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RATINGS: 1614   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2011
On draft at London Grille. Pours a clear golden yellowish orange color with pale golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a thin lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind. Earthy hop aroma with hints of pine as well as citrus and tropical fruit. There’s also a prominent sweet alcohol aroma which takes away from the hops significantly and a nice biscuit/Graham cracker malt character. Subtle grapefruit and citrus peel but the nose is overpowered by an earthy/soil like and sweet alcohol presence. Chewy body that’s on the fuller end of the spectrum with a blast of earthy bitter hops up front that lingers throughout but fades toward the sweet, hot finish. Slick and oily feeling with a one dimensional hop profile. Very faint citrus/tropical fruit character and again, a way too powerful alcohol presence that kills the better qualities of this beer. Sweet pale malt backbone that lacks the graham cracker biscuit character that the aroma suggested. The ABV is well masked as far as heat is cncerned but there is a lot of alcohol flavor. This beer is kind of a mess really. Not very hoppy, especially when the palate adjusts to the original earthy pine flavor. Half way through the glass it tastes like a mildly hoppy sweet phenolic failure. I’m a big fan of SN and I was really excited to try this one but it was a huge disappointment. I’m glad I didn’t sprig for the bottles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Getbetter (927) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - JAN 27, 2011
From a bottle,very piney ,grapefruit flavors,medium body,more than minimal head, clear,amber in color,worth the money for this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kbutler1 (1372) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Bottle. Lucky to find this at MGM St Loius Park as they only got 4 bottles in. Poured into a New Belgium tulip glass a copper ambe orange color with a tight fluffy off white head. Laces while it settles. Sweet citric hoppy aroma in the nose. Very sweet start moves quickly to hard core citrus hop resin flavors with a pretty hot booze flavor. Lingering bitter and booze notes. Medim mouthfeel. Overall, I’m not really impressed with this. It’s pretty over the top and not very balanced. I fully understand that the over the top was the goal but still it could have been better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (2001) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Bottle. Clear pumpkin colored pour, good head which gives way to lasting lacing as the initial carbonation dissipates and a good rich hoppy vanilla and mellow orange citrus aroma. Flavor is plenty of creamy malt which transitions into a strong hop bite at the back of my jaw as it wakes up my tastebuds, finish is syrupy, sweet(though not nearly as much as hopslam, very herbal and a little noticeable alcohol. Very good hop bomb of a beer, my only complaint is the asking price @ $10/bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chalsk (1090) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Wow, what a DIPA. Pours an amber orange color with a white foam head. Has an aroma of citrus, pine, and caramel. Has a sweet citrus taste with a nice resiny hop hit with the perfect amount of malt on the back side to balance out the high IBUs. Nice and creamy. Love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamstome (1153) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Clear amber pour, small white head. Citrusy and floral hop aromas. Flavor is sweet with bit hop bite. Tasty but very bitter. Sweet malt and estery taste. Ebullient prickling palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Bottle shares by SoLan. Pours orange color with a decent size white head. Nose is floral, fruity, hops and sweet. Flavor starts off sweet and floral and citrusy. Ends with nice hops flavors and a bitter finish. Good balance between the sweet and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4185) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Bottle... Poured clear golden with a thick white head and loads of lacing. Aroma of floral hops, citrus, grass. A dry palate, decent amount of carbonation, mild malted grains, and a big bittering quality. Finished with a dry, resinous hop tone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 26, 2011
24oz bottle: Pours a clear orange with a medium white persistent head. Aroma has pine, grapefruit, fresh grass and the feel of being in a huge west coast hops farm on a breezy day during harvest. Starts and ends very bitter with a juicy ending. Medium bodied with an oily mouthfeel and a bitter ending without giving away its 10.4ABV (I guessed about 7.5). IMHO the best DIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9453) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Bottle. Poured a medium and slightly hazy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, floral, some earthiness, and toasty. Tastes of toasted caramel, citrus, floral, pine and citrus. Never would have guessed 10%...

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