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Hopothesis IPA - Hopothesis Beer Company

Hopothesis IPAHopothesis IPA

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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 21.08%

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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Photo of BerwynBomber

4.38/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my short time immersing myself back into the craft beer world, I have found myself gravitating toward the IPA sector. I find this version to be a great example for the variety, hoppy, but not overdone. I definitely understand what the Brewmaster meant when he said it was "sessionable"; purists be dammed...

It tastes like...more.
..so, I think I will.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 21:55:52 | More by BerwynBomber
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.05/5  rDev +22%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 23:09:05 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of ChiHawk58

3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw this beer while studying for a Master of Science and couldn't resist the label. A deep cherrywood finish and floral hops. Big on the hoppy sap taste, but not unbearable. Somewhere between the flavor of a Bell's Two-hearted and Goose Island's IPA. A solid offering, although still now quite laying a glove on nearby 3 Floyd's.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 03:08:42 | More by ChiHawk58
Photo of tjsdomer2


3.94/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 01:56:40 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of KDawg


3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2012 18:31:59 | More by KDawg
Photo of barnzy78


3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First I've had from this brewery, and I'm not at all familiar with them.
12oz bottle, pours hazy copper in color with tons of carbonation, nice rocky off-white head, good retention, and lacing is left all the way down the glass. Malty nose with caramel & brown sugar, spicy hop, faint citrus. Tastes are sweet caramel malt upfront, brown sugar, toffee, toasted grain, spicy hops, mild citrus tones, some pine on the finish. Body is medium, creamy, and smooth, with moderate carbonation. I had assumed this was an American IPA when I bought it, but early on while drinking it, it is clearly an English IPA. Very good for the style; good complexity, good balance & surprisingly recommendable too.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 22:10:46 | More by barnzy78
Photo of cnbrown313


3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium golden brown with a generous off white, pillowy head

S - Smells sweet, biscuty, and hoppy. A little bit of a piney / citrus hop smell.

T - My first impression was that it reminded me of Bells Two Hearted. It's sweet and malty upfront, with a decent amount of bitterness as it finishes. It was also a pretty easy to drink, session-able beer, with a fresh hop taste. Very well balanced.

M - Medium to full bodied for an IPA and seemed a little thick, but I expected this since it was a little on the sweeter side.

O - It wasn't a beer that blew me away (especially with all of the great IPA's out there). But for a reasonably priced, session beer - I'd certainly buy this again!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 15:55:28 | More by cnbrown313
Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb


3.79/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an english pint. Pours a clear golden with a big, dense, white head that dissipates slowly into a cap. A lot of visible carbonation and a lot of lacing on the glass. Aroma is butterscotch and toffee up front, with peach, apple, mango, and bubblegum in the background. The best way to describe the tongue is that there is layers of sweet fruit and butterscotch all down the tongue, but it finishes somewhat bitter, and that lingers around long after everything else. I feel like I can drink a few of these, but it's too big and syrupy to call it sessionable.

Overall: I have spoken to the brewers about this beer, and they call it an english IPA, but I think a better label would be an english strong ale. I think the name should be changed from IPA to something else. If you only drink IPAs, then don't buy this. If you drink other beer styles, then this is a good choice.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 15:53:44 | More by offthelevel_bytheplumb
Photo of blackcompg


3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Pours nearly 2 fingers of a tight eggshell yellow head, body is a beautiful opaque papricot amber color, really looks like a hefeweizen. Nice lacing finishes out the look.

Smell - Sweet tropical fruits, apricot, peach, hint of banana, creamy carmels, floral hops, touch of fuitcake.

Taste - Wow, really alot of sweet banana esters and yeast flavors here, semi sweet peach and bittering peach pits, then some nice grassy and floral hops to balance. I also get faint touches of anise and carraway. Longer into the finish the hops get very bitter, leaving some grapefruit pith and dried rye crusts.

Mouthfeel - Nearly medium and almost creamy, the flavors are bold and nearly mouthcoating, carb is smooth and a touch slick, a few faint edges at the sides of the tongue. The finish is dry and a touch chalky. A fairly easy drinker, but the finish is definitely dry.

