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Ale Mucho Hoppo - Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

Ale Mucho HoppoAle Mucho Hoppo

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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 8.59%

Brewed by:
Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Hop Headed and heavy handed with 100 IBU. This Luchador is not known for subtleness. In Fact, it's Ale Mucho. Aggressively Hopped with Chinook, Columbus, Tomahawk and Zeus.

(Beer added by: Tone on 08-02-2011)
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

05-07-2012 12:58:31 | More by FreshZ
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3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of those "holy shit" brews. I had to do one of my rare (these days) full reviews. If this double IPA was made by Russian River, or Cigar City, or Founders or one of the other "big city known breweries" it would be talked about all over the beer sites. This is one of the biggest, most heavy handed and bitter liquids I've ever put into my mouth! I would immediately guess Brew Dog if I had it in a blind tasting!

Pours a clear dark amber orange with a thick and firm white head that is long retained; nice to look at.

Nose is pure IPA with ripe fresh pineapple that gets to a honey quality with some air. Pleasant although not a "fresh" nose - more of a thick honey candy nose.

Mouthfeel is thick, heavy, creamy and very bold. This is a double edged sword since one is hit with such a big flavor profile after a huge mouthfeel that you can be a bit overwhelmed if you're not prepared.

Flavor profile is gigantic, heavy handed pine bitter. And I mean bitter! One of the most heavy pine bitter brews I've tasted - period. I would love this if it had a bright tone or character to it - but it does not. The bitter is huge but heavy and dull, not bright and inviting. Yet, still drinkable and somewhat pleasant when one is hit with the big bitter flavors while taking in the large honeyed nose. There is also a hint of honey and white chocolate underneath all of the pine.

Finish is all huge and long last pine/pine oil bitter.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 04:03:10 | More by GRG1313
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

05-19-2013 01:59:44 | More by alex021224
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

05-18-2013 22:19:03 | More by jono0101
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3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a tulip glass at Big Orange in Little Rock, AR on 5/13/13. Pours a very dense and heavy appearing muddy brown color very much like, well, mud. There was a tall cap of light appearing head the color of white sand. Light penetration was pretty much nothing. The smell was rather less formidable than the bottle would suggest. There is definitely a heavy malt presence of caramel sweetness and warm sugar cookie. The hops are rather subdued with mostly pine and fir resin. There was also some light, non-specific citrus smell, but it was quite in the background. The taste was super malty overall, more so than I would have expected in a DIPA flaunting its hop characteristics. There is strong pine characteristics again and a very clean bitterness with a hefty caramel malt on the front load. It was quite sweet overall. In that malt there was again some citrus flavor hops hanging around, but they really did get lost in the malt of this beer. The mouthfeel was big, heavy, with good carbonation and no sign of the 9% abv. Overall, this beer is decent and drinkable, but lacks the big hops I would look for in a DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2013 20:09:27 | More by estlinska
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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle. Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a cloudy reddish amber with a nice, sudsy half a finger head that fades to a light sudsy halo.

S - Hrm, getting alot of older, almost cardboardy hops here, a bit too sweet and malty.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, too sweet and malty for a double IPA. Older hops and caramel malts, far too unfortunate.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty decent, nice and creamy.

O - Definitely doesnt come across as a west coast style IPA, more like an old school east coast. Not really a fan.

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08-08-2012 18:11:03 | More by rudzud
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3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber with a pinky of cream colored head. Great head retention & lacing, many dregs in thee bottom of the bottle

S: Some woody hops, bready

T: Grapefruit, pineapple, woody hops & some breadyness up front. Big time pineyness, almost to the point of astringency, grapefruit, appricot& breadyness as this warms, plus dryness. Finishes with tropical fruit, woody hops, & grapefruit, plus dryness

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, okay balance, some creamyness

A decent DIPA, but the hops could be a bit better balanced out, some rough edges

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 01:36:36 | More by russpowell
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4/5  rDev +1%

07-06-2012 06:16:10 | More by jaminjohnson
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4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bailey's Range, STL.

A - Poured a hazy, golden amber color with a small, off-white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled strongly of pine with some citrus notes. A touch of maltiness in the aroma.

T - It tasted of pine & resin with some citrusy hop bitterness. Nice toasty flavor with sweet caramel and toffee.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a good DIPA. My favorite Charleville brew so far.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2012 15:48:25 | More by zeff80
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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Lukahn (Reddit) for this one.

