Hop Nosh IPA | Uinta Brewing Company

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Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bold and refreshing, this IPA combines an abundance of hops with a smooth malt profile.

82 IBU

Added by Beernoisseur on 10-04-2011

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 3/14/14. Amber color with a showy off-white pale beige head. Cans!

Juicy fruit hop aroma and sweet hard candy-like malt. Sharp, buzzing grass.

Sharp, grassy citrus, bitter lemon with a slightly floral/oily potpourri finish. A bit heavy on the malt IMO but I'm pretty sensative about that.

While it doesn't have the je ne sais quoi of Sculpin or Lunch it's definately in that 1B IPA tier of Baxter Stowaway and the like. Great stuff.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

With a strong "west coat" attitude, the usually conservative Utah based brewery does the unusual- kicking off with a strong IPA with the hop-forward balance that's highly worthy of the style but also capturing a rustic and simple taste.

As the ale pours, there's really no surprises: its camel-hued body is amber and mildly hazy. As a foamy cap frames the beer, its lace circles the glass with concentric patterns. Its a frothy ale that simply sells its IPA character well.

Bold citrus aromas are of grapefruit, fresh orange zest and fresh-cut grass. As the malt influence grows it allows a thin honey, lightly toasted grain and caramel character to prop up the hops- but the focus squarely relies on the beer's high hop character.

Its taste starts out with graham cracker, light caramel and medium honey sweetness. But that sweet taste proves short-lived as the citrusy middle palate unleashes pink grapefruit, ripe orange and a hint of lemon and leaf. As the ale develops into a dry malt taste, its finish is bitter with citrus pith, pine resin and a sharp grassy note.

Medium-light in body, the ale kicks off with a more moderate sense as the malt sweetness seems to balance. But as the hops take command, the sweetness quickly fades and the hops dry the beer with its acute acidic sense and with its piney and grassy bitterness. Its mild warmth plays delicately on the palate and facilitates its supreme drinkability.

I love how this ale is dry, clean and crisp. But its leafy and grassy taste is a bit too prevalent to celebrate its only moderate citrusy smooth tones. Its an all-day, every-day beer that will find comfort in my glass at any time.

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Photo of cfitterer
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a very unique, well-balanced IPA with a nector-like mouthfeel. It has a strong malt presence with floral forward hops and tropical fruit undertones. Easily in the top 5 beers I've ever had.

Note - This beer is also very affordable at just over $1/beer.

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Photo of ccrida
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draught at The Bier Stein, appearence is orange with a creamy white head leaving thick, tight lace rings.

Smell is pungent, resinous piney hops.

Taste is similar, but not as dank. Fairly malty, cheap 2-row, a little dirty.

Mouthfeel is oily, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty solid. Not great though, an average west coast hop bomb. Overall impression of coarseness...

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Photo of Ohmmygawd
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really really like this IPA. So far this brewery has been one of my big favorites for this year.

A- Clear amber and golden with a good thick head for an IPA.

S- Piney with orange, hints of malts

T- Full taste. Carbonation on the front of the tongue with sweetness on the back. Light bitterness balanced with the sweet. (insert Homer Simpson drool).

M- Clean and refreshing while still leaving a little carbonation feeling on the tongue.

O- From start to finish this beer satisfies and leaves me wanting to try out more beers this company has to offer.

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Photo of Budinetz
4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured vigorously from the bottle into a teku glass.

A- pours an amazing light amber color with a solid, white, 3 inch head. I waited until it subsided and poured over top. The head is so firm that it raised above the rim of the glass about an inch. Gorgeous lacing all around the glass with every sip.

S- smells of biscuity malts, grapefruit/citrus hops.

T- tastes sweet up front on the tongue and finishes a dry, pleasant bitter. Packed with tons of hop flavor, but has a nice full body and delicious malt to balance it out. Lots of flavor in this brew.

M- slightly prickly on the tongue with no ether/alcohol flavor present despite the 7.3% abv. Very well done. No harsh bitterness on the finish. A very pleasant mouthfeel.

O- a solid, drinkable, IPA. Very well balance with hop flavor/bitterness and malt sweetness. One of my favorite IPAs to drink as it is very drinkable dispute the abv.

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Photo of bennyfranksvt
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I went to City Swiggers in the Upper East Side of NYC to find a great local IPA selection. I had never heard of Uinta Brewery, but decided to give an American Brewery's IPA a try. I drank from the 10 oz. bottle and boy was I amazed by the initial smell that this hoppy beer gave off (good reason why the name is Hop Notch). The flavor is comparable to many local IPAs in Vermont and is comparable to a Shed IPA or Otter Creek Hop Session. The color is a soft amber and the mouthfeel is wonderful after a few swooshes.

