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RATINGS: 1625   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bookman10 (718) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Pours an orange that’s almost the color of burnished copper. Smallish head. Massive floral/hop aroma. Flavor is full of citrus with pine-hop bitterness and a certain amount of underlying sweetness that makes the finish quite smooth. Definitely worth checking out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jlruthven (587) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Tap at the Mason. Pours mostly clear light orange, about a one-finger white head. Cobweb lacing. Huge citrus and resinous hops on the nose, even more on the tongue: bracing bitterness, big clementine and peach, bits of pine and sugared grapefruit. Sticky, prickly mouthfeel. Fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
anderson01 (229) - Idaho, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Amber in color. Thick, creamy head. Above average lacing. Resin in the aroma. Has an earthy aroma also. It smells like weed. It has a very powerful hoppy flavor but a creamy texture. Great combination. This is a hop lovers beer. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1446) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2012
I’ve somewhat soured from sierra nevada lately. Torpedo seems like a grassier, earthier version of the pale ale, and celebration ale has lost it’s magic. I even hesitated when i saw this years Bigfoot. But I’ve always kept the faith and pursued Hoptimum and today I finally bed her. Aroma is super resiny, almost B.O. wet hop aroma. I was worried this would be a boozy mess when I verified the 10.4% abc. However, the flavor doesn’t disappoint. Juicy hop goodness, almost syrupy. Pine, resin, grass, and a little citrus. Hides the alcohol pretty well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiercepanda (607) - Missouri, USA - MAR 16, 2012
A clear red-orange beer with a medium white head. The aroma is floral, pine, and resin. The flavor is also very piney and floral with citrus and mouth puckering bitterness, but in a good way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bvc (1180) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2012
12oz bottle with 2048209:54 date code. Pours a clear dark fireweed honey golden with pillowy off white head that leaves sticky lacing. Peachy/pineapple/pine hop aroma...quite a bit of earthiness in there and hints of the catty simcoe as well. Pale biscuit malt base with some peppery undertones. Balanced in the nose and nothing overly aggressive. Tight prickly carbonation. Slow easy piney hop sweetness up front that quickly launches into aggressive bitterness that lingers long on the palate. Malts really just act a a vessel for the hops...’layers of aggressive hoppiness’...that is no joke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2419) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2012
BAM! Wow, what a heavy hitter! Poured at a good temperature with large, foamy, very frothy, fluffy, billowy, cream colored head that lasts a long time and lots of clingy lace. Color is a clear honey amber with a couple of lazy bubble trails. Aroma is primarily fresh hop with malt, caramel, fresh sawn timber, leather. Flavor is somewhat similar to nose with hop bitter dominant along with some carbonic tang and a little malt sweet. Body is full, somewhat round and almost some sharp bitter points. Finish is like flavor, very long, and very boozy. Excellent beer for a bottle, maybe two.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - MAR 16, 2012
This is a wonderful example of what an Imperial IPA ( or Double IPA) should be about- Citrus tones like grapefruit, pine notes and very floral, with just enough malt to round out the overall finish. At $10 a four-pack also a decent buy for such a BIG West coast IPA Beer. the 10% ABU is just right to make this a good sipper too!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2012
UPDATED: APR 15, 2012 Bottle to glass. Fantastic aroma of grapefruit and passionfruit. Floral notes. A nice bit of sweetness on the nose as well. Deep copper pour with large white head. Medium bodied with medium carbonation with a long bitter finish. A very good beer. I would definitely drink this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
coolfunnj (323) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2012
aroma heavy on the citrus and pine hops a bit yeasty and flowery as well...fairly clear orange red yellow half inch head some lacing.. taste..heavy grapefruit,bitterness and pine flavored hops,yeasty spiciness and subdued malt presence,but there, very refreshing..would make a great spring summer beer..medium bodied,perfectly carbonated and bitter sort of dry finish...overall...representing the west coast ipa style hops hops and more hops bitter and citrusy real good stuff and 9 bucks for a four pack excellent

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