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

207 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 18.16%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | 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 davemathews68
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of KVNBGRY
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz. Bottle into DFH "IPA Glassware"

Appearance - A clear, yet muddy amber hue, with an off white, lingering head (1/2").

Aroma - Sweet, almost funky, malt. Slight pine/fruity aromas.

Taste - Follows the nose... Sweet malt, very slight bitterness from the hop aroma. Tastes almost like chewing on raw malt with hop leaves scattered throughout.

Mouthfeel - It's a little too watery for me. Needs more carbonation.

Overall - Tastes like something I brewed at Engine 15 but had to pay for instead of getting paid to do. I wouldn't drink it again.

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 blakesell
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at Gravity Head '08 straight from the source in New Albany, IN. Poured into a 20oz pint glass.

Appearance- Creamy and orange with an even head that does not cling to the sides of the glass. Legs are not present and according to my notes, the head forms the litter "R" over the top.

Smell- Cascade dominates, malt is present as well. The hops are not too big on the beer than citrus is present with not too much strength from the malt. There is also the scent of freshly mowed grass.

Taste- Burning. The 9% shows itself and makes itself known. Fruity and creamy. The malt is more noticeable than the hops. Not quite as "hoptimus" as they say. Sourness from the yeast used. Hoppy, but the beer is only an IPA, not a Double IPA.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, thick bodied and well carbonated. Warming but not overly so.

Drinkability- The 9% is balanced but not greatly drinkable. An average drinkability for a nice balanced pale.

Photo of SmellTheGluv
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of MichaelBurns
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of fleurdelou
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of hopkrid
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of hopmeister
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of catfan2000
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jtd335
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of lilsmizzul1225
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of RWACKO
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brew-pub.

Hazy amber body under a solid off-white head that leaves nice rings as the beer is consumed.

Smell is bright citrus and floral over cracker malt.

Taste is overtly, insanely hopped. Bittering hops, citrus, pine, all over a slurpaliciously syrupy malt foundation.

Mouthfeel is almost oily with hops, and thick with malt. Best feature of this beer.

Drinkability is way diminished for me by the intensely bitter hoppiness. Hop loves should love this.

Photo of Mark000
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of delgotit99
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of indianabeerman
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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 beerme626
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of rudabegga9
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of phishbone23
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of mkdeezy
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

New Albanian Hoptimus IPA from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
81 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.