Hopothesis IPA | Hopothesis Beer Company

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Hopothesis IPAHopothesis IPA

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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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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 157
Photo of vette2006c5r
1.64/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Hopothesis IPA pours a copper color with a nice large lacing head. There is a weak grainy aroma, with corn notes. The taste is big with adjunct flavors, very stale grain, corn like flavors. Flavors are stronger (which is a bad thing), nice body though. Overall it tastes like a stronger Budweiser, lots of adjunct like flavors.

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Photo of DanteCervezas
1.9/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

No hoppy flavor. No hoppy aroma. Definitely not an IPA. Has more of a lager flavor, but even that would be generous for this nebulous waste of beer making supplies. Website says HQ is Chicago, IL but bottle says brewed/bottled in Monroe, WI. Minhas? Berghoff? Blame who you want, other than yourself for buying this stuff.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.1/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

355ml bottle. Another shell company selling Minhas product. Comical, sort of.

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with one finger of fizzy, somewhat foamy, loosely bubbly wan beige head, which leaves a few low bands of stringy lace around the glass as it quickly abates.

It smells of sharply metallic, flinty generic citrus and pine hops, pale caramel malt, and another jab of medicinal alcohol. The taste is like a shot of west coast hop-infused cough medicine - acrid, fake fruity, and chemical in its booziness. A bit of stringent caramel malt eventually burbles up, but to little avail.

The carbonation is a tad edgy, but at least evident in its quotidian work, the body medium-light in weight, and way too flinty to trick me into believing its up front pithy smoothness. It finishes off-dry, still hot-seeming, the hops and malt both corrupted and weirdly abetting.

This is hardly an English or American IPA overall, though perhaps there is a nod to the latter, but it's way too obfuscated by a certain alcoholic stank. Neither enlightened nor really hoppy, and a further waste of a decent pun in the name.

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Photo of geeves
2.11/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

It almost tastes like it is more malty with a hint of hops, color is good and had a good head but thats about all. I was expecting more crisp taste that goes with an IPA

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Photo of drpimento
2.17/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Definitely the best thing about this beer is its appearance. Nothing else, except the ABV reflects anything close to a traditional or even recognizable IPA. Almost no hops in the nose, very little in the taste, body is not bad except there's some missing characteristics that the hops give to the mouth feel. And of course the finish sums all of this up. I can hardly imagine how a more forgettable beer could be made.

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Photo of bashiba
2.23/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a hazy copper color with thin white head.

The nose has a bit of a copper quality and a light bit of sweet malt.

The flavor is very odd. Has a sweet sort of artificial taste. Not much in the way of hops, just a l light bitterness.

The mouthfeel is thin.

Overall it's not very good. I wouldn't call it IPA at all. More of a bad amber.

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Photo of Lemke10
2.38/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This pours a clear golden color with a slight foamy head with a slightly bitter aroma. The taste is smooth and has a very sour/bitter tone. There is a flavor that tastes like old sour water that distracts from the overall taste. This could definitely use some work and improvements.

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Photo of toolbrew
2.45/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Undated bottle poured into 10oz beer glass. Some foam and residual head. Sweet bready aroma and taste with mild hop finish. Older style "C" hopped IPA. Would not revisit.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.49/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Like others have noted, another faux craft beer "brewery" brewing cheap swill under a guise. Bottle says Chicago, IL and Monroe, WI on the label. Expectations are average, based on this knowledge.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours two fingers of off-white head on top of a bright burnt sienna orange colored body. This could pass for a decent IPA, based on appearance. Head thins to a bubbly ring around the edges with a little bit of stringy lacing.

S - The smell is another story. Virtually no bitter hop presence from the centennial and cascade hops 'used' here. Smells like cheap swill, in all honesty. Cheap expired dusty malts & grains, a hint of caramel, and some rubbing alcohol fumes are about all you can expect out of this one.

T - Taste is more of the same: cheap dusty generic cereal grains, malts, coppery / metallic, and virtually no hop presence whatsoever. I thought this was supposed to be an IPA? Either way, the taste here definitely reflects the quality of the ingredients used. Very disappointing.

M - Feel is dry and bitter, but with that cheap dusty-shelf malt liquor edge to it. Carbonation is a tad overdone, but is tolerable.

