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Hoptimistic IPA - Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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108 Ratings

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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 44
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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4/5  rDev +14%

RWNay, May 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

BRD14, May 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

DeschutesFan, May 08, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Flying Saucer on 3/26 into a snifter. Pours a pale golden color with a soft copper hue. It's topped with 2cm of off-white head, bubbly with very small lacing on the glass. It smells of light, frisky citrus notes with a fair amount of effervescence. Very subdued aromas overall despite the carbonation. The taste is pretty sweet with heavy malt and very heavy bitterness overall that lasts throughout the drinking. There is a good amount of floral and earthy taste overall with pretty decent balance overall. However, the mouthfeel is slightly watery overall and could use some work. Overall, this is a fairly solid IPA overall; a good representative IPA.

estlinska, Mar 29, 2013
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2/5  rDev -43%

Lisicjm, Mar 09, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Davihaw, Mar 07, 2013
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3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served in a shaker glass. Pours a cloudy copper/orange color with a thin, bubbly off-white head. Aroma is caramel, toasty, nutty, orange, and other citrus. Flavor is caramel, orange rind, citrus and floral hops. Mouthfeel is medium, not too bitter and a dry finish. Good beer, nice balance, easy drinker.

mtstatebeer, Feb 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Miller650, Feb 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

priwen, Feb 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14%

Dylsey, Feb 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14%

Stoshua, Jan 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

slapperloon, Dec 27, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty orangeish/brown, with a thin off-white head. Lots of big yeast particles hanging out. That was with a carefull pour, I left about an ounce left in the bottle which was pure yeast. Aromas of light citrus. Taste begins with a bright lemony flavor, followed by some apricot. The finish is a bit grassy, and piney. Mouthfeel is pretty good. Overall a pretty good IPA, though the turbidity of it detracts from the flavor a bit. Curious to know what yeast strain they are using that doesn't drop bright. At least the beer isnt filtered though!

tronester, Nov 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

sinanalkin, Oct 30, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orangish brown with yeast flakes and somewhat hazy. Descent head on the pour and nearly coates the glass with lacing.

Smell of pine sol with a floral hop character.

Solid malt flavor suggesting rye bread. Spicy hops reminiscent of pine and grapefruit. Descent balance.

Medium bodied. Snappy carbonation. Dry feel with a yeasty texture.

Pretty good IPA.

bnes09, Aug 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

jaminjohnson, Jul 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

rudy0908, May 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

DNofBN, May 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14%

greg6494, Jan 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

OlRasputin989, Jan 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

whartontallboy, Jan 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

hoeg0015, Nov 15, 2011
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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
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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
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3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been very shocked to see not only the very split reviews, but that some of the reviews are exceedingly low. I got this beer on-tap at International Tap House in Saint Louis, MO in the Soulard district. They are frequent Charleville supporters, and iTap doesn't buy shit or anything remotely sub-par or average (although sometimes a bit faddish). In fact, they are probably the best tap house in Saint Louis (that isn't a brewpub) and have shown that their taste in purchasing beer is exemplary. Not only that, but I am quite frankly getting a bit put off by the West coast elitism on IPAs. I love west coast IPAs as they have set the bar high.However, Hoptimistic is not a copycat of that particular style. Its trying to be a Missouri take on it.

Appearance: Copper/orange hue. Incredible looking head- 2-3 inches of head, in fact. The head is ivory colored and it contrasts the bodyof the beer quite well for a very appetizing looking brew.

Smell: Hops and citrus take the front-- very floral middle. Smells lovely and very appetizing.

Taste: Very much like its smell. There is a lingering medium malt that I think brings it some more balance, although I can see where some have said that it is out of balance. I think it does nicely if you are a hop-head.

Overall: Nicely done. It does not stand out above the rest of the great IPAs, but its definitely in the same league. Its a competitor, and it deserves to have some more respect, I think, than what it has been getting. ALE MUCHO HOPPO is a much preferred IPA, IMO, but this is a solid effort. I think Charleville might be working on consistency more than anything. The reviews are so scattered that I can't help but think that. Then again, I have been known to be a bit of a homer, so take that into consideration. If you want to try for yourself, beer mail me-- its all over Saint Louis.

paxchristi, Aug 23, 2011
Hoptimistic IPA from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
80 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.