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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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ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours out an orange / yellowish color with a white head on it. Smell is huge on hop flavors, orange, citrus, grass, grapefruit. Really good. Taste is very smooth and easy to drink, almost like Torpedo. Not really refreshing given the high ABV, but certainly worth drinking. Very good stuff from SN.

4.2
Steve_0 (3818) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Poured a golden orange with a nice off-white head. Very good lacing, and brilliantly clear. Aroma is big pine, resin, fresh-cut grass, and just fresh hop juiciness. This is one of the dankest smelling beers I have come across. Taste is pine, citrus, crisp, clean, and refreshing, with a strong bitter finish. This is extremely smooth for 10% ABV, and has a nice sticky mouthfeel. Excellent DIPA, and one of SN’s best offerings.

4
jtd6628 (362) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Great beer. Aroma is medium. Appearance is light orange. Taste is really hoppy and bitter with a nice dry finish.

3.9
Lubiere (14247) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2012
A golden amber ale with a thin white head. In aroma, a superb fragrant floral pinhey hops, with light menthol, very nice. In mouth, a nice sweet citrus caramel malt with floral piney hops, menthol notes, warming alcohol, very nice and impacting. On tap at Three Penny Taproom, March 12 2012.

3.7
peteinSD (1468) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2012
’12 bottle. Clear caramel pour with a froth of white foam and steady carbonation. Aroma is medum pine, underlying bitterness, some soft tropical notes, and a grainy malt backbone. Taste is fairly bitter with a heavy resinous pine component and a fairly sweet malt backbone. Mouthfeel is thick and a bit sticky. Well made and enjoyable but does not have the over the top hop aromatics and, of equal importance, the complimentary dry, biscuity malt backbone that my favorite IIPAs bring to the table.

3.9
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.

4.1
burgy (460) - 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. ****

4.1
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.

3.9
bdigital (659) - 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.

4.2
Thechasm442 (1006) - 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.


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