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RATINGS: 1504   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


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Hazy copper, thin white head, sticky full body, medium carbonation.

Aroma: ton of resinous hops, simcoe, apricot, faint caramel malt.

Taste: loads of fresh sweet resinous hops (simcoe, pine, citrus, floral), alcohol, and a hint of caramel malt.

Ton of brilliant fresh hops, but not too bitter. A hop showcase with multi-variety complexity.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thewade (311) - USA - FEB 1, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2013 Wow. Pretty extreme. Not for the light hop hearted. Everything you’d expect from this beer is there. Spruce. Light citrus. Well balanced, and especially good with about a year aged on it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6017) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2011
bottle, thanks to dixonian , golden color with an herbal onion and garlic aroma, flavor is more of the same with some additional mineral and floral notes, finish is bitter

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
0o9i (438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Tap @ Sierra Taphouse. Clear, rich honey color topped with a small white head that becomes a ring and laces delicately. Lovely aroma, sweet, fruity & floral hops. Fullish body, light carbonation (almost flat, caskish), balanced, not sticky. Sweet up front, very floral, flavors of peach, pineapple--which is closely tied into the alcohol--light citrus notes of orange, long bitter finish by plenty of sugars to carry the substantial hops. Very yummy.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2011
bottled. Golden super hop elixir. Pervasive bitterness fights against sweet heat. Hazy grass & other super funk flavors.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
adavis234 (286) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Bottle. Pour is an orange-brown with a hint of red and a medium white head with heavy lacing. Sweet, very strong grapefruit hop aroma with a bit of piney resin. Flavor is extremely hoppy (of course) - flowery, grassy flavor up front giving way to grapefruit (and other) citrus and finishing with woody notes. A fantastic brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2491) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Bottle from BevMo. Light amber in color. Nose is sweet. Good hop presence is noticable. Very hoppy. Crisp and clean hop character with a little sweetness to take off the edge. No alcohol at all. Dangerously easy to drink.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 31, 2011
This is a tasty beverage. It abandons the standard SN "hop profile" as they say. Nice. Pours hazy amber with a small offwhite head that leaves spider web lace. Smells big and dripping resiny and citrusy hoppy. Tastes good. Huge resiny and citrus hop flavors. Some of the floral notes mentioned in the commercial description as well. Big bitterness that lingers and lingers. I like this brew. Nice, full body with good carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2011 3/2/11: 3/2/11: Draught at TND: Aroma of hops. Poured amber in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny and small particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is slightly sweet and heavily bitter. Tastes of hops, pine, grass, hop oil, resin, and light caramel. Medium body. Dry texture. Average to slightly lively carbonation. Bitter, hop, pine, finish is dry. 1/31/11: 22oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, pine, grass, fresh hop cones, light pineapple, light citrus, and light malt. Really hoppy and fresh scent. Poured amber in color with a medium to large-sized, creamy, dense, off-white head that lasted throughout. Clear. Very sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and heavily bitter. Tastes of malt, hops, pine, resin, light caramel, light pineapple, grass, and light citrus. Medium body. Slick, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Heavily bitter, light to medium sweet, hop, grass, malt, pineapple, grass, resin finish is dry. 10.4%ABV is completely hidden throughout. 9/4/8/4/16 = 4.1

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3127) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Clear gold colored body with a tall off-white head. Flowery citrus hop aroma. A bit on the sweet side, yet the hops are there. Decent body.


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