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RATINGS: 1618   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

spjensen's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spjensen (97) - Davis, California, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Pours a deep gold with thick white lacing. Very hoppy but not overpowering at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (2945) - Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2015
UPDATED: APR 15, 2015 Bottle: Golden-yellow body; hazy, topped with a fat, bright white head. Great lacing all over the glass. Nose is heavily pungent with hops. Straight lupulin acid, hemp oil, dank resins, green onion, grapefruit, orange, lemon zest, sweet caramel malt, crystalline sugars, stinging perfume. Heavy. Taste is ever bigger. Large pine sap presence, thick & viscous hop oils, dense & resinous to the core. Grapefruit, sticky dank citrus flesh, sweet caramel malt, bitter grass, vegetal onion, sugar cookie, pungent botanical & floral finish. Coats like a pine-tree. Aftertaste lasts with heavy, sticky malt & warming alcohol, but the bitter pungency never fully subsides. Thick ass mouth feel for the style. An intense beer. Maybe a little overboard. Certainly too sticky-heavy & sweet for my DIPA preferences, but the insane hoppage gives it some life.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
danielecamo (663) - ITALY - APR 9, 2015
In bottiglia da 33cl. Imbottigliata da 11 mesi. Aroma di erba appena tagliata, caramello, resinoso, nota alcoolica evidente. Al palato inizio con caramello e mou molto intensi seguiti da un ondata devastante di amaro, secco e asfaltante con note etiliche evidenti. Difficile persino finire il bicchiere. Molto sbilanciata. da riprovare fresca.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aenima (292) - Askim, SWEDEN - APR 7, 2015
Super citrusy aroma. The taste is full of citrus. Good carbonation. Almost becomes a little sweet with all that alcohol. I think this one is not dry enought for my taste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
klm1 (351) - - APR 7, 2015
Amber-golden-jantar colour with white head. smell of hops, citrus, grapefruit, pine, herbs etc. Taste of pine, Grapefruit, hops. An exellent bitterness and strong aftertaste. Very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (1356) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 28, 2015
27.1.2015. Fruity hoppy aroma, banana, pineapple, passionfruit. Taste is a bit harsh bitter, exotic fruits, pine. A bit too alcoholic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeersweden (276) - 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 (101) - 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 (5597) - 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 (1964) - 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 (341) - Montesarchio, ITALY - FEB 20, 2015
Still great even this isn’t 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

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