RATINGS: 1791   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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UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Bottle from half time. Pours amber capped by a slight off white head with great retention. Strong pine and citrus nose. Amazing full body caramel and malt bulging at the seams of pine and citrus hop and bitterness. What a dream.

alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Orange and hazy with a one finger head that had some staying power and left decent lace. Smells like hops! I like that in a beer! Piney and fruity hops dominate the nose, leaving little else in their wake. The taste follows the nose with a hop bomb from the very depths of the ninth layer of hell. Bud drinker’s hell, that is. It’s kind of sweet with a dry finish, bitter as hell, monstrously hoppy, with a little (very little, that is) malt balance. It’s a pretty one way beer, but enjoyable. Finishes dry, oily, and bitter with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Enjoyable, but not overly stupendous. I brewed a homebrew that kind of approaches this, and essentially I just pounded a red ale with gobs and gobs of hops, especially late. Hops head alert: buy this beer.

VRBJG (159) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Smells citrus and some malty caramel. Pours crystal clear amber with a thick cream colored head with good retention. Tastes malty and hoppy. Smooth on the palate. The end of the taste is a little more dirty than I had hoped....also a more alcohol present in the taste than I would like. Overall a good brew.

jcartamdg (3436) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Bright golden copper with a thick head great lacing. Aroma of pine and grapefruit. Great tasting dipa! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Doghair (312) - Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Dark orange with thick white foam. Big hop aroma with a little spruce. Hoppy citrus up front, malty bitter middle with a long finish. Good palate. Very nice beer with a somewhat unusual flavor profile. More beer please...

jar72404 (426) - USA - MAY 1, 2012
Bottle (dated 48th day of 2012). Pours amber gold with thick white head with good retention. A little worried that I’m losing my sense of smell: I’m not detecting much aroma, just a little citrus. Flavor is delicious: grapefruit, pine, floral, and tropical fruit. Very nice DIPA.

OldMrCrow (2437) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 30, 2012

Huge hop nose, dank with pineapple juice. Huge hoppiness in the flavor, justifying the (rather hot) 10% alcohol and then some. Still, this beer seems more interested in taking names than in drinkability.

Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2012
Originally reviewed: 1/21/11. Didn’t want to shell out the $ for a bottle of this bad boy, so I was really excited to see this one on tap at City Bev in town. A full pint, poured out a clear dark orange with a finger-width white head on top. Minor lace. The nose is splendid, with bursts of fresh pine, grapefruit juice, orange zest, and light alcohol. Very nice for the style. The mouth was crisp and clean. Alcohol was very apparent. Big boozy DIPA here. That’s almost all I could notice at first, but the hops came through in the end. Crisp, sharp, and highly bitter. There we go. Still, this is one of the more boozy beers I’ve had in awhile. Much more so than Hopslam. Sweet sugary flavors meld in there, but the booze just takes over. This was decent, but I like my DIPAs a little less aggressive. Glad I tried it though.

pras (602) - Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2012
Hop forward great brew. Very citrusy with lots of depth and great mouthfeel. You know there is alot of alcohol in there, but it is not over powering. Warning: don’t drink this and then drink a nugget nectar. The bitterness blows away nugget nectar and makes it taste like bud.

Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2012
Pours an orange, copper color with a very low quick fading white head. Aroma has a strong citrus nose, dominated mostly by a grapefruit flavor but mellowed by some orange and lemon presence later. Other notes present in the nose - a strong flowery presence with some mild resin notes late. Flavor has a fantastic grapefruit acidity that is present as a constant background flavor throughout the tasting. A sweetness from the malt is present in the middle and when combined with the light resinous flavors from the hops, creates a pleasant flavor profile for the brew. A woody flavor shows up late in the flavor, lending a slight cedar flavor (reminds me of opening my wife’s hope chest). Body is smooth, slightly dry with an overall sweet profile. The alcohol in this beer is extremely well hidden. Overall a good brew. The flavor range found in the brew are fantastic but they tend to get a bit muddled because there are so many flavor variants in the brew. Definitely a brew I wouldn’t pass up if offered again.

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