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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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 5, 2012
Pours dark amber with a thin tan head. Notes of sweet chewy mango, thick citrus resins, delicous. Full bodied, resinous and thick with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - APR 5, 2012
Clear, deep gold with a creamy white head. Heavy pine and sweet citrus nose. Think blood oranges or tangerines instead of grapefruit or lemon. Caramel, pine, and toasted crust on the mid-palate. Medium body, quite creamy, a bit resinous/oily, with lively carb. Solid peppercorn spiciness and grapefruit-pith bitterness in the lingering finish. I have not been overly enamored with ’big’ beers lately, but this is pretty tasty. I have always preferred a strong malt backbone to balance copious hops, and this one does that respectably well. The booze is very well hidden, thankfully; but that kind of abv is just way too high for me these days. Therefore, drinkability is the only reason I could not personally bump this up to a 4.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thome50 (1246) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - APR 4, 2012
12oz bottle from 2012. Pours a deep orange with white head. Dissipates quickly. Aroma is slight floral, tropical, bitter hops but very minimal across the board. Taste is lacking and is more of a "Sierra Nevada" taste than anything else. The alcohol is once again very apparent which I was hoping would be tamed from the 2011 release. Overall, a nice change to 12oz bottles but this is getting a little run of the mill.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2012
Floral citrus aroma and orange appearance lead into a strong hoppy taste and stronger hoppy after taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2465) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2012
Thin off-white head of fine bubbles with very good carbonation. Juicy peaches aroma with some light piney and herbal hops with some caramel malts. Color is a bright crystal clear copper. HOT brew. Big alcohol presence and warming from the first sip. Decent malt backbone to offset the large hoppy bitterness. More pine and some mint along with some bready malts and yeast. Alcohol kind of thins out the body and overpowers some of the flavor. Plentiful bitterness late swallow with some more herbs and a hint of pineapple very late. Surprisingly easy drinking and it goes down WAY to easy. A very good IIPA. Thanks to etowneraser for this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nuffield (3905) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2012
I’ve had many hop experiments, and I remember when the first dry hopped beer emerged some years ago. I know a few beers that are less balanced (less malts, sweetness, alcohol...just hop water kinds of things), and I’ve had quite a few badly-brewed beers that are more ugly-astringent in some way. But I don’t think I’ve ever had a high-end beer with more overall hop assault on the senses than this. Truly, it attacks from beginning to end, with a massive floral and grapefruit flavor and a long, long bitter finish. It was too much, and it had me begging for mercy. The high abv was nice, and I think may have helped it out (it wasn’t hot, just noticeable), but overall I couldn’t take it. I finished about 2/3rds of the bottle and drained-poured the rest. For my taste, brewers have now successfully found the upper limit of hops. I’m far more interested in the upper limits of sour. Bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 3, 2012
12oz bottle. Rating #522. Clear dark copper/gold pour with a nice white head that left some great lacing. Clean grassy aroma, light pine, fresh. Nice bitterness, more light pine with a mild citrus note with a bit of alcohol in the finish. (2297)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kayres (661) - , Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2012
Pours orange and clear with a medium off white head. Big fresh hop aroma, green. Medium bodied huge hop flavor little bitterness almost no malt flavor, my perfect balance ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 3, 2012
Bottle. Poured a clear medium orange color. The head was a few fingers high and off white with decent retention. Lots of earthy green smells, particularly pine. Also a bit of grapefruit liqueur, flower blossom, and a whiff of melon. Medium bodied with a hint of sweetness up front that gave way to assertive bitterness and some warming alcohol. In addition to pine, there were pale malt, orange zest, juniper berry, and subdued caramel flavors. The bitterness lasts and lasts. If you enjoy getting slapped around by pine, alcohol, and lots of bittering units, this one is for you.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
sharkbcr (140) - Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2012
An excellent double IPA! Over the top hops with a strong piney nose and finish. Nice golden amber hue, head doesn’t linger long. A beer for true hop heads!

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