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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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arkurzynski (1689) - 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 (2383) - 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 (2043) - 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 (2501) - 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 (8819) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2011
On tap at Tyler’s, Durham. Almost missed the boat on this one, and glad it was still on tap a while back. Big vibrant, nearly glowing orange pour. Still cloudy enough to give it that good earthen/herbal appearance, and there was a thick creamy head resting nicely on top. Nice dank nose, tons of hop oil and pineapple making for an inviting brew. Mouthfeel was very full and luxuriant in the same way those Alpine brews are. Taste was slightly less satisfying than the nose, with the balance tilted towards the bitter. But still a really nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (7623) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 31, 2011
Bottle at a tasting. Thanks Dagan. Clear deep golden with a white head. Aroma of lemony, grapefruity hops and light piney hints. Bitter hoppy flavor with a bit of sweetness in the back, nice citrus and a bit of alcohol. Medium-bodied. Tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrallen34 (3488) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
2011 bottle poured into my De Struise glass... The body is super clear clear dark copper, looks great. A huge tope head with great retention and superb lacing... The aroma is super strong with tons of sweet yet citrusy grapefruit on the front. The hops are present as well and on the, pine resin and alcohol. Not your typical stinging dipa notes, really balanced... The taste is more hops than anything, tons of alcohol and pine resin, but for some reason I like it, not annoying. A little one-dimensional but good...Mouthfeel is good...Totally crushable, I drink the whole bottle in about 20 minutes, no clue its 10%. Recommend, best Sierra Nevada IPA.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
matt7215 (2263) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2011
bomber shared by jsprime. the most crazily hoppy beer ive ever had. not for the faint of heart. or for people who enjoy having the use of their taste buds. a stupidly palate shredding intoxicating massive beer. loved it.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Razaroth (8) - Murrieta, California, USA - MAR 28, 2011 does not count
Probably one of the best Double IPA’s I have ever tried in my entire life. Aroma and appearance are awesome with its light and tan color and its full cone hop aroma. Mmmmmmm, I need one right now....haha! Taste’s like you drank the best IPA ever and now your going to eat a bowl of fresh full cone hops. YUM! Overall, the best IPA ever, hands down!


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