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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jandd1983 (4318) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2012
It poured a copper/orange color with a white head. The aroma was of resinous pine sap, some sweet caramel malts, toffee, honey, citrus, and tropical fruits. The taste was of sweet caramel and biscuit malts, with honey, and bitter resinous hop oils. Awesome!!!

rougeau13 (3013) - Richmond, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2012
Dark clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma of fruity pebbles, flowers and citrus. Taste of fruity pebbles, citrus and caramel and pale malts. Mostly sweet and fruity with little actual bitterness. Medium bodied.

boozedude (2228) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - APR 5, 2012
Pours amber...strong citrus hopps arome..taste is hoppy grapefruit with bitter finish...good ipa..

thomas15 (689) - Alabama, USA - APR 5, 2012
beautiful crystal clear red gold color with gorgeous dense white light yellow head that leaves superior lacing. the taste is amazing. if this exists why chase hopslam in kansas city? better beer imo. dazzling resinous hops imparting both pine and citrus. it’s as kind as it can be to the palate as it temporarily ruins it. very bitter with moments of sweetness. i’ve had almost 2 and i’m smoked. VERY well hidden alcohol. Fuckin tremendous. favorite ipa ever at the moment.

TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 5, 2012
Pours dark amber with a thin tan head. Notes of sweet chewy mango, thick citrus resins, delicous. Full bodied, resinous and thick with lively carbonation.

brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - APR 5, 2012
Clear, deep gold with a creamy white head. Heavy pine and sweet citrus nose. Think blood oranges or tangerines instead of grapefruit or lemon. Caramel, pine, and toasted crust on the mid-palate. Medium body, quite creamy, a bit resinous/oily, with lively carb. Solid peppercorn spiciness and grapefruit-pith bitterness in the lingering finish. I have not been overly enamored with ’big’ beers lately, but this is pretty tasty. I have always preferred a strong malt backbone to balance copious hops, and this one does that respectably well. The booze is very well hidden, thankfully; but that kind of abv is just way too high for me these days. Therefore, drinkability is the only reason I could not personally bump this up to a 4.

thome50 (1295) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - APR 4, 2012
12oz bottle from 2012. Pours a deep orange with white head. Dissipates quickly. Aroma is slight floral, tropical, bitter hops but very minimal across the board. Taste is lacking and is more of a "Sierra Nevada" taste than anything else. The alcohol is once again very apparent which I was hoping would be tamed from the 2011 release. Overall, a nice change to 12oz bottles but this is getting a little run of the mill.

mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2012
Floral citrus aroma and orange appearance lead into a strong hoppy taste and stronger hoppy after taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Dorwart (2589) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2012
Thin off-white head of fine bubbles with very good carbonation. Juicy peaches aroma with some light piney and herbal hops with some caramel malts. Color is a bright crystal clear copper. HOT brew. Big alcohol presence and warming from the first sip. Decent malt backbone to offset the large hoppy bitterness. More pine and some mint along with some bready malts and yeast. Alcohol kind of thins out the body and overpowers some of the flavor. Plentiful bitterness late swallow with some more herbs and a hint of pineapple very late. Surprisingly easy drinking and it goes down WAY to easy. A very good IIPA. Thanks to etowneraser for this one.

Nuffield (4171) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2012
I’ve had many hop experiments, and I remember when the first dry hopped beer emerged some years ago. I know a few beers that are less balanced (less malts, sweetness, alcohol...just hop water kinds of things), and I’ve had quite a few badly-brewed beers that are more ugly-astringent in some way. But I don’t think I’ve ever had a high-end beer with more overall hop assault on the senses than this. Truly, it attacks from beginning to end, with a massive floral and grapefruit flavor and a long, long bitter finish. It was too much, and it had me begging for mercy. The high abv was nice, and I think may have helped it out (it wasn’t hot, just noticeable), but overall I couldn’t take it. I finished about 2/3rds of the bottle and drained-poured the rest. For my taste, brewers have now successfully found the upper limit of hops. I’m far more interested in the upper limits of sour. Bottle.

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