Hoptopus | Reaver Beach Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Reaver Beach Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
beachbrewingcompany.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jale on 04-20-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
215
Reviews:
43
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
12.67%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
44
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 215 |  Reviews: 43
Reviews by Jimmys:
Photo of Jimmys
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can into tulip glass. canned on 04/30/14.

A: a rich orange hue. frothy bright white head. clarity is bad. a lot of haze.

S: floral hop aroma. onions. grassy. really resiny hop aroma overall. potent. not getting any oxidation notes.

T: similar to the nose, the flavor starts floral as well. citrus. almost woody-like flavor. raw hop flavors. pine, resinous. bitterness is high, but not unbearable. especially for the style. a bit of chalky, yeast bite bitterness as well in the finish. lingers after the drink is gone. the more I drink the more the bitterness is starting to overwhelm the flavor.

M: moderate to low level of carb on a full bodied brew.

D: not bad, but needs refinement along the edges IMO. good start for them and enjoyed this as my first offering from Beach.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottom of can says 07/13/16.

A- Pours a slightly hazy medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Interesting aroma of sweet malt and earthy hops that, together, reminds me of ginger for some reason. Also a bit of honey.

T- More malt with some orange notes from the hops. Bitterness is pretty mild and there's an interesting sweet in the front, dry in the back duality. The alcohol is very well concealed and there's enough resinous pine character to keep things from getting boring.

M- Somewhat sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Decent enough with no particular flaws, though those looking for any citrus will be sorely disappointed. This is definitely more malt driven which I happen to not mind from time to time.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 77apm
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of HopAttack3
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reaver Beach Brewing Co. "Hoptopus Double IPA"
on tap @ Abbey Road Pub, Virginia Beach, VA on 19 June 2017
$5.25 pint during happy hour

Notes: Hazy brass colored body beneath a creamy off-white head. Massive pineapple and tropical notes (melon, mango, grapefruit) with some pine. The flavor follows, tropical with some alcoholic strength over biscuity and bready malt. A bold bitterness balances it and it finishes mainly dry with a spritz of alcohol, pine, and tropical fruit as the residual malt fades.

3.75/4/4/4/3.75 = 3.94

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Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of avisong
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of ordybill
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a nice hop smell with some citrus tossed in
Appearance- A murky copper color with a thick white head.
Taste- A nice hop flavor with some citrus and a little spice. real good
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Has a dry finish with a hop bite.
Overall- A surprisingly good American DIPA. I liked the color and flavor and the can is pretty cool to look at.

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Photo of woodchip
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of tabascosigned
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can. Clear orange. I don't smell much. Resiny pine hops. Some grapefruit. Some caramel malt. Taste is more defined. Strong malt presence. Caramel and bready malts. Strong resiny pine hop flavor. Quickly builds in bitterness. Pine hop bitterness lingers in the finish. Medium heavy. Not a hop bomb by any means, but it's a decent IPA.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of rich bright-white head. This retains with a frothy ½ finger, leaving back a foamy cascade of lacing that hangs in thick swathes down the sides. This has a nice look. The aroma smells leafy, spicy, herbal, and a bit piney but there overall isn’t a whole lot of airiness here to the nose. This mixes in with a ripe tropical sweetness and more malty notes of caramel and toast. Green grapefruit and alcohol warmth rise up from underneath; giving this a touch of bitter aggression. It’s the herbal and fruit tones that are probably standing out to me the most here though.

The taste is juicy tropical fruit, caramel, toast, and a herbal feel, which surrounds a more assertive core of grapefruit and pine. These transitions into a resinous and pithy finish that is intensified by the alcohol on the tail end of this. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a slick firm creaminess that really features the oils and herbal textures from those hops. This is unfortunately showing a bit too much of its alcohol, especially along the back and in the finish.

I didn’t have quite as much luck with this one as I did with their regular IPA from here. I think that the ABV could be dialed back some, as the excessive warmth here just doesn’t jive with the herbal and tropical flavors and ends up emboldening the more assertive aspects of the hops to an almost unenjoyable extent at times. The fresh pop of the hop flavors at times was fine here but they really need to work on the overall drinkability of this some more.

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Photo of Gratefuldad
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of schmitter
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ohiobeer29
2.55/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Out of can two weeks old smell hits you in the face taste is bitter following up with hops pours a orange with white head overall a solid beer worth picking up

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Photo of hophugger
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was extremely excited when I saw this beer because it was a cool can, I am a hophead, I love 2x IPA's and it is brewed less than anhour from my house. First of all, I was not unsatisfied with the beer, but I expected a little more flavor and boldness. The IBU's are insane but you really do not get the whole effect of that when drinking. It pours a nice frothy head and is a brilliant orange/amber, but cloudy. The flavor is full of hops, but something seems to be missing. It is a great brew, but I think a little more refinement from this very new brewery will come with time

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a slightly hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute, light speckled lacing stuck around the glass nicely. The smell started off with a big blast of grapefruit, orange peel and pine that led to a somewhat resinous behavior to the aroma. The taste took the citrus flavors to town and amplified the pine a bit. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a slick resinous aftertaste that led to the same kind of finish. Overall, this was a very good offering that I wouldn’t mind having again.

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Photo of Jasonp79
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of GFish
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of jereb33
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a beige color with a 1 inch head. Smell is balnaced citrus hops and caramel malts. Taste starts off very hoppy, some citrus, caramel malts at the end. Bitter and desert dry. Feels medium bodied in mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of mkirkland80
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Devi0us
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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Hoptopus from Reaver Beach Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 215 ratings.
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