Hoptimistic IPA | Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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Hoptimistic IPAHoptimistic IPA

Brewed by:
Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
Missouri, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of ALampe
4.47/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass an initial head of about 2 inches, slowly receding and eventually leaving a nice lacy ring that lasted to the end. The colour was bronze at the top fading to a nice bubbly golden bottom. The initial smell was a spicy hop smell with smooth almost vanilla smell coming through. The taste was very pleasant, a nice hoppy spike with a smooth malt in the middle and a classic bitter end. a extremely drinkable beer not too heavy so could easily drink a couple 22 ouncers.

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Photo of sbrazell
4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the Stable in St. Louis and really liked it, but I could have sworn it was just a pale ale because it wasn't very hoppy at all. Some buddies and I took a trip down to Ste. Genevieve to the winery/brewery to test it out at the source and it was even better (and hoppier). Unfortunately, they were out of clean pint glasses, so we were drinking out of plastic, but it wasn't a huge deal. We also bought a couple of bombers to take home and it was hoppy bottled as well. Maybe the Stable got a weird keg or something. Highly recommend this and all of their other beers.

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Photo of larshultqvist
4.42/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

- Bronze to copper color
- Foam is light but stays for a long time
- Fresh smell of aroma hops but not overwhelming
- Steady and long lasting bitterness taste
- High drinkability

A very pleasant IPA which is focuse more on drinkability than on high hop taste. More flavorful than Long Hammer which also is an IPA with high drinkability. I would love to drink this beer for a whole night. I only had 1 pint bottle.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
4.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass...

A: pours "new penny" color, hazy, with a big head sits like pie cream. crazy retention that pops 1 big bubble at a time until it has a rocky retention. also leaves big globs of lacing.

S: lemon, orange peel, and pineapple upside down cake, with a slight cedar aroma.

T: spicy, orange, grapefruit peel, and pine sap, with a sugary, mandarin-orange cake sweetness. has a bittersweet finish that doensn't linger around too long.

M: medium body with a nice fizzy carbonation, and a slick and dry finish.

Overall, Wow! What a treat! Definitely worth your time and money. I would love to have a 12 pack of this. This would be an ideal beer for tailgates, campfires, and cookouts.

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | 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.

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Photo of GreyShoes
4.16/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I opened and poured this beer very carefully and there was still a crazy amount of head on this IPA. That is my main issue with this beer.

Other than that, it tastes just like a normal American IPA, nice citrus and spicy taste to the hops. And looks a very appealing medium-golden brown color.

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Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of Suds
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of skrib09
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured a burnt gold color. clarity is hazy and a great white head formed.

smells mildly of hops and a hint of a malt backbone.

taste is hoppy but not to the degree of what i'd expect from an average india pale ale. plenty of sweetness on the palate as well.

mouthfeel is above average. creamy hop-mouthfeel that deems it to be very drinkable.

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Photo of MTNboy
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this American IPA from a 22 oz brown bottle. Poured into a pint glass. It poured a cloudy orangish color. It produced an ultra thick and heavy white head. Head retention was excellent. Very nice sticky lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma was full of citrus and pine. The ale was medium in body, smooth and refreshing. The taste is bitter, citrus and full of malt. Bitterness lasts from the start all the way to the finish. This AIPA is hopped nicely, not to aggressive. Very good IPA, my first beer that I have sampled from Charleville, impressed. A road trip might be in order.

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Photo of OzarkElmo
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in tasting room at winery/brewery. Deep orange color with small off-white head, mostly diminishing. Aroma of citrus, malt, pine, and a spice. Medium body with nice crisp finish. Lacing throughout. Above average offering and I would purchase again. The establishment is in a beautiful setting of rolling hills tucked 1.5 miles or so off state road. I recommend this place over Crown Valley anyday - Cheers!

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Photo of cavedave
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jdskinns for yet another Midwest gem.

A nice one finger head of beige foam rests atop a cloudy, dark amber IPA. The head retreats quickly to a lasting ring and bits of skim. Not much lace on the glass.

Lots of floral hop in the nose, grapefruit, orange rind, a hint of tart yeast, and a light bready sweet that wraps it together. Nice nose, reminds me of a local here called Flower Power.

It has a medium flavor, but what a flavor. It starts with almost a peach flavor, quickly grabs a citrus handle, and revs into the curve of the sip with floral, a really tasty earthy bitter, and ends with a fruity but dry finish. A hint of spicy alcohol at the finish really gives this beer complexity. Wonderful taste. As it warms it really grows in character, the bitter in it starts to play more, the floral gets better, the lighter fruit aspects diminish a bit, which adds complexity. This is the beer I hope to make next brewday (wish I had the skill).

Mouthfeel plays into the taste as well as the finish, it is a creamy beer like few IPA I have tasted. While the body isn't as viscous and finish isn't as long nor dry as many in style, the finish here is full of lasting flavor. Rated to style it suffers.

