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RATINGS: 1509   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


4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigirishphan (104) - Peoria Heights, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Unfreaking-believable I love this beer so much. I have not had an IPA of this magnitude since hop slam! This is my third four pack and I hope to find more. The only thing that fell short was the aroma for me.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Light gold pour with sizeable white head and tremendous pacing. Nose is heavy on the resin, with some peach, orange and pineapple apparent. Full bodied...initial blast is all about the fruits mentioned above...this is followed by a massive resinous kick in the teeth. Some caramel-like sweetness is there but doesn’t overshadow the other characteristics.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thechasm442 (305) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2012
12 oz bottle in a duvel tulip. Pours a clean orange amber. Inch and a half thick white head with sticky lacing. Aroma is pine, tropical fruit and citrus. Flavor is like a tropical ipa with caramel. Mango, papaya, pineapple, and grapefruit are abundant. There is some caramel and toffe malt to back it up. The mouthfeel is sticky and the beer is resinous. This DIPA is great and I will seek this out again.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
agl108 (786) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Rating #600. On draft at home, sixtel. Poured clear, light orange with thin white head leaving a virtual blanket of lacing. Nose is sweet of candi sugar, floral notes, and light citrus fruits. Sweet, light citrus flavor of tangerine, peach, orange. Finished dry and tongue stripping with piney notes present. Medium bodied, excellent balance. Just a touch boozy.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoePeesie (859) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Meh. Pours a golden brown. Nose and taste are hop hop hoppity hop. Nothing unique or special here. Just another hop bomb for the sake of being a hop bomb. Been there done that.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mensch (247) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Oh my freakin’ lord. Liquid Lupulin in a glass. Clear golden with a formidable head. Citrus, spruce and candy aroma. A resinous riot in my mouth, with huge hop flavor up front, then a hint of the carmel malts and alcohol, before being clobbered by the long luxuriously abrasive bitter finish. I’ve had so many beers recently that claim to be DIPA’s, but fall so far short of the goal line, that this is a refreshing reminder of what life could (and should) be like - every day.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Golden honey pour with thick off-white head. Aroma is spicy hops. Taste is spicy hops, nice malt backbone. Great hop flavor-not overbearing.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopasaurus_rex (109) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Pours a nice honey/orangy amber. Nice thick off white head. Intense aromas of mango, peach, pineapple, alcohol, flowers, honey and piney. Smells incredible. Initial flavor is sweet followed by a sharp bitterness. Fruity flavors all around with s nice piney bitterness. Resiny and sticky with a massive oily mouthfeel from the hop oils. Very complex flavors. It’s all over the place in a good way. Ranges from almost tropical fruit all the way to a piney roasty bitterness. Delicious. Pretty impressive brew. Not usually a fan or Sierra Nevada but this one is a must try for hop heads.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Bottle at the White Horse, Parsons Green, 30th March 2011. Bright orange with a whitish head. Lovely citrus nose, mix of oranges and lemons. Very, very nice. Really great hoppy beer. Smooth, great weight - perfect palate. Also had again on 25/05/11 - equally good.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (6141) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Bottle. Wow - what a monster! Clear orange/amber pour with a smaller white head that laces okay. Huge hop nose - grapefruit and pine resin. Slick palate. Taste is again huge hops - grapefruit, pine resin, floral....just huge, and extremely tasty!


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