Hop Master's Abbey Belgian-Style Double IPA - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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Reviews by BeerBelcher:
4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
10-13-2009 18:52:02 | More by BeerBelcher
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3.3/5 rDev -14.3%
Totally clear brew with a lager like pale gold body. The foam is off white and very sudsy, leaving a thick collar on the edge with nice lacing.
Nose is slightly citrusy but mostly disappointing. There is a weak bread scent but it's just there plainly and nothing more.
Taste is just average if you ask me. This beer doesn't have anything bold that a double IPA should have. In fact it doesn't even have any strong Belgian characteristics other then a bold crisp Duvel like carbonation and peppery spice. Light lemony flavor with a touch of grain sweetness is about it.
The bitterness is the only thing that resembles a IIPA which is sharp and pointy. Not bad but not enough to make this a great beer. This beer takes the worst of Belgians and adds some hops to it. Weak on all fronts and not worth the trouble for just an average brew.
11-27-2009 00:52:04 | More by jbphoto88
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
A - pours with a finger of very loose and bubbly mostly white colored foam. settles within a few minutes to a thin ring with random sparse lacing. the beer is clear with some sediment, darkish gold in color.
S - big juicy and fruity hops, melon and pineapple. good amount of slightly funky and fruity belgian yeast, with noticeable alcohol to finish. bold and inviting.
T - flash of belgian yeast, sweet candy sugar, some fruits: apples and bananas. turns to the IPA side quickly with slightly bitter piney hops, accented by tropical fruits: melon, pineapple, mango. alcohol chimes in in a warming finish.
M - medium bodied but quite oily, syrupy for the style. carbonation is present but mostly stays out of the way. finishes coating, with lingering piney bitterness and alcohol.
D - impressive. a style i am really getting in to, this one earns an extra half point by calling itself a Belgian DIPA (love it) and pulling it off with big bold flavors and alcohol to boot. up there with the best Hoppin Frog has to offer. cheers!
09-02-2010 01:35:08 | More by Stigs
3.68/5 rDev -4.4%
Abbey Belgian-style DIPA pours a light gold color. It's shockingly clear and has an interesting copper tint to it. Where's the haze? I like haze in my Belgian IPAs. *sighs* A slightly off-white head tops it off nicely. It's nearly three fingers tall and takes quite a while to completely dissipate. Lacing was impressive. Very sticky and thick. Good overall.
The nose is interesting. It's good, but isn't Belgian-esque enough. Hops are at the forefront and are mostly citric in character. Grapefruit and orange scents are strong. There's a little pine there, but citrus notes mostly dominate. That part is good. Very good. The downside here is that there's very little Belgian yeast. I hope that's not true in the flavor. Pale malts are noted. There's a hint of sweet caramel, but not much. Alcohol doesn't seem too strong. I wouldn't have guessed 8.5%. It smells good, but for the style, it's pretty average. Above average seems fair.
The flavor profile is everything the nose suggested. Hops are very much the focal point of this beer. They have a nice citrusy flavor. Grapefruit and orange flavors are noted throughout. There's a touch of pine to round it out. Pale and caramel malts give it a really nice base, though the pale variety is much more apparent. I like those aspects of it. There's maybe a hint of Belgian yeast here, but not a great deal. A true Belgian IPA needs a lot more of that flavor. To be fair, this is a good beer. I like the flavor pretty well. But, for a Belgian IPA, it's just average. There's a spicy component to it that emerges late. It's subtle and I can't identify the individual spices. Alcohol is more prominent in flavor, but is blended well. Seems on par for an 8.5% abv beer. It finishes dry and a little bitter.
The body here is medium and it is rather smooth. It leans heavy with a little warming. Carbonation is light. It's nearly creamy, but not quite there. Drinkability is good. The overall flavor, despite my criticisms, is good. This is an enjoyable beer. It goes down easy and isn't too big in stature.
Abbey Belgian-style DIPA is an interesting beer. I like Hoppin' Frog's decision to leap into the Belgian territory. But, the final result is simply above average. There's just not enough of a "Belgian" character to it. A stronger Belgian yeast presence would right the ship. If you ignore the style classification, it is good beer. Perhaps very good. I've really enjoyed the bottle. Definitely pick one up if you run across it. It's an enjoyable beer, but not a top tier Belgian IPA.
10-18-2009 02:44:21 | More by prototypic
4/5 rDev +3.9%
22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.
Pours a hazed coppery apricot color, with at least 2 thick foamy fingers of off-white head. This retains with a nice looking robustness to it (around a full finger) and leaves back a ton of sticky spotty lacing. The aroma is floral, spicy, and pithy smelling, along with ripe fruit and malt sweetness across the back of the nose. The yeast really adds a little something extra here, with notes of soft fruit, earth, and spice.
