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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jale on 04-20-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
204
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
28.84%
 
 
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10
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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 204
Photo of Thorpe429
2.04/5  rDev -45%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle thanks to Drake. Served in a mini snifter. Pours a clear orange color with a white head and some lacing. The nose carries some faint citrus and earthy-pine hops with a bit of grain behind that. Hops aren’t too powerful. Flavor has an odd graininess that I didn’t quite care for. As it warmed it seemed like it may have been oxidation. Citrus hops and some bready malt. Medium body with a decent kick of hop bitterness. Not something that I would seek out again.

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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 estlinska
2.86/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a traditional pint glass (16oz).

A - Dark amber color edging towards a brownish hue. Literally no head on this beer.

S - There is a sweet malt smell up front; a deeper sniff is required to get the hops of this one which are a deeply hidden floral character to me. The malt and the hops really battle and almost cancel one another out.

T - The first taste to me is the caramel sweet of the malt.I got almost no hops initially which was surprising. The hops do come out at the back end, rather abruptly. They are somewhat harsh and leave a strong aftertaste.

M - Very thin on the tongue and underwhelming. Carbonation is noticeably lacking. Not much alcohol flavor overall and the beer is just very watery.

O - I think the balance of the malt and hops is very lacking overall. They seem to be completely independent from one another with little to no interaction which take a lot away from the beer. The lack of head and carbonation may have been a problem with the draught, so I will give this one another go, but I was just a little underwhelmed overall.

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Photo of jale
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the brewery/tasting room.

A: Pours a clear amber with a finger of tan head.

S: Citrus and floral hop aroma. Just a hint of honey.

T: Sweet upfront followed by big hop bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden.

M: Oily body that is cloying.

O: If hop extract was used in this, I think a little less would be beneficial.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
3.14/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale gold with firm head. Bread and caramel malt nose and a little hop presence. Instant Cheese funk taste yields to bready malt and piney hops. Maybe a little diacetyl. If the chemical composition was looked after a little more carefully this would be an outstanding beer; plenty of great traits and balance but slight infections.

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Photo of jgreenearrow
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. No bottle dating.

A: Pours a translucent amber color with a noticeably thin, off-white colored head. Some lacing remains on the side of the glass. Based solely on appearance, this beer seems a little thin.

S: Malt, caramel, pine, and citrus hops. Slight vinegar smell as well.

T: Sweetness of rich malt and caramel hits the tongue at the outset of the sip. The sweetness transitions into a faint flavor of sour mash malt followed by some intense bitterness. Pine and floral hops are predominant, accompanied by some slight citrus.

M: This is the weakest aspect of the beer. For a DIPA, the beer is thin and watery. It is very light bodied, where I would expect a light to medium body for the style.

Overall, this is an average DIPA. Hop bitterness is nice. The mouthfeel and the slight vinegar notes are somewhat off putting.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a golden light brown with a one-finger head that stayed forever and left lace. I get a grassy but large hoppy nose but not much else. Very citric, spicy hop bite with some bready dryness but the hops are dominant in the taste. Lighter-bodied, almost watery, the balance is a little off and the thin body mixes w/ the carbonation for a sharp, crisp backend. A touch of minor sweetness. Not a bad DIPA to try, but not one of the best.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy orange color with a long lasting off white head that leaves gobs of foam on the glass.

Caramel malt dominates the aroma, overpowering any hint of hops.

Big caramel malt flavor, but not too sweet. Spicy and fruity hops are present, but fight somewhat unsuccessfully for attention with the malt.

A bit sweet with a medium body. The toasty-caramel finish overpowers the usual bitter hops finish found in DIPA's.

Not a bad start. I think the malt and body provide a great base and are spot on for the style. Turn up the hops a bit and this could be an awesome brew.

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Photo of teromous
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The body is hazy with a medium shade of copper beneath a thick fluffy white head. Loads of visible carbonation.

Aroma: Fresh smelling hop aroma. Catty scent with a strong garlic presence.

Taste: There is a strong earthy and woody character to the beer. Tea-like with a bit of cedar and fairly strong mint at the end.

