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Review of New Albanian Hoptimus

21 Nov
For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Hoptimus brewed by the New Albanian Brewing Company located in New Albany, Indiana. 

I have yet to try a beer from this brewery and I’m really looking forward to it since New Albany is not too far from where I live, so even though it’s in another state, I still consider it local. 

Let’s see what the website, newalbanian.com, has to say about this brew.

“Vicariously” is for rank amateurs and subpar international lagers, because Hoptimus lives vivaciously through itself, and is best consumed in the prime of youth, when its bold hop character is at its snarkiest and most blatantly unrepentant

Ok.  Let’s give it a try.

This brew has an ABV of 10.7% and it comes in a 22 oz. bomber.

The Hoptimus poured a clear, amber to copper color with burnt orange highlights showing through at the bottom.  The head was off white/light tan in color, very smooth, creamy, full, soft and of good size.  The crown really stuck around for a good long while.  The lacing looked awesome.  It was very thick and chunky on the sides of the glass.  The head finally settled to a thick, creamy film on top of the liquid.  Man, it looked good.  

The nose consisted of some very earthy smelling hops and rich caramel malts.  Hints of toasted wheat bread and butter continued to help distinguish this beer as “herbal”.  I did notice that it smelled a slight bit musty, however after it warmed a bit, fruity tones of apricot, over-ripened apples and very, very minor peach notes helped create a more pleasant bouquet.

The taste brought forth more of the caramel sweetness.  Savors of toffee were noticed also.  Like the smell, the taste was very earthy and herbal.  Toasted bread crusts along with a candied, caramel apple distinction made for a pleasing drink.  I didn’t think the hops were overbearing, however there was no denying the forceful bitterness that accompanied the flavor (100 IBU’s!!!).  I was expecting more of the citric hops, but didn’t find any.  Oddly enough, at 10.7% ABV, I found no traces of alcohol.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied, very smooth and creamy.  It had some bite, but very little alcohol warmth.  It seemed very dry and chewy also.  Plenty of flavor was left behind on the palate for me to enjoy between sips.  Very nice.

I think we have a pretty good beer here.  It’s not quite the citric hop bomb that one would typically expect to find in a DIPA/Imperial IPA, but rather it is much more malt foreword.  Also, I wouldn’t say that it’s as good as some others of this style that I’ve tried , but it was still a very enjoyable and easy drink that’s worth a try in my opinion.  I would have no problem sitting down with the Hoptimus again that’s for sure.  I’m looking forward to trying more brews from New Albanian in the future and I would love to hear what you guys think of them if you have had the opportunity to sample their products.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  Be sure to look me up on Twitter (@BeerApprentice or @shrews824) and Google+ (Scott Shrewsberry) if you would like to discuss craft beer a little more.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.8 out of 5
Grade:  B+  

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Posted by on November 21, 2011 in Country: USA, New Albanian

 

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