Hopzeit Autumn IPA | Deschutes Brewery

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Hopzeit Autumn IPAHopzeit Autumn IPA
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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 Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of einman
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 TheSixthRing
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by date of 12/02/16

Appearance - Pours hazy and copper in color with a sandstone colored, finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds and a fair ring of suds around the edge of the glass. Minimal lacing, with light spotting on the glass.

Smell - Strong, but balanced aroma of hop and malt, exhibiting notes of toasted bread, red apple, spice, floral and herbal qualities, and a hint of citrus.

Taste - More hoppy on the tongue than malty, but exhibiting similar qualities as the nose led on. Hops hit with earthy, spicy and slightly citrusy flavors upfront while the malt character comes through with lightly toasted malt and a hint of caramel. Estery notes of red apple hit mid-taste. The finishes turns decidedly hoppy, with grassy, waxy bitterness and a hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit soggy on the finish, making it feel a bit heavier than it actually is. The kind of delivery you'd expect out of an imperial porter, for example.

Overall - An IPA? I don't think so. A an overzealously hopped marzen/okto? Absolutely. Fair beer, but ultimately I'm not a fan of the hop profile, as it turns too waxy/grassy in the finish for my enjoyment. It's also oddly weighted and not an easy drinker. A rare miss from Deschutes, IMO, and one I will not buy again.

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Photo of dcotom
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 herman77
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cotton_27
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RJLarse
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 12-pack of Hopzeit in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass

Pours a shiny copper color, clear with a thick foamy white head.

Smell is a little sweet malt aroma, light on the fruit aromas.

Tastes like a hopped up amber or red ale. It's OK, but probably more hops than an Autumn ale needs.

Mouthfeel is light but slightly cloying.

Overall a nice brew, but I don't know why they call it an IPA. It's really nothing of the sort. Probably a marketing strategy.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best before December 2nd, 2016.

Copper coloured, billowy head of long lasting foam.

Big floral hop nose with a certain degree of dankness. So strong, I can't
pull any notes out of it.

Nice level of bitterness that's herbal and spicy with the malt showing up....excellent level of bread and caramel. Spicy, bitter, sweet, delicious.

Very smooth mouthfeel, easy drinking. Nice melding of the 2 beer styles.

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Photo of let8it8grow
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JoeLacy
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BirdsandHops
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Floyd_72
4.59/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Again deschutes does not disappoint. A great fall seasonal. Nice quality mouthfeel. Very nice blend of malt and hops. What's awesome about this beer is the alcohol content does not obscure the taste of this beer. Just well balanced gives me the hops I love with sweet bready malts and spices. Love this beer! Will be getting more if I can find it again!

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Photo of Pantalones
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Second-to-last bottle from the six-pack. Best-by date of November 18th, 2016.

The beer pours an orangey amber color, darkening to a more burnt-orange sort of color (kinda like light maple syrup almost) once in the glass. It's mostly clear (just slightly hazy) and has a lot of little rising bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Nice fluffy layer of whitish foam on top which starts to shrink a bit after a couple minutes, leaving some lacing behind as it goes (and a thicker ring around the inside of the glass.) Overall a pretty nice-looking beer.

Smell is very nice as well -- not a pine/citrus hop blast like a lot of the standard American-style IPAs, but there's a nice lemony citrus-type scent along with a bit of spice and some maltiness in the background. Milder than what seems to be the standard for IPAs, but good. The use of German hops and Oktoberfestbier-inspired malts makes it pretty unique among IPAs.

Taste is similar to the smell -- there's lemon, Noble hop spiciness, dark-bready toasty malt and a bit of a balancing bitterness on the end to keep all that darker malt from seeming sweet. The spiciness tends to linger for a while, blending in with a bit of the toasty malt flavor. A bit of a sweetness in the background too, but it's only occasionally noticeable. That leafy bitterness on the back end seems to start to build up a bit more around the halfway point, but that's okay, it works as a "wait, slow down, this is 7% ABV!" kind of thing. Burps are mostly bringing up the malt flavors, which are kind of reminding me of those puffed-wheat cereals when in burp form, oddly enough. Interestingly, I sometimes get the impression of cinnamon when the flavors come together in just the right way.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice -- bubbly, but not in the uncomfortable prickly fizzy sense, more of a soft fizziness. Very easy to drink, especially on that first sip which always ends up being more of a gulp no matter how hard I try to make it just a little sip. Does seem to get a bit different over time, a little rougher around the edges feel-wise, as the foam on top shrinks (at the halfway point it's a thin layer on top, with tons of lacing rings around the edges.) Alcohol is not noticeable at all despite being right at 7% ABV, which seems to be around the point where I find alcohol warming or flavors to start to become noticeable in some beers.

Overall, this is a pretty tasty and interesting beer -- I've actually wondered for a long time what an IPA-style beer with German/Noble hops rather than the standard American citrus/piney hops (or the newer fruity/except-sometimes-onion types) would be like, and it turns out that somebody actually had the same idea and now I'm drinking it. Yet another reason to be glad that Deschutes now has great distribution in my area.

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Photo of wlynch
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dsruble3
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jjd315
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 Justdoit1234
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gatornation
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a glowing copper color with an off white thick head it reveals nice lacing. Smell is malty its Deschutes house malt and yeast (not a fan) some faint pine aroma, nuts and toasted caramel. Taste is the same to much malt and very little hops for an IPA it is a marzen hybrid , it has more malts and nuts/bread than hops. House taste maybe like red chair with more malts and less hops this one was not that good , its brewed well but the brew did not come together in the finish.

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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 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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Hopzeit Autumn IPA from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 387 ratings