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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

87 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 224
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 10
Gots: 19 | 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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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 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. (1,588 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
2.79/5  rDev -21.8%
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. (440 characters)

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 (414 characters)

Photo of bobhits
2.64/5  rDev -26.1%
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. (1,210 characters)

Photo of SirSketch
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (907 characters)

Photo of Preismj
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
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... (1,017 characters)

Photo of chocosushi
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
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. (708 characters)

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (272 characters)

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. (289 characters)

Photo of Mitchill
4/5  rDev +12%
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 (480 characters)

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. (1,292 characters)

Photo of dc55110
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
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. (531 characters)

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.

Cheers! (1,105 characters)

Photo of Jishguy
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at New Albanian.

A- This brew was a bit darker than expected. A deep amber with a never-ending two finger head.

S- Wonderful array of citrus hops and floral notes. Definitely a strong presence of pine. Definitely excites the taste buds for what's about to come.

T- Sweet citrus up front, followed by a pine-like hop flavor. This beer is known for it's intense, bitter aftertaste.

M- Slightly creamy, with perfect carbonation. These guys know what they're doing. (482 characters)

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. (682 characters)

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. (830 characters)

Photo of Cresant
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a large Sam Adams glass. No date but consumed only days after the bottle release party - fresh! The head was light tan and left only smudges of lace. The body was clear, golden copper.

The smell was tobacco like. Organic matter dank. Citrus.

The taste was spicy with an oily bitterness. Pine needles and candied grapefruit. The flavors deepen as it warms - sweet and intensely bitter without sharpness. There is a lip coating hops oily-ness that lingers a long time. The alcohol is noticeable but not overshadowing. The label indicates the malts used are Special Pale and the hops include, "four additions of high alpha hops". The 100 IBUs are pretty palate shattering.

The mouthfeel was medium to full with plenty of carbonation. This is one of my favorite locals. (807 characters)

Photo of salvo
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hoptimus by New Albanian arrives in a half pint pilsner glass at the Black Swan with half an inch of bright white head that sticks around, leaving laced etching in the glass. It is a beautiful straw color with chestnut highlights. A beautiful beer.

The nose is a little sudsy: not soapy, but a little foamy. Smells a bit roasty and malt is evident, but the forward smells are earthy, almost woody hops. Pine and grass fill out the scent.

Taste is a bit muddy. Hops are forward; bitter and earthy . But the malts are muddy and don't quite match the hops somehow. There's a dirty, untidiness to the flavor indicating lack of balance and conflict somewhere with flavors. Alcohol pepperiness: the 10% alcohol isn't disguised at all.

New Albanian has plenty of fans. I'm not one of them. (786 characters)

Photo of KYBrewgrass
4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Mozz bar downtown Louisville.

A- 4.5 Hazy golden orange color with a thick white head that is as sticky as I've ever seen; it leaves spotty lacing all over the pint glass. Looks very appealing.

S- 4 Bubble gum and hops but mild; wish I got more out of the aroma.

T- 4.5 This tastes of bubble gum after an initial hit of hops. I'm guessing this to be a combination of clove spice and Belgian yeast. It is hoppy, malty, and sweet (but not overly sweet). It is quite different from IIPAs that I've had in this regard, and while some may consider that a fault, I actually really enjoyed this. It may not be the most "true" to the style, but I don't mind because it tastes great! That said, I could go for just a bit more hops.

M- 5 Hoptimus is smooth, creamy, and crisp. It has a just-right carbonation, and leaves a bit of dryness. It is medium in body.

D- 4.5 Very good. I want more of this... I have to find it in a bottle! This is an eerily good brew that goes down easily for its high ABV that is very well masked. (1,041 characters)

Photo of dmfrench
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian/American hybrid DIPA with a slightly weak malt backbone.
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A: Somewhat hazy honey/cider yellow body with a half finger persistent white head.

S: Unexpected Belgian cloviness... hops are lighter and piney/earthy. Malt exhibits general sweetness. Not much diacetyl.

T: Again, Belgian yeast cloviness with fairly strong drying, resinous hops. Quite buttery malt, but still not all that big.

M: Creamy and substantial with a drying finish

O: Interesting Belgian influence, but I'd much rather have a big purely American DIPA like Dreadnaught any day. (564 characters)

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. (931 characters)

Photo of JamesS
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice mid-copper color with decent head and some nice lacing. Very nice deep malty scent with a wonderful and huge pine hop aroma. Same with the flavor, a great deep malt backbone with some quite nice pine hop flavors that last on the tongue. Goes down well, if thick, and with a fair bit of alcohol heat. Nice IPA, but a little less alcohol heat would be nice. (On tap at Tomlinson Tap Room) (404 characters)

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

This potent double ipa pours orange in color with pretty good clarity. The head fades rather quickly on this one, and very little lace is left on the side of the glass.

Smell is fruity and slightly hoppy with a big alcohol presence.

Taste is hoppier than i anticipated and the alcohol is large and in charge. Malt backbone is there, but hides behind the hops and alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium with a moderate carbonation.

I could (and have) drank a couple of glasses, but it's time to switch gears before I run into trouble.

Morey's Bottom Line: Once you get used to the alcohol, this beer is actually quite enjoyable. Reminds me of Stoudt's Double Ipa.

Serving type: growler

Originally Reviewed on: 07-11-2010 00:41:13...but it placed it under New Albanian's retired Saison, so I cut and pasted my review, and put it where it belongs. (841 characters)

Photo of kylehayworth
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had this beer numerous times. It was at a couple beer fest I had gone to, and also grabbed a pint at grant line. I never got a chance to sit down and actually "drink" this beer.

A: It has a nice amber color, which is accented with orange and red tones. The head is bright of white.

S: Citrus and floral hops dominate the nose. Grapefruit and oranges with a nice pine smell.

T: The balance of hops and malts play along side each other nicely. Maybe leaning a little more towards the malty side. Alcohol is well hidden I thought, maybe a bit of hop resin, but not over powering.

M/D: I really enjoy this beer. Mouthfeel is crisp and ends with a slight bitter oily taste, which is nice. I think this is highly drinkable. It would be my first choice when in New Albany. (776 characters)

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