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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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87 Reviews
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Reviews: 87
Hads: 226
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 29.41%
Wants: 10
Gots: 22 | 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:
Beer added by: mentor on 10-17-2005

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Reviews: 87 | Hads: 226
Photo of kylehay2004
2.77/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

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Photo of nmann08
2.62/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From a bottle, pours a copper orange color with a wispy white head.

The smell is medicinal, butterscotch, faint citrus rinds and candied sugar. The flavor is very bitter, like chewing on a lemon or orange rind and it leaves a soapy aftertaste with a trace of alcohol.

I have to admit, this is a disaster.

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Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy caramel-amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down and left lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass; the bubbles died down but never completely faded away.
S: The smell has sweet aromas of caramel malts and toffee in the nose. No hops are detectable.
T: Like the smell, the taste is both malty and sweet. The hops only contribute a light amount of bitterness and hints of herbal flavors.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: This beer definitely tastes strong but the alcohol is relatively well masked from the taste. It also seems to taste a bit medicinal and too malty for the style. It’s possible that this beer might have more hop bitterness if it is very fresh.

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Photo of brentk56
2.99/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours copper, with a decent cap of foam; strands of lacing linger

Smell: Butterscotch and aspirin

Taste: Butterscotch bomb (diacetyl) with a growing piney bitterness that verges on aspirin tones; the malts return in the finish though the bitterness also lingers

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation; a bit flabby

Overall: Surprised that this has 100 IBUs and while there is considerable bitterness, it lacks to beguiling flavor of a great DIPA; plus, the diacetyl ruins the malt base

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A delicious and malty Imperial IPA with a beautiful malt portrayal and balanced with citrusy and piney hops.

The pour is a fantastic amber color with near brilliant clarity. Off white foam carries the structure of foam and froath with broken rings of lace behind. This one goes above and beyond even what's expected from the appearance of standard IPAs.

Malt richness in scent is supported with deeply caramelized malts, light toast or bread crust, toffee, and savory notes. Hop aromas of citrus, pine, and fresh cut grasses balance the beer but never really claim the center stage that they should. Light plasticy notes come about and point toward a spicy yeasty scent that's modestly ill placed.

Toffee and caramel malts continue to lay the foundation for the beer's flavor profile- deeply caramelized for a taste that's reminescent of Cracker Jacks. Again, hop presence of grapefruit, spruce, freshly cut grasses, and oranges balance the beer's flavor but never commands the taste in the way that IPAs should. The plastic character that was noted in the nose doesn't show up in taste.

Medium-full bodied, the rich maltiness and creamy carbonation take the beer right past mid palate where the hop dryness and alcohol warmth should finish the procession through the finish. Instead, an alcoholic warmth is present but the hop dryness and crispness doesn't show up, leaving the beer sweet and lingering well into the next sip.

With hearty malt focus and lower attenuation rates, there's an English-like proportion to the beer that makes me want to read English IPA into the profile.

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Photo of nickfl
2.13/5  rDev -40.3%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a mild sweetness from flavors of caramel and citrus followed by a strong but not over-powering piney hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a decent balance. A touch of an alcohol sting creeps in as well. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid 2IPA to drink for a while.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a really malty double ipa, but I find that I like it a lot. There is a slight sweetness from malts that I find nice. And there is an earthiness to it that is hearty and appropriate. Long lasting flavor. Carbonation and overall feel is quite smooth. I like this beer, even though I don't really consider it so much a double ipa.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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!!!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy deep copper in color with some light reddish highlights. The beer has a half finger tall white head that quickly reduces to a thin film that covers the majority of the surface of the beer with a couple of small slightly thicker patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is more malty than hoppy with caramel malt sweetness dominating. There is a lighter amount of herbal, pine, and citrus hops.

T: The beer starts out with a moderate amounts of caramel malt sweetness and the hop flavors come out as the beer warms up - herbal (almost medicinal) with some lighter hints of pine and citrus. There is a moderate amount of sharp bitterness but it does not really linger.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness, especially in the finish.

O: Far more malty than I would expect for the style but that does not make for an unenjoyable beer. Easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden. Not my favorite beer in this style but not one I would avoid. Not as well balanced as I would like. Possibly past it's prime.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
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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Photo of WoodBrew
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful auburn color with a great, off-white head. Smell is kind off strange. Musty, malty and some floral, earthy hops. The flavor is great, though. Caramel malt with a touch of roast. Earthy hops, some citrus and a nice dry finish. Smooth. Good mouthful. A tasty beer.

