Hoptopus | Reaver Beach Brewing Company

HoptopusHoptopus
BA SCORE
3.84/5
218 Ratings
HoptopusHoptopus
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by jale on 04-20-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,030
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
218
pDev:
11.72%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
44
Trade:
0
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Photo of nmann08
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Boone757
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Thorpe429
2.04/5  rDev -46.9%
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 -34.9%

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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 atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
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 BEER88
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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 GreesyFizeek
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
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 GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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 tone77
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
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 redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ShanePB
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of clayrock81
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
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 Immortale25
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
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 rjp217
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zekenyce
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of markgugs
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of rspauldi
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Hoptopus from Reaver Beach Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 218 ratings
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