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Hoptimization IPA | Brothers Craft Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brothers Craft Brewing
Virginia, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Camjmorton on 06-07-2013

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33
Ratings:
237
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
30.89%
 
 
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Photo of ERAUPike2005
4.73/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 1/26/16 (roughly a week old)

Grabbed a sixer when I heard about recipe updates. I loved this beer when I first tired it a year or two ago.

Look- nice pale hue, promises not to be overly malty

Smell- nice hop aroma, I heard rumors of additional dry hopping as part of the update. I'm an aroma hop nut so it's never enough for me but I was very happy here.

Taste- great balance between bitterness and the malt bill. Nice piney notes, more classic west coast influence. It's clearly still Hoptimization even with the updates.

Feel- mouthfeel is the most noticeable improvement from the recipe updates. It's everything I want from a malt bill that doesn't include wheat or oat flakes.

Overall- small changes to an already great beer that have taken it to the next level.

Kudos to Brothers for striving for excellence.

Grab a fresh sixer when you see one.

Cheers!

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Photo of lapsoo
4.64/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. It won't hurt any craft lover. At begining has strong taste but goes out fast so
it did not fill me up after one glass/bottle. Is definitively IPA but not agressive. Great for summer night, not daytime party. One of things, beside I love beer,why I drink craft beer is for probiotic value. I felt this non-pasteurized beer deep in stomach similar to my own home brewed beer. It was excelent choice buy this beer. Hope I will visit brewery/restaurant one day.

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Photo of krbrevard
4.31/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pouring from a bottle to a standard american pint glass-

A: Light copper, no head whatsoever in the pour. Beer could be a little old but that's on me...
S: Not much to take in, getting some malts and maybe just a small hint of something piney
T: Now we're talking! Good malt/hop balance in the front, and a nice bitterness in the back. Getting the pine for sure. Getting more bitter as I drink it and i really really like that but still has some balance in the end. No alcohol taste at all for a 7+.
M:Not too much carbonation, has a bit of a pungency that the hops are revealing on the top of my mouth. The bottom of my mouth is unaffected.
O:- A solid IPA; i could drink this all day. I'm a resident of the valley and really do enjoy this beer. IMHO the best IPA in the area.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.29/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A friend sent this beer over for me to try, he generally sends good stuff so here we go, gonna join the brotherhood. Decent looking beer with that great IPA smell. Good flavor without the bitter bite, easy to drink IPA, enjoyed this beer very much. Will certainly pick up again depending upon cost. Good beer to take a run at.

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled date 12 Feb 2016 (stamped on bottle and hard to read).

Cloudy honey, almost apricot color with tall thick cream head. Nose of fruity hops with some resinous hops secondary, bready malt beneath. Taste a rich combination of delicious hops and creamy soft malts, a little sweet. Thick and delicious. Mouthfeel clean, smooth, not as heavy as appearance might suggest, and pleasant. Aftertaste hoppy like many IPAs.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hybrid of a creamy and foamy white head that dissipates rather quickly, The beer itself is a clear orange and brown that borders on amber. The smell has a strong hoppy smell. The hops notes come off as orange with a bit of pine but is balanced by a light malt smell. The taste is similar to the smell. The hop taste comes off as a strong orange with a slight honey and bready taste to balance it out. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth and medium bodied. The mouthfeel also has an interesting fluffy feel to it because of the carbonation. Overall, a very good IPA and one I highly recommend getting, This beer is definitely one of their better offerings.

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Photo of rudzud
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra and poured into my Duvel tulip. Date of 8/14/14 on bottle

A - Pours a nice darker golden orange hue with a good one finger creamy head that fades to a thick, dense blanket. Slightly sticky side lacing.

S - Aromas of light biscuits, faint caramel, soft hops. Fainter tropical notes, light citrus. Solid enough nose.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Not too sweet malts, citrus peel, good faint tropical notes. Caramel is light. Not offensive, pretty solid considering it is two months old. Light bitter finish. Alcohol hidden VERY well.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, bright, and the alcohol is hidden completely.

O - Overall, a very nice offering from Three Brothers. Would have liked to try this super fresh but still, no complaints.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of woodychandler
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one was part of a local, in-person trade with tone77.

