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Idletyme IPA - Crop Bistro & Brewery

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Idletyme IPAIdletyme IPA

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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 5
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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Crop Bistro & Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Rifugium on 08-13-2013

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Ratings: 190 | Reviews: 29
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Photo of JCHOPS
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

A tropical, fruity IPA, not like any other. Actually smelled like fruit loops. Amazing tropical hop flavor with very little bitterness. Very drinkable so watch out. And great job by the fellas over at the Crop!

Photo of PicoPapa
4/5  rDev -1.2%

22oz bottle. Pours a translucent brownish orange with a half inch of creamy head. Tons of lacing. The aroma is fruity and piney hops. Green apple, mango, pear and some guava. The taste is maltier than expected but still very fruity. Green apple, pear, and mango followed up nicely by some piney hops and the bready malts. Pretty noticeable alcohol burn. This one is billed as a IPA but certainly straddles the threshold of DIPA/IPA. Creamy mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is a very good IPA I would grab again. I am interested in trying more from these guys.

App- 4 A- 4.25 T- 4 M-3.5 O-4 = 4

Photo of DevilsCups
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

This comes from Northern VT, so it has to suck. Big thanks to JCHOPS and Co. for the bottle :)

A - Pretty murky light orange color. Fluffly white head. Cool lacing. Nice looking brew.

S - Uh, okay...this reeks really, really good. Stone Enjoy-By type aroma mixed with northern VT hop treatment. Sold on the aroma alone.

T - Fruit juice, dank and earthy hops, a little malt sweetness and some of that oniony summit hop flavor I like. I think the correct term is a "metric shit-ton" of flavor going on here.

M - Smooth and creamy carb. Not too much or too little. Mouthfeel is perfect for an 8% IPA.

O - Yeah, so all of the VT trade wizards should direct some attention and love to Crop. If this is an indicator of their quality they deserve a bit of the HJ action the big 3 get, rightly so.

Photo of UnionMade
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

I picked this up on a recommendation from a very knowledgeable girl while waiting in line for some Heady Topper.

Hazy orange gold, with a light fluff of white head. Some speckly lacing, but the hop oils seem to be doing a good job of killing the head. Based on the appearance, I know this one is packed to the gills with hops.

Really dank and resinous hop aroma. This literally reminds me of my time living across the street from a Denver growhouse. Hi-test dispensary weed and some estery malt fruitiness creeping meekly behind it.

Man, this is a hefty beer. Not very subtle, but very enjoyable in a "wall of sound" rock-n-roll show fashion. Totally primal, this is one of the juiciest, oiliest DIPAs I've ever had. Lots of chewy caramel malt up front, with a dense, oily body buoyed by lively carbonation. The hops are as resinous as it gets, with a slick, orange juice flavor and plenty of old growth pine forest. The bottle states that this is 8%, but I'm getting no trace of booze at all. I'm sure you can find higher IBUs or more ABV, but for where this is seated in the food chain, they just nailed it. It punches over its weight and puts many, many bigger DIPAs in their place.

By no means is this an IPA. This one is firmly seated in DIPA territory. Great price point too, as an under-the-radar brewery. I'm slightly surprised that I waited in line for Heady Topper for a couple hours, but an equally worthy beer was almost entirely unnoticed by the entire crowd. I only saw three other people with a bottle of this in hand. I should have grabbed 3-4 bottles instead of one. For how gentle and refined Heady Topper is in its girth, this is completely the opposite. Barbaric, animalistic and slightly unhinged. I can definitely appreciate that, and this is a fantastic beer because of it.

Photo of Andrick
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Very, very impressed by this beer. It is funny how the picture is actually of a Lawson's "Sip of Sunshine", because that is exactly what drew me to this brew. For about a month, I had hammered down many of those bad boys. When I went to the store last Sunday, and they were on the shelf again I decided I had way too many of them and needed to try something new. There was the Crop "Idletyme IPA" for $3 cheaper per bottle. Why not? I had one, and was blown away by how smooth it was. It was probably the least bitter double IPA I've ever tried. Some may NOT like it for this reason, but I loved it. The closest thing I could compare it to is Fiddlehead "Mastermind", which is amazing. And all three of these doubles are much better than Heady Topper.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange. Thick white head with mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hops, pine, citrus and sugars

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter pine and hops with a goid citrus to balance it out.

