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Hopothesis IPA - Hopothesis Beer Company

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Hopothesis IPAHopothesis IPA

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BA SCORE
77
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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 20.3%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hopothesis Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Hopothesis IPA is the first of many cerebral drinking experiences. Our India Pale Ale is specifically formulated to be balanced, flavorful, and approachable. It can be easily paired with a variety of food and you can drink more than one and still feel quite lucid. Enjoy.

55 IBU

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-03-2012)
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Reviews by Lemke10:
Photo of Lemke10
2.33/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This pours a clear golden color with a slight foamy head with a slightly bitter aroma. The taste is smooth and has a very sour/bitter tone. There is a flavor that tastes like old sour water that distracts from the overall taste. This could definitely use some work and improvements.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of pegordon
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of biboergosum
2.06/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

355ml bottle. Another shell company selling Minhas product. Comical, sort of.

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with one finger of fizzy, somewhat foamy, loosely bubbly wan beige head, which leaves a few low bands of stringy lace around the glass as it quickly abates.

It smells of sharply metallic, flinty generic citrus and pine hops, pale caramel malt, and another jab of medicinal alcohol. The taste is like a shot of west coast hop-infused cough medicine - acrid, fake fruity, and chemical in its booziness. A bit of stringent caramel malt eventually burbles up, but to little avail.

The carbonation is a tad edgy, but at least evident in its quotidian work, the body medium-light in weight, and way too flinty to trick me into believing its up front pithy smoothness. It finishes off-dry, still hot-seeming, the hops and malt both corrupted and weirdly abetting.

This is hardly an English or American IPA overall, though perhaps there is a nod to the latter, but it's way too obfuscated by a certain alcoholic stank. Neither enlightened nor really hoppy, and a further waste of a decent pun in the name.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.94/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clean, crisp, and golden. Excellent carbonation and lacing.

Smell: Raisins and licorice. Maple syrup in the finish. A tad sweet for an IPA.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Extremely malty. Sweet caramel (even some chocolate). Some more raisins. Again, a tad sweet for the style. Clean, moderate mouthfeel.

Overall: Not a great example of the style, but a good beer nonetheless.

Photo of WoodBrew
2.7/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Trying hopothesis for the first time and I am not impressed. The beer carries more malt than hops and is very sweet. The beer pours a hazy copper with thin white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent is mostly a sweet malt with very subtle hints of hops. The taste start bitter with a metallic twang then turns slightly sweet and then finishes bitter. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall, at 7%abv this beer really serves no purpose. It doesn't taste good enough to casually drink and it is too strong to session.

Photo of Scott231
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of sjones5045
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of bashiba
2.2/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a hazy copper color with thin white head.

The nose has a bit of a copper quality and a light bit of sweet malt.

The flavor is very odd. Has a sweet sort of artificial taste. Not much in the way of hops, just a l light bitterness.

The mouthfeel is thin.

Overall it's not very good. I wouldn't call it IPA at all. More of a bad amber.

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

Photo of Chris7482
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of larryarms847
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of robotiks
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of DaneBramage
3/5  rDev -9.1%

You know how most IPA reviews here say "hints of....."? This has no hints of anything. Mild hoppy taste, no citrus taste, no real flavor. Could be better with a few small improvements, but right now it's a stretch to call this an IPA.

Photo of G_Mad
1.5/5  rDev -54.5%

Photo of emerge077
3.01/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

July 13 printed on the bottle, guessing that's an expiration but hard to be sure. Brewed in Monroe, WI... Minhas? Really? If it was good enough for Randy Mosher (5 Rabbit), I guess so... *sigh*

Into a tulip glass it pours a dark reddish copper color, lots of sticky off white foam and lacing in the glass. Ok clarity, some retention after a few minutes.

Sweet caramel smell, light floral and orange peel, but pretty mild hop content.

