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
Photo of jongullotti
3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Retroman40
3.25/5  rDev -9%

I really had some high hopes for this one. Not exactly the hop bomb I was expecting. I bought the 22 at the Pizzeria and Public House just a couple weeks ago so I sure hope they aren't selling old IPA out of their own shop (I couldn't locate a date on the bottle but you'd think they'd be selling fresh stuff in their own house). Don't get me wrong, it's a fine beer. The taste however was dominated by the malt with hops in the background. I felt like I was drinking a mild English pale ale instead of a IIPA. Their website claims "Aggressive hops and noteworthy bitterness" - I got neither. At 8 bucks for the bomber it's a little too steep to not get what you expect.

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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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Photo of EgadBananas
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to Naptown25rs for the bottle! Thanks Josh!

I'm really digging the appearance. Pours a hazy grapefruit/orangy yellow color, with a slightly off white, pillowing 4 fingers of head. (I was admittedly a bit aggressive with the pour) Lace was great; splotchy, webby, sticky, and plentiful.

Aroma was fairly ho-hum. Slightly spicy, herbal hop notes, and a tinge of grapefruit and slight maltiness. Aroma was fairly subdued as a whole.

Taste had some nice citrus notes, some tart citrus, herbal hops, and a fairly intense bitterness. Linger was minimal. Slight breadiness.

Feel was fairly light, crisp, slightly bubbly...maybe a hair effervescent. Finish was pretty clean and smooth.

One of the more unique IIPA's I've had, but in the end, It was rather nice. I'll finish the bomber easy, but a 12oz would be keen.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz. Bottle into DFH "IPA Glassware"

Appearance - A clear, yet muddy amber hue, with an off white, lingering head (1/2").

Aroma - Sweet, almost funky, malt. Slight pine/fruity aromas.

Taste - Follows the nose... Sweet malt, very slight bitterness from the hop aroma. Tastes almost like chewing on raw malt with hop leaves scattered throughout.

Mouthfeel - It's a little too watery for me. Needs more carbonation.

Overall - Tastes like something I brewed at Engine 15 but had to pay for instead of getting paid to do. I wouldn't drink it again.

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Photo of LittleMurphyDog
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zayzay1
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ferrous aftertaste

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Photo of SirSketch
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Love the head on this beer. Tightly packed bubbles, peach in color and leaves a respectable lace. The beer itself is a dull orange and moderately cloudy.

S - The aroma is full of resinous, pine-tree sap hoppiness and grapefruit juice and pulp. Even with all the hops, some malt malt comes through in the form of whole wheat bread. I also pick up green apple smell similar to the aroma found in some white wines.

T - Not immediately bitter until after you swallow, when you're hit with a strong, astringent bitterness. There's a surprising amount of yeasty flavors, much like the dregs from a bottle conditioned beer. You could find nearly any acidic fruit flavor if you were looking for it.

M - Sticky sweet with a creamy carbonation.

O - IMO, there are generally two types of IIPAs: Dry and floral (what I prefer) and sweet and resinous (what this is). Some of you may like it, but it's not for me.

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3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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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