RATINGS: 1735   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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RyanK (276) - Rhode Island, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Commercial description probably says everything better than me. Pours a very clear amber with lots of carbonation (bubbles) with a large foamy head that is slow to dissipate and stays. Smells very hoppy and piney, lesser citris elements, grapefruit and lilac. Taste is hops, hops and more hops. Other than that you can lightly taste the citrus and grapefruit. I don’t taste any alcohol just bitter hops with a dry bitter finish. Somewhat syrup-y in mouth good for any fan of Imperial IPA’s and hops.

beergodd1 (401) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Pours a clear Copper color. Head is off white and over an inch. Lacing and head retention are both very good. Smell is full of pine, sweet citrus, and resinous hops. Sweet honey mixed with malt is on the back end. As beer warms, light alcohol is detected. Taste is of bitter, piney resinous hops, mixed with sweet tropical fruits like pineapple and mango. Syrupy malts come in also with an alcoholic kick at the end. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a syrup like consistency, carbonation levels are a bit on the high side but not overpowering. Overall this beer is a good representation of its style. Packs a nice punch of bitterness and refreshing citrus. I remember liking this beer, but I think it was better this time. BUT.....I probably could only drink 1 at a time.

Suttree (6537) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Good stuff, man. Cloudy orange, big white head. Huge floral hoppy aroma, lots of grapefruit and citrus. Nicely sweet at first, then a big hop bite. Lots of bitterness in here, in a good way - grapefruit, oak, some resin. Tasty stuff...

aleph (231) - - JUL 1, 2012
Bottle. Golden body with foamy white head. Bitter, alcohol hidden, fresh, piney, grapefruit, obvious resin notes, aroma and taste balanced, medium carbonation in a medium strong body.

rdsanfbeerman (14) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2012
I cannot find a fault with this beer. Perfection in hop heaven. Goes good with watching golf tournaments and couch lock activities. Brilliance. Please note... how many raters of this beer refer to the "resin". Possibly pairs well with other resinous matter... food for thought.

patrick767 (4474) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2012
bottle - Pours clear copper with a large off-white head that laces well. It has a big citrus and resin hop aroma. The flavor is intensely bitter with grapefruit and resin notes fueling this medium to full bodied brew and leading into a long, bitter, enjoyable finish.

adrosson (150) - California, USA - JUN 30, 2012
Got a lot of resin. Enjoyed the beer. Tasted like a resiny stronger Sierra pale ale. A lot of alcohol. 4 pack from Mesa liquor ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

jeffs515 (124) - Ogden, Utah, USA - JUN 30, 2012
The aroma is amazing it has a sweet piny scent with some hints of grapefruit. Pours a nice dark amber with loads of off white creamy head and lots of carbonation. Taste is a very strong piny sapp flavor with a lot of alcohol leaves a super bitter taste in the mouth. I do get some sort of floral hops in the end too with some oiliness. Not my favorite. I think I will stick to the torpedo when I want a good ipa from Sierra Nevada.

lamas (1661) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 30, 2012
Bottle. Bottled: 03/30/12. An amber pour with a smallish beige head. A well-balanced aroma that features plenty of grapefruits, citrus rinds, resiny pine, caramel, and some biscuity maltiness. Goes down medium to full-bodied and slightly sticky. Caramel and a doughy breadiness start things off taste-wise. Lots of grapefruits and drying citrus rinds at the end. A drying finish that lingers quite a bit. Resiny and fairly harsh. Some warming alcohol is present throughout, though this doesn’t seem nearly as big as the 10.4% ABV would suggest.

mkel07 (6546) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2012
355ml bottle. Does it get any better than this, I think not. Big dense head of foam sitting atop a honeycomb amber base. The aromas assault your nose the second the cap comes off. In the mouth this beer is smooth and leaves a resinous coating. Top marks for a great beer.

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