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RATINGS: 1698   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aggiebob (445) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUN 26, 2015
Draft. Clear golden color with thin head. Nice lacing. Floral and citrus aroma. The hops smack you in the face with a lasting bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aquilo (596) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 24, 2015
Clear bronze color with a thick head and lovely lace. Aroma knocks you to your knees with something floral, something citrusy and a little bit of skunk. Flavor is intense bittersweet, with a medicinal aftertaste. Kinda weird.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1737) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2015
Bottle. Cloudy orange body. Toasty aroma of sweet malt and caramel. Syrupy caramel and full flavor bitterness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cathcacr (644) - Oregon, USA - JUN 24, 2015
Hop damn! Hopgasm. Hoppyness. Hip-hop. Hop on Pop. Dennis Hopper. Hop Gun. Hop to trot. Hop goes the weasel. Hop in the Name of Love. Hoperation: Mindcrime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (4528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Draft at irish mile, pours a bright copper orange with small to medium white head and lacing. Smell and taste of dank hops, orange candy, ultra bitter pine, and lightly toasty malt. She’s a big girl but still easy going at 10.4% and not overly sweet. I Don’t drink these often but can still appreciate its super hoppy profile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bkurtz (1009) - PERU - JUN 20, 2015
Draft - Pours a clear golden/orange with a frothy head and lacing. A lot going on here: citrus, cereal, peach, caramel. Great mouth feel with some bitterness in the finish. Outstanding!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ctipping (530) - Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2015
24 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Very hazy dark orange with a good size white head. Good retention and lacing. On the nose, it’s citrusy hops that come through the most. Strong booze presence second. Some sweet malts come through in the end. The taste is rather simple, unfortunately. Grapefruit hops initially, with a fair amount of booze. Sweet malts come through afterward with a lot of lingering bitterness. Tasty, but one dimensional. Thick, heavy, and sweet. Medium carbonation. Strong booze finish and a lot of bitterness hanging around after the swallow. Tasty, but one-dimensional and boozy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ReadySetToke (14) - - JUN 14, 2015
An overall delicious Imperial IPA! Drank from the bottle, has a fragrant, slightly floral aroma, and an excellent balance between bitterness and a strong hoppy taste. Smooth finish that will leave you craving another sip! Will definitely be buying this stuff again! And at 10.4% it’s a good bang for your buck.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (5966) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 13, 2015
355 ml bottle, vintage 2013, BB date 31.05.2014, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. ABV is 10.4%. Orange colour, slightly hazy. Large head, slightly off-white. Strong hoppy aroma, notes of orange marmalade and pine needles. Very sweet and very bitter flavour, fruity and piney hops galore, but the sweetness and bitterness are nearly too much for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notayankee (41) - Arkansas, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle pour into goblet. Aroma is caramel with floral notes, Color is amber/orange-red. Pours clear with a minimal head of tan foam. Taste has a medium sweetness and is very bitter, with a bit of a a salty aftertaste. Texture is creamy going down, leaving a slick feel on the tongue. The finish is quite long and bitter. Overall this beer delivers on its promise both with the hops and the alcohol, the latter of which is not overpowering to the taste but you will notice the effect of almost immediately.

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