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Hoptimistic IPA - Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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Hoptimistic IPAHoptimistic IPA

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112 Ratings

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 2
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:
Beer added by: maxpower on 03-01-2005

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.
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Ratings: 112 | Reviews: 45
Photo of dking1525
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Actually really great when it's fresh!

Photo of ALampe
4.47/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass an initial head of about 2 inches, slowly receding and eventually leaving a nice lacy ring that lasted to the end. The colour was bronze at the top fading to a nice bubbly golden bottom. The initial smell was a spicy hop smell with smooth almost vanilla smell coming through. The taste was very pleasant, a nice hoppy spike with a smooth malt in the middle and a classic bitter end. a extremely drinkable beer not too heavy so could easily drink a couple 22 ouncers.

Photo of sbrazell
4.43/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the Stable in St. Louis and really liked it, but I could have sworn it was just a pale ale because it wasn't very hoppy at all. Some buddies and I took a trip down to Ste. Genevieve to the winery/brewery to test it out at the source and it was even better (and hoppier). Unfortunately, they were out of clean pint glasses, so we were drinking out of plastic, but it wasn't a huge deal. We also bought a couple of bombers to take home and it was hoppy bottled as well. Maybe the Stable got a weird keg or something. Highly recommend this and all of their other beers.

Photo of larshultqvist
4.42/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

Photo of Jamco_76
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of DNofBN
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of sinanalkin
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of Florida9
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass...

A: pours "new penny" color, hazy, with a big head sits like pie cream. crazy retention that pops 1 big bubble at a time until it has a rocky retention. also leaves big globs of lacing.

S: lemon, orange peel, and pineapple upside down cake, with a slight cedar aroma.

T: spicy, orange, grapefruit peel, and pine sap, with a sugary, mandarin-orange cake sweetness. has a bittersweet finish that doensn't linger around too long.

M: medium body with a nice fizzy carbonation, and a slick and dry finish.

Overall, Wow! What a treat! Definitely worth your time and money. I would love to have a 12 pack of this. This would be an ideal beer for tailgates, campfires, and cookouts.

Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, orange/amber color with a small, off-white, foamy head. It left some minimal lace.

S - It smelled of citrus and floral notes with a hint of caramel malt.

T - It tasted of burnt toast maltiness with a strong citrus flavor. A fair amount of orange come through.

M - It was sharp and crisp with a nice dry finish. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good IPA from a small town brewery in the bootheel of Missouri. I was pleasantly surprised.

Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber/copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong hops, earthy malt, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight bitterness associated with this brew. Tastes of strong hops, sweet malt, brown sugar, earthy malt, and slight citrus. Overall, a good beer and worth a try.

Photo of skrib09
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured a burnt gold color. clarity is hazy and a great white head formed.

smells mildly of hops and a hint of a malt backbone.

taste is hoppy but not to the degree of what i'd expect from an average india pale ale. plenty of sweetness on the palate as well.

mouthfeel is above average. creamy hop-mouthfeel that deems it to be very drinkable.

Photo of jono0101
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of MTNboy
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As usual this beer is pretty good. I have not been disappointed by anything out of this brewery/winery yet. It has bronze colored body and an off-white almost tan head with some very nice lace. It smells hoppy and floral with a touch of malt. The taste is also floral with a pollen like flavor there are some strong grapefruit esters. It is not harsh at all but bitter. It has mellow thin almost medium body with just a little bite.

Photo of GossageBrewery
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this American IPA from a 22 oz brown bottle. Poured into a pint glass. It poured a cloudy orangish color. It produced an ultra thick and heavy white head. Head retention was excellent. Very nice sticky lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma was full of citrus and pine. The ale was medium in body, smooth and refreshing. The taste is bitter, citrus and full of malt. Bitterness lasts from the start all the way to the finish. This AIPA is hopped nicely, not to aggressive. Very good IPA, my first beer that I have sampled from Charleville, impressed. A road trip might be in order.

Photo of Benvarine
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Dylsey
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of RavenForBeer
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of greg6494
4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of OzarkElmo
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in tasting room at winery/brewery. Deep orange color with small off-white head, mostly diminishing. Aroma of citrus, malt, pine, and a spice. Medium body with nice crisp finish. Lacing throughout. Above average offering and I would purchase again. The establishment is in a beautiful setting of rolling hills tucked 1.5 miles or so off state road. I recommend this place over Crown Valley anyday - Cheers!

Photo of cavedave
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jdskinns for yet another Midwest gem.

A nice one finger head of beige foam rests atop a cloudy, dark amber IPA. The head retreats quickly to a lasting ring and bits of skim. Not much lace on the glass.

Lots of floral hop in the nose, grapefruit, orange rind, a hint of tart yeast, and a light bready sweet that wraps it together. Nice nose, reminds me of a local here called Flower Power.

It has a medium flavor, but what a flavor. It starts with almost a peach flavor, quickly grabs a citrus handle, and revs into the curve of the sip with floral, a really tasty earthy bitter, and ends with a fruity but dry finish. A hint of spicy alcohol at the finish really gives this beer complexity. Wonderful taste. As it warms it really grows in character, the bitter in it starts to play more, the floral gets better, the lighter fruit aspects diminish a bit, which adds complexity. This is the beer I hope to make next brewday (wish I had the skill).

Mouthfeel plays into the taste as well as the finish, it is a creamy beer like few IPA I have tasted. While the body isn't as viscous and finish isn't as long nor dry as many in style, the finish here is full of lasting flavor. Rated to style it suffers.

Drinkability is excellent. Very delicious, interesting, refreshing beer. Wish I could get it again, but Charleville doesn't come around.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from davey, courtesy of the Local Goods 3 BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, grassy hops and a little bit of citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus, caramel and a touch of honey. Then a mild hops bitterness for the style comes in. The malt character is hearty and provides a good balance, but it seems to subdue that hops a bit. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style even if it isn't your typical hop bomb, it might not be the best IPA out there but it's still a solid beer and would certainly be an appropriate choice if you want an IPA that isn't as harsh as most.

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Hoptimistic IPA from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
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