Hoptimistic IPA | Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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81
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129 Ratings
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Hoptimistic IPAHoptimistic IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
Missouri, United States
charlevillevineyard.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
129
Reviews:
49
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
14.65%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
24
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 129 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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 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 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 russpowell
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
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...

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Photo of Jason
3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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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 atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -15.5%

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 Duff27
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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 fredmugs
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

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 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 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 gford217
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Chucker17
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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 sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 12/15/2009. Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma of citrus and lots of light fruits (apple, pear, apricot). Flavor is also quite fruity with the same highlights of apple, pear, and apricot. Some citrus hops in the finish. Not overly hoppy -- lots of sweet fruity malt dominates. It seemed more like an ESB to me. Overall, very enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of jpuetz
4.16/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Florida9
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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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Hoptimistic IPA from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
3.55 out of 5 based on 129 ratings.
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