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Hoptimization IPA | Brothers Craft Brewing

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Hoptimization IPAHoptimization IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brothers Craft Brewing
Virginia, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Camjmorton on 06-07-2013

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Photo of Pantalones
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle #4 from the six-pack I picked up a week or so ago. Bottling date is January 19th, 2016 so still super fresh.

Color is a nice dark gold, bordering on orange in places; it's hazy but not opaque, and with the help of a flashlight (or just holding it up to a light) I can see some bubbles rising up from the bottom. Decent layer of white foam on top, which shrinks down to a thin cap on the surface after a couple minutes, leaving a thicker ring around the edges, a few thicker spots with some big bubbles, and a few trails on the sides. The foam leaves pretty substantial lacing along the sides as the glass empties out.

Smell is some piney-ish hops right away, followed by a blend of malt and spiciness that comes across as a little cedar-y in combination with the pine. A bit of slightly sweetish fruitiness in there too. On further sniffs, I'm also reminded of those bagels or bread loaves that come with onion bits, sesame seeds, poppyseeds, etc. coating the top. It's a nice smell overall.

Taste is very similar to the smell -- piney/spicy hop blend (maybe a teeny bit grapefruit-y as well?), with lightly toasty bread-crust malt, and a bit of sweetness mixed in there too, often blending in with the slight citrusy flavor from the hops. Definitely still reminds me of those bagels I mentioned in the smell section, but that's not a bad thing at all since I really like those bagels. XD

Feel is really nice. Not too light, some noticeable carbonation but it's never prickly; there's a bit of a thicker/heftier sort of feel to this one, which I find to be appropriate for the ABV, strength of flavors, and hazy appearance. I remember taking note of this when I had a sample as part of a flight at the brewery too, so I'm guessing that's a pretty consistent thing for this beer even though the exact flavors and smells might not be (it mentions right on the bottle that they alter the recipe from time to time, using a rotating blend of hops.) As nice as the taste is, the mouthfeel may actually be my favorite part of this one.

Overall, this is a tasty beer that I'm glad to have around (and especially glad that I was able to stumble across such a fresh six-pack of; living within barely over an hour's drive of the brewery probably helps with that) -- definitely not a "pure hop juice" IPA so it may not meet your expectations if that's your thing, but fans of a more balanced IPA that's hoppy but still has a malt presence to it should enjoy this one.

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3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Stokes_
2.84/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Picked this one up the other night on a whim. Poured a deep amber color into a pint glass, head is minimal and dissipated quickly. Not very much nose to it, a bit of citrus. Mouth-feel was a tad watery. The malt was dominant over the hops, not very much bitterness to it at all.

Overall: About average. I definitely wouldn't go out of my way to try it, if there's other IPA's available that you enjoy, you're safer going with them. Would drink again if my options were extremely limited.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled date 12 Feb 2016 (stamped on bottle and hard to read).

Cloudy honey, almost apricot color with tall thick cream head. Nose of fruity hops with some resinous hops secondary, bready malt beneath. Taste a rich combination of delicious hops and creamy soft malts, a little sweet. Thick and delicious. Mouthfeel clean, smooth, not as heavy as appearance might suggest, and pleasant. Aftertaste hoppy like many IPAs.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Strong hops up front with a subtle calm aftertaste.

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4.73/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 1/26/16 (roughly a week old)

Grabbed a sixer when I heard about recipe updates. I loved this beer when I first tired it a year or two ago.

Look- nice pale hue, promises not to be overly malty

Smell- nice hop aroma, I heard rumors of additional dry hopping as part of the update. I'm an aroma hop nut so it's never enough for me but I was very happy here.

Taste- great balance between bitterness and the malt bill. Nice piney notes, more classic west coast influence. It's clearly still Hoptimization even with the updates.

Feel- mouthfeel is the most noticeable improvement from the recipe updates. It's everything I want from a malt bill that doesn't include wheat or oat flakes.

Overall- small changes to an already great beer that have taken it to the next level.

Kudos to Brothers for striving for excellence.

Grab a fresh sixer when you see one.

Cheers!

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Hoptimization IPA from Brothers Craft Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.