Mouthfeel: It has a very strong bitter backbone with a good dry finish.

Overall: It's a pretty good Double IPA that really seems to focus on herbal flavors rather than citrus. The can says "This west-coast style India Pale Ale boasts intense bitterness and grapefruit-like character throughout." They got the bitterness down, but they missed the mark on the grapefruit.

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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 C20Percent
3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nearly completely cloudy golden-tan with very little head at all. No bottling date on here, so not sure how fresh it is. Not really much else to say here -- some decent complexity in the color, but other than that this is an average appearance.

S: Not all bad here -- a nice balance of caramel malt and candied citrus. Like a sweet tangerine, sweet lemon. Aroma actually pretty good.

T: Yeah, a sweet candied malt followed by bang of bitter than lingers in your mouth. Sort of reminds me of Brooklyn East IPA just not as fruity. But, the candied citrus is there. Taste isn't terrible -- nothing to write home about, but beat my expectations.

M: Creamy medium-heavy body with very VERY little carbonation. Really disappointing here. There is some chewiness here, but it only exposes the lack or carbonation. Not good.

O: Not a great brew. Got this in a trade so I'm going to assume it's fresh...to a certain degree. Not a huge fan of a candied citrus flavor, but there are certainly worse taste. The look and feel just kill this beer, though. Wouldn't drink again, and probably wouldn't recommend.

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Photo of blackie
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber from Grape and Gourmet, VA Beach

a: poured into a tulip glass, the beer is a hazed orange-amber in color, sporting a low off-white head with minimal retention

s: a body of caramel malts, heavy and sweet, with some fruit notes - particularly apricot, fresh grainy bread, strong hop aromas that combine pine and citrus, but unfortunately without that crisp, vivid freshness that makes a great ipa/dipa for me, instead they give off a steeped, muddled juice aroma, still nice - just not great

m: carbonation is low-moderate, with a medium body and some malt sugar weight

t: fairly heavy with caramel malt, sweet malt and fruity hop flavors - a blend of steeped citrus rind and pine, similar complaints as on the nose - muddle hop flavors allow the malts to draw attention away, powerfully bitter with strong pine and citrus pith flavors lingering

o: a good, not great dipa, solid malt foundation with a nice hop load, just a bit unrefined and lacking the vivid hops that I really prefer in the style

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Photo of oldn00b
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 2 week old cans into IPA glass.

Nice head retention and a bit of lacing. Color is a bit on the amber side.

Nose is full of piney hop, malt definitely shows through.

Relatively well balanced hop and malt, bit heavier on the malt side than I like. Doubt this is from age since it's a relatively fresh can.

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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 hornsup
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Into a Boston perfect pint glass

A- I love this appearance. A warm orange citrus colored with a off white 2 finger head that clings to the sides beautifully and takes 10-15 seconds to dissipate.

S- hops, hops, hops. Some orange zest, grapefruit, lemon and bark.

M- oily, bubbly and a little chewy, very dry. not spectacular but decent

T- hops, doesn't hide the alcohol incredibly well...perhaps bc they arrived too hard to achieve the namesake by making it 8.8 % alcohol to go along with the name. I appreciate that. Just need more body to hide it

O- this beer will sneak up on you fast. It's alcohol isn't hidden particularly well but it keeps you wanting more. I've had a lot better double IPAs but this is a solid 2nd tier

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Photo of ohhsnap
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

this beer needs some fresh ratings. new recipe, newly canned on 2/4/15. it was mediocre, but hopefully the change in profile will change the current desire and outlook!

N - nose is fairly similar, but has a sweeter, more distinct character. you can tell there are citra hops present now.

A - murky, dark, almost blood-orange color. average head and lacing.

T - is this even the same beer? big bursts from the citra hops jump right out. almost a buttery character - this is all of a sudden a must-have local (read: 757/hampton roads) DIPA, and the only local one brewed often enough.

P - not flashy, nothing to dismiss. biting, stinging, no grapefruit though.

O - if you're in VB, you have to get some of this. this went from "meh" to very good overnight. as long as they can brew enough to keep this fresh, i'll be happy.

kudos

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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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