Hoptimistic IPA - Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
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1.55/5 rDev -56%
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.
04-30-2011 02:52:58 | More by BarrytheBear
2.7/5 rDev -23.3%
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.
07-09-2011 19:53:23 | More by mcallister
2.85/5 rDev -19%
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.
05-30-2011 00:10:27 | More by TheSarge
3.01/5 rDev -14.5%
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.
10-06-2013 22:52:26 | More by EagleTalon
3.1/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
02-14-2010 03:57:59 | More by Jason
3.18/5 rDev -9.7%
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.
07-01-2011 22:11:13 | More by Goliath
3.18/5 rDev -9.7%
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.
09-04-2011 18:15:42 | More by vfgccp
Hoptimistic IPA from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
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