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RATINGS: 1382   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plovmand (6178) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2011
Bottle at Papsø. Pours bit hazy deep golden with a medium off white head. The aroma is citrus, peach, caramel, light passion fruit and grape fruit. Sweet fruity flavour with notes of pine, grape fruit, peach, citrus, sweet malt and it ends up quite bitter and grape fruitish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2011
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of madmitch76. Vintage 2011. Pours a clear amber with a small off-white head. Herbal, medicinal hop character. Solid body, sweet fruitiness, massive hoppiness, a bit roughish, very bitter end. 170665

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3149) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUN 13, 2011
Tap at 1702 in Tucson-I FINALLY" got to try this beer after a month of hunting it down. copper hue with a small soaphy white head. big piney nose-par for the course with this brewery howwever, thats what i want in a sierra nevada. resin, grapefruit and pine dominate the nose. flavors are huge grapefruit, pine, resin, lite citrus (pineapple), some malt sweetness (cookie). this is all dried out by the long piney resinous hop finish,. this is a beauty of a beer and i wish i got to have more of it! Long as hell finish! fantastic palate-mouthfeal full and with the perfect amount of carbonation. a great IIPA!!!! I hope to get more next year!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5523) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 13, 2011
Glowing clear amber color/ ivory head. Nice fresh ganja bud, pine, grassy aromas. Medium bodied. Big pine needle, grapefruit citrusy bitter flavors with some pale malt sweetness, warming finish--good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
josefiak (23) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Sweet sticky resinous beauty. Alcohol presence buried deep, a bitter beer but was expecting more of a hop bite in this one at 100 IBU. Great citrus notes and piney/grassy vibe compliment this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 10, 2011
THOUGHTS: Another Valentine’s Day gift from my wife. Hid alcohol incredibly well. Very smooth for something this big. Truly unique aroma and flavor. Hard to describe exactly because they were new hop flavors to me. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium, orangey amber with an average, off-white head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma had light to moderate caramel; moderate to heavy pine, grapefruit, orange, lemon, line, earthy and funky hops; slight alcohol; citrus punch and citrus rind. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, moderate to rather bitter and moderately acidic; while the finish was heavily sweet, rather to heavily bitter and lightly acidic with a rather long duration. There was alcohol, candy-coated citrus fruit, a little brown sugar, lots of citrus hops, funky hops that almost seemed like and odd bacteria or yeast strain, pine hops, caramel, exotic fruit and tropical fruit. The medium to full body was oily,but also a little sticky on the lips with lightly fizzy carbonation and a light to moderately alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Bottle from bleeng and TXJeep. Thanks!
Pours an average orange with a light apricot against a backdrop of grapefruit. Flavor is a nice balance of grapefruit and sweet fruit. Average mouthfeel. Tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cmonster (956) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Growler served in a tulip. Deep clear, yet weighty glowing orange-amber body. Medium sized orange-white head with moderate retention and decent lacing, though not enough to warrant a full 5 point. The aroma is huge and hop driven, showing massive resin and pine, with cedar, caramel, and citrus following. Sweet, very bitter flavor. Full body, prickly carbonation, hop-creamy sticky texture, and an exponentially bitter finish. Intense and sublime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frovigalning (2720) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2011
Bottle at Sorbon in Bromma. It poured a slightly hazy golden liquid with a small white head. Smell of grass, trees, hops and fruits. Smeet taste of grapefruit, grassy hops, trees and fruity hops. Semi-harsh mouthfeel, strong carbonation, medium thick body. Strong and intense DIPA. A bit harsh but still nice. A hop kick to the head. Brutal! :)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (5557) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2011
Fresh 2011 bottle at the White Horse Parsons Green. It pours clear amber, with a small foamy white head. The nose is sweet caramel, resin, pine and grass. The taste is resin, wood, varnish, grass, hay, caramel and tangy orange zest. The alcohol is very well hidden. A very drinkable double IPA.

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