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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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thechandler (591) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2012
On tap; pours an orange copper with very little head. Aroma is a bit spicy from the hops. Flavor is a rush of citra hop in a burst of resin-y goodness. Very good, but Id expect no less.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6941) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Draft at elliott bay pizza. Pours a brilliantly crystal clear medium gold with tons of nucleation columns and a nice creamy white head. Drippy lace. Big fresh pine and tangerine nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Toast, caramel, grapefruit, pine, and tangerine on the mid palate. Oily, bright, and acidic. Long heavy bitter finish that stays crisp and resinous. Beautifully done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Golden light amber. Pine resin nose. Medium bodied with assertive hops dominating the palate from start to finish. This is a great example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Camons (8428) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2012
Tap @ Falling Rock, Denver, Pours deep golden with a offwhite head. Aroma of malt, sweet fruity, grapefruit. Taste is malt, caramel, sweet fruity, peach, melon, grapefruit. Medium body, soft carbonation. Rather sweet, but wellbalanced and hoppy IIPA. 100312

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5270) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2012
12oz bottle courtesy of Anndiesel. Filtered honey orange-tan. Foamy, soapy off-white head. Fruity, tropical hop aroma. Quite an awesome IIPA, really captures a clean, fresh hop feel. Drinkable despite the massive ABV. So clean, there is really no unwanted syrupy action going on here at all. This is just a great example of the style, not unlike Hopslam or FFF IIPAs. Smooth honey-tinged finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fbenz (23) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Bright orange color, citrus hop aromas. Flavors are mostly resinous grapefruit hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
osu97gp (678) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Pours a clear orange color with a large off-white head. Aroma of citrus hops with a decent amount of balancing malts. Flavor of strong citrus and grapefruit hops, alcohol, and light balancing malts. Alcohol quite prevalent. Could be better balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowe1983 (1400) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Aroma is strong of ctirus hops with some caramel malts and a hint of some alcohol. Flavor starts off with plenty of citrus hops, finishes with more alcohol than I expected from the aroma. Nice bitter finish as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (3649) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Pour is a clear orange with a average white head. Aroma is plenty hoppy with some caramel malt. Flavor is mild pine hops with a weak malt base. Finish leaves a very bitter hop resin on the tounge. Also a little alcohol shows up at the end. It was ok but not as good as I was expecting. I can’t find any info about how old my bottle is but it can’t be that old since these just hit the shelves but the piney hop zing I like was lost in the bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
davey101 (747) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Julian date code of 048, making it bottled on 02/17/2012. 12 oz bottle into a DFH signature glass. A - Nice clear amber body with a soapy 2 finger head. Nice lacing and retention. S - Piney bitter hops, light grapefruit and some marijuana. Thats about it. I’m not really detecting any malts. T - Similar to the nose. Very strong pine with some light fruity and dank notes. Surprisingly not that bitter. Its just seems to coat the tongue with pine. Mouth feel is medium bodies but sticky and oily. O - I was expecting something a bit more intense. Its actually very balanced and smooth. The flavor and aroma is just very pine dominant, and I was hoping for something else. Fairly one dimensional.

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