Hoptimization IPA | Brothers Craft Brewing

Hoptimization IPAHoptimization IPA
BA SCORE
50.8%
Liked This Beer
3.71 w/ 264 ratings
Hoptimization IPAHoptimization IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Camjmorton on 06-07-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,007
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
264
Liked:
134
Avg:
3.71/5
pDev:
11.05%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
55
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 264 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of Latarnik
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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 PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
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 drned
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigMac59
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dominic_Decoco
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OldSwampy
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
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 hokieguy95
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vabeerguy
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chinaskifan1
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ERAUPike2005
4.73/5  rDev +27.5%
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 Pantalones
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Cpmitchno1
3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dannyfayy
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vicinandp
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rorjets
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of srw
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MasterRigger
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of williahd
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of raindog814
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JustinTauscher
2.91/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Caffeine_King
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Hoptimization IPA from Brothers Craft Brewing
Beer rating: 50.8% out of 100 with 264 ratings
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