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Hoptopus - Reaver Beach Brewing Company

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 180
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 29.65%
Wants: 10
Gots: 30 | 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: 35 | Hads: 180
Photo of nmann08
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a can, pours a clear dark gold color, very still, without alot of carbonation or head.

The nose is heavy citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit, with just a bit of caramel. I like the citrus forward side of this. The flavor is more grapefruit, a little pine and more citrus rinds. Not alot of sweetness which is fine with me. Clean bitter finish.

Overall, enjoyable, but better options out there to grab for a regular basis.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.04/5  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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, caramel coloring, with a steady flow of carbonation in the body, and a fluffy, light, big bubbled, off-white head. Aromas of dank hops resin, piney and sticky, with heavy vinous and vegetal, with a richly sweet bolt of tropical fruit notes, including pineapple, mango, and melon. Very well balanced nose. Flavors are heavily roasted and richly sweet forward, with a solid dose of rich caramel, followed immediately by pineapple and melon sweet notes, and all undercut by an extremely bitter, dry, and resinous hops character, with notes of cut grass, pine tassel, and pepper spice. This one has it all, kids, and keeps a pretty decent, harmonious balance, too. The body is full and smooth, but with enough levity from the carbonation to keep it extremely drinkable. The aftertaste is all hops, with a more herbal tone coming forward, including basil, pepper, and lemon grass. There is also, still, a heavy dose of the pine pitch, wet grass, and general hops stickiness still in the aftertaste, too. Smooth, dry, bitter finish, with a solid dank linger. Good beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.71/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of blackie
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to @montman for this one.

So solid. Aroma is bursting with both hoppy citrus and malt backbone. Flavor comes through with more of the same. Really solid. Finishes with same flavors with a slight sticky resin. Love it.

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Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of hophugger
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of robwestcott
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to maltytasker for this one.

poured cold from the bottle a crisp, translucent copper to a sun king shaped pint with a 1/2 finger, big bubbled, off white head

big aroma of sweet citrus, and tropical hops.

big bitter forward, tropical hops and caramel sweet following up.

big bodied, creamy smooth, big bitter to the sides of the tongue, lots of heat, great big beer

overall, a good example of style, nice tropical hops balanced with sweet.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of ohiobeer29
2.55/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Out of can two weeks old smell hits you in the face taste is bitter following up with hops pours a orange with white head overall a solid beer worth picking up

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Photo of ordybill
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of teromous
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The body is hazy with a medium shade of copper beneath a thick fluffy white head. Loads of visible carbonation.

Aroma: Fresh smelling hop aroma. Catty scent with a strong garlic presence.

Taste: There is a strong earthy and woody character to the beer. Tea-like with a bit of cedar and fairly strong mint at the end.

Mouthfeel: It has a very strong bitter backbone with a good dry finish.

Overall: It's a pretty good Double IPA that really seems to focus on herbal flavors rather than citrus. The can says "This west-coast style India Pale Ale boasts intense bitterness and grapefruit-like character throughout." They got the bitterness down, but they missed the mark on the grapefruit.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of obywan59
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly clear on the first pour, murky on the second, and golden orange in color with a 3 finger white head with thick, clingy lacing.

A glorious hoppy aroma with ripe grapefruit, tropical fruit and caramel malts.

Taste of sweet ripe grapefruit and bitter rind with light caramel. Very fresh.

Moderately full in body with moderate carbonation. Drying with great retention.

A great beer. Kick ass aroma and taste, and great body. A "go to" beer.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New recipe for this beer. Big boy hops make this one sticky aromatic delicious brew!

A- pours a deep orange amber color with a finger and a half of offwhite head. Great retention with glass coating lacing.

S- huge sticky hop aromas of pine sap, resin and hop oils at first. Transitions into tangerine, yellow grapefruit and citrus zest. Solid malt backbone brings glorious balance yet allow the hops to really sing from begining to end. Finishes with a resiny hop and an orange marmalade characteristic.

T- Smacks of sticky hop resin and pine sap at first. Transitions into juicy tangerine, yellow grapefruit and other citrus delights. Full malt backbone brings some balance with assertive hop bitterness in the middle. Finishes with a lingering coating hop resin and orange marmalade flavor... Delicious.

MF- full sticky mouthfeel with a medium body and soft unobtrusive carbonation.

D- very good drinkability. Balanced yet sticky and hop forward.

Overall a very mature DIPA from a young brewery... Delicious!

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Photo of MrIncognito
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm surprised this isn't rated higher. I thought this had some really on-point flavors and aromas. Big grapefruit, resiny hop aroma and taste with slightly sweet malt backbone. Thick mouthfeel but goes down easy

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Photo of hornsup
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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

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Photo of jale
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

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Photo of TechTriumph
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
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.


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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Light amber, with a hint of haze. The head and lacing were only so-so.

S: Not very potent aromas. There's some floral and citrus hops, and a hint of grain, but that's it.

T: A brief taste of bitterness, followed by a potent wave of tart citrus mixed with slightly-sweet, grainy malt. The finish is like over-squeezed grapefruit juice: tart and bitter at the same time.

M: Moist, with perfect carbonation as it washes over the palate. The finish is crisp, but not astringent. There is no burn from the alcohol, despite the high ABV.

O: I'm not the world's biggest IPA fan, not by a long shot (at a tasting at the brewery's tap-room, I asked for just a small taste because I was expecting a typical IPA, but ended up buying a growler-full to take home). Where most IPA's seem to me to be a battle between sugar and hops, this one is all about the hops, strong and tangy. I wouldn't say it was enough to convert me to IPA's as style, but it was not bad at all.

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Photo of BradC
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Golden Amber color poured into an IPA glass from a 16oz can. Piney, citrus hop aromas give way to a hoppy palate, pine, grapefruit, citrus Flavors, not a whole lot of sweetness but it works. Only drawback, is the lack of body, could use a little more maltiness, but still very good.

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Hoptopus from Reaver Beach Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.