Overall, another soulless shell of a beer from Minhas, posing itself as an authentic IPA, and further posing itself as a separate brewery based in Chicago, when they only have this one awful beer under their belt. High 7.10% abv is absurdly unnecessary. A true gimmick if there ever was one; I had high hopes but walked away disappointed. Avoid.

Hopothesis IPA ---2.5/5

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Photo of mynie
2.55/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at a fancy hotel bar. The bartender said it was better than GI's Green Line, so my guess is she gets a cut out of each pint she sells.

Tastes like a decent homebrew IPA. Medium-alpha hops of no clear origin, lightly thick syrup malt, and a wee little hint of extract medicinalness. Not very good for a commercially sold beer. It actually tastes little bit like something from Minhas or Cold Springs--has the same nodes of poison--but thankfully the hops are okay and are strong enough to blot most of that out.

I could finish it, but I certainly would not recommend--especially in a city that has literally 10 excellent house IPAs at its disposal.

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Photo of OompaMentor
2.6/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured in a pint glass with finger head. Little to no hint of hops, fruits for an IPA. Medium feel on the palate with moderate bitterness. Feels watery compared to other IPAs. Below par -

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Trying hopothesis for the first time and I am not impressed. The beer carries more malt than hops and is very sweet. The beer pours a hazy copper with thin white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent is mostly a sweet malt with very subtle hints of hops. The taste start bitter with a metallic twang then turns slightly sweet and then finishes bitter. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall, at 7%abv this beer really serves no purpose. It doesn't taste good enough to casually drink and it is too strong to session.

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Photo of CityofWind_brew
2.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Very old school tasting IPA. Had very little complexity to it, quite frankly it was very boring. Taste was sweet, a bit on the malty side and a bit too bitter. Would pass if I saw it again and suggest that you do the same.

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Photo of DaneBramage
3/5  rDev -3.5%

You know how most IPA reviews here say "hints of....."? This has no hints of anything. Mild hoppy taste, no citrus taste, no real flavor. Could be better with a few small improvements, but right now it's a stretch to call this an IPA.

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

L: carmel bronze ish.
S: not much aroma at all
T: Not much Hops and normal IPA flavors are not in this beer
O: I have had it at the bar a few times and just now at home and have never been impressed, Wish I could taste the hops and pine, citrus, floral flavors, you would expect from an IPA.

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Photo of guityler83
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: A darker hazy copper color that doesn't let much light through. A small off white head poured into the glass with not much retention.

S: Slight hint of alcohol but it might be the malty bready profile that i'm detecting. A tiny bit of aroma hops come through, dankness mostly a little bit of cat piss

T: The sweetness is distracting from the dank, piney, bittering hops. It finishes dry but not nearly as much malt flavor as i anticipated with the aroma i detected.

M: Sticky and dry

O: Having not seen this beer in MKE before, I got a case of this for a beer exchange at work. While it didn't meet my expectations, being contract brewed they might be tweaking the recipe an not have full control over their process. With so many great IPAs out there its hard to standout, this one doesn't for me.

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Photo of emerge077
3.04/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

July 13 printed on the bottle, guessing that's an expiration but hard to be sure. Brewed in Monroe, WI... Minhas? Really? If it was good enough for Randy Mosher (5 Rabbit), I guess so... *sigh*

Into a tulip glass it pours a dark reddish copper color, lots of sticky off white foam and lacing in the glass. Ok clarity, some retention after a few minutes.

Sweet caramel smell, light floral and orange peel, but pretty mild hop content.

Taste is similarly caramelly sweet and malt forward with vague citrus, a bit one dimensional. Sweetness lingers, a light bitterness in the aftertaste that fades quickly. Medium feel, the sweetness is a little session-prohibitive, but it's drinkable enough. Comparable to DFH 60 Min, or similar entry level pale ales, but even SNPA is hoppier. With so many more unique IPA's on the market, this will be hard to return to at $12 a six pack.

Half Acre's first beer was also contract brewed and pretty meh, so i'll give Hopothesis the benefit of the doubt that (hopefully) they can only improve from here on out.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours very light orange in color with minimal foam.

Slight peachy fruitiness, but mainly bready and biscuity malt sweetness.

Biscuits, bready sweetness, and slight fruit character but rather dull.

Light-bodied, low carbonation.

Overall, a real swing and a miss. Pass on this.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Beer Pours a cloudy orange color with a somewhat sticky head.

Hops are piney and beer is on the sweet side.

Finish is a little bitter and harsh.

