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RATINGS: 1599   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


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
islay (1253) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2012
Bottle: Pours a clear copper with a medium frothy off-white head that has nice lacing. Hoppy aroma is rose and tropical fruit. Flavor is a hop bomb with hints of cedar and grapefruit that has a dry bitter finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mjord23 (9) - - APR 22, 2012 does not count
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass. Strong, powerful aroma. Heavy grapefruit, sweet notes. Really beautiful, and prepares you for the huge nature of this DIPA. Pours a golden copper, slightly dark, with a generous and lasting head. Gorgeous lacing that lasts. Huge hop hit up front, lasts throughout. Citrus, very resin-y. Balanced, sweet up front, finishes slightly bitter with a long lasting taste. Really outstanding flavor. Good carbonation - exactly what you’d expect from a DIPA. Drinkable, but you can definitely tell the alcohol is there (at 10.4%, it’s hard to expect otherwise!). Fantastic beer. I’ve now had it on tap and bottled, and it’s just an awesome DIPA. Probably just a spot or two behind Bell’s Hopslam in my book.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4625) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 22, 2012
Bottled. The aroma has big grapefruits, tropical fruits, light malty tones. Clear, orange/copper coloured beer with a slight off/white head. The taste is moderate bitter, has lots of grapefruits and other fhoppy fruitiness, some maltiness. Quite full. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2005) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - APR 22, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2014 Pours a crystal clear dark orange with a 2 finger, soda bubble-like eggshell head that has great retntion and leave pretty nice lacing. Aroma is big pine resin, citrus, some cat box, hemp, a little tropical fruit, toast, cereal grain and fruity notes, probably yeast related. Flavor is pine, hemp, cat box, bitter citrus, sweet boozy notes, a hint of birch beer and cat box, bitter citrus and hemp to the finish. Palate is somewhat heavy in body with an entry somewhere between creamy and slick, a light moderately sharp carbonation and slick, slightly dry finish. Pretty damn good, though I prefer more citrus and fruity hop notes to the pine, cat box and weed notes more prevalent in this beer. Still, quite good.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bytemesis (3519) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 21, 2012
This is a good beer! I love the simcoe hops in the aroma (grapefruit citrus) and the taste. Although this is no doubt a heavy hops offereing, the flavor is nuanced and balanced. One of the best in class in my opinion. I only wish I could find it in more places.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
7ris7an (80) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - APR 21, 2012
tulip. Looks of copper color with a clear body lots bubbles in the middle so it looks it would be very carbonated, it also developed a white head of about 2 fingers. aromas are citrus, lime pile, very hopy and some hints of pineapple. Flavor of the hops up front, very citrusy, grapefruit, there is also a tiny hint of honey and at the end just straight bitter and warmth from alcohol

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1425) - Bedford, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2012
This beer pours a dark golden color with an off white totally retained head. The aroma is very hoppy with lots of citrus and pine resin. So far so good. Flavor is up front bitter with a hint of sweetness, then a bitter finish. This is a clean beer. It is medium bodied and goes down smoothly. As with almost all Sierra Nevada products, IMO, this is a well crafted beer. Nice addition to the Double IPA universe from one of the best brewers in the world!!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2012
On tap at Petrol Station. Tons of tropical fruit, grapefruit, and pine resin. Rich, complex, and full of flavor. No watery mouth feel here. The alcohol is pretty well-hidden by a decent malt profile as well (at least what the outrageous hops allow to sneak through). Scrumptious, but definitely a slow sipper.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
geeklimit (208) - USA - APR 20, 2012
Pours 60/40 beer to foamy head. Strongly carbonated. Aroma is strongly of hops and grapefruit. Taste is a bitter fruit and hops. Carbonated palate tastes bitter and acidic. Finish tastes slightly stale and bitter. Not one of the better high-hopped IPAs I’ve tried.


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