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RATINGS: 1652   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nathan30533 (891) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2012
This may be the hoppiest tasting and smelling brew that I have ever had to date. Smell and taste the hops. Good golden color with a nice forming head and good lacing. Good brew overall. Almost tooooo much!


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rjplumer (643) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 30, 2015
Mild tropical fruit and malt aroma. Clear burnt orange body with a mild thin head. Solid bitter blast to start but is balance with malt so it somewhat subdued more that one might expect at 100 IBU’s. Hint of tropical fruit taste behind the bitter bite. Enjoyable but beware for those sensitive bitterness, it’s not for the faint of heart.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidezdonz (47) - , HONG KONG - JUN 29, 2015
A 12 fl oz bottle packaged on 10th April 2015 and poured into a Duvel tulip glass. It poured a clear copper colour with a one and a half finger white head that slowly dissipates into a thin foamy layer that lasts throughout. Aromas of strong piney hops and a light citrus grapefruit. There is also some caramel malts. Mainly pine hops and grapefruit citrus flavours along with some slight caramel malt which is sweet and sticky. There is also some alcoholic booze aftertaste. Full bodied, medium carbonation, creamy and sticky. Overall, I really liked this beer and its hoppiness. It’s very close to a must buy for me. I think the two things that hold it back for me are that the caramelly flavours make it a bit too sweet and the booziness that comes through towards the end is stronger than I would have liked it. But having said that, I would buy more from time to time.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Barnacle_Ed (40) - Milpitas, California, USA - JUN 28, 2015
Bottle at home. Clear golden amber, with decent head. Pine and grapefruit in the nose. Taste is marvelous with a lot going on in it; Tons of hoppy goodness, grapefruit and other light fruits, sweet malt, and just a hint of alcohol (though much less than the 10.4% abv would lead you to believe). Gradually gives way to a great bitter finish. A must-try for hop fiends.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sjohnny (416) - - JUN 27, 2015
Nose full of pine and citrus with some sweetness in the background. Pours a crystal clear golden Amber with a thick foamy bright white head. Starts off smooth and slightly sweet followed by a sharp bitterness. Grapefruit, pine, earth, with a malty caramel backdrop and a hint of booze.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aggiebob (232) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUN 26, 2015
Draft. Clear golden color with thin head. Nice lacing. Floral and citrus aroma. The hops smack you in the face with a lasting bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aquilo (584) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 24, 2015
Clear bronze color with a thick head and lovely lace. Aroma knocks you to your knees with something floral, something citrusy and a little bit of skunk. Flavor is intense bittersweet, with a medicinal aftertaste. Kinda weird.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1727) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2015
Bottle. Cloudy orange body. Toasty aroma of sweet malt and caramel. Syrupy caramel and full flavor bitterness.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cathcacr (643) - Oregon, USA - JUN 24, 2015
Hop damn! Hopgasm. Hoppyness. Hip-hop. Hop on Pop. Dennis Hopper. Hop Gun. Hop to trot. Hop goes the weasel. Hop in the Name of Love. Hoperation: Mindcrime.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (3875) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Draft at irish mile, pours a bright copper orange with small to medium white head and lacing. Smell and taste of dank hops, orange candy, ultra bitter pine, and lightly toasty malt. She’s a big girl but still easy going at 10.4% and not overly sweet. I Don’t drink these often but can still appreciate its super hoppy profile.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bkurtz (988) - PERU - JUN 20, 2015
Draft - Pours a clear golden/orange with a frothy head and lacing. A lot going on here: citrus, cereal, peach, caramel. Great mouth feel with some bitterness in the finish. Outstanding!


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