RATINGS: 1734   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

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ration (2263) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 12, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2014 061114. Tap at naamat, Tampere. Pours clear golden with a nice high head. Aroma dry hops, citrus. Dry strong finish. Bitter as expected. Hides the alcohol frighteningly well. Not Bad.

laiti (8513) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 12, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2012 35,5 cl bottle @ hotel room, Portland, BBE 21321
Aroma is sweetish with lots of fruits, especially mango. Flavour has, rather nice hops, some sweetish, exotic fruits and some caramel. Good, although a bit on the sweet side.

hrking (141) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2012
A great well made beer. If you are a fan of hoppy beers this one does not disappoint . Pours a golden double ipa hue with a slight head, Hops start in from first sip just the way you expect. This is one of those beers you want to get fresh. Nothing over powering and well balanced. A little on the sweet side but helps carry the hops throughout the beer and keep the flavors consistent . the resinous of the hops keep this beer exactly where hop heads like myself enjoy them!

S_Side_Smitty (802) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2012
Pours a cloudy golden amber with a thick off-white head. Aroma is pine with a sweet and creamy quality. Taste is briefly of grapefruit that gets overwhelmed almost immediately by heavy resinous pine. It finishes with an almost astringent bitterness. Definitely "heavy duty".

lachrymalisis (448) - Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2012
why do people like their hoppy beers to be all bitterness, thick syrupy sweetness, and oxidized hop aromas? SN really shit the bed with this thick gloopy mess of hop syrup. Couldn’t finish the glass because it felt like motor oil going down. Hops do not shine in high gravity beers! stop losing sight of objectivity for the hype!

Maris (1585) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2012
From a 355ml bottle (2012 edition)on 10/7/2012. Pours a clear dark golden with a medium head. Has a beautiful aroma of passionfruit, citrus fruit, melon, mango, caramel and honey, with some strong piney resiny hop notes and some floral touches. The flavour is both intense and explosive - it begins with a super sweet honey caramel malt backbone, followed by an array of fruits and marmalade. This is balanced by a massive grapefruity, resiny hop assault which coats the mouth and refuses to budge. The texture is syrupy and smooth, which makes it go down the hatch with ridiculous ease. An incredible beer and the best imperial IPA I’ve had to date.

AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2012
Bottle. My only problem with appearance is lack of head. There is no head, but good lacing. Aroma is solid pine hops with a strong malt backbone. I get the grassey notes and a tiny bit of citrus/grapefruit . Palate is smooth considering the ABV. Flavor is bitter finishing dry.

Davros (3282) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2012
Pours gold with a large head. Nose shows pine, grapefruit, resinous hops and celery along with caramel. Very full-on flavours: pine, solvent notes, caramel. The pine character is almost like a pine-scented cleaning agent. Well-hidden alcohol, but perhaps partly responsible for the soft solvent note. Carbonation seems a little excessive. Not overly complex or interesting, pretty much just pine throughout.

jb (3407) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2012
Wow, this is interesting. Nose is whatever you want it to me or sniff in the moment. Sometimes I get a pine forest, sometimes tropical fruit, sometimes cedar. Appearance is light amber/dark gold, clear, thick lacing pattern. Palate is complex, malty, resinous, pretty dry considering, and the booze is totally hidden.

krisolson (57) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2012
WOW... This is a really good beer. It’s a nice amber color and smells wonderful. The taste is wonderful but the only draw back to me is the aftertaste. I enjoy beers that don’t linger. Give me big flavor without a bad aftertaste.

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