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Hop Nosh IPA - Uinta Brewing Company

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90
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3,464 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,464
Reviews: 571
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 121
Gots: 762 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Beernoisseur on 10-04-2011

Bold and refreshing, this IPA combines an abundance of hops with a smooth malt profile.

82 IBU
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Ratings: 3,464 | Reviews: 571
Reviews by Brenden:
Photo of Brenden
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Notch is a clear bright gold-amber color with a craggy white head on top that's strong enough to leave plenty of lacing in various forms on the glass.
The aroma shows a nice balance between hops and malts with focus on the hoppier side, specifically fresh citrus. Breads come out as well with a little caramel sweetness as some zest comes out along with orange and grapefruit flesh. All said, this smells pretty fresh.
The taste adds more leafy and piney flavors along with the balancing malty sweetness. Sure, the citrus is still there, but it's not as deep as it could be. It's still nice, though. Grassy notes come out through the middle, and It finishes a little on the pithy side.
There's a fluffy sort of lightness on the tongue, but with a good, firm body to it. Carbonation is consistent and makes for a nice, creamy flow. Resins add a little stickiness initially, but it really goes smooth.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Fear4Beer
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I can't say that I really appreciated IPAs until I had this beer. I hate tons of pine and bitters. This beer to me was very drinkable. I LOVED the grapefruit taste and while it did have some bitter bite, it was not nearly as bad as some IPAs that I've had. The IBU rating is about a 82. That is high but to me the grapefruit flavor is so powerful it negates the feeling of massive bitterness. This beer is very hoppy for sure but the malts help to balance things.

BUY THE CANS! Don't buy this in bottles. The cans will prevent skunking and will stay fresher for longer.

While this was the first IPA that I liked. Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' was like this beer but a tad bit toned down. A lot less bitters (64 IBU rating). Check that beer out too!

Photo of poporojo
4.96/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Beautiful light copper / dark orange color. Fantastic hop aroma - balanced and not overwhelmingly bitter, piney, floral, or citrusy. A perfect aroma if there ever was one. Tatse is initially wonderful for hop lovers - more earthy and fruity than piney, then oh-so-slightly bitter towards the end, but more vegetative with citrus and floral undetones. Feel is perfect from my can poured into a slightly chilled pint glass. As close to perfection as I have tasted.

Photo of Pop-Pop1
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden, somewhat of a haze. nice lacing on glass
Smell: grapefruit, toasty
Taste: awesome big hop taste up front but very nicely balanced out with only a slight bitter aftertaste
Mouthfeel: medium body
Overall: Love this beer. It is a very solid IPA and i highly recommend it. I have had it in bottles and cans and for some reason the cans seem to taste even better yet

Photo of BeerHistoryGuy
4.84/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

After having so many IPAs in my day, I often wonder if I'll find one that makes me think, "oh YES!" This one has done that. I'm currently drinking it as I write this, and I'm a happy man.

*It pours dark orange with a nice 1" head and some lacing. I poured mine into a craft-pub glass which I enjoy for American IPAs.
*The smell is fantastic, with a nice hops aroma, balanced with citrus, and a little pine, I think.
*The taste is out of this world. It truly is something to enjoy. The hops are powerful, but like spicy food -- the hops are not the only note and other flavors continually balance the hops. Citrus (I want to say grapefruit and saw that on another review, but I often mess up *which* citrus notes are coming through. It might be a combination of tropical fruits), and malt. I find the balance sublime. The mix of sweet and hops is fantastic, although the aftertaste is fairly bitter -- if you're a hophead, it's wonderful. If you're not, it might be a bit strong.
*It's light to medium bodied.
*Overall: I am really impressed with this. Obviously, the IPA market is crowded, both what is on the shelves and in thousands of breweries, but I will likely look to have this in my fridge on a regular basis. Takes a lot to impress me this much with an IPA, but this is good.

Photo of Beglane
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an exceptional IPA. Very floral and packs a great bitterness punch. Seems higher than the 82 IBU listed, but in a good way. Wicked good

Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 11/16/11.Poured into a standard pint a clear burnt orange with a tight formed 1/2 finger white head atop that settled into a soapy-like mass.Grapefruit aromas along with a bit of fresh cut grass show nice hop complexity,Amarillo-like sharp hop flavors like grapefruit and aspirin (wich I like),along with ha big shot of green herbalness,a caramel malt base does show thru a little.This a damn fine IPA,I admit Iam a little surprised at how well of a job Uinta did here.

