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.

Added by jhartley on 05-10-2016

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

i love the idea of seasonal ipas, and nobody really does them better than deschutes right now. this is sort of built like an octoberfest, a classic marzen lager in the grain base, notes of caramel and toffee and german heritage, but the hops are aggressive, way beyond what you would find in a an octoberfest, although they still have a european complexion, spicy and intense, but all in the finish and all quite vegetal, autumnal as well. this does an awesome job of setting the fall mood, sweet enough to be comforting in crisp fall evenings, but hoppy enough to conjure up memories of wet hop seasonals of years past that they have done, and without too much bitterness. smooth body and a little stronger than many. i usually dont care for much sweeter fuller malt in my hoppy beer, but i am inspired by the design of this one and very much appreciate what it is trying to establish. this is the time of year when i like deschutes the most, the dark ones finally have a seasonal context, their wet hop beers are second to none, and new ones like this show great awareness of seasonal change and are always creative and well done. this is worth grabbing a few sixers of for the chilly nights. great fusion of styles that i had not seen done before!

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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

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

Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, part of the six-packs that they arrived in around here a short while ago. Nice mashing of old and new world styles, I gotta say!

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly creamy beige head, which leaves a bit of bonsai tree forest lace around the glass as it lazily settles.

It smells of crackery and biscuity pale malt, a minor caramel sweetness, white and black pepper mill dust, muddled tropical fruit notes, and more floral, leafy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, a still heady mixed peppercorn spiciness, more unnameable tropical fruit esters, some subtle earthy yeastiness, and a steady leafy, weedy, and herbal hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its mostly just supportive frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and more or less smooth, just a wee bit of hop astringency taking things down a peg here. It finishes trending dry, the generic forest floor bitterness starting to assert itself over the still relevant Teutonic malt.

Overall, this seemed for the longest time to be just a well-made, American take on the Oktoberfest style, with a surprisingly tame West Coast hop treatment. However, after a spell, the hops eventually came out to frolic, but still in a manner that would make this a hearty (but hardly overbearing) autumn chill warmer.

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Photo of superspak
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/2/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of strawberry, peach, apricot, pineapple, mango, honeydew melon, lemon/orange zest, peppercorn, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of strawberry, peach, apricot, pineapple, mango, honeydew melon, lemon/orange zest, peppercorn, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Large amount of pine/herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of strawberry, peach, apricot, pineapple, mango, melon, citrus rind, peppercorn, pine, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a solid malt/bitterness balance, and a fair amount of lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness, that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is good. Minimal warming alcohol as expected of 7%. Overall this is a good and unique IPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink despite the aggressive bitterness. There wasn’t as much malt being showcased as I expected(especially with the Marzen influenced labeling); and I wish it wasn’t as astringent on the hop bitterness; but it was still nicely enjoyable overall.

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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 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 zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boone757
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear medium to dark copper-ish amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate golden yellow + burnt orange + and garnet red colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy very light beige head that slowly reduces to a large patch of cream medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted, caramel, and bready malts with only a very light amount of caramel sweetness. Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of herbal, floral, and citrus/grapefruit pith hops with a light aroma of piney hops.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of toasted, caramel, and bready malts with a light presence of nutty malts and a slightly heavier than light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of herbal, floral, and citrus/grapefruit pith hops with a light flavor of piney hops which contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness which fades away fairly quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Wasn't sure what I was expecting when I bought this beer - a slightly deconstructed/re-constructed Märzen with a change in the ratio of the ingredients and using more modern hops to give it some IPA influences. Still not sure what I think about this as a style. Drinks fairly easily with decently well hidden alcohol.

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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 NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deschutes Brewery "Hopzeit Autumn IPA"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY: 11/30/17..." and sampled on 09/07/17
$2 @ Wegmans, Collegeville, PA

Notes via stream of conscious: I poured this beer and then got distracted, and there's still a short head of creamy off-white foam over its clear deep copper body. There's also some nice spotty lacing where the head had been. I've never had a Märzen inspired IPA so I'm curious. I can guess what it'll be like but let's see. I get mainly caramelish malt in the nose although there are some hops in there. It's floral and herbal but there's also a hint of pine. It's a little unusual but it's an interesting twist. The flavor follows. It's got a bready, caramelish, and lightly toasty malt to it, and then some fruitiness that's not readily identified (maybe apple, orange, and peach), and then bitterness and some pine and herbs in the dry and spicy finish. Were there spicy hops in the aroma? Perhaps, yes. It's solidly bitter, and perhaps a bit too much as it lingers with a fair strength for seemingly way too long in the finish. It's not bad but it's not great. It's an interesting idea though. Medium bodied and gently crisp.

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

The damn ragweed this time a year takes away from my drinkin of the good stuff...it's a damn shame.Anyways Iam braving it today.Pours into an impy nonic a deep rich burnt orange with a full one finger off white head that sticks like glue to the glass as it settles into a frothy mass.A mix of piney hops and caramel/nutty malts in the nose,a nice combo.Slightly toasty with caramel malts really standing out upfront on the palate,some mild astringency going on it gets on the drier side in the back end,almost a saline-like edge to it.A solid beer but the flavors are a little awkward for me.

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Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
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 WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My neighbor shared a bottle of this tasty treat whilst prepping for Game 1 of World Series between Cubs and Tribe. The scent has some hop flavor...pine leaning. The taste is nicely balanced and easy to drink. There is a nice slightly sweet malt base with pine like hop on top. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
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 BEER88
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not sure i would call this an ipa but it was descent for a german style beer.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle on November 3, 2016. Best by 12/02/16. Look is copper amber with a thick white head and lingering lacing. Smell and taste is fruit, herb and spice with caramel malts. Feel is smooth and creamy.

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Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent copperwith 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Sheets of lacing & good head retention

S: Bready, grassiness

T: Pears, breadyness, grassy bitterness & a little toastyness up front. Dryness & toastyness as this warms, woody hops also. Finishes dry , with woody bitterness & toastyness

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, good balance

Drinks easy enough, would rated this higher if presented as a Marzen

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

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