Hoptimistic IPA
Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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IPA - American
Ranked #6,873
Ranked #44,685
3.57 | pDev: 14.57%
Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
Missouri, United States
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Notes: Hoptimistic IPA (India Pale Ale) has intense hop bitterness and flavor. This ale is further characterized by fruity, floral and citrus-like aromas due to American-variety hops. This copper/orange hued ale has a nicely balanced medium maltiness which contributes to a medium body that goes down easy, leaving a lingering bitterness that is hard to resist.
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hoppytobehere from District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -16%

Jul 26, 2014
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber with two finger plus head. Nose is grass, floral, pine, citrus, plenty of malt. Flavor follows, good malt presence complimented with grassy citrus hops. Lasting bitterness.

Dec 01, 2019
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

Brassy golden color, clarity is fine as well as the sticky lacing on the glass. Wild flowers, citric zest and some vague pine sap in the nose. Smooth medium body, not so hop forward as expected though a thick layer of flavor does get dropped on the palate. Bitterness is thin but sharp, tangerine and blond tobacco flavors ensue. Wavering malt base that has a quick biscuity and toffee flavor. Berry fruitiness within. Dry chalky yeast, husky malt and a lingering hop bitterness in the finish.

A very interesting IPA to say the least, some balance is needed ... a bit more body/maltiness with a more assertive hopiness would do this beer a bit of good. Not bad though.

Feb 14, 2010
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

2.99/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours out to a thin head that lasts and some lacing. Color is orange amber and cloudy/chunky. Aroma is US hop-dominant, which smells nice...but also smells of bread yeast and burnt plastic (phenolic?). Flavor is a muted version of USA-style IPA with lower levels of perceived bitterness and not much of a malt backbone. Thin Mouthfeel. This is certainly drinkable but commercially it is very much marginal and not worth pursuing.

Oct 06, 2013
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Suds from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber, with a fine, lace-producing head, this brew is appealing. The smell is earthy, with a malt and floral hop scent. The taste has fruit in the front, followed by piney hops and a decent bitterness. Full in body and enjoyable.

May 29, 2015
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, orange-gold body in color and topped with a thin, sporadic, white head.

Smell: Citrusy hops hinting at Valencia oranges and zesty grapefruit atop a scent of pale malted barley.

Taste: Pale malts casually flushed with simple syrup and hinting some simple bready accents. Citrusy hops provide tastes of lemon, orange peel, and even a small dash of grapefruit juice. Moderate bitterness. The beer leaks a little alcohol warmth into the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's a decent IPA; not bad, and you could do far worse.

Aug 24, 2011
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TheSarge from Virginia

2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Figured I'd follow up a Witbier with this, after cooling down from the late spring's heat...

Has a mildly hazy copper colored body, and a two finger thick off white head after a vigorous pour into a half liter dimple glass.

Not much in the way of aroma. Just a subtle hint of pine.

Taste is a cross form a grapefruit with it's sharpness cut off from a sweet overripe orange. After a little while a hint of spruce comes through.

Lightly carbonated and very oily round out the feel. There is enough carbonation to cleanse the palate of my pizza though.

Overall a different take at the IPA style, with the minimal amount of carbonation, excess yeast, and oily presence. Not something I'd recommend to a friend though.

May 30, 2011
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whartontallboy from New York

3.5/5  rDev -2%

Jan 01, 2012
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Vancer from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pleasantly surprised with this tasty little brew from the Ste. Genevieve crew - on tap at the Stable in STL.

Poured a hazy amber, good ivory head and left nice lacing. Funky cheesy hop aroma though, but the quaff was different and nice - a tasty juicy fruit with orange and citrus. A real summer session beer.

A bit thin in the body for an IPA, but overall a solid brew which comes at a good price for a bomber. Put one up, Randall's in STL carries this brewery.

Jul 16, 2008
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saturated dark orange, slightly hazy and glowing in the light. Slim layer of white foam that sticks around, remaining as a wisp of broken skim on the surface.

