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RATINGS: 1745   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_honus_ (11) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2012
Sweet boozy caramel notes fill your mouth but are quickly cut by aggressive piney, grapefruit, bitter hop. The high alcohol content made this a real slow drinker. Great example of balance in an imperial ipa, compared to some that can be one sided. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dinkle50 (1364) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2012
Aroma of sweet tropical fruits. Great amber pour with a big creamy head. Tons of lacing. Aroma is almost dank. Creamy mouth. Very sweet taste. Boozy finish. This is borderline syrupy. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2012
Poured at the Big Texas Beer Festival. Light pour with a big white head. Aroma is very fruity, pineapple, grapefruit, and pine. Taste is bitter, a little bready, citrus, and pine. Great finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wickster (85) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 18, 2012
Had this on draft at the Acme pub in Fort Wayne....what an amazing beer! Full on hops in your mother F’n face goodness! ! Some citrus flavor and a bit of an aftertaste that was like chewing on resin. If you are a hop head this is a must have.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamChandler (4518) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - APR 18, 2012
Picked up a 4-Pack at the Co-Op. Stoked to try this. I stuck it in the fridge and poured into a pint glass.Bottle says 2090111:08.

A - 3-Finger head that’s an off white light tan appearance. Creamy top, tiny bubbles that stuck around for a while. Deep gold double-IPA appearance.

S - Huge pine resin bitterness on the nose. Simcoe and Citra dominate the hop profile. Very bitter, lots of citrus fruits, lots of dry hops.

T - Wow. This is an intensely bitter beer. Huge front to back tongue coverage of hops. T’he dry hops in this beer are amazingly bitter and very puckering in their delivery. This leads to lots of floral tastes, grapefruit, tangerine, some kiwi and woodiness.

M - 60/40 carbonation, very heavy beer as far as drinkability goes. So hoppy, you’re gonna want to sip this beer slowly.

O - The label appropriately is a picure of a guy with a hop as his head and this taste lives up to that. This beer is incredible but quickly wears on you. Half way in the dry hop aspects start to weigh you down a lot and your taste buds grow tired of it. I think the 4-pack will last you a week because you just can’t drink this beer every day unless you are a true hop-head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marheb (4916) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2012
Présence en bouche confortable avec un profil très résineux , sapiné et fruité. L’amertume est rigide mais agréable.

   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

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (10675) - 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.

   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.

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