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RATINGS: 1662   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   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


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewsta (15) - Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2012
12 oz bottle (4-pack) poured into a goblet. Head is white, very thin, atop an orange amber beer. Aromas are complex of floral, piney, earthy hops and no perceptible grain or malt. Flavors are similar to aroma. Beer has a decent carbonation, chewy, sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol is warming, but not hot. Very drinkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
umich03jm (2765) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2013 Very clear, bright orange pour, nice amount of head. Nice hoppy aroma. Pine, oil, some fruitiness, and grass. Very oily taste and texture. Obviously very fresh hops were used but its too oily for my taste. Getting a little pine and grass too. I’m going to let my other bottles sit for a bit in the hops that the oilyness fades a bit. Will re-rate if it changes. 1/13/13 re-rate - This beer gets a tad better with some age but I still think it’s a bit overrated.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2012
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a clear almost peach color with a thin bit of white head. Aroma is strongly citrus hops. Lots of orange and grapefruit. Taste is medium-heavy bitter and light sweet. Grapefruit and orange with a dash of honey. Full bodied with a creamy yet oily texture. Lively carbonation and a long finish. Overall, awesome. I could drink this every day!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (3712) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAY 9, 2012
Amber golden colour, white head. Aroma of hops, loads of hops. Citrus, honey, light sweet, malts, fruits, passion fruit and honey melon. Bitter hoppy flavour, bitter, rather sweet. Bitter hoppy finish, light cloying.
Nice beer, lovely aroma, though overall quite unbalanced and -imho- somewhat too sweet.
(From 355mL bottle @ home. 2012 bottle. Thanks for the bottle to an unknown American -we never catched your name- we met both at Zythos and De Nacht van de Grote Dorst)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6974) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2012
Draft. Pours golden orange with a white head. Huge citric and piney hops with some lighter lemon and cat piss. Just enough of a sweet malt profile to make it drinkable, but this is definitely quite the hop bomb. I prefer just a bit more restraint in my IPAs, but this is still really good.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2012
On tap at Fire Works Pizza in Arlington, VA over the weekend. Served in a sample glass. Pours a clear golden-peach color with a nice white head and some nice lacing on the way down. The nose carries some good tropical fruits behind some strong orange and citrus. The flavor falls back quite a bit from there, as the bitterness gets to me a bit too much for the hop flavor. Body is light-medium with average carbonation and a hefty bitterness paired with a fair amount of alcohol. Nose was by far the best part of this one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Pours a nice clear amber/copper color. Good head retention on this one as well. aroma is grapefruit, woody/pine and toast. Flavor is nice too. Same thing, grapefruit, earthy/pine notes and a nice bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1476) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Nice, reasonably priced Impy IPA. Would be a go to for the price except at 10% you wouldn’t want to go there too much. Nice floral and citrus on the nose and solid malt to carry the hops. Nice option to have out there though. I might have rated this higher but I tasted it against Knee Deep’s Simtra which is a stellar TIPA.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - MAY 6, 2012
beautiful aroma-piney, citrus, earthy all in one but not muddled. Sticky-icky resin flavors. At the start seems like a pretty easy-drinking DIPA but after the second bottle it becomes overwhelming with palate fatigue and kills my tongue. A fine example nonetheless.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2012
12oz bottle poured. orange/amber in color. pungent hop aroma from the jump, mainly citrus and pine.sticky sweet on the tongue and extra bitter. kind of wrecks your palate. astringent and boozy as well. definitely a hop bomb which i’m pretty sure they were going for.


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