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RATINGS: 1524   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Desverger (2095) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2014
Cask@GBBF 2014, London (13/08/2014) - amber coloured pour with white head. Aroma and taste is big hoppy and fruity, pine needles, caramel malty base, toffee, solid bitter finish. Great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
orangesol (853) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
22oz. bomber purchased at Shady McGrady’s and poured into a snifter. Thanks to my buddy bones for purchasing this one for us to try.

A - Pours deep amber orange with a thin film of white head, dissipating down to tiny spots of head, leaving light rings of lacing down the glass.

S - Still pretty smokey in this place so this could have been a little bit better I am sure. Plenty of grassy hops, rich caramel malts, and some dulled tropical fruits. A touch too sweet for my liking, almost smells like hoppy syrup.

T - A good amount of grassy citric hops up front mix well with the caramel malt sweetness and some light grapefruit acidity. Finish is sticky sweet with plenty of lingering hop bitterness. A touch hot once it warmed up a bit. Pretty good but not the best.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Pretty heavy in the feel, almost syrup like. Tons of hop bite in the finish with a good bit of it lingering for some time.

D - Decent stuff. I liked it but I could really only have one glass. The combination of the higher ABV. and the sticky sweet feel really got to me. Still a good beer tho.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CelticBrew (792) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Pours from 12oz bottle a hazy copper/amber with a large foamy white head that leaves some clumpy lacing and holds an island of foamy ring. Aroma is rich citrusy hops, pine needles, grapefruit juice, chewy caramel, spicy hops and sweet malt. The flavour immediately brings a bitter rush pervades the mouth upon first sip, with citrus of mango and pineapple really strong, along with a bit of peach. Malt comes in late, with some honey sweetness to balance the hops, but really this beer is all about the hops and pine. Pretty solid double.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
woodychevy (361) - - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle from Joni’s. Holy crap this is good. Pours a perfect IPA amber/ orange with a once inch white head. Nice lacing, slightly mellow carbonation. Nose of pine, citrus (grapefruit if I were getting specific), some floral notes and resin. Taste follows- all the flavors one wants in a big IPA but without being a hops bully. Nicely balanced. Hops and alcohol definitely there but in a thoroughly enjoyable way. Nice dankness and creamy mouthfeel. Decently long and not overly bitter finish. Citra and Chinook (one of my favorites) really work as the torpedo hops. Complex and delicious. Really, really, really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (3774) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2014
16th July 2014 and this is on tap at ’The Hanger Bar’ inside Whole Foods, Tustin Orange County. The women are shopping, I’m drinking! Poured a clear dark orange with a light tan head, minimal lacing. The aroma was of semi-sour citrus fruits and herbal. Taste was grapefruit, herbal hops, with a mild malt finish. Not as bitter or hop heavy as I thought the beer would be, more of a happy blend than a hop monster. Good carbonation feel to the brew and I really liked it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
liquidhedonism (68) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - SEP 1, 2014
12 oz bottle from Whole Foods Market in Hillsboro, OR. Strong citrus and piney aroma is perfectly balanced with a strong malt backbone, which gives notes of caramel. Crisp, yet incredibly smooth mouthfeel. Finish and long aftertaste both have balanced sweetness and bitterness. A perfect beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
julesjis (56) - Oregon, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Poured from a 12oz bottle. Great appearance with the dark amber color. Nice a clear too! Taste is piney from the aroma and slightly citrus at first. Great bitter linger on the back of the roof of the mouth. A great "in your face" IPA!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dbeatdano (56) - - AUG 30, 2014
Aroma- hops Taste-hops Palate - hops. Seriously though this beer is fantastic. Great flavor and aroma. Nice complexity and balance. This beer is one of the greats and has definitely earned it’s 100 rating. Not a beginner beer by any means.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dalfaro86 (267) - Mexico City, MEXICO - AUG 30, 2014
Pours a clear golden brew with a medium white head with poor retention, aroma is moderate to heavy bitter and moderate to heavy sweet with caramel, alcohol, peach and floral hops, full bodied, flavor is moderate to heavy bitter and moderarte to heavy sweet with a bittersweet finish and a long and bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chiiidog (42) - Lubbock, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Didn’t expect to love this beer but it exceeded my expectations. Smoother than I expected and really really nice grapefruit/pine hops. Pleasantly surprised.

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