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Hoptimistic IPA - Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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BA SCORE
80
good

107 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.67%
Wants: 1
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:
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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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

jaydoc, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

emerge077, May 29, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

zeff80, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of Jason
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Jason, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

russpowell, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Tone, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of vfgccp
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

vfgccp, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of Duff27
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Duff27, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of gford217
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

gford217, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of rudzud
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

rudzud, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

whartontallboy, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of maximum12
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

maximum12, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of Vancer
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Vancer, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of Florida9
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Florida9, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Deuane
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Deuane, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -14.5%

atlbravsrno1, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of mcallister
2.7/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

mcallister, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of fredmugs
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

fredmugs, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.84/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Monkeyknife, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

AlCaponeJunior, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of Cresant
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Cresant, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of jklecko2
3/5  rDev -14.5%

jklecko2, Jun 27, 2014
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Hoptimistic IPA from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
80 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.