Hopothesis IPA | Hopothesis Beer Company

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Hopothesis IPAHopothesis IPA

Brewed by:
Hopothesis Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Hopothesis IPA is the first of many cerebral drinking experiences. Our India Pale Ale is specifically formulated to be balanced, flavorful, and approachable. It can be easily paired with a variety of food and you can drink more than one and still feel quite lucid. Enjoy.

55 IBU

Added by MasterSki on 08-03-2012

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5/5  rDev +60.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +44.7%

Photo of BerwynBomber
4.35/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my short time immersing myself back into the craft beer world, I have found myself gravitating toward the IPA sector. I find this version to be a great example for the variety, hoppy, but not overdone. I definitely understand what the Brewmaster meant when he said it was "sessionable"; purists be dammed...

It tastes like...more.
..so, I think I will.

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4.25/5  rDev +36.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +36.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +36.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +36.7%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.06/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a nonic.
7.1% ABV, VEN JULY 13 on neck.

A - Leaving the sediment in the bottle might have been a good idea considering the pour still produced a hazy golden amber beer. Hopothesis' chunky ivory head rose quickly, surpassing my standards and caked the nonic in thick lace as it slowly descended.

S - Hopothesis' engaging aroma begins with a bold hop presence that blends light lemongrass citrus notes with those of earthier, more grassy and dry leaf-like hops and a floral finish. Hints of butterscotch elevate the grainy caramel malt background but a dry cardboard nuance brings it back down.

T - Grainy pale malt and husky notes take a turn to something quite different (and better) when bold caramel sweetness jumps out to overtake much of the hoppiness. Lemongrass citrus stays true in flavor, lingering along the finish with just a pinch of pine resin on the back end.

M - Hopothesis' IPA is a pretty hefty one weighing in just over 7% ABV and it shows in the mouthfeel. All the malt which goes into this beer provides a striking medium-full body and powerful lingering sweetness that is (thank goodness) balanced by a bit of dry, hoppy bitterness on the finish.

O - Hopothesis' IPA finishes much sweeter than one might anticipate from an IPA but, the beer as a whole is rather interesting and thought-provoking, a compliment I'd imagine. American hops are used in a manner that creates a somewhat English outcome, forsaking the bolder citrus characteristics for something a little more subtle and understated. Somewhat off target and a little higher in alcohol than what I'd look for in a sessionable IPA I'd say, but a good beer nonetheless.

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4.04/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +28.6%

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4/5  rDev +28.6%

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4/5  rDev +28.6%

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4/5  rDev +28.6%

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4/5  rDev +28.6%

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3.98/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw this beer while studying for a Master of Science and couldn't resist the label. A deep cherrywood finish and floral hops. Big on the hoppy sap taste, but not unbearable. Somewhere between the flavor of a Bell's Two-hearted and Goose Island's IPA. A solid offering, although still now quite laying a glove on nearby 3 Floyd's.

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3.97/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clean, crisp, and golden. Excellent carbonation and lacing.

Smell: Raisins and licorice. Maple syrup in the finish. A tad sweet for an IPA.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Extremely malty. Sweet caramel (even some chocolate). Some more raisins. Again, a tad sweet for the style. Clean, moderate mouthfeel.

Overall: Not a great example of the style, but a good beer nonetheless.

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3.94/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.88/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into a pint glass. Pours a dark toffee color.

Balanced aromas of toffee, caramel, some spice.

Medium/full bodied with a real nice feel. Good balance with really good flavors of toffee, caramel, bitter hops and some navel oranges.

A very good EIPA. Well balanced and you don't taste the alcohol at all.

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3.88/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First I've had from this brewery, and I'm not at all familiar with them.
12oz bottle, pours hazy copper in color with tons of carbonation, nice rocky off-white head, good retention, and lacing is left all the way down the glass. Malty nose with caramel & brown sugar, spicy hop, faint citrus. Tastes are sweet caramel malt upfront, brown sugar, toffee, toasted grain, spicy hops, mild citrus tones, some pine on the finish. Body is medium, creamy, and smooth, with moderate carbonation. I had assumed this was an American IPA when I bought it, but early on while drinking it, it is clearly an English IPA. Very good for the style; good complexity, good balance & surprisingly recommendable too.

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3.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium golden brown with a generous off white, pillowy head

S - Smells sweet, biscuty, and hoppy. A little bit of a piney / citrus hop smell.

T - My first impression was that it reminded me of Bells Two Hearted. It's sweet and malty upfront, with a decent amount of bitterness as it finishes. It was also a pretty easy to drink, session-able beer, with a fresh hop taste. Very well balanced.

M - Medium to full bodied for an IPA and seemed a little thick, but I expected this since it was a little on the sweeter side.

O - It wasn't a beer that blew me away (especially with all of the great IPA's out there). But for a reasonably priced, session beer - I'd certainly buy this again!

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3.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am not an IPA drinker because I typically favor things on the far Malt end of the spectrum. This beer however is incredibly tolerable for my palate. That being said, it makes sense given the multiple reviews pushing this away from being a true IPA. If it were labeled differently, such as an amber ale, I believe this would be perceived more accurately. It is on the lighter side with grassy/floral notes and a bit of raisin/sweet fruit finish. Overall its not a bad beer but I would stay away if you are looking for a true hopped up IPA.

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Hopothesis IPA from Hopothesis Beer Company
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