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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   IBU: 71   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
can8ianben (1583) - State College, 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.


3.5
chinchill (5339) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2017
12 ounce bottle with a bottling date of Sept. 2017.

Appearance: Pours with a hazy amber body with a semi-durable white head. Ample sticky lacing gets left on the glass.

Aroma: Fruity and floralt notes.

Flavor: Low bitterness for style. The hops create a nice mix of floral, herbal, grassy and fruity notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, soft finish.

3.4
LetsGoState (912) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2017
Aroma is citrus. Taste is a citrusy hop with medium bitterness. Overall really nicely balanced IPA.

3.5
Aggiebob (1322) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - SEP 12, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2017 Bottle. It poured a dark gold with a minimal white head. It was hoppy with citrus and pine notes. It had a nice amount of bitterness.

3.5
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2016
12oz bottle. Large and rocky beige head atop murky amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit/pineapple, light peach. Taste is moderately sweet, pineapple, some grapefruit, berry/peach, some earthy. Medium body, some resin.

3.6
plaugher (491) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2016
Bottle share. Very slightly hazy golden orange pour, some lacing. Nose of orange, floral notes, a bit of grapefruit; slightly sweet flavour, slight bitter finish. Crisp, smooth, medium-bodied ipa, Pretty solid.

3.4
teamrunkle (382) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2016
No head, cloudy, golden. Plenty of hops. Bottle share. Decent beer from Virginia.

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ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 21A American IPA


AROMA: Orange citrus candy or sherbet. A light, clean floral scent. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Pumpkin orange, hazy body with lava lamp effect of sediment floating. CO2 visible. Moderately large, white froth with decent lacing. 3/3

FLAVOR: Moderately high hop flavor, especially of orange fruit. Marketed as 71 IBUs, but seems a little lower. Quite palatable. Bitterness is mostly dry with a faint spicy sensation. Slight orangepeel flavor on the finish. Clean grainy malt provides a light general sweetness for balance. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium+ body; smooth texture; good CO2 level. Smooth and comfortable. Alcohol is noticeable, but subtle. Slightly astringent aftertaste. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Classic, to-spec, West Coast-style IPA all-around. Well made and enjoyable. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 40/50

DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.

3.3
solidfunk (9437) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 20, 2016
Light citrus and pine. Easy to drink though. Orange pour. Light tangy finish. Ok malt backbone. Tap at Piola.

3.9
tsd08460 (1260) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2016
bottle from Total Wine Gainesville

Aroma: citrus, caramel, grass
Appearance: clear golden with a white head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, sticky, average carbonation, bitter finish

Tasty

3.3
jtclockwork (17343) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2016
Draft - pours yellow white head - nose/taste of citrus, toasty malt, lemon and pine - medium body


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