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RATINGS: 1523   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1150) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rockcrawler (197) - Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - FEB 5, 2011
24 Oz. Pours almost perfectly clear copper with big pillowish white head. Aroma of grapefruit, resinous, floral, pine, fruity and citrus. Medium strong bitterness smoothly by a strong sweet alcohol all but completely hidden. More floral hoppy than just immense bitterness like most DIPAs would come off with. Full bodied with a slick and sticky texture, average carbonation, and a dry long finish of bittersweet joy!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boliv (1149) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2011
24oz. bottle. Pours bright coppery orange, ever-so-slightly hazy, with a frothy, 2-finger beige head that leaves rings of blebby lacing as it recedes. The aromas are funky papaya, guava, resinous pine, and slight brown sugar and berry. Tart, bitter citrus rind flavor at first, moving to bitter pine sap and tree bark, and finishing with sweet tropical fruit and doughy malt. A lingering bitter citrus rind aftertaste. Moderate carbonation, tangy and dry, and warming, with pretty well-hidden alcohol. This is bitter, juicy, and fruity; very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kev1001 (67) - Montana, USA - FEB 5, 2011
On tap at the Rhino. Pours a lot darker and more amberish for an IPA with a creamy head. Mouthfeel is creamy and full bodied. Tastes somewhat sweet and floral and not as much hoppy bitter piney compared to most IPAs. Alcohol is masked pretty well. Though it was around 8%. Definitely a tasty beer that’s worth trying. This is very close to how I like my IPAs to taste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Bottle: Pours a bright copper amber with a clingy-lacing froth of off-white head. Has a fresh resiny piny nose with some sweet lightly toasted caramel maltiness. Starts with good fullness and chewy light caramel sweetness with a good balance of pine and grapefruity hop bitterness before a slightly drier bittersweet finish. Tried this alongside a Hopslam and this was sweeter with a less intense hop nose and not as drinkable as the Hopslam.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GlobalVillager (9) - - FEB 5, 2011 does not count
This beer is solid, a wonderful IPA at first sip---but the hops just get a bit overwhelming on the second half of the pint. Huge notes of grapefruit, some cedar and resin, but the malt just cringes in the corner, overmatched and overdone.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
rajendra82 (953) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2011
The beer poured out clear, and was orange in color. The head was about one finger thick and long lasting. The beer was extremely aromatic, and each whiff revealed smells of pine and grapefruit, followed by tangerine and a hint of banana. The taste was piny, herbal, and very bitter, which made it just about perfect for the style. The malt backbone was sticky and sugary, but it was only their as a supporting actor. The hops remained evident from the beginning to the end of each sip, and lingered on in the spicy aftertaste. Mouthfeel was slightly thicker than medium, providing a nice coating action. A fabulous example of the style from this brewery doesn’t surprise me one bit.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (1714) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - FEB 4, 2011
24 oz bottle into an Allagash chalice. 2011 bottle. The label is hilarious! Pours a slightly hazy orange with a nice thick long-retaining head; leaves some decorative lacework. Aroma is packed with pine and grapefruit--awesome and perfect for this style (at least for me). Taste is very bitter with a light sweetness and a bit of sour coming up in the finish. I taste a hint of honeyed bread lurking in the background behind all the hoppy flavors. Carbonation is medium-high, body is full, texture is sticky. A very nice "hop-bomb."


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