Hop Master's Abbey Belgian-Style Double IPA - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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Reviews by OldSchoolGamer:
4.13/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-06-2009 00:17:24 | More by OldSchoolGamer
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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
86 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.