RATINGS: 1774   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2012
12oz bottle from Louisville Beer Store in Louisville, KY. Pours a crystal clear golden colored body with a finger-width, frothy and creamy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is bright and dry grapefruit rinds, sweet resins, crisp and slightly sweetened pale malts, a light caramel, pine spice, and some citrus florals. Flavor is big, sticky citruses with lots of sweet resins and pines. Lightly sweetened, crisp pale malts with some caramel before bigger tropical fruits and florals come out towards the end with even more citruses and grapefruit rinds before the hops give off a slight spiciness. Finishes dry and highly bitter with lots of sticky resins and sweet fruits, but not really malty sweet at all. All the sweetness comes from the hops. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, this is one sticky, hoppy, resiny, fruity IPA. The hops really accentuate the sweetness, but this is definitely bitter enough to provide some sort of balance to the hop explosion. Really enjoyable DIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (5718) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Chevy Chase, DC single ($3): Pours a copper body with a white head. Aroma is pine needles, wood, citrus, and a whole bunch of other hop aromas, although I should note that this beer does not skimp on the malts either. Taste is very hop forward, but still drinkable. I think the advantage it has is that the hops do not leave too bitter of an aftertaste. Body is oily and somewhat thick, but the beer is thankfully not too sweet. An excellent DIPA, but not amongst those I hail as my favourites, but then again maybe I was just in the wrong mood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JUN 26, 2012
12oz. bottle. Sweet, floral and citric aroma, full of sugary, toasty, caramel malts and juicy, piney, fresh, resinous hops, along with some doughy yeast, orange, pineapple and alcoholic fumes in the background. Mostly clear light-medium golden amber color with very fine head and lacing. Flavor profile is very hoppy indeed, but not without a fairly strong malt presence as well, with a lightly sweet, honeyish, floral character overlaying the generous hop citric, piney, spicy flavors and substantial bitterness. Some tropical fruit and leafy herbal tones late. Full, in fact almost heavy mouthfeel, oily and coating, showing some warmth and a massive body. Certainly has that certain SN character that almost makes this seem like a cross between Torpedo and Bigfoot, but it does have its own thing going on as well. And its a good thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Bottle. Sweet orange, pineapple, caramel malt aroma. Orange with a small creamy head, good lacing. Very sweet malt which is quickly eclipsed by phenomenally strong bitter, resinous piney hops. Medium body, very sticky. Definitely a hop bomb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brenhophead (695) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 26, 2012
355ml Bottle. pours clear golden with a nice off white head and a sweet piney aroma. The first thing i notice is how the sweetness balanced the bitterness and the alcohol is well hidden. I really get that woody resinous flavour as well as zesty tang.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
canes89 (31) - New York, USA - JUN 25, 2012
This beer is impossible to find! Had a four pack once. Awesone, drink at home,low alcohol taste. Need to have more of !!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (5237) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2012
16oz draft at The Pine Box in Seattle. Whoa, no idea it was this strong. Well presented in a nice place and a gorgeous balanced beer that hid that crazy alc well. rich, oily orange. Foamy ray head. Heavy, oily, funky hops. Sweet citrus. Socky, big fruit and very tasty. Juicy hop bomb, but hits all the great notes and not over the top

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopsNblunts (2) - Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2012 does not count
I love this beer! Its a good alternative to hopslam which isnt available currently. Must try for hopheads

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niksko (615) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2012
12 floz bottled 31st March 2012. Pours a vibrant cloudy orange with one finger of soft off white head. The aroma is intensely fruity, with an equal mix of orange and peach, as well as some subtle floral notes and some sweet malt. The bitterness in this beer is all-encompassing. Its there from the attack right to the end of the finish. The attack is bitter, then developing some more flavors in the mid-palate. I get peach, caramel malts and sherbet (unusual, but refreshing). Theres a slight creaminess just before you swallow, followed by a long and complex finish with orange peel, grapefruit and outrageous hops. Theres a definite weight and viscosity to this beer, but it isnt overbearing. Although the carbonation is fine, I think a little bit more would have helped to cut through the hops slightly. I like this beer. Its complex, while still being true to its intent, which is to be the most hop driven beer around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mlmeeks (46) - Winona, Mississippi, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Torpedo hops shining thru. definite C hop aroma. pours with a nice head. nice bitterness. doesnt have the alcohol presence you might expect from a 10.4%

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