Hopzeit Autumn IPA
Deschutes Brewery

Hopzeit Autumn IPAHopzeit Autumn IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #4,570
Ranked #23,165
3.81 | pDev: 8.4%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Hopzeit Autumn IPAHopzeit Autumn IPA
Notes: Tradition takes a turn for the new with this modern ale inspired by the old-school flavors of a Märzenbier, combining classic malt with the latest German hop varietals. Herbal and balanced, this Americanized blend of Bavaria is a perfect Autumn IPA for your backyard biergarten this fall season.
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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a hazy autumn colored amber with a nice thick off-white head that slowly reduces as you watch. Caramel malts and some hops in the nose. The mouth gets caramel malt and roasted malt, along with some spicy hops. Nice!

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Photo of BGDrock
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy, dull, orange-amber; head is thick and has solid retention, off-white.
Sweet & warm toasted malt, caramel; squash, some spicey hops.
Malt forward at first, of butterscotch and toffee, but not too sweet; turns to balancing hop bitterness, of pine and resin and spice, the malt trailing through to the finish, really providing some backbone; body is soft and lightly syrupy, medium body and carbonation, very nice; medium dry finish.

Great interplay of flavours, a Fall delight, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Clear brownish amber color with a handsome head in the Orval chalice. Plenty sudsy and lively in the mouth. It seems like a good idea, to substitute a darker malt for the usual pale and inoffensive malt used with most IPAs. And I do like the roasted malt taste that this starts out with. But it's all too brief a honeymoon and the Amurrikan hops elbow their way in to take over. Overall it seems more flat and bitter and even on the harsh side. From the 12 oz bottle purchased in Washington.

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Photo of Mdog
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Amber, particles in suspension, good head.

Smell: Floral, bready aroma.

Taste: Spicy, herbal, bready, with some fruity, apple-like notes.

Overall: A very different take on an IPA. Seems to be like a mix of octoberfest and IPA, but using heaps of spicy, herbal hops instead of citrusy. Interesting to try and well made, but not one I'll probably return to.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very interesting beer with a new combination of flavors that I hadn’t experienced before. Nice amber color with lots of fluffy head and just a little spotty lingering lacing. Smells like a mix between a malty, grain Pilsner with some floral and citrus hops of an IPA. Tastes similarly, along with some caramel and vanilla. Smooth mild thin mouthfeel, really good carbonation. I can always trust this brewery to turn out solid beers!

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Photo of Beejay
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A golden orange amber in color with a light white head.

S: Grapefruit and pine with a hint of caramel malt.

T: Interesting.. a nice dark bread character and a touch of dried fruit sweetness breaks out into grapefruit and pine hop bitterness.

M: Medium in feel with fairly high carbonation, and a decent bitterness.

O: Overall an interesting beer.

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Photo of IPAnosmia
4.59/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Hopzeit is a lovely amber color, and probably has just enough hops to separate it from an 'amber ale'. It has a healthy malt profile that I find works great with rich and spicy foods (say pizza or burrito's :-)
It is reminiscent of those sweet & hoppy winter seasonal's but with much less of a bite.
As is often the case the closer this beer came to room temperature the more the flavors melded together giving a spicy taste, and a good clean finish.
I am very happy with Hopzeit and sorry it is only a seasonal.

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Photo of BeerWizard
3.19/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I'm not sure whether to score this as an IPA or an Oktoberfest. I will say it's a pretty good balance of each, but I'm going with Oktoberfest due to the season and attributes.

It has a very standard malty-sweet nose with some vanilla that the hops take a back seat to. Smells like a standard Oktoberfest.

I can't say appearance-wise that it looks any different than any other beer in this category. It has a light, bubbly head over top of clear orange, and very little lacing.

The hops deliver in the tasting, but almost as a detraction from the style - I don't feel the extra hoppiness has a positive effect. Why not make just a straight Oktoberfest, Deschutes?

Mouthfeel is watery, weak. Tincture of an Oktoberfest lager. You could probably achieve the same effect by mixing an unremarkable Oktoberfest, with an unremarkable IPA, with water.

I'm sad I bought this beer and would not wish it upon anyone hoping for a marzen, IPA, marzen-inspired IPA, or IPA inspired marzen.

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Photo of jpkand
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A beautiful Amber in the glass with a nice off white head. The nose is a little fruity but bready malts come through, nutneg, and dry grass. Knowing what it is, I can appreciate how the malts balance the hops here for a little but of a unique brew. It's a nice way to transition I to try autumn from the summer beers. Just a unique kind of spin in an IPA with a decent bitterness intuemid palate and finish. A nice medium body and very easy to drink

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Dull light amber with low off-white head that persists, lots of lace

Aroma - Green , lightly grassy aroma with strong floral dimension along with some orange flesh, reminds me of some good 'ol cascade, nice bready malt aroma with a light crystal malt aroma as well, no fermentation character to speak of, a little hey / dead pine needle emerges,

Flavor - medium-light crystal malt sweetness, bracing medium-high bitterness on midpalate with a long, resinous but aromatic finish. Other specific hop flavors are difficult to latch onto - get brief hits of orange, pear, pineapple, pick up some berry and red apple ester, a little vanilla and cinnamon. Get some diacetyl. A little fusel in finish.

