Hop Master's Abbey Belgian-Style Double IPA - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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Reviews by AwYeh:
3.35/5 rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
22 oz bottle poured into pint glass, thanks to Jesse13713 for sharing his bottle with me.
A: Pours a slightly hazy amber color, with a finger of thick, uneven white head. Good lacing sticks to the glass as soon as the head begins to subside, and streams of carbonation bubbles flow up through the beer.
S: Unsurprisingly, Belgian aromas take the lead here– clove, banana, and bubblegum– closely accompanied by a considerable ethanol presence. There's a faint malt backbone composed of caramel and bread flavors, and citrus hop oils dance around the stronger flavors, adding complexity. With some warmth, butterscotch makes its presence known. The smell ends up being very full, though I might have appreciated it a bit more without so much alcohol present.
T: Bubblegum, alcohol, and yeast really dominate the flavor. Thick hop flavors show up on the finish, before fading in the alcohol burn; they do remind me of the intensity that one might expect from a DIPA. However, the bitterness of these hops is outweighed by the beer's sweet flavors– it's hard to tell that this is an 81 IBU beer. Funky bubblegum is my lasting impression of this beer's flavor. At times I really enjoy the flavor, but its lows bring it down to an average level overall.
M: Moderately-bodied, moderately carbonated, smooth but still very sticky, which helps the better parts of the flavor linger around for a while.
O: I enjoyed drinking this one, and probably would have liked it even more if I drank it casually i.e. not reviewing and focusing on its characteristics which don't particularly appeal to me. Another solid entry in the Hoppin' Frog catalog.
Serving type: bottle
06-26-2012 00:37:43 | More by AwYeh
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3.78/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: This poured a clear gold with lots of white head.
S: It smelled like bright citrus, with metallic copper and salty Belgian yeast and a bit of sourdough bread.
T: It tasted like unripe apricot and lemon zest, with some sweet candi sugar and salty Belgian yeast and metallic copper. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was thick with lots of carbonation. Nice big and lively body.
D: This was a decent Belgian IPA, but the scent and taste weren't terribly impressive. The body was solid, and the alcohol was decently hidden, so it was easy enough to drink. Not for aging. Good not great fresh.
Serving type: bottle
04-14-2013 02:23:30 | More by Pencible
Hop Master's Abbey Belgian-Style Double IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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