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 hop 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.
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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Slightly cloudy, dark golden amber, coppery coloration with a large foamy/creamy head.
Smells of biscuity, caramel malt and citrus/tropical fruit, with quite a bit of pine coming through as well.
Taste follows the nose, with some sweet, biscuity, caramel malt in the foreground, backed up by quite resinous hops with citrus/tropical notes of grapefruit, mango and pineapple, as well as pine needles. Finishes with a strong bitterness and some citrus and pine lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a rich body and medium carbonation.