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RATINGS: 1737   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   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


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2551) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2011
On tap at Blue Tusk. Pale golden yellow with an off white head. Huge citrus and pine resin, bit of fruit - aggressive hops is definitely a good way to describe it. Quite bitter and boozy, full bodied and good carbonation, finish that just keeps on giving as it goes through a spectrum of bitterness that becomes more dry. A hop bomb but tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJestersBeer (2382) - SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2011
24oz bottle. (Rating #400) Pours a hazy deep gold, with a firm off-white head. Extremely hoppy aromas, spruce, pine resin, pineapple, grapefruit peel, dried fruits, apricots, raisins. Medium sweet, full bodied, high bitterness, creamy CO2. Hello hop explosion, goodbye palate! Loads of hops, herbs, flowers, pine needles, spruce, tropical fruits, mango, papaya, grapefruit peel, blood orange, almost slightly smoky. Long, hoppy, bitter finish. (2011-11-19)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Pours a clear amber with a bubbly white head. Aroma is pungent dank hops with grapefruit, pineapple and oranges. Flavor is the same with a bit of malt sweetness and a touch of alcohol. Very tasty imperial IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (43533) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2011

Bottle 1pt.8fl.oz. @ [ Tasting by Fin & Loz ].

Clear medium orange colour with a average, frothy, good - fair lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, perfume - flowers, pine, orange - citrus. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20111022]

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blafa (511) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2011
Sampled at SBWF. Stockholm, September 29th, 2011.
Aroma is very hoppy with fresh notes of citrus and grapefruit, but also a wired soap note. Luckily it’s not present in the taste which in return is very nice and creamy. Big hop character with loads of grape and pine needles. A it on the sweet side but nevertheless an impressive DIPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (8452) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Draft. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Big grapefruit and tropical fruit aroma. Grapefruit and caramel flavor with tropical fruit. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruit and caramel lingers.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kuphish (381) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Bottle split with EC. Clear, golden-amber body with a 1/2", thick, dense white head. Bubbles pearl up from the bottom of the glass. Nice lacing. Aroma of mango, gooseberry, and light citrus. Fairly prominent aromas, but not overpowering. Tropical fruit flavors, some white berry. Grapefruit comes through - malt is buried somewhere beneath all the hops. Fairly full body with a highly resinous mouthfeel. Medium-high carbonation with a moderate alcohol presence. Sticky, resinous finish with long lasting grapefruit peel. Very good, beer!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (13631) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2011
Bottle shared with Mes @ The White Horse, Parsons Green. Clear lightly sparkling orange colored beer, small white head. Smell citrus, hops, bitter. Taste hops, bitter, citrus, pine. Quite smooth, no sticky texture. Alcohol well hidden, great mouthfeel! Love this beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (9463) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2011
Bottle at Fin & Loz’s tasting with Jan, Charlotte, Craig, Stella & kids consumed Saturday 22.10.11 Jan brought this beer along, cheers Jan! Big beer, bit sticky with a huge hoppy frontal blast. However as nice as it is, it’s a little too sweet there is a cloying sweetness, bit too much at times. Despite all of this, I actually loved it. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov16 3.9

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
TEKUBEAT (20) - ITALY - OCT 26, 2011
Beer land trilussa. DIPA troppo sciapa e inodore, del luppolo abbiamo solo un vago ricordo.


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