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RATINGS: 1621   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

andycapone's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
andycapone (1) - Delaware, USA - MAY 13, 2012
If you are a "hop-head" this beer is for you! Even if you aren’t, this beer deserves a try. Very nice aroma, in the correct glass (I had a goblet that trapped the essence very well). Crisp flavor with a great bitter hoppy bite at the end. This is a beer to be enjoyed not to be drunk! As a resident of Delaware and a devotee of Dogfish Head, I’d put this beer up against anything Sam and the gang have put out there! Easily one of the best IPAs I’ve ever tasted. Well Done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElCapitan22 (211) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG111 (416) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
weordie (231) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (2982) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
danielecamo (705) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aenima (293) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
klm1 (352) - - APR 7, 2015
Amber-golden-jantar colour with white head. smell of hops, citrus, grapefruit, pine, herbs etc. Taste of pine, Grapefruit, hops. An exellent bitterness and strong aftertaste. Very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (1394) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 28, 2015
27.1.2015. Fruity hoppy aroma, banana, pineapple, passionfruit. Taste is a bit harsh bitter, exotic fruits, pine. A bit too alcoholic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeersweden (279) - SWEDEN - MAR 25, 2015
A little hazy, amber-golden beer with a two finger high, white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Nose: Hops, citrus, grapefruit, resin, herbs and orange. Taste: Grapefruit, grass, resin, mandarin, hops and orange. Body: Medium to full body. Medium carbonation. A great bitterness that grows at the end. Great texture. I LOVE this beer! Amazing!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
IPagan5 (101) - San Marcos, California, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Tons of simco aromas of fresh hay and red grapefruit and that typical resin. I only know this from single simco IPAs. Sticky mouthfeel and well hidden alcohol. So drinkable considering big hops and high ABV

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