New Albanian Hoptimus IPA | New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House

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New Albanian Hoptimus IPANew Albanian Hoptimus IPA

Brewed by:
New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
Indiana, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mentor on 10-17-2005

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Photo of karst
4.44/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First let me say that paying $10.50 for a growler of this DIPA is a steal! However, I wish that I had brought my swing top two Liter growler. The Ball Jar doesn't hold carbonation very well and I would suggest a 12 hour max for the travel time. Cutting it close with my needing to drive across Indiana, Illinois and half of Missouri.

With a lower carbonation the malts emerge and the Northern Brewer bitterness starts more toward the middle. I never sensed much alcohol in the nose or flavor but by the reaction it is having on my brewbuddy I think it is in the high eights! Not quite as drinkable as the tap (but I'll attribute that to the 48 hr delay and the jar lid which is designed to seal with heated gasket and a vacumn instead of cold and positive pressure) Aroma is outstanding and as I rinsed the growler I was amazed to find my rinse water had that awesome fresh Cascade/Fuggles aromas.

A must try for the hop lovers and folks looking for an outstanding DIPA.

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Photo of KYBrewgrass
4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Mozz bar downtown Louisville.

A- 4.5 Hazy golden orange color with a thick white head that is as sticky as I've ever seen; it leaves spotty lacing all over the pint glass. Looks very appealing.

S- 4 Bubble gum and hops but mild; wish I got more out of the aroma.

T- 4.5 This tastes of bubble gum after an initial hit of hops. I'm guessing this to be a combination of clove spice and Belgian yeast. It is hoppy, malty, and sweet (but not overly sweet). It is quite different from IIPAs that I've had in this regard, and while some may consider that a fault, I actually really enjoyed this. It may not be the most "true" to the style, but I don't mind because it tastes great! That said, I could go for just a bit more hops.

M- 5 Hoptimus is smooth, creamy, and crisp. It has a just-right carbonation, and leaves a bit of dryness. It is medium in body.

D- 4.5 Very good. I want more of this... I have to find it in a bottle! This is an eerily good brew that goes down easily for its high ABV that is very well masked.

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Photo of Samwasnthere
4.39/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Its a smooth good Imperial IPA. It's a little over the top on the hops where the wheat is not evident enough or there to even balance the beer out but I always look for it in stores and on a draft list.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.36/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip glass. Thanks for this one Mark.
A: Pours a rather dark burnt-orange with a billowing, dense and oily light tan head that took many minutes to collapse under its own weight into a thick and chunky mountain of foam. Nearly a solid sheet of lacing was left down the glass as this butte of a head dissipated. This is a thing of beauty.
S: Sweet, fruity, citrus hops with a touch of mint and pine. Tangerine, melon, grapefruit, and fruit chewing gum dominate. Interesting to say the least.
T: A good dose of sweet hops dominate but there is a balancing amount of toasted malt to round out the flavors. The hops are herbal and leafy and taste like rose buds and stems. I also get bitter grapefruit pith, roasted orange peel, lemon zest and tobacco. The bitterness is pretty tame but there is still a pretty decent bite. The finish is herbal with a touch of pine resin, and the aftertaste is full of roasted orange flavors.
M: Full bodied for a DIPA with carbonation that hits my tongue tingly but quickly melts away into a creamy, smooth and a tad oily mouthfeel.
O: I was pleasantly surprised by this brew. The flavors are good but they are not my favorite combination in a DIPA. But this is a great brew none the less. Thanks again HosP for hooking it up.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler received from oracle as part of the NoBS BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the slightly cloudy orangey golden brew. Head sedately falls to a layer of uneven bubbles. Aroma is fruity hops, and that about covers it. Taste starts with a big shot of piney hops bitterness, then the fruitiness starts to come out to play. As one-sided as it is, it is not repulsive about it. Mouthfeel and drinkability are what would expect for an aggressive IPA, takes a bit getting used to, but once you're there, it's great. Alcohol warming starts to show, explaining why some may feel this could be a DIPA. Nice one here.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, citrus, and pine hops with some caramel and biscuit malts.

