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RATINGS: 1698   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ron (3173) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2012
On tap at Tap and Mallet. Pours a clear orange, with a nice amount of carbonation and a soapy white head. The aroma hits you with an onslaught of pine needles, backed up by sweet juicy hops. The taste is tongue tingling bitter with Oranges and pineapple. Nice amount of malts balancing it out. Pretty sweet, a bit boozy, very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (17672) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 22, 2012
Courtesy of Ilsa from Nogne O, at our hotel in Drammen, Norway - thank you ma’am! Clear golden color, medium white head. Aroma of pine and citrus. Taste is sharp pine resin. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
h2o4u2 (11) - jacksonville, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2012
This is a very good beer. At over 10 Abv this is a very drinkable beer. The about of hops in this brew is complimented with the high alcohol content.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ttutony (794) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2012
Copper color in the glass. Wonderful bright citrus and resin hop aroma. Balanced bitterness on the palate. Pleasant malt sweetness in the background. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oRos (1419) - sacramento, California, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Bottle from 4pack. Suprised doesnt have the typical sierra hop taste. Has a clean hop finish. Not to malty. Great ipa

   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 (2187) - 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.

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