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RATINGS: 1749   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
LKT1983 (112) - Benton, Kentucky, USA - JUN 10, 2012
What a taste experience. Convinced to try this by my hop head brother & another friend. Overwhelming hops, don’t know any other way to put it. Still not a hop head, but seriously, this was some intense stuff, and thats not a bad thing. At 10% its quite a kick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 10, 2012
Medium sized head deep amber pour medium carbonation aromas sweet note fruity caramel pine perfume note pasionfruit the flavours bitter sweet goodness first up caramel piney resin medium ibu passionfruit grapefruit orange apricot well balanced smooth ale though strong tasting imperial dry bitter so well put together great piece of work fine ale lasting bitter goodness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2012
I really didn’t much care for this one. For one the hop bouquet was musty and dank with nothing in particular raising to the top. Another reason was that the flavor was basically just bitter without any hop taste. Perhaps this was old for I did not check for a date on the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gramoit (409) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 9, 2012
Amber pour. Very strong, citrus and floral aroma. Hoppy and bitter with a hint of alcohol (Still very well hidden) it has lots of flavour. Overall its very good and one I hope I will be able to get my hands on again in the near future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vikingguy (1069) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Amber with foamy white head...a little sediment. Strong hoppy aroma. Taste is biscuity malt and huge hops. Hops are citrusy and piney. Well balanced. Long finish lasts forever. Alcohol well hidden. A solid imperial IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (4184) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Draft. Great clear copper pour with a medium white head. Pretty nice hop aroma of grass, earth, and citrus. Interesting and good flavor, with biscuit malt fairly prominent and a good citrus and earth hop blast. Medium-full body with great bitterness and resinousness. Very solid DIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 7, 2012
Bottle. Poured pale amber with a thick, creamy two-finger off-white head that showed good retention and left some lacing. Aroma is all kind of hoppy: very resinous, lots of grapefruit and citrus, backed up with lots of caramel malt. Flavor is very hoppy but tempered by the big malt backbone. Fairly sweet; very bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MotherBrother (920) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2012
Pour clear amber, with a small, quickly vanishing white head. Aroma of pine, citrus, grass, weed, tropical fruits. Simply all that is hops. And a little bit of caramel. Taste is bitter as death, with a little bit of sweetness. just enough to make enjoyable. Bitter up front, then some sweetness, and a shit long bitter, and dry aftertaste. Medium body, with a slight fizzy carb. This has just left my mouth to rot in the bitterness that is hops. - And I like it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eastbayjay (9) - California, USA - JUN 6, 2012 does not count
Only Sierra could have tamed this hoppy beast of a beer. Well balanced with citrus and the hops are not overwhelming. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Pours copper with a white head. Smells of pine, some resin, some melon. Tastes of sticky hops, spicy, peppery, some underlying sweet hints, bitter finish.

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