T - Starts off with grapefruit, tropical, and citrus hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine and floral hops come through with some more bitterness and some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit, grassy, and floral hops with bitterness and some sweet bready malts.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice hop profile and bitterness throughout. Great overall balance with good body.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange and surprisingly crisp and clear for an Imperial IPA. Thin layer of a white head floats atop. The aroma is all fresh, citrusy hops. The punch is not as big as expected from a 100 IBU beer, but you know it's an IPA. Loads of citrus and grassy hops give it a very fresh, summery flavor. Enough sweetness from the malt to cut through. With no bottling date, there is no way to know how old it is. The flavor is great, but I'm wondering if the hops have lost some potency. Oh, and it clocks in pushing 11% ABV.

Even if this is a little old, it's really tasty. Lots of hops, enough malt to give it some balance, and deceptively smooth for its ABV and IBU. I'll definitely do this again!

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Photo of tmitch75
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Gravity Head 2008 at the Brewery on 3/3/08. I was craving mad hops and this was the bartender's recommendation.

Slightly cloudy orange color with thin but fluffy head. Served in a cool 16 oz nonic glass.

Very hoppy taste with enough malt to keep it decently balanced. Hops are earthy and quite tasty.

Medium-bodied, if not a little more. Mouthfeel was very good.

Awesome beer. I haven't had much IPA lately (hop shortage) but this one really quenched my jones. It lives up to its very cool name.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured with little to no head. It was a virtually crystal-clear, bright amber-colored beer. The nose was very grassy, leafy-green. The mouthfeel was thin, but full of pine, hops, and freshly-mowed grass on the palate. The finish was utterly dry with a lingering aftertaste of evergreen. This is like camping, in a beer.

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Photo of Drew966
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Albanian Hoptimus Prime IPA pours a dark orange with a thick white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is very hoppy, pine and citrus notes are evident. The taste is really nice, lots of caramel malt and lots of intense hoppy goodness. Not as overpowering as the 100 ibu might suggest. Yum.

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Photo of mentor
4.29/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler provided by my new best friend, cerevisiaephilus. Thanks so much for the wonderful opportunity. Pours a half-finger yellow-tan head over a nearly clear sharp copper liquid. There is some tiny sediment bits suspended in the liquid, but it's an attractive brew. Perhaps it's has such an attractive appearance because the smell during the pour was incredibly enticing. To the nose, it's sugary sweet smelling with robust and rich orange oils complemented by some grapefruit pith. A little bit piney and a hint of cotton-in-the-field. Intoxicating smell, I'm aching to dive in. The grapefruit pith is less than the sweet and orange oil, but it has a peak that piercs through, I think because it's partnered very well with an alcohol sting. Okay, now for the taste. Sticky sweet, mild alcohol sting and tart hop finish. The sweet is sugary and persists from start to finish. It keeps the alcohol and hops from going overboard. For the whomping hop flavor, the bitter is less than I was expecting. Noticable and not overbearing. Fruity esters are present at decent levels, but are so far below the sweet and hops I had to concentrate to pick them out. Peaches and kumquat. Into the second glass now and the hop bitter hangs around as a flat aftertaste back by the tonsils. The sugar sweet, which had been a bit too much, is now settled. I think I'm just accustomed to the syrupy goop hanging on my tongue after the swallow. Thick chewing gum mouthfeel and mildly carbonated. This is a great smelling beer and a good tasting beer.

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Photo of Jishguy
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at New Albanian.

A- This brew was a bit darker than expected. A deep amber with a never-ending two finger head.

S- Wonderful array of citrus hops and floral notes. Definitely a strong presence of pine. Definitely excites the taste buds for what's about to come.

T- Sweet citrus up front, followed by a pine-like hop flavor. This beer is known for it's intense, bitter aftertaste.

M- Slightly creamy, with perfect carbonation. These guys know what they're doing.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz->Duvel Tulip
Thanks Cresant!
A ~ Great head...Maroon/Orange with peach highlights.

