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RATINGS: 1506   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Fresh 24 oz bottle. Clear amber with a thick, foamy, beige head. Big aroma, filled with weed, pine, citrus, with some herbal and tropical fruit scents too. The flavor is very bitter throughout with just a light malt sweetness and a light alcohol flavor as well. Medium body with average to low carbonation and a mouth feel that starts a bit syrupy but ends up finishing kind of dry. Pretty great beer, I really get some ganja aromas in this one. I wonder if their new proprietary hop variety is crossed with a little something special.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leuchtenbergia (1) - Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2011 does not count
My first beer review ever. Aroma- Fantastically hoppy. It’s been a long time since I have found a beer that smells this good. Very hoppy nose with tropical fruit dominating. Appearance- Darkish golden amber. Nice white head, dissipating a little quick. Taste- Sweet and citrusy with a bit of pine. Dry and bitter on the finish. Clean aftertaste with bitterness lingering but not harshly. For how strong it is, I don’t taste a harsh booziness. Love it. Palate- Good mouthfeel, not thin or too thick. Good amount of carbonation. Overall- I was really excited for this beer and I was not disappointed. I fell in love with Bell’s Hopslam DIPA when I lived in Wisconsin. I recently moved to Washington and cannot get Bell’s out here. Hoptimum helps fill the void of Hopslam. It has been a year since I’ve had Hopslam so I am not willing to compare Hopslam to Hoptimum at this point, but I would love to try these two beers more closely together to fairly compare them. I am enjoying this beer and I am glad I bought 2 bottle right off the bat. caramel, citrus, spruce, orange, clear, white foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, average carbonation, bitter,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Bottle to snifter. Pour is vibrant orange with a white soapy head that leaves nice lacing. Scents of grapefruity pine and flowers with some subtle caramel scents. Flavor is very bitter hops that taste of citrus and grapefruit . Palate is creamy texture with nice mild carbonation and a chaulky finish. This stuff is awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Bottle - wow, what a massive brew this thing is! Pours a very hazy orange with a white head. This one slaps you right in the face with all of its aroma - tons of grapefruit, pine, hops and flowers. The taste is an ass kicking hopfest. Plenty of citrus, pine and alcohol. If you are a hop head you won’t be left wanting after this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (7979) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2011
amber colored body, off-white head, below-average retention. certainly lively smell-wise: resinous wood oil and fruit cocktail notes with dried leaves. abrasive and harsh malt made worse by the peppercorn bitterness. wood oil and resin are the strongest descriptors that come to mind. sloppy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crackedmachine (470) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Pours a bubbly, transparent copper-orange with a medium off white head. Aroma is sweet, fruity hops with an herbal component that brings the unique characteristics of both Summit and Citra hops to mind. Flavor has a lot of up front bitterness, quickly followed by grapefruit, resin, a light soapy element, and then finishes with more bitterness and a bit of sweet. The dominant flavors here are herbal, resinous hops rather than citrus or tropical fruit. There are some clear similarities to Celebration, but this one is huge and hoppy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2011
On tap at Brouwer’s. Imperial indeed - this is one powerful IPA. Drinks something like Port’s Mongo or Oskar Blues’ Gubna - this is a massive brew, with a ton of citrus and piney hops countered by a boatload of caramel and brown sugar malts. I actually thought the malt contingent was too strong - for something that claims 100 IBU, I wanted it to be more acerbic. While you can tell they put immense quantities of hops in the recipe, the flavor just doesn’t let them shine. Other than that, it’s very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NeonBlackBrain (19) - Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2011
As soon as the cap was popped I could smell sweet sticky hops, whole cones make a difference I suppose. Beautiful amber hue, minimal bubbles, slight head, and a decent lacing. The slight taste of copper is followed by alcohol with a finish of pineapple, citrus and pine. There’s definitely a long finish that sticks to the palate. Good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Slightly hazy orange pour with an off-white head, excellent retention. Judging by the aroma, it is evident that this will be a somewhat balanced beer for an imperial IPA. Aroma has some nice floral & citrus hops, light sweet fruit, a hint of caramel covered honeydew. Medium-full body with low, tingly carbonation, alcohol is hidden fairly well, not as dry on the finish as I was anticipating but definitely finishes with a grapefruit bitterness that lingers in a good way. Could’ve upped the carbonation on this a touch. Great beer for the money.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (5998) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2011
1/14/11. Citrusy aroma with grass, plenty of malt, and a hint of booze. Nice bitter piney, hoppy kick with sweet caramel and lingering hop bitterness. Not bad!

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