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RATINGS: 1652   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Timyone (15) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2015
This b3er has quite a lot of hops. I like a lot of hops, especially in a light beer. This beer is not amazingly light. It is well rounded though. Good job.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (2903) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2015
2011 vintage bottle; a large (~22oz) bottle not in the Camp Beer series. [from notes]. Pours a crystal clear amber with a towering, sticky, highly durable, frothy off-white head. Powerful hop aroma with some underlying sweet malts and alcohol esters. Floral, pine and citrus notes in the aroma and the flavor. The taste carries a strong hop hit, partly tamed by the addition of a significant sweet malt component. Long lasting, bitter-sweet hop aftertaste. Tastes like a high gravity beer, but still the high ABV (I’m surprised to see how high) is rather well-hidden. M - Medium body; good, light-medium carbonation; smooth but with a mild hop/alcohol bite. O - Near extreme hoppiness without the full bitter accompaniment. Hop nectar for hop heads. An able substitute for Bells Hopslam.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 8, 2015
A good wet slap in the face with a hop cone. After playing Florence Nightingale all week to a crook wife, and Nanny McPhee to our junior beerhunters, aged four and six, I was bone-weary and in need of a serious pick-me-up. Wanted to feel something, anything. Hoptimum delivered. First sip was bit ’meh’, but those 100 IBUs creep up on a fellow. I went from ’meh...’ to ’yeah!’ in twenty sips. Rusty orange with some chill haze and a slim head. Aroma: Pinoclean, fruit cordial, mango, blackcurrant. So far, it’s a bit ho-hum. Big, chewy palate - now that’s more like it. Ah yes. Medley of summer fruits, noticeable alcohol and a loooonnngggg resinous finish. Too chewy to be quenching, but I feel twice as sharp. (12 fl oz bottle from Leura Cellars)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ogivlado (6288) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 28, 2014
Bottled 355ml. -from Svijet Piva Zagreb. Clear dark golden coloured, medium sized off-white head, pleasant fruity hoppy nose without any touch of alcohol. Sweet malty, strong fruity hoppy, intensive hop bitterness, alcohol well hidden. Bitterish sweet finish with late hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SotallyTober (89) - Channahon, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Pours a cloudy copper with an off white head. Decent lacing throughout. There’s a citrus, caramel, pine, and fruit aroma. Sweet start that ended nicely bitter. Flavor’s of pine, caramel, tropical fruit, and floral notes. Medium body that was chewy on the palate. Overall a solid and refreshing DIPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stuvetnz (9) - - DEC 23, 2014 does not count
Pours pale amber with a moderate white head. Strong fruity aroma. Very bitter on first taste, mellows considersbly on the palate. Nice fruit tones come through. Overall slightly too bitter for me

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lele (236) - Padova, ITALY - DEC 21, 2014
ASPETTO: ambrato splendente. Schiuma abbondante e mediamente persistente, con grana un po’ grossa. AROMA: buonissimo luppolato ed erbaceo, e anche un accenno di fruttato. L’aroma, comunque, non č particolarmente intenso. GUSTO: un capolavoro. L’attacco č inaspettatamente dolce, un po’ caramellato, ma soprattutto fruttato (frutta gialla e tropicale). Evolve poi in un amaro quasi pungente che permane nell’intenso e lungo retrogusto. Se lasciata riscaldare, si avvertono anche sentori liquorosi. CONCLUSIONE: anche se io non amo le birre amare, devo dire che questa mi č veramente piaciuta. Sorprende ad ogni sorso, e il gusto evolve man mano che si prosegue con la bevuta. Un capolavoro!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kingi (514) - - DEC 17, 2014
Aroma and taste is standard ipa . Less fruity and more dry. From the body is think this was 6-7%. Easy to drink and heavy bitterness and dryness which lingers for a long time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
murran (332) - - DEC 13, 2014
Pours a golden body with a thick and lastning head. Rough hoppy aroma. Rich and full taste of hops, very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (4740) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2014
How: Draught.
Where: O’connors, Uppsala.
Appearance: Amber colour with a white head.
Aroma: Fruit, floral, caramel, citrus.
Body: Full body, medium carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, malt, fruit, floral, hops.

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