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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
81
good

200 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 18.44%
Wants: 11
Gots: 9 | 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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Photo of brealbg
4/5  rDev +11.7%

brealbg, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy dark gold with an inch of dense, fine, off-white foam. A solid skim coat on the surface and ripped sheets of lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics feature pine, grapefruit, and sugar-dusted malt. Fruity and piney.

Medium bodied with a sticky, gummy mouthfeel. Sappy.

Sweet malt and candied fruit start the palate. Sugar-dusted grapefruit and pine resin follow through. More doughy-sweet malt follows through.

Finishes with lingering sweet malt, resinous grapefruit and pine, and a balancing bitterness.

A decent IIPA, but a bit too sweet and the nose is subdued.

brewandbbq, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of StoutIrish
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

StoutIrish, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

metter98, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

dbrauneis, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

smithj4, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

ngeunit1, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of Paveltul
5/5  rDev +39.7%

Paveltul, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of Chaney
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I split a bomber of this with my brother here recently.

Served in a pint glass because... that's all he had.

A: Poured a bright orange color, with lots of yeast suspension, along with a massive sticky, off-white 1.5 finger head that stuck around throughout the session Unfiltered to the 10th power!

S: Even on the nose, this was one massively hopped, bitter mama jama! Lots of fresh leaves along with some fresh clean linen.

T: Extremely, utterly ridiculously bitter! Wow! It was too much in my opinion and totally detracted from this being a silky, pleasing drinker.

M: The hops basically stained the teeth, but this wasn't sugary in any way. To be honest, I could have actually used more sucrose. I will say that this was definitely a sipper and that there was nothing thin here.

O: I'll give this to New Albanian: This is not for the non-hop head or faint of heart!

Chaney, Sep 05, 2012
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2.6/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

rinhaak, Aug 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

ajanesz, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +11.7%

freewill35, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of IBSRJOE
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

IBSRJOE, Jul 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Mark000, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of mrfrancis
2.38/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

mrfrancis, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of mtrain237
4/5  rDev +11.7%

mtrain237, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of cwd
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

cwd, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of mkdeezy
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

mkdeezy, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of Jaldama
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Jaldama, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +39.7%

CEDAMA, May 20, 2012
Photo of 4Socialanxiety
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

4Socialanxiety, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of nrbw23
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a nice thick head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some ok lacing.

S- Smell is a bit of pine hops and a pretty strong bready malt back bone. Pretty tame.

T- A great amount of hop bitterness. Quite a bit of pine resin and a strong malt back bone. A bit of alcohol is present.

M- Pretty sticky and oily. Medium in body and nice carbonation.

O- Not too bad at all.

nrbw23, Apr 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

jtd335, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

barczar, Apr 02, 2012
New Albanian Hoptimus IPA from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
81 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.