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RATINGS: 1610   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

Msavage235's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Msavage235 (90) - - AUG 15, 2012
My oh my, what a beer. One of the most flavorful, dimensional, unique and finely brewed beers Iíve ever had. Pours a bubbly orange with a thin light head. The aroma is of grapefruit and sour green apple. This beer is syrupy sweet and drips down the throat, lingering for awhile. It tastes like hard candy, apple, citrus, some slight melon notes, spice and HOPS. Get this if you can, I have to stop myself from drinking the entire four-pack its so good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
magpieken (90) - - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fugitive (1491) - Athens, GREECE - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle. Color clear orange with small white head. Aroma hoppy, grapefruit, citrus. Taste sweet, fruits, floral, hoppy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Broncowaldon (72) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saeglopur (536) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1429) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 8, 2015
A good wet slap in the face with a hop cone. After playing Florence Nightingale all week to a crook wife, and Nanny McPhee to our junior beerhunters, aged four and six, I was bone-weary and in need of a serious pick-me-up. Wanted to feel something, anything. Hoptimum delivered. First sip was bit ímehí, but those 100 IBUs creep up on a fellow. I went from ímeh...í to íyeah!í in twenty sips. Rusty orange with some chill haze and a slim head. Aroma: Pinoclean, fruit cordial, mango, blackcurrant. So far, itís a bit ho-hum. Big, chewy palate - now thatís more like it. Ah yes. Medley of summer fruits, noticeable alcohol and a loooonnngggg resinous finish. Too chewy to be quenching, but I feel twice as sharp. (12 fl oz bottle from Leura Cellars)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (2447) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2015
2011 vintage bottle; a large (~22oz) bottle not in the Camp Beer series. [from notes]. Pours a crystal clear amber with a towering, sticky, highly durable, frothy off-white head. Powerful hop aroma with some underlying sweet malts and alcohol esters. Floral, pine and citrus notes in the aroma and the flavor. The taste carries a strong hop hit, partly tamed by the addition of a significant sweet malt component. Long lasting, bitter-sweet hop aftertaste. Tastes like a high gravity beer, but still the high ABV (Iím surprised to see how high) is rather well-hidden. M - Medium body; good, light-medium carbonation; smooth but with a mild hop/alcohol bite. O - Near extreme hoppiness without the full bitter accompaniment. Hop nectar for hop heads. An able substitute for Bells Hopslam.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fashawn (252) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jh773 (193) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
WABeerFiend (274) - - JAN 18, 2015
Bottled on 07.08.14. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip on 09.10.14. A: Very citrusy. Orange, pineapple, and mango. I could smell it from an arm away while pouring. A: 4 finger head with an easy pour that is retained well. See through orange body. T: Pine and tropical fruit dominate. Caramel and spicy pepper are subtle. P: Smooth and crisp. O: This has too much malt and spiciness for my taste. It seemed strangely unbalanced for Sierra Nevada. I love West Coast IIPAs, but this didnít taste much like one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Timyone (15) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2015
This b3er has quite a lot of hops. I like a lot of hops, especially in a light beer. This beer is not amazingly light. It is well rounded though. Good job.

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