Overall: Pretty goid IPA I would have this one again for sure.

Photo of sevreng
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, given as a gift, poured into tulip glass.

A - Hazy, golden hue with two finger creamy white head on pour. Head dissipates quickly, moderate lacing.

S - Brown sugar grapefruit, woody notes in the background. Very rich and inviting.

T - Rich malt balanced expertly with a woody herbaceous hop profile that ends on a mild grapefruit juice note. No flat bitterness on the finish, dries out clean and I dig it. One of the best bottled IPAs I've had in a while.

M - Creamy and luxuriant, well-balanced carbonation, dries out clean on the finish without the lingering acrid quality problematic in a lot of bottled IPAs.

O - A fantastic IPA, I wish I could get this on tap but the bottle was brought back from Vermont as a gift. Guess I have another thing to look forward to on a future visit!

Photo of mtomlins
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep amber color with 1-2 fingers of thick, creamy off-white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma and taste are both bursting with hops with lots of grapefruit, pine tar and peppery spice; very dank. There is a pleasant toasted malt character at the start for a touch of sweetness, but there is plenty of American bittering hops to dry it out. Smooth on the palate but with enough carbonation to keep it lively. What a stellar beer still flying under the radar.

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

They were handed out along with Lawson's at the 8/8/14 Heady Topper line at Hunger Mountain Co-Op. Who am I to refuse a new DIPA?

22 oz. bottle, cannot find bottling date poured into Belgian ale glass.

Amber liquid, decent head, good lacing, little retention

Smells full of citrus and pine. More sweet malt up front than your typical VT DIPA hop bombs. More West Coast oriented as well.

Taste is citrus and malt. Quite good. Medium bodied, a little carbonation, alcohol hidden. Good balance.

A very good surprise bottle. Will have to add to must-buys next time I am in VT.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle gifted from Dr. Y. Kanshil (thanks), unknown bottling/brewing date (but at least a few months old); poured into my NEBCO Gandhi-Bot large bottom snifter; drank over 30 minutes

Photo of ppoitras
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Winooski Beverage.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" off-white head over the cloudy orangey amber brew. Head fades slowly, with coating lace. Aroma is citrus sweetness.

Taste begins with a shot of sweetness, quickly cedes the floor to ample citrus, which in turn is overpowered by pine, and then it all melds together through a bitter close. Very smooth mouthfeel, and drinkability is dangerously easy. Score one for Crop.

Photo of founddrama
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not as hoppy as is expected. But that's because it made room for a creamy nose and something else a little caramelly and sweet that's almost but not quite boozy.

Photo of Rifugium
3.27/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at Crop

Hazy, golden pour, with a bubbly white head; moderate retention and a few spots of lacing. Grainy aroma with a good dose of citrusy hops. In the taste, lemony hops, pine, ammonia, bitter and dry, biscuity and somewhat grainy malt base, apple skins in the finish. Not bad, not great. Light-medium body, crisp, but overall a bit lacking for the style; homebrewy. With so many great IPAs in the VT region, there's really no need to throw this sub-par one into the mix.

Photo of taylor714914
2.17/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Thinking this may have been an old bottle because it was definitely not a hoppy punch to the mouth.

Photo of FFreak
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from a gas station in Waitsfield after skiing at Sugarbush (price was 7.99) . Poured from a bomber into a willy glass. Pours a hazy copper-orange with a wispy and quickly dissipating white head, leaving just a bit of lace. Smells like sweet orange juice with just a bit of resin. Taste is fruity with tropical and orange juice mixed with just a trace of pine and resin, and just a slight bit of homebrew character. Dank and resinous aftertaste (burp) mixed with some caramel sweetness. Mouth is good, low carbonation, but not too viscous or heavy. Overall, an enjoyable and pretty unique IPA....definitely fits into the Vermont IPA category but with on orange twist.

