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Hoptopus - Beach Brewing Company

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Beach Brewing Company
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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Jasonp79

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

07-28-2013 00:05:57 | More by Jasonp79
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craftbrew502

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

07-26-2013 20:30:20 | More by craftbrew502
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linnymtu

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

06-29-2013 22:09:24 | More by linnymtu
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GFish

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

06-15-2013 19:49:09 | More by GFish
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VTWicked

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.4%

04-28-2013 19:45:30 | More by VTWicked
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blackie

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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
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Crookdrain

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

03-11-2013 19:18:48 | More by Crookdrain
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wyatt13

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

02-24-2013 03:13:29 | More by wyatt13
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ChefBogan


3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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
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JayQue

Virginia

3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
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
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Thorpe429

Illinois

1.98/5  rDev -46.3%
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
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hornsup

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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
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GaryMarkle84

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

10-26-2012 19:18:01 | More by GaryMarkle84
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ncaudle

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

10-13-2012 15:29:28 | More by ncaudle
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djre4orm

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.4%

10-04-2012 15:58:05 | More by djre4orm
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MarvinTheMarzen

Iowa

3/5  rDev -18.7%

10-01-2012 02:31:10 | More by MarvinTheMarzen
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

09-14-2012 00:43:49 | More by jrohrbacher
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jereb33

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

07-22-2012 00:15:36 | More by jereb33
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

06-04-2012 14:02:16 | More by nmann08
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

06-04-2012 01:36:37 | More by ygtbsm94
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C20Percent

Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 18:04:30 | More by C20Percent
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csbinva

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +22%

05-22-2012 19:50:08 | More by csbinva
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estlinska

Arkansas

2.88/5  rDev -22%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2012 18:17:16 | More by estlinska
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Devi0us

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

05-20-2012 06:38:00 | More by Devi0us
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avisong

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.4%

04-06-2012 04:19:46 | More by avisong
Hoptopus from Beach Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.