Hoptopus - Reaver Beach Brewing Company

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33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 166
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 6.43%
Wants: 9
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Reaver Beach Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jale on 04-20-2011

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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 166
Reviews by Jimmys:
Photo of Jimmys
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can into tulip glass. canned on 04/30/14.

A: a rich orange hue. frothy bright white head. clarity is bad. a lot of haze.

S: floral hop aroma. onions. grassy. really resiny hop aroma overall. potent. not getting any oxidation notes.

T: similar to the nose, the flavor starts floral as well. citrus. almost woody-like flavor. raw hop flavors. pine, resinous. bitterness is high, but not unbearable. especially for the style. a bit of chalky, yeast bite bitterness as well in the finish. lingers after the drink is gone. the more I drink the more the bitterness is starting to overwhelm the flavor.

M: moderate to low level of carb on a full bodied brew.

D: not bad, but needs refinement along the edges IMO. good start for them and enjoyed this as my first offering from Beach. (788 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of 77apm
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of HopAttack3
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of avisong
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of ordybill
4.48/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a nice hop smell with some citrus tossed in
Appearance- A murky copper color with a thick white head.
Taste- A nice hop flavor with some citrus and a little spice. real good
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Has a dry finish with a hop bite.
Overall- A surprisingly good American DIPA. I liked the color and flavor and the can is pretty cool to look at. (434 characters)

Photo of woodchip
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tabascosigned
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of rich bright-white head. This retains with a frothy ½ finger, leaving back a foamy cascade of lacing that hangs in thick swathes down the sides. This has a nice look. The aroma smells leafy, spicy, herbal, and a bit piney but there overall isn’t a whole lot of airiness here to the nose. This mixes in with a ripe tropical sweetness and more malty notes of caramel and toast. Green grapefruit and alcohol warmth rise up from underneath; giving this a touch of bitter aggression. It’s the herbal and fruit tones that are probably standing out to me the most here though.

The taste is juicy tropical fruit, caramel, toast, and a herbal feel, which surrounds a more assertive core of grapefruit and pine. These transitions into a resinous and pithy finish that is intensified by the alcohol on the tail end of this. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a slick firm creaminess that really features the oils and herbal textures from those hops. This is unfortunately showing a bit too much of its alcohol, especially along the back and in the finish.

I didn’t have quite as much luck with this one as I did with their regular IPA from here. I think that the ABV could be dialed back some, as the excessive warmth here just doesn’t jive with the herbal and tropical flavors and ends up emboldening the more assertive aspects of the hops to an almost unenjoyable extent at times. The fresh pop of the hop flavors at times was fine here but they really need to work on the overall drinkability of this some more. (1,601 characters)

Photo of Gratefuldad
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of schmitter
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hophugger
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I was extremely excited when I saw this beer because it was a cool can, I am a hophead, I love 2x IPA's and it is brewed less than anhour from my house. First of all, I was not unsatisfied with the beer, but I expected a little more flavor and boldness. The IBU's are insane but you really do not get the whole effect of that when drinking. It pours a nice frothy head and is a brilliant orange/amber, but cloudy. The flavor is full of hops, but something seems to be missing. It is a great brew, but I think a little more refinement from this very new brewery will come with time (580 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of jereb33
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a beige color with a 1 inch head. Smell is balnaced citrus hops and caramel malts. Taste starts off very hoppy, some citrus, caramel malts at the end. Bitter and desert dry. Feels medium bodied in mouth and overall is a good quality beer. (327 characters)

Photo of mkirkland80
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of spark3148857
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of montman
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Extra received in a trade. Thanks meadhatter! Really cool can label.

Pours a dark orange, with a huge, 3 inch sea-foam like head, and lots of lacing.

Smells like dank herbality (it's a word now), candied pineapple, and grapefruit.

This is fresh, canned on 6/11/14, it would appear. However, the flavors are slightly muddled. It tastes good, it feels like a DIPA, but the flavors don't particularly stand on their own enough. Lots of bitterness, with a good amount of caramel malt, as well. Some citrusy flavors don't get allowed to shine deeply enough- I do pick out candied pineapple and orange, though.

Medium bodied, crisp and highly carbonated mouthfeel. Drinkable, but just sort of boring.

Not bad, but nothing all that exciting. It's best quality is the drinkability, but I wish the flavors were more vibrant. (820 characters)

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Hoptopus from Reaver Beach Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.