Hoptimization IPA - Three Brothers Brewing

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Hoptimization IPAHoptimization IPA

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158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Camjmorton on 06-07-2013)
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2/5  rDev -46.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
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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2.91/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear and medium gold. A nice off-white head puffs up before dying away to a light coating of bubbles after a few minutes. The aroma is lacking. There's just not much there. Light hops, some citrus and pine. A bit of caramel malt. Some neutral yeastiness. The taste is similarly underwhelming. Some caramel malt flavor and mild generic American hoppiness. It's relatively dry, which is nice, but it needs some flavor to fill things out. Mouthfeel is fine, light with average carbonation. This bottle should be pretty fresh - it's less than a month from the bottling date - but it really doesn't seem quite right. I wouldn't be surprised if the beer was markedly better on tap and in future bottling runs. Great Outdoors showed promise, and I'm a bit surprised that this is a step back.

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Hoptimization IPA from Three Brothers Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.