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RATINGS: 1471   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Sierra hoptimum Tap at Rattle n Hum poured a medium amber with a very thin head. Nose is grapefruit and piny hops. Flavor truly follows the nose.  Big citrus notes so much grapefruit. Definitely sticky. Finish is mild and not overly bitter. Very nice. 

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2013 tap @ RnH - sweet caramel malts citrusy, thick and astringent finish. Big boozy finish. Resinous hops. A little over the top, IMO. rerate- 2013 from the bottle. Much fruitier than I remember. Big malts, peach juice. resinous hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2010
On tap @ Rattle N Hum. Golden brown with a light haze, some white head that laces. Aroma of citrusy hops with some light floral notes. Very bitter, a little bit excessive, bit of heat from the alcohol. Long lingering bitter hop finish. A little bit too much for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeTheYounger (1142) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - OCT 11, 2010
On draft at Barley Hops. Semi clear golden with golden white head. Aroma was sweet cream, bread, and hops. Taste was very hoppy with nice bitterness and nice malty finish. Good carbonation. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
On tap at Barley and Hops...Golden pour with a white head...Aroma has a nice malty sweetness with some citrus...Very bitter with with a nice malt backbone...Kinda thick...Definitely a palate wrecker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansermadide (1513) - Kyle, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Sampled at the Great American Beer Festival on September 17, 2010. Glowing, deep yellow color with a frothy, off-white head. Aroma is of fresh, fresh, fresh strong, resiny hops that seep straight through you. Very strong on the nose, and good. Flavor is more impressive, reminds me a little of Oskar Blues Gubna. Almost makes your throat want to swell shut. Wow, a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (5666) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2010
GABF 2010, draft. medium golden pour. Big west coast sticky, piney, grapefruit, citrus hop aroma. Flavor is BIG. Some booze, sweet hop nectar. sticky & resiny, balanced. Send some to WNY

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (4264) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 14, 2010
Draft at the brewery. Golden amber pour, white head. Citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit, resinous hops, caramel malt, and bread. Nice DIPA, but I have had better. Glad to have tried it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Tap at EBF 2010. Ah- now here we go- a true West Coast DIPA from SN. This one comes pretty close to things like Sculpin, Pliny, and some of the PP beers. Pours a nice light copper/light orange with a massive sticky shiny white head- sick lace. Aroma is intensely sticky resinous pine and mostly citrus hops- with big mango tropical notes as well- orange zest, orange pez mineralness, with just a such a light carapils sweetness but just 99% skewed to the hops. Flavor is tacky resinous sticky hops, some dank weed, grass, hop oil, orange oil, grapefruit oil, and fresh pine sap- very light malt, surprising from the 9.5% (hmm now ratebeer says 10.4%? )- and the finish is fairly dry for this big beer. So fucking kickass!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mnurda (1115) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 30, 2010
Part of the sampler tray at the brewery. Tought to judge based on two ounces, but quite enjoyed this one

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