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RATINGS: 1549   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
   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 (954) - 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 (1726) - 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."

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Light copper with a touch of foam and a lasting ring around the glass. Potent dusty hops backbone is present with a spicy caramel sweetened. Pined hops are there for the taking as well as the light sugared peaches. Slight attic funkiness is prevalent with a quiet oaky vanilla. A potent hop brew with an easy drinkability. Not overpowering but a solid brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (1945) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2011
light amber pour with a thick foamy head. aroma is delicious grapefruit and pine. Flavour is piney hop. caramel malt, some medicinal alc tones.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2012 Pours clear gold with a frothy beige head that laces well. Aroma of freshly cut pine branches, orange, earthy dankness. Taste is awesome, lots of bitterness, toffee sweetness, some cherry. Hefty bitter finish. Medium body, rich carbonation.... Another bottle. Awesome color, alcohol is fairly apparent in the taste, lots of pine and tropical fruit sweetness, great beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5780) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Excited to try this one. The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the orange and pine from the hops. The flavor is similar. I get some caramel, orange and pine. The bitterness is about medium. The beer is also very boozy, much more than I expected. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very tasty, I just wish the alcohol was a little bit more subdued.


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