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RATINGS: 1606   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
agl108 (811) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoePeesie (887) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mensch (259) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (7109) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (2274) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours gold with a big white head. Aroma is full of pine and citrus. Taste is medium bitter with a strong malt backbone of caramel. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (7230) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2012
12oz bottle, 2012 edition. Thin, foamy khaki head. Clear vibrant orange color. Good lace. Very nice, creamy texture, very light carbonation. A light alcohol bite in the finish. Super-bitter taste. Super dry and assertive hop-bomb aroma. If you crave hops, you’ll find this to be delicious. Citrus, mango, grapefruit, pine and resin aromas. Really big... Not for the casual fans of IPAs. Gets better and even smoother as it warms, with that light bite softening away. Great to enjoy with a panini-pressed Jimmy John’s italian sub.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WVHouseofBeer (895) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2012
A very soild Double IPA, but not great. A light golden orange that’s not quite opaque enough for a good appearance rating. The smell is on point, piney hops lifting from a slightly unbalanced body. Taste is zest of grapefruit, a heap of bitter spruce hops with a mouthfeel of fine wine. Def worth a try but one is all you need and can probably handle.

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