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RATINGS: 1662   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


4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ryanscourt (926) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2013
The aroma is just fantastic and fresh. The flavors are great, extremely hoppy without being overbearing. Not oily at all. Bitter finish but not woody or overly piney. Best DIPA I have had to date and this is coming after visiting Three Floyds and having several of theirs.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremyh70 (882) - Missouri, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Pours a hazy dark orange/copper with two fingers of white head and decent lacing. Pine and grapefruit aroma with some citrus and marmalade. Big grapefruit hop flavor with pine needle bitterness and resiny taste up front on palate. In the middle of the mouth you get some of the marmalade and malt sweetness followed by more grapefruit and citrus. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness and warmth from the 10% ABV. Mouthfeel is just shy of being sticky with a moderate/full body and medium/high carbonation. A very well crafted DIPA that has lots of hop flavor and hardly any alcohol noticeable. Enjoyable but a sipper for sure.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adam42381 (383) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip. Bottled on March 19, 2013 per Julian date code printed on bottle. Appearance: Pours a clear medium gold with a 1-2 finger fluffy eggshell white head which dissipates slowly, leaving a ring around the edges and a pool of bubbles in the middle. Nice head retention and lacing. Smell: Excellent blend of hoppy goodness that features aromas of sweet citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, bready malt, a hint of pine and a touch of alcohol. Taste: Pine, floral hops and bitter citrus up front followed by bready malt and grassy hops in the middle before ending with a huge blast of bitter, resinous hops at the finish. Aftertaste is extremely bitter and long-lasting. The IBUs really come through while the alcohol is well masked. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very smooth and the hop oils really coat the mouth. Drinkability: Very good drinkability. This doesn’t seem like a beer with 10.5% ABV. Overall: Excellent beer overall. This is a hophead’s dream. At 100 IBU, this one is very bitter - and I like it that way. If you like hoppy beers, this is a must try.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adamelb (5) - Schenectady, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2013 does not count
Definitely nails the style, but for me I don’t see a huge difference in hop flavor between this and SNs torpedo. It masks the extra alcohol beautifully and there is a bit more going on, but the bitterness makes it hard to discern the subtle taste the whole cone hops lend to the ale. resin, spruce, citrus,

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2392) - Silver Spring, USA - MAY 19, 2013
On tap 6 oz. sampler at The Bistro in Old Line Wine in Beltsville, MD. Clear, copper-orange with a creamy off-white head and excellent lacing. Aroma of citrus, pine and caramel. Taste of citrus, caramel, earthy pine and light fruit. Medium body and high/medium carbonization. Nothing complex here, just good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
undsioux7 (848) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Pours clear amber with a small white head. Subtle aroma of grapefruit and pine with a touch of dankness. At this point I am thinking this is going to be good. But the taste is heavily dank with flowers and earthiness. Lots of grapfruit rind and pineapple. Too much of the things I don't like. This is probably great for someone who likes this style of ipa. I am more of a bitter pine with a lighter body. Too sweet and dank for me. Very complex though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
scojoman (6) - USA - MAY 18, 2013 does not count
Complex. Balanced. Hops seems tamped down, muted. Doesn’t have the bite I’m looking for.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
podey (637) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2013 Draft at The Growler Bites and Beer. Pours light clear amber with a tremndous off-white head. Big aromas of sweet citrus, pine and earthiness. Taste is sweet tropical fruits, floral notes, grass, earth, citrus fruit and slight spice. Nice finish that slightly sweet and slightly bitter. Nice balance.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Doofgoblin (431) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - MAY 17, 2013
A strong imperial IPA for sure, just wanted more citrusy, piney aroma on the nose. Pours a typical amber. Aroma is piney, resin, and faintly citrus with a hint of onion. Simcoe, meh. Taste is piney, resin, faint citrus. Finish is clean bitter and really good. Overall, it’s a good brew just wanted a little more "wow" on the aroma.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ericular (800) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2014 Update, from a bottle packaged one month ago. Aroma is subdued citrus fruit, floral, earthy. Taste is bitter, spicy hops, medicinal booze. A little too cough syrupy with the evident alcohol. Bitter and dry in the end. Once again not quite as bad as it sounds, but it’s not top notch.

Pours a clear amber with great white lasting head and excellent lacing. Aroma is pine, caramel, fruit, and a touch of alcohol - very nice. Taste is boozy and slightly medicinal up front, like a bitter barleywine, but not as harsh as it sounds. Gives way to hop resin and grapefruit rind. Bitterness hangs on as expected, but fades to a really nice finish with the caramel and bready malt making a minor appearance. Fresh grass and pine in the mix too. Very complex and packs a punch. Alcohol is evident but it’s not offensive. Palate is thick, and lively carbonation is appreciated, as the effervescence adds to the experience. If you’re in the mood for an aggressive grassy hop bomb with some character, this is where to turn. 9+5+9+5+17=4.5


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