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Hoptimization IPA - Three Brothers Brewing

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Hoptimization IPAHoptimization IPA

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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

bcm75, Aug 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

joegard, Aug 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

mhbarber, Jul 29, 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 jminch
4/5  rDev +7.5%

jminch, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of Treyliff
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
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

Treyliff, Jul 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Moocawly, Jul 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

smithj4, Jul 21, 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
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4.4/5  rDev +18.3%

Thomas0790, Jul 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Laulau, Jul 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

slackt, Jul 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

gr8zehaman, Jul 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

bcgill, Jul 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

Dutyfreechamp, Jul 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

seanchai, Jul 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Dave_Treat, Jul 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

hopluvaboom, Jul 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Robbieqsauce, Jul 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

jebrew, Jun 25, 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
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

qcbrewer, Jun 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

BeastLU, Jun 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

mkirkland80, Jun 09, 2014
Hoptimization IPA from Three Brothers Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.