Photo of tectactoe
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-golden color, light amber - similar to the yellow color on a stoplight. Mildly hazy with some clarity around the edges; an off-white, eggshell colored head tops this one off, receding to a ring within a few minutes leaving back some nice legging. Hop-heavy nose, full of dense pine resins, dank and oily up and down. Light grapefruit and citrus aromas are secondary to the raw hops and pines. Very faint spice and pepper character to the hops, but not heavy at all.

Pine needles are the first thing that come to mind upon taking a sip; heavy pines, lots of resinous and mildly-pungent hops and hop oils. That light peppery flavor comes out a bit, too, showing the nice range of flavors of the hop profile. Sweet grapefruit, very faint pineapple and pear make up the citrus side of things and provide a touch of sweetness on the back-end. Bitterness is the king here, though, as the bitterness is the most prominent portion of the aftertaste. The aftertaste fades fairly quickly, however, and the beer seems slightly watery at times. I feel like this one could've packed such a bigger punch but it fell just short. Still very tasty, just not living up to its possible potential. Medium body, carbonated heavily.

Not a bad IPA, nice level of pine and pepper spiciness. Not sure I'd ever seek this one out again but I'm glad I tried it.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap in a 20 oz metal "mug club" mug at Ciro's Tavern in Woonsocket, RI.

Pours a clean, clear straw yellow color. Minimal white head with scattered flecks of lacing. Not the most exciting IPA to look at, but it works. Smell is actually quite malty, with sweet malt essences coming to the forefront. There are hops in there too, to be sure, with floral notes of pine and citrus, but the malt is the most noticeable thing. Not that that's a bad thing!

A mild bouquet of floral hops greets the palate. Classic IPA staples grapefruit and citrus rind come through, as well as some other fruit nuances. It's all pretty subdued though, which is odd. Bready malts round out the taste, providing a subtly sweet finish. Bitterness is very tempered. Not at all what I was expecting. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, but with a good body to it, providing a slick feel on the tongue.

I much prefer Uinta's Dubhe but as a stright IPA this one is fine.

Photo of MadScientist
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 6/19/2012

A: A medium amber with an orange hue and excellent clarity. The persistant rocky, white head settles to a thin film but never goes away.

S: Citrusy American hops dominate the aroma at a moderate level with a light alcohol note. The hops have a pleasant grassy character suggesting a decent amount of dry hopping and a light tropical fruit aroma. There is a light malt sweetness with slight caramel notes that ar revealed as it warms. There are also some very low fruit esters, just enough.

T: Hop flavors dominate being mostly citrusy, followed by grassy herbaceous then slight tropical. The strong hops flavors are supported by a moderately-strong hops bitterness and a supportive moderate malt sweetness and a slight caramel flavor. Alcohol is almost as strong as the bitterness and malt but remains soft yet strong, a little more and it would become solventy but it's kept in check.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. There is a medium amount of warmth with this beer along with a slight creaminess. Despite the substantial hop bill this doesn't have any astringency.

O: There is more hops flavor in this beer than almost any beer I've had; it would have been a thing of beauty and wonder if there had been more hops varieties than being so focused on the citrus hops. This is still a solid effort and I will look for other beers from Unita.

Photo of andyfrancis
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear, pale golden mug, with a light trickle of carbonation leading to a near white head. Looks inviting.

Light, piney hops on the nose. Maybe I'm just getting a cold, but it seems less aromatic than most IPAs.

Nice full flavor without being overbearing. Roasted caramel notes leading to a slow mild bitter finish and aftertaste. Almost sessionable for a 7.3% IPA, could be trouble.

Medium bodied, finishes pretty clean.

I know some people who say they like IPAs, but some are too intense for them3. I'd say this one is safe to recommend to those people. I'd definitely have a pint if I saw it somewhere and would probably buy a 6er again, depending on options.

Photo of Beaver13
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is bready malts, some tangy melon and some dank, resiny, piney hops.

The flavor is a little sweet fruit with a big resiny almost charred bitterness. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, a pretty solid IPA. A little more sweet fruit and less char in the flavor to better balance it and a little more body and this would be excellent.

Photo of generallee
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 7.2%.

Appearance: The body is cloudy with a super fine sediment inside a rich amber liquid. This is topped off with a nice tall creamy head which hangs on well and makes tons of sweet lacey patterns on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is full of sweet fruity hop notes. I get notes of peaches, white grapes and some mango.

