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RATINGS: 1553   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


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Artistdave (58) - Austin, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Hop crazieness...Such a wonderful hop dimension...spicy floral like dancing trough hop fields. Nice bitterness and hop flavor all the way thouigh the entire tasting of the brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stefannilssons (1472) - SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
Jojo, det här var i all sanning en seriöst humlad sak, smaken var obalanserad med toner av äpple, grapefrukt och lakrits. Kroppen var stabil till tusen och upplevelsen mer än väl godkänd.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gaultier (397) - SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
@ Nedre Mölla 18/10-14. Bottle from Systembolaget. Aroma: Hoppy, fruity, some kind of tropical fruit, grapefruit, pine needles, caramel. Taste: Hoppy, fruity, grapefruit, pine needles, caramel, sweet. Body is medium to light full, the finish is dry, bitter and piney.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SaintMatty (5387) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
355ml Bottle - Gold/amber with a small white head. Lemon, grapefruit, pine and some grassy notes in the aroma. Grassy and fresh taste with peach, grapefruit, dried fruit and some resinous notes. Very easy to drink but I think I was expecting or hoping for a bit more following the hype surrounding this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LesArgen (208) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2014
This has got a lot of everything. The hops are resinous, to the extent that they almost provide the body to this beer in place of the malt, though there’s plenty of that too. This beer is huge but hides the alcohol pretty well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Linnet (1124) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
Hops a plenty, but also an assertive malt backbone, too assertive in my opinion, all the tropical fruity resinous goodness become a bit subdued.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alkolas510 (668) - SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2014
Bärnstensfärgad med litet ljust. Doftar och smakar massor med humle. Ganska besk och lite maltig. Mycket bra dipa.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ColaKid (59) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 16, 2014
Bloody solid, massive hop punch but not as much aroma as what you’d expect, not a 100/100 rating but very good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StevieT (639) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 10, 2014
From a bottle.Pours clear gold, floral aroma, huge resin hop mouth feel and slightly sour fruity flavours up front. Some crazy hop flavours going on.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GoufCustom (845) - HONG KONG - OCT 8, 2014


355 ml bottle bought at CitySuper in Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui.

Looks: Translucent, thick amber honey colour with no yeast sediments; Less than one-quarter finger head and residual soapy white foam which fades in 10 seconds; Very good sticky lacing with quite fizzy carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant and oozing sweet Ale malt, with pineapple, canned pears, light passion fruits, assorted tropical fruits, strong floral, strong honey, strong molasses, pine, light cat piss, lime cordial and strong grass.

Taste: Medium sweet Ale malt, with strong grapefruit zest, strong pineapple, passion fruits, strong molasses, strong pine, resin, potent herbs, quite strong alcohol, yeast, strong lime, strong bitter hops and strong sharp grass.

Body: Medium body. Very dry, oozy and slick palate.

Mouth feel: As strong as you can imagined but in a somewhat low-key manner - very solid malt base with strong Bock-like Munich. Wheat malt is just enough to dry it up and lighten the body without compromising the intense maltyness. Very sweet as in nice thick molasses, which makes the hops taste like syruped canned fruits. Crazy!

Booze: the 10.4% abv is potent but not domineering. A tasty match with Munich malt. This is perhaps the least damaging booze I’ve had for an IIPA. Love it!

Hoppiness: Very strong Simcoe and Chinook, as in mellow pineapple, passion fruit, canned pears, strong nice floral, strong pine, lime cordial and sharp grass in nose; strong grapefruit zest, sweet pineapple, strong pine, resin, strong lime and grass in taste. As if you are smelling tasting the whole hops. A beauty!

Bitterness: the 100 IBU-clocked Magnum is doing the job alright, but it feels more like at 60 - 70 IBUs. Strongly bitter in a mellow way and integrate with the overall taste profile nicely!

After taste: Very dry, very hoppy and savoury to mouth.

Comments: I agree the Hoptimum is a beast to be classed all by its own - its amber-ish Whisky appearance is intimidating, with malt so strong which can’t be lightened much by wheat. The hops are strong in every sense, from strong flowery and canned fruit aroma, sweet fruity and strong piney herbal taste, to very potent yet mellow bitterness. All the elements add up to a sum that deserved to be marveled and enjoyed time and again.

P.S.: I’ve got to say the lunar year of the Horse is tumultuous, but it’s also a year of blessing for me in many ways, including the opportunity to get my hands on this great beer without going aboard! Yes!


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