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Hoptopus | Reaver Beach Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Reaver Beach Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jale on 04-20-2011

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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 204
Photo of ottobon100
4.75/5  rDev +28%

As an IPA fan this just became a front runner for me. It has a kick with near 9% alcohol so you don't do many of these at one sitting. Both hoppy and citrusy. For me I don't know how they would improve on this one. Loved it and will definitely have more.

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Photo of davidsumner
4.63/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

poor - outstanding poor. Very voluminous, sea foam, frothy poor with a delicious two/three finger head. Excellent cloudy amber appearance. Not really sticky on the lace though.

Nose - Pine/Resin/Grapefruit

Taste - Awesome! Very balanced and just the right amount of IBU's. I've had Heady Topper, which I find a little over the top, but Hoptopus hits the sweet spot. It's a hop heads delight. Excellent beer.

West Coast IPA all the way.... Grapefruit in spades, Pine, Resin; Nice sweet malt in the background. Just what I like.

Man i'm sooo glad to have a local brewery that makes a great west coast DIPA.

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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 TechTriumph
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 02/16/12:
No freshness date; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - 1-1/2" off-white creamy head with pretty good retention; Murky, dark shade of caramel in color with lots of visible carbonation; Some lacing left behind

S - As the head is slowly shrinking, the smell mostly consists of orange and grapefruit citrus hops with hints of floral hops and sweet caramel; Once the head reduces to a small ring around the glass, the aroma is much different with a focus on toasted toffee and grains and buttered toast, while the citrus hops are much less pronounced

T - The taste is well balanced, and showcases a generous dose of both hops and malts - sweet caramel, lots of toasted toffee and bread, some grapefruit hops, but more grassy/earthy hops; Good amount of bitterness up front that fades towards the finish; Aftertaste is balanced as well with just a bit of toasted toffee and grapefruit and grassy hops

M - Just above moderate carbonation; Just above medium bodied; Leaves a bit of an oily, hoppy coat in the mouth; Pretty dry in the finish as well

O - Not knowing anything about Beach Brewing, this beer was a really nice surprise. This isn't the type of brew to overwhelm you with hops, but they certainly have a presence and are well balanced with toasty flavors and a shot of bitterness. Being such an easy drinking and tasty DIPA, I will absolutely grab some more of this beer if I happen to see it on the shelf again.


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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New recipe for this beer. Big boy hops make this one sticky aromatic delicious brew!

A- pours a deep orange amber color with a finger and a half of offwhite head. Great retention with glass coating lacing.

S- huge sticky hop aromas of pine sap, resin and hop oils at first. Transitions into tangerine, yellow grapefruit and citrus zest. Solid malt backbone brings glorious balance yet allow the hops to really sing from begining to end. Finishes with a resiny hop and an orange marmalade characteristic.

T- Smacks of sticky hop resin and pine sap at first. Transitions into juicy tangerine, yellow grapefruit and other citrus delights. Full malt backbone brings some balance with assertive hop bitterness in the middle. Finishes with a lingering coating hop resin and orange marmalade flavor... Delicious.

MF- full sticky mouthfeel with a medium body and soft unobtrusive carbonation.

D- very good drinkability. Balanced yet sticky and hop forward.

Overall a very mature DIPA from a young brewery... Delicious!

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Photo of MrIncognito
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm surprised this isn't rated higher. I thought this had some really on-point flavors and aromas. Big grapefruit, resiny hop aroma and taste with slightly sweet malt backbone. Thick mouthfeel but goes down easy

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Photo of SLambert0926
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have a hard time rating more detail than, "on a scale of 1-10, how much did you like this beer?" That being said, I tried to think hard about it...and after 3 of these, it earns a solid 4.25 (or 8.5/10). Great hops kick from the first sip and doesn't let up as you continue. This is one I'd love to have while sitting on the beach - next time I'm in VA Beach, I'll be sure to stop by. (Be careful, with 8.8 ABV, this one will sneak up on you!)

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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 2beerdogs
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to @montman for this one.

So solid. Aroma is bursting with both hoppy citrus and malt backbone. Flavor comes through with more of the same. Really solid. Finishes with same flavors with a slight sticky resin. Love it.

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Photo of stckhndlr
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy orange color beer with a hint of brown highlight to it. Bright white head.

S- light citrus and melon flavors mixed with hops.

T- good hops and cirtus notes with a lingering bitter on the finish. Don't usually get this much of a left over bitterness from a double. It's a nice change to get that bitter of an IPA left over in a double.

M- Good carbonation and pretty good balance to it but just a touch thin.

O- Good beer, good hops, get to VA Beach asap.

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Photo of obywan59
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly clear on the first pour, murky on the second, and golden orange in color with a 3 finger white head with thick, clingy lacing.

A glorious hoppy aroma with ripe grapefruit, tropical fruit and caramel malts.

Taste of sweet ripe grapefruit and bitter rind with light caramel. Very fresh.

Moderately full in body with moderate carbonation. Drying with great retention.

A great beer. Kick ass aroma and taste, and great body. A "go to" beer.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Light amber, with a hint of haze. The head and lacing were only so-so.

S: Not very potent aromas. There's some floral and citrus hops, and a hint of grain, but that's it.

T: A brief taste of bitterness, followed by a potent wave of tart citrus mixed with slightly-sweet, grainy malt. The finish is like over-squeezed grapefruit juice: tart and bitter at the same time.

M: Moist, with perfect carbonation as it washes over the palate. The finish is crisp, but not astringent. There is no burn from the alcohol, despite the high ABV.

