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RATINGS: 1587   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


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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
magdalar (513) - Zurich, - NOV 8, 2012
Bottle, 2012. Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head. Smells fruity, of citrus and pineapple. Tastes sweet, bitter, and hoppy. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Starts to feel like it’ll be cloying, but tapers off to a dry hoppy finish. Pleasant, but somewhat difficult to drink in large quantities.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dfonorow (1581) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2014
On tap @ Beer Camp - Chicago. Pour is bronze/yellow with a small off-white head. Aroma and flavor of pine juice, citrus, light caramel, dried fruit, and slight booze.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aumentm (100) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Dominant IPA that is so crisp and fresh. Lots of hops and is accompanied with that great golden appearance. One of my favorite IPAs

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (9509) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 21, 2014
Tap (Hilpea Hauki, Helsinki)
Sweet caramelly aroma, toffee, orange, orange zest. Smooth sweet palate, saved from slickness by a little prickly carbination. Tons of sweet biscuitty two-row, classic strong american IPA, not showing its strength. In fact it’s rather luscious, and very mellow. Touch of ginger in the taste. Nice level of aromatic citrussy hops, but nice levels of bittering. Good balance for a big beer. Not aggressive, to be honest.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RickFifty (405) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - NOV 19, 2014
Clear copper color, off-white head. Citrus nose, honey, caramel malt. Resin taste, caramel, grapefruit, hint of alcohol, bitter finish. Medium body, average carbonation, oily texture.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fantti (721) - FINLAND - NOV 18, 2014
Kaatuu snifteriin kullanoranssina ja kirkkaana, vaahdon ollessa noin 2,5 sormen paksuinen ja melko pysyvä sekä hienoa pitsiä jättävä. Tuoksussa hyvin vahvana on barley winemainen tuhti karamellimainen maltaisuus ja toffeemaisuus humaloinnin jäädessä hieman taka-alalle. Aikansa tuoksuttelemalla tulee havumetsän puumaisuutta ja pihkaa sekä hieman itse havuakin joukkoon. Hieman lämmetessä tuntuu myös sitrusta ja makeampaa hedelmää, ehkä ananasta. Intensiivinen, monipuolinen ja hyvin "ohraviinimäinen" tuoksu. Maku jatkaa samaa linjaa: karamellisuus tuntuu alkuun, mutta humalan havuisuus tulee lähes saman tien ja kuivattaa makua kivasti. Puumaisuuttakin on joukossa, muttei hedelmää. Suutuntuma on alkuun makea, mutta kuivuu hyvin nopeasti ja onkin juuri sopiva. Alkoholi tosin hieman paistaa lopussa hieman läpi ja humalan paras terä on jo kateissa (ilmeisesti pullotettu 26.6.2014). Hyvä ja monipuolinen DIPA/barley wine, etenkin tuoksun suhteen. Maku jää hieman yksipuolisemmaksi ja alkoholikin tulee hieman läpi.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
veceo (620) - CROATIA - NOV 15, 2014
Hazy deep amber color, average sized off white head. Aroma of tropical fruits, peach, malt, pine. Creamy texture. Full body, soft carbonation. Medium sweet, medium bitter taste. Long piny bitter finish. Alcohol pops out now and then, but not enough to bother me. Wonderfuly balanced and very fruity DIPA.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scouser (257) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Aroma of caramel, rose and pine. A real nice looking beer.... Nice amber copper color with lots of white lacing and head. Tastes malty caramel with a citrus hop back kick. A good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Senap (383) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2014
En humlebomb, men faktiskt inte alls så extrem som förväntan. Mycket smak, men bra blanserad.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopmaestro (174) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2014
A horse kick right in your set of clickers. Aroma is tons of exotic fruits, thick pine needles, citrus peels and actually a fair amount of bread tones. The flavor is almost as I remember last years, a full on attack from the hops at first, turning in to a sweetness in the middle before turning back again to a long bitter finish. Grapefruit zest, pine, a soft touch of peaches, heavy white bread notes underneath and the finale is actually almost a little too bitter even for me. Also, I catch a tad of alcohol in the finish. Those last words take the grade down a couple of notches for this years edition, but hear this, this is a brutal brew and a must have experience!

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
azzie (294) - - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle 0,33l. Clear to hazy orange liquid with big off-white fluffy head. Medium to full body, light carbonation. Strong bitterness, medium to heavy sweetness. Rich in taste, a bit of alcohol in taste, herbs, strong taste of pineapple.


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