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Pocahoptas | Center of the Universe Brewing Company

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Center of the Universe Brewing Company
Virginia, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wagenvolks on 12-15-2012

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 147
Reviews by wagenvolks:
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3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle as an extra in a trade with BryanC on thebeerspot. Thanks! Apparently this bottle is less than a week old, and the "D" month marked on the label confirms it.

A very pretty IPA, this. Golden, fiery orange body shows a sparkling, almost-filtered clarity in my Jester King snifter. Not much head or carbonation, but the ring of spittle-colored foam retains well. The aroma throws a healthy dose of "C" hops at the nose--floral, citrusy, piney, and ultimately fragrant. Hop notes get balanced nicely by caramel and light toffee notes from the malt.

The flavor is big on bitterness, as resin and pine sap leave a lingering bite on the sides and back of the palate. Flavor hops are there, but ultimately overshadowed a bit. Still, some tasty notes of tropical fruit and fresh, green hop cones. The grain bill and alcohol presence are clean and unoffensive, but could stand to provide a bit more balance to the bitter onslaught. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and light in carbonation. A bit sticky and chewy, but it's a good thing. Overall, a more-than-serviceable IPA from what appears to be an up-and-coming brewery out of VA. Cheers!

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Photo of ordybill
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap in Chester, VA.
Aroma- A nice blend of hops and citrus.
Appearance- The beer pours a murky burnt orange with a large white head.
Taste- The hops come through with a nice melding with the citrus flavors, nice taste.
Palate- A really good IPA, has a medium body with mild carbonation and an oily texture.
Overall- I liked this beer, I will drink it again when I am back in the area.

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Photo of scushman
4.76/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not overly hoppy, very smooth. very drinkable. Especially great for pairing, since it will not overpower the pairing. Probably one of the best beers to have with red meat, especially a med-rare steak. Beer looks great in a glass, and not overly sour or tart. COTU hit a home run with this beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of timfore
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Center Of The Universe Brewing "Pocahoptas IPA"
on tap at Mekong, $5 for a "nonic" pint glass

Appearance: Deep copper, off-white head, no lacing... dirty glass?

Aroma: Citrusy, piney, subtly earthy, and floral hops as expected. They're not overly bold, but clearly present - enough so that no malt makes its way through the mix.

Flavor: As the aroma indicates (grapefruit, pine, pineapple, orange) with a bit of straightforwardly sweetish biscuity/toasty malt acting as a springboard. It's fairly bitter, cutting off the malt and hops, and giving it it a one-two punch of character rather than greater complexity.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation (which is probably a good thing given the heavy-handed bitterness).

Overall: Hop bomb. Somewhat off-balance. If that's what you're looking for it works, but I couldn't see having a second one.

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of TwistofKane
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of hophugger
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of rvajohn
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of BoneySaunz
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Much better from a can than the tap. Aroma is very subtle, not strong. Citrus, bitter, piney. A solid brew.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of VeganUndead
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this as a side-by-side tasting with aleworks drake tail, and devils backbone 8 point to determine what the best IPA available in virginia is. Hands down COTU has stepped up and taken the crown imo. More malt backbone than the db, but not as much as the aleworks, well blended with plenty of hoppy bitterness. A must try for those looking for a good beer in RVA outside of Hardywood. Cheers

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of DerekCarruth
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gregaroo
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack for my trip to Lockn'. Forgot to rate, but I still had two left! Poured from a can (thus the high "Look" rating) into my Avery tulip glass. Great aroma and exceptional hop flavors. This is one I'd get again and again from COTU.

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Pocahoptas from Center of the Universe Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.