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98
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RATINGS: 1791   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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3.9
martin00sr (4042) - Haderslev, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2017
Clear amber, thick offwhite head. Aroma has malt, pine and peach. Strong, hoppy flavour. Piney, resinous with fruity peach and orange. Some sweetness and lasting bitterness. Slightly chewy. Warming. Very flavourful, strong but still well balanced.

3.6
Piw (1127) - Rüsselsheim, GERMANY - JAN 8, 2017
355ml Flasche. Klar und rotgolden mit durchschnittlicher Schaumkrone. Intensives Hopfen- und Malzaroma. Fruchtig. Geschmacklich erst herb und trocken dann malzig süß. Alkohol leicht schmeckbar.

3.8
Wojo21 (328) - Pelplin, POLAND - JAN 8, 2017
Aromat dość intensywny, tropikalno żywiczny. Barwa bursztynowa, zamglone, piana średnio obfita. W smaku słodkie, takie karmelowe ale nie do końca, oleiste. Goryczka wyrazista, ściągająca. Ogólnie dobry imperial.

4.1
PabloZab (1545) - Wroclaw, POLAND - JAN 2, 2017
Bottle 355ml.Clear amber colour, white-yellowish big head, long with great lacing. There are sweet tropical fruits in aroma, fresh and intense, very nice to smelling. Additionally malty aroma like for barley wine, very nice as well. Bitterness is high with herbal character with alcohol hint at the finish. Full body, a bit dense, a little sweet from second site. Good balanced between bitterness and malty body. Warms inside but it’s quite drinkable when we look at the power of the beer. Very good imperial IPA, malty and bitter with fresh aroma of hops. Maybe one small minus for alcohol which is quite intense when beer gets warmer.

4.4
PugUglyBrewer (658) - - DEC 22, 2016
Up there with Narwhal as one of my favorite Sierra Nevada brews. A "triple" IPA that is aggressive on all descriptors. Big malt base of caramel and toffee that supports candied orange, fresh pine, grapefruit, and perhaps some tropical notes in there as well. The 10.4 ABV is impressive and is masked well by the engineering of the recipe.

3.8
rami_pl (3461) - Warszawa, POLAND - DEC 22, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2017 sniadaniowo. warka rozlana 5/5/2016, przelezalo gdziestam pol roku, zycie... za to wyglada ladnie, i butla, i samo piwo, i piana i co jak wiadomo najwazniejsze - kapsel. mimo przelezenia aromat intensywny. i od razu czuc, ze to nie byle pale ale czy jakies soczki z vermontu, bo poza solidnymi tropikami i zywicami (ze wskazaniem na tropiki) oraz takim tym bialym swinstwem zestowym z grejfruta (kurde, to z chmielu? ciekawe ktorego) czuc tez solidne jakies takie barleywine’owe klimaty, w sensie nie to, ze karmel, ale po prostu zbozowo-miodowe czy jak to tam nazwac... w sumie to jak na to 99 na RB to tak... bardzo dobrze, dostatecznie :> ale w ustach jest juz ryli klasa, bo jesli idzie o smako-aromaty, to jest analogicznie, przy czym baaardzo fajna, syropowa, pelna konsystencja, slodkawe ewidentnie ale znow nie karmelowo a owocowo-barleywinowo,... a goryczka... slowo tępa lazi po glowie. no kapke tepa. nie to ze tepa tepa tylko poltepa. i nie za krotka niestety. znow nie sprostala tym 99 w tym kontekscie. tak czy inaczej, bdb calosciowo. tak na 98. ;) pewno swieze byloby na 99 ;)

Ocena potraktowana skryptem do przeliczania ocen (uzgodnienie UT/RB).

4
drmet (965) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - DEC 18, 2016
L: -pours a clear amber-orange with a big,frothy,sand-coloured head -low carbonation visible S: -pine,resin,caramel,alcohol,cooked potatoes,strawberries,peach,herbs,plums T: -grap pine,resin,grassy,honey,caramel,peach -high,linge bitterniss for the style F: -medium carbonation -full body -alcohol is very present O: This is unapologetically West Coast. Big,Piney,resinous,malty. Very good one.

3.9
Jashiu (1324) - Gdañsk, POLAND - DEC 16, 2016
Backlog. Synchronizing with notes and Untappd.
Even though mine wasn’t extremely fresh the beer was great! Strong caramel and resin presence in both aroma and taste. Some pine on the finish.

3.3
DonGregorio (413) - POLAND - DEC 10, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2017 Bottle. Clear amber beer, white average head with decent duration. Aroma of resin and pine, with notes of peach, citrus and caramel. Taste is more than medium sweet, fruity, with noticeable caramel, and medium bitter, piney and resiny. Medium to full body, oily, a bit sticky texture, soft carbonation. Sweetness is too high and overwhelming for me, not fitting well, bitterness does not balance it out, nevertheless this is likable IIPA.

3.8
Christian (13670) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2016
Bottle from Vinens Verden. Dark golden with a lasting off-white head. Malty aroma with ripe peach and orange peel. Sweet malty flavour with sweet fruits, pine and grapefruit peel. Strong bitter finish that tickles the throat.


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