Hop Master's Abbey Belgian-Style Double IPA - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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Reviews by BeerBelcher:
4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Genre bending beers that contain the word "Belgian" stick out prominently in my beer-memory. I think there must have been a lot of them (Belgian Stout, Belgian IPA, etc), and I think most have been while not-bad, certainly disappointing. "Belgian" conjures up such wonderful beer imagery and flavor notes like yeasty, spicey, and fruity, and stout or IPA of course have their own attributes. But the bundle has always been less than the sum of the parts. At least, until now.
This beer is really good. It is able to strike a balance between the very specific yeasty flavor characteristic found in Belgian style beers while still smelling and especially tasting assertively hoppy and bitter. I would describe this beer as DIPA first and Belgian second, but I think that is the way it must be in order to make both flavors discernible. An amber body, a pile of head, and a medium texture that is more IPA than champagne-y Belgian ale complete the beer. Very, very nice.
I would highly recommend this beer.
Serving type: bottle
10-13-2009 18:52:02 | More by BeerBelcher
More User Reviews:
3.78/5 rDev -1.8%
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
86 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.