Taste / Palate: The base malt adds some grainy bready maltiness and some sweetness which props up the fruity hops. The hops bring a full on blast of mango, peach and a touch of white grape up front. This quickly moves on to more bitter notes of citrus rind. It seems to finish quickly but a light pine like hop bitterness creeps back in on the tongue. The palate feels fairly full and we’ll carbonated. This as well as its 7.3% abv makes for a nice slow sipping beverage.

Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11-17-11, yes, nice fresh hoppy IPA.

Pours hazed lighter amber, loose and fluffy of white head, some retention shown, then a loose film, thicker collar and decent low sheeting and spots of lace.

Pungent citric nose, chunks of fresh pineapple and grapefuit come to mind.

Fruity and flavorful. Hopped up and moderatly bitter on the back end AIPA. Easy to drink and enjoy every sip of this one.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle from a six pack picked up for me in DC - cheers daryk77! Love the bottle artwork on this, as I do for all Uinta beers. Very classic. Best before May 2013.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Lovely deep copper caramel, with a half inch of head that recedes into a fine ring. Lacing creeps up the sides of the glass and forms streaks and wisps.

Nose is nicely hopped - leaves, resin, candied grapefruit, orange, and a hint of lemon.

A nice, balanced IPA with a good hop profile and mildly dry finish It took me about three bottles to really get to the heart of this brew - an opportunity the six pack afforded me. Nice bitterness, good resin and hop cone presence, lots of citrus. Drier and more bitter than the nose would suggest. I like this a great deal.

Carbonation right on the money. Smooth, slightly oily feel.

Add this to my list of good quality American IPAs to recommend. I won't seek it out unless I happen to find myself the southwest (I like to stick with local offerings once I've tried them), but it's a damned tasty IPA that is worth trying.

Photo of MikePags
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice hoppy beer, overall citrus flavor makes it rather refreshing. Drank from a bottle I was lucky enough to have bought for me by my wife, which is impressive that she knew to get something decent.

Despite alcohol topping out at 7.2, could be a good six pack beer, but not something that would be good for a full session, at risk of having too much of a good thing

Photo of jondeelee
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Notch IPA opens with a lovely hop aroma, full of pink grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pine resin, dandelion stem, eucalyptus, mint, anise, and pepper, and the potency and variance of these aromas speaks volumes of the care and craft that went into hop selection alone. But an equally nice layer of malts and sugars rests just beneath, bringing syrupy orange, nectarine, berry, and cherry fruit esters, scads of brown sugar, and rising whole wheat dough sprinkled with flour. As a whole, the nose is excellent, showcasing a wide variety of aromas that play well off each other, and while hops do dominate here, they do so in a polite fashion, instead of overpowering everything else.

On the tongue, the beer is of course immediately hoppy, and geared toward the more bitter hop flavors, with pine resin, dandelion stem, and grapefruit rind immediately apparent, and shades of more sugary pink grapefruit just beneath, textured with pepper and mint. The 82 IBUs do bite at the tongue and soft palate, but neatly so. The malts are somewhat more difficult to locate here, overshadowed by the hops, but toast crust and biscuit can still be found, as well as toasted pecan and a few orange and apricot notes. The aftertaste is mainly the more bitter hop notes, with some sugars and breads remaining, and lingers on the tongue for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is very good IPA, but hindered somewhat by the mere strength of the hop flavors, which do tend to dominate the flavor profile, and prove strong enough that in subsequent sips some of the sugary malt flavors are lost altogether, leaving only grapefruit rind and pine resin on the tongue. For hopheads, this will be a sure treat, but a greater sugar content would have balanced the beer.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: brilliant amber under a 1’ white foam cap that produces sheets of lace.
S: woody, earthy hops
T: fruit and citrus up front, with a little sweetness and then by mid-palate it becomes bitter and dries out with a little hop driven astringency, culminating in a long bitter finish. The bitterness is herbal.
M: Clean, medium body and medium low carbonation.
O: A very freshing beer with big hops.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Best before 9/30/13.

Pours a very nice glowing orange color, almost copper. Almost clear. A nice slightly off white head with very good head retention and lacing. Looks as an IPA should.

In the aroma, pine needles, some melon like fruits with a touch of tropical fruit. Some fresh cut grass and as it warms some pine resins come out. Some nice fresh bread aromas balance.