Taste is similarly caramelly sweet and malt forward with vague citrus, a bit one dimensional. Sweetness lingers, a light bitterness in the aftertaste that fades quickly. Medium feel, the sweetness is a little session-prohibitive, but it's drinkable enough. Comparable to DFH 60 Min, or similar entry level pale ales, but even SNPA is hoppier. With so many more unique IPA's on the market, this will be hard to return to at $12 a six pack.

Half Acre's first beer was also contract brewed and pretty meh, so i'll give Hopothesis the benefit of the doubt that (hopefully) they can only improve from here on out.

Photo of Hendrick24
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of KDawg
3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into a pint glass. Pours a dark toffee color.

Balanced aromas of toffee, caramel, some spice.

Medium/full bodied with a real nice feel. Good balance with really good flavors of toffee, caramel, bitter hops and some navel oranges.

A very good EIPA. Well balanced and you don't taste the alcohol at all.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.05/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a nonic.
7.1% ABV, VEN JULY 13 on neck.

A - Leaving the sediment in the bottle might have been a good idea considering the pour still produced a hazy golden amber beer. Hopothesis' chunky ivory head rose quickly, surpassing my standards and caked the nonic in thick lace as it slowly descended.

S - Hopothesis' engaging aroma begins with a bold hop presence that blends light lemongrass citrus notes with those of earthier, more grassy and dry leaf-like hops and a floral finish. Hints of butterscotch elevate the grainy caramel malt background but a dry cardboard nuance brings it back down.

T - Grainy pale malt and husky notes take a turn to something quite different (and better) when bold caramel sweetness jumps out to overtake much of the hoppiness. Lemongrass citrus stays true in flavor, lingering along the finish with just a pinch of pine resin on the back end.

M - Hopothesis' IPA is a pretty hefty one weighing in just over 7% ABV and it shows in the mouthfeel. All the malt which goes into this beer provides a striking medium-full body and powerful lingering sweetness that is (thank goodness) balanced by a bit of dry, hoppy bitterness on the finish.

O - Hopothesis' IPA finishes much sweeter than one might anticipate from an IPA but, the beer as a whole is rather interesting and thought-provoking, a compliment I'd imagine. American hops are used in a manner that creates a somewhat English outcome, forsaking the bolder citrus characteristics for something a little more subtle and understated. Somewhat off target and a little higher in alcohol than what I'd look for in a sessionable IPA I'd say, but a good beer nonetheless.

Photo of Wiscodrinker
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Like others have noted, another faux craft beer "brewery" brewing cheap swill under a guise. Bottle says Chicago, IL and Monroe, WI on the label. Expectations are average, based on this knowledge.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours two fingers of off-white head on top of a bright burnt sienna orange colored body. This could pass for a decent IPA, based on appearance. Head thins to a bubbly ring around the edges with a little bit of stringy lacing.

S - The smell is another story. Virtually no bitter hop presence from the centennial and cascade hops 'used' here. Smells like cheap swill, in all honesty. Cheap expired dusty malts & grains, a hint of caramel, and some rubbing alcohol fumes are about all you can expect out of this one.

T - Taste is more of the same: cheap dusty generic cereal grains, malts, coppery / metallic, and virtually no hop presence whatsoever. I thought this was supposed to be an IPA? Either way, the taste here definitely reflects the quality of the ingredients used. Very disappointing.

M - Feel is dry and bitter, but with that cheap dusty-shelf malt liquor edge to it. Carbonation is a tad overdone, but is tolerable.

Overall, another soulless shell of a beer from Minhas, posing itself as an authentic IPA, and further posing itself as a separate brewery based in Chicago, when they only have this one awful beer under their belt. High 7.10% abv is absurdly unnecessary. A true gimmick if there ever was one; I had high hopes but walked away disappointed. Avoid.

Hopothesis IPA ---2.5/5

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.3/5  rDev 0%

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Hopothesis IPA from Hopothesis Beer Company
77 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.