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RATINGS: 1710   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
flatmatt (1395) - Northville, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2011
On tap. Pours a red-tinged amber with a white head. Aroma is a fresh citrus with grapefruit and pine. Flavor is strong, fresh, juicy citrus and pine resin, herbal flavors, with a strong bitterness. This is a great double IPA!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - MAR 3, 2011
25 oz. Bottle. (Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate a good complex home/micro/craft-brew...) POW! This ninja ipa bred with Ali’s right jab laid me out like Joe Frazier! the taste reminds me of squeezing the hops of their juices pulled fresh outta the keg. These hops are earthy (like a hippie un-doused in patchouli stench), tangy, and super grapefruit and lemon rind-y. Although, the aromas are quite flowery and have an almost dainty caress (entirely misleading). I may not be high, but definitely hop-high after this monster. the finish is all forest floor, but i can’t stop drinking it. This is one powerful brew. Definitely overt. It’s like SN threw on a Dogfish mask and robbed the hop bank. But then again, extreme brews are a nice idea, too bad these I2pa’s, I3pa’s, etc. are just becoming the hoppy version of everclear. I have an idea - let’s dump as many hops as we can think of and just add enough malt to placate those who may enjoy an almost-tasty beer. SN just hopped on the bandwagon (hehe), way to be like everybody else. FAIL.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerlover82 (229) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2011
Received a 22/24.oz bomber of this from a trade with BA smakawhat, so a big thanks goes out to him. Poured into snifter a hazy but yet clear orange,with very little head that fades quickly. Quite surprised at the almost lack of head here. Small traces of tiny lacing,really small lacing that comes in little dots. Appearance is not too impressive here. Aromas sure make up for the rather lazy outward design. Hops,hops,hops with sweet caramel malt hit the nose immediately. Very pleasant. One of the best aromas I’ve encountered in a while. Hops attack first and foremost upon first sip.Excellent. Malt backbone comes through,but cannot fight the hops. Beautiful. Just what I want in a DIPA. A medium to full-fledged heavy body, with maybe a little too much carbonation. If you love hoppy brews like I do, then this should qualify as a masterpiece,IMO. Not too sweet, great emphasis on hops make this frighteningly drinkable for the hophead, considering the ABV.Wow. I can only hope I can get more in the future, or soon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (3078) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2011
The aroma is pine, earthy, sweatsock, basement. The appearance is a clear red, white head. The flavor is earthy, pine and citrus (a lot of hops at work here.) The finish is a lingering earth, resin, pine needle. Medium in body, slighly oily. The beer definitely lives upn to its name. Good overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2011
Bottle pours copper with a white head. Aroma shows lots of tropical and floral character with notes of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and lavender. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of caramel and some spicy white pepper on the finish. Overall body is moderate and sticky, with moderate to heavy bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9017) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2011
24 oz. bottle from Root Cellar. This sold out in less than a day- before I could get out of work- in St. Louis but I found a whole case on the floor of Root Cellar a week later. Go figure. Anyway, pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma of piney hops, caramel malts, grapefruit, and some floral notes- simple and effective. Flavor of pine resin, floral and citrusy hops, grapefruit, citrus peel, and caramel malts. Finishes with a bitter note that lingers...and lingers. Medium-bodied, with an ultra bitter mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Simple DIPA for those that like to coat their mouth in bitter hops. I liked it but would have liked it a lot more if it either had more going on or didn’t destroy my palate on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours a deep brass color with an everlasting foamy off white head. The head thins but stays present and laces moderately well. Tiny, tiny bubbles sail from the bottom to the top.of the glass without ever stopping. The aroma is very floral; I detect lavender and jasmine. The taste is hoppy , citrusy, and a bit soapy. There’s enough malt to prop up the flavors. Hops linger long on the palate. There’s a lot of hype over this beer and I would say that itmostly lives up. I would have likes a little more malt and a slippery mouthfeel to make it even better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2011
On tap at the Map Room Chicago. Pours a very dark ruby brown color with a small off white head. Aroma is aggressively hoppy with mostly pine and earthy herbal notes. A little bit of citric and even less sweet caramel maltiness. Flavor starts with a very aggressive piney hoppiness that is there from start to an extremely bitter finish. Again so herbal floral notes but man, this thing is so bitter I had to take a break to drink another beer and come back to it. Medium to medium full body and a sharper carbonation. Nice hop character but damn, the bitterness is a bit overwhelming, killing the opportunity for a unique complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Attractive copper pour with an eggshell head. Full nose and flavor of citrus, pine and caramel. A bit of heat and spice. Good bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jrmac (333) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Awesome, probably the best beer I have ever had from this brewer. I hope this brew or something like it makes the regular production schedule

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