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Hopothesis IPA - Hopothesis Beer Company

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100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 20.78%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | 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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TMoney2591

Illinois

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
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emerge077

Illinois

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
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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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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

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
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3/5  rDev -9.6%

03-31-2013 01:49:20 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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WoodBrew

Illinois

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
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barnzy78

Illinois

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
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drpimento

Wisconsin

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
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FosterJM

California

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
12oz

@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
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mynie

Indiana

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
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enelson

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-12-2013 23:22:04 | More by enelson
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eawolff99

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-29-2013 00:46:26 | More by eawolff99
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Florida9

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

08-09-2013 20:13:21 | More by Florida9
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MSandahl23

Indiana

4/5  rDev +20.5%

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

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-12-2013 00:57:59 | More by Daniellobo
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hilgart1

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

10-18-2012 00:22:26 | More by hilgart1
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bashiba

Iowa

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
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zonker17

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +28%

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

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

10-02-2013 17:02:06 | More by krome
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mychalg9

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +13%

11-19-2012 22:24:41 | More by mychalg9
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

10-09-2013 04:40:16 | More by jrohrbacher
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +13%

10-14-2012 19:52:47 | More by thinwhiteduke
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +28%

05-12-2013 19:19:56 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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bcm75

Illinois

3/5  rDev -9.6%

07-12-2014 00:41:21 | More by bcm75
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jschott75

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-16-2014 23:59:59 | More by jschott75
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Hopothesis IPA from Hopothesis Beer Company
77 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.