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

BA SCORE
81
good
237 Ratings
New Albanian Hoptimus IPANew Albanian Hoptimus IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mentor on 10-17-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
237
Reviews:
89
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
18.49%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
33
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 237 |  Reviews: 89
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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of mrfrancis
2.43/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a bright, clear gold with a thin, creamy white mousse that doesn't stick around all that long.

S: Malty aromas of caramel, biscuit, and butterscotch fill the nose. Mild, grassy hop scents and alcohol emerge later, but remain obscured by heavy malt scents.

T: Notes of caramel, cream, butterscotch, biscuit, sage, mint, basil, parsley, straw, grass, damp hay, and lemon rind wash across the palate. The finish is oddly herbal and sticky with notes of caramel, butterscotch, basil, and lemon rind underscored by peppery, prickly alcohol.

M: Medium-bodied, sticky, and resinous in the mouth. This ale is definitely undercarbonated for the style. Alcohol is initially subtle, but becomes distracting on the finish.

O: This is a truly bizarre DIPA. I feel that the brewers were trying to come up with a new twist on the style, but it never really came together. An unappealing nose, taste, and texture make this ale very difficult to drink. Giving this an overall rating of 2.5 is probably a bit generous on my part. I will not be revisiting this beer.

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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5/5  rDev +40.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of nrbw23
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a nice thick head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some ok lacing.

S- Smell is a bit of pine hops and a pretty strong bready malt back bone. Pretty tame.

T- A great amount of hop bitterness. Quite a bit of pine resin and a strong malt back bone. A bit of alcohol is present.

M- Pretty sticky and oily. Medium in body and nice carbonation.

O- Not too bad at all.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper color with a minimal cream head that lingers and forms a solid ring around the rim.

Bready caramel malt, floral hop with a hint of citrus.

Heavy sweet malt flavor, with a muted hint of citrus, and a somewhat bitter finish.

Fairly heavy, syrupy body with somewhat low carbonation.

Overall a bit malty and lacking hop flavor for the style.

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Photo of Shibbykaiyai
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this on a recent trip to Indianapolis at Capitol Liquors downtown.

It pours a nice, deep golden color, kinda cloudy, with some head with a good pour.

A very good tasting brew, strong but yet flavorful. I hope some time in the near future that this makes it up my way in Michigan.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Auracom
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle purchased at one of the Sahara Marts in Bloomington, IN. Poured into a C&B tulip on February 19th, 2012.

A - Hazy, deep golden coloring. One-finger's worth of a cream-colored head. Bleh retention but good lacing. Against light I see (what appears to be) yeast particulates floating around.

S - Lemon shortbread, touch of some other fruit juice, overripe grapefruit, caramel corn, and faint alcohol.

T - A bit generic. Citrus, light malt profile, and a hop backing that starts at mid-palate and continues to strengthen all the way through the finish. I swear there is some sort of a stronger yeast implementation here, as I'm getting a touch of peppercorn and spice.

M - Light-medium body, high carbonation, lightly creamy feel, and a gritty finish.

D - Not a bad one in the nose, but the taste was a letdown. Whatever yeast is in here is a bit odd and the other notes are simply too... simple.

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of seedsofchaos
2.96/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hoptimus pours honey golden with fantastic clarity. Clarity is only obstructed by the massive amounts of carbonation bubbles streaming up throughout this brew. The head billows like a freshly poured Original from the Hofbrauhaus. Way too much carbonation for the style but a pretty beer nonetheless.

Aroma is kind of a strange one on this New Albanian double IPA... A kind of dark cola smell with the sweetness to match is honestly the first thing I think of with each sniff. Strange... Biscuity with little discernible bouquet, Hoptimus underwhelms in the nose.

Piney hops and a medicinal touch come through first in the flavor. Don't burp... It's like aspirin if you do. Such a light bodied and smooth beer for 9.0%... Are we sure this hydrometer is working? Crisp and tons of carbonation throughout... New Albanian definitely has an issue with over-carbonating every single one of its beers...

Hoptimus isn't terrible but it's not good either. This could be a macro's take on an ESB but definitely not a great representation of a craft IPA or IIPA. Alright...

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New Albanian Hoptimus IPA from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
3.57 out of 5 based on 237 ratings.
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