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RATINGS: 1739   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
goosegossage12 (36) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2012
Super bitter. Yet the ABV was very strong and took away from the overall experience. I would put it behind Lagunitas Hop Stoopid and Bell's Hopslam. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jackfrost9p (338) - California, USA - APR 16, 2012
In my opinion, this is the measuring stick for an IIPA. Bottle, poured a nice copper color. Absolutely fantastic. Aroma of citrous, pine and hops. Similar flavors with a strong bitterness followed by the alcohol coming through in the end. Very smooth and to be enjoyed like a fine whiskey.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (10587) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2012
Bottle. Orange malt and pine/orange peel aroma. Golden yellow color with small head. Sweet orange malt flavor initially quickly overwhelmed by strong bitter pine/grapefruit peel hops finish. Nice balance. Tasty.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2012
Deep orange with beige head. Massive, clean, soapy, citrus, pine nose that offers up plenty of damp pine and mango nose as it warms. rich mouthfeel has some bready notes and sweetness as it delivers huge, quite complex, hop profile.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - APR 15, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2012 The smell is great. Floral and citrus aroma. Pours Orange with a white head. Taste is fruity and citrusy, sweet and bitter. Great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
LinusStick (3223) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2012
Wow! A delicious and hoppy beer. Aroma was nice. Grapefruit rind, melon, pepper. Pour was a nice medium gold with a one finger white head. Taste was big and hoppy. Very bitter grapefruit rind, grass and sweet malt. Tastes like thick and resinous hop juice. Nice carbonation and a long bitterly dry aftertaste. One of the best beers I’ve had all year.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OmegaX (1372) - Florida, USA - APR 15, 2012
Bottle share with ol’ Chipalsa the Barnacle Buster. Whaaaaattt!!!! Nose is plenty of sweet caramel, pine, and citrus. Floral and grassy notes, too. This one is quite balanced in the aroma. Plenty of both malt and hops. This is a hop heads brew for sure. This one is quite sweet but has huge hop flavors of pine and citrus. Bronze colored with a medium body, this brew is sure to please those looking for an intensely hopped brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - APR 15, 2012
Snifter --> Had a nice and clean golden, body with light bubbles leading up to a huge billowy white head. There was an incredible, almost spicy floral hop aroma with traces of honey and grapefruit. After the scent wakes you up, the taste buds are gifted with a massive hop body. The light malt character has a fresh citrus flavor - and just enough to sort of balance this brew. The finish was clean and dry, not too bitter but perfect for a hop head.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (3413) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - APR 15, 2012
Draft: Pours amber/orange with a finger of creamy beige head. Pungent aroma of florals and grapefruit. Tastes thick with hops... chewy and rich, florals and citrus hops with just enough maltiness to keep things in check. Really enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
This must be the sequel to the original. Pretty solid DIPA with aromas of grapefruit. Fairly sweet but a nice bitter hop finish. Very smooth and creamy palate. Recommended.


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