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RATINGS: 1382   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tseo (153) - Athens, GREECE - FEB 2, 2014
Aroma: Potent herbal, piney, phenolic, grapefruit rind aromas. Minor scents of caramel and nuts. And maybe some wood. It’s incredibly rich. Mouthfeel: Dense and oily, very pleasant. Taste: Oh dear. Talk about hoppiness here. Intensely bitter... breakfast cereal, grapefruit rind, spruce, herbs etc. (And some caramel goodness). Too good to describe. Finish: Even more bitternes with a tongue numbing dryness. Warm alcohol seeping down the throat. What is great about this beer is how drinkable it feels, despite its high alcohol content. Some medicinal-like phenols. Almost no hint of sweetness here. Overall: THE beer for serious, no-compromise, bitterness-loving hopheads so far.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OleR (4597) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle from Vinmonopolet. A tall near-white bubble head, covering a hazed orangey-golden body. Sweet-scented toasted and light caramelly malt aroma. Rough resiny, strong citrussy hop aroma. Fat body, juicy mouthfeel. Taste is on the sweet side of bitter-sweet. Sweet honeyed caramel malts, straightforward fruity and resiny bitterness. A safe and tasty middle-of-the-road IIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
franchise319 (15) - - JAN 20, 2014
Bottle pour, copper haziness with minimal off white head. Aroma slightly piney with subtle citrus notes. Lots of bite upfront that mellow out nicely as you drink the brew. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
strattonspeaks (113) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Burnt orange pour, average white topper. Blunted pine-hop aroma. Hints of citrus rind. Not quite the nose-full I anticipated. Wonderful flavor. Bready malt and evergreen with nice citrus sweetness in the middle. Dank hop resin rounds it all out. Proper bitterness on the back end but not as in-your-face as the IBUs would suggest. Dry finish. Great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2014
Cask Half Pint at White Horse American Beer Festival 2013, Parsons Green, London in July 2013 - Dark Orangey Gold in colour. Mega-Hoppy; piney resinous hops. Fruity; grapefruit and orange citrus, tropical fruit . Malty backbone; biscuity malts, caramel. Aggressively hopped and dry-hopped, intense flavour, good bitterness. Dry finish. Enjoyed this one a lot. Wonderful Impy IPA!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstonerock24 (90) - Englewood, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Pours an orange color with no head. Aroma is very malty with scents of caramel. Nice hop flavor and with a strong malty backbone. Nice clean finish and the hop bitterness continues. Hop flavor is lacking but the bitterness is nice and strong. Not usually a fan of the higher gravity IPAs but this is a nice brew

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
prawlie (1054) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle into a Westmalle glass. Orange, gassy, nice bubble head. Lovely citrus aroma. Dry, nice crisp base, tasty, not too bitter, this is well balanced. A beer the needs to be sipped, and certainly to be enjoyed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2013
Pours golden with a slight haze,lemon and grapefruit and then a huge bitter follow through. It lingers in the mouth for some while, citrus fruits on the nose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ShaneJ (414) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle from Plonk. Hazy orange-amber, fine off-white head, packed to the brim with resiney/piney hop characters, orange marmalade, slightly woody, grapefruit, mouth-drying bitterness, thick, chewy texture. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BazookaJoe (216) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Pours a cloudy dark orange with a strong boozy and fruity aroma. Big punch of bitterness that finishes dry with citrus notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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