Hoptometrist | Roughtail Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Roughtail Brewing Co.
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American 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.

Added by russpowell on 08-03-2013

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Photo of Gnilwod
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottom of the can stamped 08/23/2018.
Thanks Russ.
Poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a rugged burnt orange malty color with a small white foamy head softly sliding off at a decent pace. Little bit of concave lace along the sides.
The aroma had some honey blossom, tobacco leaf, orange marmalade, sweet grass, lemon puree' and tangerine playing with a stiff yet clean malt bill.
The flavor lends a hand towards the sweetness of the prior mentioned aromas. A slight dry malty sticky honey character leads in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par. Malty honey - sweet finish.
Overall, the other Roughtail was extremely better than this but honestly, this wasn't bad.

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Photo of HenryPorter7777
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When first introduced to Hoptometrist, it was an in-your-face “all that” IPA; hoppy, bitter, and dry: get me a glass of water to go with this!! That being said—-I was drinking it, if only on occasion. This last version/offering was more mellow, less in-your-face. That was confirmed by my friend who had developed an aversion to all-things-IPA due to his two-year-long IPAs-only sabbatical!! Although I liked the initial Hoptometrist, I must say this was clearly a more “welcoming” version. Roughtail does excellent work. American Imperial/DIPA @ 9.0% ABV

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$ 14.20 (Including tax and discount)/4-pack of 16 oz cans ($ 0.222/oz) at Spec’s, DeZavala, San Antonio, TX. Reviewed 9/4/18.
“Canned 7/10/18” on lower lip of can. Stored on the shelf in the store. Served 50 degrees (Per can instructions) in a hand washed and dried glass coffee mug.
Appearance – 4.25.
Body – Medium yellow, hazy and translucent.
Head – Average (Maximum 3.5 cm, controlled center pour), off-white, medium density, good retention, diminishing to a one cm cap. Head retraction leaves behind an upper thin band of lacing and a wide lower band, both consisting of small bubbles and torn curtain lacing.
Lacing – Excellent. In addition to the lacing bands from the head retraction, the action of the level of the beer dropping as I consume it leaves behind wide rings of small to medium bubbles with many stalactites.
First pour – Yellow, hazy.
Aroma – 3.5 - Initially very piney, rapidly fades.
Flavor – 4 – Begins with the malty backbone showing. This segues into a moderately bitter, slightly fruity, very tasty hoppy middle. Every flavor trails off at the end, leaving only a vaguely fruity aftertaste. No alcohol, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 4 – Medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation - 4.25 – Overall, a pleasing sensory experience, one I would seek out again. Despite being nearly two months old, this is an above-average DIPA.

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Photo of RobTheKnob
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WhiteHendrix
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I like the hoppyness , so the malt throws it off a bit. Other than that, super good summer day ipa.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A cloudy, copper orange that had a nice head and good lacing. An excellent hop aroma that follows the nose and taste is hoppy and smooth with a slight amount of bitterness on the back end. Alcohol is not noticeable and goes down smooth. Reminds me of Pliny the Elder a bit. Overall a very enjoyable DIPA. Canned 01/10/18. Fairly aged for IPA.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a finger of white foamy head. Head retention is okay. Aroma is resin, dank, pine, and light citrus and floral hop notes. It smells like a forest in the thick of a hot, humid summer day. Flavor profile is like hop syrup, with notes of resin, dank, pine, and floral hops. A light layer of biscuit malts behind forms somewhat of a foundation, but it doesn't do too well to support the heavy hops. Mouth feel is medium in thickness, with a smooth consistency. Overall, a DIPA that doesn't shy away from showing off hops, which unfortunately keeps it from being very well balanced.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 16oz can.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.93/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 fl oz can nabbed as part of a 4-pack at a petrol station in Austin, TX. Cost was $16.99 USD.

Pours a somewhat thin off-white head atop a clear copper body. Head retention is good for the ABV - ~6-8 minutes.

AROMA: Pale malt sweetness. Probably crystal malt too. Alcohol warmth. Citrus/candied orange peel. Marmalade. Hints of oily hop character. Resin. Floral hops. Faint tropical fruit (pineapple, maybe mango).

