RATINGS: 1780   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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 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 (5714) - 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 (616) - 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%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GSH1976 (307) - Delaware, USA - JUN 23, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2015 Pours a medium golden color with minimal head. The aroma is fantastic and the taste is dominated by hops as expected -- citrusy, This is an excellent DIPA although it could be a little less sweet. Despite the high ABV the alcohol is not nearly as noticeable as it is in other beers I have tried today that have a lower ABV. It tastes like the Torpedo Ale on steroids. I initially rated this a 4.2 overall back in 2012 but after having it many times since, including the 2015 version the other day, I realize that rating is much too high. Overall I would give it a 3.6. The hops are very strong but it is not very refined and there are so many better choices out there in this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgasparine (10) - USA - JUN 22, 2012
Thin white head, decent lacing, and a medium-amber body. Aroma is heavy resinous hops-- hops completely overpower the malt. Flavor is hop-forward to an extreme... the big malt backbone is revealed on the mid-palate... and the finish is intensely bitter and lingering. Body is big and chewy, with a soft pervasive carbonation. Overall, this is an intense, but nicely crafted Imperial IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mmmkay (51) - - JUN 22, 2012
Big hop flavor and aroma. Good Imperial IPA. My local shop in Michigan ran out. Pick it up in Texas. Good lacing and orange amber color. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
That1Guy (2223) - Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2012
12 oz bottle pours a clear orange with a slight head thats pretty sticky. Got pine, and lots of grapefruit pulp on the nose. Flavor slaps you across the face with more hop notes, pine, and grapefruit, with a sweet, subtle malt character backing it up. Resinous and sticky as hell. Nice.

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