Hoptimization IPA - Brothers Craft Brewing

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Hoptimization IPAHoptimization IPA

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187 Ratings
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 3
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Camjmorton on 06-07-2013

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Ratings: 187 | Reviews: 28
Photo of lapsoo
4.64/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. It won't hurt any craft lover. At begining has strong taste but goes out fast so
it did not fill me up after one glass/bottle. Is definitively IPA but not agressive. Great for summer night, not daytime party. One of things, beside I love beer,why I drink craft beer is for probiotic value. I felt this non-pasteurized beer deep in stomach similar to my own home brewed beer. It was excelent choice buy this beer. Hope I will visit brewery/restaurant one day.

Photo of Kevhodges
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

color is outstanding and the hops got me Hoptimized!

Photo of krbrevard
4.31/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pouring from a bottle to a standard american pint glass-

A: Light copper, no head whatsoever in the pour. Beer could be a little old but that's on me...
S: Not much to take in, getting some malts and maybe just a small hint of something piney
T: Now we're talking! Good malt/hop balance in the front, and a nice bitterness in the back. Getting the pine for sure. Getting more bitter as I drink it and i really really like that but still has some balance in the end. No alcohol taste at all for a 7+.
M:Not too much carbonation, has a bit of a pungency that the hops are revealing on the top of my mouth. The bottom of my mouth is unaffected.
O:- A solid IPA; i could drink this all day. I'm a resident of the valley and really do enjoy this beer. IMHO the best IPA in the area.

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A friend sent this beer over for me to try, he generally sends good stuff so here we go, gonna join the brotherhood. Decent looking beer with that great IPA smell. Good flavor without the bitter bite, easy to drink IPA, enjoyed this beer very much. Will certainly pick up again depending upon cost. Good beer to take a run at.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hybrid of a creamy and foamy white head that dissipates rather quickly, The beer itself is a clear orange and brown that borders on amber. The smell has a strong hoppy smell. The hops notes come off as orange with a bit of pine but is balanced by a light malt smell. The taste is similar to the smell. The hop taste comes off as a strong orange with a slight honey and bready taste to balance it out. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth and medium bodied. The mouthfeel also has an interesting fluffy feel to it because of the carbonation. Overall, a very good IPA and one I highly recommend getting, This beer is definitely one of their better offerings.

Photo of rudzud
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra and poured into my Duvel tulip. Date of 8/14/14 on bottle

A - Pours a nice darker golden orange hue with a good one finger creamy head that fades to a thick, dense blanket. Slightly sticky side lacing.

S - Aromas of light biscuits, faint caramel, soft hops. Fainter tropical notes, light citrus. Solid enough nose.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Not too sweet malts, citrus peel, good faint tropical notes. Caramel is light. Not offensive, pretty solid considering it is two months old. Light bitter finish. Alcohol hidden VERY well.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, bright, and the alcohol is hidden completely.

O - Overall, a very nice offering from Three Brothers. Would have liked to try this super fresh but still, no complaints.

Serving Type: Bottle

Photo of woodychandler
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one was part of a local, in-person trade with tone77.

From the bottle: "Join The Brotherhood!"; "Achieve Maximum Hoptimization!"; "What's a craft brewery to do when all the typical IPA hops are gone? Innovate, of course, just like craft breweries have always done. Our West Coast IPA recipe fluctuates, capturing a creativity that any craft beer enthusiast can appreciate. Hoptimization uses an ever-evolving hop bill unique to every production cycle to achieve the same citrusy flavor you love and the bold, bitter bite you crave."; "Step away from typical and try something new."; "Three Brothers Brewing is located in downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia: The heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Come see us sometime!"; "Keep 'em cold/Drink 'em in a glass"; Batch Number: MFG2014.05.25".

I used an aggro pour to get a pseudo-cascade started, resulting in three fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention. Color was a deep-gold (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity. Of course, this led to the untimely arrival of Croesus, Mammon and Midas, all clamoring for a sip. I pressed on, leaning in for a sniff and I have to say, it was right up hophead alley! It was a dank combination of pine and grapefruit with a little bit of caramel thrown in for good measure. The head was now beginning to fall, leaving behind some nice lacing. Mouthfeel was medium. I got a little bit of fusel alcohol initially, then some sweet caramel and then the hops began to kick in. Once the bitter citrusiness took hold, I really could not taste much else. It was like the hops were holding a surprise party and once they jumped out, there were no secrets left. Finish was dry and bitter, just the way I like my AIPAs.