Photo of Brad007
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Warm, sexy blonde glow with a decent head into my glass. That's how I'd describe it.

Good citrus bite on the nose. I'm thinking just a touch of mango and grapefruit. That's just my nose.

Crisp, clean malt balances out the excellent citrus hop profile. Very clean and tasty as it is. Would make a great base for something stronger.

Can't get enough of the mouthfeel as well. Clean, crisp, buttery and bitter.

Very good example! I would love to drink it more often.

Photo of rorykanderson
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The bottle opens with a deep, dank smell indicative of the hop body. Pours a murky gold that looks like it tastes - rich. An 8% IPA that drinks easy without a big kick.

Photo of Whitley
5/5  rDev +23.5%

I didn't know what to expect and the guy at the store told me it was a super hot seller, so I took the chance. I must say, this is a fantastic IPA and I am very glad I bought it.It is definitely what I am looking for in an IPA or a DIPA at that. Awesome and hope to see more of this around !

Photo of DmanGTR
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a brilliant goldenrod honey with slight fog, foamy white head with dense froth. Nose opens immediately with notes of tropical fruit: pineapple, papaya, and passionfruit. Touch of apricot as well. Malt body is subtle but not hidden with flavors of biscuit and Nature's Own honey wheat bread. Big flavor profile that is juicy and long lasting. Semi sweet finish with a piney undertone. Fuck words. I need to drink this. But not too fast because I must cherish this moment until I can get back to Vermont.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ACBF pour - thought it was labeled as a DIPA...oh well

A-Pours bright orange with a good head for such a small pour.

S-Lots of citrus character. It smells like a few different type of citrus fruit. Some green grass and a simple malt bill.

T-Grapefruit flesh and rind, oranges and some piney flavor. There's some sort of apples flavor too. Soft floral hoppiness. Malt is biscuity and sweet. There seems to be a light diacetyl flavor going on.

M-Medium bodied. Standard bitterness. Moderately carbonated.

O-Had its highs and lows but it was worth at least trying a sample.

Photo of BltByKrmn
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clean beer but too sweet

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a nice slightly hazy honey straw color with minimal head typical for DIPAs.
Smells really nice, grassy, citrus, definitely hop forward. Would like a stronger aroma as what I do smell is really nice.
Tastes great. Dank grassiness, sweetness from a very mild malt presence which I look for in a Vermont DIPA. Really good flavor here. Reminds me to a degree of Fiddlehead IPA.
Mouthfeel is really nice and inviting.
Overall, I am very impressed with this bottle. I want to try more varieties from Crop!

Photo of jsouza
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Had it in a 22oz bomber. Very drinkable; would never guess 8%. Guess it would definitely sneak up on you. Not as hoppy as the average "Vermont IPAs." Would definitely drink it again.

Photo of Gatch
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Really didnt expect this to be so gooood! Has the character of the great VT IPAs. Smell, taste, and feel are all outstanding! Highly recommended.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this should get popular pretty soon, a big Vermont ipa, more in the west coast tradition than many of its more elegant peers, this is a bomb, but a well made one and with a unique hop flavor that's as resin loaded as any from the other coast. to me simcoe and some other varietal or two seem to be doing the bulk of the flavoring, but I also get something like galaxy, high alpha but unique and fruity when used right. this has more pine than fruit to it, but definitely a pear or something quality about the middle. fuller bodied and really palate coating as it drinks with a lingering honey sweetness to balance the bitter hops. aggressively hopped beer, but there is also some darker crystal malt in here giving it a ton of substance. my first beer from crop is a fine one, an excellent big ipa with as much hop character as can be packed into a beer. reminds me of averys maharaja in many ways, and that's a good thing!

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Idletyme IPA from Crop Bistro & Brewery
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