RATINGS: 1727   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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nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Clear amber-orange with faint off-white head. Smells of brown sugar, cherries, mandarin orange, and pine. Tastes adds some caramel, and honey...almost Hopslammy. Very juicy. Heat is there, but well masked. Pleasant piney finish. Hangs with the best.

RSRIZZO (2000) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2011
24oz bottle pored into a Snifter at 42°. Color is honey gold with mellow carbonation and a small head. Aroma is overly hoppy to a point that its unpleasant to smell. Medium bodied and a crisp mouth feel. Flavor is like the aroma, way over done. There is a slight sweetness that has a faint fruit taste that is bowled over by hops, hops and more hops then it ends with a bold bitterness. This thing is just over done, its like super concentrated hop juice.

Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2011
24oz bottle ’11 Vintage 42° in Snifter-Pours an orangish amber with a big off white head. Aroma of citrus, hops, and malt. Taste of hops and more hops with some malt, orange, and grapefruit. This full bodied brew is another good hop bomb.

jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Light copper with good, creamy, white head / Bright nose of citrus and pine / Medium to full body, moderately sweet, some biting hops matched by big, sticky, malts, and with good, bitter, finish / Flavors of orange, grapefruit, pine, resin, and brown sugar / Very nice in a big, sweet, sticky, style.

ROGUE (2215) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - MAR 23, 2011
On tap at Home Grown Cafe. Pours a golden copper color with a half finger white head. Smell has a punch of hops, grapefruit and green grass. Tastes of citrus, grapefruit hops, a small amount of caramel malts and a good hops bitterness all the way through the finish. Smooth, medium bodied and medium carbonation.

DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2011
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 17/09/2010 Hoppy aroma. Thick white head. Golden coloured very strong in alcohol and hoppy. Nut and pine flavours. A hint of dryness in a malt finish.

Sregnar35 (1031) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Amazing aroma, best ever. Pop the top and instantly the kitchen fills with the smell of fresh hops. Pours orange brown with an unending lace. Flavor is strong citrus hops with a very sweet and mellow background, great brew.

MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Date: 2/6/2011 Source:Other Big resiny hop aroma with some alcohol. Clear orange golden with a small white head. Citrusy resiny hops over moderately sweet caramel. Medium body and mouth feel. Finish is sweet with big resiny hop bitterness lingering.

JaBier (8027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle split with my brother. I tried this one at GABF and remember liking it, so let’s give it a whirl with a larger sample. Clear amber/copper pour with a huge off-white head. Spicy and grassy hop nose with some citrus and maltiness. Spicy hop flavor up front with hints of citrus and malt before a bitter grassy finish.

celogan (204) - Oroville, California, USA - MAR 17, 2011
Very Decent, but dissappointing. Tasted alot like bigfoot with some hops tossed in. I expected a strong grapefruit nose, which was missing. Poured a nice head wich dissappaited rather quickly. Lacing was pretty good though. Carbonation was good. Tase had some strong alcohol presence, but at over 10% ABV it’s not surprising. I found two places that still had it in stock, even the brewery was out. One place we call the Dome Store that had it for 2.99 and another at a convenience store that took years to open, but they wanted 10 bucks. So either one place was gouching or the other didn’t know what they had. It is defineitly worth the 3 bucks, but 10 dollars it isnn’t.

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