MF- Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, long sticky finish

Overall - Interesting concept for a beer to do a "german IPA" but for all the talk of munich malt and new wave german hops, if you blindfolded me and told me this was an old Sierra Nevada Pale Ale I wouldn't doubt it for a second. It really just tastes like a Cascade- forward old school pale /IPA. Def not lager - like at all and not particularly autumnal in my book.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the growler via Jungle Jim's Eastgate in a snifter. This hybrid
pours a bright deep amber with a beautiful head of off white foam
that subsides to a thick ring and sudsy layer with exceptional soapy lacing.
Nose of pine and herbal hops amid subtle toasted malts. Flavors follow the
nose like a party foul....you tried to keep the good times rolling but missed
the mark. Marzen notes hit first with toasted malts and a touch of bread
crust but are quickly overcome by sticky pine and herbal hops that
beat the brown sugars into submission with a long and bitter
pine laced finish. Decent mouth feel; medium body
is sticky and lightly boozy, medium carbonation,
and a resinous pine laced finish.

Overall, decent for a hybrid, but
more of a party foul of blending
to find something new.

I am a big fan of Deschutes, but this one misses the mark.

Hop heads rejoice, they a marzen you can hang your hat on.


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Photo of REVZEB
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Like the idea, not wild about the execution, which was a surprise given deschutes keen ability to ride the seasons in their work. The caramel malty base was solid, but the hops chosen creating infighting among the flavors in a muting effect. I would got some pine and some caramel, but then it would morph into a maple leaf. Basically it has a funky vegetable taste in the mid-taste. Smell is not skunky but in the neighborhood, sory of like a macro, and yes I checked, it is a fresh beer. Not a do over in fall or ever.

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Foamy two and a half finger head, lots of lacing, hops lively in an amber golden-orange Tulip glass.

Difficult to articulate the scent, beyond it's mighty malt. Cellared fruit yet not sugary. Hint of spice.

Creamy malt, no doubt. A ruby leaf, wistful sweetness, like a hint of Halloween on the horizon.
The IPA is buried beneath Autumn leaves.
Sentimental serenity, easy drinking ,yet the hops keep things exuberant.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Best by date stamped on label is '12/07/18'.
Clear, medium amber colored body. One finger of white head, which reduces to islands and a thin ring. Some rings and spots of lacing are left behind.
Subtle aroma of sweeter malt and spicy hops.
Taste is heavy with the sweeter toffee malt but there is also a load of floral and earthy hops for balance. Hops provide a certain bite but no real bitterness.
Thicker, medium mouth feel. Good carbonation.
This is a hybrid ale with a resemblance to a heavy malt fall fest beer. Good balance between the malts and the hops, as the flavors start out rather sweet and then transition to the hoppiness.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by 12/12/18, consumed 8/30/18

A strange mix of flavors here - to me, a bit too much fruitiness and bitterness to be balancing with Marzen malt. I wish I grabbed a Marzen.

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Photo of Brewno8it
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wonderful Marzen malt flavor with pleasant hop forwardness. Best thing about this beer to me is the incredible creamy thick head that lasts and lasts. Really nice twist on an autumn favorite.

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3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle best by 12/7/18
Beautiful glowing amber, completely clear and clean. 1/4" off white head retains well at a cap. Nice lacing.
Sweet caramel, yeasty spice, faint fruit. Malt driven aroma.
Caramel and fruit. Spicy hop flavors, grass and a little herbal in nature.
Hops seem to be more in the bitterness category and less flavor or aroma.
Medium body with a slick mouthfeel. Bitterness isn't super high but lingers around longer than expected in a low key way.
Great looking beer, and a unique beer but not hitting on all cylinders for my palate.

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Photo of Strix
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy harvest gold, nice lacing and froth.

Bready, toasty, euro hop smell.

Lots going on here, but it blends well. Toasted malt, european hops/traditional oktoberfest plus a hint of orange peel/grapefruit edge. Really a very nice blend of oktoberfest and IPA.

Mouthfeel solid, quite drinkable.

I feel like this is more of a hoppy oktoberfest than it is an IPA, but whatever you call it, they succeeded.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Talk about catching up! Last night, I got into Peak Organic Autumn IPA & now I am reviewing yet another Autumn IPA. Sheesh. My Bottle Backlog is nowhere near what it once was, but I am still digging out from under. I am very heartened that this one is "Bottle Conditioned for Quality".

