Hoptopus - Beach Brewing Company
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Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 17 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by TechTriumph:
4.38/5 rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From notes on 02/16/12:
No freshness date; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.
A - 1-1/2" off-white creamy head with pretty good retention; Murky, dark shade of caramel in color with lots of visible carbonation; Some lacing left behind
S - As the head is slowly shrinking, the smell mostly consists of orange and grapefruit citrus hops with hints of floral hops and sweet caramel; Once the head reduces to a small ring around the glass, the aroma is much different with a focus on toasted toffee and grains and buttered toast, while the citrus hops are much less pronounced
T - The taste is well balanced, and showcases a generous dose of both hops and malts - sweet caramel, lots of toasted toffee and bread, some grapefruit hops, but more grassy/earthy hops; Good amount of bitterness up front that fades towards the finish; Aftertaste is balanced as well with just a bit of toasted toffee and grapefruit and grassy hops
M - Just above moderate carbonation; Just above medium bodied; Leaves a bit of an oily, hoppy coat in the mouth; Pretty dry in the finish as well
O - Not knowing anything about Beach Brewing, this beer was a really nice surprise. This isn't the type of brew to overwhelm you with hops, but they certainly have a presence and are well balanced with toasty flavors and a shot of bitterness. Being such an easy drinking and tasty DIPA, I will absolutely grab some more of this beer if I happen to see it on the shelf again.
Serving type: bottle
02-19-2012 16:00:14 | More by TechTriumph
More User Reviews:
3.5/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
bomber from Grape and Gourmet, VA Beach
a: poured into a tulip glass, the beer is a hazed orange-amber in color, sporting a low off-white head with minimal retention
s: a body of caramel malts, heavy and sweet, with some fruit notes - particularly apricot, fresh grainy bread, strong hop aromas that combine pine and citrus, but unfortunately without that crisp, vivid freshness that makes a great ipa/dipa for me, instead they give off a steeped, muddled juice aroma, still nice - just not great
m: carbonation is low-moderate, with a medium body and some malt sugar weight
t: fairly heavy with caramel malt, sweet malt and fruity hop flavors - a blend of steeped citrus rind and pine, similar complaints as on the nose - muddle hop flavors allow the malts to draw attention away, powerfully bitter with strong pine and citrus pith flavors lingering
o: a good, not great dipa, solid malt foundation with a nice hop load, just a bit unrefined and lacking the vivid hops that I really prefer in the style
Serving type: bottle
04-11-2013 03:24:32 | More by blackie
3.73/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
This was a bourbon barrel aged Hoptopus, I would've added a new beer but this is my first review. Aged in Bowman Bourbon barrels and poured at a local pub during a Virginia Craft beer dinner. Poured into a tulip glass with large white head.
A: Bright orange in color with about an inch of thick white head nice clarity. thick lacing left behind
S: Orange notes, some woody, smoky smells
T: This beers strongest point. The bourbon is not obvious but alcohol is, my guess is its a bit higher than the 8.8% of the normal hoptopus, I would also dare to venture that the 108 IBU number is lower as this is not as hoppy as a normal hoptopus. I think the barrel aging really helps this beer not taste a boozy as it usually does while still being able to clearly taste the alcohol.
M: Thick and dry
O: I would recommend but I'm pretty sure this was a limited release, not sure how many of these kegs got out but I don't think it was bottled. Nice double IPA from a Virginia brewer
Serving type: on-tap
02-17-2013 21:44:09 | More by ChefBogan
3.86/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Solid but not spectacular DIPA. Poured a hazy amber color int a pint glass. Head is small and white but retention is pretty good and there are some thick bands of lacing on the glass. Smell is pretty good...citrus hops.
Balanced flavor, citrus hops and some caramel malts. Not a head shrinker, more or a balanced DIPA.
Mouthfeel is crisp and rich (in the end). Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is a bit light at first, but like many hoppy beers, the "accumulation of blows" on the tongue makes it more rich.
Solid offering....I would drink this one again.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2013 01:56:19 | More by JayQue
1.98/5 rDev -45%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Bottle thanks to Drake. Served in a mini snifter. Pours a clear orange color with a white head and some lacing. The nose carries some faint citrus and earthy-pine hops with a bit of grain behind that. Hops aren’t too powerful. Flavor has an odd graininess that I didn’t quite care for. As it warmed it seemed like it may have been oxidation. Citrus hops and some bready malt. Medium body with a decent kick of hop bitterness. Not something that I would seek out again.
Serving type: bottle
12-15-2012 19:03:34 | More by Thorpe429
3.65/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4
Into a Boston perfect pint glass
A- I love this appearance. A warm orange citrus colored with a off white 2 finger head that clings to the sides beautifully and takes 10-15 seconds to dissipate.
S- hops, hops, hops. Some orange zest, grapefruit, lemon and bark.
M- oily, bubbly and a little chewy, very dry. not spectacular but decent
T- hops, doesn't hide the alcohol incredibly well...perhaps bc they arrived too hard to achieve the namesake by making it 8.8 % alcohol to go along with the name. I appreciate that. Just need more body to hide it
O- this beer will sneak up on you fast. It's alcohol isn't hidden particularly well but it keeps you wanting more. I've had a lot better double IPAs but this is a solid 2nd tier
Serving type: growler
12-04-2012 04:37:49 | More by hornsup
Hoptopus from Beach Brewing Company
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