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RATINGS: 1693   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamherbert (1401) - Syracuse, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2011
2011 version. Phenomenal pine oil and tangerine hop. Mint leaf. Outstanding. The appearance is orange, with very thick lace. Good carbonation and some decent head. The flavor ... and there is lots of it: Toasted malts, piney hops, tangerine citrus. Mint leaf still comes in with a sweetish finish. Hops also turn bitter to balance the malts. The palate is creamy, a little astringent to the touch. Leaves the tongue a little numb. Sweet, minty, woody, bitter, delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2434) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2011
On draft at Capones. Pours a clear deep coppery color with a small frosty white head. Aroma of various hops, fresh citrus, resiny pine and malt. Taste is very hoppy with notes of fresh orange, grapefruit, resiny pine and malts. This one bites you from start to finish with hops, citrus and pine. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2011
22oz bottle purchased at WLV on 2.21. took awhile for this to make it into the city proper so def. not the freshest sample... pours a medium hazy darker apricot brown hue with a thin to medium soapy white head that quickly receded to a thin layer of froth... aroma teeters on the sacharine citrusy to tropical fruit hop portion of the spectrum with somewhat of a sugary crystal malt bent that for a minute reminds me of hopslam for some reason or another. a bit piney towards the finish... flavors are carry-forward from the aroma with sweet piney and citrusy hops with more of an emphasis on the former and a bruising bitter grapefruit rind finishing quality. the middle remains predominantly sweet, somewhat exceedingly so but fails to become overly cloying due to the abrasive bitter finish. body is medium to full, thicker to be sure and adequate carbonation to go along with it. all in all, somewhat overdone. hops are present, for sure, but not presented in a clean synergistic manner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (4777) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Pours amber reddish with an off-white head. The aroma has grapefruit and pine along with a sweet toasty malt backbone along with pineapple and cotton candy. Medium / full resiny body that’s slick and sticky with frothy sharp carbonation. The flavor starts out with a good balance of sweet candied caramel malt and earthy / piny / grapefruit hops that is very resiny. The finish has spiciness, funky hops and a bit of alcohol. The mouth almost has a coated feeling to it. Nice IIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jzzbassman (1525) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Pours a clear orange with a large sticky white head. Big aroma sweet and hoppy, with notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and light floral. Hoppy and bitter flavor, with a long finish. Sort of wish for a bit more "fresh hop" flavor, but a very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2011
poured out of the bottled into my snifter I got a good nose full of hops and citrus notes. The color was goldish with a brown hazy center. Flavor was pretty much dominated by the hops with a good solid malt backing. With a ABV over 10% it is incredible easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernesto987 (4866) - Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Centennial hops on the nose, typical IPA, taste, bitterness and hops on taste, typical imperial IPA, nothing immensely impressive, alcohol present

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Veldrid (120) - Canton, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Bottle. Pours a gold/orange color with white head. Floral hops with a sweet fruitiness on the nose. Flavor starts sweet and citrus and then goes towards the bitter hop end of the spectrum for the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vacantskies (208) - Spokane, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2011
This beer has a big frothy head and light amber color. The aroma is spicy with a lot of hops. The flavor is dry with a big bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Bottle from Vas Foremost. Pours a very clear deep gold/bronze with a sticky dissipating head. Nose is lush tropical fruits, resin, citrus and some faint sweet notes. Alcohol is also quite strong in the nose, which may be the source of the sweetness. On taste, it is a hop assault, very strong bittering and a clean fermentation. The malt doesn’t quite support the alcahol notes, which are potent and strong. Lots of citrus and tropical fruit come through as well. I assumed there was citrus in here, but the Chinook is a bit of a surprise. Also curious to hear more about the new variety. Primary issue I have with this is how strong the alcohol notes are. Still, a pretty superb IIPA.

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