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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

206 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 18.44%
Wants: 11
Gots: 10 | 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 robwestcott
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cold from the tap at finch's a semi translucent copper with golden highlights to a 10oz goblet with a 1/2 finger, foamy, long lasting head

aroma of warm caramel and a floral hops after.

caramelly sweet up front with a nice floral hops following up and taking over in a big way.

medium bodied, big carbonation, big bitter, yet creamy smooth.

overall - nice interesting example of style.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of poogas
4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

Photo of zachary80
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of crewfan16
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bomber into a sam adams glass. thanks ModorMango for including this in a recent trade.

a- poured a hazy straw orange/yellow with huge thick creamy head. head seriously was like delicious looking hop ice cream.

s- pine hop and just a slight amount of bready malt. awfully light for the style.

t-bitter piney hop resin start. some biscuity malt backbone and just a slight amount of caramel/mollasses sweetness. finishes a bit dry and bitter on the palate again.

m- slightly oily and coating. flavors linger on the palate nicely. carbonation seems to be right on for the style.

overall, a decent DIPA. very hop forward without much in the way of balance. without knowing the price, i think i can still say there are better DIPA bombers out there.

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this beer to do a legitimate review of it, I have had it on tap several times in my area.
22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass

A- Hazy orange with a fluffy three finger head
S- Not as strong of a smell as i would like it to be, some malts and very little hop aroma for a 100 IBU double. A little alcohol.
T- This is an interesting one. It doesn't have a huge hop presence, not as big as a fresh one on tap at least. It does retain the bitter taste though. A slight caramel followup.
M- It is maltier then other DIPA's in my opinion so it does have a thicker, creamier texture so its pretty heavy to drink. Lots of carbonation. Some sticky mouth feeling, which is not too common in IPA's. Filling, but goes down relatively easy.
O- This is a good beer, its not going to blow you away but its not bad either. I wouldn't say its nearly as good as Three Floyds Dreadnaught/ Arctic Panzer Wolf but its also 7$ for a bottle opposed to 12$ so i cant complain. Try it if you can find it in your area but not really worth going out of your way to find.

Photo of tripledbrew
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of HopsMatt
1/5  rDev -72.1%

Photo of PthPndr
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

Photo of drmarcusmobley
5/5  rDev +39.7%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Rempo
5/5  rDev +39.7%

Photo of zornig
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of darklord2011
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

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.

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.

TheBeerAlmanac.com

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

New Albanian Hoptimus IPA from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
82 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.