RATINGS: 1787   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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ACHops (1566) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 26, 2012
On tap @ Noble Fir. Pours medium amber with thin creamy head. Aroma is thin floral hops. Taste is big alcohol and hops - both come on at the same time. For all the different hops that went into this, there isn’t much nuance - the hops are strong, bitter, resiny, and punchy. Lots of dark burnt caramel malts in an attempt to balance it. Thick mouthfeel is not surprising considering the 10% ABV here. I love Sierra Nevada, and Torpedo proves that they can do a great IPA, but this just doesn’t stand up to some of the better DIPA competition like Double Jack or Pliny. I tried this in the bottle too and had the same conclusion - kind of muddy from trying too hard with the hops. Still, all things considered, an impressive beer.

superspak (5500) - 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 (1288) - 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 (2277) - 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 (1198) - 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
2017.............................................. via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Erzengel (8619) - 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 (446) - 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!

Homer321 (5006) - Melboring, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2017
Draft at source. NC. Strong grapefruit aroma and flavor. A moderate amount of caramel that gets in the way of the hops. A more traditional DIPA. Ok.

Awktoberfest (404) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2017
Solid well rounded iipa. It's been a few years since I've had hoptimum. It was in those fat bombers then. This was good. Aroma. Taste. Drink ability. Not overly sweet. Favors crisp not muted. Love Sierra Nevada. Fresh too. Bottled 20 days ago. Coming from Chico or NC that's pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

DuckEyes68 (1) - Ashland, USA - APR 25, 2017 does not count
First tried at Moped Motorhead’ s new apt on W str. (where the tenant straight across from him, a.k.a. and self-titled "mean black bitch" runs that section of the neighborhood and beats up short skinny white dudes and beats her phone against siding of building. (had to be there kind of moment)

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