S ~ Fruit cup, brown sugar, mulch/grass, caramel

T ~ Earthy hops & a LARGE amount of pale malts kick things off, fading into orange peel, pears, sweet rolls, & homemade caramel.
Finish is vegetal & heavy on woody resins. More of those organic
forest-like flavors upon warming.

M ~ Utterly undetectable ABV. Bittered well with a good amount
of hops oils on the tounge leaving the lips slightly sticky.
Not the typical IIPA, but I am really fond of the heavy amount of pale malts. Semi-dry.

D ~ Great Name. Cool Label. Solid Beer. WILL try
more. It's great that they include hop/malt/yeast strains on the bottle.

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Photo of beerman207
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer recently appeared in my favorite beer store. Glad that I picked it up.

A: Pours a clear orange with a huge head that goes over the glass - wow. Finally settles down and leaves lace all over the place

S: smell is citrus, apricots, and also some hops

T: Taste is delicious - not too hoppy and not too malty - just like goldilocks this DIPA is just right. Some orange, hops, nice malt that lingers

M: The mouthfeel was expected to be highly carbonated considering the geiser but it's very smooth

O: Solid offering from New Albanian. Very happy that I got this one.

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Photo of TheCraftBrewReview
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – 90: On first pour, Hoptimus delivers a shimmery copper body and a smokey dark brown. The head was small with around an 1/8th of an inch. The carbonation was light, not super bubbly but it keeps it refreshing. Physically, this bottle has the coolest label out on the market right now. If you are a sucker for fancy labels on wine or beer (like me), this will hook you in on first glance.

Aroma – 92: The smell has a light bitter smell on first whiff. There is a small sweet smell that lingers of caramel. Overall the floral smell of hops dominate with the light after smell.

Body and Texture – 90: The nice part that I enjoy out of this IPA is the texture. It is a light ale and does not give the heaviness a lot of IPA’s will give you. The small body delivers a light feeling in the stomach and it goes down smooth.

Taste – 92: Hoptimus is self-labeled as a special pale malt and Imperial IPA. The first few sips hit strong with the thick hop taste. According to the bottle, New Albanian put in 4 additions of nugget hops, one late cascade hops, and dry hopped with cascade again. Due to the amount of spices they add in, (especially towards the late end of the brewing process), they dominate the palate. However, unlike most overly hopped IPA, Hoptimus isn’t too bitter. The nugget creates a hint of sweetness which lingers on the back end.

Overall – 91.5 (Excellent): As an IPA enthusiast, this is one of my favorite all year around IPA’s. The hoppy flavor is strong but not overbearing but instead refreshing with a sweet finish. The light body makes it perfect for a meal or for hanging around watching a football game. I have a bottle or two around my collection at all times and any IPA fan should too.

Purchase Value (C+) – I bought mine at $9.10 but I recognize this beer is not for everyone. The high hop flavor and light texture might turn some people off. For an IPA lover though, this should be a staple of their craft beer rotation.

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Photo of JamesS
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice mid-copper color with decent head and some nice lacing. Very nice deep malty scent with a wonderful and huge pine hop aroma. Same with the flavor, a great deep malt backbone with some quite nice pine hop flavors that last on the tongue. Goes down well, if thick, and with a fair bit of alcohol heat. Nice IPA, but a little less alcohol heat would be nice. (On tap at Tomlinson Tap Room)

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at proper temperature at wonderful Rich O's/New Albanian Brewing Company in Southern Indiana in a snifter, no less.

This one comes to me an attractive, dingy bronze with some floatiness. No significant head production, but a respectable lace trail.

Nose is a brilliant actualization between twangy, high-alpha acid hops and earthy, woody old-world hops and a great 'english bitter on steroids' malt bill.

The taste is something akin to hop iced-tea! I couldn't believe the amount of green flavors in here as well as the intense duality of old and new world hoppiness. Has a bit of a twangy, herbal or chlorrophyl thing going on that detracts a bit from the overall package.

The mouthfeel is quite silky and the hop burps make this a very addictive tipple. The spice/herbal thing dissapates by the end thankfully. Very good...and man do these guys have some balls putting this directly up against some of the world's finest draft beers.