The taste is bitter and leafy feeling with notes of grapefruit and rind. Softer fruit works itself in there, as does some sweet bready malts across the rear. Sharp earthy esters from the yeast ride the whole way through the profile and really comes out in the finish, along with dry bitterness and spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch fuller, with a more mellow creaminess that then gets crisper towards the back of the swallow. Any heavy warmth from the ABV is well hidden here, with just some heft to the feel and maybe a little extra sweetness from the alcohol.
Belgian IPAs can be hit or miss with me but this one luckily found its mark. The yeast really makes a difference here, adding an extra sticky and fruity complexity to this that I really enjoyed. A good one here from Hoppin' Frog.
01-27-2011 18:03:39 | More by Kegatron
3.95/5 rDev +2.6%
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip
A - Golden and hazy. Frothy head that creates a lot of sticky lace.
S - Citrus, mainly grapefruit, but a hint of lemon, evergreen
T - Piney, citrusy, resiny hops. This masks the alcohol and yeast quite a bit, but the slight banana and bread flavors still come through.
M - Medium body, great carbonation. Very sticky and then dry on the finish. The hops definitely stick around.
D - I'll be heading back for another bomber of this. It is kind of high on the ABV scale, but you could easily go through a few bombers with friends.
10-01-2009 02:37:47 | More by roopy40
3.45/5 rDev -10.4%
Pours a very opaque medium orange color. Head was a light tan, finger, with average retention.
Aroma definitely highlights to Belgian aspect. Plenty of spicy Belgian notes and an abundance of fruity notes. Fruity hops with some sweet citrus.
Belgian notes follow into the taste: fruit yeast, spices. Bitter finish, though not over the top. More sweet citrus hop notes.
Pretty nice creamy feel with god carb levels.
Not bad at all, definitely enjoyable. Not my favorite of their IPAs, but good nonetheless
04-08-2012 03:54:10 | More by EgadBananas
4.38/5 rDev +13.8%
Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.
A real nice orange and opaque body is poured hitting and producing an off white rocky head, with quite a good bit of retention here, not so uniform but got some good staying power.
Simple good nose on this. Nice hop and dry a little sense of almost strange funk oddly it seems (?), sweetness not noticeable but with a dense malt perhaps coming.
Palate hits with a real nice richness. Sweetness not expected also comes with a honey like malt backbone. Hop angle rushes nicely getting into sweet orange territory slightly, with an interesting milky finish. Lingering lime and citrus on the aftertaste mixing with Belgian sweet candy sugar goodness. Even some dank qualities as the beer warms up on the palate.
Real impressed with this one can't even taste the heat either, enjoying this one quite nicely.
04-06-2012 02:46:27 | More by smakawhat
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
hazy amber yellow with a huge three inch plus head of white foam. This reluctantly faded after a few minutes and left behind copious amounts of lace down the glass. Lots of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. The smell was very hoppy, which quite shocked me at first. There was the underlying base of yeast, and your typical tripel smell, but above that was this huge aroma of citrus hops, lots of orange peel and sweet tangerine aromas. Now this is what I'm talking about. The taste was superb. Lots of west coast hops in the back. Well forst great feel, smooth, light and great carbonation. Went down real easy and had the slightly fizzy feel that really makes the flavors pop.
11-24-2011 01:54:18 | More by mikesgroove
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
Received this one from Samichlaus in a trade. I was pretty damn excited to try this one. Thanks, Tom!
A: A slightly viscous appearance as it leaves the bottle and cascades downward to my waiting tulip glass. The color is a deep amber. The head puffs up to about a half inch in thickness before rapidly subsiding to just a small blanket of white perched atop my beer. Lacing comes in thin delicate rings, while some stubborn gobs of bubbles hang on the sides of the glass as well.
S: Belgian yeasts and their accompanying spiced character hit my nose and delight my nostrils. The spiced background provided by the yeasts provides a nice building block on which to construct the rest of the aromatic profile. An enormous amount of hops must have been used in the creation of this beer. There is a great evidence of bitter citrus and piney hops from the first fermentation coupled with a more mellow floral cascade hop character from the secondary.
T: Grapefruit and a strong bitter taste of hops greet my tongue after teasing my senses while I was preparing for my first sip. Pine and the spicy yeasty character follow close behind the citrus. As I swirl this around, more mild citrusy notes of lemon and orange zest manage to get past the highly acidic grapefruity flavors. The only thing I wish I had seen more of here is the Belgian yeast and spiciness that comes with it.
