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RATINGS: 1654   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
riseagainstme (48) - Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2011
22oz bottle poured into snifter...pours a red-orange color with a big lasting white head. First sip...Mouthgasm! Second sip...Mouthgasm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigabe (194) - California, USA - FEB 3, 2011
Well done Imperial IPA. The expected sweet notes are there, along with a nice bitter hoppy bite. The whole cone hops must be high quality, because the depth of citrus, and even tropical notes in the hop flavors is absolutely insane. This brew hides it’s ABV very well too... it’s dangerously drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2011
Light golden color with an off white frothy head. Even though it is over the top bitter it is very drinkable for a hophead. And with a decently hidden 10% a 24 oz. bottle can be dangerous. Really not a cop out but it seems to have just about every standard hoppy flavor. Very dry from start to finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2011 I was really looking forward to this beer, however; the hype was greater than the actual product. The aroma is full of hops and light floral notes. The appearance is a golden/amber color with decent carbonation. The taste is bitterness from the hops at the very beginning but that bitterness fades away quite quickly and you are left with a heavy dose of malt that is almost more prominent that the hops at the beginning. I enjoy this beer, however; it is not perfectly balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2011
Pours deep orange/red, nice thick lacing white head. Beautiful fluffy appearance. Aroma has notes of big whole hop pine, resin, grass, touch of orange peel and grapefruit. Taste is notes of orange peel, bitter grapefruit, pine and grass bitterness, tiny touch of caramel sweetness, finishing piny, resinous, harshly bitter in a good way. How DIPAs should be made, big hoppy, and bitter. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2011
Bottle from Midtown. Pours nice amber orange with an off white head. Aroma of floral hops and fruity ale esters. Medium bodied with steady carbonation. Flavor of caramel malts with that hint of SN house character, with a nice, but not overly assertive tropical fruit bitterness. Some slight dry grassiness on the finish, with alcohol very well hidden. This is very nice but tame, because it does not smack you in the face with hop bitterness or have a hot finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dridge11 (1) - California, USA - FEB 2, 2011 does not count
More powerful aroma from the bottle than in the glass. Nice golden/brass color. On the front of the palate, a burst of hoppiness that quickly moves to the sides of your mouth with an almost tangerine/pine flavor with the middle of your mouth left with a drier finish. I’ve had several other IPA/DIPA in the past, none quite like this. Probably more like an Avery Maharaja than an Pliny the Elder. Great beer, glad I have a few.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2011
This stuff is freaking candy. Hoppy sure. Sweet most definitely. I loved this actually. I drank the bottle in 30 minutes on my own. And loved every second of it. Not the most complex or elegant of Imperial IPAs, but which one is? Really? This is a brawny and over hopped style that I love. This beer meets my criteria of delicious. Maybe a touch too sweet. But not much. Not an alcohol sweetness either. Though it could be a blend of alcohol and the huge malts that they used. Great stuff.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
944play (371) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Draft at Toad in the Hole. Clear light amber, small white head, and copious fine lace. Gritty aroma of alpha acid, nachos, rubber, cut grass, bile, and syrup. Flavor inspires more positive impressions of tropical fruits and black pepper. Quite sweet but also super bitter; big etoh factors, too, and overall surprisingly crisp.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Bottle from BevMo Point Loma. Pours a mostly clear copper with a frothy off white head that left some great lacing. Nose holds citrus, pine and light alcohol. Pungent on the palate with resiny hops and a big bitter finish. Wish the booze was a bit more subdued.

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