Hopzeit Autumn IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
270
Reviews:
80
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
7.92%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
53
For Trade:
0
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Photo of ToddSoonerFan
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kitekid
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KMillard
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
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 imbibehour
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Best before November 17th 2017.

Beaming bronze copper body color, with excellent clarity, and visible fine streaming of carbonation. Off white, to a hint of khaki color for the head, with soapy and thick three finger retention. Whipped and fine creamy top and island puck, fillled with loads of pill and sheet like lacing. Great looking beer.

Neat aroma. The marzen IPA goes for a mix of good caramel and slightly tea like hops. Hits a bit leafy green in smell for the hop angle, but some faint herbal soft sweetness makes an appearance on the nose too. An interesting odd duck, almost seems slightly English in character. Good and solid, but not great.

Very nice tasting palate. Slightly herbal juiced front, but gets taken down by nice caramel and light toasty malts. Fruity sensing a bit in quality from the ale yeast, mixing with a solid simple malt backbone. Slight touch of phenolic spicy and clove like herbs on the finish, even almost in a sharp nutmeg like quality.

Interesting take, makes for a neat Fall beer. However, the competing styles seem to fight a little than compliment at times.

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Photo of KAP1356
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dokhollidai
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8/27/17 bottle

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Photo of avisong
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trdtercel92
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of evanschaaf
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This one is a tough one to rate because it looks, smells, and tastes almost nothing like an IPA, yet is tasty and remarkably easy to drink. Recommended, but not for hopheads

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Photo of Brolo75
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a copper, burnt orange color with a white creamy full head, lots of lacing and retention, good amount of carbonation.

A: Subtle aromas of spice, earthy, and herbal notes, toffee, caramel, light aromas of toasted brown sugar.

T: Lots of spice and herbal notes with a touch of light citrus hop notes, moderate amount of bitterness with lemon lingering in the aftertaste, the lemon peel overwhelms the spice and herbal notes.

M: Medium bodied with a very dry finish.

O: It tastes like a marzen but with a lemon peel bitterness, not as smooth, but the hops may fade overtime allowing for the caramel and toffee notes to come forward.

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Photo of Redman414
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of baklo
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of teromous
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the label: "BEST BY: 11/17/17 0021 9"

Appearance: The body is nice and clear with a beautiful body of orange, red, and brown. The head is thick, fluffy, and creamy textured with a white color. It has great lacing and head retention. It looks fantastic and picture-worthy in the glass.

Aroma: It has a light, flowery, slightly grassy aroma. It doesn't smell any better or worse than a standard Märzen. As an IPA is pretty light on aroma.

Taste: It has a nice clean grain flavor and a nice, light, floral hop flavor. If anything it is more akin to a pale ale than an IPA. The flavors are great but it really just tastes like a full-flavored and well made Märzen.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium-light with an edge closer to the light. The beer has a very light bitterness and it is both crisp and clean.

Overall: First of all this beer is labeled as a "Traditional Märzenbier inspired India Pale Ale." It really doesn't taste like an IPA at all but the grain and hop flavors are fantastic. The beer is very clean and easy to drink. I wouldn't recommend it to a person looking for an IPA but I would absolutely drink it again based on its own merit, and I would highly recommend it to those who love flavorful Märzenbiers.

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Photo of briandschorr
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I got this as a sample from one of my vendors today. He described it as an IPA married to an Octoberfest. Well, that's somewhat true for me. The color is a fairly clear copper with a finger of slowly fading white head with decent lacing. The nose was interesting. You get malt, hops, and grapefruit. The taste was not quite Octoberfest for me but more IPA, which I am learning to appreciate more. I found a raisin sweetness and caramel. That was a weaker element as compared with the stronger citric pine notes along with a bitter hoppy aftertaste. The feel is that of light carbonation with a heavier body. Not great, but overall an interesting beer that IPA fans would probably like.

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 Nephilium
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
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 cwkash
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dustin22martin
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brocktune
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Redneckwine
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
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 BeerAndFilm
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SamuelMiller
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hopzeit Autumn IPA from Deschutes Brewery
3.79 out of 5 based on 270 ratings.
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