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Hopothesis IPA - Hopothesis Beer Company

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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 21.15%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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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SunnysideLilStore

Illinois

5/5  rDev +51.1%

01-24-2014 16:00:49 | More by SunnysideLilStore
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NIURicky

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +43.5%

06-09-2013 22:25:04 | More by NIURicky
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aliciamsu

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +36%

03-08-2014 01:07:42 | More by aliciamsu
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BerwynBomber


4.38/5  rDev +32.3%
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
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zonker17

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

09-09-2012 03:04:53 | More by zonker17
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milwaukee512

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

11-16-2013 04:58:30 | More by milwaukee512
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

05-12-2013 19:19:56 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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Listers

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

08-15-2012 04:20:27 | More by Listers
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Hoofbite84


4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

10-11-2012 16:25:46 | More by Hoofbite84
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dunlap926

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

07-11-2014 22:30:14 | More by dunlap926
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jrpapajcik

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

03-04-2013 04:52:34 | More by jrpapajcik
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +22.4%
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
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foodie9791

Illinois

4/5  rDev +20.8%

03-01-2013 03:30:01 | More by foodie9791
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MSandahl23

Indiana

4/5  rDev +20.8%

12-24-2012 13:20:17 | More by MSandahl23
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cd34

Illinois

4/5  rDev +20.8%

05-27-2014 03:19:07 | More by cd34
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Le_HopHead

Illinois

4/5  rDev +20.8%

01-01-2014 05:42:21 | More by Le_HopHead
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ChiHawk58


3.98/5  rDev +20.2%
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
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +19%
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
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KDawg

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
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
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
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
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cnbrown313

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
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
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offthelevel_bytheplumb

Illinois

3.79/5  rDev +14.5%
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
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Hairrrrrrrr

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

07-04-2013 01:23:51 | More by Hairrrrrrrr
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SciFritz

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

11-25-2012 12:05:38 | More by SciFritz
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MaseFace

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

02-17-2013 04:12:37 | More by MaseFace
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Hopothesis IPA from Hopothesis Beer Company
77 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.