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RATINGS: 1716   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


Garrold's rating

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (3915) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle from House of Trembling Madness bottle shop, York. Junior school ; Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Middle school ; Sierra Nevada Torpedo. Comprehensive school ; Hoptimum. This can put hairs on your chest. If you ask it nicely.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (5174) - 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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsporrer (521) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GenkiGonzo (986) - 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.

4.3
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSteveBrule (38) - - 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

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
coachd (513) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JRisWasted (15) - La Palma, California, USA - MAY 24, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2016 So damn bitter. Stays on your tongue for a good 3-4 minutes. It’s like that girlfriend that keeps whipping you but you know you like it!!! Even though it’s so abusive I seek it out every year. Making love to you was never second best...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Percy0103 (543) - MEXICO - MAY 22, 2016
Bottle, 355ml. A clear amber beer with a medium size white foamy head. Aroma is of hops, pine resin and floral notes. Taste is bitter with a strong hoppy finish. Medium bodied with some carbonation. Somewhat dry and astrigent. Floral aftertaste and well-balanced.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sdaniel90 (820) - Mexico City, MEXICO - MAY 22, 2016
Bottle, 355ml. Clear golden/amber with a beautiful frothy/creamy offwhite head. Aromas of floral hops, tropical fruits, caramel, resin. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Medium sweet with heavy bitterness. Absolutely delicous malt and hoppy character into an astringent bitter finish. Stunning IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
aleksander9 (1226) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 2, 2016
Hazy copper with white head. Spicy, citrus and tea leaf. Thick, earthy, sweet and dank green finish. Overall: nice! Old bottle...


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