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RATINGS: 1766   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Pours a nice clear orange with thick white head, minimal lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, resin, slightly toasted malt, and a slight herbal character. Flavor matches well, but gets slight knocks for a poor bitter taste in the back of the mouth. Overall very good though.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonGregorio (62) - POLAND - DEC 10, 2016
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 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (13002) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JerryMeritt (8) - Pana, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2016 does not count
Poured at 45-50 degrees into a pint ale glass. Appearance dark effervescent amber with a 1/2 inch white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma caramel, sweetness with floral undertones, finishes with a slight skunky hop aroma. Taste initially hop bitter that evolves into a slightly sour citrus to floral tone. Finishes somewhat wet with strong hop bitterness lingering into slight citrus and strong floral-rose. A good imperial IPA without the mismatch of malts.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zlotta (2402) - Hagen, GERMANY - NOV 20, 2016
0.355 l bottle from Rudat, bottled in June 2016. Clear, dark amber with a medium large, frothy, almost stable, off-white head. Sweetish, very fruity and a bit grassy aroma of pineapple, lemongrass, lychee, tea leaves and a touch of pine. Very sweet and malty, quite fruity, resiny and a bit grassy taste of orange jam, tea leaves, honey, pine, mango, pineapple and some lemongrass, followed by a rather long, quite bitter, very resiny and a bit dry finish. Full body, very oily mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Expected maybe the aroma to be even hoppier, but the bottle is unfortunately almost half a year old. Great beer though!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Klimaet (2144) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2016
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a medium slight brown head. Aromas of malt, pine, orange, mandarin, gummy bears. Taste is sweet, orange, mandarin, earthy, malt, gummy bears.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hallinghansen (2939) - Odense SV, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2016
Bottle. Clear amber body with a medium white head. Hops, citric, grapefruit, caramel. Bitter fruity aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darwenus (935) - Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2016
Giant mouth twister. Pours bright, clear orange with a lot of foam. Legs for days. Big, aggressive hop aroma with the usual West Coast mega bitter notes... citrus, gym socks, cat pee. The flavor is that to the power of ten. This is a mean-ass beer. It rubs me the wrong way the right way.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SinH4 (3438) - Garching b. Mnchen, GERMANY - NOV 8, 2016
Bottle. Clear reddish-amber color with eggshell head. Aroma is piney, earthy, hops, some grapefruit, berries, caramel, toffee. Taste is sweet toffee, piney hops, bittersweet finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Not bad, a bit imbalanced.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RasmusOtt (2513) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2016
Pours clear amber with an off white head. Aroma of resin, caramel malts, sweet grapefruit, plums, pine and over ripe citrus fruits. Taste is sweet with a hoppy bite. Notes of caramel malts, resin pine, sweet grapefruit, sticky syrup and citrus. Pretty bitter end and just extremely old school in every way.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mateuszk (2263) - Poznań, POLAND - NOV 2, 2016
Bottle. Aroma with gentle spruce notes and crystal malt. In taste malty, medium sweet, spruce and citrus flavour finished with big bitterness. Medium body, alcohol hidden. Fresh might be perfect.


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