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RATINGS: 1687   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pilsnerrogge (2643) - Finspång, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2011
Bottled:
Amber colour with a thick head. Dried fruit, soap and resinous hops on the nose. Flavour is all about hops with some notes of toffee. Long bitterness.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ekstedt (6025) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2011
Bottled (71 cl) at The White Horse, London. Clear orange, medium off-white head. Fantastic fruity hop aroma with apricots, peaches, and some perfumy and piney notes. Medium bodied and silky smooth. Dry to medium dry, high lingering bitterness. What a great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4205) - SWEDEN - AUG 10, 2011
Bottle shared with friends @ White Horse. Pours clear golden copper with a small bubbly beige head leaving lace. Aroma is fruity, apricot, raisins, hoppy and sweet. Flavor is bitter, piny, citric, alcohol, cummin and fruity. Finishes sweet but yet dryish piny bitter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (14358) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2011
Bottle shared at The White Horse, London. Golden beer, creamy offwhite head. Hoppy fruity aroma, grassy, hay, milky, perfume, metal notes. Hoppy flavor, grassy, malty, creamy, perfume, grapefruit, fresh hops. Long pleasant hop finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mad_Ferret (761) - SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2011
Bottle. Clear pale amber/golden with a medium creamy cremecoloured head that lace. Big hopjuicy aroma with caramelly sweetness, resin, pineneedles, flowers, grapefruit, mango and almost an oaky vanilla not with some alcohol heat. Taste is sweet with a big spicy resiny bitterness. Resin, caramel, grapefruit, mango and warming booze. Hopjuicecoctail. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Really tasty hop head beer. The alcohol burns a bit though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bernatbeer (418) - barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 27, 2011
Muy buena imperial ipa!Contundente en todos los sentidos,resinosa mucha carga de lúpulo gran carga de maltas y alcohol que pasa desapercibido pero se nota!En barril fantástica y en botella recomiendo beberla fresca!!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SudsMcDuff (6923) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2011
What the hell happened to this beer, 8 months in a fridge and it turns to this?? .. murky tan, light foam .. . very light sap, and mop water fudge, pretty bad .. . what a shame... . We don’t need this A space, J space, Put a Little Love in Your Heart shit. We need a challenge.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11586) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2011
24oz bottle-pours a foamy off white head with heavy lacing and dark gold color. Aroma is lemon zest/some orange zest, hint of light/medium malt. Taste is pine/lemon/orange/zest with a nice bite, alcohol, secondary sweet light/medium malt.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - JUL 22, 2011
Bottle courtesy of cgarvieuk. Gold colour with small white head. Big hoppy aroma with orange. Follows through to the taste, richly hoppy, bitter, with caramel, malty and grapefruity citrus notes. Decent mouthfeel - semi-syrpy, not hugely carbonated but interesting enough. Very solid beer, nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - JUL 21, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2012 Bottle at cagarvieuk’s. Pale orange/amber, small head. Thick orangey hop nose. Resinous palate with buckets of grapefruit and some caramel. Big bitter finish. Nice.


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