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RATINGS: 1614   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 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


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ddemmingjr (744) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2012
Here's a beer that is a style I love yet is simply a bit off. Pours clear deep golden, fine off white head that creates a misty swirl in the glass, nice lacing. Nose is grapefruit, green, fresh herbal notes, grass and resin. Once on the palate, things are a bit messy, slight citrus and earthy notes, then a huge resinous sticky finish with a ton of spicy alcohol heat that throws things off. I dig everything but the sticky palate and huge spicy alcohol finish that doesn't dissipate quickly. Drinkable yet needs work ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
elihapa (1532) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - APR 24, 2012
4/21/12 notes: 2012 bottle, fresh. Pour is orange, clear, great head retention. Nose is serious wet grapefruit, pithy orange. Flavor is bracingly hoppy, with floral, pungent notes, and ascending pithy tangerine-grapefruit. Finish is miles of bitterness, a bit of a surprise. Body is rich, long, sticky, boozy at end. As advertised, this is extremely hop forward, perhaps sacrificing a bit of drinkability.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CardinalDan (3) - Louisville, Alabama, USA - APR 23, 2012 does not count
Tulip. Pours a beautiful medium to dark amber. Very clear Smell is pine alcohol and sweet fruit and malt. The first flavor is strong hop bitterness followed closely by alcohol then sweet fruit. It has a very long hop aftertaste. A very good beer. My only complaint is that the alcohol taste was very present. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (4975) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2012
This Poured an organe to amber color with an off white head. Aroma was large pine and herbal notes and alcoholc. Flavor was very bitter and sweet, but lacking a bit in the fresh hop taste, and the alcohol is not well hidden at all.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2012
The aroma and appearance are by far the best aspects of this beer. It smells beautifully of the simcoe hops with a pleasant pineapple aroma. Pours a deep gold with a light head that gives way to heavy lacing. But, it just isnít enjoyable to drink. Iím a huge hop head, but this is just unbalanced and trying too hard. Itís less drinkable than a DFH 120.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
islay (1359) - 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 youíd expect from a DIPA. Drinkable, but you can definitely tell the alcohol is there (at 10.4%, itís hard to expect otherwise!). Fantastic beer. Iíve now had it on tap and bottled, and itís just an awesome DIPA. Probably just a spot or two behind Bellís Hopslam in my book.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4682) - 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 (2092) - 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.


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