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RATINGS: 1737   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 Ďnew-schoolí 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 Ė 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Date: 2/6/2011 Source:Other Big resiny hop aroma with some alcohol. Clear orange golden with a small white head. Citrusy resiny hops over moderately sweet caramel. Medium body and mouth feel. Finish is sweet with big resiny hop bitterness lingering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (6878) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle split with my brother. I tried this one at GABF and remember liking it, so letís give it a whirl with a larger sample. Clear amber/copper pour with a huge off-white head. Spicy and grassy hop nose with some citrus and maltiness. Spicy hop flavor up front with hints of citrus and malt before a bitter grassy finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
celogan (204) - Oroville, California, USA - MAR 17, 2011
Very Decent, but dissappointing. Tasted alot like bigfoot with some hops tossed in. I expected a strong grapefruit nose, which was missing. Poured a nice head wich dissappaited rather quickly. Lacing was pretty good though. Carbonation was good. Tase had some strong alcohol presence, but at over 10% ABV itís not surprising. I found two places that still had it in stock, even the brewery was out. One place we call the Dome Store that had it for 2.99 and another at a convenience store that took years to open, but they wanted 10 bucks. So either one place was gouching or the other didnít know what they had. It is defineitly worth the 3 bucks, but 10 dollars it isnnít.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 17, 2011
A - Pours an orange-copper color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades fairly quickly to a nice ring around the glass lacing nicely. S - Lots of citrus hops in the nose. There is also a fine amount of sweet carmel malt that breaks through and balances. T - Starts off with a ton of citrus and piney hop flavor and bitterness. There is also some nice carmel malt flavor that breaks through. Through the middle there is even more bitterness that comes through. The finish has a blend of grassy and citrus hop bitterness and also some carmel flavor. Lingers really nicely. M - Medium to medium-full bodied with moderate tingly carbonation. Very smooth and crisp with a really nice dry finish. Even fairly clean. D - Very drinkable. Very nice hop profile with a lot of taste mixed in. Barely any of the alcohol flavor comes through. Nice amount of malt flavor also in there to balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reggiedunlop (3648) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2011
pours a very clear amber honey color with a creamy white head...very nice lacing and retention. aroma has grapefruit with subtle pine as well...slightly bready and a hint of orange blossom. flavor is extremely hoppy...like a hoppy elixir...more spicy than expected...earthy and woody. mouthfeel is resinous yet a bit lively with a very hoppy, dry lingering finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4372) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2011
The aroma is very much like I would expect from Sierra Nevada. Itís one of those hop lover beers. There is the full spectrum of pine, citrus, grass, herb and resin. The malt is there to balance and gives it a significant bread smell but itís all about the hops. The appearance is amber gold with a large foamy head. The taste is like the aroma with hops dominating but never getting too astringent. The palate is smooth. Overall a very well crafted beer but could use a little more maltiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cfrancis (3094) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2011
Thanks to John for this. Pours a deep, dark amber with a frothy white cap. Aroma is floral hop and wheat malt. Taste is loads of hops, citrus and floral. Bitterness is high, it throws the balance off a bit in my opinion. But is a very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RickTStiles (826) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Floral biting aroma with citrus and fruit. Body is full. taste is sweet and bitter with lots of hop action. maple and grapefruit dominate. finish is nice but not too long.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - MAR 13, 2011
24oz. bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Poured a clear gold with a finger of fine bubbled head. Plenty of carbonation. Very fragrant with lots of pineapple. Medium bodied. Aggressive bitterness. Some caramel malt, but the hops predominate. Drying finish on the palate from the hops. Could have used a little more balance. A 12oz. bottle would have been better. If you are a hop head, this will be right up your alley.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1433) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2011
24 oz bottle. I was kinda let down by this - I felt it was a little too sweet for the style. Definitely had some honey notes, but the usual citrus and pine flavors were subdued. It had the hops, but it frankly wasnít hoppy enough for what I was expecting. Poured an orangey-gold, mouthfeel was pleasant and slightly creamy.

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