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RATINGS: 1520   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


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2337) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2012
UPDATED: APR 2, 2012 Clear orange copper pour soapy off white head and light sticky lacing .... aroma is unreal grapefruit rinds, citrusy tropical fruits and fresh hops, light pine as well ... you can just smell the bitterness in this brew .... taste is an onslaught of hops bitter, piney, whole fresh hops, bitter grapefruit rinds, resiny citrusy tropical fruity hops ... mouthfeel is oily and slick little soapy .... some caramel malt comes in on the back end ... finishes bitter dry, resiny and citrusy ... abv hidden very well no hint of it .... the bitterness is subdued by fresh hops flavors very very good brew ... thanks shueyy for sharing

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2012
This beer is definitely what it is trying to be, a hop bomb. Citrusy and foresty aroma. thick white head. Overwhelming hop flavour and finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Bottle. Smells amazing. Tastes amazing. Poured a nice off amber color with a smaller white head. Aroma was great. Pines, hops, grapefruit. The works for an IPA. Bitter bitter and more bitter. Oily and sticky mouthfeel. Longer finish. As the beer warms more alcohol coming through. A very good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2131) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Draught guest tap at El Cajon Brewing Co. Brass color with a medium white head that has good retention. The aroma is strong with citrus overkill. The flavor is complex citrusy hops, pine, resins and biter nuts. Palate is full and smooth with lively carbonation. Finishes long and dry. Overall: good shit.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ross (2088) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours out an orange / yellowish color with a white head on it. Smell is huge on hop flavors, orange, citrus, grass, grapefruit. Really good. Taste is very smooth and easy to drink, almost like Torpedo. Not really refreshing given the high ABV, but certainly worth drinking. Very good stuff from SN.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (2652) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Poured a golden orange with a nice off-white head. Very good lacing, and brilliantly clear. Aroma is big pine, resin, fresh-cut grass, and just fresh hop juiciness. This is one of the dankest smelling beers I have come across. Taste is pine, citrus, crisp, clean, and refreshing, with a strong bitter finish. This is extremely smooth for 10% ABV, and has a nice sticky mouthfeel. Excellent DIPA, and one of SN’s best offerings.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtd6628 (357) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Great beer. Aroma is medium. Appearance is light orange. Taste is really hoppy and bitter with a nice dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9999) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2012
A golden amber ale with a thin white head. In aroma, a superb fragrant floral pinhey hops, with light menthol, very nice. In mouth, a nice sweet citrus caramel malt with floral piney hops, menthol notes, warming alcohol, very nice and impacting. On tap at Three Penny Taproom, March 12 2012.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1377) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2012
’12 bottle. Clear caramel pour with a froth of white foam and steady carbonation. Aroma is medum pine, underlying bitterness, some soft tropical notes, and a grainy malt backbone. Taste is fairly bitter with a heavy resinous pine component and a fairly sweet malt backbone. Mouthfeel is thick and a bit sticky. Well made and enjoyable but does not have the over the top hop aromatics and, of equal importance, the complimentary dry, biscuity malt backbone that my favorite IIPAs bring to the table.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2012
The beer pours a clear, orangey amber color with a full, white, fluffy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves scattered lace. The nose is woodsy, floral, citrus peel, light leafy notes, some resins, and slight tropical hints. The flavor is similar, assaulting my palate; citrus peel, more tropical notes, very high bitterness, leafy, drying herbal, and rustic notes all over. The palate is lively, moderately full, round, and drying. The beer finishes long with dry herbal and rustic, tangerine notes emerging, and still a bit of tropical. Quite an abrasive beer which I think was exact;y what SN was going for. There were subtle intricacies like the floral an leafy notes, as well as the tropical tones. For me, it was a bit to acidic and lacked just some subtle malt tones to balance all the hops for this 10%+ IIPA. Nice but overwhelming.


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