Hoptometrist | RoughTail Brewing Co.

very good
25 Reviews

Brewed by:
RoughTail Brewing Co.
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hoptometrist is an American style Double IPA that is crisp, dry and very drinkable with just enough malt to support the huge bitterness and intense piney, citrusy, dank hop presence.

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Photo of ksimons
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-a hazy amber orange color with a thin layer of cream colored head

S-bready malt, citrus, and tropical fruits

T-caramel malt backbone, citrus, some tropical fruits, and a light pine finish

M-medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall really good DIPA, nice amount of bitter hops and bready malt

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a pilsener glass

Honey amber liquid with stream of micr carbonation, dense off white two finger foam cap with good lacings

Aroma of dankness, pine , citrus

Taste of dankness, pine , citrus

Small bitter bite at the start with a clean, crisp dry finish. Low sudsing.

Good beer

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Photo of AlexeiRoquentin
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorite constantly available IPA coming out of this mediocre state. Really, just a nice double, nothing stands out. Well balanced pine/citrus hopping, a bit of malt sweetness, high alcohol content, simply well done. Like most of Roughtail's offerings, the nose is the standout.

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Photo of ABabbidge
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt orange color, fairly clear. Juicy citrus and pine aroma. Good malt backbone balances the hoppy bitterness very well. A little bit of alcohol as well. Smooth mouthfeel, especially once it warms a little. Very well balanced DIPA. I'm a fan.

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Photo of Todd
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Sweet, Boozy, Tropical, Bitter

From the can this is a hazy amber beer with a foamy head and lots of lace and stick. Quite sweet with sugary candy notes. Boozy breath with some peppery alcohol notes and a vodka-like edge. Tropical and citrus fruits, with some distinct ripe pineapple show up in the aroma, too. A bit chewy and viscous with prickly carbonation beneath. Floral, pine and bitter in flavor, it’s semi-astringent toward the dry finish. Bready, with a hint of caramel, The palate is oily, with some resin and leafy notes. On the boozier end of the DIPA spectrum, Hoptometrist blinds the palate with its bold and aggressive approach.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #113 (June 2016).

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a white head that lasts and laces. Orange copper and not much haze. Aroma is juicy and hoppy (citrus, pine, grass, spices and a hint of alcohol. Flavor is balanced. Intensely hoppy but not horribly bitter. Strong malt backbone. Noticeable EtOH in taste and mouthfeel. A very well executed double IPA. I'm more of a malt person so the balance is welcome.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark burnt orange color with a one finger fluffy off white head. Aroma is citrus, pine, resin, earth, grass. Taste follows with citrus, pine, resin, grass, earthy overtones with rye bread character, and a big, bracing smack of bitterness, with enough malt balance to keep it from going over the edge into only bitter. Mouthfeel is medium, coating, and just a touch oily, although with a drying quality that keeps it crisp. Overall, this is a very good dipa. Not quite the best I've had, but better than some that lean toward only booze and malt.

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can, didn't find a date.

Clear orange/copper with 1/2" white head...persistent at 1/4"
Candied orange, citrus...sweet malt, slightly piney.
Super drinkable, orange peel bitter
Medium body, good carbonation - warmth from 10% ABV but wouldn't guess it at 10%
Good balance, lingering bitterness.

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Photo of tlema1
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: cloudy amber, thin white head
S: lots of citrus and tropical fruit
T: mango, grapefruit, orange peel
F: well balanced...boozy for a DIPA
O: really liked this

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid Oklahoma DIPA. Great balance between sweet malts and pineapply tropical bitter hops. Finishes very smooth for such a big beer. Spotted in 4-packs while visiting the in-laws one state up. I'll see if they even distribute this to Texas, as I'd get it again.

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Photo of donspublic
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Going to re-review this beer. Had this originally on tap at McNellies in Tulsa, them promptly walked 1.5 miles round trip (25 degrees and drizzling) to the liquor store to get some of this to take home. Poured from tall boy into tulip, nice 2 finger cream colored head. Nice retention, hangs around for a while and good lacing . Dark golden hazy color. Smells of malt and pine. This is a dank beer, I drank my third in the 4 pack after a juicy IPA and thought the beer had gone bad, I think dank doesn't do a good job following juicy :). Taste of sweet malt, with some resin, pineapple and some other citrus coming thru. Has a nice sweet finish, not too bitter and semi dry. Not sure where they hid all the alcohol in this beer, doesn't drink like a 10% beer. I have noticed that I have said sweet several times, but it is subtle, I don't like overly sweet beers, this is just right for me. Nice beer, will grab some more next time I am in OK

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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.37/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Received as an extra in a trade, thanks Ryan!

