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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Photo of blakesell
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at Gravity Head '08 straight from the source in New Albany, IN. Poured into a 20oz pint glass.

Appearance- Creamy and orange with an even head that does not cling to the sides of the glass. Legs are not present and according to my notes, the head forms the litter "R" over the top.

Smell- Cascade dominates, malt is present as well. The hops are not too big on the beer than citrus is present with not too much strength from the malt. There is also the scent of freshly mowed grass.

Taste- Burning. The 9% shows itself and makes itself known. Fruity and creamy. The malt is more noticeable than the hops. Not quite as "hoptimus" as they say. Sourness from the yeast used. Hoppy, but the beer is only an IPA, not a Double IPA.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, thick bodied and well carbonated. Warming but not overly so.

Drinkability- The 9% is balanced but not greatly drinkable. An average drinkability for a nice balanced pale.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this beer to do a legitimate review of it, I have had it on tap several times in my area.
22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass

A- Hazy orange with a fluffy three finger head
S- Not as strong of a smell as i would like it to be, some malts and very little hop aroma for a 100 IBU double. A little alcohol.
T- This is an interesting one. It doesn't have a huge hop presence, not as big as a fresh one on tap at least. It does retain the bitter taste though. A slight caramel followup.
M- It is maltier then other DIPA's in my opinion so it does have a thicker, creamier texture so its pretty heavy to drink. Lots of carbonation. Some sticky mouth feeling, which is not too common in IPA's. Filling, but goes down relatively easy.
O- This is a good beer, its not going to blow you away but its not bad either. I wouldn't say its nearly as good as Three Floyds Dreadnaught/ Arctic Panzer Wolf but its also 7$ for a bottle opposed to 12$ so i cant complain. Try it if you can find it in your area but not really worth going out of your way to find.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brew-pub.

Hazy amber body under a solid off-white head that leaves nice rings as the beer is consumed.

Smell is bright citrus and floral over cracker malt.

Taste is overtly, insanely hopped. Bittering hops, citrus, pine, all over a slurpaliciously syrupy malt foundation.

Mouthfeel is almost oily with hops, and thick with malt. Best feature of this beer.

Drinkability is way diminished for me by the intensely bitter hoppiness. Hop loves should love this.

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

Bottle to snifter.

A: Copper colored, fairly clear.

S: Surprisingly, I don't get much of the hops. The aroma is malty, almost sweet corn like

T: Definitely one of the maltier DIPAs I've had, That bizarre cream corn malt flavor is there, The hops don't jump up till the end, and when they do it's not overwhelming.

M: Smooth, full, and moderately carbonated. No complaints here

O: I dunno, It's not a bad tasting beer, But I feel like it kind of misses the point of a DIPA.

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

Poured from the bottle a dark and clear copper color with three fingers of creamy off-white head. Generous lacing all around the glass.

Aroma of molasses and caramel malts. No hoppiness whatsoever.

The taste is lightly bitter with molasses and caramel malts upfront followed by just a whiff of grassy hops. Bitterness lingers thru the finish.

Medium bodied and dry with a moderate carbonation.

A bit more hop presence would have really helped this bitter and malty IIPA.

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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 RickS95
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A little darker than I expected, kind of looks like a lot of the pumpkin beers I've been drinking lately. A burnt orange color with tons of carbonation. The bubbles never stop rising from the bottom. The head is simply enormous.

Wasn't the smell I was hoping for or expecting. Really looking for the Cascade hop, but it's only there in a supporting role. Has more of a bready, cracker-like smell to it.

A slight taste of citrus, particularly as it warms. A resinous, woody, piney taste.

Actually pretty gentle for such a high level of IBU. The malts really balance the hops so you never get that kick. The biscuity character makes this very drinkable.

Not at all what I expected, but I'm glad to have tried this. It's a solid B in my book.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A delicious and malty Imperial IPA with a beautiful malt portrayal and balanced with citrusy and piney hops.

The pour is a fantastic amber color with near brilliant clarity. Off white foam carries the structure of foam and froath with broken rings of lace behind. This one goes above and beyond even what's expected from the appearance of standard IPAs.

Malt richness in scent is supported with deeply caramelized malts, light toast or bread crust, toffee, and savory notes. Hop aromas of citrus, pine, and fresh cut grasses balance the beer but never really claim the center stage that they should. Light plasticy notes come about and point toward a spicy yeasty scent that's modestly ill placed.

Toffee and caramel malts continue to lay the foundation for the beer's flavor profile- deeply caramelized for a taste that's reminescent of Cracker Jacks. Again, hop presence of grapefruit, spruce, freshly cut grasses, and oranges balance the beer's flavor but never commands the taste in the way that IPAs should. The plastic character that was noted in the nose doesn't show up in taste.

Medium-full bodied, the rich maltiness and creamy carbonation take the beer right past mid palate where the hop dryness and alcohol warmth should finish the procession through the finish. Instead, an alcoholic warmth is present but the hop dryness and crispness doesn't show up, leaving the beer sweet and lingering well into the next sip.

