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98
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RATINGS: 1778   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Bang! Hop in the nose, hop in the mouth. Amber pour with a 1 cm soft head. Grapefruit fills the air and mouth with a good malt balance. Hop explosion!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brandon1989 (563) - Lewisville, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2017
Pours a nice copper amber color with a medium off white head. The aroma is pine, caramel, citrus, grapefruit, passion fruit. The flavor is more of the same and there is a definite hop kick with this beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (9861) - Mlndal, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2017
Draught at Haket, Gteborg, on February 10, 2017.
Clear golden to amber color, off-white head. Hoppy, fruity, sweet, caramel scent. Sweet, hoppy, bitter, tropical fruits, alcohol taste. Medium full mouthfeel, medium high to high bitterness. For me to high bitterness and not that well hidden alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
szymonskc (705) - Skrcz, POLAND - FEB 4, 2017
Zapach intensywny, słd, owoce tropikalne, karmel, żywica, sosna, brzoskwinie. Kolor bursztynowy, klarowne. Piana średnio obfita, drobna, średnio trwała, zdobi szkło. W smaku słodkie, pełne, słd, żywica, karmel, sosna, brzoskwinie, zioła, alkohol. Goryczka wysoka, wysycenie średnie.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tjeerd (437) - GERMANY - JAN 16, 2017
It started with a good aroma and then I was completely surprised by the full round taste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martin00sr (3148) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Piw (996) - Rsselsheim, GERMANY - JAN 8, 2017
355ml Flasche. Klar und rotgolden mit durchschnittlicher Schaumkrone. Intensives Hopfen- und Malzaroma. Fruchtig. Geschmacklich erst herb und trocken dann malzig s. Alkohol leicht schmeckbar.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wojo21 (279) - 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. Oglnie dobry imperial.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PabloZab (1299) - 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 its 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PugUglyBrewer (376) - - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rami_pl (2617) - 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 barleywineowe 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).


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