change to 12oz bottles but this is getting a little run of the mill.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2012
Floral citrus aroma and orange appearance lead into a strong hoppy taste and stronger hoppy after taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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