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RATINGS: 1530   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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

rubbishystuff's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
rubbishystuff (1850) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2012
Thanks to iNBe. Malty sweetness balances the hops with out being too sweet and cloying. At various times the hops hit you as citrus, pine, grassy and herbal. With citrus being the least evident. The over all flavor was a bit sharp. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aidzy (9) - - SEP 27, 2014 does not count
Pours an old gold colour with amber lashings; nice colour. Little head however, minimal lace and residue. The aroma is amazing! Citrus body with notes of raisin, with a well balanced bitterness. Taste is very much the same, a real knockout to the tastebuds. Very impressive!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
deadbuilt (5) - - SEP 26, 2014 does not count
The hoppiest fucking hop I've ever fucking had. Torpedo fucking hopped as fuck.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stanic (7) - - SEP 26, 2014 does not count
Nice head, aroma is that of citruses. Very hoppy taste, although you can also taste malts. Bitter finish. Very refreshing drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
whoisghost (62) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 25, 2014
Pours a beautiful burnt orange with a thick and creamy, off white head. Big citrusy hop aromas, with a really sweet grapefruit smell to boot. Resinous and bitter, but we’ll rounded. The malt at the end really balances the almost instant bitter hit. Also can taste pine and grassy notes. Palate: really dense and quite syrupy, but that’s the way I like it. Gentle carbonation and good mouth coating is the cherry on top.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HKdIPA (243) - HONG KONG - SEP 23, 2014
Bottle from Citysuper at home. Translucent copper pour with dense foamy head. Aroma is intensely boozy with herbal hops and brown sugar. Taste is very herbaceous and hoppy with lots of malty sweetness and a lasting slightly vegetal hops flavor. Bitter too. Warm boozy finish. Solid DIPA - especially for the price (HK$30 at Citysuper). Would certainly get again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HammerTroll (508) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 23, 2014
Hazy golden color, medium sized white head. Hoppy aroma, flowery notes, some tropical fruits. Medium to heavy bitterness and medium sweetness. Bitter finish. Medium body, soft carbonation, creamy texture. Disappointment after drinking this 7,5€ worth bottle was endless. Considering the rating, its cult status and long list of hops they used, I have expected hop bomb in my mouth, but there was nothing but a small firecracker. Without a competition, the worst DIPA I had so far. In fact, you can find much better regular IPAs out there.
(Svijet piva 0,33l bottle)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
CacheManyHose (187) - HONG KONG - SEP 22, 2014
From CitySuper. Translucent orange-amber with a big frothy, finely carbonated cream-white head. Foamy legs. Smells of floral/citrus hop, grapefruit, citrus rind, alcohol. Sweet maple syrup/bubblegum. A little bit of earthy yeast. Taste is of HUGE hops - starts out accompanied with some sweet malt and grapefruit but ends on a very bitter note. Alcohol is present (10.4%!) but warming. Body is very slick, medium carbonation, big mouthfeel but very smooth. Overall, this beer is wonderfully complex in the nose and massively hoppy in taste, though it doesn’t bully you with bitterness the way some over-hopped American DIPAs do. Still, big and hoppy and boozy enough that I can’t imagine having more than one in a sitting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (12633) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 20, 2014
Medium amber, nice head. Big chewy piney hop character. Ok, but chewy and resiny, just not all that bright...only vague grapefruit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aholmb1 (96) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Appearance: translucent golden brown color, very nice head when poured - white color and very dense, 2 inch head Aroma: hoppy, citrusy, earthy, grapefruit Taste: very hoppy, punch of flavor when you first sip, grapefruit keynotes and citrusy Palette: very bitter at end medium body, leaves a tinge on the tongue Overall: strong beer ! Very good ipa with lots of hops! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
airrick2003 (491) - Louisiana, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Appearance: very clear average gold color, some amber hues, pours with a very large beige head, nice density Aroma: grass, pine, strong resin like smell, citrus, spice, flowers, lemon, egg, incredibly complex, incredibly aromatic Taste: bitter, spicy, hoppy, alcohol, citrus, Palate: average carbonation, very bitter aftertaste, medium mouthfeel Overall: holy cow what a beer, so incredibly bitter throughout, makes Stone seem tame, very complex and in your face aroma, alcohol is definitely obvious in the taste and the only reason to dock it IMO, not sessionable at all but you need to experience this sometimes just to see the boundaries of ipa’s being pushed

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