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RATINGS: 1712   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Pours a nice clear orange with thick white head, minimal lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, resin, slightly toasted malt, and a slight herbal character. Flavor matches well, but gets slight knocks for a poor bitter taste in the back of the mouth. Overall very good though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Classic. Wouldn’t go anywhere other for a Hoppy brew. Great job. Big time hops and really nice on the palate. Fantastic.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Bottle from Total Wine. Aromas and flavor of tropical, citrus, and resinous hops. Definitely a lingering sweetness that pairs nicely with the intense hoppy flavor. There's some honey notes in there. Great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UnDecaf (106) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Not nearly as bitter as I was expecting (and hoping). There is definitely some nice hoppiness, but its a little overpowered by the heavy alcohol flavors.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dlovell2 (1575) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Amber color with white head. Strong Pine aroma. Some caramel malt with stong pine and citrus flavor and bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerSensi (119) - California, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Poured from bottle amber color with white head. Smells mostly of piney hops with just a touch of caramel. Taste of hops and earthy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 23, 2012
A - pours dark golden amber with almost no head. S - dry grasses/wheat, grapefruit and quiet tropical fruit notes and hint of pineapple. Melon As well? M - strong bodies brew with a nice full palate. Rich and creamy. Touch of Lingering dry bitter hops. T - nice full creamy caramel malts and vegetal malts up front, transitions to a nice tropical fruit and citrus hop on the palate with a nice mellow undertone. Lingering hop burn. O - nice rich ipa, the best I’ve had from Sierra Nevada 7+

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goodgrief (1965) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Beautiful golden brown pour with a nice head. Clear. Big malty base, caramel, toast and citrus. Big hop profile, resinous, citrus and floral. Complex hop bill. Thick and chewy in the mouthfeel...maybe a tad too sweet. That’s the only thing keeping this from tops in style, but still mighty tasty.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garthicus (2880) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 23, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2013 Thanks to Blankboy. Appearance: Golden orange, nice medium sized white head. Aroma: Decent hoppy nose, malty, some citrus fruits, little bit of an alcohol singe on the nostrils. Flavour: Definitely strong in alcohol !!! Quite a hop punch! Lots of malt with a good pine and citrus flavour, somewhat sticky mouthfeel with a long bitter finish. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2012
12oz bottle shared with by blankboy with me and garthicus. Clear slightly oily-looking gold with a smallish lasting off-white fizzy head. Smells ... good. Intense floral hops, definitely some alcohol, some citrus zest - taste follows, with building booziness - not one to chug. Actually a fairly light body, decent carbonation, the bitterness drops off a bit quicker than I thought, it leaves a somewhat boozy impression - but well done, very tasty.


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