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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Camjmorton on 06-07-2013

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34
Ratings:
238
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
30.52%
 
 
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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 238
Photo of Stokes_
2.84/5  rDev -22.6%
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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Photo of popery
2.92/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear and medium gold. A nice off-white head puffs up before dying away to a light coating of bubbles after a few minutes. The aroma is lacking. There's just not much there. Light hops, some citrus and pine. A bit of caramel malt. Some neutral yeastiness. The taste is similarly underwhelming. Some caramel malt flavor and mild generic American hoppiness. It's relatively dry, which is nice, but it needs some flavor to fill things out. Mouthfeel is fine, light with average carbonation. This bottle should be pretty fresh - it's less than a month from the bottling date - but it really doesn't seem quite right. I wouldn't be surprised if the beer was markedly better on tap and in future bottling runs. Great Outdoors showed promise, and I'm a bit surprised that this is a step back.

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Photo of KYGunner
3/5  rDev -18.3%

The nose is light, too light, with a relatively generic hop aroma, subtle flower, perfume and yeast characteristics.

The hop flavor seems a bit watery, almost like pine needles soaked in water. There's a bit of perfumish flower, light malt and cracker.

Hoping this was a bad bottle or a bad palate moment because this was unremarkable.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.02/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a murky copper color with lots of fine sediment. The head is around a finger high and off-white in shade. Retention is good, and the soft texture leaves behind rings of sticky lacing on my glass. (3.25)

Smell: While there's a touch of grapefruit coming through, it's hoppiness is mainly floral and piny. There's a lot of malt, in particular. I get caramel, toffee, bread, and honey. The nose is pretty average as far as IPAs go. (3)

Taste: So is the taste. Malts seem to provide the gist of the flavor profile, with the hops only acting as a ballasting bitterness. An initial flavor of caramel, honey, and bread gives way to a light piny bite. It's not really complex, nor does it have much in the way of juicy hop flavor. Basically an average IPA in all aspects. (3)

Mouthfeel: Despite the malt presence, its unfiltered nature makes it crisp on the palate. Ultimately, the sweetness wins out, making it seem rather heavy. Carbonation is average for the style. (3)

Overall: This is an old-school IPA in a world rapidly being replaced with tropical, juicy IPAs lean in both malt and bitterness. I also think that Maryland's IPAs are utterly shaming the IPAs I've had from Virginia, but you didn't hear me say that... ;) (3)

3.02/5: Still needs some (h)optimization

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Photo of HotBeerJosh
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beginner IPA. I picked it up on sale at Bucket Trade. Looked pretty hazy and had a ton of head after my pour. Flavor was decent. Hops, citrus and malt. I'd like to try it on tap.

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Photo of argock
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottle date on label is MFG2014.01.14. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Deep amber with 1-finger of light beige, tightly bubbled head with average retention and skimpy lacing.

S: Way too heavy on the caramel malts with a lot of burned caramel notes, some toasted notes. This one borders on hoppy red ale with this aroma profile. The hops notes are resinous, earthy, and herbal, lightly floral. There are some mild fruity yeast esters and there is no alcohol in the aroma.

T: The flavor also borders on hoppy amber ale versus American IPA, mainly because the flavor isn't hoppy enough. Flavorwise, I might even say this fits English IPA better for all of the caramel malt character and earthy, herbal, resinous hopping, with a little bit of pine. There is yeast character as well, which adds the only real fruity components, and the alcohol is not hot but provides an edgy bitterness. Not a bad tasting beer, but way too heavy on the caramel sweetness.

M: The heaviness of the caramel malt give this beer too much body, which coupled with the low carbonation, again fits it as an English IPA.

O: After such a great experience with Great Outdoors, a very refreshing and easy-drinking, balanced APA, Hoptimization is a bit of a let-down.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Golden amber with 1 finger of creamy head. Good clarity with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Pine, tangerine, onion, caramel, and honey.

Taste
Firm honey and caramel malt backbone. Lots of pine and some grapefruit zest. Damp, earthy, and lightly spicy hops. Suggestions of tangerine pith and pear. Finishes with hints of onion and grapefruit zest.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, and off-dry with a moderate bitterness.

Overall
Earthy and damp with an English inspired taste.

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Photo of Stolenface1
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden copper color with somewhat solid head little retention, but was poured by an inexperienced server in my hotel lounge into a FROSTED SHAKER GLASS (UGH). I was watching the Steelers game and did not realize until she was halfway through the pour..oh well.

Aroma of malt and grapefruit.. maybe other faint citrus fruits. Resin-y.

Flavor is definitely grapefruit heavy but with a more than solid, somewhat sweet malt character. ALmost too balanced. Other citrus in the background.

Mouthfeel is med light and resin-y. Moderate carbonation is perfect.

Overall a definite west coast wanna-be but in a good way. I would not turn this down in the future. Very decent beer.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
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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Photo of A_Frayed_Knot
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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 metter98
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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 GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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 reebtaerG
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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 tone77
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Huhzubendah
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
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 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 Zach136
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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 smakawhat
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +2.2%

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 Camjmorton
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Gregaroo
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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 krbrevard
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.
S: Not much to take in, getting some malts and maybe just a small hint of something piney
T: 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. getting some alcohol in there pretty heavily.
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 decent IPA.

This beer is a little inconsistent from batch to batch. The unpredictability keeps me from really making this my go to beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
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 MUTINY
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Hoptimization IPA from Brothers Craft Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.
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