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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kuphish (381) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Bottle split with EC. Clear, golden-amber body with a 1/2", thick, dense white head. Bubbles pearl up from the bottom of the glass. Nice lacing. Aroma of mango, gooseberry, and light citrus. Fairly prominent aromas, but not overpowering. Tropical fruit flavors, some white berry. Grapefruit comes through - malt is buried somewhere beneath all the hops. Fairly full body with a highly resinous mouthfeel. Medium-high carbonation with a moderate alcohol presence. Sticky, resinous finish with long lasting grapefruit peel. Very good, beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (15094) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2011
Bottle shared with Mes @ The White Horse, Parsons Green. Clear lightly sparkling orange colored beer, small white head. Smell citrus, hops, bitter. Taste hops, bitter, citrus, pine. Quite smooth, no sticky texture. Alcohol well hidden, great mouthfeel! Love this beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (10300) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2011
Bottle at Fin & Lozs tasting with Jan, Charlotte, Craig, Stella & kids consumed Saturday 22.10.11 Jan brought this beer along, cheers Jan! Big beer, bit sticky with a huge hoppy frontal blast. However as nice as it is, its a little too sweet there is a cloying sweetness, bit too much at times. Despite all of this, I actually loved it. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov16 3.9

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
TEKUBEAT (20) - ITALY - OCT 26, 2011
Beer land trilussa. DIPA troppo sciapa e inodore, del luppolo abbiamo solo un vago ricordo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (26413) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 17, 2011
[email protected] Goldeny amber colour, small white head. Aroma is fruity, floral and some mild caramel as well. Flavour is caramel malts, fruity, floral and grassy hops along with some slight earthyness. Hides the abv rather well, and is very pleasantly balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
omhper (24624) - Tyres, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2011
Bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival. Hazy pale amber, small head. Roch aroma where caramel meets grapefruit and resin. Sweet and full bodied. Dominated by sticky caramel, hops die out but still provide resiny bitterness. OK, no more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2011
Ported from BA. Poured from a bomber into a mason jar. Re-poured when there was room. Appearance: Orange, as imperial IPAs tend to be. Nothing new in terms of color. Then again, show me a color Ive never seen before and Ill probably die of shock. Clear with a few bubbles. About a finger of head, but I generally try to prevent too much from forming when I pour an IPA. Smell: Lots of hoppyness and citrus. A tad sweet smelling, but not overly so. Pure and clean. Taste: Hops in the foreground, hops in the background. Fresh and tasty too. A citrusy zest accompanies. Malt undertones show up later on, just before the bitterness sets in. Hop forward, but manages to taste well-balanced. Mouthfeel: Pretty full-bodied as far as IPAs go. Sharp and crisp too, with the alcohol peeling itself off your tongue afterwards. Drinkability: Well, I drank a bomber no problem. In a night, I would probably be able to get through 2 of them easily, except for the price tag. It tastes very fresh and Im sure it makes its presence known in the DIPA world.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jolo (1003) - Uppsala, Sweden, SOUTH AFRICA - SEP 24, 2011
Bottle 71cl. A clear amber colour with a small white beige head. An aroma of malt, hops and citrus. The taste is sweet and light bitter. A medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation and a long bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (25581) - Malm, SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2011
Bottle @ Paps. Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy piney aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter piney grpaefruit flavor. Has a frutiy malty hoppy bitter piney finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Appearance: Clear amber-orange with billowing off-white head and loads of lacing. Sierra Nevada beers always look great. Aroma: Spicy and bitter aroma with orange, grapefruit, pineapple and pine. A light underlying sweetness provides balance. As opposed to the appearance (and taste), the aroma of this and many other Sierra Nevada beers tends to dwindle as it sits in the glass. Still smells very good while it lasts. Taste: An onslaught of grapefruit, orange and pine upfront with a light pineapple-like sweetness underneath. While I am sure the malts provide some backbone, I dont taste much of them. This is a hop machine with a long lingering bitterness at the end. Palate: Moderately low carbonation, fairly full and creamy body. Extremely dry finish but almost a little too warming and hot. Overall: Other than being a titch too boozy (and a dwindling aroma), this is a fantastic DIPA. Something about it just tastes like Sierra Nevada, as (while I can definitely tell them apart) there is something similar about this beer, Celebration, Torpedo and Estate. This really needs to be a little less limited next year, and a little less expensive as well. Cmon Sierra Nevada, make this a six-pack next year, even if you need to charge a Hopslam-like price, as that would still be a lot cheaper ounce for ounce.

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