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RATINGS: 1662   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 Ďnew-schoolí 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 Ė 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


bigred22's rating

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bigred22 (84) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 11, 2012
I was really excited about this beer it arrived in the stores right before my birthday. So I had the okay to stock up on beer. I feel like my money could of went to something better. I am a Hop Head DIPA = Favorite Style... This beer just isnít balanced and the hops almost burn your tough with bitterness. Maybe itís the hops they use

Aroma: I popped open my first one and the smell was fantastic, I was really excited about getting 24 of these guys

Appearance: Looked right up my alley with a dark orange tint with a thin white head

Taste: With Hopslam being my favorite DIPA I was hoping for something great. Boy was I disappointed. Unlike Hopslam, Hopstopid, Dreadnaught act... the balance is just not there

Palate: I gave the palate a high score, because it definitely give your palate all it could ask for

Overall: Very disappointed, and other than the standard Sierra Nevada Pale Ale... Iím not to impressed with what they offer as far as IPAís go


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Padron4KM (670) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 29, 2015
12 oz bottle.
Dark copper, thick sticky head and lace.
Aroma is fresh pine, tropical fruit, citrus, perfume.
Flavor is sweet caramel, and bready malts, followed by citrus, pine, tropical, juicy bitterness. Long lasting finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BroadestTom (166) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2015
Aroma bread, floral, citrus, earthy, Appearance amber, clear, white foam, tan foam, Taste very bitter, medium sweetness, Palate medium body, bitter, Overall a real bitter ipa that will not be for everyone but for the people who love strong imperial ipas then I would suggest this beer to them

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jc1762 (230) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 21, 2015
Poured into a taster showing moderate filtration and dark amber with sparse white foam. The nose shows sweet creamy malts The palate is lightly carbonated and very thick bodied almost to the point of syrup. Not sure if I got an off bottle, but a lot of sweet caramel malts on the start and a sharp IPA bitterness that is heavily tamed by the malty sweetness. Given itís 100 IBUís you can definitely taste it on the finish but a lot more malt than I enjoy.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cattrall (52) - Midlevels, HONG KONG - JUL 19, 2015
Bam!! And this is coming from some one who loves hops to the max. But this is one hoppy beer. Perhaps the most intense hops bitterness I have ever tasted, barring a few silly ones. Pours with no head a lovely copper colour. Intense aroma. As pervious reviewer said, true that the sweet malt (probably added to offset the intense hops) does somehow take away from the hops combination. But overall a unique, excellent (and good for one at a time max) IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (4973) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Big hop aroma on this beer, both from the bottle and from the class, I could smell it from two feet away. It looks good, copper color, thick head. Flavor is a blend of hops and sweet malt, which takes away from the hops somewhat. I am not sure this was the best hop combination for this beer, I found it to get dry and herbal about half way through. Still, very good. It is one of the most hop-intense beers I have had in a long time.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brentv (486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 12, 2015
From bottle. Pours a clearorange yellow with a nice white head. Aroma of citrus and some caramel. Taste is citrus, with an intensely nice full flavor of citrus with some fruits. Nice gentle sweetness. Dry bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (1152) - - JUL 10, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color. Aroma and taste are citrus, pine, grapefruit, and a very bitter aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markas101 (2005) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 8, 2015
Tap, Hopcat, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. Clear gold, honey resin aroma. Sweet, more honey, mild finish. Great. Too smooth for the strength. But great.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
colui72 (261) - HONG KONG - JUL 5, 2015
Beautifully golden-orange, with thin beige head. Fruity aroma and fruity taste with an explosion of hops. Alcohol could have been hidden better. A great beer overall.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tsd08460 (226) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2015
Aroma: spruce, citrus, floral, caramel, Appearance: clear dark gold, white head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, Awesome, will definitely be getting more


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