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

88 Reviews
New Albanian Hoptimus IPANew Albanian Hoptimus IPA

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

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

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Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 233
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a mild sweetness from flavors of caramel and citrus followed by a strong but not over-powering piney hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a decent balance. A touch of an alcohol sting creeps in as well. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid 2IPA to drink for a while.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cold from the tap at finch's a semi translucent copper with golden highlights to a 10oz goblet with a 1/2 finger, foamy, long lasting head

aroma of warm caramel and a floral hops after.

caramelly sweet up front with a nice floral hops following up and taking over in a big way.

medium bodied, big carbonation, big bitter, yet creamy smooth.

overall - nice interesting example of style.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a nice copper, amber hue with a plentiful, persistent eggshell foam head.

S: Aroma is only lightly hoppy with some citrus and pine. It has a lingering caramel malt undertone along with a bit of yeastiness.

T/M: Flavor is not as "imperial" as other, more hoppy IPA's, but is still gratuitously hoppy with a medium amount of carbonation, a potent earthy quality and some more of that malty backbone.

The caramel maltiness in this imperial IPA set it apart and add a little more character to what may have otherwise been another uncreative, overly hoppy beer. A good, well balanced "imperial," if that's possible. And the bottle transforms into a semi truck.


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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #55 (August 2011):

100-IBU beast sitting in front of us, we put on our drinking hands, and they are steady and ready to go. The head you would expect from a super hoppy beer is there; dark brassy color. Oily resin hop nose, with citric and mint, tobacco and spice. Creamy, smooth fullish body. Palate gets smacked around by the 100 IBUs, a bitterness that does not want to let go. Sticky, resiny hop flavor after the bitterness, and a sweet kernel of malt in the middle with some tropical fruit in the mix. Alcohol is warming, not hot, so it does come across a bit deceiving for its size. Worth the hunt for any true hophead.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful orange-brown color, looks unfiltered.

Malty smell, more malty than a typical IPA.

Off-sweet, distinctly malt-driven taste. Some hops too, this is an intense beer - but lotsa malt flavor. Ovaltine.

Mouthfeel is great, moderately rich, carbonation is right on the money.

Finish is long, moderately intense, very much part of the beer.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clean deep amber poured into a pint glass at the New Vintage bar in Louisville. Fine, smooth off-white head. Little lace present here.

Nose is brash citrus hops. Nice, and definitely a welcome rush of hops before the impending Loop concert!

Taste is slightly acidic, with sharp citrus and pine hops. Dry and bitter follow through and finish. A smooth and easy to drink hop bomb here. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Shibbykaiyai
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
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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Photo of Sephiroth
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has moderate quickly receding head, with some lacing. Has a slightly resinous, and citrusy aroma, which I admit is affected by the smoke.

Taste has a sharp, clean bitterness. Grapefruit rind comes to mind. Mouthfeel is nice for IIPA, juicy. The 20oz. is going down fast.

Reviewed verbatim from notes taken several weeks ago.

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3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

well i certainly not a hop head but thos is still nice
i tryed it side by side with a stone 9th anniversary

supper hoppy, with a real poppy/zesty mouthfeel
lots of citrusy notes thoughout and a big fat nose to boot

hop heads should head to the NABC, certainly worth a try

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Photo of Lukafer
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

17 ounce snifter

Hazy golden amber color, thin off white head with good lacing. Smells malty, some citrus hops. Malty at the front then the hops kick in, slight citrus taste, then a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is very good, sticky and slightly chewy. Drinkability is good for a beer of this abv. I like this beer a lot, good balance for a DIPA, but I wouldn't recommend it to people with an aversion to hops, because this has them, a lot of them!

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle generously provided by an anonymous friend while visiting Hill Farmstead. Thanks!

A: Beautiful, poured into my Duvel goblet. Huge, thick, rocky yellowish head on a slightly cloudy orange body.

S: Nose is light malt, surprisingly not that many hops. Must have loaded up on bittering hops at the expense of aroma.

T: Flavor is very bitter, just the way I like it! Intense citrusy hops. Solid malt backbone. It's a definite hop bomb that tends toward being balanced. A solid DIPA! The ABV is somewhat evident, but generally seems in tune with the huge hop profile.

M: Mouthfeel is resinous and almost thick. Toothstripping factor is high. It's literally a mouthfull!

O: High overall from me. I love strong, hoppy beers. This is one. So I want more. Pretty simple.

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Photo of TheBigLebrewski
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance as expected. Very very good lacing retention, though the head gradually shrinks and then slowly dissipates. Color is golden with an appreciable amount of amber tinge.

Smell is pretty par. No exciting hop action, but nothing detrimental either.

Taste fucking rocks. This is an incredibly well-balanced beer. The extra hop additions are somehow tempered without any noticeable sweetness or unnecessary thickness in the viscosity.

Which leads me to the mouthfeel. It's a good feeling beverage. But let's be real; it's beer, and I love that shit. The feel leaves a tiny bit to be desired, esp for an imperial, but it's certainly satisfactory.

Based on the balance alone, get your carcass to Indiana and pick one of these up. Plus, you're supporting a brewery whose annual fest is called "beer and loathing". May life be Gonzo.

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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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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 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 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 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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New Albanian Hoptimus IPA from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
82 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.
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