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Hop Master's Abbey Belgian-Style Double IPA - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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86
very good

99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 13
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: drgonzo3705 on 08-16-2009

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Ratings: 99 | Reviews: 57
Reviews by KickbacksSteve:
Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Stigs
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of prototypic
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of roopy40
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of oline73
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Kromes
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jesse13713
2.38/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/7/12
*From notes

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.

Photo of sweethome
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour is golden - hazy gold. Fluffy white head.

Nose is huge grapefruit, very limited yeast backing. Entry is all about citrus. Like the Mean Manalishi, huge grapefruit, some lemon. Just a hint of yeast.

Mouthfeel is rather full. Stretches out across the palate. This is a hop bomb with a hint of yeast.

Unlike other belgian style IPAs because the belgian influence is very limited. Still, a very flavorful beer without any faults.

Photo of velosuds
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a clear pint glass. Thanks to my sister-in-law from Ohio for sharing with me on Christmas Eve.

A-Pours a hazy, golden yellow toward orange hue. A two finger bright white head ensued. Heavy, sticky lace. Nice appearance.

S-Aroma is citrus hops and yeasty spices with some malt sweetness.

T-Hop bitterness with some grapefruit noted with a definite Belgian yeast spice.

M-Very smooth. Carbonation level is perfect .Medium body.

D-I think this beer is what it aimed to be. I am not a big fan of introducing Belgian yeasts to American style beers and have no interest in drinking this again. A bit pricey.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.82/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a honey amber color that has just the slightest bit of haze, with a thick, slightly off-white head that is slow to reduce. Very pretty lacing creeps down the sides as you sip it down.

The aroma is intense; strong pine and citrus dominate, with a peppery smell that hangs above. Hints of straw, lemon, bubblegum, and funk give this an almost saison-like nose.

Whoa, this tastes unlike any BIPA I've had before. The yeast Fred must have aquired during his trip to Belgium last year had to have been a doozy, because it is having quite the impact upon this ale! Sweet and spicy to start, with lemon, banana, rock candy, and orange blossom honey combining for just a fabulous taste! Hops creep in mid-sip, peppery and spicy, with a hint of pine and another rush of sweet bubblegum to finish.

Medium bodied, this leaves the tongue feeling sticky-sweet and slightly dry.

I love it when I come across a brew that is not only unique, but truly delicious. This is definitely one of those rare finds; full bodied, aggressively flavored, and yet balanced enough to not leave you feeling walloped by what you just had. My only complaint, and it is a minor one, is that the sweet gets to be a bit much as you work your way through the bomber. Still, it is a trifling complaint compared to the enjoyment of this brew. A definite must try!

Photo of TheSarge
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Put this brew into a generic tulip I found at work.

Pours quite well with a two finger thick off white colored head, and has a very hazy caramel colored body.

Aroma wise it is dominated by lemony hops, and also has a tinge of yeasty esthers.

The malts are very bisciuty, and the left over yeast lends a helping hand to this trait. Immediately after the malt qualities there is a rush of citrusy hops and a mild herbal finish.

Richly carbonation gives this brew a chewy feel, and a dry warm finish to this brew.

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgian IPAs are a very unique style. The combination of American style IPAs and classic Belgian Ale flavors often times create unexpected flavors. I have had quite a few different ones in the past, and enjoyed almost every one. Here is my review on Hoppin Frog's take on the style.

A: This beer looks awesome. Its a nice golden-amber with a nice creamy head. Lacing is excellent. Very clear. No sediment or cloudyness to speak of.

S/T: The aroma is full of citrusy hops. The Belgian character is right behind it with a lot of spice and yeast. Taste is very hop forward. Probably has the strongest hop character of any Belgian IPA I have had. Citrus, grapefruit, and a touch of pine make up the IPA side of things. The Belgian side doesn't come off as well as I expected. There is decent spice, yeast, and a breadyness in there, but the sweetness gives it a somewhat medicinal taste. Very good, but a tad disappointing.

M/D: Medium bodied with a nice crisp finish. Somewhat dry. Drinks very easily. The only deterrent is the somewhat medicinal sweetness, but very enjoyable throughout.

Of all the Belgian IPAs I have had, I think Green Flash Le Freak is the best. It perfectly captures both the IPA and the Belgian characteristics, where this is stronger on the hop component and lacking in the Belgian. I might rank this as my second favorite, but with a few tweaks, this beer could be out of this world. Well worth seeking out.

Photo of crossovert
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650ml bomber.

It pours a nice orange hue with a big billowing white head. It sticks for a long time and recedes with some nice lacing.

The smell is a mix of floral, slightly citrusy hops, and a nice Belgian spiciness. The brewery calls it a double IPA, maybe in abv, but not in smell, but still it is a good smelling brew.

The flavor is interesting for a Belgian IPA, it has a lot of standard flavors form the style, but it also has a weird malt flavor, almost diacetyl -ike but not quite that is irking me a little bit. It could use a bit more bitterness but overall it has a pleasant hop prescence.

It was a bit of an expensive bottle, bringing the drinkability down.

