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RATINGS: 1753   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
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

ross' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours out an orange / yellowish color with a white head on it. Smell is huge on hop flavors, orange, citrus, grass, grapefruit. Really good. Taste is very smooth and easy to drink, almost like Torpedo. Not really refreshing given the high ABV, but certainly worth drinking. Very good stuff from SN.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (9610) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 25, 2016
Bottle, shared by heavylaevy at game night. Hazy golden, dense white head. Resinous pine and pithy white grapefruit, sweet pale malts, scathing aspirin bitterness, boozy undertones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lupuLust (99) - Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - OCT 24, 2016
23.10.2016 - Bittersweet fruity fresh hop aroma with hints of remedy. Smooth full bodied hop oily palate. The hop oils are really rubbed in the tongue. They leave a honey-ish feeling (also with some sweetness). For the 100 IBU I expected some more harsh Magnum bitterness. There was no strong bitterness, just a lot of dry hopped hop in there. Brewdogs Hardcore IPA was much more aggressively hopped.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theswiftsa (71) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 22, 2016
Pours clear Amber with a thin head and nice lacing. Nose is apricot, pine and resin. Taste is upfront bitterness, sweet resin then some lightly toasted malts in the finish. Booze is present but mild for the abv. Bitter as expected but quite well delivered.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (17290) - P´Castle, GERMANY - OCT 22, 2016
12 fl.oz bottle. Pours clear dark golden colour with a huge most good lasting off-white head. Aroma of bitter resinous hops, apricot and peach, pine, toasted malt. Taste of intense bitter hops, resins, apricot, spruce, toasted malt, strong malt, quite nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JimmyBoy74 (620) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2016
355ml från systembolaget. Så sjukt god öl. Köpte bara 4 skulle ha köpt det dubbla!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AVLarsen (104) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2016
An extremely intense and hoppy IPA or American Pale Ale. Rounder than other IPAs I’ve tasted. More alcohol and more of everything. Hence the Imperial label.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mister_Li (965) - GERMANY - OCT 12, 2016
Klares Bernstein mit durchschnittlicher Schaumkrone. Malzig, süßlich, fruchtig, Zitrusfrüchte, Orange, Zitronenschale, Kiefer, bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartlebier (3505) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - OCT 1, 2016
12oz freshish import, bottled 06/2016, shared by impuritylaw, merci. - Trademark citrus rind boiled down into resinous honey and sweet quince jam with a lingering resin and quince peel bitter finish. Noticeable alcohol. Richer in layered hop oil density than the Torpedo (as it reaches our shores), pushing citrus resins back into fruit jam territory (canned pineapple, passion fruit jelly)...hence also overall with too sweet a dose of crystal/caramalts and high barley-wineish density for me.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bolian (172) - - SEP 29, 2016
Pours clear amber golden. Off white - greenish foam. Nose id´s fruity - mango, citrus melon orange. Taste is full and complex. Lots of fruity hoppy aromas - citrus, orange, melon, mango and malty toffee notes. Finish is dry and warm with a perfect bitterness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (5672) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2016
Pine, mint and citrus in the nose. Gets better with a little time in the glass as notes of pale malt and caramel come out. Warm malt and spicy hops. 11/10

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