From the bottle: "Join The Brotherhood!"; "Achieve Maximum Hoptimization!"; "What's a craft brewery to do when all the typical IPA hops are gone? Innovate, of course, just like craft breweries have always done. Our West Coast IPA recipe fluctuates, capturing a creativity that any craft beer enthusiast can appreciate. Hoptimization uses an ever-evolving hop bill unique to every production cycle to achieve the same citrusy flavor you love and the bold, bitter bite you crave."; "Step away from typical and try something new."; "Three Brothers Brewing is located in downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia: The heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Come see us sometime!"; "Keep 'em cold/Drink 'em in a glass"; Batch Number: MFG2014.05.25".

I used an aggro pour to get a pseudo-cascade started, resulting in three fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention. Color was a deep-gold (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity. Of course, this led to the untimely arrival of Croesus, Mammon and Midas, all clamoring for a sip. I pressed on, leaning in for a sniff and I have to say, it was right up hophead alley! It was a dank combination of pine and grapefruit with a little bit of caramel thrown in for good measure. The head was now beginning to fall, leaving behind some nice lacing. Mouthfeel was medium. I got a little bit of fusel alcohol initially, then some sweet caramel and then the hops began to kick in. Once the bitter citrusiness took hold, I really could not taste much else. It was like the hops were holding a surprise party and once they jumped out, there were no secrets left. Finish was dry and bitter, just the way I like my AIPAs.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I tried this 7.1% ABV IPA on tap first and it was great.

Look-It has a golden honey amber color with medium clarity and a thin film head that produces delicate and moist white lacing on the glass.

Smell-It has a strong malt backbone with an overlay of citrus and lemon hops with a tinge of grassy characteristics.

Taste-The taste follows the nose with more hop resins and citrus than I expected. The malts are toasted sweet malts that are ever present.

Mouthfeel-Medium-bodied piney feel/taste with a bit less carbonation than I would have liked.

Overall-I think this is a great IPA, but could use a couple minor tweaks to improve it, but nothing too major.

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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 MUTINY
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

A: pours a slightly hazy peach/copper with 1/2" white head that sits down immediately. Retention & lacing are solid.

S: Mild aromas of grassy hops & faint lemon/orange rind. A touch of crackery malt.

T: Grapefruit bomb! Big, big bitter citrus with a resinous quality underneath. Mid palate is more crackery malt before leading back into solid bitterness on the lingering finish. Not amazingly complex but very effective & tasty as can be.

M: Carb is just a skootch on the low side. Body is fairly rich malt with a soap/resin slant. Finishes oddly dry.

O: Really impressive little VA IPA!

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Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Impressive, dome-like head that never recedes completely. Less than expected lace, but there's more than a few lumpy spots on the glass. Lightly cloudy with a darker gold color.

Crystal malt/caramel aroma initially. Lighter, but pleasantly floral, hop nose. Nice blend even if it leans to the malt, which is similar to the British version but the hop is American.

The taste is rougher than the smell. The hop bitterness is straight up black pepper. The soft crystal malt is missing in the flavor. It's like drinking a different beer. There's a touch of earthiness. Long, raw hop aftertaste.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 6 of this while at The Homestead in Hot Springs, VA. Also on tap at one of their restaurants! Poured a couple into a large hard plastic Starbucks cup with straw and enjoyed by the pool. Nice IPA offering from a local brewery just up the road. I'll have this one again if I can locate closer to home.

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Photo of Camjmorton
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hoptimization IPA is a nice take on the West Coast style IPA. It's decently bitter, and has a pleasantly earthy aroma. It pours an amber color, and has a great citrus flavor. I think it is one of the best beers they've had on tap since they opened.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottled May 12th 2014.

Deep bronze orange, and quite clear body. Good rising amount of carbonation, capped with a very large off white swiss cheese head. Fist full tall, with large bubbles on creation, and speckled lacing.

Nose hints towards malted brown bread and toasty bread crust. Hop angle comes second with a hint of citrus and tropical fruit notes that don't come out to distinguishable.

Palate comes simply with a nice mix of malt sweetness first of caramel and toast, with the hops matching towards some citrus and mostly some dank flavors. Thick solid malt density with a bit of sweetness taking away from the hops a bit. Good chewy body, with some leafy and green bitterness on the finish to go with it. Hits more to dank and earth than citrus it seems.

