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Hoptopus - Beach Brewing Company

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85
very good

117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Beach Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jale on 04-20-2011)
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Photo of LarryK757
1/5  rDev -73.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
1.98/5  rDev -47.2%
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.

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of estlinska
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a traditional pint glass (16oz).

A - Dark amber color edging towards a brownish hue. Literally no head on this beer.

S - There is a sweet malt smell up front; a deeper sniff is required to get the hops of this one which are a deeply hidden floral character to me. The malt and the hops really battle and almost cancel one another out.

T - The first taste to me is the caramel sweet of the malt.I got almost no hops initially which was surprising. The hops do come out at the back end, rather abruptly. They are somewhat harsh and leave a strong aftertaste.

M - Very thin on the tongue and underwhelming. Carbonation is noticeably lacking. Not much alcohol flavor overall and the beer is just very watery.

O - I think the balance of the malt and hops is very lacking overall. They seem to be completely independent from one another with little to no interaction which take a lot away from the beer. The lack of head and carbonation may have been a problem with the draught, so I will give this one another go, but I was just a little underwhelmed overall.

Photo of jale
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the brewery/tasting room.

A: Pours a clear amber with a finger of tan head.

S: Citrus and floral hop aroma. Just a hint of honey.

T: Sweet upfront followed by big hop bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden.

M: Oily body that is cloying.

O: If hop extract was used in this, I think a little less would be beneficial.

Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of clfrost
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of jgreenearrow
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. No bottle dating.

A: Pours a translucent amber color with a noticeably thin, off-white colored head. Some lacing remains on the side of the glass. Based solely on appearance, this beer seems a little thin.

S: Malt, caramel, pine, and citrus hops. Slight vinegar smell as well.

T: Sweetness of rich malt and caramel hits the tongue at the outset of the sip. The sweetness transitions into a faint flavor of sour mash malt followed by some intense bitterness. Pine and floral hops are predominant, accompanied by some slight citrus.

M: This is the weakest aspect of the beer. For a DIPA, the beer is thin and watery. It is very light bodied, where I would expect a light to medium body for the style.

Overall, this is an average DIPA. Hop bitterness is nice. The mouthfeel and the slight vinegar notes are somewhat off putting.

Photo of Kegatron
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of clayrock81
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a golden light brown with a one-finger head that stayed forever and left lace. I get a grassy but large hoppy nose but not much else. Very citric, spicy hop bite with some bready dryness but the hops are dominant in the taste. Lighter-bodied, almost watery, the balance is a little off and the thin body mixes w/ the carbonation for a sharp, crisp backend. A touch of minor sweetness. Not a bad DIPA to try, but not one of the best.

Photo of GFish
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of 1424IpA
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of WI-Beer-Man
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of wyatt13
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of CliffBrake
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy orange color with a long lasting off white head that leaves gobs of foam on the glass.

Caramel malt dominates the aroma, overpowering any hint of hops.

Big caramel malt flavor, but not too sweet. Spicy and fruity hops are present, but fight somewhat unsuccessfully for attention with the malt.

A bit sweet with a medium body. The toasty-caramel finish overpowers the usual bitter hops finish found in DIPA's.

Not a bad start. I think the malt and body provide a great base and are spot on for the style. Turn up the hops a bit and this could be an awesome brew.

Photo of Ihadbeer
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of hophugger
3.38/5  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

Photo of C20Percent
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nearly completely cloudy golden-tan with very little head at all. No bottling date on here, so not sure how fresh it is. Not really much else to say here -- some decent complexity in the color, but other than that this is an average appearance.

S: Not all bad here -- a nice balance of caramel malt and candied citrus. Like a sweet tangerine, sweet lemon. Aroma actually pretty good.

T: Yeah, a sweet candied malt followed by bang of bitter than lingers in your mouth. Sort of reminds me of Brooklyn East IPA just not as fruity. But, the candied citrus is there. Taste isn't terrible -- nothing to write home about, but beat my expectations.

M: Creamy medium-heavy body with very VERY little carbonation. Really disappointing here. There is some chewiness here, but it only exposes the lack or carbonation. Not good.

O: Not a great brew. Got this in a trade so I'm going to assume it's fresh...to a certain degree. Not a huge fan of a candied citrus flavor, but there are certainly worse taste. The look and feel just kill this beer, though. Wouldn't drink again, and probably wouldn't recommend.

Photo of jereb33
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Sanchezrox23
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of buzzy
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of blackie
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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

Photo of PassMeAZima
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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Hoptopus from Beach Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.