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RATINGS: 45   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 (1382) - 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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
conway (1887) - - JAN 17, 2015
Draft. Copper with a white head. Very heavy on sweet malt and honey with some hop bite. Ok.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bigda83 (343) - Jamestown, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2015
Pours a very clear amber and flat looking. Aroma was sweet, couldn’t really pick one thing out. Taste was where I could pick a few things out. Honey was up front for me along with some caramel. I got no hop flavor, but it had a nice bitter bite.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
OlyIPA (13) - - DEC 29, 2014
Too sweet. The hop flavor is overpowered. It's only 7.1%. It is as sweet as an Imperial. I need a solid hop flavor and some bitterness in an IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Maverick34 (2486) - New York, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Draught from pork barrel. Pored a kind of flattish amber some hoppy citrus and malts. OK.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerdedDave (696) - - 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 (448) - 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 (229) - - 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 (14697) - 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 (9954) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Big malt flavors of toffee and bread with a lingering, honey-like sweetness. Too malt forward for the style. Hops were nice, however, adding some earthy, floral and grassy elements. Bitterness was on the mild side.


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