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New Albanian Hoptimus IPA - New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House

New Albanian Hoptimus IPANew Albanian Hoptimus IPA

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176 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 18.33%

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 AaronHomoya


3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 17:56:14 | More by AaronHomoya


3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

well i certainly not a hop head but thos is still nice
i tryed it side by side with a stone 9th anniversary

supper hoppy, with a real poppy/zesty mouthfeel
lots of citrusy notes thoughout and a big fat nose to boot

hop heads should head to the NABC, certainly worth a try

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2005 03:59:21 | More by WHOLEBEER
Photo of Sephiroth


3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has moderate quickly receding head, with some lacing. Has a slightly resinous, and citrusy aroma, which I admit is affected by the smoke.

Taste has a sharp, clean bitterness. Grapefruit rind comes to mind. Mouthfeel is nice for IIPA, juicy. The 20oz. is going down fast.

Reviewed verbatim from notes taken several weeks ago.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2006 04:02:17 | More by Sephiroth
Photo of Lukafer


3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

17 ounce snifter

Hazy golden amber color, thin off white head with good lacing. Smells malty, some citrus hops. Malty at the front then the hops kick in, slight citrus taste, then a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is very good, sticky and slightly chewy. Drinkability is good for a beer of this abv. I like this beer a lot, good balance for a DIPA, but I wouldn't recommend it to people with an aversion to hops, because this has them, a lot of them!

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2010 22:15:07 | More by Lukafer
Photo of GreenWBush


3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at proper temperature at wonderful Rich O's/New Albanian Brewing Company in Southern Indiana in a snifter, no less.

This one comes to me an attractive, dingy bronze with some floatiness. No significant head production, but a respectable lace trail.

Nose is a brilliant actualization between twangy, high-alpha acid hops and earthy, woody old-world hops and a great 'english bitter on steroids' malt bill.

The taste is something akin to hop iced-tea! I couldn't believe the amount of green flavors in here as well as the intense duality of old and new world hoppiness. Has a bit of a twangy, herbal or chlorrophyl thing going on that detracts a bit from the overall package.

The mouthfeel is quite silky and the hop burps make this a very addictive tipple. The spice/herbal thing dissapates by the end thankfully. Very good...and man do these guys have some balls putting this directly up against some of the world's finest draft beers.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2006 21:01:52 | More by GreenWBush
Photo of cameraman


4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep golden color, that is slightly cloudy, with a small white head at the top. A strong grassy aroma, with pine and wood aromas in there as well. The taste starts with a strong malt flavor, then the hops come out and jump right on the palate with grapefruit and grassy flavors. A thin to medium body, it has nice dry finish. A very good double IPA, strong flavor and aroma make this a must try at New Albanian.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2006 00:59:54 | More by cameraman
Photo of dmfrench


4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian/American hybrid DIPA with a slightly weak malt backbone.

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2011 15:34:08 | More by dmfrench
Photo of Cresant


4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 13:10:59 | More by Cresant
Photo of bluejacket74


4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 21:32:34 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of Mitchill


4/5  rDev +11.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 03:08:09 | More by Mitchill
Photo of FightingEntropy


4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 01:04:46 | More by FightingEntropy
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 00:13:52 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of ghostwalker


4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle generously provided by an anonymous friend while visiting Hill Farmstead. Thanks!

A: Beautiful, poured into my Duvel goblet. Huge, thick, rocky yellowish head on a slightly cloudy orange body.

S: Nose is light malt, surprisingly not that many hops. Must have loaded up on bittering hops at the expense of aroma.

T: Flavor is very bitter, just the way I like it! Intense citrusy hops. Solid malt backbone. It's a definite hop bomb that tends toward being balanced. A solid DIPA! The ABV is somewhat evident, but generally seems in tune with the huge hop profile.

M: Mouthfeel is resinous and almost thick. Toothstripping factor is high. It's literally a mouthfull!

O: High overall from me. I love strong, hoppy beers. This is one. So I want more. Pretty simple.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 00:29:48 | More by ghostwalker
Photo of TheBigLebrewski


4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance as expected. Very very good lacing retention, though the head gradually shrinks and then slowly dissipates. Color is golden with an appreciable amount of amber tinge.

Smell is pretty par. No exciting hop action, but nothing detrimental either.

Taste fucking rocks. This is an incredibly well-balanced beer. The extra hop additions are somehow tempered without any noticeable sweetness or unnecessary thickness in the viscosity.

Which leads me to the mouthfeel. It's a good feeling beverage. But let's be real; it's beer, and I love that shit. The feel leaves a tiny bit to be desired, esp for an imperial, but it's certainly satisfactory.

Based on the balance alone, get your carcass to Indiana and pick one of these up. Plus, you're supporting a brewery whose annual fest is called "beer and loathing". May life be Gonzo.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 07:25:50 | More by TheBigLebrewski
Photo of JamesS


4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
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)

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2011 01:00:49 | More by JamesS
Photo of beerman207


4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer recently appeared in my favorite beer store. Glad that I picked it up.

