New Albanian Hoptimus IPA - New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
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Reviews by SirSketch:
3.38/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A - Love the head on this beer. Tightly packed bubbles, peach in color and leaves a respectable lace. The beer itself is a dull orange and moderately cloudy.
S - The aroma is full of resinous, pine-tree sap hoppiness and grapefruit juice and pulp. Even with all the hops, some malt malt comes through in the form of whole wheat bread. I also pick up green apple smell similar to the aroma found in some white wines.
T - Not immediately bitter until after you swallow, when you're hit with a strong, astringent bitterness. There's a surprising amount of yeasty flavors, much like the dregs from a bottle conditioned beer. You could find nearly any acidic fruit flavor if you were looking for it.
M - Sticky sweet with a creamy carbonation.
O - IMO, there are generally two types of IIPAs: Dry and floral (what I prefer) and sweet and resinous (what this is). Some of you may like it, but it's not for me.
Serving type: bottle
08-25-2011 02:57:16 | More by SirSketch
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3.76/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-18-2013 21:49:23 | More by Omnium
2.79/5 rDev -22.7%
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.
Serving type: growler
09-17-2013 09:11:47 | More by BuckeyeSlim
3.36/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-21-2013 02:08:31 | More by KVNBGRY
New Albanian Hoptimus IPA from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
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