Ale Mucho Hoppo - Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

48 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: Tone on 08-02-2011

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: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 22
Reviews by estlinska:
Photo of estlinska
3.59/5  rDev -7%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #69 (October 2012):

Brewers boasting about their IPA having 100 IBUs is like a strongman competition, it does not matter how big they look … it all comes down to if they can deliver or not. Our palates did get slammed with hops but even with the heavy hopping here there is some balance add the mellow 9% abv and it ends up being pretty damn drinkable. Ale Mucho Hoppo delivers!

STYLE: American Double IPA
ABV: 9.0%
AVAILABILITY: Rotating

LOOK: Hazed dark amber, impressive showing of lace

SMELL: Grapefruit rind, lemongrass, peppercorns, passion fruit, evergreen, floral, catty, mild tobacco, estery, pineapple, caramel

TASTE: Very smooth, biscuity, growing hop bitterness, semi-pungent, fresh grass, peppery, alcohol, minty, juicy, yeast, grapefruit pith, blood orange pulp, lingering hop bitterness, dry finish

Photo of plfahey
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Gorgeous red-amber color with a pretty good clarity. Tall beige-yellow head has good retention and shows great lacing.

Aroma-Big juicy hops up front-pine sap and spicy, sticky resin are the primary aromas i get, with some orange, tangerine rind, and lemon citrus to back it up. Some tropical fruit esters and alcohols, and a thick caramel backbone with hints of toast.

Flavor-Caramel and tropical fruit up front, before super citrus, orangey hop flavor kicks in in the mid-palate. Next comes the substantial hop bitterness, and with it some piney/resiny hop flavors. Finish is moderately bitter with pungent hops and a dank, tangerine rind flavor in the background.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Bitterness initially coats the palate, but doesn't numb the tongue. Very low alcohol warmth hints at the high alcohol content.

I fantastic DIPA from one of my favorite Missouri breweries-the aroma and flavor have got a lot of hop power going on, and the alcohol is hard to find until it smacks you upside the head. A winner in my book.

Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Photo of GRG1313
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to phaleslu for this bottle. Served in a snifter.

Pours a medium copper color with a three-finger off-white head and quite a bit of sticky lacing on the way down. The nose starts off with some notes of citrus and pine. A bit of a light floral element to it as well. A bit of bready malt; slight amber presence. The flavor shows why the color is as it is -- this has a fairly strong resemblance to a hoppy amber. There's a bit of bread crust, caramel, and mild sweetness to go with the hops. Medium body with a semi-dry finish and nice bitterness. Well made.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a deep copper tone with two fingers of beige head on top.

This has a hoppy aroma of bright citrus along with pine and a hint of floral notes.

Bitter hops upfront along with a maltier bite than expected. With cracker and toasted malts in play.

Medium to full bodied with average carbonation.

This is a pretty decent IPA from the folks at Charleville but I had really hoped for a more juicy citrus hops factor.

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Tone
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark copper color. 5/4 inch head of an off- white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, strong citrus hops, slight floral hops, alcohol, slight yeast, and hint of earthy malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong citrus hops, slight floral hops, sweet malt, slight yeast, alcohol, hint of earthy malt. Overall, good appearance, feel, blend, and body.

Photo of DCon
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

Photo of zeff80
4.09/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of stxSS07
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of Domingo
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wilkins44 for this gem. It's always nice to get a local item you'd ordinarily never stumble upon.
Pours a dark burnt orange that is nearly brown. Lots of haze from the tons of hop oils and a little bit of suspended yeast.
The nose and flavor profiles match pretty much 1 to 1. Big juicy hops lend tropical fruit notes to a malt profile that stands up to the challenge. Peaches, mango, and pineapple cross paths with pine and citrus zest.
At 9% ABV, there's no heat at all, and I found this more than stood up to some moderately spicy tacos.
When my glass was done, I went hunting for a similar beer that could keep up with what I'd just had, and I didn't have one!
Reminds me quite a bit of some efforts like Maharaja and Dreadnaught, which is quite the compliment.
An excellent DIPA that I'd love to try again. These guys definitely know what they're doing.