Mellow aromas of tea, citrus rind, and toasted biscuits.

Grassy and citrusy flavors, somewhat soft in feel and easy going. Malt presence matches the hop content, lending toasty biscuit flavors and minor caramel sweetness also. Sort of a low key IPA. Figuring this is fresh as it just arrived in the state (central IL). It's decent, but there's not much to distinguish it from other IPAs on the market.

May 29, 2011
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle in Springdale, AR. This my first sample from this brewery...

Pours an effervescent amber with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Lemons & grassy notes, plus a bit of caramel, all fairly muted

T: Grassy & herbal hops up front, some mineral notes as well, just a touch of breadyness & whisper of butterscotch. Earthy hop bitterness dominates as this warms, along with some grainy bread notes, flinty dryness & a touch of pine & grapefruit as well. Finishes with herbal hops, a touch of honey & apricot, plus dryness & woody hops showing up at the end

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation. Body thins out a bit as this warms, pretty good balance

Drinks alright, not a great IPA, but wouldn't turn one down if offered one...

Feb 15, 2011
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mcallister from Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Amber colored with a fluffy overly volcanic yellow tinted head of half an inch. Good retention.

Resiny, herbal hops at first into some apricot, peach, and nectarine aromas. Candied peach actually, sweet toffee malts with a light biscuity quality.

Sweet malts throughout slightly cloying. Hops are there but don't balance the malt. Same as nose would suggest. Herbal, apricot, peach, biscuit, cereal, toffee, and not much else. A bit syrupy in the mouth.

Jul 09, 2011
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Deuane from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Bright, slightly hazed copper with a thin off-white head that reduces to a small cap and leaves spotty lace.

S-Sweet caramel malts, touch of lemongrass from the hops and a touch of tobacco.

T-Caramel malt up front with minor flavours of citrus and a touch of honey kissed biscuit. Overall a rather balanced but uninspired brew.

M-Medium body, crisp and smooth with a nice lingering hop bitterness.

D-A rather easy to drink but somewhat dull brew. I was hoping for something a bit more hop forward than this. Overall decent for sure but doesn't do anything to stand out from the crowd.

Oct 27, 2010
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from davey, courtesy of the Local Goods 3 BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, grassy hops and a little bit of citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus, caramel and a touch of honey. Then a mild hops bitterness for the style comes in. The malt character is hearty and provides a good balance, but it seems to subdue that hops a bit. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style even if it isn't your typical hop bomb, it might not be the best IPA out there but it's still a solid beer and would certainly be an appropriate choice if you want an IPA that isn't as harsh as most.

Jul 08, 2010
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beerphilosopher from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this one on tap at the Charleville Vineyard recently and brought a bomber home as well. This review is based on notes from the draught version. Pours an ever so slightly cloudy golden yellow, which is just a little darker in color than I expected for the style - American IPA, I presume. The collar of stark white foam is thick and rocky and persists well. The nose is candy sweet up front with a myriad of floral hops arising from the glass. The owner tells me this beer is brewed with a blend of eight hop varieties! Impressive. Despite the predominant hop nose, this beer manages a good balance and is not the "puree of hop" experience you get with stronger, hoppier beers. The palate is unexpected, but in a pleasant way. Going in, I anticipated something much hoppier than I got. This beer is very balanced for an IPA and because of this fact, it has a very approachable palate. Fresh hop character abounds - more floral and fruity than herbal - lending a very clean, fresh character to the beer. A slightly sweet malt background provides a very good counter balance to the hop bitterness. I'm left with the impression of a smooth, finely balanced IPA with very well defined boundaries. This beer is not trying to be more than it can, or should, be. The finish is smooth and soft, despite the ample carbonation. A lingering floral hop presence follows this beer and reminds you that you've just tasted a finely crafted American IPA. I'm anxious to open the bomber I brought home and compare my sampling experience. From the draught version, I can honestly say I was very impressed and will drink this beer again ... often. Hopefully Charleville will expand their retail footprint into my neck of the woods in the near future, but it won't kill me to drive the hour it takes to get to the Vineyard either. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that this is one of the better American IPAs I've sampled in some time. Who'd a thunk it ... from a vineyard! These guys are starting their own hop farm (in Missouri!) too. I'm anxious to see how this experiment turns out. I'm also anxious to what beers it turns out! Way to go, Charleville.

