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RATINGS: 1526   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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


ACHops' rating

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (693) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 26, 2012
On tap @ Noble Fir. Pours medium amber with thin creamy head. Aroma is thin floral hops. Taste is big alcohol and hops - both come on at the same time. For all the different hops that went into this, there isn’t much nuance - the hops are strong, bitter, resiny, and punchy. Lots of dark burnt caramel malts in an attempt to balance it. Thick mouthfeel is not surprising considering the 10% ABV here. I love Sierra Nevada, and Torpedo proves that they can do a great IPA, but this just doesn’t stand up to some of the better DIPA competition like Double Jack or Pliny. I tried this in the bottle too and had the same conclusion - kind of muddy from trying too hard with the hops. Still, all things considered, an impressive beer.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HKdIPA (240) - HONG KONG - SEP 23, 2014
Bottle from Citysuper at home. Translucent copper pour with dense foamy head. Aroma is intensely boozy with herbal hops and brown sugar. Taste is very herbaceous and hoppy with lots of malty sweetness and a lasting slightly vegetal hops flavor. Bitter too. Warm boozy finish. Solid DIPA - especially for the price (HK$30 at Citysuper). Would certainly get again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HammerTroll (504) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 23, 2014
Hazy golden color, medium sized white head. Hoppy aroma, flowery notes, some tropical fruits. Medium to heavy bitterness and medium sweetness. Bitter finish. Medium body, soft carbonation, creamy texture. Disappointment after drinking this 7,5€ worth bottle was endless. Considering the rating, its cult status and long list of hops they used, I have expected hop bomb in my mouth, but there was nothing but a small firecracker. Without a competition, the worst DIPA I had so far. In fact, you can find much better regular IPAs out there.
(Svijet piva 0,33l bottle)

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
CacheManyHose (183) - HONG KONG - SEP 22, 2014
From CitySuper. Translucent orange-amber with a big frothy, finely carbonated cream-white head. Foamy legs. Smells of floral/citrus hop, grapefruit, citrus rind, alcohol. Sweet maple syrup/bubblegum. A little bit of earthy yeast. Taste is of HUGE hops - starts out accompanied with some sweet malt and grapefruit but ends on a very bitter note. Alcohol is present (10.4%!) but warming. Body is very slick, medium carbonation, big mouthfeel but very smooth. Overall, this beer is wonderfully complex in the nose and massively hoppy in taste, though it doesn’t bully you with bitterness the way some over-hopped American DIPAs do. Still, big and hoppy and boozy enough that I can’t imagine having more than one in a sitting.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (12627) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 20, 2014
Medium amber, nice head. Big chewy piney hop character. Ok, but chewy and resiny, just not all that bright...only vague grapefruit.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aholmb1 (96) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Appearance: translucent golden brown color, very nice head when poured - white color and very dense, 2 inch head Aroma: hoppy, citrusy, earthy, grapefruit Taste: very hoppy, punch of flavor when you first sip, grapefruit keynotes and citrusy Palette: very bitter at end medium body, leaves a tinge on the tongue Overall: strong beer ! Very good ipa with lots of hops! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
airrick2003 (487) - Louisiana, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Appearance: very clear average gold color, some amber hues, pours with a very large beige head, nice density Aroma: grass, pine, strong resin like smell, citrus, spice, flowers, lemon, egg, incredibly complex, incredibly aromatic Taste: bitter, spicy, hoppy, alcohol, citrus, Palate: average carbonation, very bitter aftertaste, medium mouthfeel Overall: holy cow what a beer, so incredibly bitter throughout, makes Stone seem tame, very complex and in your face aroma, alcohol is definitely obvious in the taste and the only reason to dock it IMO, not sessionable at all but you need to experience this sometimes just to see the boundaries of ipa’s being pushed

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
coleee1 (11) - SLOVENIA - SEP 15, 2014
Pours amber with little head and minimum lacing. Not a good start, huh? Well the aroma turns it the other way around. Extremely hoppy, which goes for the taste as well. The taste is very full and strong bitterness stays there from the beggining to the end. Great beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gschrade (699) - Collinsville, USA - SEP 15, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours orangish with a white head. Taste sweet, citrus, pine. I thought this was good. I would drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4096) - Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Backlog rating 8-14-2012 (Bottle) This beer has a medium sized off-white head with a long retention, slightly hazy golden body, fizzy, fast rising carbonation, and has spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is malt, pine hops, hint of grapefruit, wheat. The flavor is heavily bitter, sweet malt pine hops, grapefruit, and has a semi-dry finish. The mouthfeel is aggressive and this beer is medium bodied. This beer has a lingering bitter aftertaste and is a beer for hopheads. This beer is too hoppy tasting for me, but is worth trying.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiammanghilla (555) - Genova, ITALY - SEP 13, 2014
Bottiglia 33cl, ordinata su birraland è bevuta a casa. Piuttosto morbida come corpo, poco carbonata. Amarezza eterna e complessa. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhold


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