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Hoptimization IPA - Three Brothers Brewing

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Hoptimization IPAHoptimization IPA

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BA SCORE
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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Three Brothers Brewing visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Camjmorton on 06-07-2013)
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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

metter98, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

ygtbsm94, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Kegatron, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

RblWthACoz, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

DrunkinYogi, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

woodychandler, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Huhzubendah, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

smakawhat, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of billab914
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

billab914, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Rhettroactive, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

atrocity, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

tone77, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of popery
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.

popery, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of rudzud
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
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

rudzud, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Pencible, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of petermethot
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

petermethot, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of tommyguz
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

tommyguz, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of argock
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.

argock, Feb 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

smithj4, Jul 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

ncstateplaya, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of ncaudle
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

ncaudle, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4/5  rDev +7.5%

trxxpaxxs, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of VeganUndead
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

VeganUndead, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

2dogbrew, Sep 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Tucquan, Aug 16, 2013
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Hoptimization IPA from Three Brothers Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.