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RATINGS: 1474   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtd6628 (357) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Great beer. Aroma is medium. Appearance is light orange. Taste is really hoppy and bitter with a nice dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9793) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2012
A golden amber ale with a thin white head. In aroma, a superb fragrant floral pinhey hops, with light menthol, very nice. In mouth, a nice sweet citrus caramel malt with floral piney hops, menthol notes, warming alcohol, very nice and impacting. On tap at Three Penny Taproom, March 12 2012.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1338) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2012
’12 bottle. Clear caramel pour with a froth of white foam and steady carbonation. Aroma is medum pine, underlying bitterness, some soft tropical notes, and a grainy malt backbone. Taste is fairly bitter with a heavy resinous pine component and a fairly sweet malt backbone. Mouthfeel is thick and a bit sticky. Well made and enjoyable but does not have the over the top hop aromatics and, of equal importance, the complimentary dry, biscuity malt backbone that my favorite IIPAs bring to the table.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2012
The beer pours a clear, orangey amber color with a full, white, fluffy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves scattered lace. The nose is woodsy, floral, citrus peel, light leafy notes, some resins, and slight tropical hints. The flavor is similar, assaulting my palate; citrus peel, more tropical notes, very high bitterness, leafy, drying herbal, and rustic notes all over. The palate is lively, moderately full, round, and drying. The beer finishes long with dry herbal and rustic, tangerine notes emerging, and still a bit of tropical. Quite an abrasive beer which I think was exact;y what SN was going for. There were subtle intricacies like the floral an leafy notes, as well as the tropical tones. For me, it was a bit to acidic and lacked just some subtle malt tones to balance all the hops for this 10%+ IIPA. Nice but overwhelming.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
burgy (455) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2013 Hoptimus-prime would be proud to call Hoptimum a top tier Imperial IPA! Much more depth than Hopslam. You start out with strong citrus (orange & grapefruit), and very resin heavy undertones. Pouring this beer it shows strong golden-amber tones and off white head. Taking your first slip sets you back and all you can think about are hops. These hops are different you say.... Much more depth, sticky resin on your teeth, an overall a hop-bomb. palette finishes super nice starts chewy and finishes thinner. Overall, nice hop-bomb of recent date! ****2013 rerate, drops down in rating due to heavy resin and off?balance. ****

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigirishphan (104) - Peoria Heights, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Unfreaking-believable I love this beer so much. I have not had an IPA of this magnitude since hop slam! This is my third four pack and I hope to find more. The only thing that fell short was the aroma for me.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Light gold pour with sizeable white head and tremendous pacing. Nose is heavy on the resin, with some peach, orange and pineapple apparent. Full bodied...initial blast is all about the fruits mentioned above...this is followed by a massive resinous kick in the teeth. Some caramel-like sweetness is there but doesn’t overshadow the other characteristics.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thechasm442 (297) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2012
12 oz bottle in a duvel tulip. Pours a clean orange amber. Inch and a half thick white head with sticky lacing. Aroma is pine, tropical fruit and citrus. Flavor is like a tropical ipa with caramel. Mango, papaya, pineapple, and grapefruit are abundant. There is some caramel and toffe malt to back it up. The mouthfeel is sticky and the beer is resinous. This DIPA is great and I will seek this out again.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
agl108 (780) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Rating #600. On draft at home, sixtel. Poured clear, light orange with thin white head leaving a virtual blanket of lacing. Nose is sweet of candi sugar, floral notes, and light citrus fruits. Sweet, light citrus flavor of tangerine, peach, orange. Finished dry and tongue stripping with piney notes present. Medium bodied, excellent balance. Just a touch boozy.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoePeesie (855) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Meh. Pours a golden brown. Nose and taste are hop hop hoppity hop. Nothing unique or special here. Just another hop bomb for the sake of being a hop bomb. Been there done that.


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