Photo of Ryan011235
2.39/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter on 12/26/10

Shiny & bright amber, though hazy. Highlights of tangerine & orange; golden yellow when held to the light. One finger head dissipates at a moderately quick rate. Thin layer of bubbly retention. Lacing is decent at first but thins considerably. The second pour has ok lace.

Smells quite solvent-like. Pungent citrus & light fruit aromas: tangerine; lemon; grapefruit zest; hints of pineapple; over-ripe orange & pear. Smells kind of tart. Spices in there, too. Clove & a little pepper. Yeasty notes & a subtle breadiness.

Potent, over-ripe fruit flavors. A rather muddled blend of orange, tangerine, lemon peel & grapefruit pith; hints of pineapple, too. On second though, "over-ripe" seems more like "rotting." Very mild bitterness; nay, even weak. Faint spices - not as much as I'd expect. Yeast notes & bready malts are mostly overpowered by stale fruit. A disappointing rendition of the nose. Bitterness & spiciness seem better on the second pour.

Medium body with startlingly low carbonation; creamy where it should be prickly. With such a lack of bitterness & spice, vigorous carbonation could have really helped this along. A tad prickly on the front end, it needs more intensity. Some grittiness. Lingering on the finish is that oh-so-present rotten fruit taste.

Man, this beer could have been so much better. I don't know if it was just a bad bottle (looking at the other reviews, I suspect this may be the case) but something isn't working out for this one. Lacking clarity, spice & carbonation, in my opinion.

Photo of Spider889
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased directly from the brewery.

Hazy honey color with an off-white head. Smells of traditional belgian yeasts and sweetness. Fresh floral notes and green hops with good lacing.

Lots of floral pine notes in the hop profile and definitely bitter, but at a supposed 81 IBUs this is drinking like something much lower. Some weak ruby red grapefruit notes attached as well.

Medium bodied and semi dry. Moderately carbonated.

Not a bad beer, but definitely nothing to write home about either.

Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and cloudy consistency. Lots of floaties. There was big, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled of hops, citrus, and traces of malt and yeast.

T: Tasted of herbal/grassy hops and citrus more than anything, with hints of Belgian yeast and malt. The grassiness of flavor is OK, but not something I relish in a beer.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Although not my favorite of the style, this beer is mostly drinkable.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the first draw from the snifter, I knew immediately that I was in for a wild ride. Sit back in my chair and break out the full lexicon that I have at my disposal because this strong Belgian-influenced IPA tackles a lot of directions at once. It's go time!

As the beer decants into the glass, a partly creamy and partly froathy whitish head envelops the glass with a burst of controlled effervescence that separates from the hazy copper ale underneath. Not as champagne-like as many Belgian ales but certainly more vibrant to the eye than the standard well-carbonated American versions.

As the aromatic profiles of both hoppy American ales and the complex fruity/spicy balance of Belgian ales swirl to the nose it's certainly too much to discern at first blow. But as the beer settles and the olfactory senses become acclimated to the perfumy scent, there's the recognition of citrus and tropical fruits, apple and pear esters, briny herbs and spices and an overall zeal of must and earth that culminate in a wily and awakening scent.

Just as the nose took some adjustment to fully appreciate the beer's aroma, so goes the taste buds. Sip one delivers the full briny and nearly salty taste of yeast, musty-sweet malt, and a mix of bitter perfume, flower pedals, citrus pith, pepper, and alcohol. But a swirl of the glass and a deep breath allows subsequent flavors of ripe oranges and ruby red grapefruit pulp to rise first, but the the hoppy taste of freshly mulled herbs, spices, and flower pedals give a softly pungent, nearly dank taste. Followed by Belgo-spices of chamomile, corriander, white pepper, celery, and detergent all reveal and oddly compelling taste that keeps me coming back to the glass far sooner than I would have expected- this must be the imperial IPA portion of the beer speaking to me.

Full bodied early on, partly due to the expansive carbonation that pushes against the mouth in a very airy and fleeting texture. But the caramel malt brushes up against the middle palate en route to a bitter and somewhat earthy-dry finish of warmth and spicy prickle.

Not since Flying Dog's Ragin' Bitch or Stone's Belgo-Old Guardian have I experiences such contrasting flavors that challenge my palate in provocative and unexpected enjoyment. The conflict in variety and shear amount of different tastes at such high strength usually detract from the drinkability of beer, but not so here. I didn't know that about myself?!

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip; no bottle dating, but it was from the most recent batch this year. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with nice retention, that reduces to a fairly thick cap that lingers. Some nice lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of orange, herbal, light tropical fruit, caramel, biscuit, honey, grass, pine, earth, and yeast funkiness. Some pretty nice aromas, but the yeast flavors are masking some of the fruity hop character. Taste of orange, mango, grapefruit, honey, biscuit, herbal, pepper, clove, grass, pine, and yeast spices. Good amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pepper, herbal, pine, bread, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor balance of spicy Belgian qualities with citrus hoppiness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a nice creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Very smooth to drink for 8.5%, but is still a sipper. Alcohol is very well hidden, with only a slight warming after the finish present. Overall this is a very nice Belgian IPA. Aromas were a bit off; but the flavor was nicely balanced with plenty of Belgian qualities and nice hop flavor.

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Hop Master's Abbey Belgian-Style Double IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.