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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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 18.16%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | 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:
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(Beer added by: mentor on 10-17-2005)
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4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Mozz bar downtown Louisville.

A- 4.5 Hazy golden orange color with a thick white head that is as sticky as I've ever seen; it leaves spotty lacing all over the pint glass. Looks very appealing.

S- 4 Bubble gum and hops but mild; wish I got more out of the aroma.

T- 4.5 This tastes of bubble gum after an initial hit of hops. I'm guessing this to be a combination of clove spice and Belgian yeast. It is hoppy, malty, and sweet (but not overly sweet). It is quite different from IIPAs that I've had in this regard, and while some may consider that a fault, I actually really enjoyed this. It may not be the most "true" to the style, but I don't mind because it tastes great! That said, I could go for just a bit more hops.

M- 5 Hoptimus is smooth, creamy, and crisp. It has a just-right carbonation, and leaves a bit of dryness. It is medium in body.

D- 4.5 Very good. I want more of this... I have to find it in a bottle! This is an eerily good brew that goes down easily for its high ABV that is very well masked.

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4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First let me say that paying $10.50 for a growler of this DIPA is a steal! However, I wish that I had brought my swing top two Liter growler. The Ball Jar doesn't hold carbonation very well and I would suggest a 12 hour max for the travel time. Cutting it close with my needing to drive across Indiana, Illinois and half of Missouri.

With a lower carbonation the malts emerge and the Northern Brewer bitterness starts more toward the middle. I never sensed much alcohol in the nose or flavor but by the reaction it is having on my brewbuddy I think it is in the high eights! Not quite as drinkable as the tap (but I'll attribute that to the 48 hr delay and the jar lid which is designed to seal with heated gasket and a vacumn instead of cold and positive pressure) Aroma is outstanding and as I rinsed the growler I was amazed to find my rinse water had that awesome fresh Cascade/Fuggles aromas.

A must try for the hop lovers and folks looking for an outstanding DIPA.

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4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip glass. Thanks for this one Mark.
A: Pours a rather dark burnt-orange with a billowing, dense and oily light tan head that took many minutes to collapse under its own weight into a thick and chunky mountain of foam. Nearly a solid sheet of lacing was left down the glass as this butte of a head dissipated. This is a thing of beauty.
S: Sweet, fruity, citrus hops with a touch of mint and pine. Tangerine, melon, grapefruit, and fruit chewing gum dominate. Interesting to say the least.
T: A good dose of sweet hops dominate but there is a balancing amount of toasted malt to round out the flavors. The hops are herbal and leafy and taste like rose buds and stems. I also get bitter grapefruit pith, roasted orange peel, lemon zest and tobacco. The bitterness is pretty tame but there is still a pretty decent bite. The finish is herbal with a touch of pine resin, and the aftertaste is full of roasted orange flavors.
M: Full bodied for a DIPA with carbonation that hits my tongue tingly but quickly melts away into a creamy, smooth and a tad oily mouthfeel.
O: I was pleasantly surprised by this brew. The flavors are good but they are not my favorite combination in a DIPA. But this is a great brew none the less. Thanks again HosP for hooking it up.

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4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured with little to no head. It was a virtually crystal-clear, bright amber-colored beer. The nose was very grassy, leafy-green. The mouthfeel was thin, but full of pine, hops, and freshly-mowed grass on the palate. The finish was utterly dry with a lingering aftertaste of evergreen. This is like camping, in a beer.

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4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
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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4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler received from oracle as part of the NoBS BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the slightly cloudy orangey golden brew. Head sedately falls to a layer of uneven bubbles. Aroma is fruity hops, and that about covers it. Taste starts with a big shot of piney hops bitterness, then the fruitiness starts to come out to play. As one-sided as it is, it is not repulsive about it. Mouthfeel and drinkability are what would expect for an aggressive IPA, takes a bit getting used to, but once you're there, it's great. Alcohol warming starts to show, explaining why some may feel this could be a DIPA. Nice one here.

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4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Gravity Head 2008 at the Brewery on 3/3/08. I was craving mad hops and this was the bartender's recommendation.

Slightly cloudy orange color with thin but fluffy head. Served in a cool 16 oz nonic glass.

Very hoppy taste with enough malt to keep it decently balanced. Hops are earthy and quite tasty.

Medium-bodied, if not a little more. Mouthfeel was very good.

Awesome beer. I haven't had much IPA lately (hop shortage) but this one really quenched my jones. It lives up to its very cool name.

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4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, citrus, and pine hops with some caramel and biscuit malts.

T - Starts off with grapefruit, tropical, and citrus hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine and floral hops come through with some more bitterness and some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit, grassy, and floral hops with bitterness and some sweet bready malts.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice hop profile and bitterness throughout. Great overall balance with good body.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler provided by my new best friend, cerevisiaephilus. Thanks so much for the wonderful opportunity. Pours a half-finger yellow-tan head over a nearly clear sharp copper liquid. There is some tiny sediment bits suspended in the liquid, but it's an attractive brew. Perhaps it's has such an attractive appearance because the smell during the pour was incredibly enticing. To the nose, it's sugary sweet smelling with robust and rich orange oils complemented by some grapefruit pith. A little bit piney and a hint of cotton-in-the-field. Intoxicating smell, I'm aching to dive in. The grapefruit pith is less than the sweet and orange oil, but it has a peak that piercs through, I think because it's partnered very well with an alcohol sting. Okay, now for the taste. Sticky sweet, mild alcohol sting and tart hop finish. The sweet is sugary and persists from start to finish. It keeps the alcohol and hops from going overboard. For the whomping hop flavor, the bitter is less than I was expecting. Noticable and not overbearing. Fruity esters are present at decent levels, but are so far below the sweet and hops I had to concentrate to pick them out. Peaches and kumquat. Into the second glass now and the hop bitter hangs around as a flat aftertaste back by the tonsils. The sugar sweet, which had been a bit too much, is now settled. I think I'm just accustomed to the syrupy goop hanging on my tongue after the swallow. Thick chewing gum mouthfeel and mildly carbonated. This is a great smelling beer and a good tasting beer.

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