Very nice taste, has this just super fresh doughy bread component that I absolutely love, also adding a nice sweetness. The hops are definatly there as well, lots of dry grapefruit, dry pine. Dry mid palate, but Leaves a sticky, bitter resin on the palate after the sip.

Smooth and easy drinking for me. Carb and mouthfeel are spot on.

Really an enjoyable IPA, I'm glad this is now available in my area and I look forward to trying more of their beers.

Photo of skivtjerry
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beer from my old home of SLC, purchased here in VT! I might have stuck around longer if there were more beers like this there 15 years ago (no, probably not...). Bottle says best by 10/14/13.

A: Light orange, brilliant clarity, medium head fades after a minute or so.

S: Nice but a bit subdued: pine, herbs and a little toasty (Munich?) malt.

T: Some sweet/toasty malt, big pine and herbal hop flavors, a hint of grapefruit rind and mango. Piney bitterness lingers nicely.

M: Near perfect balance of bitterness and malt body. Hints of alcohol get blasted away by the bitter finish.

O: Nearly a world-class IPA; just falls a little short in the aroma department. Tilted more toward hop bitterness rather than flavor and aroma, maybe a slight resemblance to the unjustly derided "East Coast IPA" of 10-12 years ago, but it works well here.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into becker pint glass; clear golden orange with a medium fluffy white head that sticks as a disc of foam leaving delicate lacing. Smell is herbal and piney hops, overtop of subdued crackery malt. Taste has even more pronounced hop flavor; citrus peel, pine and herbal flavors meld, with a good but not strong biscuity malt presence. Alcohol is a bit noticeable at 7.3%, mouthfeel is clean and a bit spiky.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper appearance, a little haze, nice white head, amazing lacing on an ipa, especially considering the amount of hops in this one. One of the nicest looking ipa's out there. Aroma was juicy, mango and pineapple hop aromas. Utah does tropical fruit very well. . .

It continues on the tongue, nice, label says 82 ibu, but none of it is abrasive, its nice, green, lush, like a rain forest and the juiciness of the hops along with that fruity sweetness comes along. Not a ton of caramel, this is a light body, but deliciously paired with the tropical fruit like hop mouthfeel. Bottled on 1/12/12, drinking it right now during the Marquette/UConn game, so its about 5 weeks old and drinking magnificently.

Uinta really has been making strides in their beers, especially the hoppy ones, used to just be a good barleywine, now they have a few ipas to go with it that I'd take anytime.

Towards the end it takes on a little more bitterness, making the ibu count make more sense, but its always enjoyable. Highly recommended.

Photo of Jeffwildcat
4.9/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

First time I had this and I was completely surprised how great this beer is. Very comparable to Pliny...yes it is that good. And for the price...7 a six pack at total wine. Can't beat that. It's a very fresh ipa that has the hints if rosemary, pine, and some Orange peel. You must do yourself a favor and try this if you havnt already....

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first Uinta from Utah, I love the bottle you can get drunk and magnetize it and use it as compass since the glass is etched with cardinal directions. I've already drank half of the six pack and I'm really enjoying it so far, pours a brilliant copper color with slightly off white billowing head, leaves fine speckled lacing. Aroma big dank earthy citrus and a bit of the fine mary jane like resinous cannabis, light biscuit caramel malt backbone just barely present. Flavor upfront big juicy hops, pine, citrus, earthiness resinous flowing notes with a hint of malt in the backend, finishes semi dry I like the hops in this bottle. I will call it an almost west coast IPA, pretty damn good. Incredibly easy to guzzle, the hops don't linger with razor sharp bitterness yet have complex hop notes all day, I really dig the vibe I'm getting here. Resinous medium bodied hop oils glide well across my palate with sturdy carbonation, classic IPA.

Photo of chinchill
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Fat Squirrel pint glass. Bottled on 23 April, 2012 and stored refrigerated most or all of the time since.

Pours a very clear amber with a fairly creamy, eggshell colored head. The head has decent retention and leaves the glass pretty well coated.

A nice fresh hop aroma and flavor, especially given nearly 6 months since bottling. The aftertaste has a nice orange/citrus aspect in addition to the usual grapefruit rind. Aroma gets a bit more earthy with warming.

O: a satisfying, well-crafted, citrusy IPA. Has a higher ABV than usual which is well-hidden in the taste and nose, but mars the mouthfeel.

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Hop Nosh IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
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