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This starts with a lot of tropical fruit upfront and then lighten to a watermelon, before hitting a piney bitter tone. The malt holds through with a very grainy bran. At 10% it's a bit thin but exceptionally easy to drink.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy orange/copper color with a frothy inch and a half off-white head. Head retention is very good, and there's a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is interesting, the brew smells like earthy and pine hops, bubblegum and some herbs and cloves. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like citrusy (grapefruit) and pine hops, caramel malt, herbs, and some cloves. There's also a very long lasting bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and is well carbonated. I liked this brew, it wasn't exactly quite what I was expecting in an IIPA but in this case it was a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Cresant
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a large Sam Adams glass. No date but consumed only days after the bottle release party - fresh! The head was light tan and left only smudges of lace. The body was clear, golden copper.

The smell was tobacco like. Organic matter dank. Citrus.

The taste was spicy with an oily bitterness. Pine needles and candied grapefruit. The flavors deepen as it warms - sweet and intensely bitter without sharpness. There is a lip coating hops oily-ness that lingers a long time. The alcohol is noticeable but not overshadowing. The label indicates the malts used are Special Pale and the hops include, "four additions of high alpha hops". The 100 IBUs are pretty palate shattering.

The mouthfeel was medium to full with plenty of carbonation. This is one of my favorite locals.

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Photo of cameraman
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep golden color, that is slightly cloudy, with a small white head at the top. A strong grassy aroma, with pine and wood aromas in there as well. The taste starts with a strong malt flavor, then the hops come out and jump right on the palate with grapefruit and grassy flavors. A thin to medium body, it has nice dry finish. A very good double IPA, strong flavor and aroma make this a must try at New Albanian.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy dark gold with an inch of dense, fine, off-white foam. A solid skim coat on the surface and ripped sheets of lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics feature pine, grapefruit, and sugar-dusted malt. Fruity and piney.

Medium bodied with a sticky, gummy mouthfeel. Sappy.

Sweet malt and candied fruit start the palate. Sugar-dusted grapefruit and pine resin follow through. More doughy-sweet malt follows through.

Finishes with lingering sweet malt, resinous grapefruit and pine, and a balancing bitterness.

A decent IIPA, but a bit too sweet and the nose is subdued.

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Photo of Mitchill
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer after a long days work after it had been sitting in my cooler for a bit. All in all I enjoyed this beer, it was deceivingly strong whether it was the heat, smoothness or just the rate at which I consumed it. Either way it was different from what I was use to from the local selection in my area which is very local to New Albanian. At 100 IBU's I didn't notice as much hop presence that I prefer but it was definitely worth the monetary venture for a good local beer

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 100 IBU Imperial IPA gets its bitterness from four early additions of high alpha Nugget hops and late/dry hop additions of Cascade. Shimmering amber beer with an off white, fluffy head that falls with a lace. Nose is light on citrus in spite of the dry hopped Cascade, which is very subdued. More spice, pepper, clove and earthy pine in the nose on top of a light sourdough and caramel malt base. Hop bite is good, and flows to the back of the tongue. Lingers nicely, but is raw and not overly subtle. Malt falls deep to the background in spite of being a relatively big beer at 10.7% (a bit over 1.080 if a did the math right). Good, hoppy beer that's fun to drink, but lacks the complexity and character that I prefer in a DIPA. Might be the English yeast not bringing out some of my favorite characteristics, but if you prefer English to American barleywine, this might be a great beer for you.

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Photo of dmfrench
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian/American hybrid DIPA with a slightly weak malt backbone.

A: Somewhat hazy honey/cider yellow body with a half finger persistent white head.

S: Unexpected Belgian cloviness... hops are lighter and piney/earthy. Malt exhibits general sweetness. Not much diacetyl.

T: Again, Belgian yeast cloviness with fairly strong drying, resinous hops. Quite buttery malt, but still not all that big.

M: Creamy and substantial with a drying finish

O: Interesting Belgian influence, but I'd much rather have a big purely American DIPA like Dreadnaught any day.

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