Hoptimization IPA | Brothers Craft Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brothers Craft Brewing
Virginia, United States
brotherscraftbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Camjmorton on 06-07-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
263
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
11.11%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
55
For Trade:
0
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Reviews by reebtaerG:
Photo of reebtaerG
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz bottle dated 11/21/13 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours cloudy amber with a two finger off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving lots of lacing.

S-Aroma is grapefruit, caramel, herbal hops and grain.

T-Flavor is grapefruit, caramel, pine resin an hops.

M-Mouthfell is OK, but not balanced. The hops were bitter and lots of caramel, but they didn’t go together.

O-Overall a okay IPA. Glad I got only one.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, orange-gold coloring, with a slow roll of carbonation feeding a tall, bubbly clingy, off-white head. Aromas are rich on tropical fruit, with pineapple, mango, and melon leading the charge, followed by a spiced and grassy hops component. Flavors are tropical fruit forward, again leading with pineapple and melon, with some more citrus notes coming in now, too. Grapefruit tart and sweet adds another layer, which all balances with peppery and evergreen hops notes. The body is light and effervesced, but soft throughout. The aftertaste has more of the evergreen hops component in it, with subtle herbal notes. This beer transitions from fruity to vegetal as you drink. The finish is effervesced and slightly frothy, with a lingering herbal and floral hops component. Interesting take on the IPA.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle #4 from the six-pack I picked up a week or so ago. Bottling date is January 19th, 2016 so still super fresh.

Color is a nice dark gold, bordering on orange in places; it's hazy but not opaque, and with the help of a flashlight (or just holding it up to a light) I can see some bubbles rising up from the bottom. Decent layer of white foam on top, which shrinks down to a thin cap on the surface after a couple minutes, leaving a thicker ring around the edges, a few thicker spots with some big bubbles, and a few trails on the sides. The foam leaves pretty substantial lacing along the sides as the glass empties out.

Smell is some piney-ish hops right away, followed by a blend of malt and spiciness that comes across as a little cedar-y in combination with the pine. A bit of slightly sweetish fruitiness in there too. On further sniffs, I'm also reminded of those bagels or bread loaves that come with onion bits, sesame seeds, poppyseeds, etc. coating the top. It's a nice smell overall.

Taste is very similar to the smell -- piney/spicy hop blend (maybe a teeny bit grapefruit-y as well?), with lightly toasty bread-crust malt, and a bit of sweetness mixed in there too, often blending in with the slight citrusy flavor from the hops. Definitely still reminds me of those bagels I mentioned in the smell section, but that's not a bad thing at all since I really like those bagels. XD

Feel is really nice. Not too light, some noticeable carbonation but it's never prickly; there's a bit of a thicker/heftier sort of feel to this one, which I find to be appropriate for the ABV, strength of flavors, and hazy appearance. I remember taking note of this when I had a sample as part of a flight at the brewery too, so I'm guessing that's a pretty consistent thing for this beer even though the exact flavors and smells might not be (it mentions right on the bottle that they alter the recipe from time to time, using a rotating blend of hops.) As nice as the taste is, the mouthfeel may actually be my favorite part of this one.

Overall, this is a tasty beer that I'm glad to have around (and especially glad that I was able to stumble across such a fresh six-pack of; living within barely over an hour's drive of the brewery probably helps with that) -- definitely not a "pure hop juice" IPA so it may not meet your expectations if that's your thing, but fans of a more balanced IPA that's hoppy but still has a malt presence to it should enjoy this one.

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Turbo
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bitzer
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of PprBurke
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jminch
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of amstokesdb9
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JustinTauscher
2.91/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BigMac59
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JWQ
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tikiri
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Stokes_
2.84/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Picked this one up the other night on a whim. Poured a deep amber color into a pint glass, head is minimal and dissipated quickly. Not very much nose to it, a bit of citrus. Mouth-feel was a tad watery. The malt was dominant over the hops, not very much bitterness to it at all.

Overall: About average. I definitely wouldn't go out of my way to try it, if there's other IPA's available that you enjoy, you're safer going with them. Would drink again if my options were extremely limited.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of tclipse
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VAbrookiechaser
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HuntDaddy540
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of woodchip
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of aleckpa
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Creeval
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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Hoptimization IPA from Brothers Craft Brewing
3.69 out of 5 based on 263 ratings.
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