Pours a hazy straw yellow, hoppy nose. 1/2 inch head on gentle pour .Definitely a hoppy IPA, very piney, no citrus flavors. Too piney for me, but IPAs are not one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of Junkforadam
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks golden amber with little to no head, smells of tropical sweetness and semi citrusy, thin mouthfeel (I drink a lot of stouts) with moderate carbonation, tastes more hop forward with a dry bitter aftertaste, not a lot of maltiness. Booziness is hidden well for an imperial IPA, which is great. Definitely recommend this to any hop head! Nice job Roughtail, very nice brew!
Canned 8/26/15 drank 9/1/15.

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Photo of nhindian
3.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When it pours out of the can, it seems to have a noticeable thickness too it, as if it is a little more syrupy than a typical beer. This impression carries over to the rest of the appearance, as there is a small cap of foam for the head, and a clear sea of burnt amber liquid. It looks almost completely still, without a single bubble rising within it, which is a strangely eerie sight.

Aroma - The nose is dank and and filled with pine up front, with a sweet kick of malt behind. A toasted breadiness helps cut the hops.

Taste - With every punch that the hops lands, the malt is up to the task, to the point where I'm surprised that such caramel notes could be present in a DIPA. Normally that's not my bag, but it sort of works here.

Mouthfeel - Thick, resinous, and sticky. Yep, there's that syrup quality again.

Closing Arguments - While this is a DIPA, it isn't purely a hop bomb; the hops pop, but aren't the star at all. For those seeking a balance, this would be a nice choice. For those that just want the hops in their DIPAs, look elsewhere.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - great lacing with decent head and a golden color
Smell - very citrus hop smell
Taste - bitter and very floral with some citrus. Hops are different and I'm not sure what's so different about them.
Feel - Very creamy smooth beer. Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of stephens101
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pristine looking brew with a perfectly coiffed tan froth and a reddish-orange body.

Amarillo/orangey notes up front followed by malt and dried orange peel.

Plenty of citrus, some pine and subtle spice keep it all interesting. Some graininess at the very end. A little mineraly too, and very faint astringency that doesn't take away from the overall affect. The balance between sweet and bitter has been managed very well on this one and it's quite evident thought and care was put into its making.

Easy going down with a medium body.

Oklahoma finally has a winner of a DIPA to be proud of.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Light amber in color with a slight golden hue. Pours a two finger foamy white head which dissipates slowly. Lots of lacing present as the beer goes down.

Aroma- Big hop aroma on this with pungent grapefruit, citrus, and garlic/onion.

Taste- First sip and flavor matches the intensity of nose. Pungent grapefruit and citrus are big at first along with a little bit of onion/garlic. Towards the finish the pungency lightens up and a juicy orange flavor shows up. A nice bready malt kicks in towards the end and helps out dry out the finish as well. The bitterness is very strong and lingers well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Definitely a big malt bill on this, but a dry finish cleans the palate of the malt and the hop oils. Very drinkable at 9/10 percent and not overly sweet.

Overall- Hoptometrist strikes a good balance between pungent hops and caramel/bready malt sweetness. Bitterness is usually an afterthought for me, but this really packs a punch. Great Dipa and after having this over the past year its clear the recipe continues to improve, especially in terms of adding hop flavor complexity and reducing malt sweetness.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mouthwatering citrus nose with a dank, hoppy body. Juicy hops fall oily and dense on the palate, a tribute to flavor (pineapple, blood orange, pine resin) over bitterness, which makes possible some superbly balanced drinking. The malt backbone remains just that, a backbone, providing toasted bread crust and brown sugar flavors that support - but never overtake - the hop character. The way the two opposing flavor ranges contrast each other is something I really enjoy in this style, and that tasty battle is captured perfectly in this beer (WITHOUT a noticeable shift in balance toward either end). Finishes slightly pepppery, leaving hops on your breath for a moment or two, teasing the next drink. Alcohol is well-hidden.

One of my favorite DIPAs of late - as close as I've come to an Oklahoma Hopslam. Cheers!

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass a cloudy orange with a foamy head. Lots of lacing. Smells of citrus with a hint of hops. Grapefruit and pine hit the tongue first with a bit of a bitter finish. Very juicy. Medium mouth that's a bit oily. Super good DIPA.

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Photo of BeerRefugee
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured in a Sam Adams glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color. Two-finger creamy white head with good retention and lacing.

S: Aroma is big hops with lots of grapefruit and orange. A hint of pine.

T: Flavor is similar with a big punch of citrus hops and pear. A bit of caramel malt gives it just a hint of sweetness. Pine hops are noticeable in the finish.