With hearty malt focus and lower attenuation rates, there's an English-like proportion to the beer that makes me want to read English IPA into the profile.

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Photo of crewfan16
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bomber into a sam adams glass. thanks ModorMango for including this in a recent trade.

a- poured a hazy straw orange/yellow with huge thick creamy head. head seriously was like delicious looking hop ice cream.

s- pine hop and just a slight amount of bready malt. awfully light for the style.

t-bitter piney hop resin start. some biscuity malt backbone and just a slight amount of caramel/mollasses sweetness. finishes a bit dry and bitter on the palate again.

m- slightly oily and coating. flavors linger on the palate nicely. carbonation seems to be right on for the style.

overall, a decent DIPA. very hop forward without much in the way of balance. without knowing the price, i think i can still say there are better DIPA bombers out there.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy deep copper in color with some light reddish highlights. The beer has a half finger tall white head that quickly reduces to a thin film that covers the majority of the surface of the beer with a couple of small slightly thicker patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is more malty than hoppy with caramel malt sweetness dominating. There is a lighter amount of herbal, pine, and citrus hops.

T: The beer starts out with a moderate amounts of caramel malt sweetness and the hop flavors come out as the beer warms up - herbal (almost medicinal) with some lighter hints of pine and citrus. There is a moderate amount of sharp bitterness but it does not really linger.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness, especially in the finish.

O: Far more malty than I would expect for the style but that does not make for an unenjoyable beer. Easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden. Not my favorite beer in this style but not one I would avoid. Not as well balanced as I would like. Possibly past it's prime.

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Photo of Morey
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This potent double ipa pours orange in color with pretty good clarity. The head fades rather quickly on this one, and very little lace is left on the side of the glass.

Smell is fruity and slightly hoppy with a big alcohol presence.

Taste is hoppier than i anticipated and the alcohol is large and in charge. Malt backbone is there, but hides behind the hops and alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium with a moderate carbonation.

I could (and have) drank a couple of glasses, but it's time to switch gears before I run into trouble.

Morey's Bottom Line: Once you get used to the alcohol, this beer is actually quite enjoyable. Reminds me of Stoudt's Double Ipa.

Serving type: growler

Originally Reviewed on: 07-11-2010 00:41:13...but it placed it under New Albanian's retired Saison, so I cut and pasted my review, and put it where it belongs.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a really malty double ipa, but I find that I like it a lot. There is a slight sweetness from malts that I find nice. And there is an earthiness to it that is hearty and appropriate. Long lasting flavor. Carbonation and overall feel is quite smooth. I like this beer, even though I don't really consider it so much a double ipa.

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Photo of mfanch8578
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not bad for a local brew. I was expecting more from the hops. I tasted the hops bitterness but not much hops flavor. Maybe should have kicked the hops quality up a notch to match the maltiness and abv. I wouldn't turn down a snifter if it was offered to me, and would be more than willing to try New Albanian's other styles. Beware, New Albanian, you have some pretty stiff competition from across the river. Visiting your brew house is definitely on my list.

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Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy caramel-amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down and left lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass; the bubbles died down but never completely faded away.
S: The smell has sweet aromas of caramel malts and toffee in the nose. No hops are detectable.
T: Like the smell, the taste is both malty and sweet. The hops only contribute a light amount of bitterness and hints of herbal flavors.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: This beer definitely tastes strong but the alcohol is relatively well masked from the taste. It also seems to taste a bit medicinal and too malty for the style. It’s possible that this beer might have more hop bitterness if it is very fresh.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a DFH/SN IPA glass
A: Copper color with a 1.5-finger head that quickly settles to a fine lacing
S: Uncooked bread dough initially, some citrus/pine hops, but also a metallic copper/nickel note that doesn't quite fit
T: Here the hops come through more distinctly, citrus up front followed by pine with a nice fresh bread backbone & a hint of flowers on the finish. A touch sweet
M: Medium-bodied, smooth but a touch sticky from the malty sweetness
O: I would prefer more hops in lieu of a bit of the malt but overall this is an easy to drink, enjoyable beer- as others have said probably a bit malty for the DIPA style, but this being my first bottle from this brewery, I'm interested in trying more

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Photo of Chaney
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I split a bomber of this with my brother here recently.

Served in a pint glass because... that's all he had.

A: Poured a bright orange color, with lots of yeast suspension, along with a massive sticky, off-white 1.5 finger head that stuck around throughout the session Unfiltered to the 10th power!

S: Even on the nose, this was one massively hopped, bitter mama jama! Lots of fresh leaves along with some fresh clean linen.

T: Extremely, utterly ridiculously bitter! Wow! It was too much in my opinion and totally detracted from this being a silky, pleasing drinker.

M: The hops basically stained the teeth, but this wasn't sugary in any way. To be honest, I could have actually used more sucrose. I will say that this was definitely a sipper and that there was nothing thin here.

O: I'll give this to New Albanian: This is not for the non-hop head or faint of heart!