Photo of Inyoureyes85
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Strong hops up front with a subtle calm aftertaste.

Photo of Camjmorton
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hoptimization IPA is a nice take on the West Coast style IPA. It's decently bitter, and has a pleasantly earthy aroma. It pours an amber color, and has a great citrus flavor. I think it is one of the best beers they've had on tap since they opened.

Photo of smakawhat
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottled May 12th 2014.

Deep bronze orange, and quite clear body. Good rising amount of carbonation, capped with a very large off white swiss cheese head. Fist full tall, with large bubbles on creation, and speckled lacing.

Nose hints towards malted brown bread and toasty bread crust. Hop angle comes second with a hint of citrus and tropical fruit notes that don't come out to distinguishable.

Palate comes simply with a nice mix of malt sweetness first of caramel and toast, with the hops matching towards some citrus and mostly some dank flavors. Thick solid malt density with a bit of sweetness taking away from the hops a bit. Good chewy body, with some leafy and green bitterness on the finish to go with it. Hits more to dank and earth than citrus it seems.

Still overall it's quite an enjoyable IPA, but seems a little different than advertised.

Photo of obywan59
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours golden to copper in hue with a 2 finger off white head that leaves moderate lacing. Just slightly hazy.

The aroma is of grassy hops with ripe citrus. Moderate hoppiness allows the light toast, honeylike and caramel aromas of the malts to shine through.

Bitter hops predominate in the taste, with sweet caramel malts, grapefruit peel and hints of pine and ripe citrus.

Moderate in body with light syrup, and a numbing/drying effect on the tongue. Oily hop burn in the throat, especially early on.

Very good overall. In the beginning, it was mainly just bitter, but as the taste buds become numb, the flavors balance out.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good level of clarity on this one. Nice frothy and thick crème head too. Resin heavy nose. Flavor brings a good level of the same. Earthy piney resin. This is a nice easy drinker, but nothing overly showy or mind-blowing. Decent example of an east coast IPA.

Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: This poured a hazy copper with some white head.
S: It smelled like faint citrus zest and pine hops, with a little sweet earthy malt.
T: It tasted like copper and earthy barley, with some citrus zest and pine. It had a mostly clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was thick with a little carbonation. Excellent big body.
D: This was a decent IPA, but the scent and taste weren't anything great. The body was nearly perfect, and the finish was smooth enough. So it was easy to drink. Really not bad, but just another forgettable brew in the end.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to RussianDragon for the bottle.

The beer is clear and light golden with an inch of white head. Aromas include tangerine, bread dough, light pine. Refreshing and tasty. Citrus character comes through, balanced by a sourdough, yeast character. A hint of melon, finishing with a gentle bitterness. Alcohol masked quite well. A solid brew.

Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a brownish/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus hops, a bit of pine as well. Taste is bitter, citrus, some pine, very dry at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality and solid beer.

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy orange amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with some small particulates near the edge of the glass. It poured with a finger high beige head that has good retention properties and took a long time to die down, consistently leaving a quarter finger high head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with notes of citrusy and piney hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but the hops are stronger than the malts—flavors of grapefruit stand out in particular—and contribute a light to moderate amount of carbonation. No sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA is easy to drink and has a good balance between the malts and hops.

Photo of reebtaerG
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz bottle dated 11/21/13 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours cloudy amber with a two finger off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving lots of lacing.

S-Aroma is grapefruit, caramel, herbal hops and grain.

T-Flavor is grapefruit, caramel, pine resin an hops.

M-Mouthfell is OK, but not balanced. The hops were bitter and lots of caramel, but they didn’t go together.

O-Overall a okay IPA. Glad I got only one.

Photo of A_Frayed_Knot
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The first time I experienced Hoptimization was on tap at Landsdowne Resort in Leesburg, VA. It was a delight at the time because until then I had been finding most IPAs found while dining out verrrry sweet... Much the same as it was on draught, the bottled seems appropriately hop-blessed without trying to tamp down bitterness with excess sugar. In fact the bitterness is welcome following a piney inhale of aroma... Foam crest lingers in the glass. "Keep 'em cold, drink 'em in a glass" is printed on the label: well-noted, 3 Brothers! I'm only sorry I had such difficulty searching for your name with "3" vs. "three" and not being able to remember if it's "Hoptimator" or "Hoptimizer" there are too many clever pun-derived names out there. Not what I'd call the Ultimate hop-stacked experience but definitely one I'd look forward to during the cold season when we're over-inundated with Xmas cookie exchanges and gingerbread brews and the last thing one wants from one's IPA is another sugared-up concoction. Bravo and please bring on more of the same!