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Photo of aasher
2.32/5  rDev -35%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.32/5  rDev +21%
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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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy orange/copper color with a frothy inch and a half off-white head. Head retention is very good, and there's a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is interesting, the brew smells like earthy and pine hops, bubblegum and some herbs and cloves. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like citrusy (grapefruit) and pine hops, caramel malt, herbs, and some cloves. There's also a very long lasting bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and is well carbonated. I liked this brew, it wasn't exactly quite what I was expecting in an IIPA but in this case it was a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper color with a minimal cream head that lingers and forms a solid ring around the rim.

Bready caramel malt, floral hop with a hint of citrus.

Heavy sweet malt flavor, with a muted hint of citrus, and a somewhat bitter finish.

Fairly heavy, syrupy body with somewhat low carbonation.

Overall a bit malty and lacking hop flavor for the style.

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Photo of mrfrancis
2.43/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
2.89/5  rDev -19%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #55 (August 2011):

100-IBU beast sitting in front of us, we put on our drinking hands, and they are steady and ready to go. The head you would expect from a super hoppy beer is there; dark brassy color. Oily resin hop nose, with citric and mint, tobacco and spice. Creamy, smooth fullish body. Palate gets smacked around by the 100 IBUs, a bitterness that does not want to let go. Sticky, resiny hop flavor after the bitterness, and a sweet kernel of malt in the middle with some tropical fruit in the mix. Alcohol is warming, not hot, so it does come across a bit deceiving for its size. Worth the hunt for any true hophead.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.02/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber into a wine glass; sampled while in line for DLD '11. Big thanks to the guy who shared this bottle.

A: Clear amber body under a finger of fine eggshell foam. Great retention and lacing. Highly attractive.

S: Fruity hops, pale malt, and a weird fruity funk. Some wet dog. I'm not a huge fan, unfortunately.

T: Super-fruity, with apple, pear, and tropical fruits. I can't really tell whether these fruits come from the hops, the yeast, or some combination of the two. I wish it were clearer. Some malt sweetness creeps in toward the finish, but bitterness closes things out, as it should. Overall, a rather weird-tasting beer, but not exactly unpleasant.

M: Medium body, high carbonation. Lively.

O: When a DIPA works, it's amazing; when it doesn't, it can be either boring or baffling - this beer is the latter. I really don't know what to make of its seemingly funky fruitiness, but I don't really hate it either. I'd actually be curious to try this again someday just to see if it's still as strange as it was today, but I won't be going out of my way to make that comparison happen.


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Photo of scottfrie
4.36/5  rDev +22.1%
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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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a nice copper, amber hue with a plentiful, persistent eggshell foam head.

S: Aroma is only lightly hoppy with some citrus and pine. It has a lingering caramel malt undertone along with a bit of yeastiness.

T/M: Flavor is not as "imperial" as other, more hoppy IPA's, but is still gratuitously hoppy with a medium amount of carbonation, a potent earthy quality and some more of that malty backbone.

The caramel maltiness in this imperial IPA set it apart and add a little more character to what may have otherwise been another uncreative, overly hoppy beer. A good, well balanced "imperial," if that's possible. And the bottle transforms into a semi truck.


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Photo of EgadBananas
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to Naptown25rs for the bottle! Thanks Josh!

I'm really digging the appearance. Pours a hazy grapefruit/orangy yellow color, with a slightly off white, pillowing 4 fingers of head. (I was admittedly a bit aggressive with the pour) Lace was great; splotchy, webby, sticky, and plentiful.

Aroma was fairly ho-hum. Slightly spicy, herbal hop notes, and a tinge of grapefruit and slight maltiness. Aroma was fairly subdued as a whole.

Taste had some nice citrus notes, some tart citrus, herbal hops, and a fairly intense bitterness. Linger was minimal. Slight breadiness.

Feel was fairly light, crisp, slightly bubbly...maybe a hair effervescent. Finish was pretty clean and smooth.

One of the more unique IIPA's I've had, but in the end, It was rather nice. I'll finish the bomber easy, but a 12oz would be keen.

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Photo of Brent
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For a double IPA, this fell short of the level of hopping one expects. Hops were herbal and a touch musty, without much depth of character. Good malt body, perhaps a bit malt-forward than customary for the style. ABV was well intergrated in the flavor, lending some pepper bite at the end.

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Photo of jsh420
2.34/5  rDev -34.5%
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

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New Albanian Hoptimus IPA from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
81 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.