Not herbal, grapefruity, grassy, juicy, or piney.

The alcohol is off-putting, but it's generally inviting. Suggests a beer with a hop profile that's a bit run of the mill, and it does seem disharmonious in terms of the balance between hops and malts.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Creamy and soft, playing into the orange marmalade notes nicely. Tastes like a scaled-up imperialized version of Deschutes' Inversion IPA what with its emphasis on candied orange peel and its undertone of sticky pale malt sweetness.

Well-carbonated. Smooth. Wet. Has obvious alcohol warmth to its detriment.

Not too bitter, but it's lacking in hop pungency unfortunately. Floral and fruity. Hints of hop oils. Hop profile is underwhelming, which is something of an issue in a style meant to showcase hops if nothing else.

Not dialed in or well-balanced. I do like it for what it is, but it leaves a lot to be desired hopwise. Ticks the boxes of the style's conventions without dazzling.

OVERALL: Decent fare in an oversaturated style. Hardly worth $16.99 a 4 pack, not that that affects my rating. I've enjoyed working my way through the 4 I bought (this is my last can), but it's far from impressive work. I'd sooner take Lagunitas Sucks or an equivalent widely distributed more affordable expression of the style than this, but it's not by no means a bad beer. Its soft mouthfeel is its best attribute, but its candied sweetness and lack of hop pungency really hold it back.

C (2.93)/ AVERAGE

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Photo of SavageHopHead
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mig100
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jsmith313
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of casapy
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mojohawk21
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Techichi
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mortarforker
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jovial_Libations
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can dated 10/25/17 poured into large snifter. Deep golden amber color reminiscent of Maharaja, good head but not overflowing.

Smells piney with mangi and tropical fruits. Tastes piney, chewy resinous. Loads of mango, grapefruit, pine. Heavy DIPA here.. Not for the faint of heart.
Top quality IPA up there with the best I've had from Texas brewers. Look forward to more from these guys. Keep up the good work!

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Photo of nickhill77
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of calcutron
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of En29356
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Premo88
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. tallboy can poured into Jester King Snorkel snifter

L: about 70% opaque gold-copper, more gold than copper with only a little amber in it; pushes up thick head of offwhite/beige foam that sticks some; keeps a thick collar of big-bubbled foam and most of a skin; looks like it might clear up some over time

S: can smell caramel as you pour, crystal malt (?); orange, pine, lots of malt sweetness, candied orange

T: thick layer of caramel malt sweetness lays over the piney hop bite ... there's so much of everything, malt and hops, that they wage a contest of wills in your mouth, biscuity malt sweetness gives way to a lingering grapefruit peel/pine hop bite, then the sweetness overtakes that on the next sip then it's more pine bite on the next then candied orange sweetens again

F: medium weight that thickens in the mouth ... it's not a big milk stout but it's still arguably heavy and big ... the carbonation lightens it a little

O: as the can advertises, aggressive -- the amount of ingredients in this beer seem formidable; it's thick and caramely enough to already be tasting like a barleywine, though the strength of the pine bite and orange notes suggest a super fresh version of this beer might feature a lot more grapefruit; overall a good brew, not unique or even special compared to the proliferation of DIPAs on the market, but if I could find a fresh 4-pack when in the mood, I wouldn't hesitate to grab (I'd call "fresh" inside a month and "yummy supper fresh" two weeks or less)

BREWERY NOTE -- this is my first from Roughtail and will not be my last; Hoptometrist is well constructed and suggests the brewer and brewery know what they're doing; glad I gave them a spin

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of craigbelly
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma begins with dank, sticky-sweet hop character that smells of fruity bubblegum, citrus, lavender. It's definitely boozy with a grassy aroma. Pours a hazy orange color with a low, white head. Its medium-full body is carbonated generously -- much more than the head would have you believe. The flavor is simpler than the aroma, with grassy hops and clean, sweet malt. Bitter but not extremely so. Finishes warm, with a pungent, hoppy taste and some grassy and vegetal flavor.

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Photo of charrel
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Hoptometrist from Roughtail Brewing Co.
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