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Hoptimization IPA - Three Brothers Brewing

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Hoptimization IPAHoptimization IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

171 Ratings
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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 3
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Camjmorton on 06-07-2013

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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Stokes_
2.84/5  rDev -23.5%
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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2.92/5  rDev -21.3%
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 -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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 -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.02/5  rDev -18.6%
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

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Hoptimization IPA from Three Brothers Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.