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

New Albanian Hoptimus IPANew Albanian Hoptimus IPA
BA SCORE
46%
Liked This Beer
3.55 w/ 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
Ranking:
#38,172
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
237
Liked:
109
Avg:
3.55/5
pDev:
18.59%
Alströms:
3.88
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
33
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 237 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of Riggsenater
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of thereal_adam
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
2.77/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Single finger head with thick lacing on a clear amber with golden hues body. Aroma is not very good with wet socks, toasted malts, breads, spoiled meat all coming together to not be very enticing at all. The flavor is really disorganized with weird earthy hops which finish very metallic. The malts are overdone. Medicine flavors remind me of the old chewable cherry Tylenol I would have as skid. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This one is bad from start to finish and will be memorable for all the wrong reasons.

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Photo of fankhauserg
2.77/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A 9% IPA. Not a typical Imperial IPA. Strong without much complexity or depth. Initially a bit harsh and sour but not a bad aftertaste.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.79/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark orange/light red with a nice two finger white head leaving good lacing down the glass.

Smells of rich caramel malt. Not a whole lot of hops in the nose.

Starts off a little caramel, but rounds into an astringent piney bitterness lingering on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is good. A little bit sticky with good carbonation, but not cloying.

Just an ok beer. Nothing really stands out about it, but nothing is terribly poor either.

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Photo of countfenring18
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of dc55110
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice deep amber hue with a small finger of head. Quickly dissipates, leaving little to no lacing.

The aroma has hints of pine and slightest presence of citrus. Malt over powers the nose.

The taste is very similar to the nose, the hop bill takes a back seat to the malt presence. Very malty.

The mouth feel is more of a Barley Wine not a DIPA. Heavy and the sweetness is almost cloying.

At nearly $10 a pop, not worth it. I'm hopping this was just a bad bottle, without a date/code its hard to tell how old this one was.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
2.84/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

32 oz. growler filled several days ago, poured into a NB snifter.

A - Beer pours a light copper. A one-inch head of very loose, sudsy foam dissipates quickly, but not completely; the last 10% takes awhile longer to burst and disappear. A ring of thick, foamy lace is left around the glass, with a very fine sheen on the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a subdued apricot orange and just slightly hazy.

S - Nose is soft and subtle. Tropical notes up front with dry pine wood in the background. Lightly toasted malts with caramel and bits of toffee emerge. Traces of alcohol are present.

T - Malt profile just like the nose leads, but is quickly washed away by the hops. Hops in the taste profile are rather indistinct - bitter, earthy herb/floral and woody to start, but sliding into more of the soft tropical fruits with hints of orange rind in the finish. ABV is pretty well hidden. Overall quality seems lacking. In fact, the back-end of the finish produces almost a aspirin-like medicinal taste that's rather metallic.

M - Fizzy, but carbonation is on the light side. Thin body - on the edge of watery. Structure is lacking sufficient backbone for a DIPA. Components are acceptably integrated. Finish lingers on the middle of the tongue; on the dry side.

O - A pretty nondescript beer all around, it seems what makes this a Double is only the higher ABV. It's thin, but it's also not a serious hop bomb requiring increased malt sugars for balance (which it doesn't have). It's essentially a high ABV IPA that favors a rougher bitter taste over grapefruit-citrus. If that's your thing, give it a try, but it's not a beer I will look for in the future.

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Photo of jzeilinger
2.89/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a medium copper color with low carbonation and an evenly thin and creamy layer across the top.

S - Earthy and slightly grassy with toasted caramel. Nose is very weak and there's no detection of hops anywhere.

T - Light roasted caramel foundation throughout the entire sip that's slightly earthy and a little bit grassy. Bitterness doesn't set in until the very end which is in the form of assertive pine and some grapefruit bitterness. Sweet caramel and moderate lingering piney citrus aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden.

M - Heavy medium body and prickly carbonation with a slightly smooth and creamy texture.

O - Balanced for a D-IPA but the blend of flavors on the palette goes from malty sweet to really bitter and there's a separation between the two, would like to see more of a blend, the nose is also completely dead. I'm hoping this is an older bottle but would be willing to give this one another shot.

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Photo of CraftBeerSnob
2.91/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of seedsofchaos
2.96/5  rDev -16.6%
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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Photo of Tchfunkta
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm hoping the bottle i got was sitting for a long while. Whatever quality the nugget & cascades imparted had long since packed it's bag & left. The only thing left was the viscous overly sweet caramel maltiness. 100 ibu is nowhere to be found. Faint floral nose. Upon tasting it quickly turns putrid, sweet, earthy mediocrity. Again, i believe whatever good qualities this beer once had are long gone. I will make it a point to get over to New Albanian & sample some fresh. If i get something better, I'll re-review.

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Photo of brentk56
2.99/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours copper, with a decent cap of foam; strands of lacing linger

Smell: Butterscotch and aspirin

Taste: Butterscotch bomb (diacetyl) with a growing piney bitterness that verges on aspirin tones; the malts return in the finish though the bitterness also lingers

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation; a bit flabby

Overall: Surprised that this has 100 IBUs and while there is considerable bitterness, it lacks to beguiling flavor of a great DIPA; plus, the diacetyl ruins the malt base

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Photo of Adkins1203
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of JDizzle
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of themind
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of headyhopzhead
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of fredmugs
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of lilnicky068
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of zornig
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of woosterbill
3.02/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber into a wine glass; sampled while in line for DLD '11. Big thanks to the guy who shared this bottle.

A: Clear amber body under a finger of fine eggshell foam. Great retention and lacing. Highly attractive.

S: Fruity hops, pale malt, and a weird fruity funk. Some wet dog. I'm not a huge fan, unfortunately.

T: Super-fruity, with apple, pear, and tropical fruits. I can't really tell whether these fruits come from the hops, the yeast, or some combination of the two. I wish it were clearer. Some malt sweetness creeps in toward the finish, but bitterness closes things out, as it should. Overall, a rather weird-tasting beer, but not exactly unpleasant.

M: Medium body, high carbonation. Lively.

O: When a DIPA works, it's amazing; when it doesn't, it can be either boring or baffling - this beer is the latter. I really don't know what to make of its seemingly funky fruitiness, but I don't really hate it either. I'd actually be curious to try this again someday just to see if it's still as strange as it was today, but I won't be going out of my way to make that comparison happen.

Cheers!

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Photo of -Rick
3.09/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of thebigredone
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of salvo
3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hoptimus by New Albanian arrives in a half pint pilsner glass at the Black Swan with half an inch of bright white head that sticks around, leaving laced etching in the glass. It is a beautiful straw color with chestnut highlights. A beautiful beer.

The nose is a little sudsy: not soapy, but a little foamy. Smells a bit roasty and malt is evident, but the forward smells are earthy, almost woody hops. Pine and grass fill out the scent.

Taste is a bit muddy. Hops are forward; bitter and earthy . But the malts are muddy and don't quite match the hops somehow. There's a dirty, untidiness to the flavor indicating lack of balance and conflict somewhere with flavors. Alcohol pepperiness: the 10% alcohol isn't disguised at all.

New Albanian has plenty of fans. I'm not one of them.

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New Albanian Hoptimus IPA from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
Beer rating: 46% out of 100 with 237 ratings
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