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RATINGS: 1693   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Typical strong hop aroma - but a very sweet tasting IPA. Kind of a candy apple like taste, followed by rich, sweet hops, and then some more caramel like sweet flavors to finish. I'd call it a dessert IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bpreo (2110) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 19, 2012
That is a vicious Imperial India Pale Ale (I IPA, not IIPA). Really harsh aftertaste, and lots of hops.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hair-old (191) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2012
Tastes like Pilsner Urquell from the early ’70s,but with 10.4% alc./vol. A miracle brew from the masters in Chino.It’s a turbo-pilsner that will soon earn uber-praise from the CZ republic.Congrats on your well deserved perfect rating.2012 version.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Michbeerlover (146) - - MAY 18, 2012
This one is disappointing. Did not finish it. Just too boozy to enjoy. I like stores that allow you to buy just one beer to try. Had to buy a four pack and will try to give the other three of these away. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerSquare (117) - - MAY 18, 2012
I really love this one-- it has a searing, floral bite but then settles in with a very nice fresh, airy balance. To me, the ’12 version seems just slightly maltier than the ’11, but it retains all the really interesting hop aromas and tastes. I find myself slurping up the foam before it’s gone, as some of the hop flavors are just amazingly unique, strong, and complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2346) - JAPAN - MAY 18, 2012
Full toffee/hop nose. Very sticky and very full bodied. Big hop blast - pine and citrus but pretty well balanced for the style. Perhaps missing a bit of nuance to make it a classic, it’s still an enjoyable, robust experience. The label art is fantastic as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reid (2095) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2012
12 oz from "Lifesource" Salem. $2.12 Clear orange IPA,typical, with a robust tight,creamy white head. Great wafts of hoppiness in the aromas resiny,floral,herbal..seemingly fresh Very bitter..mostly herbal,some fruitiness way in the back..surprisingly the malts are strong enough..caramel,hay,nuts..wow For all the terrific hop action this is quite well balanced on the tongue and the large alcohol content not really noticed..very well made! Great beer fabulous

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bricktop86 (660) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Pours golden amber with lots of soapy head. Smells mostly of piney hops with just a touch of caramel. Tastes of hops, earthy, grapefruit and a bit of malt. Warming alcohol on the finish. Very good balance even with 100 ibu’s its not too bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
iabeerguy (392) - Iowa, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Big time IPA here. A nice copper colored pour with a medium sized white head. Piney citrus aroma; full flavor of hop bitterness with the citrus hop flavor. Very intense but also very good. A great beer to sip on but very dangerous with a 10% ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nickls (2022) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Tap. Nice fluffy off-white head on an rusty light orange. Lovely pine, resin and grapefruit hop aromas. Nicely aggressive Hopsun he flavor: resin, cedar, and pungent. Very clean and tasty. Medium body with lively carbonation.

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