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RATINGS: 1629   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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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Never again, way too over hopped. Yea I understand the bitter tasting beers popularity and a lot of Stone’s IPA’s are amazing to me and some other IPA’s are amazing, but this one...It’s just over the top bitter. Not my favorite at all.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnymusky (497) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2015
Solid hop bomb...tasty ass hell.....really good beer.....as expected from this brewery....(#495)

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ttoadee (862) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Clear light amber pour, thin but tight white head. Nose is grapefruits...lots of grapefruits. Bitter. Middle is caramel, citrus, medium kilned malt. Finish opens with alcohol than comes crashing to a close with notable hop bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dorkenstein (53) - - MAY 31, 2015
Strong resinous pine and astringent garlic aroma with some honeydew melon to balance it out. Taste is sweet honeydew melon and then pungent floral hops.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerbeatswine (1) - Grand Haven, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2015 does not count
2015 Hoptimum is PERFECT!! Just as good as prior years. Solid flavor, strong hop nose, bitter but not overpowering finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Imaena (2004) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 17, 2015
Bottle. Tongue ripping - face distorting - brutal IPA, This is a great brew to cut through bbq.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
PlinyDad1952 (64) - - MAY 17, 2015
EHEHEHEH GEORGE IS A DOG I KNOW ANS HE LOVE FOR PLINY (I LOVE PLINY FOR #1s TOO :BUT HE TOLD ME SOME TIME WHERE HE WANT SAVING DOGGIEY DOLLERS TO TRY A HOPTIMEM FROM THE MAKERS OF SERRA NEVEDA CLASSIC FLAYVERINGS. IT SAID 100 IBu [WHICH IF YOU CAN DO MATH IS ONLY EXACTLY 1 HALVE OF PLINIES’ ]200++ IBU. DONT I NO WHAT {++} COUNTS AS A MATH BUT DO CALLING THAT HALVE. HOPTIMEM ARE MADE WITH LOT OF LOVE ANS YOU TASTE. ON THE LABEL GUy LOOK FUNNY AND KIND OFF DRUNK WITH MONACKLE AND HAT. HE LOOK AS GEORGE MINESS THE HOLE DOG THING. I NO THE FEELINGS HAHA! DOG DAZE OF SUMER FOR HUNT WITH MY GUNS AND FISH AND WOMANS. GEORGE IS VERY NICE DOG -YOU GUYS WANT MEET HIM ONE TIMES? SEND ME PM ON MORE INFO ABOUT LOCALE ARBYS MEET:UPS IN YOU’RE NAYBOURHOOD. GEORGE IS JUST WANTING TO MEAT ALL PEOPLES! NICE DOG.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
VeinAle (120) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Good aromas of citrus and biscuit. Good looking, great mouth feel. Flavors on the tongue are bitter citrus and green hops. Delicious

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kavu (2759) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 16, 2015
0,1l on tap @ Tommyknocker Craft Beer Bar. Pours clear golden with a low creamy head. Aroma is malts, tropical fruits and hops. Flavor is sweet malts, some fruits, alcohol and loads of hops. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElCapitan22 (237) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2015
Pours a hazy gold color with decent lacing and no head retention. Smells floral and has a nice hoppy taste and almost finishes of mango. A very nice beer here. Will look for this again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG111 (452) - New York, USA - MAY 1, 2015
Bottled (04/01/15). Pours clear amber/orange with a big off-white head. Aroma is big resin, hops, pine, sort of sticky sweet malt, citrus, some tropical fruits. orange, grapefruit. Flavor is very hop forward, but a very pronounced sticky sweet malt backbone, very long bitter hop finish, tropical fruits, grapefruit. It’s 10% and you can taste it in a great way. So full-bodied. Awesome double. Overall, great middle of the mouth sticky sweet malt that balances it out, but there’s so much hop finish. Lots of hops in this beer.


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