A: Pours a clear orange with a huge head that goes over the glass - wow. Finally settles down and leaves lace all over the place

S: smell is citrus, apricots, and also some hops

T: Taste is delicious - not too hoppy and not too malty - just like goldilocks this DIPA is just right. Some orange, hops, nice malt that lingers

M: The mouthfeel was expected to be highly carbonated considering the geiser but it's very smooth

O: Solid offering from New Albanian. Very happy that I got this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 22:39:36 | More by beerman207
Photo of Jishguy


4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2011 04:18:41 | More by Jishguy
Photo of chocosushi


4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 23:38:26 | More by chocosushi
Photo of mentor


4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler provided by my new best friend, cerevisiaephilus. Thanks so much for the wonderful opportunity. Pours a half-finger yellow-tan head over a nearly clear sharp copper liquid. There is some tiny sediment bits suspended in the liquid, but it's an attractive brew. Perhaps it's has such an attractive appearance because the smell during the pour was incredibly enticing. To the nose, it's sugary sweet smelling with robust and rich orange oils complemented by some grapefruit pith. A little bit piney and a hint of cotton-in-the-field. Intoxicating smell, I'm aching to dive in. The grapefruit pith is less than the sweet and orange oil, but it has a peak that piercs through, I think because it's partnered very well with an alcohol sting. Okay, now for the taste. Sticky sweet, mild alcohol sting and tart hop finish. The sweet is sugary and persists from start to finish. It keeps the alcohol and hops from going overboard. For the whomping hop flavor, the bitter is less than I was expecting. Noticable and not overbearing. Fruity esters are present at decent levels, but are so far below the sweet and hops I had to concentrate to pick them out. Peaches and kumquat. Into the second glass now and the hop bitter hangs around as a flat aftertaste back by the tonsils. The sugar sweet, which had been a bit too much, is now settled. I think I'm just accustomed to the syrupy goop hanging on my tongue after the swallow. Thick chewing gum mouthfeel and mildly carbonated. This is a great smelling beer and a good tasting beer.

Serving type: growler

10-17-2005 06:12:52 | More by mentor
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4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler received from oracle as part of the NoBS BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the slightly cloudy orangey golden brew. Head sedately falls to a layer of uneven bubbles. Aroma is fruity hops, and that about covers it. Taste starts with a big shot of piney hops bitterness, then the fruitiness starts to come out to play. As one-sided as it is, it is not repulsive about it. Mouthfeel and drinkability are what would expect for an aggressive IPA, takes a bit getting used to, but once you're there, it's great. Alcohol warming starts to show, explaining why some may feel this could be a DIPA. Nice one here.

Serving type: growler

07-12-2006 22:44:53 | More by ppoitras
Photo of tmitch75


4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Gravity Head 2008 at the Brewery on 3/3/08. I was craving mad hops and this was the bartender's recommendation.

Slightly cloudy orange color with thin but fluffy head. Served in a cool 16 oz nonic glass.

Very hoppy taste with enough malt to keep it decently balanced. Hops are earthy and quite tasty.

Medium-bodied, if not a little more. Mouthfeel was very good.

Awesome beer. I haven't had much IPA lately (hop shortage) but this one really quenched my jones. It lives up to its very cool name.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2008 21:40:43 | More by tmitch75
Photo of ngeunit1


4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 05:37:13 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of McNealc31


4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange and surprisingly crisp and clear for an Imperial IPA. Thin layer of a white head floats atop. The aroma is all fresh, citrusy hops. The punch is not as big as expected from a 100 IBU beer, but you know it's an IPA. Loads of citrus and grassy hops give it a very fresh, summery flavor. Enough sweetness from the malt to cut through. With no bottling date, there is no way to know how old it is. The flavor is great, but I'm wondering if the hops have lost some potency. Oh, and it clocks in pushing 11% ABV.

Even if this is a little old, it's really tasty. Lots of hops, enough malt to give it some balance, and deceptively smooth for its ABV and IBU. I'll definitely do this again!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 02:00:04 | More by McNealc31
Photo of Drew966


4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Albanian Hoptimus Prime IPA pours a dark orange with a thick white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is very hoppy, pine and citrus notes are evident. The taste is really nice, lots of caramel malt and lots of intense hoppy goodness. Not as overpowering as the 100 ibu might suggest. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 01:06:02 | More by Drew966
Photo of woodychandler


4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured with little to no head. It was a virtually crystal-clear, bright amber-colored beer. The nose was very grassy, leafy-green. The mouthfeel was thin, but full of pine, hops, and freshly-mowed grass on the palate. The finish was utterly dry with a lingering aftertaste of evergreen. This is like camping, in a beer.

Serving type: growler

02-01-2008 09:14:17 | More by woodychandler
New Albanian Hoptimus IPA from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
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