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

New Albanian Hoptimus IPANew Albanian Hoptimus IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

175 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 18.33%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mentor on 10-17-2005)
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Reviews by salvo:
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salvo

Indiana

3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hoptimus by New Albanian arrives in a half pint pilsner glass at the Black Swan with half an inch of bright white head that sticks around, leaving laced etching in the glass. It is a beautiful straw color with chestnut highlights. A beautiful beer.

The nose is a little sudsy: not soapy, but a little foamy. Smells a bit roasty and malt is evident, but the forward smells are earthy, almost woody hops. Pine and grass fill out the scent.

Taste is a bit muddy. Hops are forward; bitter and earthy . But the malts are muddy and don't quite match the hops somehow. There's a dirty, untidiness to the flavor indicating lack of balance and conflict somewhere with flavors. Alcohol pepperiness: the 10% alcohol isn't disguised at all.

New Albanian has plenty of fans. I'm not one of them.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2011 19:39:27 | More by salvo
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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.
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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.

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