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RATINGS: 1719   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
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

gregwilsonstl's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gregwilsonstl (1938) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2012 "Whoa, there are a lot of hops in here". Very light copper. Great mix of hops, and impressivelt no cascades.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (2210) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 18, 2016
Bottle from AEON liquors in Asagaya. Pours a clear copper with a finger of beige head that dissipates fairly quickly. Honey, booze and earthy resinous hops in the nose. Bitter on the palate with toasted caramel, bread and a lingering resinous bitterness. Slightly warming finish as well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
b79turner (252) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUL 16, 2016
2016 bottle, a few months old when consumed. Pours golden amber with a 1" white head. Nose is caramel, floral pine, very nice. Taste is fantastic! Smooth yet hoppy. This is a great beer that goes down dangerously smooth for 10%+ ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OminouSC2 (401) - SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2016
Orange color. Aromas of hops, pine, citrus, lemons and grapefruit. Sweet fruit flavors, some caramel, citrus hops, pine. Hoppy finish with some alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Derek881 (1240) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2016
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass to drink. The beer had a hazy copper-amber color with a very large, foamy, off-white head with long retention, and very good cling and lacing. Its aroma featured a strong blend of hops notes, featuring pine above all, and a mixture of grain, resin, floral, and some lighter fruity notes. It had an aggressively-hopped taste with a strong bitter pine effect, along with some floral and grainy notes, and a very light sour effect, with a modest presence of alcohol. The beer had a thick and full mouthfeel with a somewhat lively body with good carbonation and a dry finish. Intense, but good and flavorful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (5258) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 22, 2016
Sample at Boulevardia 2016. Comes golden red with a decent white head. Aroma of pine, malt, and citrus. Taste is pine, floral, malt, and citrus. Excellent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsporrer (582) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2016
Pours a clear coppery orange with a thick creamy off white head. Light carbonation and plenty of lacing. Aroma had notes of caramel and malts. Thick syrupy texture. Fairly bitter but not harsh. Somewhat dry. big warm alcohol finish with a hop bite. Not as enjoyable as I had hoped for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GenkiGonzo (1012) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 12, 2016
Bottle from Bradleys. Clear amber pour with little head. Citrus hop aroma with pine and grass. Really bitter pine that lasts and lasts. Not toomuch malt for the style. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chicagobears (448) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2016
Wow, this is one heavyweight Double IPA. Very calm head and huge floral aroma. Dense and syrupy on the palate. Not as astringent as say Torpedo IPA but it is much more bitter. The malts help with the complexity. I get caramel with fruity esters. Then a huge piney resiny hops blast....lingers on. Splendid.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSteveBrule (40) - - MAY 29, 2016
Pours a deep amber. Rich, concentrated hop aroma. Funky, but almost bad funky. Very silky mouthfeel. You can tell its high gravity but doesn't have the hot boozy bite I was expecting. A decent beer but not all that well balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
coachd (538) - Missouri, USA - MAY 28, 2016
Big aroma of cedar, and pine hops with some hops that are more earthy and muddled. Malt presence is clearly in the background and it has a hint of pineapple as well. Excellent aroma. Looks very pretty with a slightly crimson hue with a big tuft of plain white bubbles. Tastes piney, more malty than I expected with virtually no bitterness except for the aftertaste. Excellent palate, silky smooth, one of the best I have ever found in an IPA. If you have not tried this beer, you must buy it immediately. I could drink this again and again.

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