Big creamy 1+ finger head fades at a med pace with nice lacing, hazy reddish orange color.

Nose is mostly hops, candied orange, citrus, light tropical fruit, light musty resin, hint passion fruit and tangerine, sweet reddish malts, light booze.

Taste semi sweet with reddish malts, light booze, toasty malts, but mostly hops, bitter earthy candy hops, candied orange, light tangerine, hint resin, spicy slight astringent chewy hops. finish lingers for a long time with lots of spicy chewy hops, light salty and gets astringent, slightly dry but sticky. Chewy like i just chewed on a hop pellet.

Mouth is fuller to med bodied, warming booze, decent carb.

Overall not bad but a bit eh, a bit too astringent, spicy, not quite what I was expecting, more old east coast style.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 12:49:42 | More by jlindros
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3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz pour from 22oz bomber into SA glass.

Clear orange/amber elixir, thin white head lingers, medium amount of lacing.

Aroma of pine, lemon zest, earthy undertones.

Smooth bitterness up front, nice citrus hops, bready malt finish.

A bit undercarbonated with medium body and feel.

My bias on DIPAs comes through on these reviews. I want very little malt. I love the big hops that are cut with just the right amount of malt but leave your buds ringing from each hoppy sip.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 03:09:41 | More by CaptCleveland
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3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've seen Charleville before and I kick myself now for not knowing about this (generally) local brewery. A Facebook post from my favorite bottle shop got me excited to try this brew so here goes:

Appearance: A gorgeous deep orange bursts from the glass. There are reds and ambers inside creating a beautiful melange of colors although I wish it was a bit clearer. It's quite hazy. A slightly off-white head of a finger stands proudly but dissipates quickly.

Smell: Pine and citrus come first. Orange, lemon, lime all come up behind the pine scent. West Coast American hops dominate the aroma. Barely a sign of malt stand here and it makes me just a bit nervous about the flavor. There's also an earthy smell here that I'm taking too.

Taste: Pine up top with slight orange flavors coming next. The hops burn slightly but it's no where near as "burning" as Hoptimum or Double Jack but the hops are might flavorful and incredibly enjoyable. After a few sips, the malt starts to blossom. It's slight but it's full of caramel and breadiness. It's just barely enough to stand with hops and I find myself wanting more.

Mouthfeel: Just like the taste, this DIPA isn't as "full" or "syrupy" as the ones I've enjoyed in the past. The lighter aspect here helps the hops take top form and this is my favorite characteristic in the beer.

Overall: A decent showing from Charleville. The malt bill came across a little weak for my tastes though. I don't know if they've convinced me to take the trip out there but they've convinced me to give them another drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 03:29:24 | More by mtlasley
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

05-28-2012 21:24:20 | More by captainbearcat
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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A- Pours a hazy rust-orange with a 2 finger off-white head. Sheet-type lacing.

S- Strong tropical citrus - grapefruit, mango, pineapple. Balanced very well with a nice earthy note. Really great.

T- More earthy bitterness than the nose. Tropical fruits are a bit subdued, but still present. Malty sweetness plays a bigger role.

M- Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Finishes dry and long with bitterness.

O- Really good DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 04:41:51 | More by stxSS07
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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $7.99 (one of the last 4 available!). Poured from the bright orange labeled bottle w/ a copy of Nacho Libre punching the "Ale Mucho Hoppo" Label into a 0,47l New Belgium Oversized Snifter Glass. Has no bottled on/freshness date.

Aroma- Has a huge citrus hop aroma with much more hop that is tough to narrow down... Definitely is grassy and just punches the nose with hops all the way through. Seems like it will have some sweetness too.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that stays frothy for a long time! Has a amber colored body with tons of cloud within. Thick rings of lacing are left all around the glass. Just great!

Flavor- Has a nice amber start of the tasting and then switches into a high citrus and fruit flavored brew thats covered with hops. Big mango characteristics come out too! Medium-High Hop bitterness. Good all around!

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and a ton of citrus. Wish there was more sweetness though... Very tough to consume.

Overall Impression- Enjoyed MUCH more from the bottle then the first time when I had it from the cask... Not sure how it was so different. Very tough to consume though! Would suggest sharing this with a buddy if you can. Loved the mango and citrus tastes in here and a ton of other attributes. Went from a C- grade to a B+. How wild!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 06:22:27 | More by DCon
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Ale Mucho Hoppo from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
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