After trying this wonderful IPA, I am going to peruse the other beers Uinta Brewing Company has to offer. I highly recommend this IPA to any hoppy people out there. Cheers!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from the Lazy Dog
Pours s lightly hazy dark golden color that borders on amber with a huge fluffy whit head that persists for quite a while. Aromas of citrus and pine with some faint green onions and a solid hit of bready caramel malt to back it up. The flavor is actually quite malt forward with lots of sweet bread and rich caramel and toffee notes. Pine, resin, and a bit of green onion flavor provides a bit of balance. Firm hop bitterness. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy and resinous mouthfeel. My can shows a best before 1/25/14 I'm not sure when that means it was bottled, but I found this a bit malty for an IPA. Decent enough and drinkable, but I'd grab something else before this again.

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Photo of Act25
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am a fan of this brewer. Very consistent and well crafted beers - all good so far.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is clear, amber color, with a thick off-white head that fades slowly and leaves many thick laces on the glass, all the way down. 4.25

S: Like best IPAs, the aroma is juicy and fresh, and it contains fruity citrus, floral hops, caramel malts, and a bit of vegetal forest floor. Just want more of it… 4

T: Starts citrus sweet followed by a burst of grassy hops bitterness that lands in jammy and caramel sweetness. Hops are juicy and dominant, and after-taste is hoppy, tingly, balanced. Great finish. 4.25

M: Crisp, smooth, medium body and carbonation, finish is tingly and rich. Great mouth feel. 4

O: Tasty, easy drinking, despite the kick, which is not overt. Up there with some of the best if you like juicy IPAs like Sculpin. 4.25

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Photo of BradT
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose: great nose to this beer, very piney!
Hop: very balanced... Medium bitter ( from the perspective of someone that thinks more hops the better ) yet very piney ( a wee bit floral but very piney)
Thickness: very good ... Not thin yet no where near where you can stand a spoon into it.
Head: no comment... Shared the bottle with my bro... Not enough to make a determination.
Appearance: half way between golden amber

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Photo of santomark
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Deep copper, orangish, nice hues of gold in the light. Great head at 2 finger widths and a wonder retention.

S - Massive hops. Orange, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, pine tree at the finish. At a closer sniff, I get some malts, very nice bread.

T - Very balanced, a nice bitterness, followed by a sweetness of the hops. Definitely can taste some citrus notes like mango, oranges, pineapple and that famous dry hop finish. Very nicely done.

M - Medium to light body, Not syrupy, a bit carbonated though with a nice burning sensation towards the end from the dry hops and carbonation.

O - This is a solid brew for any IPA drinker. IMO, this should be considered a DIPA, the flavor and ABV state the same. Very nice piney notes accompanied by great resin, citrus undertones and dryness make this a good session beer. I will be having this again.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Small to lesser medium sized off white head settles to a quarter inch or less of frothy covering above a clear light caramel copper colored beer.

Light citrus and pine hops aroma just seems to get better as the beer warms a bit.

Fresh pine seems to be coming through more than anything else when drinking this IPA, along but to a lesser degree there is some citrus as well as a fresh cut grass aspect to the taste.

Dry aftertaste that seems to almost pucker the lips and leaves a slight citrus taste behind with this medium bodied beer.

Pretty darn decent IPA, not overwhelming but it has some nice citrus and pine hops characteristics that I like.

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Photo of Birdmarg741
3.24/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light golden orange color. Clear. Small head with minimal retention.

Clear hop smell. Aroma of pine is there, along with grass and pollen, but floral and tropical fruit notes shine through most.

Bitterness is predominant, but annoyingly sweet tropical fruits sweep into the mouthfeel taking over the center of the tongue in an unbalanced way. The aftertaste is heavy sweet, then after a few minutes the expected hop bitterness comes back.

This a pretty standard ipa. Certainly not offensive, but nothing special.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A February 2014 "best by" dated bottle, poured into a tulip glass, consumed over 30 minutes.

The base is a golden orange amber with an even haze that allows a pretty dance of light to pass. A soapy/cakey white head bubbles up, but falls fairly quickly. It leaves patchy bubbles and wispy cap islands with adequate splotchy lacing. Little visible carbonation.

Fruits are forward in the bouquet--pineapple, apricot, and some white grapefruit. Some spruce is evident, but the evergreen is not strong; and certainly not woody or earthy, either, though there is a note of funk. The background is an almost buttery biscuit dusted with brown sugar and a whiff of vanilla.

Orange and grapefruit, with their pith jump up bitterly on entry. A buzz of bubbles sits on the tongue for a second, and once it falls, allows caramel and oily sweetness to replace it while the bitter grabs the sides of the tongue. Then, the overall taste experience shortens up. It's a little grassy towards the end to match scents that emerge more as it warms--never boozy. But the bitter end is chopped off.

High carbonation creates the dominant early texture in the mouth. But hop oils linger on the tongue, too, and fill out a fine medium body. The length of the feel extends beyond the flavor experience.

This is a solid brew. Look and smell are better than the taste, though…and it feels better than the flavor reward. But, it does its job simply. The bitter end begs for food--a nice greasy burger is my suggestion.

