RATINGS: 1790   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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talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2012
The beer pours a clear, orangey amber color with a full, white, fluffy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves scattered lace. The nose is woodsy, floral, citrus peel, light leafy notes, some resins, and slight tropical hints. The flavor is similar, assaulting my palate; citrus peel, more tropical notes, very high bitterness, leafy, drying herbal, and rustic notes all over. The palate is lively, moderately full, round, and drying. The beer finishes long with dry herbal and rustic, tangerine notes emerging, and still a bit of tropical. Quite an abrasive beer which I think was exact;y what SN was going for. There were subtle intricacies like the floral an leafy notes, as well as the tropical tones. For me, it was a bit to acidic and lacked just some subtle malt tones to balance all the hops for this 10%+ IIPA. Nice but overwhelming.

burgy (456) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2013 Hoptimus-prime would be proud to call Hoptimum a top tier Imperial IPA! Much more depth than Hopslam. You start out with strong citrus (orange & grapefruit), and very resin heavy undertones. Pouring this beer it shows strong golden-amber tones and off white head. Taking your first slip sets you back and all you can think about are hops. These hops are different you say.... Much more depth, sticky resin on your teeth, an overall a hop-bomb. palette finishes super nice starts chewy and finishes thinner. Overall, nice hop-bomb of recent date! ****2013 rerate, drops down in rating due to heavy resin and off?balance. ****

bigirishphan (106) - Peoria Heights, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Unfreaking-believable I love this beer so much. I have not had an IPA of this magnitude since hop slam! This is my third four pack and I hope to find more. The only thing that fell short was the aroma for me.

bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Light gold pour with sizeable white head and tremendous pacing. Nose is heavy on the resin, with some peach, orange and pineapple apparent. Full bodied...initial blast is all about the fruits mentioned above...this is followed by a massive resinous kick in the teeth. Some caramel-like sweetness is there but doesn’t overshadow the other characteristics.

Thechasm442 (1005) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2012
12 oz bottle in a duvel tulip. Pours a clean orange amber. Inch and a half thick white head with sticky lacing. Aroma is pine, tropical fruit and citrus. Flavor is like a tropical ipa with caramel. Mango, papaya, pineapple, and grapefruit are abundant. There is some caramel and toffe malt to back it up. The mouthfeel is sticky and the beer is resinous. This DIPA is great and I will seek this out again.

agl108 (1232) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Rating #600. On draft at home, sixtel. Poured clear, light orange with thin white head leaving a virtual blanket of lacing. Nose is sweet of candi sugar, floral notes, and light citrus fruits. Sweet, light citrus flavor of tangerine, peach, orange. Finished dry and tongue stripping with piney notes present. Medium bodied, excellent balance. Just a touch boozy.

JoePeesie (925) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Meh. Pours a golden brown. Nose and taste are hop hop hoppity hop. Nothing unique or special here. Just another hop bomb for the sake of being a hop bomb. Been there done that.

mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Oh my freakin’ lord. Liquid Lupulin in a glass. Clear golden with a formidable head. Citrus, spruce and candy aroma. A resinous riot in my mouth, with huge hop flavor up front, then a hint of the carmel malts and alcohol, before being clobbered by the long luxuriously abrasive bitter finish. I’ve had so many beers recently that claim to be DIPA’s, but fall so far short of the goal line, that this is a refreshing reminder of what life could (and should) be like - every day.

GranvilleTim (1855) - Granville, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Golden honey pour with thick off-white head. Aroma is spicy hops. Taste is spicy hops, nice malt backbone. Great hop flavor-not overbearing.

hopasaurus_rex (109) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Pours a nice honey/orangy amber. Nice thick off white head. Intense aromas of mango, peach, pineapple, alcohol, flowers, honey and piney. Smells incredible. Initial flavor is sweet followed by a sharp bitterness. Fruity flavors all around with s nice piney bitterness. Resiny and sticky with a massive oily mouthfeel from the hop oils. Very complex flavors. It’s all over the place in a good way. Ranges from almost tropical fruit all the way to a piney roasty bitterness. Delicious. Pretty impressive brew. Not usually a fan or Sierra Nevada but this one is a must try for hop heads.

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