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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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Reviews: 87
Hads: 224
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 18.21%
Wants: 10
Gots: 20 | 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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Reviews: 87 | Hads: 224
Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This starts with a lot of tropical fruit upfront and then lighten to a watermelon, before hitting a piney bitter tone. The malt holds through with a very grainy bran. At 10% it's a bit thin but exceptionally easy to drink.

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Photo of Samwasnthere
4.39/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Its a smooth good Imperial IPA. It's a little over the top on the hops where the wheat is not evident enough or there to even balance the beer out but I always look for it in stores and on a draft list.

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Photo of nmann08
2.62/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From a bottle, pours a copper orange color with a wispy white head.

The smell is medicinal, butterscotch, faint citrus rinds and candied sugar. The flavor is very bitter, like chewing on a lemon or orange rind and it leaves a soapy aftertaste with a trace of alcohol.

I have to admit, this is a disaster.

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Photo of brentk56
2.99/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours copper, with a decent cap of foam; strands of lacing linger

Smell: Butterscotch and aspirin

Taste: Butterscotch bomb (diacetyl) with a growing piney bitterness that verges on aspirin tones; the malts return in the finish though the bitterness also lingers

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation; a bit flabby

Overall: Surprised that this has 100 IBUs and while there is considerable bitterness, it lacks to beguiling flavor of a great DIPA; plus, the diacetyl ruins the malt base

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Photo of TheCraftBrewReview
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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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Photo of Retroman40
3.25/5  rDev -9%

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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark copper, hazy but clear, with a short white head, reducing quickly to a thin white film and extensive lacing.

S - Big hop, with floral and slightly medicinal pine, and a malty honey note.

T - Following the nose, but with a strong bitter line from start to finish, coupled with a solid malt backbone to produce a floral honey taste that is somewhat reminiscent of a honey throat drop.

M - Decent carbonation, but hop oil does build and the drying is considerable. No sign of the high alcohol content.

O - Certainly a drinkable brew, and a powerful, floral hop explosion that couples nicely with its honey and malt counterpoint. Good, but not spectacular, and not necessarily something of which I'm looking to drink a full bomber.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

My first New Albanian beer the last time I saw this was in Northern Kentucky last summer, I couldn't decide on one of these compared to their amazing selection. Appears deep caramel amber with a nice off white khaki head forming thick leaving behind fine even speckled lacing. Aromatics herbal pine, citrus pith, and crushed aspirin very floral perfume like hop notes underlying caramelized malts play a supporting role. Flavor earthy citrus bitter notes big malts expose themselves, hop burps are present after a few sips I can't believe it has 100 IBUs. 8 bucks for a 22 ounce bottle this was well worth it!!! Earthy, pine coat the palate more of the citrus/crushed aspirin alpha acid inspired notes hit the palate very straight on leaving a bit of residual sweetness there's some caramel malts to balance it out. Mouthfeel is big drinks like a bigger DIPA or barleywine, take your time and share this one with a mate or two. Carbonation is a bit low hard time carrying this big brew across the palate. Overall, I've had much better BIG IPAs, this needs some work!!!

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Photo of secondtooth
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clean deep amber poured into a pint glass at the New Vintage bar in Louisville. Fine, smooth off-white head. Little lace present here.

Nose is brash citrus hops. Nice, and definitely a welcome rush of hops before the impending Loop concert!

Taste is slightly acidic, with sharp citrus and pine hops. Dry and bitter follow through and finish. A smooth and easy to drink hop bomb here. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Omnium
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Pours hazy orange amber just a thin film of fizzy head, no lacing.
S - Nice aroma, lots of crisp lemongrass, light pine, a little dank, fresh bread, orange juice, lime zest.
T - Definitely a powerful brew, but rather balanced, lots of pine, some grapefruit, toasted bread, caramel, pie crust, and some big assertive bitterness.
M - The bitterness gets to be a little bit too much at first, then backs off, definitely feel the alcohol here.
O - Not bad, I was hoping for a little more, but its rather balanced, if you like lots of bitterness, this will definitely fill your needs.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
2.84/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

32 oz. growler filled several days ago, poured into a NB snifter.

A - Beer pours a light copper. A one-inch head of very loose, sudsy foam dissipates quickly, but not completely; the last 10% takes awhile longer to burst and disappear. A ring of thick, foamy lace is left around the glass, with a very fine sheen on the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a subdued apricot orange and just slightly hazy.

S - Nose is soft and subtle. Tropical notes up front with dry pine wood in the background. Lightly toasted malts with caramel and bits of toffee emerge. Traces of alcohol are present.

