Hoptimistic IPA - Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
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3.88/5 rDev +10.2%
Appearance: Pours out a hazed, orange-gold body in color and topped with a thin, sporadic, white head.
Smell: Citrusy hops hinting at Valencia oranges and zesty grapefruit atop a scent of pale malted barley.
Taste: Pale malts casually flushed with simple syrup and hinting some simple bready accents. Citrusy hops provide tastes of lemon, orange peel, and even a small dash of grapefruit juice. Moderate bitterness. The beer leaks a little alcohol warmth into the drying finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: It's a decent IPA; not bad, and you could do far worse.
08-24-2011 14:24:32 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.3/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
05-29-2011 20:49:21 | More by emerge077
4.2/5 rDev +19.3%
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.
02-24-2009 00:05:33 | More by zeff80
3.9/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
07-08-2010 03:41:01 | More by TheManiacalOne
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
3.38/5 rDev -4%
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...
02-15-2011 06:32:55 | More by russpowell
4.03/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
07-02-2009 02:45:33 | More by Tone
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
3.73/5 rDev +6%
22oz bomber from birchstick.
Pours a clear golden yellow with an enormous fluffy white head that recedes in clumps leaving sticky lacing all over.
Aroma is pretty tame with only some faint earthy hops and hints of citrus but not much. The malts are lightly sweet in the nose but the aroma is not all that big.
Taste is markedly better than the aroma for me with a more pronounced citrus hop presence up front though there are the same grassy undertones as well. There is a healthy caramel malt backbone and a bitter finish that shows more alcohol than it should.
The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and has a mineral character to it that detracts a bit from things.
The nose didn't start things off well for me but the taste largely redeemed the beer for me and I'd still consider this one a decent IPA.
04-15-2011 02:28:10 | More by gford217
3.56/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
12-24-2013 01:12:11 | More by rudzud
3.28/5 rDev -6.8%
Thanks to keir for this extra from a recent trade from a beer brewed by the same brewery. Always good to have a new place on the radar. 22 oz. bomber split into two pint glasses to break up a six day beerless streak due to interment in deep wilderness. Yeeeehaa!
On pour the beer is yellow streaked with a generous does of amber. Tropical fruits are the surprise visitor to the nose, buoyed by only faint notes of flowers & soap. Rather like an Irish Spring commercial writ large.
Hoptimistic IPA has a large soapy profile that must be the yield of a specific hop, but I'm not sure which. The soap bubbles are dominant but not unpleasant, backed up by malts, non-specific & faint fruitiness, drifting gradually into a little kick of bitterness in the finish. Smooth, silky, this beer's strength is its drinkability. Without a kick in the taste category, but mild & easy enough to like, this one goes down like peanut butter M&Ms.
Decent enough IPA, but lacking distinction in any piece of its game. Nonetheless, I'll certainl enjoy the rest of my glass for the remainder of its short lifespan.
06-05-2011 01:48:28 | More by maximum12
3.68/5 rDev +4.5%
Reviewed on 12/15/2009. Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma of citrus and lots of light fruits (apple, pear, apricot). Flavor is also quite fruity with the same highlights of apple, pear, and apricot. Some citrus hops in the finish. Not overly hoppy -- lots of sweet fruity malt dominates. It seemed more like an ESB to me. Overall, very enjoyable and drinkable.
12-19-2009 05:18:41 | More by LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5 rDev +9.4%
Pleasantly surprised with this tasty little brew from the Ste. Genevieve crew - on tap at the Stable in STL.
Poured a hazy amber, good ivory head and left nice lacing. Funky cheesy hop aroma though, but the quaff was different and nice - a tasty juicy fruit with orange and citrus. A real summer session beer.
A bit thin in the body for an IPA, but overall a solid brew which comes at a good price for a bomber. Put one up, Randall's in STL carries this brewery.
07-16-2008 14:48:49 | More by Vancer
3.55/5 rDev +0.9%
A-Bright, slightly hazed copper with a thin off-white head that reduces to a small cap and leaves spotty lace.
S-Sweet caramel malts, touch of lemongrass from the hops and a touch of tobacco.
T-Caramel malt up front with minor flavours of citrus and a touch of honey kissed biscuit. Overall a rather balanced but uninspired brew.
M-Medium body, crisp and smooth with a nice lingering hop bitterness.
D-A rather easy to drink but somewhat dull brew. I was hoping for something a bit more hop forward than this. Overall decent for sure but doesn't do anything to stand out from the crowd.
10-27-2010 01:47:53 | More by Deuane
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
3.84/5 rDev +9.1%
Poured from the bottle a slightly hazed orange gold with a thin wispy white head.
Aroma of sweet malts, light citrus hops, and a hint of booze.
Tastes of juicy grapefruit and orange with a slightly bitter finish.
Medium bodied, clean and crisp, anf lightly carbonated.
A nice ipa but not but lacking a real hoppy punch. Definitely worth a try if you get the chance.
09-27-2008 20:06:18 | More by Monkeyknife
3.75/5 rDev +6.5%
Hazy and copper colored, two finger head that lasts a while, then slowly trails off to a thin covering, spotty but decent lacing. Obvious chunks of sediment detract some from the appearance.
Hoppy and piney in both smell and taste. Some fruity notes, a bit of floral, especially in the smell, hints of yeast and toasty malts in the taste. Mildly bitter. It's actually a quite tasty and enjoyable beer, no complaints here.
Feels thick and rich, very nice. Lightly bitter aftertaste that doesn't overpower.
Drinks ok. Has grown on me over time, as it's one of the only bombers of IPA regularly available here, so I do drink it fairly often. It's getting a half point bump for overall on my re-review of this five months later. Everything else stays the same.
11-09-2010 14:29:19 | More by AlCaponeJunior
3.68/5 rDev +4.5%
Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date. There was a slight haze in the golden bronze color. The head was cream colored and sizable.
Smell was Blue Spruce and oranges. A few moments of sour rags, which thankfully disappeared. Pine rules here. Hints of plastic show up later. Lots of aroma in this one.
Taste was sweet malty grains. Hops oils but not harsh. Syrupy then a bitter splash, finishing sweet. Piney taste come on later.
Mouthfeel was smooth. Less carbonation than expected. Medium body.
01-12-2009 14:04:48 | More by Cresant
4/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
11-22-2008 17:27:29 | More by MTNboy
Hoptimistic IPA from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
80 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.