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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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BA SCORE
82
good

185 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 18.06%
Wants: 11
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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

Kentucky

1/5  rDev -72.2%

12-01-2011 10:13:53 | More by HopsMatt
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gspeicher

Kentucky

1.5/5  rDev -58.3%

07-26-2013 19:59:44 | More by gspeicher
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Bloodbuzz99

Georgia

1.75/5  rDev -51.4%

05-02-2013 15:46:49 | More by Bloodbuzz99
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ThickNStout

Georgia

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
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Klif

Indiana

2/5  rDev -44.4%

03-17-2013 21:52:39 | More by Klif
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nickfl

Florida

2.04/5  rDev -43.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 23:29:28 | More by nickfl
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SerialHiker

Illinois

2.19/5  rDev -39.2%
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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Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 02:28:14 | More by SerialHiker
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desperado28

Delaware

2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

02-07-2013 01:50:55 | More by desperado28
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aasher

Indiana

2.3/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

When I heard that New Albanian was bottling their DIPA I had to snag a bottle. It pours a rich copper in color with a one finger beige colored head. This beer is very fresh (it came in maybe a week ago) yet it doesn't smell like a traditional DIPA. It smells caramel malt and some light piny hops but the scent I get most in the nose is B.O...as in body odor. I don't quite know what to think of that. It's just strange. The flavor is pretty sweet for a DIPA and there is virtually no hoppy bitterness. In fact, the hops aren't very present at all for the style. What happened here? It's very malty. I just don't get it. I don't see a brewery intentionally brewing a beer like this. It drinks light to medium in body and leaves an interesting almost slight citrus, slightly bitter malt aftertaste behind. This beer was just a big disappointment. I ended up drain pouring the last half of the bottle because it just wasn't worth it.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 05:06:05 | More by aasher
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jsh420

Illinois

2.33/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

bottle was a gusher

pours clear gold with a huge head

smells of apples and nothing else - me thinks this beer was too young

taste again - all apples with a little sweet malt

mouthfeel was medium light body with good carbonation

overall - had to mark down on smell and taste because i dont think i was drinking what the brewers intended me to taste - but shame on them for still shipping this to distributors

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 02:16:57 | More by jsh420
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shand

Florida

2.36/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 20:25:34 | More by shand
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

2.38/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a bright, clear gold with a thin, creamy white mousse that doesn't stick around all that long.

S: Malty aromas of caramel, biscuit, and butterscotch fill the nose. Mild, grassy hop scents and alcohol emerge later, but remain obscured by heavy malt scents.

T: Notes of caramel, cream, butterscotch, biscuit, sage, mint, basil, parsley, straw, grass, damp hay, and lemon rind wash across the palate. The finish is oddly herbal and sticky with notes of caramel, butterscotch, basil, and lemon rind underscored by peppery, prickly alcohol.

M: Medium-bodied, sticky, and resinous in the mouth. This ale is definitely undercarbonated for the style. Alcohol is initially subtle, but becomes distracting on the finish.

O: This is a truly bizarre DIPA. I feel that the brewers were trying to come up with a new twist on the style, but it never really came together. An unappealing nose, taste, and texture make this ale very difficult to drink. Giving this an overall rating of 2.5 is probably a bit generous on my part. I will not be revisiting this beer.

Serving type: growler

07-03-2012 12:26:46 | More by mrfrancis
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Shagator

Kentucky

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

03-28-2013 05:08:25 | More by Shagator
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guytyping

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

01-12-2014 03:18:47 | More by guytyping
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m_myers912


2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

07-07-2014 00:26:05 | More by m_myers912
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mpenning13

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

04-19-2014 00:34:22 | More by mpenning13
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bobhits

Kentucky

2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours the actual rock amber color, orange and yellow with thickness that impairs the clarity. You can see right away that this is an imperial IPA in body. A nice fluffy head forms, but it hasn’t lasted, left behind is thick sheets of lacing.

The nose here is great. Tangerine, grape fruit, strawberries, and a lot of caramel malt giving it a honey like sweetness.

