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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bigred22 (85) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 11, 2012
I was really excited about this beer it arrived in the stores right before my birthday. So I had the okay to stock up on beer. I feel like my money could of went to something better. I am a Hop Head DIPA = Favorite Style... This beer just isn’t balanced and the hops almost burn your tough with bitterness. Maybe it’s the hops they use

Aroma: I popped open my first one and the smell was fantastic, I was really excited about getting 24 of these guys

Appearance: Looked right up my alley with a dark orange tint with a thin white head

Taste: With Hopslam being my favorite DIPA I was hoping for something great. Boy was I disappointed. Unlike Hopslam, Hopstopid, Dreadnaught act... the balance is just not there

Palate: I gave the palate a high score, because it definitely give your palate all it could ask for

Overall: Very disappointed, and other than the standard Sierra Nevada Pale Ale... I’m not to impressed with what they offer as far as IPA’s go

cwill (92) - Parkesburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2017
Amber pour into a chalice. Thin one finger head that quickly disappeared. Aromas of mango, peach and pineapple. Taste is phenomenal. A hop bomb with tropical fruit sweetness and a bit grapefruit zest bitterness. Malty backbone becomes more apparent as it warms. Mouth feel is medium with a light carbonation. I found this to be a quite tasty beer. One of the better DIPA’s I’ve had.

shawnmurphy (495) - Plattsburgh, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2017
This is the 2017 vintage at 9.6 percent. 12-ounce bottle pours hazy orange with spritz white head and lacing. Aroma: grapefruit, pineapple, mango, honey, pine. Flavor: all the above, just seriously ramped up; assertively sweet and bitter. Mouthfeel: full-bodied, slick.

mjmoen (534) - - JUN 27, 2017
B-. Pours a clear golden color with white head. Surprisingly not too bitter. Full of flavor

superspak (5581) - Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2017
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/18/2017. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, light honey, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, light honey, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/citrus peel/grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, papaya, lemon/orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with and awesome malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol for 9.6%. Overall this is an awesome DIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with tame bitterness. Great juicy hop vibrancy and nice malt backbone, without being too sweet. A really enjoyable offering.

MBlessing (1308) - Württemberg, GERMANY - MAY 28, 2017
Dunkles orangegelb schlner scgaum, schöner fruchtiger geruch citrus früchte pinie harzig, kräftiger Geschmack Grapefruit harzig kräftig bitter der Alkohol ist wunderbar eingebunden, schmeckt

DrNosha (2333) - Württemberg, Germany, GERMANY - MAY 27, 2017
12 Oz Flasche. Orange glänzende klare Farbe mit hellem Schaum. Karamel, grapefruitschale, Pinie. Sehr kräftige Bitternote. Harz, Hopfen. Wuchtig aber elegant!

commonshawn (1256) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2017
Tap at butcher and boar. Light copper with medium white head and excellent lacing. Pine hop nose. Sticky resin taste, very crisp, full flavored, excellent balance. Heavy on the pine bitterness, not much citrus. This is really well done, almost an optimum dipa.

kannon5 (5) - - MAY 14, 2017 does not count
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Erzengel (8696) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - MAY 14, 2017
Bottle from Brause-Sydikat. Extreme intense viscous hop. Great floralness and depth. Fruits, hop oils, slightly fruity-sweetish, nice smooth grain, hints of sourness, moderate to intense bitter. Extreme hop fruity, pine, resin, green hops. Long intense floral sticky hop oily aftertaste. Great brew!

BeerInHeaven (449) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2017
semi murky copper gold with a thick off-white head. Big grapefruit citrus and tropical aroma. Big tropical fruit, tangerine citrus flavor. From the middle onward creeps up to a substantial bitter, but not off-putting. Then slowly fades with the tropical taste lingering. Big beer. Good beer!

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