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RATINGS: 1596   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


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
vanguardo (1) - Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2014 does not count
This is a near perfect double IPA. Dank, resiny mouth-feel that I always look for in this style beer. Strong, sweet hop flavor that isnít overly fruity. One of the few beers that I feel stays strong from aroma through finish. The high alcohol is perfectly balanced by warm caramel notes and perfectly stinging hops. Just a greasy, resiny good timeójust what I want in a DIPA.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aumentm (100) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Dominant IPA that is so crisp and fresh. Lots of hops and is accompanied with that great golden appearance. One of my favorite IPAs

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
rajendra82 (959) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2011
The beer poured out clear, and was orange in color. The head was about one finger thick and long lasting. The beer was extremely aromatic, and each whiff revealed smells of pine and grapefruit, followed by tangerine and a hint of banana. The taste was piny, herbal, and very bitter, which made it just about perfect for the style. The malt backbone was sticky and sugary, but it was only their as a supporting actor. The hops remained evident from the beginning to the end of each sip, and lingered on in the spicy aftertaste. Mouthfeel was slightly thicker than medium, providing a nice coating action. A fabulous example of the style from this brewery doesnít surprise me one bit.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EKGoldings (554) - Radford, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Pretty much a perfect beer for a hophead. Great clarity for something this big, nice juice hop overload but without the cloying sweetness of some other DIPAS Iíve had recently. Really a fantastic beer.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PackPride (112) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 15, 2012
This is as close to as perfect of a beer as you can get. If you like IPAís you are going to love this one! Iím a huge hop head, so when I saw this I had to have it since iím also a large SN fan. By far the BEST IPA iíve ever had, it doesnít come close for me. Huge hop notes as soon as you open the bottle, followed by a nice floral citrus notes as well. On the palate it will take skin off your teeth with itís massive hoppness. If you find this beer, buy it. If you find out where itís at, run, donít walk to go get it!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dtrain84 (1) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2012 does not count
This is an amazing ipa. A great tasting strong hoppiness, but a surprisingly smooth finish.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
volbeerman (20) - Madison, Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2012 2012 edition, 12 ounce bottle, pint glass. Pours with a typical dark golden to an amber hue. Most noticeable trait is the incredibly fresh and clean hop aroma. Initial warmth on the tongue upon tasting which is soon replaced by a smooth clean and incredibly fresh bitterness which is provided by the whole cone hopping process. Finishes with a sweetness that presents itself along with the finish. Overall, having tried many quality IPAís (Ruination, 90 Minute, etc.) I would place this near to the top of the list of IPAís that I have had the pleasure of trying, a quality beer and a fantastic experience. Honestly canít wait to get my next 4-pack.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Chevitz81 (3) - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - MAY 16, 2012 does not count
Bold and aromatic nose, very hoppy but not overpowering. Great combination of flavors, cedar and fruit were most prominent.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BeerDeltaBravo (53) - Oregon, USA - JUN 19, 2012
Pours a vivid ruby red with a two-finger head. Excellent lacing. Sexy herbal scent, with apple and citrus. Delicate biscuity palate, with notes of marzipan and hops. Hearty yet effervescent mouthfeel and extremely long finish.

4.8
   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.


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