Photo of uvachief
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eh..Its okay. Hoppy and clean. Piney finish but not overpowering. Decent. I'd prefer Starr Hill Northern Lights over this most days.

Photo of Treyliff
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 3/11/14

A- A slow pour into a pint glass produces a huge foamy and bubbly white head, about four-fingers that takes a while to finally settle, over-carbonated perhaps? Body is a hazy golden-orange

S- tropical and citrusy hop aroma with notes of mango, pineapple and orange peel. Sweet sugary malt

T- tropical fruity hop flavors follow the aroma with an emphasis on pineapple and grass. Malty sweetness with a raw dry finish

M- medium body with heavy carbonation leads to a mouth-feeling foamy mouthfeel and a sudsy finish

O- perhaps this was just an over carbonated batch, but the mouthfeel was like drinking soda. The flavor is a little rough around the edges, but has a nice fruity hop profile

Photo of justintcoons
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Golden amber with 1 finger of creamy head. Good clarity with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Pine, tangerine, onion, caramel, and honey.

Taste
Firm honey and caramel malt backbone. Lots of pine and some grapefruit zest. Damp, earthy, and lightly spicy hops. Suggestions of tangerine pith and pear. Finishes with hints of onion and grapefruit zest.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, and off-dry with a moderate bitterness.

Overall
Earthy and damp with an English inspired taste.

Photo of argock
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottle date on label is MFG2014.01.14. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Deep amber with 1-finger of light beige, tightly bubbled head with average retention and skimpy lacing.

S: Way too heavy on the caramel malts with a lot of burned caramel notes, some toasted notes. This one borders on hoppy red ale with this aroma profile. The hops notes are resinous, earthy, and herbal, lightly floral. There are some mild fruity yeast esters and there is no alcohol in the aroma.

T: The flavor also borders on hoppy amber ale versus American IPA, mainly because the flavor isn't hoppy enough. Flavorwise, I might even say this fits English IPA better for all of the caramel malt character and earthy, herbal, resinous hopping, with a little bit of pine. There is yeast character as well, which adds the only real fruity components, and the alcohol is not hot but provides an edgy bitterness. Not a bad tasting beer, but way too heavy on the caramel sweetness.

M: The heaviness of the caramel malt give this beer too much body, which coupled with the low carbonation, again fits it as an English IPA.

O: After such a great experience with Great Outdoors, a very refreshing and easy-drinking, balanced APA, Hoptimization is a bit of a let-down.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.02/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a murky copper color with lots of fine sediment. The head is around a finger high and off-white in shade. Retention is good, and the soft texture leaves behind rings of sticky lacing on my glass. (3.25)

Smell: While there's a touch of grapefruit coming through, it's hoppiness is mainly floral and piny. There's a lot of malt, in particular. I get caramel, toffee, bread, and honey. The nose is pretty average as far as IPAs go. (3)

Taste: So is the taste. Malts seem to provide the gist of the flavor profile, with the hops only acting as a ballasting bitterness. An initial flavor of caramel, honey, and bread gives way to a light piny bite. It's not really complex, nor does it have much in the way of juicy hop flavor. Basically an average IPA in all aspects. (3)

Mouthfeel: Despite the malt presence, its unfiltered nature makes it crisp on the palate. Ultimately, the sweetness wins out, making it seem rather heavy. Carbonation is average for the style. (3)

Overall: This is an old-school IPA in a world rapidly being replaced with tropical, juicy IPAs lean in both malt and bitterness. I also think that Maryland's IPAs are utterly shaming the IPAs I've had from Virginia, but you didn't hear me say that... ;) (3)

3.02/5: Still needs some (h)optimization

Photo of KYGunner
3/5  rDev -18.9%

The nose is light, too light, with a relatively generic hop aroma, subtle flower, perfume and yeast characteristics.

The hop flavor seems a bit watery, almost like pine needles soaked in water. There's a bit of perfumish flower, light malt and cracker.

Hoping this was a bad bottle or a bad palate moment because this was unremarkable.

Photo of JLK
3/5  rDev -18.9%

It packs a punch, but a little too bitter for me. Hoppy.

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Hoptimization IPA from Brothers Craft Brewing
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