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Hoptimization IPA - Brothers Craft Brewing

Not Rated.
Hoptimization IPAHoptimization IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.

29 Reviews
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Reviews: 29
Hads: 214
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 32.51%
Wants: 4
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brothers Craft Brewing visit their website
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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3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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!

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Photo of popery
2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
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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Photo of Stokes_
2.84/5  rDev -22.4%
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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Photo of Camjmorton
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Hoptimization IPA from Brothers Craft Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.