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Island Hoppin' IPA - St. John Brewers

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Island Hoppin' IPAIsland Hoppin' IPA

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Virgin Islands (U.S.)

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mikey711 on 11-15-2009

53 IBU
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Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 26
Reviews by Risser09:
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2.78/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a white wine glass - fridge temp - best by july 2011

Appearance: Pours a nice, slightly hazy orange and red color. The head is 1.5" tall, ivory in color and shows great retention.

Smell: Mostly a malty aroma. Crystal malts add a significant sweet aroma of brown sugar. Some hop aroma of citrus and vegetation.

Taste: The beer gets a little sloppy here. There is a distinct bitterness, but it turns into a dry, off-putting mess from the mid palate into the finish. It is astringent. The flavor comes mostly from the malt, which gives off that cereal and sugar flavor.

Mouthfeel: Bitter astringency that is not pleasant. Medium body, some alcohol burn with a bitter finish.

Drinkability: More emphasis should be had on the flavor.aroma hops rather than the bittering ones. This beer has promise, but needs tweaking. I would drink it though if I were stuck on a cruise ship, loaded with BMC products.

More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of helmdog525
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of bishopdc0
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my allagash tulip. The color is amber with a nice head forming.

The aroma malty upfront but the pine hops come to the front. Hints of biscuit and caremel malts come through.

The taste is citrus and acidic up front. The malts come next with a sweet biscuit and finishes with a large dose of carbonation.

This beer is not bad but not teally an ipa

Photo of sgn4779
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Beer21
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of DarrellK
4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ryanm1
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was purchased at the Shipyard Brewery in Maine a couple of months ago. It was poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Slight sweet smell, with hints of fruits. Not much head on this beer and moderately carbonated. No bubbles appearing from the glass. Nothing standout about this beer. The after taste is hoppy of course, which accompanies all IPAs. Simply average.

Photo of whitekiboko
2/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear copper color with amber hues and a nice off-white head.

S- There is a lot of malt in the aroma, much more than most IPAs. The aroma consists of malt, rich caramel and some citrusy hops.

T- The taste like the aroma features a lot more malt than I am accustomed to expecting from most IPAs, with some caramel and a dose of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- This is definitely a different take on an IPA. It is a lot sweeter and maltier than the typical IPA. I did however enjoy it. Worth a try.

Photo of mikey711
2.81/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

First, I have spent plenty of time down in the Virgin Islands and am very familiar with the St. John brewers. I was very excited to try this beer...

A: It is a slightly cloudy amber with almost no head. Only a fine layer of filmy white head sits atop this brew leaving a decent amount of lace.

S: Light soapy hop aroma with a very prevalent caramel malty sweetness. I have to ask, where are the hops?

T: Again where are the hops? There is a bit of soapiness that leads into a rather heavy caramel and toffee flavor before a finishing bitter hop note. Really just lacked a blance between the bitterness and sweetness leaning way more towards the sweet side.

M: Decent amount of body and while the flavors are full it lacked creaminess.

D: I did not really think this one drinked all that well. In fact I did not think this beer was an IPA at all, almost closer to a bock in terms of the sweetness

Photo of puboflyons
3.44/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with the date notched at October 2013. Sampled on January 11, 2013.

This version is brewed in Portland, Maine USA by Shipyard. I cannot help but to wonder whether this listing should be under the Shipyard Brewing family of beers.

Anyway, the pour is medium amber-copper with good clarity and a slight head that lingers.

The aroma is bready with earthy hops tickling the nose and a kind of butterscotch note.

The body is smooth and about medium. That isn't too bad.

The taste is subtle overall with pale malts and bitter hops downplayed. There is a slight citris zing that lingers at the end.

Photo of MooseBoose
4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of Saltybeard
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Jonbw
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into pint glass at the brewery. Pours a brownish orange not much head. Sharp piney hop aroma with lots of malts in there. Taste is very piney hop...pretty bitter, with lots of bready malts. Its a good balance and typical of an English IPA, but seems to be lacking in drinkability. Its hard to put a few of them back - maybe its heavy or too bitter...I cant place it; but its not bad, just not amazing. In an ocean of IPAs this one doesnt stand out...except when you are the only one brewed on an island. Worth having while on vacation there, but I wouldnt seek it out here on the main land.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JCC78
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of shand
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.

This brew pours a nice hazy light copper color. The head is only about a finger and a half worth, but it retains and laces nicely. The smell is nice, it's got a nice balance between hops and malts on the nose with a decent amount of citrus present as well. Nothing amazing, but good enough. The taste is much more tilted to the malt side than the average IPA. Some grainy caramel malts take hold right away, with hops and citrus struggling to get through. Some of the hops do finally break through for a nice drying finish. I mean, it's not bad tasting at all, but it's nothing special either. Perfectly average.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are pretty good, it's lightly carbonated and lighter-bodied, it goes down quite well. This is just very much a middle-of-the-road IPA. It's best aspects are how drinkable and thirst-quenching it is, but it's nothing to pick up looking for an intense IPA flavor. I liked it well enough to finish my glass, but likely won't be back. Perfectly average.

Photo of NateF90
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tap to shaker glass at the St. John Brewing Taproom on 6/5/11
*From notes

A: Golden, light and rustic amber. A good 1.25 finger head and minimal lacing.

S: A bit of tropical juice, though the overwhelming profile here is the malty base.

T: The lightly toasted malt is the foundation upon which the beer is built. The slightly juicy hop oil arrives on the late fore to mid, and the finish is fairly bitter.

M: Godo body here. It's crisp, smooth and easy drinking. Considering the tropical conditions, this is the perfect IPA.

O: I can't speak for those drinking this outside of St. John's tasting room, but while sitting there in 90 degree tropical heat, this Island Hoppin' IPA hit the spot. It's more of an English style IPA, but none the less I really enjoyed it, and can't wait to kick back with another one the next time I'm in St. John.

Photo of gungoat
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish amber color, very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts with a good burst of piney hops bitterness that is quickly followed by a strong citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is on the thin side for the style. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, there are better IPA's out there, but this is still a solid beer to drink for a while.

Photo of Mdez
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm assessing this from memory from my vacation last week in the Virgin Islands. Tried this because the alternatives were completely unacceptable. I made the right choice.

A - It looked fine with a hazy orangish tinge. In retrospect, it promised more than it delivered. However, almost no head at all.

S - After wondering how this beer I'd never heard of was going to taste, I was again pleasantly surprised; smeelled fine; nothing memorable, but nothing offensive, either.

T - Initially tasted like an above-average IPA, but as the taste lingered, the bitterness crept-up and somewhat ambushed the initial flavor.

M - Average; not terribly smooth, but the experience wasn't bad at all.

D - I could drink a few of these at a time, but that probably had a lot to do with having it with fried shrimp & fries at a beach bar on St John's, USVI.

I was pleasantly surprised that this was a pretty decent beer, but it's by no means a great IPA. I think this might have been the best beer that was offered at several of the places I went to in the islands.

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Island Hoppin' IPA from St. John Brewers
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