M/D: Maybe a touch over-carbonated for a DIPA, but probably right on for a Belgian, so I can't decide how I want to rate this. The finish comes with a malty dryness that I was not expecting. The flavor profile is awesome, and there is a good depth to this beer. The alcohol is not pre-evident in any aspect. This is a good one to drink all by yourself, and it is equally good to share.
11-14-2009 00:59:53 | More by NittanyBeerFan
3.95/5 rDev +2.6%
22 ounce bomber poured into a Unibroue tulip. Aroma is of pine, grapefruit and something I can't quite place. I assume it is a Belgian yeast giving off a sweet smell, maybe candi sugarish?. Taste seems more toward the double IPA taste versus a Belgian style double IPA. Alcohol taste is present but not as much as expected based on ABV. Nicely puckering with a bit of sweetness in the background for balance. My only complaint is that there seems to be some sort of medicinal (Robitussin? Aspirin?) taste that appears to negatively affect the overall taste of the beer that I can't seem to place to save my life. I put my tastebuds through a check and balance and they seem to be in line...I can't place this faint medicinal taste. Otherwise the beer is a very solid offering.
10-22-2009 07:56:05 | More by KickbacksSteve
3.2/5 rDev -16.9%
Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a mostly clear amber with a finger of fluffy off white head. The retention level is quite good with some nice lacing as well.
Smell: Lots of Belgian spice along with some sweetness. There are some herbal notes, it kind of reminds me of kielbasa. A bit weird.
Taste: Much better than the smell. The Belgian spice is there along with some malt sweetness. There is a hop bitterness that builds towards the end of each sip.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a slightly dry finish.
Overall: I didn't think this beer smelled very good. I'm not sure if there was too much going on or what, but I wouldn't want another one.
04-18-2012 01:21:58 | More by oline73
4/5 rDev +3.9%
Bought at Sprayberry Bottle Shop. They have one of only a few cases sent to GA.
Pours a slightly hazy gold colore with a thick off-white head that laces the glass. Some grassy hop and Belgian yeast aroma.
The alcohol hits right up front. There is also a nice Belgian yeast flavor, a little funk, a little clove, and some grassy hop that finishes a little bitter and warm from the alcohol.
Medium body, a little oily, and peppery from the carbonation and alcohol. Overall a good Belgian IPA. Nice Belgian aspects and a strong hop presence.
08-05-2012 19:16:29 | More by Kromes
2.4/5 rDev -37.7%
Shared with my buddy Aw Yeh. I got a lot of sediment from my aggressive pour, and he has no sign of any whatsoever.
Appearance - A very murky cloudy yellow that is reminiscent of Tang orange drink. Aw Yeh's pour looks much more appealing - with a pinkish amber color thriving with carbonation. A lot of yeast floating around the opaqueness colony living in my glass.
Smell - This beer isn't too heavy in the aroma department. Sweet Belgian sugars knock, but don't enter my nose fully. Very faint, faint clove and spice.
Taste - Alcohol is the icing on this bitterly sweet concoction. This beer took me quite bit of contemplation to finally come up with a final score. I feel like they should have removed the yeast from the brew a bit sooner than they did. The alcohol completely masks all other properties of this brew. The taste of clove sticks its nose out a bit more. The presence of hops is well-hidden.
Mouthfeel and Drinkability - There is a consistent, pleasant burning quality to the brew. Medium-bodied with tangy carbonation. One of the first Hoppin' Frogs that I haven't been too crazy about.
06-26-2012 00:48:03 | More by Jesse13713
District of Columbia
3.48/5 rDev -9.6%
From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/7/12
A: It initially pours a clean 24k gold, though as I get down the bottle a bit, it hazes up and clouds as the sediment hits the glass. A decent pour yields a big and white 2.5 finger head.
S: Distictly Belgian. Lots of Belgian yeast and Belgian candy sugar. There's a moderate amount of bittering hops on the back end, yet it's not enough.
T: This isn't the hop bomb I'd hoped for. If you're wondering, the Belgian influence edges out the more progressive American DIPA flavor profile. I really wanted some juicy, tropical hops to match with the heavy dose of candy and yeast, yet I'm sadly left with a boring and old world bittering hop kick. And it's overwhelmed by the Belgian invasion. As it warms, I do get a touch of decanted, juicy hops, but it's simply not enough to save the overall profile.
M: Not as dense as you'd expect from a beer like this. The carbonation is great, but it's light to almost medium body is disappointing.
O: Certainly not a bad beer, yet the capacity for more leaves me wanting. I was looking forward to Pliny meets Westy, yet I guess it wasn't meant to be. This, sadly, is much more traditional, and therefore a bit blasé and uninspiried. A decent tick, nothing more.
05-09-2012 22:02:25 | More by Rhettroactive
Hop Master's Abbey Belgian-Style Double IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.