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RATINGS: 1626   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bleeng (1565) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2011
UPDATED: APR 7, 2012 Draft at The Nook Huntsville AL. Clear dark copper color, with a small white head. Nose of sweetness in the hops. Taste is very sweet, nice hop profile, very sticky with a big alcohol kick. The stickiness and sweetness make this a tough one to get down initially but as it warms the beer loosens up a bit. Overall a nice brew but I don’t need many of these. 4/7/12: bottle. this seems to be much better in the bottle-very fresh with a huge hop profile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Wow. This was such a great brew. It pours dark clear orange color with off white head. Aroma is intense pine and citrus combo. Heavy mouthfeel. Flavor is intensely bitter pine hops, followed by a touch of caramel, then finishes very bitter and puckering on the finish. Most IPA’s or doubles have a palate cleansing effect. This is the first one that made me feel it. I actually felt the beer completely cleaning my palate in layers. Awesome. This was great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2011
medium brown with large white head. nose of piney and herbal hops. moderate to low bitterness for the style. firm bitterness before a powerful herbal and resinous hop note that is honestly so powerful that it obscures every other aspect of the beer. there is somewhat of a munich sweetness that lingers to some residual sweetness, though pretty standard degree for style. some alcohol lingers, adding little depth. overall the beer is remarkable for the powerful hop flavor, but the sweetness and the residual sweetness leaves it below exemplary level for the style

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1234) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Bottle from Downer Wine & Spirits. Pours a crystal clear amber color with a white head. Aroma is mixture of citrus and piney hops. A little heavy on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor it pine hops with a nice malt balance. Reminds me of a bigger version of Celebration. Another winner from Sierra Nevada.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EricE (1368) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Pale yellow pour with a bit of a red tint. Very strange in that I get almost no hops on the nose but they come through in a big way in the flavor. Very bitter and resinous. Some caramel malt with a touch of sweetness when the beer first hits the tongue, but the hops quickly take over. A bit heavy and sticky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Pours an orange amber with a creamy orange white head. Nose is grapefruit, flowers, pine, resinous dankness. and some toasty biscuit like malt in the background. Taste is slightly sweet then gives way to some massive bitterness. Finish is long with sweet malts blended with ripe hops and bitterness hanging around. Medium full body with a nice tingle on the tongue from carbonation and bitterness. Fine beer though not sure I could drink any more tonight.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rockcrawler (197) - Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - FEB 5, 2011
24 Oz. Pours almost perfectly clear copper with big pillowish white head. Aroma of grapefruit, resinous, floral, pine, fruity and citrus. Medium strong bitterness smoothly by a strong sweet alcohol all but completely hidden. More floral hoppy than just immense bitterness like most DIPAs would come off with. Full bodied with a slick and sticky texture, average carbonation, and a dry long finish of bittersweet joy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boliv (1150) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - 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.

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