Overall - A very interesting take on an ipa, seems to have more characteristics of an epa to me, and the banana esters really threw me, but they work pretty well here. Not for everyone, but if you like a bubblegum nose and a dry bitter finish, you'll love this.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 05:26:49 | More by blackcompg
Photo of TMoney2591


3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at Beer Bistro North.

The final beer (supposedly) of my latest sojourn through the Windy City. It pours a clear auburn-amber topped by a finger-and-a-half of dirty cream-white foam. The nose comprises light caramel, flowers, and a general sense of citrus peel. The taste, unwavering in its decision to follow the nose to the letter, does just that, though a touch of light leek does manage to sneak in there for the sake of it. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, an alright IPA, nothing too spectacular or eye-opening here. Something tells me subsequent batches'll be slightly more exciting, though (just a hunch on my part)...

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2012 22:05:51 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of FosterJM


3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

1741st Review on BA
Draft to Pint

@Slagers on 47th, Forest Park, IL

App- A very dark golden yellow with a one finger head. A little bit of scattered cling. Wasnt the clearest beer either. A nice rep of the style.

Smell- A bit sweet malt with a small hop not. A little bit of caramel as well. Very herbal and grassy on the nose.

Taste- A semi-clean clean IPA with semi smooth flavors, haven't had too many EIPA's but the contrast is quite nice. Malty sweet with a balanced hop attack. A bit more earthy and grassy still but still a little balanced. This wasnt the most flavorful but was okay.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level and a nice hop kick. Grassy and herbal on the finish as well with some caramel.

Drink- Overall, I was in a dive bar meeting a 1/2 brother I never met. Well then. This was a tick.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2013 20:52:07 | More by FosterJM
Photo of guityler83


3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: A darker hazy copper color that doesn't let much light through. A small off white head poured into the glass with not much retention.

S: Slight hint of alcohol but it might be the malty bready profile that i'm detecting. A tiny bit of aroma hops come through, dankness mostly a little bit of cat piss

T: The sweetness is distracting from the dank, piney, bittering hops. It finishes dry but not nearly as much malt flavor as i anticipated with the aroma i detected.

M: Sticky and dry

O: Having not seen this beer in MKE before, I got a case of this for a beer exchange at work. While it didn't meet my expectations, being contract brewed they might be tweaking the recipe an not have full control over their process. With so many great IPAs out there its hard to standout, this one doesn't for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 00:31:34 | More by guityler83
Photo of emerge077


3.01/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 01:05:42 | More by emerge077
Photo of WoodBrew


2.7/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 01:33:58 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of mynie


2.55/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at a fancy hotel bar. The bartender said it was better than GI's Green Line, so my guess is she gets a cut out of each pint she sells.

Tastes like a decent homebrew IPA. Medium-alpha hops of no clear origin, lightly thick syrup malt, and a wee little hint of extract medicinalness. Not very good for a commercially sold beer. It actually tastes little bit like something from Minhas or Cold Springs--has the same nodes of poison--but thankfully the hops are okay and are strong enough to blot most of that out.

I could finish it, but I certainly would not recommend--especially in a city that has literally 10 excellent house IPAs at its disposal.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2014 19:41:20 | More by mynie
Photo of mfnmbvp


2.5/5  rDev -24.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 00:56:59 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of Lemke10


2.33/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 03:13:28 | More by Lemke10
Photo of bashiba


2.2/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 00:18:09 | More by bashiba
Photo of drpimento


2.15/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Definitely the best thing about this beer is its appearance. Nothing else, except the ABV reflects anything close to a traditional or even recognizable IPA. Almost no hops in the nose, very little in the taste, body is not bad except there's some missing characteristics that the hops give to the mouth feel. And of course the finish sums all of this up. I can hardly imagine how a more forgettable beer could be made.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 02:28:53 | More by drpimento
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.06/5  rDev -38%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 18:18:18 | More by biboergosum
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