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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   IBU: 71   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
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What’s a craft brewery to do when all the “typical” IPA hops are gone? Innovate of course, just like craft breweries always have. Hoptimization uses big, bold, bitter hops to get a clean citrusy flavor you’ll love and the bitter bite that you crave. Step away from typical and try something new.


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4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
can8ianben (1343) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Just awesome, and totally unexpected from this new Virginia brewer. I expected east coast hoppy beer (earthy and more brittish in style) but found it pleasantly californian (citrus, bright, floral). I’d drink this all the time if I lived in Harrisonburg.


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerdedDave (512) - - NOV 20, 2014
amber color; caramel, sweet aroma with floral hop notes; lots of caramel malt flavor; semi-sweet malt base with floral hop note, but not nearly as bitter as I would expect from an IPA

1.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
HopTsing (441) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
From the bottle poured a brownish brew with a white head. Aromas and flavors of malt and hops and some funny unidentifiable flavors.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eberndt (196) - - OCT 12, 2014
Copper color and a piney grassy aroma. Bright white head that dissipates rather quickly. Piney bitter flavor from the hops is there with a bit of lemon flavor in the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (13196) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Draft at the source. Crystal clear golden color, bright white head. Aroma of grass and light pine. Taste is bitter pine, subtle lemon.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (9491) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle... Pours clear and dark amber with a small, wispy, white head. Aromatic standouts are marmalade and fruitcake. Medium-bodied with expired carbonation. The flavor is a well-balanced marriage of caramel-like malts and tannic grapefruit bitterness. Finishes raspy and dry. Bottle courtesy of one very generous ygtbsm94!

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bigbish (552) - California, USA - AUG 11, 2014
A descent, easy drinking IPA. I did’t write down tasting notes, just an overall score.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
devman171 (1047) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle pours highly carbonated orange. Aroma is big fruity melons and citrus, nice. Taste is fruity as well with a bitter bite, solid beer

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Huhzubendah (2650) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 28, 2014
Thanks to RussianDragon for the bottle. The beer is clear and light golden with an inch of white head. Aromas include tangerine, bread dough, light pine. Refreshing and tasty. Citrus character comes through, balanced by a sourdough, yeast character. A hint of melon, finishing with a gentle bitterness. Alcohol masked quite well. A solid brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Idigguns (16) - Davie, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2014
12 oz bottle into a tulip glass, no release date.
Aroma: citrus, pine, resin
Appearance: clear, deep amber with large white head and medium lacing.
Taste: citrus, grapefruit, pine, bread.
Palate: just the right amount of "thick", medium carbonation with a good medium, hoppy finish.
Overall: Nothing remarkable, but not a bad IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RussianDragon (515) - - JUL 20, 2014
Sampled at Vintage Cellar, Blacksburg VA 7.18.14. Pours a clear amber/copper color with white head that settled quickly. Aroma is citrus and grassy hops, and light malt. The aroma is the best thing about this beer - flavor was solid IPA with a bitter grassy finish. Worth trying.


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