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a very nice, three-fingered head; excellent retention and curtains of lace

Smell: Mucho grapefruit on the nose; top drawer aromatics

Taste: The 100 IBUs are front and center, with grapefruit pith and pine dominant, along with a pomelo character; underneath, there is a hint of sugary malt but the hops are so dominant that it hardly matters; balsa wood in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: After two strikeouts with the Oatmeal Stout and the Explicit APA, Charleville redeems itself on the third bottle with this one; not my favorite hop flavor profile in a DIPA, but I like the way the malts stay in the background and allow the hops to make their statement

Photo of mtlasley
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of paxchristi
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: bright hazy orange with 1 1/2 finger of head. Beautiful lacing and curtains. Pours a great looking beer. Head recedes but ever so gently.

Smell: Floral and citrusy notes along with some pine and earthy notes-- a bit grassy perhaps? And, of course, very well hopped-- I can smell them all over the nose.

Taste: This is why I respect this beer so much. The earthier and sweeter tones balance very well with the intensity of the hops (100IBUs). That is a mountain to balance and I think that Charleville does a fantastic job of this. There is some definite sweet malt in there. SO much so that they are able to hide over 9% alcohol without a trace of booze.

Mouthfeel: Good even carbonation. My bitter taste buds do not fight my sweeter taste buds for superiority. Better than medium bodied but definitely less than full bodied.

Overall: I think this is one of Charleville's best efforts to date. I could drink this beer all night long-- though I suspect that would be dangerous because of how well hidden its alcohol content is. I will seek this out again most definitely. Charleville is a strong brewery that is definitely coming of age. This improvement shows that they have raised their game again.

Photo of rudzud
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of beerswamie
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had a few bottles of this and had it on cask.

Appearance is that great hazy orange amber you expect from a DIPA.

Smell is great the hops are just bursting out of this, very floral and not too grassy to me.

Taste is extremely good, I am feeling this is the best Missouri DIPA produced.

Mouthfeel is nice and chewy, what you expect from a higher ABV beer.

Overall while I did not join the Box of Chocolate hype I think this is a finer beer than that and it is just as limited. Try and get a bottle of it, woth the time.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Bells Tulip glass.

A- Huge four finger frothy off white head dissipates really slowly, sticks to the side of the glass, nice lacing, dark burnt orange color.
S- Really nice aroma, big citrus and grapefruit upfront, peach, pine, sweet fruity aroma.
T- Not bad, nice sweet bitterness upfront, citrus, grapefruit, slight malt presence which works well with this beer, nice bitter finish.
M- Medium mouth feel well carbonated, smooth drinking, dry bitter finish.
O- I would have to say I’m pretty impressed with this beer, very enjoyable and easy drinking for being 9% alc.

Photo of StLThrash
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into my Schlafly tulip.

A - Hazy orange with nice 1 1/2 finger head. Left slight lacing.

S - Very nice with floral and citrus notes along some pine / grass. Nicely hopped and very reminiscent of a good DIPA.

T & M - Same as the nose. Nicely balanced with up front hops and some good, sweet, bready malt backbone. Feel that the 9% alcohol is nicely hidden. Medium bodied and carbonated.

Overall - This in no way is in the class of Myrcenary or Pliny, etc... but a solid effort from Charleville. Have waited since the StL Microfest when they had it on tap to be able to try this in the bottle. Wasn't disappointed.

Photo of CaptCleveland
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of abrand
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into snifter. No bottled date is seen

Pours a very nice bright orange color with a huge pillowy head that lines the glass nicely. Great looking pour. Smells of citrus fruits, herbal notes and lots of hops. I love the smell of this. Taste is spot on. Nice smoothness up front with plenty of fruits and earthy notes followed by a big hop punch that is standard for this style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall I love this. Will look in the future for it on tap but a very good DIPA.

Ale Mucho Hoppo from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
86 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.