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RATINGS: 1735   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.3
jgb9348 (6581) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2012
Deep copper coloured body with a rustic golden tint, a nice thick, three centimetre tall off-white head and a zillion, literally, ridiculously small bubbles rising from the bottom and sides of the glass. Aroma of fresh hops, alcohol, sugars, grapefruit and quite a bit of unfinished sugars. Full-bodied; Very chewy mouthful with a ton of alcohol, even more malt and much more hops - very strong, but the sweetness is even perhaps more overpowering. Aftertaste shows a ton of alcohol, a lot of sugars and a good hop bitterness, but the flavour remains squarely on alcohol and sugar. Overall, a decent imperial IPA, but perhaps overdone, with the alcohol and sugars - the hops come through very nicely, but with so much alcohol and raisin, syrupy sweetness, it’s hard to focus on that side of the beer. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased on 01-May-2012 from Olive Tree Marketplace in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California for US$2.69 sampled at home in Washington two days before heading back out to San Diego, on 03-May-2012.

4.6
keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Poured into a Duvel tulip from a 12 ounce 2012 bottle.

A: Clear copper body with a thin off white head, this looks like it’s going to pack a punch.

A: Very tropical aroma of pineapples, mango, and some citrus. This smells fantastic, on par with the best of the IIPAs.

S: Hops from start to finish sit on a sweet and thick malt base, lots of tropical flavors here reminding me a lot of Firestone Walker’s Double Jack (from recollection). Pineapple, mango and lots of citrus are here and the flavor gets progressively bitter with a nice semi-dry finish. No alcohol here at all despite 10.4% abv, this is well balanced.

M: Thick, but a stabbingly sharp carbonation feels like little needles on my tongue.

O: This is the best widely available IIPA in the world. I can’t think of another IIPA that is as far spread as this, especially at $8.99 for a 4 pack. This is an amazing beer and every hop head owes it to themselves to try it.

4
msante79 (2244) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2012
12oz bottle from Cellar Wine and Spirits in Norman. Pours clear golden orange with off-white head. Aromas of pine, grapefruit, strong hops, and some booze. Flavors of citrus, pine, a ton of bitter hops, and some sweet caramel malts. Little bit of booze in the finish as this is a big DIPA. Has just enough malt to handle the assault of bitter hops. Nice to have a freshly bottle DIPA for once.

3.7
ryecatcher (1471) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Pretty darn tasty. Pours a rich orangey-amber with good clarity, and a light head. Nose is a bit weak (in contrast to palate), sort of hoppy, slight malty. Fulll bodied and creamy, slightly sweet in the front, with hops following close behind in mostly grapefruit and pine notes. Runs through a full display of hops that fades very slowly into a lingering alpha bitterness. Techinically a very tight DIPA, and worth the time it took to hunt for it.

4.2
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.

3.7
alcaponejunior (445) - 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.

3.6
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.

4.2
jcartamdg (3539) - 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

3.7
Doghair (464) - 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...

3.9
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.


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