RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   IBU: 71   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
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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can8ianben (1538) - 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.

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.

plaugher (475) - 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.

teamrunkle (381) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2016
No head, cloudy, golden. Plenty of hops. Bottle share. Decent beer from Virginia.

ChadPolenz (1804) - 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


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.

solidfunk (8838) - 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.

tsd08460 (1135) - 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

jtclockwork (16444) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2016
Draft - pours yellow white head - nose/taste of citrus, toasty malt, lemon and pine - medium body

culchiem (3929) - Berlin, GERMANY - APR 4, 2016
Bottle from Urban Sprawl. Light caramel with a solid head. Grainy floral aroma. Taste is caramel malt, some light bitterness, fruity finish.

sonnycheeba (5970) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Bottle. Pours amber. Aroma is floral and fruity hops, faint toast, and faint buttery sweetness. Flavor is clean and balanced between malts and hops with faint sweetness and bitterness. Light/medium body.

downender (8584) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2015
On tap at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Ashburn VA. Pale gold with a slight, white, head. Sharp hops, slightly creamy malts, some tangerine fruit and a dryish finish. Fine.

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