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RATINGS: 1520   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


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
strap (413) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - FEB 6, 2011
copper colored. aroma of pine, tropical fruits and sweet malts. grapefruit and other sweetness hit you up front, followed by a hoppy pine-flavored wallop, then some warmness from the high alcohol content. well done.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Somewhat fruity aroma, sweet-ish malt base, floral, fruity and resiny hops in the nose. Some vodka notes as well. Pours orange amber with a nice frothy head and some sticky lace. Sweet and fruity up front, orange, light citrus, floral notes. Hot vodka finish. Nice flavors, just a little hot for my full out endorsement.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beernbourbon (1299) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Bottle thanks to John; thanks for picking this up for me! Pour is faintly hazy copper with a meium sudsy white head. Aroma is mostly resinous hops, ligh caramel malt, and light floral notes. Not overpowering. Maybe faint citrus notes too. Flavor is loaded with resinous, piny, and distantly citrusy hops. Also a distant caramel malt background and a slightly yeasty finish. Certainly drinks smoother than 10%.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (4682) - Utah, USA - FEB 6, 2011
24oz fat bottle shared with Doug at The Bayou
Appearance: Clear amber with a medium sized off-white head and good lacing
Aroma: Pine resin and apricot
Taste: Pine resin, chewy, with bitter grapefruit in the finish
Very nice

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bleeng (1522) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2011
UPDATED: APR 7, 2012 Draft at The Nook Huntsville AL. Clear dark copper color, with a small white head. Nose of sweetness in the hops. Taste is very sweet, nice hop profile, very sticky with a big alcohol kick. The stickiness and sweetness make this a tough one to get down initially but as it warms the beer loosens up a bit. Overall a nice brew but I don’t need many of these. 4/7/12: bottle. this seems to be much better in the bottle-very fresh with a huge hop profile.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiver29 (1035) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Wow. This was such a great brew. It pours dark clear orange color with off white head. Aroma is intense pine and citrus combo. Heavy mouthfeel. Flavor is intensely bitter pine hops, followed by a touch of caramel, then finishes very bitter and puckering on the finish. Most IPA’s or doubles have a palate cleansing effect. This is the first one that made me feel it. I actually felt the beer completely cleaning my palate in layers. Awesome. This was great.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2011
medium brown with large white head. nose of piney and herbal hops. moderate to low bitterness for the style. firm bitterness before a powerful herbal and resinous hop note that is honestly so powerful that it obscures every other aspect of the beer. there is somewhat of a munich sweetness that lingers to some residual sweetness, though pretty standard degree for style. some alcohol lingers, adding little depth. overall the beer is remarkable for the powerful hop flavor, but the sweetness and the residual sweetness leaves it below exemplary level for the style

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1148) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Bottle from Downer Wine & Spirits. Pours a crystal clear amber color with a white head. Aroma is mixture of citrus and piney hops. A little heavy on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor it pine hops with a nice malt balance. Reminds me of a bigger version of Celebration. Another winner from Sierra Nevada.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Pale yellow pour with a bit of a red tint. Very strange in that I get almost no hops on the nose but they come through in a big way in the flavor. Very bitter and resinous. Some caramel malt with a touch of sweetness when the beer first hits the tongue, but the hops quickly take over. A bit heavy and sticky.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Pours an orange amber with a creamy orange white head. Nose is grapefruit, flowers, pine, resinous dankness. and some toasty biscuit like malt in the background. Taste is slightly sweet then gives way to some massive bitterness. Finish is long with sweet malts blended with ripe hops and bitterness hanging around. Medium full body with a nice tingle on the tongue from carbonation and bitterness. Fine beer though not sure I could drink any more tonight.


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