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RATINGS: 1749   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 ‘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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - JUL 22, 2011
Bottle courtesy of cgarvieuk. Gold colour with small white head. Big hoppy aroma with orange. Follows through to the taste, richly hoppy, bitter, with caramel, malty and grapefruity citrus notes. Decent mouthfeel - semi-syrpy, not hugely carbonated but interesting enough. Very solid beer, nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - JUL 21, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2012 Bottle at cagarvieuk’s. Pale orange/amber, small head. Thick orangey hop nose. Resinous palate with buckets of grapefruit and some caramel. Big bitter finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 19, 2011
In bottle at Craig’s. A golden beer with a thick beige head. Fruity, resinous nose with sweet caramel notes. Quite sweet and nicely bitter. Flavours of caramel again with pine, pepper and a little lemon. Oily mouthfeel with a lingering bitter finish. Lovely!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 19, 2011
Strong fruit nose, pine, citrus, grapefruit. Taste is slightly peppery with a hint of licorice, mostly citrus fruit. Texture is quite thick

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bullit (4460) - Burgos, SPAIN - JUL 19, 2011
Bottled, tasting at cgarvieuk. Clear golden colour, off-white head. Nose is caramel malty, pine hops, bit of grapefruit. Flavour is pine hops, resin. Caramel malts. Oily texture, medium bodied. Fairly bitter and dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
screigh (670) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2011
Crystal clear copper color. Large head that settled down to about 1/8 inch and lasted the whole time with tons of lacing. Huge hop aroma. Huge hop taste with the perfect balance of malt. Amazing beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21833) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 18, 2011
bottle at home ... copper ... thin bubbly tan head ... soft sweet hop nose ... bitter oily citrus hop ... oily and juicy ... fruity ... some zexty lemon ... some pine ... some lime peel ... little peppery

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2013 Bottle on 01/19/2011. Clear golden amber body with a large frothy white head. Big citrus and floral hop aroma with a caramel background. Huge citrus and resiny hop flavor with a pale malt background. Medium full body with moderate carbonation. 8/4/8/4/16

Bottle on 02/06/2011. Clear golden amber body with a small creamy white head. Sweet citrus and resiny hop aroma with some caramel. Big resiny hop flavor some caramel and a sticky bitter finish. Medium full body with moderate carbonation. 8/3/8/3/15.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maddog20_20 (12) - Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2011
sip slowly, one of the few american brewers that knows how to balance hops with the malt. big body for big hops, anymore hops and it would be another bonehead Imperial IPA. this one has the malt to match it. one of my 2 favs from SN(South Hemis Harvest the other), that makes it to Texas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
coharahawk (170) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2011
Tap at Sugar Maple. Pours a clear golden orange. Aroma is piney hops with hints of citrus. My rating seems to trail of into illegible markings on the page. Must’ve been pretty good. Granted, it was after drinking 3 other DIPA’s.

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