Hopgasm - Five Seasons Prado
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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by chinchill:
4/5 rDev -6.5%
Made with 5 hops including Simcoe and Amarillo.
A clear dark amber with a creamy tan head; head has good retention.
Aroma- very hoppy with citrus, floral and pone notes.
T - hidden in the aroma, this IPA has a strong malt base lending a richer and less bitter flavor. Hops still dominate, especially in the nice long-lasting finish.
M - Smooth; (too?) light carbonation
O - despite ample malt, still recommended for hopheads.
05-03-2011 00:38:36 | More by chinchill
More User Reviews:
4.45/5 rDev +4%
I'd heard good things about this beer so I stopped by after picking up some homebrewing supplies at Wine Craft.
Pours a good looking slightly hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head eventually settles into a patchy layer on top. Lacing is pretty sticky.
Smells great. I remember Amarillo mentioned on the blurb, and it definitely comes through with huge amounts of grapefruit. Solid amounts of pine and sweet malt aromas are there as well. The pine aroma seem to come out a bit more as the beer warms.
Tastes very good. Grapefruit and pine flavors are there, but not overpowering. They're backed up by a grainy and robust malt backbone and a solidly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's not quite as thick as I'd hoped but it's very close. Carbonation is good and this one slides down with no problems.
Drinkability is good. I could have a bunch of these, which at 7% (as noted on the whiteboard in the kitchen) isn't a terrible idea, but it's probably not a good one.
Overall this one lived up to my expectations. My favorite beer I've had thus far from 5 Seasons, and this makes me realize that I need to make it up there on a more regular basis.
01-15-2009 22:22:36 | More by glid02
4.4/5 rDev +2.8%
Beautiful pour with a dense, finger width head and a darker amber color. Quite dark for an IPA. Not very bubbly.
The aroma is of caramel and bread with a citrus hop character. The flavor follows with more of a caramel malt base than most IPAs. The hops are there in high quantities, and quite delicious, but this has a richer malty character than most in the style. It had some Scotch or amber ale characteristics. I really enjoyed the flavor and their take on the style. There was still a decent bitter finish however slightly smoothed by the caramel malts.
The mouth feel is medium, slightly syrupy (in a good way). Not overly carbonated at all.
This is an IPA that I really liked. I appreciated the liberties the brewer took with the style despite the contrast to the hop forward IPAs I usually prefer. Serious hop-heads may be a little critical, but perhaps not. A Hopslam it is not, but instead a lovely balanced IPA.
07-07-2011 05:03:00 | More by airheadmtrcycle
4.23/5 rDev -1.2%
On tap and the list stated this one at 7% ABV. Poured a clear golden color with a thick two finger, off white colored heading. Very soapy looking rings left throughout the glass.
Very aromatic with floral notes and tropial fruits (grapefruit,lemon zest) awesome sweet malt backbone.
Extremely sweet tasting,so much that it hurts the fillings. Solid malt billing here at first but overwhelming overpowered by a huge hop kick. This seems like pure hop oil but it does settle to a nice hop bitterness with just a touch of warm alcohol on the breath to finish things up.
Medium bodied and great carbionation, nice bubbley prickness on the tongue with a slight stickiness on the lips.
I've had so many IPA's since my tasting journeybegan, some memborable and some forgettable this on ranks pretty high in my book. Not the best but certainly not the worst.
05-14-2012 01:51:11 | More by TheFightfan1
4.1/5 rDev -4.2%
Hazy copper in appearance with a cream colored head. nice aroma of cirtus and piney hop goodness. Crisp sweet citrus up front, piney hop blast in the middle finishing chalky bitter. Slight nutty malt taste holding all the good hop flavor together. Extremely drinkable and very balanced.
12-23-2008 17:14:48 | More by RustyDiamond
4.08/5 rDev -4.7%
Despite its name and as good as this beer is, I don't believe anyone will reach the ecstacy implied. The key here is the strong grapefruit smelling hop. It dominates the nose and later the palate. The color is a surprisingly dark amber color. Like all of the beers at Five Seasons, this one has a haze to it.
This beer is all about the hop; although it is strong, it doesn't make the beer fall into the "extreme" category. My second favorite of the flight of five.
