Hoptimistic IPA - Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
3.1/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-14-2010 03:57:59 | More by Jason
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3.56/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.
A - The bottle was not a gusher, however, upon hitting the glass it just BILLOWED and gushed over the glass. Sigh. What remains is a slightly hazy orange hue with a one finger foamy head that leaves loads of sticky lacing. Would be much better if not for the initial rush of head.
S - Aromas of light floral hops, faint malt, light citrus. All relatively generic, though, appealing.
T - Taste is similar to the nose. The hops are more floral than anything and there is a faint medicinal quality to the lingering bitter finish. the malts are subdued but the hops all play off as a hodgepodge of generic taste. While tasty there is nothing that just pops.
M - Carbonation is good, a bit on the sharper side, but feels a bit watery.
O - Overall, this is an okay IPA. Nothing too special.
Serving type: bottle
12-24-2013 01:12:11 | More by rudzud
Hoptimistic IPA from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
80 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.