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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 tripledbrew
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

tripledbrew, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of HopsMatt
1/5  rDev -72.1%

HopsMatt, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of PthPndr
4/5  rDev +11.7%

PthPndr, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of jzeilinger
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

jzeilinger, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of drmarcusmobley
5/5  rDev +39.7%

drmarcusmobley, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +11.7%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Rempo
5/5  rDev +39.7%

Rempo, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of zornig
3/5  rDev -16.2%

zornig, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of darklord2011
4/5  rDev +11.7%

darklord2011, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev +11.7%

mcorwin, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of RickS95
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A little darker than I expected, kind of looks like a lot of the pumpkin beers I've been drinking lately. A burnt orange color with tons of carbonation. The bubbles never stop rising from the bottom. The head is simply enormous.

Wasn't the smell I was hoping for or expecting. Really looking for the Cascade hop, but it's only there in a supporting role. Has more of a bready, cracker-like smell to it.

A slight taste of citrus, particularly as it warms. A resinous, woody, piney taste.

Actually pretty gentle for such a high level of IBU. The malts really balance the hops so you never get that kick. The biscuity character makes this very drinkable.

Not at all what I expected, but I'm glad to have tried this. It's a solid B in my book.

RickS95, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of FightingEntropy
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 100 IBU Imperial IPA gets its bitterness from four early additions of high alpha Nugget hops and late/dry hop additions of Cascade. Shimmering amber beer with an off white, fluffy head that falls with a lace. Nose is light on citrus in spite of the dry hopped Cascade, which is very subdued. More spice, pepper, clove and earthy pine in the nose on top of a light sourdough and caramel malt base. Hop bite is good, and flows to the back of the tongue. Lingers nicely, but is raw and not overly subtle. Malt falls deep to the background in spite of being a relatively big beer at 10.7% (a bit over 1.080 if a did the math right). Good, hoppy beer that's fun to drink, but lacks the complexity and character that I prefer in a DIPA. Might be the English yeast not bringing out some of my favorite characteristics, but if you prefer English to American barleywine, this might be a great beer for you.

FightingEntropy, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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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TheBeerAlmanac, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

BEERchitect, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of jmarsh123
2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

jmarsh123, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of jsh420
2.33/5  rDev -34.9%
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

jsh420, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of bobhits
2.53/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

bobhits, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of SirSketch
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Love the head on this beer. Tightly packed bubbles, peach in color and leaves a respectable lace. The beer itself is a dull orange and moderately cloudy.

S - The aroma is full of resinous, pine-tree sap hoppiness and grapefruit juice and pulp. Even with all the hops, some malt malt comes through in the form of whole wheat bread. I also pick up green apple smell similar to the aroma found in some white wines.

T - Not immediately bitter until after you swallow, when you're hit with a strong, astringent bitterness. There's a surprising amount of yeasty flavors, much like the dregs from a bottle conditioned beer. You could find nearly any acidic fruit flavor if you were looking for it.

M - Sticky sweet with a creamy carbonation.

O - IMO, there are generally two types of IIPAs: Dry and floral (what I prefer) and sweet and resinous (what this is). Some of you may like it, but it's not for me.

SirSketch, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of TheGordianKnot
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into tulip. No dating, but has to be very fresh since the A rated shop I got this at had just got these cases in within the past 2 days of purchasing.

A- Copper color. Very large off white head. Nice to look at.

S- Smells like cheetos... Seriously.

T/M- Very awkward. A lot of randomness going on here. Very spicy. Pepper, tamales, dirty nastiness galore (not necessarily in a bad way). Definitely Cheetos, and not just oxidized hops type of cheese, legit Cheetos! Crazy... The buddy I drank with said it tasted like fried chicken, but I don't get that. Nice carbonation. Medium body.

O- This is way more representative of an IPA rather than DIPA. Crazy weird, I like it; though I don't love it. Not conventional. With taste descriptors of Cheetos and fried chicken, this us something new for sure.

TheGordianKnot, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of Preismj
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: dark amber, but very translucent. nice creamy soft head. incredible amount of lacing here...super sticky. head sticks around the whole time on this and its very fluffy off-white.

s: sweetness of malts and dark tropical fruit.

t: slightly sour apple, grape and much more citrus (orange zest). Definitely malt forward here (might not be the freshest bottle). very solid flavor profile of sweet malt (creamy caramel, maple), ends with a very bitter hop finish, but the hop flavor isn't what it should be.

m: very creamy, super smooth. nice carb, light and only there to provide a nice segue to the sweet malt and final bitter flavor.

o: very solid DIPA, though I believe it is a shell of its former self. I've tried to have this on tap several times, though it is always sold out. I know the hops should be more present on this, but still it is solid malt profile and the presence of strong hop flavors would provide better balance. hopefully I will have this again and experience it with a touch more floral...

Preismj, Aug 13, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz->Duvel Tulip
Thanks Cresant!
A ~ Great head...Maroon/Orange with peach highlights.

S ~ Fruit cup, brown sugar, mulch/grass, caramel

T ~ Earthy hops & a LARGE amount of pale malts kick things off, fading into orange peel, pears, sweet rolls, & homemade caramel.
Finish is vegetal & heavy on woody resins. More of those organic
forest-like flavors upon warming.

M ~ Utterly undetectable ABV. Bittered well with a good amount
of hops oils on the tounge leaving the lips slightly sticky.
Not the typical IIPA, but I am really fond of the heavy amount of pale malts. Semi-dry.

D ~ Great Name. Cool Label. Solid Beer. WILL try
more. It's great that they include hop/malt/yeast strains on the bottle.

chocosushi, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of AaronHomoya
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

AaronHomoya, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of Brent
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Brent, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of Mitchill
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer after a long days work after it had been sitting in my cooler for a bit. All in all I enjoyed this beer, it was deceivingly strong whether it was the heat, smoothness or just the rate at which I consumed it. Either way it was different from what I was use to from the local selection in my area which is very local to New Albanian. At 100 IBU's I didn't notice as much hop presence that I prefer but it was definitely worth the monetary venture for a good local beer

Mitchill, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
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.

scottfrie, Jul 13, 2011
New Albanian Hoptimus IPA from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
81 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.