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RATINGS: 1614   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 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

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeersweden (253) - SWEDEN - MAR 25, 2015
A little hazy, amber-golden beer with a two finger high, white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Nose: Hops, citrus, grapefruit, resin, herbs and orange. Taste: Grapefruit, grass, resin, mandarin, hops and orange. Body: Medium to full body. Medium carbonation. A great bitterness that grows at the end. Great texture. I LOVE this beer! Amazing!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
IPagan5 (42) - San Marcos, California, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Tons of simco aromas of fresh hay and red grapefruit and that typical resin. I only know this from single simco IPAs. Sticky mouthfeel and well hidden alcohol. So drinkable considering big hops and high ABV

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (5340) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours copper, nose is huge citrus, pine, fruit,taste is sweet, super dry bitterness, juicy pine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonMoore (1957) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2015
Bottle - clear gold with slim white head. Aroma of citrus hops, resin. Nice hoppy taste, citrus, resin, fruits, sweet malts, then big bitterness. Medium to full bodied, low carbonation, nice oily mouthfeel. Late warming alcohol, very long, very bitter finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fashawn (298) - Montesarchio, ITALY - FEB 20, 2015
Still great even this isnít fresh, not in the same league of dirtwolf but not so far. Floreal, piney and resinous ipa with caramalt and toffee on the frontcourt great balance and bitter finish. I like this one a lot

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
magpieken (100) - - FEB 5, 2015
12 FL OZ bottle. PKGD 07/08/14. Pours a slightly hazy, deep gold colour with a dense, creamy, off white head which refused to settle. On drinking it left some nice lacing. Very floral aroma, pine, citrus, resin. A big whack of hops but pleasantly so. The bitterness dominates the taste but there is also a nice underlying malty sweetness. Medium to full bodied, thick texture, semi dry finish and a gentle alcohol warmth. Plenty of hops but some lovely balance to this one makes it very approachable. 9.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Broncowaldon (121) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 4, 2015
The biggest hop flavor beer I have had in a while. Almost too much but then Iíd be a wuss. Pine. Resin tar and triple SNPA orange color fairly bitter but in a great way. Truly fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fugitive (1499) - Athens, GREECE - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle. Color clear orange with small white head. Aroma hoppy, grapefruit, citrus. Taste sweet, fruits, floral, hoppy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saeglopur (606) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - JAN 28, 2015
355 ml bottle from Ottakringer Shop, Vienna., bottled 04/17/14
Dark golden, clear body, with a big, creamy, off-white head.
Aroma of citrus, orange, fllowers, pine, some tropical fruits, lots of candy.
Tastes of grapefruit, flowers, resin, lots of lovely pine notes, some grass, honey and again lots of candy.
Medium, oily mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation.
Finishes bitter, quite dry, zesty, with resin, sweet malts, slight alcoholic and long-lasting, greatly determined pine notes.

Well, this bottle is very old, more than 9 months. Didnít see this when I bought it, so Iím a bit pissed right now. Thatís why the sweet malts stick out, but the hops are still well recognisable, while by far not in its full glory, I guess. You still get a hint how well balanced and enjoyably piney this is, pretty smooth for this high ABV. Hopefully Iíll be able to rate a fresher bottle some day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jh773 (198) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Bottled 6/20/14. Thin amber-gold, medium head that lingers. Smell is deep pine resin, maple sap, bourbon, chocolate liquer. Taste is bittersweet, thick citrus rind, brief caramel note. Dry. Iíd love this fresh.

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