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New Albanian Hoptimus IPA - New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House

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New Albanian Hoptimus IPANew Albanian Hoptimus IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

212 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 17.88%
Wants: 11
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mentor on 10-17-2005

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Ratings: 212 | Reviews: 84
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3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.09/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TheCraftBrewReview
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – 90: On first pour, Hoptimus delivers a shimmery copper body and a smokey dark brown. The head was small with around an 1/8th of an inch. The carbonation was light, not super bubbly but it keeps it refreshing. Physically, this bottle has the coolest label out on the market right now. If you are a sucker for fancy labels on wine or beer (like me), this will hook you in on first glance.

Aroma – 92: The smell has a light bitter smell on first whiff. There is a small sweet smell that lingers of caramel. Overall the floral smell of hops dominate with the light after smell.

Body and Texture – 90: The nice part that I enjoy out of this IPA is the texture. It is a light ale and does not give the heaviness a lot of IPA’s will give you. The small body delivers a light feeling in the stomach and it goes down smooth.

Taste – 92: Hoptimus is self-labeled as a special pale malt and Imperial IPA. The first few sips hit strong with the thick hop taste. According to the bottle, New Albanian put in 4 additions of nugget hops, one late cascade hops, and dry hopped with cascade again. Due to the amount of spices they add in, (especially towards the late end of the brewing process), they dominate the palate. However, unlike most overly hopped IPA, Hoptimus isn’t too bitter. The nugget creates a hint of sweetness which lingers on the back end.

Overall – 91.5 (Excellent): As an IPA enthusiast, this is one of my favorite all year around IPA’s. The hoppy flavor is strong but not overbearing but instead refreshing with a sweet finish. The light body makes it perfect for a meal or for hanging around watching a football game. I have a bottle or two around my collection at all times and any IPA fan should too.

Purchase Value (C+) – I bought mine at $9.10 but I recognize this beer is not for everyone. The high hop flavor and light texture might turn some people off. For an IPA lover though, this should be a staple of their craft beer rotation.

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3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.16/5  rDev +16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

I really had some high hopes for this one. Not exactly the hop bomb I was expecting. I bought the 22 at the Pizzeria and Public House just a couple weeks ago so I sure hope they aren't selling old IPA out of their own shop (I couldn't locate a date on the bottle but you'd think they'd be selling fresh stuff in their own house). Don't get me wrong, it's a fine beer. The taste however was dominated by the malt with hops in the background. I felt like I was drinking a mild English pale ale instead of a IIPA. Their website claims "Aggressive hops and noteworthy bitterness" - I got neither. At 8 bucks for the bomber it's a little too steep to not get what you expect.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a mild sweetness from flavors of caramel and citrus followed by a strong but not over-powering piney hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a decent balance. A touch of an alcohol sting creeps in as well. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid 2IPA to drink for a while.

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3.8/5  rDev +6.1%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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2.8/5  rDev -21.8%

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3.76/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.72/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.76/5  rDev +5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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1.32/5  rDev -63.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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New Albanian Hoptimus IPA from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
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