Hoptimist
White Street Brewing Co.

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From:
White Street Brewing Co.
 
North Carolina, United States
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #2,670
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #19,550
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 9.4%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
84
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 12, 2022
Added:
Feb 14, 2014
Wants:
  5
Gots:
  46
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had a couple of cans with lunch at Captain Ratty's restaurant in New Bern, NC for $5.50.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head with the original pour.

Nose was light citrus forward.

Taste was a nearly imperial sized malt base with a tropical and orange flavor meld and finished with a nice pine hop bite; 6/10 on my scale.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and both smooth and refreshing.

Overall a nice easy drinking west coast IPA, glad i tried!
Jun 12, 2022
 
Rated: 3.92 by JHeard79 from North Carolina

Apr 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by tkolterman from Pennsylvania

Oct 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Buckeye55 from North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a hazy golden color with moderate head. Heavy citrus and pine scent, which translates to the taste where hop bitterness is forefront. Medium mouthfeel and an aftertaste that starts fruity and ends with hop bitterness
Mar 05, 2020
 
Rated: 3.85 by Bwag from New York

Jan 18, 2020
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Reviewed by Singlefinpin from North Carolina

3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Drinking this at the White Street Brewery in Wake Forest NC on tap poured into a pint glass.
Looks very slightly hazy Golden color, nice head with substantial lacing.
Smells citrusy, slightly piney.
Hoppy citric, piney forward.
Mouth feel is medium for the style which helps to balance the hoppiness.
Overall a fine West Coast IPA style I would definitely order again if in the mood for that kind of thing.
Jan 10, 2020
 
Rated: 3.79 by TrojanRB from Texas

Dec 17, 2019
 
Rated: 3.97 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

May 02, 2019
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Reviewed by pubscout from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
White Street Brewing, out of Wake Forest NC, offers a very nice, practically sessionable, 7.5% IPA that has citrus (grapefruit) and mango notes on the palate--though not as prevalent in the nose. The hop bite is substantial, but mellowed somewhat by the malt character. Nicely carbonated mouthfeel, too, and it pours a golden amber. Easy-drinking, pleasant and on-style, but kind of like a cross between a West Coast and a British IPA. The label says it pairs well with "blackened chicken, pizza, shellfish or spicy dishes." I'll test that theory and get back to you.
Mar 21, 2019
 
Rated: 3.74 by ogman from Pennsylvania

Mar 17, 2019
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Rated by Bametz23 from South Carolina

4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Fantastic IPA on tap. Cool local brewery. Thumbs up!
Mar 11, 2019
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Rated by Shroom from South Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
On tap at brewery. Great flavors and atmosphere; bottled brew is good also. Highly recommended and one of the best NC brews I have tasted.
Jan 26, 2019
 
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jan 24, 2019
 
Rated: 3.88 by MKrauss from Pennsylvania

Dec 28, 2018
 
Rated: 3.79 by JohnDon from Texas

Oct 04, 2018
 
Rated: 3.85 by Mojo771 from North Carolina

Sep 21, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by Skabiski from Maryland

Aug 25, 2018
 
Rated: 3.59 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Mar 10, 2018
 
Rated: 3.87 by jmaskell33 from New York

Nov 21, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by crewfan1952 from Ohio

Aug 19, 2017
 
Rated: 3.38 by Imperialjake from North Carolina

Jul 31, 2017
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Reviewed by SLeffler27 from New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours hazy gold (SRM 4-5) with a nice burst of golden sparkle that produces a dirty white head. The half-inch fluffy head is long lived and leaves a copious webbing of lace on a pint glass.

Mouthwatering, fresh and juicy orange and mango yields with warmth to light pinesap. This one is simple and well done.

Thank you Meghann & Wayne.

The flavor is strongly bitter, yet controlled by modest sweetness. A combination of grapefruit and peat is odd, leading to a medium length, harshly bitter finish. The beer is clearly a West Coast IPA variant and actually improves with slight warmth.

Full body with a soft smooth texture and light carbonation. Modest astringency.

This IPA seems to straddle East and West Coasts as a hybrid. It is definitely worth seeking out again and would be paired well with soft-shell crabs and lively conversation.
Jul 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.1 by SMKilp from North Carolina

Jul 07, 2017
 
Rated: 3.85 by Bustersuess from New York

Jul 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.69 by dflo32 from North Carolina

May 13, 2017
 
Rated: 3.93 by Aglassplease from North Carolina

Feb 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4.32 by Sebas from North Carolina

Dec 25, 2016
 
Rated: 2.85 by yaksurf from North Carolina

Dec 18, 2016
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Reviewed by ordybill from Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appeara ce is a clear golden amber with a large thick off-white head. The taste has a nice sharp hop bite.
Nov 22, 2016
 
Rated: 3.99 by Oakley from North Carolina

Nov 11, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by kevintaraross from Maryland

Oct 14, 2016
 
Rated: 3.94 by thgreatrandini from Pennsylvania

Sep 25, 2016
 
Rated: 3.7 by Latarnik from New Jersey

Sep 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4.14 by Mike_Peppar from North Carolina

Sep 06, 2016
 
Rated: 3.85 by CavemanRamblin from North Carolina

Sep 02, 2016
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Reviewed by tillmac62 from South Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Clear copper pour. Normal head volume, quite outstanding lacing and very good retention.

Outstanding nose of mango, light grapefruit and very subtle spruce over biscuit with caramel notes.

Light medium body that is smooth with a touch of slickness. Quite outstanding carbonation / body balance with a nice effervescent middle and a finely bubbled prickly finish that approaches rollicking.

The richness of the flavor is quite outstanding, however bitterness is low for the style. Consequently, the flavor profile is outstanding but would be quite outstanding for an APA. It begins with a sweet burst of biscuit with strong caramel notes. Hops soon arrive as a mango / pineapple blend that never really separates although mango becomes more pronounced after the very mildly bittered middle. As the finish approaches, grainy biscuit churns underneath a subtle spicy spruce with grapefruit zest notes. The finish is a slow fade that ends slightly dry and with a zest note.
Jun 29, 2016
 
Rated: 3.47 by Kosmikpoo from North Carolina

Jun 27, 2016
 
Rated: 3.9 by SierraStonePoint from North Carolina

Jun 03, 2016
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Reviewed by LF_Evan from North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from bottle

L: Bright, beautiful effervescent gold
S: Sweet mango
T: Even more mango with lime at the tail. Very crisp. Low bitterness. Little sweetness. Hint of pine at the very end.
F: Pretty carbonated for an IPA and it suits it well. Light-bodied and resinous, so the hops shine.
O: Very surprised by this one. A stellar example of a prototypical new school IPA that stands out for its execution.

Pair with cajun grilled chicken, white chocolate chip cookies, shrimp salad
May 25, 2016
 
Rated: 3.54 by robebo44 from Virginia

May 08, 2016
Hoptimist from White Street Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 100 ratings