RATINGS: 1781   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kayres (868) - , Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2012
Pours orange and clear with a medium off white head. Big fresh hop aroma, green. Medium bodied huge hop flavor little bitterness almost no malt flavor, my perfect balance ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 3, 2012
Bottle. Poured a clear medium orange color. The head was a few fingers high and off white with decent retention. Lots of earthy green smells, particularly pine. Also a bit of grapefruit liqueur, flower blossom, and a whiff of melon. Medium bodied with a hint of sweetness up front that gave way to assertive bitterness and some warming alcohol. In addition to pine, there were pale malt, orange zest, juniper berry, and subdued caramel flavors. The bitterness lasts and lasts. If you enjoy getting slapped around by pine, alcohol, and lots of bittering units, this one is for you.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
sharkbcr (160) - Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2012
An excellent double IPA! Over the top hops with a strong piney nose and finish. Nice golden amber hue, head doesnt linger long. A beer for true hop heads!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
snownirvana (70) - - APR 2, 2012
Tulip snifter from bottle. A: simcoe, simcoe, simcoe: the best smell ever! slight pine. App: amber-gold, 4 finger white head that disperses ever so slowly! T: oh so hoppy, most certainly top hopped, slight citrus and slight alcohol on the front, and lots of obvious simcoe and alcohol in the back. P: not as bubbly as expected, but has a nice crisp feel with a nice dry, lingering aftertaste of hoppy goodness-simcoe on the back. Great beer, but one better, that is year-round: Hop Stoopid by Lagunitas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2012
Orange and golden color with a nice big white head...lot of good citrusy, and nice hop character. Decent DIPA..not my favorite, but enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2012
12oz bottle. Pours a golden orange color with a frothy white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Aroma is of hops, pine, citrus, and caramel. Taste is big on the bitter, resiny hops. Long lingering hop bite. Sharp alcohol bite underneath the strong hop character. Lots of citrus, pine, and caramel. The malt character is very light underneath the huge hop taste. Lots of grapewfruit comes out after a few sips. Its hoppy, and it is good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
csaso (2215) - 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 (195) - 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.

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