From the bottle: "Traditional Marzenbier Inspired India Pale Ale"; "Family & Employee Owned Since 1988"; "Bottle Conditioned for Quality [-] Live yeast added to the bottle allows this beer to age gracefully and stay fresher, longer. Keep bottles upright, and away from light & heat."; "Profile - Inspired by a traditional Märzenbier, German hops add heral, frui and spice notes to balance the smooth and elegant malt character."; "; "IBUs [:] 60".

A traditional Pop! of the cap & we were off & running. Of course, since it was blatantly bottle-conditioned, I went with a VERY gentle pour into the awaiting glass. A less-gentle in-glass swirl quickly raised three-plus fingers of foamy, rocky, light-tan head with moderate retention that left behind massive lacing. Color was Deep-Amber/Light-Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was odd - very earthy, loads of sweet, bready malts, but the hops seemed to have been an afterthought. Hmm. Mouthfeel was solidly medium. The taste was more bitter and hoppier than the nose had led me to expect, but it was still more bready and malty than bitter. I tasted a lot of earthy, bready malt counterbalanced by earthy malts, but this was going to have a tough time convincing me that it was an AIPA. There are several forces at work here: 1) a desire for seemingly every beer to be an AIPA (see 21st Amendment's "Blah Blah Blah IPA" & 2) a misstep on the brewery's part not to call this a "hoppy Marzen/Oktoberfest". When the brewery labels it as an "IPA", then our hands are tied as reviewers. I recently read one person calling others out for not reviewing AMLs & AALs to style & so the knife blade has to cut in both directions. This was not to style. Period. It finished semi-dry, more biscuity and malty than hoppy, although the hops had an earthiness that was pleasant, more evocative of an EIPA. It just did not meet the criteria of an AIPA. Sorry. YMMV.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by 11/17.

Nice sunburst orange-color with a fuzzy yellow head of 2 fingers.

Nutty aromas, with some fresh pine, some earth, honey, candied tangerine, orange creamsickle.

Flavor brings forth that nice candied orange flavor, pine, copper, with some nuttiness, honey, orange peel, some bread crusts, and then the only really off-putting thing is some super glue and heavy pine resin on the finish. Nails the german thing down pretty well too.

Feel is creamy and has a resiny dryness, that follows through to the finish.

Overall, a very nice beer I'd like to try spanking fresh. The super glue aspect gets to me, more than I'd like it to, but otherwise there's some really great flavors going on!

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Photo of pat61
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: pours bright copper amber with a slight chill haze that clears as it warms.

S: big fruity, spicy noble hop aromas supported by toast and bread crust

T: Rich sweet malt, bread crust and light toast start the flavors seasoned by spicy hops

F: The body nudges a little past medium, the texture is creamy and the carbonation is just above average

O: A malty, flavorful, balanced IPA

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Taste: Rich, earthy malts complex, bready notes, some hop character, toothy mouth-feel. Same with the nose. Deep dark Orange/Amber hue, semi opaque, with a cream colored head and nice multi ring lattice of lace. Medium/Full body. 60 IBUs

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hopzeit Autumn IPA brewed by Deschutes Brewery, with an ABV of 7.00% This American IPA pours out a nice deep golden amber color with a nice white head. There is a decent amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich hop bitterness, earthy grains and malts. You also pick up on some nice mild citrus flavors in the taste as well. So far this is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is, Bold with flavors, you first pick up a citrus, hop bitterness. Then a nice amount of earthy grains and malts. There is a lot going on in Hopzeit Autumn IPA. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down. It is really hard to pick up on the 7.00% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. The body of this American IPA is a medium to heavy, but not to heavy. There is nothing overpowering about this American IPA, it has a nice balance to it. The mouth feel is Bold, Hoppy, Citrus, Smooth, Clean and Refreshing. Overall I'm Hopzeit Autumn IPA a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Deschutes Brewery, did a real nice job with this American IPA. If you are a fan of IPA's look this brew up.

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Photo of Fowdy
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: This pours a deep amber with two fingers of frothy off-white head.

Smell: malt, hops, some ripe fruity tones.

Taste: First hit is a toasted caramel and then it’s followed by raisin and prunes. It finishes with a bitter hop bite.

Feel: Great head but the beer itself seems undercarbonated.

Overall: It’s definitely not a traditional ipa but this is a good beer. I would get this again.

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Photo of HenryPorter7777
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice amber with a medium lacing from start to finish. If you’re looking for a true Octoberfest—-this is not it. Although it does have elements of an Oktoberfest, it leans far to the IPA in comparison. Nevertheless, it is a good, well-balanced, solid beer. 60 IBU and 7.0% ABV.

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Hopzeit Autumn IPA from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 390 ratings