T - Malt profile just like the nose leads, but is quickly washed away by the hops. Hops in the taste profile are rather indistinct - bitter, earthy herb/floral and woody to start, but sliding into more of the soft tropical fruits with hints of orange rind in the finish. ABV is pretty well hidden. Overall quality seems lacking. In fact, the back-end of the finish produces almost a aspirin-like medicinal taste that's rather metallic.

M - Fizzy, but carbonation is on the light side. Thin body - on the edge of watery. Structure is lacking sufficient backbone for a DIPA. Components are acceptably integrated. Finish lingers on the middle of the tongue; on the dry side.

O - A pretty nondescript beer all around, it seems what makes this a Double is only the higher ABV. It's thin, but it's also not a serious hop bomb requiring increased malt sugars for balance (which it doesn't have). It's essentially a high ABV IPA that favors a rougher bitter taste over grapefruit-citrus. If that's your thing, give it a try, but it's not a beer I will look for in the future.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz. Bottle into DFH "IPA Glassware"

Appearance - A clear, yet muddy amber hue, with an off white, lingering head (1/2").

Aroma - Sweet, almost funky, malt. Slight pine/fruity aromas.

Taste - Follows the nose... Sweet malt, very slight bitterness from the hop aroma. Tastes almost like chewing on raw malt with hop leaves scattered throughout.

Mouthfeel - It's a little too watery for me. Needs more carbonation.

Overall - Tastes like something I brewed at Engine 15 but had to pay for instead of getting paid to do. I wouldn't drink it again.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a DFH/SN IPA glass
A: Copper color with a 1.5-finger head that quickly settles to a fine lacing
S: Uncooked bread dough initially, some citrus/pine hops, but also a metallic copper/nickel note that doesn't quite fit
T: Here the hops come through more distinctly, citrus up front followed by pine with a nice fresh bread backbone & a hint of flowers on the finish. A touch sweet
M: Medium-bodied, smooth but a touch sticky from the malty sweetness
O: I would prefer more hops in lieu of a bit of the malt but overall this is an easy to drink, enjoyable beer- as others have said probably a bit malty for the DIPA style, but this being my first bottle from this brewery, I'm interested in trying more

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Photo of Drew966
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Albanian Hoptimus Prime IPA pours a dark orange with a thick white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is very hoppy, pine and citrus notes are evident. The taste is really nice, lots of caramel malt and lots of intense hoppy goodness. Not as overpowering as the 100 ibu might suggest. Yum.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into an Upland pint glass.

A: Pours a medium caramel brown with a half-finger's worth of white head on average visible carbonation. Both the head and the bubbles don't last for long.

S: Light citrus (orange) and bready malt - but there really isn't a lot of aroma here at all.

T: Bready malt, a bit of caramel sweetness, and bitter hops with slight notes of grass and citrus. Lightly bitter on the finish.

M: Medium body for style. Some alcohol presence but not boozy. Carbonation on the low side.

O: This wasn't bad, but it really falls short of the DIPA "average" around now. There are just so many superior examples on shelves it would be hard to justify another bottle of this one - but still, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of ThickNStout
1.87/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

22oz bottle from Delock's Discount Liquors (Munster, IN). 7.99. No bottling date. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours murky deep orange brown with a half finger of debse vanilla-hued head. Head is gone quickly but the bubbles around the edge leave some lace.

Smells musty, sweet, earthy and lightly floral. This is an imperial IPA?

Oh no. I don't know what happened here but it is definately no IPA. Sour earthy flavor up front with a bitter metallic fininsh (someone else mentioned pennies and that is a fair assessment). Sour cherries, an almost artificial vanilla or cake sweetness, old flower petals, rust, chalk and some alcohol. Not at all what I look for in an imperial IPA (or any beer at all, come to think of it).

Oily medium full body with almost zero carbonation. Bitter metallic floral aftertaste.

Yikes. This could be an off bottle or it could be an instance of a brewer and I having vastly different tastes. Either way, I rarely drain pour and this didn't even get 6oz of my time. Just terrible in every way.

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Photo of nickfl
2.13/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a clear, copper-brown body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - Spicy, musty hop aroma with some toffee and little else.

T - Brown mat and some toffee up front with a touch of spicy hop character. Some spicy, kind of rye-like notes in the middle and then it all comes crashing down with a metallic finish of asprin and citrus pith. Oh god, it just lingers on my tongue and its like sucking on a penny!

M - A moderately thick body, average carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Wow, this is weird. It tastes like an unremarkable, but inoffensive, overly sweet pale ale, right up until the finish, when the pennies and asprin come out to ruin everything. I have never tasted a beer that was even remotely this metallic. I could barely drink enough to review it, total drainpour.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.77/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Single finger head with thick lacing on a clear amber with golden hues body. Aroma is not very good with wet socks, toasted malts, breads, spoiled meat all coming together to not be very enticing at all. The flavor is really disorganized with weird earthy hops which finish very metallic. The malts are overdone. Medicine flavors remind me of the old chewable cherry Tylenol I would have as skid. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This one is bad from start to finish and will be memorable for all the wrong reasons.

