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RATINGS: 1500   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

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 I’ve 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 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ravens_n_beer (20) - - AUG 21, 2014
Poured from a bottle in Catonsville, MD. Very floral aroma, traditional IPA amber orange color. If you are an IPA fan, DRINK THIS anytime you can find it. Would love to find it on tap. This is a splendid resinous, bitter hoppy taste with a very smooth mouth feel. Start to finish and even the lingering aftertaste is gratifying. Best Sierra Nevada product I’ve tasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4392) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Copper color with a medium head. Mango and tropical fruit aroma. Strong citrus flavor. Lots of tangerine and orange peel. Marmalade kind of sweetness, but solid bitterness. Full bodied. Venturing into Am Barley Wine territory, but delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yiannnos (852) - , CYPRUS - AUG 19, 2014
On tap. Orange colour. Heavy grapefruit mango hop aroma and flavour. Full bodied, bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
planky84 (2102) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2014
Cask at GBBF, 2014. Gold pour with a white head. Baked apple, summer fruit and herb aroma. Lots of fruity goodness on the palate. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vulcanmeister (193) - La Grande, Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Pours a golden with small off white head. Aroma is citrus and malt. amber with thin head. Aroma is citrus and malt. Flavor is pine,citrus, a big dollop of hops and a nice lingering grapefruit, caramel, and hoppy finish with the warmth of the alcohol lingering through.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerman33190 (46) - FRANCE - AUG 18, 2014
Quite simply, nectar from the gods ! Rich, powerful flavours and aromas. Started with this at the GBBF, mistake. Everything got fuzzy after and the other beers couldn’t compete. Best Ipa I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx77 (1317) - Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2014
On draught at Saraveza for 5th Annual IIPA Festival. Deep golden color. Aroma is tropical citrus and sweet caramel. Taste is pineapple, passionfruit, pine, caramel, and tart citrus. Sweet and tart finish. Bitter, yet well balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AdiBeer (1019) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2014
Aroma: average flowers, spruce, light resin and citrus/grapefruit. Appearance: clear gold, average frothy white head. Taste: heavy sweet. Palate: fully body, creamy and thick texture, soft carbonation, massive hops, long duration. Overall: crazy IIPA, fantastic palate and aroma, massive complexity, delicious. Pint at GBBF 2014, Kensington.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pricey290483 (241) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2014
very hoppy very strong beer that will take your head off you wouldn’t want to many in a night but its good to try

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Andrus86 (19) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2014
BOTTLE. 2013 batch. No head & little carbonation. Bright orange in colour with a very sweet light floral nose. Got orange, honey & a bitter sweet hoppy flavour. Sneaky easy for a beer at 10.4% Sourced from Cellarbrations Capel

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