O: I'm not the world's biggest IPA fan, not by a long shot (at a tasting at the brewery's tap-room, I asked for just a small taste because I was expecting a typical IPA, but ended up buying a growler-full to take home). Where most IPA's seem to me to be a battle between sugar and hops, this one is all about the hops, strong and tangy. I wouldn't say it was enough to convert me to IPA's as style, but it was not bad at all.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to maltytasker for this one.

poured cold from the bottle a crisp, translucent copper to a sun king shaped pint with a 1/2 finger, big bubbled, off white head

big aroma of sweet citrus, and tropical hops.

big bitter forward, tropical hops and caramel sweet following up.

big bodied, creamy smooth, big bitter to the sides of the tongue, lots of heat, great big beer

overall, a good example of style, nice tropical hops balanced with sweet.

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Photo of PlatoSmash
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Outstanding beer! Found it in a little dive in VA Beach. Came in one of the best designed cans ever! The 108 IBUs hits you right away! The taste was right up there with the better IPAs I've ever had (Dogfish 90, Hoptimus Prime, Hoptimum) I've never had a a beer from Beach Brewing; but after this one I'm hooked. Not sure if I can get it here in DE but if when I go back to VA in Feb. I plan on going to the brewery.

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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 GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, caramel coloring, with a steady flow of carbonation in the body, and a fluffy, light, big bubbled, off-white head. Aromas of dank hops resin, piney and sticky, with heavy vinous and vegetal, with a richly sweet bolt of tropical fruit notes, including pineapple, mango, and melon. Very well balanced nose. Flavors are heavily roasted and richly sweet forward, with a solid dose of rich caramel, followed immediately by pineapple and melon sweet notes, and all undercut by an extremely bitter, dry, and resinous hops character, with notes of cut grass, pine tassel, and pepper spice. This one has it all, kids, and keeps a pretty decent, harmonious balance, too. The body is full and smooth, but with enough levity from the carbonation to keep it extremely drinkable. The aftertaste is all hops, with a more herbal tone coming forward, including basil, pepper, and lemon grass. There is also, still, a heavy dose of the pine pitch, wet grass, and general hops stickiness still in the aftertaste, too. Smooth, dry, bitter finish, with a solid dank linger. Good beer.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the growler, it pours a clear amber with a moderate head, last awhile. Lacing Hops evident in the nose. Hops definitely evident in the mouth. Enjoyable!

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Photo of musicsherlock
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Hoptopus in a sea of IPA's.

Looks good, typical burnt yellow/orange in color. slightly cloudy, chill haze. Clean white, soap film head

Feint citrus smell. Far from the Juice Bombs I've been drinking of late

Good hop bitterness. Classic '00's back bitterness. West Coast style

Creamy and well carbonated. Tingles the tongue and back of throat

A nice DIPA from the mid-Atlantic. Thanks Jason!

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Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid but not spectacular DIPA. Poured a hazy amber color int a pint glass. Head is small and white but retention is pretty good and there are some thick bands of lacing on the glass. Smell is pretty good...citrus hops.
Balanced flavor, citrus hops and some caramel malts. Not a head shrinker, more or a balanced DIPA.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich (in the end). Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is a bit light at first, but like many hoppy beers, the "accumulation of blows" on the tongue makes it more rich.

Solid offering....I would drink this one again.

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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 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 BradC
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Golden Amber color poured into an IPA glass from a 16oz can. Piney, citrus hop aromas give way to a hoppy palate, pine, grapefruit, citrus Flavors, not a whole lot of sweetness but it works. Only drawback, is the lack of body, could use a little more maltiness, but still very good.

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Photo of nmann08
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a can, pours a clear dark gold color, very still, without alot of carbonation or head.

The nose is heavy citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit, with just a bit of caramel. I like the citrus forward side of this. The flavor is more grapefruit, a little pine and more citrus rinds. Not alot of sweetness which is fine with me. Clean bitter finish.

Overall, enjoyable, but better options out there to grab for a regular basis.

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Photo of ChefBogan
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This was a bourbon barrel aged Hoptopus, I would've added a new beer but this is my first review. Aged in Bowman Bourbon barrels and poured at a local pub during a Virginia Craft beer dinner. Poured into a tulip glass with large white head.

A: Bright orange in color with about an inch of thick white head nice clarity. thick lacing left behind

S: Orange notes, some woody, smoky smells

T: This beers strongest point. The bourbon is not obvious but alcohol is, my guess is its a bit higher than the 8.8% of the normal hoptopus, I would also dare to venture that the 108 IBU number is lower as this is not as hoppy as a normal hoptopus. I think the barrel aging really helps this beer not taste a boozy as it usually does while still being able to clearly taste the alcohol.

M: Thick and dry

O: I would recommend but I'm pretty sure this was a limited release, not sure how many of these kegs got out but I don't think it was bottled. Nice double IPA from a Virginia brewer

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Extra received in a trade. Thanks meadhatter! Really cool can label.

Pours a dark orange, with a huge, 3 inch sea-foam like head, and lots of lacing.

Smells like dank herbality (it's a word now), candied pineapple, and grapefruit.

This is fresh, canned on 6/11/14, it would appear. However, the flavors are slightly muddled. It tastes good, it feels like a DIPA, but the flavors don't particularly stand on their own enough. Lots of bitterness, with a good amount of caramel malt, as well. Some citrusy flavors don't get allowed to shine deeply enough- I do pick out candied pineapple and orange, though.

Medium bodied, crisp and highly carbonated mouthfeel. Drinkable, but just sort of boring.

Not bad, but nothing all that exciting. It's best quality is the drinkability, but I wish the flavors were more vibrant.

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Hoptopus from Reaver Beach Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 204 ratings.
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