Drinkability is excellent. Very delicious, interesting, refreshing beer. Wish I could get it again, but Charleville doesn't come around.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.87/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy, golden amber with nice head of off-white suds. Thin, but lively lace.

Aroma: Floral and citrus hops. Nice!

Taste: Nicely bitter and hoppy. I get grapefruit and pine notes, as this one goes in heavy-handed with the hops in typical American IPA fashion. A tasty, solid, and well worthy brew for hop fiends, and one I’d not hesitate to try again! Well-done!

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Photo of bnes09
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orangish brown with yeast flakes and somewhat hazy. Descent head on the pour and nearly coates the glass with lacing.

Smell of pine sol with a floral hop character.

Solid malt flavor suggesting rye bread. Spicy hops reminiscent of pine and grapefruit. Descent balance.

Medium bodied. Snappy carbonation. Dry feel with a yeasty texture.

Pretty good IPA.

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Photo of Vancer
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Cresant
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy and copper colored, two finger head that lasts a while, then slowly trails off to a thin covering, spotty but decent lacing. Obvious chunks of sediment detract some from the appearance.

Hoppy and piney in both smell and taste. Some fruity notes, a bit of floral, especially in the smell, hints of yeast and toasty malts in the taste. Mildly bitter. It's actually a quite tasty and enjoyable beer, no complaints here.

Feels thick and rich, very nice. Lightly bitter aftertaste that doesn't overpower.

Drinks ok. Has grown on me over time, as it's one of the only bombers of IPA regularly available here, so I do drink it fairly often. It's getting a half point bump for overall on my re-review of this five months later. Everything else stays the same.

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Photo of estlinska
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Flying Saucer on 3/26 into a snifter. Pours a pale golden color with a soft copper hue. It's topped with 2cm of off-white head, bubbly with very small lacing on the glass. It smells of light, frisky citrus notes with a fair amount of effervescence. Very subdued aromas overall despite the carbonation. The taste is pretty sweet with heavy malt and very heavy bitterness overall that lasts throughout the drinking. There is a good amount of floral and earthy taste overall with pretty decent balance overall. However, the mouthfeel is slightly watery overall and could use some work. Overall, this is a fairly solid IPA overall; a good representative IPA.

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Photo of paxchristi
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been very shocked to see not only the very split reviews, but that some of the reviews are exceedingly low. I got this beer on-tap at International Tap House in Saint Louis, MO in the Soulard district. They are frequent Charleville supporters, and iTap doesn't buy shit or anything remotely sub-par or average (although sometimes a bit faddish). In fact, they are probably the best tap house in Saint Louis (that isn't a brewpub) and have shown that their taste in purchasing beer is exemplary. Not only that, but I am quite frankly getting a bit put off by the West coast elitism on IPAs. I love west coast IPAs as they have set the bar high.However, Hoptimistic is not a copycat of that particular style. Its trying to be a Missouri take on it.

Appearance: Copper/orange hue. Incredible looking head- 2-3 inches of head, in fact. The head is ivory colored and it contrasts the bodyof the beer quite well for a very appetizing looking brew.

Smell: Hops and citrus take the front-- very floral middle. Smells lovely and very appetizing.

Taste: Very much like its smell. There is a lingering medium malt that I think brings it some more balance, although I can see where some have said that it is out of balance. I think it does nicely if you are a hop-head.

Overall: Nicely done. It does not stand out above the rest of the great IPAs, but its definitely in the same league. Its a competitor, and it deserves to have some more respect, I think, than what it has been getting. ALE MUCHO HOPPO is a much preferred IPA, IMO, but this is a solid effort. I think Charleville might be working on consistency more than anything. The reviews are so scattered that I can't help but think that. Then again, I have been known to be a bit of a homer, so take that into consideration. If you want to try for yourself, beer mail me-- its all over Saint Louis.

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Photo of Dave412
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 ounce bottle
A. Poured a large, long lasting head. Color - dark straw almost golden, rather cloudy difficult to see through.
S. No overpowering hops on the smell, rather a nice combination of floral almost fruity scents came through. Very pleasant.
T. Smooth, almost had a slight smokiness to it. Some earthy tones, nice typical long bitter finish.
D. Typical American IPA taste and finish. I enjoyed this brew. I could easily drink a couple of large bottles of these.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. No dating on the bottle or label but recommended by my local bottle shop guy as a new arrival so I expect it to be fresh.

Hazy, light orange/dark yellow body. One finger white head that dissipates quickly and leaves only a little lacing.

The aroma is somewhat faint, but has definite hop notes including sweet citrus, tangerine, and some sweet malt in the background.

The flavor is a touch better. The hop flavors tend toward the sweeter citrus and some light mango and peach in for kicks. The caramel malt is sweet and balances the hops fairly well.

Light to medium mouthfeel with just a hint of bitter astringency in the finish. No real notice of the alcohol. Overall, a really decent IPA that is very drinkable.

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