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Hoptimistic IPA - Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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BA SCORE
80
good

106 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Hoptimistic IPA (India Pale Ale) has intense hop bitterness and flavor. This ale is further characterized by fruity, floral and citrus-like aromas due to American-variety hops. This copper/orange hued ale has a nicely balanced medium maltiness which contributes to a medium body that goes down easy, leaving a lingering bitterness that is hard to resist.

(Beer added by: maxpower on 03-01-2005)
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Reviews by beerphilosopher:
Photo of beerphilosopher
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this one on tap at the Charleville Vineyard recently and brought a bomber home as well. This review is based on notes from the draught version. Pours an ever so slightly cloudy golden yellow, which is just a little darker in color than I expected for the style - American IPA, I presume. The collar of stark white foam is thick and rocky and persists well. The nose is candy sweet up front with a myriad of floral hops arising from the glass. The owner tells me this beer is brewed with a blend of eight hop varieties! Impressive. Despite the predominant hop nose, this beer manages a good balance and is not the "puree of hop" experience you get with stronger, hoppier beers. The palate is unexpected, but in a pleasant way. Going in, I anticipated something much hoppier than I got. This beer is very balanced for an IPA and because of this fact, it has a very approachable palate. Fresh hop character abounds - more floral and fruity than herbal - lending a very clean, fresh character to the beer. A slightly sweet malt background provides a very good counter balance to the hop bitterness. I'm left with the impression of a smooth, finely balanced IPA with very well defined boundaries. This beer is not trying to be more than it can, or should, be. The finish is smooth and soft, despite the ample carbonation. A lingering floral hop presence follows this beer and reminds you that you've just tasted a finely crafted American IPA. I'm anxious to open the bomber I brought home and compare my sampling experience. From the draught version, I can honestly say I was very impressed and will drink this beer again ... often. Hopefully Charleville will expand their retail footprint into my neck of the woods in the near future, but it won't kill me to drive the hour it takes to get to the Vineyard either. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that this is one of the better American IPAs I've sampled in some time. Who'd a thunk it ... from a vineyard! These guys are starting their own hop farm (in Missouri!) too. I'm anxious to see how this experiment turns out. I'm also anxious to what beers it turns out! Way to go, Charleville.

beerphilosopher, Aug 21, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of jono0101
4/5  rDev +14.3%

jono0101, May 18, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

Brassy golden color, clarity is fine as well as the sticky lacing on the glass. Wild flowers, citric zest and some vague pine sap in the nose. Smooth medium body, not so hop forward as expected though a thick layer of flavor does get dropped on the palate. Bitterness is thin but sharp, tangerine and blond tobacco flavors ensue. Wavering malt base that has a quick biscuity and toffee flavor. Berry fruitiness within. Dry chalky yeast, husky malt and a lingering hop bitterness in the finish.

A very interesting IPA to say the least, some balance is needed ... a bit more body/maltiness with a more assertive hopiness would do this beer a bit of good. Not bad though.

Jason, Feb 14, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

jaminjohnson, Jul 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

sgttibbs, Oct 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Schlafly33, Apr 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Jamco_76, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle in Springdale, AR. This my first sample from this brewery...

Pours an effervescent amber with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Lemons & grassy notes, plus a bit of caramel, all fairly muted

T: Grassy & herbal hops up front, some mineral notes as well, just a touch of breadyness & whisper of butterscotch. Earthy hop bitterness dominates as this warms, along with some grainy bread notes, flinty dryness & a touch of pine & grapefruit as well. Finishes with herbal hops, a touch of honey & apricot, plus dryness & woody hops showing up at the end

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation. Body thins out a bit as this warms, pretty good balance

Drinks alright, not a great IPA, but wouldn't turn one down if offered one...

russpowell, Feb 15, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Miller650, Feb 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

atlbravsrno1, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of Dave412
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 ounce bottle
A. Poured a large, long lasting head. Color - dark straw almost golden, rather cloudy difficult to see through.
S. No overpowering hops on the smell, rather a nice combination of floral almost fruity scents came through. Very pleasant.
T. Smooth, almost had a slight smokiness to it. Some earthy tones, nice typical long bitter finish.
D. Typical American IPA taste and finish. I enjoyed this brew. I could easily drink a couple of large bottles of these.

Dave412, Aug 04, 2010
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

caustin90, Aug 22, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

Danielr26, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of EagleTalon
3.01/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours out to a thin head that lasts and some lacing. Color is orange amber and cloudy/chunky. Aroma is US hop-dominant, which smells nice...but also smells of bread yeast and burnt plastic (phenolic?). Flavor is a muted version of USA-style IPA with lower levels of perceived bitterness and not much of a malt backbone. Thin Mouthfeel. This is certainly drinkable but commercially it is very much marginal and not worth pursuing.

EagleTalon, Oct 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Eaglefan344, Jul 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Elicoleman, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of emerge077
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saturated dark orange, slightly hazy and glowing in the light. Slim layer of white foam that sticks around, remaining as a wisp of broken skim on the surface.

Mellow aromas of tea, citrus rind, and toasted biscuits.

Grassy and citrusy flavors, somewhat soft in feel and easy going. Malt presence matches the hop content, lending toasty biscuit flavors and minor caramel sweetness also. Sort of a low key IPA. Figuring this is fresh as it just arrived in the state (central IL). It's decent, but there's not much to distinguish it from other IPAs on the market.

emerge077, May 29, 2011
Photo of larshultqvist
4.43/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

- Bronze to copper color
- Foam is light but stays for a long time
- Fresh smell of aroma hops but not overwhelming
- Steady and long lasting bitterness taste
- High drinkability

A very pleasant IPA which is focuse more on drinkability than on high hop taste. More flavorful than Long Hammer which also is an IPA with high drinkability. I would love to drink this beer for a whole night. I only had 1 pint bottle.

larshultqvist, Sep 25, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

jaydoc, Nov 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

DNofBN, May 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Faroveryonder, Jul 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

jlee185, Feb 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

dannyfayy, May 09, 2014
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1/5  rDev -71.4%

jmccullough108, Oct 26, 2013
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3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Transluscent, strawberry apricot color with a creamy sand colored head that leaves scraps of lace on the glass. Mild passion fruit, strawberry and caramel in the aroma. Fruit juicy hop flavor with mild bitterness and sweet caramel maltiness. Thin bodied and mildly carbonated. A mediocre example of the style but not terrible by any means.

biggred1, May 21, 2011
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Hoptimistic IPA from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
80 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.