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RATINGS: 1382   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

monkeychugg55's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
monkeychugg55 (823) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2012
Clear light copper with a medium sized, frothy white head.The aroma is a pretty even mix of pine, caramel, and citrus. The flavor is sweet caramel at first, followed by hop flavors (mostly pine), and a long, bitter finish. Very full body, with soft carbonation, and some warming on the finish. Very tasty stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
foxo82 (645) - Tamworth (via Leicester), Staffordshire, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2014
Bottle from Wine Lord, Birmingham. Consumed whilst watching Leicester take on Reading. And draw. "Drink water!" yells the commentator. I certainly will do after this 10% ABV beast. Smells unremarkable. Like my sock draw - clean but with a hint of dirt. Taste is also unremarkable. A score of 100 on this site? Not sure I agree there. This is tangy, gingery and pleasant enough but the extremely high ABV doesn’t add anything, except heartburn and the ability to light a candle with my farts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Andy_ (516) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 5, 2014
UPDATED: APR 16, 2014 355 ml bottle @ Ukkometso
Copper orange slightly hazy beer with little blonde head. Aroma has berryish and caramelly sweetness as well as piney hops. Flavor is bitter, licoricy and fruity. Full palate with medium carbonation. A strong bite of bitterness with a fruity aftertaste. Alcohol doesn’t come through at all. Kind of a barley wine like full slow-sipping beer but I believe it would taste better if it was fresher.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (9899) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 27, 2014
Bottle. Golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is hop, caramel, alcohol. Flavour is hop, caramel, alcohol, orange, pine. Bitter finish. Full body. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MayorOfSudz (25) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Creamy beginning with some sweet caramel syrupy thickness that leads to bitterness, but remains on the heavy side. Some spice and pepper notes are very faint towards the middle/end. Some pine. This comes across like a stout in body and sweetness, but does have some hoppy bitterness to it at the end. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Claves77 (151) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2014
taste belies its smell. strong, intense nose, but mild flavor. odd other flavor that brings this beer down a few notches.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mmill527 (63) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Very nice complex hoppyness. This one ranks up near the top in the DIPA catagory. Awesome taste and excellent nose with good finish. Perhaps more important though... I love the picture on the bottle, makes me laugh every time I look at it and at 10.4% after a couple I laugh even harder!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CpyNPrnT (213) - Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Hoppy, fruity and floral notes. orange, citrus, mango, but also pine. I like the hop variety, as it comes through very well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wyzzywyz22 (1885) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle, Beer Moth, Manchester. Great looking label. Burnt orange pour with a small white head. Great nose of piney resinous hop, ganja, tropical fruits and sweet malts. Cracking balance struck flavour-wise which was a wonderful hop showcase. A little booze lurking in the shadows. Robust bitterness that lingered on. Superb Double IPA, up there with the best of em. Praise be for the hop family. What would we do without them...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (19644) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle at Bishops Arms Savoy. Clear orange coloured with a medium sized white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, cookies, hops and pine needles. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, hops, pine needles and grapefruits. Dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Leini (589) - SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2014
Sample at a tasting. Orange body with a low white head. Quite bitter with a sharp hop presence. A bit sour and herbal.

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