New Albanian Hoptimus IPA - New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
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Reviews by ThickNStout:
1.84/5 rDev -48.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-30-2013 15:34:28 | More by ThickNStout
More User Reviews:
3.69/5 rDev +2.5%
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!!!
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2014 19:43:54 | More by WVbeergeek
3.91/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
05-03-2014 02:14:22 | More by secondtooth
New Albanian Hoptimus IPA from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
82 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.