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:
216
Reviews:
43
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
12.63%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
44
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 216 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of LarryK757
1/5  rDev -73.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.04/5  rDev -45.2%
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 ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of ohiobeer29
2.55/5  rDev -31.5%
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 -23.1%
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 -20.7%
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 MarvinTheMarzen
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of clfrost
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Rockjocknroll
3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
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 Coorsy
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jgreenearrow
3.2/5  rDev -14%
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 -13.2%
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 GFish
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of 1424IpA
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of WI-Beer-Man
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of BRYeleJR
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of wyatt13
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of CliffBrake
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
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 -10.8%
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 Ihadbeer
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%

Photo of Aprice34
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
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 -8.9%
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 Brew-Knows
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Hoptopus from Reaver Beach Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 216 ratings.
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