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RATINGS: 1719   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
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 Ďnew-schoolí 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 Ė 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6656) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 13, 2011
Glowing clear amber color/ ivory head. Nice fresh ganja bud, pine, grassy aromas. Medium bodied. Big pine needle, grapefruit citrusy bitter flavors with some pale malt sweetness, warming finish--good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
josefiak (23) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Sweet sticky resinous beauty. Alcohol presence buried deep, a bitter beer but was expecting more of a hop bite in this one at 100 IBU. Great citrus notes and piney/grassy vibe compliment this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 10, 2011
THOUGHTS: Another Valentineís Day gift from my wife. Hid alcohol incredibly well. Very smooth for something this big. Truly unique aroma and flavor. Hard to describe exactly because they were new hop flavors to me. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium, orangey amber with an average, off-white head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma had light to moderate caramel; moderate to heavy pine, grapefruit, orange, lemon, line, earthy and funky hops; slight alcohol; citrus punch and citrus rind. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, moderate to rather bitter and moderately acidic; while the finish was heavily sweet, rather to heavily bitter and lightly acidic with a rather long duration. There was alcohol, candy-coated citrus fruit, a little brown sugar, lots of citrus hops, funky hops that almost seemed like and odd bacteria or yeast strain, pine hops, caramel, exotic fruit and tropical fruit. The medium to full body was oily,but also a little sticky on the lips with lightly fizzy carbonation and a light to moderately alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Bottle from bleeng and TXJeep. Thanks!
Pours an average orange with a light apricot against a backdrop of grapefruit. Flavor is a nice balance of grapefruit and sweet fruit. Average mouthfeel. Tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Growler served in a tulip. Deep clear, yet weighty glowing orange-amber body. Medium sized orange-white head with moderate retention and decent lacing, though not enough to warrant a full 5 point. The aroma is huge and hop driven, showing massive resin and pine, with cedar, caramel, and citrus following. Sweet, very bitter flavor. Full body, prickly carbonation, hop-creamy sticky texture, and an exponentially bitter finish. Intense and sublime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olsvammel (5720) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2014 Bottle at Sorbon in Bromma. It poured a slightly hazy golden liquid with a small white head. Smell of grass, trees, hops and fruits. Smeet taste of grapefruit, grassy hops, trees and fruity hops. Semi-harsh mouthfeel, strong carbonation, medium thick body. Strong and intense DIPA. A bit harsh but still nice. A hop kick to the head. Brutal! :) Re-rated after trying a bottle in 2014. Allot better now but I think itís because it has aged a bit and the most harsh hop aromas has cooled down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (11991) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2011
Fresh 2011 bottle at the White Horse Parsons Green. It pours clear amber, with a small foamy white head. The nose is sweet caramel, resin, pine and grass. The taste is resin, wood, varnish, grass, hay, caramel and tangy orange zest. The alcohol is very well hidden. A very drinkable double IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark golden color with a thick white head. The aromas are pine, floral and citrus with some heavy fruit sweetness. All the right stuff in there. Taste is bitter up front.....very much the dominant flavor. Very large and heavy with sharp citrus and some pine, but overwhelmingly bitter. Body is medium with average carbonation and a long bitter finish. Lacing is all down the glass. Overall, this is a decent DIPA with big hoppiness. Not bad, but a bit too over the top for my taste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerme31 (636) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2011
Pours copper/amber with medium white head. Very satisfying nose - grass, citrus, floral, pine. Obviously heavy on the bitterness. Its is likely the most bitter Iíve ever had and most bitter Iíve rated so far. Quite a bit of tingling and carbonation in a lasting bitter finish. Overall it was interesting but not something I would buy again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnnnniee (3657) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 28, 2011
A careful pour produces a mostly clear orange/amber elixir with a one finger bubbly white head that recedes quickly but leaves lots of lace. Smells of pine and citrus with a bit of an earthy grassy tone mixed in there as well. Hints of sweet malt buried deep beneath barely find a voice in this one. Taste is pine and resin mixed with more bitter grapefruit and lemons than the produce isle at Hannaford. Thereís some malt in there Iím sure, but every time I think I can find it, its gone. Sticky resinous pine pitch mouthfeel, low to medium level of carbonation, medium body. Well you asked for hops, you got it! I was expecting that Sierra Nevada sameness that runs through their IPA line and was pleasantly surprised at this over the top DIPA. Its over the top hops, bracingly bitter, and thatís just fine with me. Now put it in a six pack and charge me a fair price for it and Iíll buy it often. On a side note why is this vintage dated? Not a cellar candidate by any means.

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