M: Medium bodied. A bit of alcohol warmth. Moderate carbonation.

O: Very nice, well-balanced DIPA. The hops are definitely the main attraction here and you get a lot of that. But there is a good malt bill to keep it balanced. The malt is a bit sweet for my taste, but that’s a minor quibble. Overall, a very good beer and solid effort for this brewery’s first bottle offering.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep gold near amber in color. Hazy to opaque. Big off white head of about 2 fingers. Lacing that holds on to the side of the glass for dear life and retention that is not to be out done.

S- Aroma is a tribute to the cone shaped Humulus Lupulus. Dank hop oils with powerful citrus of grapefruit, orange zest/rind and tropical flavors of pineapple and mango. Touch of medicinal like pine.

T- Hop forward as nose indicates. All the hop character smelled with an additional acidic bite on the back end. Dry, cracker-like malt makes its way through just to keep it from going astringent.

M- Mid body, dry finish. Touch of alcohol present leads to a slight boozy warmth.

O- Just a very well done IIPA. A pleasant surprise. Not sweet or balanced as some other IIPAs tend to be, but this one is able to highlight the hops without generating an off-putting amount of bitterness.

$10.99 for 750 ml bottle

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head IPA glass

A -Pours a hazed copper/amber color with a firmly tight head, off-white color. Loads of sticky lacing left from top to bottom

S - Big bouquet of hops, like sticking your nose in a bag of hop pellets, grapefruit oils, orange peel, green pine,

T - A mix of sweet citrus, papaya, and lychee fruit. Grainy malts add a nice generic background to let the hop flavors show. Sweet grapefruit starts dominating as it warms with pine etching in on the back end. The bitterness seems to hold steady from early middle to finish, with some resinous citrus oil left on the palate.

M - Light side of full body, fine bubbled carbonation, somewhat hefty feel.

Most DIPA's tend to be less hoppy than regular IPA's with the high amounts of malt just snuffing out the hops. This is one of the few out there that really pack in alot of hop flavors with descent bitterness and still provide a malt bill that compliments and doesn't get in the way.

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Photo of OKCNittany
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25 ounce bottle poured into one of those odd sam adams glasses

A: 3 finger off white head with good retention & loads of lacing along the glass. Lightly hazed amber/orange body.

S: Orange, grapefruit, pineapple, all in good strength with just a hint of biscuit. Excellent aroma.

T: Nice bitter hop bite up front. A little alcohol & some sweet malts fight there way through on the back end. Tropical & citric hop flavors throughout.

M: Medium+ body. Relatively low carbonation. Warming finish w/ a light hop oil coating.

O: Very nice offering. Runs a little sweeter than my favorite DIPAs, but then most of them do. Still, plenty of hops (just far more orange/tropical than pine/resin/grass) – and well restrained alcohol (for 10%). My only real complaint is the 25 ounce bottle. I may miss work tomorrow.

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Photo of bump8628
3.04/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First bottle release from the new guys in town. 750 mL split between a couple of tulips. Hazed amber with a nice sticky white head that throws down some lace. The muted nose is the first hint that this thing isn't going to bring the punch of hops I'm looking for. Thick caramel malt forms the base with a little toasted bread thrown in. Again, hops are much too meek for the style. Mild pine and generic citrus pretty much sums it up. Sugar cookie sweetness outpaces bitterness easily. Fairly full malty body. Clean overall with no apparent off-flavors.

For a brewery that is projecting a "we'll drop kick your wussy ass with hops" attitude, everything I've had from these guys has been pretty weak in the hops department. Not what I'm looking for in a DIPA. Throw some more hops in the kettle you pansies.

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Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is listed at 100 IBUs, just released 3 days ago!

25 oz bottle pours an effervescent caramel with 1 finger of ivory colored head. Viscious, keeps effervescent look, decent head retention & faint lacing

S: Pineapple, doughy, cakey, grapefruit; fades a touch at the end, a bit of boozeyness

T: Follows the nose, much tropical fruit up front, plus a little bit of pine & grapefruit. Much pineapple & grapefruit as this warms, more doughyness, pine & even a touch of aspirin. Finishes with a grapefruit assault plus aspirin, pine & pineapple & even a touch of pear & orange rind

MF: Chewy, subtle carbonation, very hop forward, but loads of malt& tropical fruits to balance it out fairly well. Boozy warmth presence

This beer punches its weight to be sure. Hopheads should love this. I wanted a little more balance, like it & would buy it again. In a rough style to make an impression, there are tons of great DIPAs out there. Only tried 2 of their brews, so far I am thrilled with these guys

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Hoptometrist from RoughTail Brewing Co.
4 out of 5 based on 120 ratings.
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