09-18-2009 21:55:02 | More by smcolw
4.43/5 rDev +3.5%
An excerpt from the brewpub's website reads:
"Hopgasm is brewmaster Kevin McNerney's innaugural release at 5 Seasons. It is a west coast India Pale Ale, bold in every sense. It invites you with a nose far more intriguing than most IPAs. We use five different hops including Simcoe and Amarillo which give an increadibly rich boguet and a pleasurable mouthfeel. It has a solid malt backbone and a sumptuous aftertaste that will make you want multiple Hopgasms."
A richer-than-normal amber stained ale with a lightly rusty haze settles into the glass and builds a dense insulation of ivory foam. Persistant and stubborn, the beer's head also laces firmly leaving well defined rings as the beer falls. A very good looking beer, albeit darker than most.
Sharp scent of pine needles, white grapefruit, earthy grasses, and a touch of tropical pineapple all decorate the nose, above a bready/biscotti malt base that anchors the aromatic profile. Though decidedly focused on the hops, the beer has a roundness to it that provides some semblance of balance.
Malty rich flavors provide the first impression in taste; leading the way are bready/bread crust, barley malt, medium caramel, light toast, and an English-like biscuity character. The malts are not to be overshaddowed without a fight, but the building hops eventually prove surpreme. A mid palate of citrus zest (red and white grapefruit and tangerine), tropical fruit pulp (pineapple and appricot), and with an herbal/grassy component that gives an oddly appealing onion, catty, and marajuana character. If any soft ester is provided through the fruit flavors, they may be enveloped by the plethera of hop-derived fruitiness. Mild alcohols give a slight woody and minty flavor late.
Creamy and full bodied early, the beer's carbonation releases at mid palate for a finish of malty-dry, hoppy-dry character with a long aftertaste of both hops and malt. Richer than most IPAs, especially those from the west coast; this maltier version seems very east coast to me.
09-29-2011 10:52:44 | More by BEERchitect
4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
Pours a copper/amber haze, with a nice thick, frothy head. Definitely a sticky head that sticks around awhile. The smell is exceptional, I love IPAs, but this one seems like superpowered version, in terms of scent. There is a strong grapefruit & pine mix, that must come from the various hops Kevin used in this. These scents transfer to the flavor, as well, not an overdone IPA that blows away your taste buds, just one that maintains a nice mix of the grapefruit and pine, with the bite coming in the aftertaste. Once again, this is not an IPA that is hard to handle, it dangerously easy to drink. I wrote my notes on this one on my first beer, but ended up having a few before going to a show at the Punchline, almost too easily. I certainly laughed hard at the show...
01-19-2009 13:13:24 | More by bhalter8
4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
Appearance: Arrives with a hazy amber color and a rather modest head that still webs the pint glass with lace
Smell: Is this grapefruit juice or beer? Nice and pithy - just superb
Taste: After a very brief flirtation with the biscuit, the hop bill explodes with pithy grapefruit bitterness that only gets accentuated after the swallow; there is, however, enough of a malt backbone to balance out the bitterness; slightly metallic finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate, but prickly, carbonation
Drinkability: Might be a tad too aggressive to be easily consumed, but a very nice IPA nevertheless
02-14-2009 22:53:28 | More by brentk56
4.43/5 rDev +3.5%
After hearing about how great this beer is for a couple months, I finally bucked up and went to the Prado location and decided that, despite some other beers that looked interesting, I needed to give the Hopgasm a chance.
It was fairly dark in the restaurant, so I couldn't get a good idea of the appearance, but man this beer smelled awesome, with some big hop aromas on the nose.
The taste, interestingly, was a LOT more balanced than I thought it would be, which despite my love for hops, was a very pleasant surprise. This allowed me to really sit and enjoy the beer along with my food(Also excellent), as opposed to the hops just wiping out all of my taste buds. Also a pleasant surprise was the relatively low carbonation level to what i expected.
