Hopothesis IPA - Hopothesis Beer Company
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3.79/5 rDev +14.8%
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
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
Serving type: bottle
08-23-2013 00:56:59 | More by mfnmbvp
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-07-2013 18:18:18 | More by biboergosum
Hopothesis IPA from Hopothesis Beer Company
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