Still overall it's quite an enjoyable IPA, but seems a little different than advertised.

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Photo of obywan59
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours golden to copper in hue with a 2 finger off white head that leaves moderate lacing. Just slightly hazy.

The aroma is of grassy hops with ripe citrus. Moderate hoppiness allows the light toast, honeylike and caramel aromas of the malts to shine through.

Bitter hops predominate in the taste, with sweet caramel malts, grapefruit peel and hints of pine and ripe citrus.

Moderate in body with light syrup, and a numbing/drying effect on the tongue. Oily hop burn in the throat, especially early on.

Very good overall. In the beginning, it was mainly just bitter, but as the taste buds become numb, the flavors balance out.

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Photo of Zach136
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Date on bottle says MFG 2015.05.27 - enjoyed 2015.07.20

Appearance: Golden honey, thin head with solid retention and lacing in an IPA glass.

Aroma: Medium intensity caramely malt character, touch of tropical hop and also cheddar cheese??

Flavor: Medium apparent piney hop bitterness. Some toastyness and slight sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied,

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good level of clarity on this one. Nice frothy and thick crème head too. Resin heavy nose. Flavor brings a good level of the same. Earthy piney resin. This is a nice easy drinker, but nothing overly showy or mind-blowing. Decent example of an east coast IPA.

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Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: This poured a hazy copper with some white head.
S: It smelled like faint citrus zest and pine hops, with a little sweet earthy malt.
T: It tasted like copper and earthy barley, with some citrus zest and pine. It had a mostly clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was thick with a little carbonation. Excellent big body.
D: This was a decent IPA, but the scent and taste weren't anything great. The body was nearly perfect, and the finish was smooth enough. So it was easy to drink. Really not bad, but just another forgettable brew in the end.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to RussianDragon for the bottle.

The beer is clear and light golden with an inch of white head. Aromas include tangerine, bread dough, light pine. Refreshing and tasty. Citrus character comes through, balanced by a sourdough, yeast character. A hint of melon, finishing with a gentle bitterness. Alcohol masked quite well. A solid brew.

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Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a brownish/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus hops, a bit of pine as well. Taste is bitter, citrus, some pine, very dry at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality and solid beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy orange amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with some small particulates near the edge of the glass. It poured with a finger high beige head that has good retention properties and took a long time to die down, consistently leaving a quarter finger high head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with notes of citrusy and piney hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but the hops are stronger than the malts—flavors of grapefruit stand out in particular—and contribute a light to moderate amount of carbonation. No sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA is easy to drink and has a good balance between the malts and hops.

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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 A_Frayed_Knot
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The first time I experienced Hoptimization was on tap at Landsdowne Resort in Leesburg, VA. It was a delight at the time because until then I had been finding most IPAs found while dining out verrrry sweet... Much the same as it was on draught, the bottled seems appropriately hop-blessed without trying to tamp down bitterness with excess sugar. In fact the bitterness is welcome following a piney inhale of aroma... Foam crest lingers in the glass. "Keep 'em cold, drink 'em in a glass" is printed on the label: well-noted, 3 Brothers! I'm only sorry I had such difficulty searching for your name with "3" vs. "three" and not being able to remember if it's "Hoptimator" or "Hoptimizer" there are too many clever pun-derived names out there. Not what I'd call the Ultimate hop-stacked experience but definitely one I'd look forward to during the cold season when we're over-inundated with Xmas cookie exchanges and gingerbread brews and the last thing one wants from one's IPA is another sugared-up concoction. Bravo and please bring on more of the same!

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Photo of Treyliff
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 3/11/14

A- A slow pour into a pint glass produces a huge foamy and bubbly white head, about four-fingers that takes a while to finally settle, over-carbonated perhaps? Body is a hazy golden-orange

S- tropical and citrusy hop aroma with notes of mango, pineapple and orange peel. Sweet sugary malt

T- tropical fruity hop flavors follow the aroma with an emphasis on pineapple and grass. Malty sweetness with a raw dry finish

M- medium body with heavy carbonation leads to a mouth-feeling foamy mouthfeel and a sudsy finish

O- perhaps this was just an over carbonated batch, but the mouthfeel was like drinking soda. The flavor is a little rough around the edges, but has a nice fruity hop profile

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