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.

Added by maxpower on 03-01-2005

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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 129
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 johnnnniee
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very malty, with very little bitterness or floral hop presence. Not a lot else going on here. It was drinkable, but bland as far as IPA's are concerned.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of Lahoi
3.14/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Copper, opaque, small head, very nice lacing,which was perhaps the highlight of the beer.

Smells and tastes like many good American IPAs. Typical. Nothing outstanding, nothing really lacking.

I thought the feel was lacking a bit for an IPA. It felt a little thin or light. In other words, lacking body.

Overall, a good IPA that I would certainly drink again.

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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 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 rudzud
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - The bottle was not a gusher, however, upon hitting the glass it just BILLOWED and gushed over the glass. Sigh. What remains is a slightly hazy orange hue with a one finger foamy head that leaves loads of sticky lacing. Would be much better if not for the initial rush of head.

S - Aromas of light floral hops, faint malt, light citrus. All relatively generic, though, appealing.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. The hops are more floral than anything and there is a faint medicinal quality to the lingering bitter finish. the malts are subdued but the hops all play off as a hodgepodge of generic taste. While tasty there is nothing that just pops.

M - Carbonation is good, a bit on the sharper side, but feels a bit watery.

O - Overall, this is an okay IPA. Nothing too special.

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Photo of BrewAskew
2.99/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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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 mtstatebeer
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served in a shaker glass. Pours a cloudy copper/orange color with a thin, bubbly off-white head. Aroma is caramel, toasty, nutty, orange, and other citrus. Flavor is caramel, orange rind, citrus and floral hops. Mouthfeel is medium, not too bitter and a dry finish. Good beer, nice balance, easy drinker.

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Photo of tronester
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

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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 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 vfgccp
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A – Opaque, dull orange-hued brown. Almost a muted tangerine. Off-white head settles into a dusting with ok lace.

S – Herbal pine, straw, and orange. Fairly well integrated. More malt as it warms.

T – Dry, prickly bitterness of pine and cedar. A brief fruity and malty center transitions into a strong, bitter, woody finish. Slight sour note throughout.

M – Medium body. Lingering, bitter acidic finish.

O – An ok IPA.

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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 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 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 mcallister
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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Photo of iadler
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy orange with a fluffy two finger head which leaves thick lacing.

S- Grapefruit, orange peel, bready malt, pine, grass and floral notes. Pretty faint smell with nothing sticking out too much.

T- Some citrus hops with grapefruit and orange notes as well pineapple upfront followed by sweet caramel malt.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Crisp mouthfeel and finishes slightly dry. High drinkability.

O- Tasted more like an APA to me, but was still a nice session beer. I had a few pint glasses of this at a friends house who got a keg for the holiday weekend.

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Photo of Goliath
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange with a thin yellowed head.

Aroma is nice. Citrus and pine basically.

The taste is ok. Citrus and pine again, a little soapy too. Has a familiar taste that I only find in beers from the Midwest. I've never been able to figure out what that is though.

Mouthfeel is pushing full bodied and moderate carbonation is present.

Drinkability is moderate. Flavor is ok and nothing stands out about the beer. I could take it or leave it.

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Photo of maximum12
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to keir for this extra from a recent trade from a beer brewed by the same brewery. Always good to have a new place on the radar. 22 oz. bomber split into two pint glasses to break up a six day beerless streak due to interment in deep wilderness. Yeeeehaa!

On pour the beer is yellow streaked with a generous does of amber. Tropical fruits are the surprise visitor to the nose, buoyed by only faint notes of flowers & soap. Rather like an Irish Spring commercial writ large.

Hoptimistic IPA has a large soapy profile that must be the yield of a specific hop, but I'm not sure which. The soap bubbles are dominant but not unpleasant, backed up by malts, non-specific & faint fruitiness, drifting gradually into a little kick of bitterness in the finish. Smooth, silky, this beer's strength is its drinkability. Without a kick in the taste category, but mild & easy enough to like, this one goes down like peanut butter M&Ms.

Decent enough IPA, but lacking distinction in any piece of its game. Nonetheless, I'll certainl enjoy the rest of my glass for the remainder of its short lifespan.

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Photo of TheSarge
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of biggred1
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Transluscent, strawberry apricot color with a creamy sand colored head that leaves scraps of lace on the glass. Mild passion fruit, strawberry and caramel in the aroma. Fruit juicy hop flavor with mild bitterness and sweet caramel maltiness. Thin bodied and mildly carbonated. A mediocre example of the style but not terrible by any means.

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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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Hoptimistic IPA from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
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