RATINGS: 1775   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
csaso (2179) - Missouri, USA - APR 2, 2012
Bottle - small foamy head, medium orange color, huge orange/citrus hop aroma and flavor, not too much of a malt backbone but I think that was the point

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
1more4dessert (336) - Upstate, New York, USA - APR 2, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2013 glad to try again. bottled about 5 weeks ago. still dark orange, but can revel in all the hop notes be they floral, pine resin or citrus. Not getting garlic bombed out this time. very oily mouth feel, the hop essential oil ethanol solution is certainly working. Earlier rate, on tap in San Francisco a few years ago tasted like Gubna, so this is a new and much better experience. old- dark orange, herbal aroma, too much of a garlic bomb. Drank 8oz in a shorty from tap and would not want either more or again really. I like Simcoe but this sucker was rough, reminds me of when I get the mower too close to the chive plant by the back porch.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HoppyAlesToYou (167) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2012
Somewhere within the resin, floral, spruce, and citrus aromas of this hop bomb lies a whisp of breadiness from the malt. It poured an amber-orange, with a rocky white head. The taste begins sweetly, but quickly shifts to smooth bitterness. Medium of body, its texture is oily and sticky with soft carbonation. Not sure that this is a top shelf Imperial IPA in my refrigerator, but there are only a handful that Ive found better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Angelmonster (193) - Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2012
Pours a clear golden honey 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 herbs. Sweet honey mixed with malt is on the back end. As beer warms, light alcohol is detected. Taste is of bitter lime, piney resinous hops, mixed with acidic fruits like pineapple and mango. Syrupy malts come in also with an alcoholic kick at the end. Mouthfeel is medium 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. For over 10%, the alcohol is definitely apparent, which would prolly be the beers biggest detractor. Would order the beer again but it wouldnt be my first choice for a Double Ipa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nsquishee (641) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2012
Very sweet orange-blonde nectar with a frothy and lacy head. Very fresh tasting hop profile with grassy/hay notes combined with lemon, honey, and spice. I like Hoptimum. I would call it a fresh hop doubleIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bronzan (158) - Windsor, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Grassy and hoppy aroma with just a hint of grapefruit. Pours a dark, burnt orange. A bit bitter, not a lot of sweetness. A little too acidic for regular drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2012 Bottle. Pours a clear light orange with a small white head. Sweet aroma with nice citrus hops aromas. Sweet caramel flavor with fruity and floral hops. Fruity and sweet finish. A little too sweet for my taste. Bottle. Had a fresh bottle of this. Much hoppier throughout and way less caramel sweetness. Very tasty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beersak (91) - akron, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Delicious aroma. Bitter than sweet than back to bitter again. It is pours nicely with a creamy white head. Very high on alcohol~very dangerous. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rader58 (882) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 31, 2012
12 oz draught. Pours a clear copper color. Aroma of pine, tangerine, peach, mango, grass. Flavor is tangerine, orange, peach, pineapple, tropical fruits, with a slight pine and grass in the finish. Quite easy drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (3171) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Pours out a very nice clear copper color with a two finger white head. Aroma is of meaty, almost earthy/pine hops, pine sap and some light malty notes. Taste is a full bodied donkey punch of hops, pine, citrus, grass, light tropical fruits, earthy hops, some light alcohol, and light malt. This is all about the hops and in a good way.

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