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Hopzeit Autumn IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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Hopzeit Autumn IPAHopzeit Autumn IPA

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 390 |  Reviews: 118
Reviews by DamienArk:
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4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of Mdog
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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 BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Let the deconstruction of the festbier begin. Deschutes pulls the ingredients apart, rearranges their proportions to align more closely with the popular IPA and then substitute the traditional noble German hops with newer, more fruity, floral and aromatic German varieties for a taste that world has never experienced.

Hopzeit's rich amber hue is that of winter's honey and is then rounded with a creamy eggshell froth. Its scent is lemony, grassy, melon-like and flowery with a hint of toasty, nutty elegant breadiness. To taste, its the malts that stand tall with its toasted pecan, honey-like sweetness and a full poundcake creaminess.

And then the beer rearranges itself on the middle palate as the sweetness relaxes and the hops build into a lather. Floral aromas translate to grassy and fruity taste. Honeydew, orange, peach and lemon all play out with a bold tea-like flavor. Trending bitter, resinous and playfully stemmy, the peppery vegetation of Germanic hops highlights the hop's more lemongrass and bright parsley charm.

Medium-bodied but seeming fuller from the richer hops used, the beer also gives impressions of lightness because of its dry, resinous and slightly warm finish. The IPA is experimental to its core, resulting in a refreshing peppery crispness and an aftertaste of granola and grapefruit- Perfect for fall's roasted butternut squash and wilted greens.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
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 PBIU
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is honey orange with an off white head. Nice lacing.

Smell is herbal hops up front some pine and with a nice balance of biscuity

Taste follows the nose. Fruity and nutty but balanced.

Feel is a little deceptive for 7%, but not too light.

Overall a nice offering from Deschutes that is different than anything out there. Truly an Autumn IPA.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brief impression from a bottle:

The bready German leanings don't do this ostensible IPA any favours, but Deschutes nevertheless delivers a drinkable decent expression of the intended style.

Aroma is floral and bready, suggesting an even pairing of bready German malts and hops...but the IPA style is traditionally emphatic of hops over malts. Seems too sweet as a result, riddled with copper malt sweetness and a victim of low German yeast attenuation.

Tastes a bit soapy in addition to its floral and vaguely fruity hop notes. Pale malts and copper malts lend this ample sweetness.

Texture is medium-bodied, lightly coating, smooth, and wet. Has too much bready heft on the palate. Too filling to be refreshing, and less drinkable as a result. Slightly overcarbonated.

Drinkable but disappointing coming from one of the U.S.A.'s most reliable widely distributed breweries. The premise isn't great (a festbier crossed with an IPA?) and the execution isn't any better. I'm all for experimenting with German hops, but IPA might not be the style to play in if that's what you're going to do. I adore Deschutes, but this one is a head-scratcher.


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Photo of REVZEB
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
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 Greasy
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mcrawford
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ToddSoonerFan
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ZachT
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cgrunin
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sir_Goatman
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JeffSK
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gemini6
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brocktune
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of robebo44
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of South2NW
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of devilmakesthree
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WolfStOner
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Redneckwine
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very fresh 12oz bottle into NB Globe

Look - Murky, glowing, dark amber body. An offwhite cap of foam lingers for the long haul. An attractive brew.

Smell - Very balanced nose for an IPA - easy on the hops, the main takeaway here is one of light, sweet fruitiness and nuttiness: fruitcake, raisins, figs, nutty and caramel maltiness, fresh citrus rind, grapefruit. The signature Deschutes fresh yeasty/estery note that must come from their house yeast is here.

Taste - Fruity fig\raisin sweetness and a touch of caramel\nutty malts give way almost immediately to citric, piney, moderately bitter hopping which dries things out very quickly. Hopping seems a bit old school, kind of a pine/citrus jam that takes over almost completely but adds more bitterness than flavor. Moderate resin bitterness lingers well into the finish, reminding you why they call this an IPA.

Feel - Creamy and light-handed carbonation, gentle, medium-heavy feel on body but hopping helps to keep it from being cloying. Appropriate feel for the style.

Overall - I find myself wishing the taste was as intriguing as the nose, and I can't help but feel like the assertive hops end up stomping out subtleties in the taste much more than they compliment and add complexity. This beer isn't bad by any stretch, but definitely feels disjointed to me, especially for an IPA. It strikes me more as an American Strong Ale, a la Arrogant Bastard, just wayyy less Arrogant (and less tasty).

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Photo of Snooprobirob
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Hopzeit Autumn IPA from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 390 ratings