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RATINGS: 1743   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
evergreen0199 (3020) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2013
Cask at the American beer festival 2013, White Horse, Parsons Green, London. An orange/amber coloured pour with a thin white head on top. Hoppy, pine, citrus, tropical fruit aroma. Tastes hoppy, malty, pine, citrus/tropical fruit, bitter. Excellent DIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (2642) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 4, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2014 On tap at independent ale house in rapid city. Nice green hop aromas. Very bitter hoppy and resiny flavours. This one hits back pretty hard. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
chuckstout (331) - Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Floral, citrus, earthy, pineapple, marmalade, resinous, aromas Brilliantly clear, hues ranging from straw to orange to red a dense head with beautiful lacing Sweetness is balanced excellently with a great heavy bitterness Creamy sticky mouthfeel with a nice lingering hop presence it lasts and lasts and lasts ummm!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdInSaltLake (727) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Herbal, resin, subtle fruit aroma. Tropical fruit, spicy, herbal, resin hop flavor; supported by sweet/bready/biscuit malt. Substantial mouthfeel... Lingers on the tongue. Firm bitterness. Maybe a tiny bit of alcohol, not much--warming for sure.

Seems like early batches were a lot sweeter and more resiny than this, which is an improvement.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hartung32 (252) - Indiana, USA - JUL 2, 2013
One of my favorite Imperial IPAs! Reminds me a lot of Hop Slam(with the sweet aftertaste(honey?)). Like it a bit better, and its a better value. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Krej (222) - USA - JUL 2, 2013
I went to the store looking for 90 minute and I saw this beer on the shelf so I couldn’t not get it. It pours a golden see through gold. It’s aroma isn’t too powerful but it’s nice and hoppy. It tastes bitter and citrusy but not as bitter as hopslam

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhatB420 (838) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 1, 2013
12oz bottle into a sierra nevada snifter. best 10.4 Ive ever had,no doubt. Pours a brilliant orange red amber combo with golden hues in the background. Head is maintained around the glass but holds steady. Taste is pretty much a torpedo x2, heavnly hoppy, tastefully delicilious, fun going down and the hop bite withholds after everything, Tangy, juicy hops are profound. I dont get the brewed just yesterdya feel like the stones enjoy by, but this is still legit and compelling enough to resonate a profound rating. still cant beleive its 10.4, what? glad i found this one randomly in a random western mass packy that shouldnt have even been offering it, and at 9.99 a 4 pack, i think i lucked out. classic brew right here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
docsteigs (542) - Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2013
Very big, well balanced DIPA. A little light on the nose but well balanced taste with a bit of a thick finish on the mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ads135 (4191) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 1, 2013
I’m not a hop head, but I appreciate a well balanced IPA. This isn’t really that. Leaves an astringency on the tongue that means you need to drink as much water as beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kryglesias (6) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2013 does not count
surprised by the flavor after a bit of a weak nose. a really spectacular beer from Sierra Nevada. Pleasant surprise.

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