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RATINGS: 1620   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bvc (1179) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2400) - 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.

4.5
   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!

4
   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.

4.3
   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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 15, 2012
(bottle) light copper. Resiny hops aroma. Flavor is resiny hops. very slight citrus, decent caramel malt backbone. Got better as it warmed up a bit.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4459) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 15, 2012
12oz bottle in a snifter. Pours deep copper with a lacy, cream-colored head. Aroma strong of citrusy Sierra Nevada hops and a little bit of caramel malts. Could have more malts to balance it out, but this is a good imperial IPA. Smooth texture. Pretty good.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PackPride (112) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 15, 2012
This is as close to as perfect of a beer as you can get. If you like IPA’s you are going to love this one! I’m a huge hop head, so when I saw this I had to have it since i’m also a large SN fan. By far the BEST IPA i’ve ever had, it doesn’t come close for me. Huge hop notes as soon as you open the bottle, followed by a nice floral citrus notes as well. On the palate it will take skin off your teeth with it’s massive hoppness. If you find this beer, buy it. If you find out where it’s at, run, don’t walk to go get it!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gregwilsonstl (1255) - Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2012 "Whoa, there are a lot of hops in here". Very light copper. Great mix of hops, and impressivelt no cascades.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BK7 (773) - Turner, Oregon, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Bottle. Big caramel resiny malt taste with a ton of awesome bitterness. Great Imperial India Pale Ale. Tasty.


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