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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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx77 (1373) - Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2014
On draught at Saraveza for 5th Annual IIPA Festival. Deep golden color. Aroma is tropical citrus and sweet caramel. Taste is pineapple, passionfruit, pine, caramel, and tart citrus. Sweet and tart finish. Bitter, yet well balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AdiBeer (1091) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2014
Aroma: average flowers, spruce, light resin and citrus/grapefruit. Appearance: clear gold, average frothy white head. Taste: heavy sweet. Palate: fully body, creamy and thick texture, soft carbonation, massive hops, long duration. Overall: crazy IIPA, fantastic palate and aroma, massive complexity, delicious. Pint at GBBF 2014, Kensington.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pricey290483 (276) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2014
very hoppy very strong beer that will take your head off you wouldn’t want to many in a night but its good to try

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Andrus86 (29) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2014
BOTTLE. 2013 batch. No head & little carbonation. Bright orange in colour with a very sweet light floral nose. Got orange, honey & a bitter sweet hoppy flavour. Sneaky easy for a beer at 10.4% Sourced from Cellarbrations Capel

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Seannpc (27) - - AUG 13, 2014
Nice malty start on this one with an orange-brown cloudy color. Nice finish on this beer as well ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (750) - Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle. DIPA. Sierra Nevada. Let’s get ready to muuuumble! (After too much drinking.) A: Orange with copper tones. Fluffy off-white head. N: Black peppercorn, pineapple and orange syrup. Biscuit and rye bread. Ample spruce and earth from the hops. Fall leaves and grasses. T: Quite bitter, with a crackery base to prop up the hops. Wouldn’t put this one in front of a hop novice, for sure. M: Big booze presence throughout. Heavy, resinous body. Very dry at the end. O: The intense amount of booze is about the only reason to dislike this. (And I am knocking off points because the alcohol laces itself through this beer like a snake in an ivy ladder.) However, for serious hopheads, this will more than appease their thirst.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dapierce17 (94) - Pasco, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Pours a hazy golden amber with copious lacing white head. Strong aromas of grapefruit and mango with a hint of pine. Big bold flavors of grapefruit and pine with some slight orange citrus. Some sweetness from the alcohol also comes through. Very full bodied mouthfeel and quite resinous. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsnicholas (141) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle (12oz): purse nice golden with 1 finger of head. Lots of hops as advertised but well Ballenger. Mild bitterness. Got again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
shredsix (3) - Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2014 does not count
Really great IPA. If you like IPAs, this is a must try! I am not going to add a bunch of fluffy language like a lot of these reviews have (no idea what half of it means anyway and I don’t care), it’s beer and a good one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (3142) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2014
Cask gravity at 2014 GBBF. Amber colour with a loose off white head. Aroma is big c hop, slight floral and piney with orange peel. Flavour is also big and in your face, grapefruit pine and orange tempered by rounded caramel malts. Warming alcohol in the finish. Big and fairly chewy palate. Very big and well made DIPA.

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