The beer however drinks like a big bready English amber in the body. Very bready, buttery, toffee and well just a strong malt showcase here. The hops dominate the finish, pine dominate but a good bit of citrus flavors as well.

The body here is thick, but there’s enough carbonation to keep things lively. Nothing special to say the least.
I don’t get these double IPAs that some of the smaller brewery’s do. They’re expensive, over the top malty, and frankly not beers I can see anyone going back for seconds. This one certainly has potential. There is a good malt flavor here. The hops are there and they seem to have picked a nice hop profile for a beer. That said the balance is off. The flavor profiles don’t seem to fully mesh. This isn’t good beer and frankly it doesn’t fill big and bold enough for the sticker price.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 01:39:55 | More by bobhits
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rinhaak

Massachusetts

2.6/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A bizarre DIPA, New Albanian's Hoptimus iPA is extremely malty with a very odd flavor profile. Quite herbal, syrupy, and even a bit medicinal, there are flavors of earth, dirt, grass, soap, and bleach. Quite possibly one of the most unappealing DIPAs I've tasted.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 03:32:22 | More by rinhaak
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kylehay2004

Florida

2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 23:28:39 | More by kylehay2004
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jmarsh123

Indiana

2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark orange/light red with a nice two finger white head leaving good lacing down the glass.

Smells of rich caramel malt. Not a whole lot of hops in the nose.

Starts off a little caramel, but rounds into an astringent piney bitterness lingering on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is good. A little bit sticky with good carbonation, but not cloying.

Just an ok beer. Nothing really stands out about it, but nothing is terribly poor either.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 23:56:27 | More by jmarsh123
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

2.79/5  rDev -22.5%
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
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dc55110

Minnesota

2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice deep amber hue with a small finger of head. Quickly dissipates, leaving little to no lacing.

The aroma has hints of pine and slightest presence of citrus. Malt over powers the nose.

The taste is very similar to the nose, the hop bill takes a back seat to the malt presence. Very malty.

The mouth feel is more of a Barley Wine not a DIPA. Heavy and the sweetness is almost cloying.

At nearly $10 a pop, not worth it. I'm hopping this was just a bad bottle, without a date/code its hard to tell how old this one was.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 02:47:56 | More by dc55110
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seedsofchaos

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hoptimus pours honey golden with fantastic clarity. Clarity is only obstructed by the massive amounts of carbonation bubbles streaming up throughout this brew. The head billows like a freshly poured Original from the Hofbrauhaus. Way too much carbonation for the style but a pretty beer nonetheless.

Aroma is kind of a strange one on this New Albanian double IPA... A kind of dark cola smell with the sweetness to match is honestly the first thing I think of with each sniff. Strange... Biscuity with little discernible bouquet, Hoptimus underwhelms in the nose.

Piney hops and a medicinal touch come through first in the flavor. Don't burp... It's like aspirin if you do. Such a light bodied and smooth beer for 9.0%... Are we sure this hydrometer is working? Crisp and tons of carbonation throughout... New Albanian definitely has an issue with over-carbonating every single one of its beers...

Hoptimus isn't terrible but it's not good either. This could be a macro's take on an ESB but definitely not a great representation of a craft IPA or IIPA. Alright...

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 00:03:37 | More by seedsofchaos
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Tchfunkta

Kentucky

2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 02:33:24 | More by Tchfunkta
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a medium copper color with low carbonation and an evenly thin and creamy layer across the top.

S - Earthy and slightly grassy with toasted caramel. Nose is very weak and there's no detection of hops anywhere.

T - Light roasted caramel foundation throughout the entire sip that's slightly earthy and a little bit grassy. Bitterness doesn't set in until the very end which is in the form of assertive pine and some grapefruit bitterness. Sweet caramel and moderate lingering piney citrus aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden.

M - Heavy medium body and prickly carbonation with a slightly smooth and creamy texture.

O - Balanced for a D-IPA but the blend of flavors on the palette goes from malty sweet to really bitter and there's a separation between the two, would like to see more of a blend, the nose is also completely dead. I'm hoping this is an older bottle but would be willing to give this one another shot.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 03:12:21 | More by jzeilinger
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New Albanian Hoptimus IPA from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
82 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.