Hopzeit Autumn IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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Hopzeit Autumn IPAHopzeit Autumn IPA
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3.8/5
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370 Ratings
Hopzeit Autumn IPAHopzeit Autumn IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

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.

Added by jhartley on 05-10-2016

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Ranking:
#20,765
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
370
pDev:
8.42%
 
 
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Photo of LetsgoAs9
2.74/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of cabage99
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of clager
2.84/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of justintcoons
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance
Amber with 2 fingers of pillowy head. Good clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Caramel, brown bread, toffee, lemongrass, cantaloupe, and grapefruit zest.

Taste
Munich malts, caramel, toffee, and brown bread. Perfumey florals, mint, and pine resin. Grapefruit zest and overripe cantaloupe.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, crisp, dry, and bitter.

Overall
A nice idea, but the flavor profile doesn't work for me.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Did not like the taste of this one.

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Photo of pahldavis
2.92/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle to pint.

A: the body against the light is a hazy deep amber color with a blonde roux and rocky head. big bubbled, sticky lacing...good retention.
S: nose is faint and herbaceous. familiar. this is my fourth beer of the 6-pack and I have to say there is something very similar to Uerige's Alt Sticke.
T: herbaceous. green apple. not necessarily tart apple just green. having a hard time with this one. wish my pork paprikash thats in the oven was done as I feel this would make a great food beer. I guess its a little all over the place. its equally german and american. i keep going back to the Alt Sticke from Uerige. there is a bite and bitterness with those herbs thats just balanced enough with the toasty malt. i've drank a lot of those Ueriges and wondered often how fresh it was. when i drink this beer i'm reminded of that feeling, even though it was just bottled. this beer is tasty and the idea might be better than the execution. theres nothing Marzen about this beer, only the implication. its way more true Sticke than anything.
M: medium mouthfeel. thin in the back.
O: i'm a Deshutes fan and was excited about this beer. i love the idea, and i do like this beer. wish my paprikash was done, then i might have something more to say. overall, i'd drink 4 of them as i've done tonight but probably won't pick up another 6-pack.

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Photo of Miami66
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of yaksurf
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of billbeers
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DOCRW
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Nephilium
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Caramel malt and biscuit are the predominant aroma, pours a slightly hazy amber with a full white head. Slight roasted note in the flavor, with caramel sweetness. This fades to a mild earthy bitter finish. It winds up coming across as a slightly overhopped marzen, which is a style that I'm not a big fan of. Full body, and decent mouthfeel. It's an interesting attempt to straddle two styles, but I don't think this beer really serves fans of either.

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Photo of dertyd
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

C+ (3.10) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of curlybird
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Wonderful looking beer, pours a dark amber with an off white head that recedes slowly and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is a mix of malty caramel and hops. The flavor doesn't work for me, it's an odd taste of an Americanized Oktoberfest beer that is over hopped, too bitter. The carbonation is fine, but overall I'm not happy with it.

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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 Beaver13
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy copper orange with a big rocky off white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet grainy cola malts with some nutty fruit.

The flavor is sweet grainy biscuit malt with some grassy fruity hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an OK malty IPA.

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Photo of firkingroovin
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Oktoberfest IPA is prolly a better name for this beer, it would convey more of what is going on inside methinks. Anyways, pours a color like an oktoberfest should, its light brown/auburn. 1/3" off white head. Aroma isn't really hoppy, leans towards Marzen like sweet malt aromas.

The taste confirms the smell. This leans forward first of all with sweet malt flavors. The hopping is more of an afterthought and seems hardly in the ipa range. This beer does have its own niche though, I can't think of too many new beers under the ipa label that are going hard with notions of balance and sweet malt flavors first. If anything, this would seem more like a German ipa, given its taste and malt centric push.

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Photo of BeerWizard
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
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 brocktune
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of waddellc2
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of KMillard
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This brewery makes very good beers. Thus fall seasonal is strange. That can lead into a new sensation or, most often, a beer to try once. I put this in that category. The malt and hop character are bith watered down and there is an apple citrus ending reminiscent of a British Ale such as Old Speckled Hen. I would retool it and make it into a british style bitter ale. Anyway, try to see if it is your cup of tea.

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Photo of prisdefer
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 370 ratings