Roughtail Brewing Co.

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IPA - Imperial
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4.04 | pDev: 8.91%
Roughtail Brewing Co.
Oklahoma, United States
Notes: 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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jwp777 from Oklahoma

3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On draught:

Pours a hazy, dark, burnt orange color. Thin, murky white head that doesn’t hang around for long, but laces well.

Aroma is a slap of pine with citrus notes that remind me of lemon zest.

The taste is exactly what you might expect from an imperial IPA with “hop” in the name. The description of the beer is spot on - pine, citrus, hops, and a bit of malt. It really is balanced quite well.

Feel: crisp and well carbonated. Finish is relatively dry. The 9% is evident but still very easily drinkable.

Overall, a good IPA. It’s a bit different from your run-of-the-mill IPA.

Jan 08, 2020
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ji3461 from Oklahoma

4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has become my go-to IPA. And to think it's brewed in my hometown. Being an unrepentant hop-head, this beer never fails to provide that hop fix I so often need. The brewers at Roughtail are true Hop Hedonists. They know how to use them to provide the perfect balance of fruitiness and bitterness. Unlike some of the hop-crazy beers I've tried, this one is actually balanced. There's enough of a bottom bass to round out the treble of the hops. It looks like liquid amber and leaves enough lacing to indicate a nice mouth feel. This beer never disappoints.

Apr 09, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Sep 28, 2018
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HenryPorter7777 from Oklahoma

4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
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

Sep 25, 2018
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Sep 04, 2018
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.12/5  rDev +2%
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.

Jul 14, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Apr 21, 2018
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.93/5  rDev -27.5%
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

Mar 28, 2018
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Jovial_Libations from Texas

4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

Nov 13, 2017
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Premo88 from Texas

3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
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

Sep 17, 2017
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craigbelly from Iowa

3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Sep 01, 2017
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jhamp9 from Texas

3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Red orange pour with an off white head. Tons of lacing. Aroma is pine, sweet orange, and toffee. Taste is pine, grapefruit pith, toffee, candies orange lightly herbal. Strong piney bitterness. Medium sticky body.

Aug 13, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled dank with pine, resin and citrus fruits. Lots of toasted malt, pine and citrus with a bitter punch.

Jun 27, 2017
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ksimons from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
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

Feb 16, 2017
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -3%
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

Jan 31, 2017
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AlexeiRoquentin from Oklahoma

4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Jan 04, 2017
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ABabbidge from Kansas

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Oct 16, 2016
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Todd from California

3.96/5  rDev -2%
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).

Jul 09, 2016
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

Jun 17, 2016
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BrownAleBollocks from Kansas

3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Jun 04, 2016
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4/5  rDev -1%
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.

Apr 17, 2016
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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

Dec 26, 2015
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TBoneJones from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Dec 23, 2015
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donspublic from Texas

4.04/5  rDev 0%
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

Dec 17, 2015
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JebBeerFish from New Hampshire

3.37/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

Sep 14, 2015
Hoptometrist from Roughtail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 163 ratings