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Hoptimistic IPA - Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

109 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | 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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1/5  rDev -71.6%

Photo of BarrytheBear
1.55/5  rDev -56%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Generous 22 oz. extra courtesy of birchstick. Thank you! Split with Daune during an impromptu IPA/Double IPA tasting.

Orange yellow pour with a thin consistent coverage and minimal spotting.

Smells like home brew gone wrong, as I know all too well. Rubber stopper, cider, and yeast. Really unappealing, unfortunately. Not sure if this is an off bottle or a brewery that is small enough or beginner enough to have these types of issues.

Tastes slightly sour and grassy with a finishing bouquet of bung stopper rubberblastastic. There must be an infection here. The flavors are way off.

Dog bollocks

Photo of Lisicjm
2/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of Danielr26
2.25/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of mcallister
2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Amber colored with a fluffy overly volcanic yellow tinted head of half an inch. Good retention.

Resiny, herbal hops at first into some apricot, peach, and nectarine aromas. Candied peach actually, sweet toffee malts with a light biscuity quality.

Sweet malts throughout slightly cloying. Hops are there but don't balance the malt. Same as nose would suggest. Herbal, apricot, peach, biscuit, cereal, toffee, and not much else. A bit syrupy in the mouth.

Photo of Spike-likes-beer
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Davihaw
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of fredmugs
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of TheSarge
2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Figured I'd follow up a Witbier with this, after cooling down from the late spring's heat...

Has a mildly hazy copper colored body, and a two finger thick off white head after a vigorous pour into a half liter dimple glass.

Not much in the way of aroma. Just a subtle hint of pine.

Taste is a cross form a grapefruit with it's sharpness cut off from a sweet overripe orange. After a little while a hint of spruce comes through.

Lightly carbonated and very oily round out the feel. There is enough carbonation to cleanse the palate of my pizza though.

Overall a different take at the IPA style, with the minimal amount of carbonation, excess yeast, and oily presence. Not something I'd recommend to a friend though.

Photo of Schlafly33
3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of caustin90
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Elicoleman
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of memphischas
3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of hoppytobehere
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Drew_Fischer
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of EagleTalon
3.01/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of Jason
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.

Photo of Goliath
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange with a thin yellowed head.

Aroma is nice. Citrus and pine basically.

The taste is ok. Citrus and pine again, a little soapy too. Has a familiar taste that I only find in beers from the Midwest. I've never been able to figure out what that is though.

Mouthfeel is pushing full bodied and moderate carbonation is present.

Drinkability is moderate. Flavor is ok and nothing stands out about the beer. I could take it or leave it.

Photo of vfgccp
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A – Opaque, dull orange-hued brown. Almost a muted tangerine. Off-white head settles into a dusting with ok lace.

S – Herbal pine, straw, and orange. Fairly well integrated. More malt as it warms.

T – Dry, prickly bitterness of pine and cedar. A brief fruity and malty center transitions into a strong, bitter, woody finish. Slight sour note throughout.

M – Medium body. Lingering, bitter acidic finish.

O – An ok IPA.

Photo of Miller650
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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Hoptimistic IPA from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
81 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.