Hoptopus | Reaver Beach Brewing Company

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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