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into an Upland pint glass.

A: Pours a medium caramel brown with a half-finger's worth of white head on average visible carbonation. Both the head and the bubbles don't last for long.

S: Light citrus (orange) and bready malt - but there really isn't a lot of aroma here at all.

T: Bready malt, a bit of caramel sweetness, and bitter hops with slight notes of grass and citrus. Lightly bitter on the finish.

M: Medium body for style. Some alcohol presence but not boozy. Carbonation on the low side.

O: This wasn't bad, but it really falls short of the DIPA "average" around now. There are just so many superior examples on shelves it would be hard to justify another bottle of this one - but still, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

My first New Albanian beer the last time I saw this was in Northern Kentucky last summer, I couldn't decide on one of these compared to their amazing selection. Appears deep caramel amber with a nice off white khaki head forming thick leaving behind fine even speckled lacing. Aromatics herbal pine, citrus pith, and crushed aspirin very floral perfume like hop notes underlying caramelized malts play a supporting role. Flavor earthy citrus bitter notes big malts expose themselves, hop burps are present after a few sips I can't believe it has 100 IBUs. 8 bucks for a 22 ounce bottle this was well worth it!!! Earthy, pine coat the palate more of the citrus/crushed aspirin alpha acid inspired notes hit the palate very straight on leaving a bit of residual sweetness there's some caramel malts to balance it out. Mouthfeel is big drinks like a bigger DIPA or barleywine, take your time and share this one with a mate or two. Carbonation is a bit low hard time carrying this big brew across the palate. Overall, I've had much better BIG IPAs, this needs some work!!!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful auburn color with a great, off-white head. Smell is kind off strange. Musty, malty and some floral, earthy hops. The flavor is great, though. Caramel malt with a touch of roast. Earthy hops, some citrus and a nice dry finish. Smooth. Good mouthful. A tasty beer.

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Photo of Brent
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For a double IPA, this fell short of the level of hopping one expects. Hops were herbal and a touch musty, without much depth of character. Good malt body, perhaps a bit malt-forward than customary for the style. ABV was well intergrated in the flavor, lending some pepper bite at the end.

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Photo of kylehayworth
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had this beer numerous times. It was at a couple beer fest I had gone to, and also grabbed a pint at grant line. I never got a chance to sit down and actually "drink" this beer.

A: It has a nice amber color, which is accented with orange and red tones. The head is bright of white.

S: Citrus and floral hops dominate the nose. Grapefruit and oranges with a nice pine smell.

T: The balance of hops and malts play along side each other nicely. Maybe leaning a little more towards the malty side. Alcohol is well hidden I thought, maybe a bit of hop resin, but not over powering.

M/D: I really enjoy this beer. Mouthfeel is crisp and ends with a slight bitter oily taste, which is nice. I think this is highly drinkable. It would be my first choice when in New Albany.

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Photo of Preismj
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: dark amber, but very translucent. nice creamy soft head. incredible amount of lacing here...super sticky. head sticks around the whole time on this and its very fluffy off-white.

s: sweetness of malts and dark tropical fruit.

t: slightly sour apple, grape and much more citrus (orange zest). Definitely malt forward here (might not be the freshest bottle). very solid flavor profile of sweet malt (creamy caramel, maple), ends with a very bitter hop finish, but the hop flavor isn't what it should be.

m: very creamy, super smooth. nice carb, light and only there to provide a nice segue to the sweet malt and final bitter flavor.

o: very solid DIPA, though I believe it is a shell of its former self. I've tried to have this on tap several times, though it is always sold out. I know the hops should be more present on this, but still it is solid malt profile and the presence of strong hop flavors would provide better balance. hopefully I will have this again and experience it with a touch more floral...

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark copper, hazy but clear, with a short white head, reducing quickly to a thin white film and extensive lacing.

S - Big hop, with floral and slightly medicinal pine, and a malty honey note.

T - Following the nose, but with a strong bitter line from start to finish, coupled with a solid malt backbone to produce a floral honey taste that is somewhat reminiscent of a honey throat drop.

M - Decent carbonation, but hop oil does build and the drying is considerable. No sign of the high alcohol content.

O - Certainly a drinkable brew, and a powerful, floral hop explosion that couples nicely with its honey and malt counterpoint. Good, but not spectacular, and not necessarily something of which I'm looking to drink a full bomber.

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Photo of Omnium
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Pours hazy orange amber just a thin film of fizzy head, no lacing.
S - Nice aroma, lots of crisp lemongrass, light pine, a little dank, fresh bread, orange juice, lime zest.
T - Definitely a powerful brew, but rather balanced, lots of pine, some grapefruit, toasted bread, caramel, pie crust, and some big assertive bitterness.
M - The bitterness gets to be a little bit too much at first, then backs off, definitely feel the alcohol here.
O - Not bad, I was hoping for a little more, but its rather balanced, if you like lots of bitterness, this will definitely fill your needs.

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New Albanian Hoptimus IPA from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
3.57 out of 5 based on 235 ratings.
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