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RATINGS: 1585   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8507) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2011
Pours a lustrous hazy copper-orange color with a medium off-white head that diminishes slowly. Rings of lacing on the glass. Citrus, floral hops and malt in the nose. Medium body with a moderately bitter hops flavor that has grapefruit and herbal characteristics. Caramel malt undercurrent throughout, as well as floral notes. The finish is fruity, both citrus and tropical, with a hoppy aftertaste. Well done all around.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (5922) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2011
Bouteille de 24 oz partagée avec MartinT et Fred82. Arôme: Forte odeur de pamplemousse avec une pointe de fruits tropicaux. Apparence: La couleur est orangée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de pamplemousses et d’oranges avec une pointe de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût houblonné. (Rating #3594)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcos (1571) - Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2011
UPDATED: APR 16, 2012 Location/Date:Bottle on April 16th, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a dark orange.
Aroma: Aroma is of piney hop.
Taste: Lots of bitterness, piney, some citrus, balanced by the malt though.
Palate:Medium, slick, quick finish.

Summary: Much tastier this time around, must have been something wrong with my original bottle.

Old rating from 4/12/2011: Bottle split with dbarnold. Clear orange appearance, nice hop aroma. Medium body, long finish, alcohol really stayed on my tongue, giving me the impression that the beer is a little imbalanced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2011
Pourrs a deep golden color with a full creamy head, leaving thick chunky sheets of lace on the glass. Nice strong bittering hop aroma. Mangoes and oranges, grapefruits and a strong resinous pine aspect. There is a strong malt backbone that is full of rich caramel. Strong bitter hops on the tongue. Full of sweet citrus fruits and resinous pine. The sweet malty backbone provides a nice platform for the hops. The finish is extremely long.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2011
Bottle thanks to bhensonb. Poured orange with white head. Aroma and flavor were awesome with pine and citrus. Absolutely great.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arkurzynski (1558) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2011
Amber with fine white head and mild carbonation. Aroma is mostly citrus hops (lemon, orange, tangerine) and some moderate pine. Pine bitterness starts very smooth, but in combo with the ABV becomes borderline astringent. Good residual bitterness. Mild if any caramel backbone - but who cares? Upon further sipping, flavor mellows out and can pick up a little more on the toasted malt, mango-orange flavors. Solid on mouthfeel, with a plenty of presence. Not completely sold on this one, but it is pretty good.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glennmastrange (2311) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2011
Bottle. Moderate grain aroma for the malt, moderate to heavy grapefruit peel for the hops, light soap for the yeast, with a note of white grape in the background. Head is average size, slightly off-white with some slippery lacing and good legs, and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear amber/orange. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily with a lively carbonation. Sprite and lively, yet simple aromas and well balanced flavors makes this an exceptional DIPA and surprising easy drinking beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomer (1754) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - APR 4, 2011
At a tasting, thanks Dagan, small stable head, clear dark gold colour, aroma of citrus, herbs and tobbaco with a touch of maltiness in the back, flavour of orange marmalade with a strong herbal bitterness that is a touch coarse, pelasant bittersweet aftertaste. A little heavy but still quite good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2026) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 3, 2011
Tasted on 4/3/11 from a 24oz bottle purchased at Lush West Town. Pours amber orange with a very thick beige head that slowly recedes to a rather thick blanket of lace. The nose is resin and herbal hops with a bunch of caramel malt and a nice hit of lemon citrus. The flavor is quite bitter with resin and herbal hops, a solid caramel malt backbone, and once again, a nice burst of lemon citrus. The body body is full and oily with average carbonation and a long bitter hops and lemon finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8530) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2011
Tap at Cole’s. Deep amber-gold pour. Sticky white lace. The aroma is really piny and fresh. There’s loads of citrus as well as an almost vanilla-like softness through the middle. Rich but pale malt. A little bit sweet with a nice chewy heavy resinousness. Sticky palate and quite fresh tasting. Chewy pine and some bright lemon/grapefruit citrus as well. Bright and piny - there is a lot of sweetness and stickiness but the hops do a great job of cutting through that. Good stuff.


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