Overall, this beer is incredible. One of the better and more balanced IPAs I have enjoyed in a long while. If you are ever in Atlanta and looking for a great place to enjoy a good meal and a great beer, look no further than 5 seasons
08-27-2011 18:04:04 | More by cacarrigan
4.45/5 rDev +4%
Superb IPA, not just for Atlanta, but overall. Pours a beautiful copper color with a nice head that fades to a thick ring and leaves some excellent lacing. Smells of candied grapefruit and pine. Beautiful balance. The taste is also superb. Nice juicy grapefruit as well as some grapefruit peel followed by somewhat more subtle but long flavors of pine as well as some smooth, sweet malt. Long finish of grapefruit peel and pine. The mouthfeel is very slightly prickly, but overall all the citrus has a quenching effect. Delicious beer, highly recommended.
10-11-2009 23:09:17 | More by Georgiabeer
4.65/5 rDev +8.6%
Oskar Blues should take notes. This is how you use simcoe hops!
A - reddish amber, 3 finger head, leaves lacing all through glass, little carbonation, looks amazing.
S - great citrus smell, pineapple, grape, wine, piney, floral, earthy hops, maybe some apple scents in there as well.
T - amazing! tons of hop flavor, nice malt backbone. perfect balance of all ingredients. this beer is wonderful.
M - very smooth , good carbonation, goes down very easily.
D - cant wait to come back to atlanta and try more from this fine brewpub. I wish they bottled this stuff, it really was excellent, and at 7% abv, does the trick!
04-12-2010 23:13:16 | More by ekardz
4.15/5 rDev -3%
On tap at the brewpub.
Pours a slightly hazy amber with a nice creamy white head that clings to the glass and leaves solid lacing.
Plenty of resiny pine in the nose as well as hints of juicy citrus fruits. The malts are very secondary and hardly noticeable as a faint caramel sweetness in the background.
The taste follows the aroma with a bit of citrus bitterness up front that gives way to the light caramel malt backbone. The pine comes back in the finish and leaves a resiny bitterness after each sip.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky. A solid IPA from 5 Seasons and very drinkable.
05-22-2009 02:21:43 | More by gford217
3.95/5 rDev -7.7%
Pours a beautiful clear gold color with a quickly receding mostly white head. Smells like a west coast hop bomb with tons of c-hops dominating the nose. First sip is almost puckering as the biting citrusy hops rule the malts. Yet there is just enough of a malt backbone to support this very drinkable brew.
04-12-2009 03:06:43 | More by ATLbeerDog
4.1/5 rDev -4.2%
Arrives from the draft to the table in a pint glass. Amber in color with a frothy and creamy white head. Pleanty of lacing and the retention is really quite nice.
Aroma was a very nice and mostly hops. Citrus and piney hops with pine resin and a significant malty caramellness as well. Slight bit of alcohol in the aroma added a bit of sweetness to everything. Nice nose.
Flavor was a bit better than the aroma would lend. Mostly hops in this one. The piney hops hit the tongue and palate first and deliver quite a blow. In the finish, there is a touch of malty sweetness, but the aftertaste is pure hop bitterness. The bitterness lingers but isnt overly astringent.
Really easy drinker at 7%abv. Light to medium body and finishes dry and clean. A really good beer.
09-30-2009 19:39:41 | More by SaCkErZ9
3.95/5 rDev -7.7%
Purchaed on 3/23/12. Reviewed from Notes.
$6 gets you a pint.
(Appearance) Pours a thick froth tan head with thin spotty lacing. Retention is average. Color is a very murky dark amber, almost light brown in spots. Really bold looking IPA. 4
(Smell) Floral and perfume aroma form a delicate hop bouquet over a solid malt backbone. Clean smelling and fresh. Big potency. Nice. 4
(Taste) Spicy hop character with a hint of caramel malt and a touch of rye makes up the majority of this brew. Just flavorful enough without getting too hot in hop flavor. Very nice. 4
(Mouthfeel) Smooth flavor and minor carbonation, good to compliment the Flavors of this brew. A touch more carbonation could do this beer well. 3.5
(Overall) Great intro to what 5 seasons is capable of. I'm looking forward to more from this brewery in the future. 4
04-27-2012 01:50:46 | More by Jadjunk
Hopgasm from Five Seasons Prado
92 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.