Aug 21, 2008
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, orange/amber color with a small, off-white, foamy head. It left some minimal lace.

S - It smelled of citrus and floral notes with a hint of caramel malt.

T - It tasted of burnt toast maltiness with a strong citrus flavor. A fair amount of orange come through.

M - It was sharp and crisp with a nice dry finish. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good IPA from a small town brewery in the bootheel of Missouri. I was pleasantly surprised.

Feb 24, 2009
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Cresant from Kentucky

3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date. There was a slight haze in the golden bronze color. The head was cream colored and sizable.

Smell was Blue Spruce and oranges. A few moments of sour rags, which thankfully disappeared. Pine rules here. Hints of plastic show up later. Lots of aroma in this one.

Taste was sweet malty grains. Hops oils but not harsh. Syrupy then a bitter splash, finishing sweet. Piney taste come on later.

Mouthfeel was smooth. Less carbonation than expected. Medium body.

Jan 12, 2009
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MTNboy from Germany

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As usual this beer is pretty good. I have not been disappointed by anything out of this brewery/winery yet. It has bronze colored body and an off-white almost tan head with some very nice lace. It smells hoppy and floral with a touch of malt. The taste is also floral with a pollen like flavor there are some strong grapefruit esters. It is not harsh at all but bitter. It has mellow thin almost medium body with just a little bite.

Nov 22, 2008
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Tone from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber/copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong hops, earthy malt, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight bitterness associated with this brew. Tastes of strong hops, sweet malt, brown sugar, earthy malt, and slight citrus. Overall, a good beer and worth a try.

Jul 02, 2009
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tronester from Oklahoma

3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty orangeish/brown, with a thin off-white head. Lots of big yeast particles hanging out. That was with a carefull pour, I left about an ounce left in the bottle which was pure yeast. Aromas of light citrus. Taste begins with a bright lemony flavor, followed by some apricot. The finish is a bit grassy, and piney. Mouthfeel is pretty good. Overall a pretty good IPA, though the turbidity of it detracts from the flavor a bit. Curious to know what yeast strain they are using that doesn't drop bright. At least the beer isnt filtered though!

Nov 19, 2012
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Monkeyknife from Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazed orange gold with a thin wispy white head.

Aroma of sweet malts, light citrus hops, and a hint of booze.

Tastes of juicy grapefruit and orange with a slightly bitter finish.

Medium bodied, clean and crisp, anf lightly carbonated.

A nice ipa but not but lacking a real hoppy punch. Definitely worth a try if you get the chance.

Sep 27, 2008
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from gregwilsonstl, thanks for the opportunity!
Slightly hazy deep golden color large frothy off white head. Caramel and citrus pine aroma. Bready caramel flavor with a lingering resinous bitterness to the finish. A bit old school but not bad.

Nov 01, 2015
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Gerred from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 08, 2020
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gford217 from Georgia

3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber from birchstick.

Pours a clear golden yellow with an enormous fluffy white head that recedes in clumps leaving sticky lacing all over.

Aroma is pretty tame with only some faint earthy hops and hints of citrus but not much. The malts are lightly sweet in the nose but the aroma is not all that big.

Taste is markedly better than the aroma for me with a more pronounced citrus hop presence up front though there are the same grassy undertones as well. There is a healthy caramel malt backbone and a bitter finish that shows more alcohol than it should.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and has a mineral character to it that detracts a bit from things.

The nose didn't start things off well for me but the taste largely redeemed the beer for me and I'd still consider this one a decent IPA.

Apr 15, 2011
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priwen from Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev +5%

Feb 20, 2013
Hoptimistic IPA from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 134 ratings