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 BarrytheBear
1.57/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Generous 22 oz. extra courtesy of birchstick. Thank you! Split with Daune during an impromptu IPA/Double IPA tasting.

Orange yellow pour with a thin consistent coverage and minimal spotting.

Smells like home brew gone wrong, as I know all too well. Rubber stopper, cider, and yeast. Really unappealing, unfortunately. Not sure if this is an off bottle or a brewery that is small enough or beginner enough to have these types of issues.

Tastes slightly sour and grassy with a finishing bouquet of bung stopper rubberblastastic. There must be an infection here. The flavors are way off.

Dog bollocks

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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 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 titosupertramp
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beerindex for the opportunity to try this.

A: Nice dark orange/light amber. Finger of white, soapy head..big bubbles. Good lacing.

S: Not too impressed with the smell..pretty underwhelming. Picking out lemon zest and biscuit like malts. It could be me, but there's almost a skunky quality to the smell.

T: Wow. I'm a little surprised that the taste is this good after the disappointing smell. Lemon, floral, biscuity malts. Not very terribly bitter...more tart than anything. Not bad.

M: A little on the thin side..decent carbonation. Not as dry as most IPAs.

D: Fairly easy to drink. Not much else to say.

Not a bad beer, but not one that I would seek out again.

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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 Deuane
3.55/5  rDev 0%
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.

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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 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 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 wnh
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a bright, clear golden amber topped by a large and foamy off-white head that lasts. Paler than most IPAs, living up to the (India) pale ale designation.

A range of hops on the nose, with flower petals, dried pineapple, lemon zest, and mango; generally tropical. Distinctive, but lacks the strength of hop aroma necessary to be truly good. Maybe a hint of very lightly toasted malt in the background, but otherwise dominated by hops. A touch of yeasty fruitiness as well.

Juicy but relatively mild hops on the palate, followed by a sweet-ish caramel malt base. Finishes earthy and off-dry, with flavors of leafy hops and toffee. But like the nose, the palate is generally mild, lacking the hop explosion found in the best examples of the style.

Medium in body, moderately soft with somewhat prickly carbonation. Finishes with a touch of lingering bitterness. A pretty good IPA, but clearly a step below the best examples.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 beerphilosopher
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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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 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
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