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:
262
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
11.11%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
55
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Knapp85
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of billab914
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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

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 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 PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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 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 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 VeganUndead
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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 redfox405
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Latarnik
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lupercmda
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Hoptimization IPA from Brothers Craft Brewing
3.69 out of 5 based on 262 ratings.
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