Overall nothing special, the beer lacks depth and complexity. Hops are very 1 dimensional.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

1741st Review on BA
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@Slagers on 47th, Forest Park, IL

App- A very dark golden yellow with a one finger head. A little bit of scattered cling. Wasnt the clearest beer either. A nice rep of the style.

Smell- A bit sweet malt with a small hop not. A little bit of caramel as well. Very herbal and grassy on the nose.

Taste- A semi-clean clean IPA with semi smooth flavors, haven't had too many EIPA's but the contrast is quite nice. Malty sweet with a balanced hop attack. A bit more earthy and grassy still but still a little balanced. This wasnt the most flavorful but was okay.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level and a nice hop kick. Grassy and herbal on the finish as well with some caramel.

Drink- Overall, I was in a dive bar meeting a 1/2 brother I never met. Well then. This was a tick.

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Photo of Act25
3.39/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I have no quarrels with this odd beer, but the reviews are all over the map. If any thing it's too fruity and sweet.

Poured on tap at Hyatt Regency Chicago.

A - Pours opaque apricot amber, looks like a hefeweizen. not much head or lacing.

S - Sweet peach prominent, followed by tropical fruits, apricot, banana, creamy caramels, floral hops, and sticky fruit cake.

T - Mostly sweet peach flesh and peach rind, with grassy and floral hops that balance.In the finish the hops get bitter, toward grapefruit pith and rye toast.

F - Medium, finish is dry and chalky.

Odd beer - an English meets Belgian banana style. I'd pass but I did not mind it. A bit alcoholic.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.43/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Light orange with a 1+ finger head that lingers
S: Mostly light malts, a bit of floral/fruity notes and the lightest citrus/pine with a deep inhalation
T: Malts start to finish, a bit floral, a touch of bitterness/earthy notes but little I'd typically associate with an IPA
M: Medium-bodied, mostly malts
O: No flaws but it tastes much more like an amber or pale ale than an IPA given it's malt-forward and rather lacking on hops

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at Beer Bistro North.

The final beer (supposedly) of my latest sojourn through the Windy City. It pours a clear auburn-amber topped by a finger-and-a-half of dirty cream-white foam. The nose comprises light caramel, flowers, and a general sense of citrus peel. The taste, unwavering in its decision to follow the nose to the letter, does just that, though a touch of light leek does manage to sneak in there for the sake of it. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, an alright IPA, nothing too spectacular or eye-opening here. Something tells me subsequent batches'll be slightly more exciting, though (just a hunch on my part)...

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Photo of blackcompg
3.66/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Pours nearly 2 fingers of a tight eggshell yellow head, body is a beautiful opaque papricot amber color, really looks like a hefeweizen. Nice lacing finishes out the look.

Smell - Sweet tropical fruits, apricot, peach, hint of banana, creamy carmels, floral hops, touch of fuitcake.

Taste - Wow, really alot of sweet banana esters and yeast flavors here, semi sweet peach and bittering peach pits, then some nice grassy and floral hops to balance. I also get faint touches of anise and carraway. Longer into the finish the hops get very bitter, leaving some grapefruit pith and dried rye crusts.

Mouthfeel - Nearly medium and almost creamy, the flavors are bold and nearly mouthcoating, carb is smooth and a touch slick, a few faint edges at the sides of the tongue. The finish is dry and a touch chalky. A fairly easy drinker, but the finish is definitely dry.

Overall - A very interesting take on an ipa, seems to have more characteristics of an epa to me, and the banana esters really threw me, but they work pretty well here. Not for everyone, but if you like a bubblegum nose and a dry bitter finish, you'll love this.

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Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
3.79/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an english pint. Pours a clear golden with a big, dense, white head that dissipates slowly into a cap. A lot of visible carbonation and a lot of lacing on the glass. Aroma is butterscotch and toffee up front, with peach, apple, mango, and bubblegum in the background. The best way to describe the tongue is that there is layers of sweet fruit and butterscotch all down the tongue, but it finishes somewhat bitter, and that lingers around long after everything else. I feel like I can drink a few of these, but it's too big and syrupy to call it sessionable.

Overall: I have spoken to the brewers about this beer, and they call it an english IPA, but I think a better label would be an english strong ale. I think the name should be changed from IPA to something else. If you only drink IPAs, then don't buy this. If you drink other beer styles, then this is a good choice.

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