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Photo of mfanch8578
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not bad for a local brew. I was expecting more from the hops. I tasted the hops bitterness but not much hops flavor. Maybe should have kicked the hops quality up a notch to match the maltiness and abv. I wouldn't turn down a snifter if it was offered to me, and would be more than willing to try New Albanian's other styles. Beware, New Albanian, you have some pretty stiff competition from across the river. Visiting your brew house is definitely on my list.

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Photo of pcguitarwzrd
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to snifter.

A: Copper colored, fairly clear.

S: Surprisingly, I don't get much of the hops. The aroma is malty, almost sweet corn like

T: Definitely one of the maltier DIPAs I've had, That bizarre cream corn malt flavor is there, The hops don't jump up till the end, and when they do it's not overwhelming.

M: Smooth, full, and moderately carbonated. No complaints here

O: I dunno, It's not a bad tasting beer, But I feel like it kind of misses the point of a DIPA.

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Photo of shand
2.38/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Hoptimus pours out amber with two fingers of head that retain very well. The aroma has a biiiig diacetyl note, overpowering the hops and malts. The taste is a little better, because at least some hops rise over the buttery diacetyl, attempting to impart some delicious bitterness. Seriously though. There's a lot of diacetyl here, and I know this is fresh. This should have never left the brewery, any sort of QA would have dumped this batch off the line immediately. And I know it's not age, because New Albanian are brand new to Florida, Cavalier just started bringing them in no sooner than a month ago. To send product with obvious flaws to a new market is just ... I don't even know. It's a good way to ensure I never pick up another of their bottles, at the very least. The only thing saving it from the ratings abyss is a nice lingering bitterness long after the buttery taste has subsided.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange and surprisingly crisp and clear for an Imperial IPA. Thin layer of a white head floats atop. The aroma is all fresh, citrusy hops. The punch is not as big as expected from a 100 IBU beer, but you know it's an IPA. Loads of citrus and grassy hops give it a very fresh, summery flavor. Enough sweetness from the malt to cut through. With no bottling date, there is no way to know how old it is. The flavor is great, but I'm wondering if the hops have lost some potency. Oh, and it clocks in pushing 11% ABV.

Even if this is a little old, it's really tasty. Lots of hops, enough malt to give it some balance, and deceptively smooth for its ABV and IBU. I'll definitely do this again!

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Photo of SerialHiker
2.21/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a light caramel and orange hue…hazy and not overly transparent…just off white head does form and remains, but occasionally does need to be livened up…(3.75/5)

Smell: Hmmm…very musty (!!!!), earthy, damp forest smell…I’m not getting too much of the classic double IPA aroma that I’m used to or any sweet caramel malts that the color would suggest…this thing smells like that old, crusty, once beer soaked rag you found underneath the bed in the corner of your dorm room (you know what I’m talking about)…I’m hoping it’s not old and moldy, but it smells funky…there’s an element of cheese that tastes like foot in here…I’m not sure what’s going on, but there’s no sign of the zesty hops that I was hoping for…(2/5)

Taste: Much like the nose, funky, old caramel malts and little hops zest…this thing is earthy, earthy, earthy…there’s some grassiness and musty bitterness in there…it’s a straight forward, earthy/musty flavor that lacks depth and decency…it’s good enough to continue to drink, but borderlines pour out and start over…(2/5)

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium carbonation…it does fluff up a bit bringing earthy/musty bitterness to the palate...musty and mildly grassy bitterness in the after taste…(3/5)

Overall: This is a major disappointment…I spent $8.99 for a bomber as I was passing through New Albanian’s distribution area and this is a total bust…I’m not sure if it’s old (there is no born on date) or what the story is, but there’s no way I can recommend this brew to anyone…I’ve had old IPA’s and IIPA’s in the past and they’ve all had better, fresher, more complex flavor than what I’m getting right now…New Albanian is a new brewery for me and I hope this isn’t indicative of what they are producing over there…barely drinkable (mainly because I spent $8.99 for it), this is a pass every time and probably twice on Sunday…(2/5)


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Photo of Tchfunkta
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm hoping the bottle i got was sitting for a long while. Whatever quality the nugget & cascades imparted had long since packed it's bag & left. The only thing left was the viscous overly sweet caramel maltiness. 100 ibu is nowhere to be found. Faint floral nose. Upon tasting it quickly turns putrid, sweet, earthy mediocrity. Again, i believe whatever good qualities this beer once had are long gone. I will make it a point to get over to New Albanian & sample some fresh. If i get something better, I'll re-review.

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