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RATINGS: 1625   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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3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badwhale (391) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Bottle to glass shaker. Pours a dark yellow with a medium white head. Great lacing. Many strong hop flavors of floral / citrus / pine. There is a heavy oily like aftertaste of these flavors. Delicious.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Imaena (2004) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 17, 2015
Bottle. Tongue ripping - face distorting - brutal IPA, This is a great brew to cut through bbq.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
PlinyDad1952 (57) - - MAY 17, 2015
EHEHEHEH GEORGE IS A DOG I KNOW ANS HE LOVE FOR PLINY (I LOVE PLINY FOR #1s TOO :BUT HE TOLD ME SOME TIME WHERE HE WANT SAVING DOGGIEY DOLLERS TO TRY A HOPTIMEM FROM THE MAKERS OF SERRA NEVEDA CLASSIC FLAYVERINGS. IT SAID 100 IBu [WHICH IF YOU CAN DO MATH IS ONLY EXACTLY 1 HALVE OF PLINIES’ ]200++ IBU. DONT I NO WHAT {++} COUNTS AS A MATH BUT DO CALLING THAT HALVE. HOPTIMEM ARE MADE WITH LOT OF LOVE ANS YOU TASTE. ON THE LABEL GUy LOOK FUNNY AND KIND OFF DRUNK WITH MONACKLE AND HAT. HE LOOK AS GEORGE MINESS THE HOLE DOG THING. I NO THE FEELINGS HAHA! DOG DAZE OF SUMER FOR HUNT WITH MY GUNS AND FISH AND WOMANS. GEORGE IS VERY NICE DOG -YOU GUYS WANT MEET HIM ONE TIMES? SEND ME PM ON MORE INFO ABOUT LOCALE ARBYS MEET:UPS IN YOU’RE NAYBOURHOOD. GEORGE IS JUST WANTING TO MEAT ALL PEOPLES! NICE DOG.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
VeinAle (120) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Good aromas of citrus and biscuit. Good looking, great mouth feel. Flavors on the tongue are bitter citrus and green hops. Delicious

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kavu (2744) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 16, 2015
0,1l on tap @ Tommyknocker Craft Beer Bar. Pours clear golden with a low creamy head. Aroma is malts, tropical fruits and hops. Flavor is sweet malts, some fruits, alcohol and loads of hops. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElCapitan22 (231) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2015
Pours a hazy gold color with decent lacing and no head retention. Smells floral and has a nice hoppy taste and almost finishes of mango. A very nice beer here. Will look for this again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG111 (440) - New York, USA - MAY 1, 2015
Bottled (04/01/15). Pours clear amber/orange with a big off-white head. Aroma is big resin, hops, pine, sort of sticky sweet malt, citrus, some tropical fruits. orange, grapefruit. Flavor is very hop forward, but a very pronounced sticky sweet malt backbone, very long bitter hop finish, tropical fruits, grapefruit. It’s 10% and you can taste it in a great way. So full-bodied. Awesome double. Overall, great middle of the mouth sticky sweet malt that balances it out, but there’s so much hop finish. Lots of hops in this beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
weordie (235) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2015
Pours golden with a medium full head. Aroma is sherbert, lime and grass. Very very bitter, tastes of alcohol, ethers and rose. Surprisingly tasty versions of that though.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (3081) - Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2015
UPDATED: APR 15, 2015 Bottle: Golden-yellow body; hazy, topped with a fat, bright white head. Great lacing all over the glass. Nose is heavily pungent with hops. Straight lupulin acid, hemp oil, dank resins, green onion, grapefruit, orange, lemon zest, sweet caramel malt, crystalline sugars, stinging perfume. Heavy. Taste is ever bigger. Large pine sap presence, thick & viscous hop oils, dense & resinous to the core. Grapefruit, sticky dank citrus flesh, sweet caramel malt, bitter grass, vegetal onion, sugar cookie, pungent botanical & floral finish. Coats like a pine-tree. Aftertaste lasts with heavy, sticky malt & warming alcohol, but the bitter pungency never fully subsides. Thick ass mouth feel for the style. An intense beer. Maybe a little overboard. Certainly too sticky-heavy & sweet for my DIPA preferences, but the insane hoppage gives it some life.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
danielecamo (738) - ITALY - APR 9, 2015
In bottiglia da 33cl. Imbottigliata da 11 mesi. Aroma di erba appena tagliata, caramello, resinoso, nota alcoolica evidente. Al palato inizio con caramello e mou molto intensi seguiti da un ondata devastante di amaro, secco e asfaltante con note etiliche evidenti. Difficile persino finire il bicchiere. Molto sbilanciata. da riprovare fresca.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aenima (297) - Askim, SWEDEN - APR 7, 2015
Super citrusy aroma. The taste is full of citrus. Good carbonation. Almost becomes a little sweet with all that alcohol. I think this one is not dry enought for my taste.


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