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Photo of george1128
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm gonna be honest with the beer world. All of the geeks who say Pliny is the greatest, or heady topper. Hop Notch is the best bang for your buck out of any beer. Go find 35 bucks in your couch cushin and buy a case. Stone or Bells couldn't carry this beers lunch. Unless you live in Vermont this is the king of ipa's. Don't let the generic label fool you. Your drinking Hop Notch your living high class. Peace my beer drinking brothers

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Photo of Abilow33
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Saw this beer at express lane tonight and on a hunch I bought it. The smell of this beer is fantastic. The taste is good going down but the taste lingers long after. This is a fantastic beer that is sold across us. I will defiantly be drinking this beer in the future. It pours nice with a thick head and the color is dark yellow.

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Photo of RichH55
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled. Drank in Lincoln Park - Chicago. Good hop ratio. Enjoyable.

Seemed available in 4-6 packs...not ultra rare.

Went well with Paulina meats. Not the best IPA I've ever had but far from the worst. Would drink again, though would not pick it over a 90 min ipa or the like

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Photo of Jeffwildcat
4.9/5  rDev +22.2%
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....

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Photo of Edward19
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchashed this beer at White Water Pub in Liverpool, NY. This beer is actually called Hop Notch. Very nice IPA. Hoppy and bitter. This beer has full flavor yet you are able to drink a few without getting overwhelmed. I would definitley purchase this beer again.

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Photo of atomicbeer
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Uinta was the bottled craft beer available at the Rio in Vegas. Poured into a juice tumbler (all I had in my hotel room). Slightly hazy gold color with a creamy foamy cap. Some large bubbles. Piney citrus aroma - orange, grapefruit, papaya. Mainly pine in the taste. A rock solid IPA. Enjoyable.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

fairly run of the mill ipa. nothing outstanding about it but nothing off-putting either. has a nice crisp feel and clean finish. rather light bodied.

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Photo of Florida9
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A nice looking beer. Gold in color. Clear. Forms a large, fluffy, and stable head. Good amount lacing.

S: Aroma is okay. Some lighter caramel notes mixed with grassy and herbal hops.

T: Taste is simple, but good. Light sweetness. A touch of caramel. More herbal hops. Maybe a touch of pine, but not much.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Moderate bitterness. Appropriate carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer. A good everyday drinker, but not one I'd bother seeking out.

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Photo of Auraan
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a nice clear amber with a half finger white head that receded to a ring of white and left nice lacing down the glass. It's a good looking American IPA, entirely true to style. Scents of citrus, mostly grapefruit and some pineapple, grassy hops, a bit of floral hops a very faint hint of pine and a bit of caramel malt sweetness. It's a good, standard West Coast IPA scent, very on style for an American IPA. Taste begins with piney hops, some floral hops sustained throughout, moving into some grapefruit pith on the middle of the sip. A nice caramel malt sweentess also balances the bitter hops in the background throughout the sip. Aftertaste is bitter with slight floral notes. As the beer warms the hop profile becomes dominated by grapefruit with slight floral notes. The flavor is like the aroma, very true to style, well crafted and hoppy, a good West Coast American IPA flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a bit drying a finish with a slight alcohol burn. Quite nice, true to style, with maybe a bit more alcohol burn than most American IPAs. Overall this is a very good American IPA, it fits the style perfectly and is just a nice good American IPA. Given it's price this will probably become my go-to IPA.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. can purchased at Franklin's Brewery & General Store in Hyattsville, MD., unknown bottling date but enjoy by 11/12/13, poured into my Weyerbacher tulip glass, drank 10/25/13 over an hour.

A: 2/3 - golden-orange coloration, moderate clarity (can see but not read through), initial frothy white head resolves into 1/2-1 finger head, moderate alcohol legs which re-agitates the carbonation on swirling

S: 9/12 - lots of citrus fruit - grapefruit, pineapple, apricot and tangerines - hop character likely from "C" hops, very little dank/piney hop character; although the hops predominate, there is a caramel/biscuit malt character detectable for balancing

T: 14/20 - on the anterior tongue, Florida citrus fruit bitterness and flavors are most apparent; it the middle of the mouth, there's a mild bitterness with some caramel sweetness that starts to emerge; mild-to-moderate sweetness on the back end but overall dry, little aftertaste

M: 4/5 - medium body with some hop oils sitting on the tongue, some alcohol fullness but easy tio drink and doesn't taste like 7.3% ABV; high carbonation that does not detract from the flavor profile

O: 7/10 - solid single IPA from an excellent brewery

TOTAL = 36/50

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Photo of Knox_Worrell
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into my Duvel snifter.

A - Pours a nice light amber color with an even, clean head. Leaves a great lacing along the rims of the glass.

S - Strong but not overpowering pine hop smell with some caramel, grapefruit and citrus notes.

T - Pretty much the same smell but with a nice spicy taste as well. Grapefruit is a little more present.

M - Perfect. Just smooth, light and clean. Not heavy but bitter in a good ipa way.

O - One of the best IPA's I've had. Not too flashy, just good quality hoppy taste with grapefruit and caramel malts.

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