Atwater Hop-A-Peel - Atwater Brewery

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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 15.11%
Wants: 2
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
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Atwater Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: SportsandJorts on 09-21-2013

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Reviews by SportsandJorts:
Photo of SportsandJorts
2.99/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: a darkish orange color. good clarity and a small tannish head that doesn't stick around

Smell: very fruity and pleasant. good rounded hop presence

Taste: starts off slightly like the nose but quickly turns south. all i can taste less than half way through is dull hops. no fruit no anything except a hop bite.

Mouthfeel: extremely biting. which i wouldn't mind had it had some flavor to it. very hard to finish a whole one

Overall: the smell is almost wonderful the taste is almost on the opposite side of the spectrum

More User Reviews:
Photo of martyl1000
3.47/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Weird. I just enjoyed this at a liquor-store tasting. But I get the six-pack home, and, dang, where'd the malt sweetness go? It's all medicinal, chemical bitterness, bitterness that doesn't change from front of the tongue to the throat. If it's a "citrus" sensation, then it's citrus potpourri, or it's citrus air freshener.

I don't know what to say. I'd take this back if that were something you could do with beer you find you don't like.

I ACTUALLY DON'T MEAN TO SAY THIS IS A BAD BEER. I do realize some (easily pleased) hop-heads might stand by this brew. It's definitely interesting. But it rubs me wrong. I can't drink another bottle. (But I guess I will. What does that say about me?!)

Photo of secondtooth
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Beef O'Brady's in Newburgh, IN.

Poured into Bell's pint glass a cloudy amber. Thick ornate lace.

Smell delicious tropical hops. Delicious!

Taste is actually very malty, with touch of light citrus hops. The orange peel is subtle and doesnt make itself known. Like the regular Atwater ipa, this one is more in line with a pale ale.

Not altogether awful, but this one promised more than it delivered. Not one I'd pursue again.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.76/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Atwater Brewery "HOP-A-PEEL"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON D 14"

"Hop-A-Peel has an impressive appearance, that's for sure. Its slightly hazy orange-copper body perfectly sets the mood for an 'orange beer', topped by a two-finger thick head of frothy cream-colored foam that compacts to resemble the skin of an orange. It's tenacious in its head retention, and it leaves equally impressive lacing as it goes. I rank it almost right up there next to Guinness in appearance.

In the nose it's citrusy, and orange is clearly present, but had I not known orange peel was added prior I'd have just chalked it up to the hops. It's slightly pungent, earthy, and herbal... quite nice!

The flavor delivers a solid, medium-caramel malt base with a bit of a dark edge to it that's a little like very-burnt sugar. Orange is present as well, but it's quite soft, and grassy, leafy, mineralish and bitter hops rush in right behind it, squelching any sweet-tart juiciness that it might have suggested. With that said, it finishes quite dry and bitter. Once that splash of orange passes it's pretty much gone, leaving only a ghost of itself behind; and I think that's where this beer fails: it's just too bitter and leafy-herbal on the heels of the citrus, leaving it jagged and non-fluid in its overall taste profile.

Despite the fact that it's a bit of a sucker-punch of a beer, it's not without merit. Halfway through a glass your tastebuds will have been beaten down, and then it's not such a rocky transition. It's interesting, at least, and probably worth trying for fans of the IPA style.

Photo of WoodBrew
2.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not a fan of the Hop-a-peel.....cute name...but lost on the beer. The beer pours a hazy orangish copper with virtually no head and spotty lace the scent carries bitter hop with sligh touch of citrus flare. The taste is bitter from start to finish and I get more grapefruit than orange. The mouthfeel is medium in body with poor carbonation. Overall......its only worth a try for any hop head....but for all others.....PASS!

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, some resin. Taste is hoppy, a bit of pine, bitter, some light malts, not really getting any of the orange peel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but I expected better.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.29/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Atwater's Hop-A-Peel last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I've never had this beer before, but I thought I would take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. It was notched March as the month it was bottled. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's got that typical label design for Atwater with some bright orange colors to go with the name. I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a orange/amber color that took on more of a amber/red color when held to the light with two fingers worth of fairly creamy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty and patchy lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that's followed by the hops and the orange rinds being the first to show up and they mix together nicely and impart some citrus rind and floral hop aromas with a little extra orange peel aromas that give a nice natural orange aroma. Up next comes the malts which have a slight stale malt aroma to them, but they also impart some sweet malt, grainy, slightly bready, and pale malt like aroma with some slightly fruity yeast showing up in the background. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, but it would have been a little better without that stale malt aspect.

T- The taste seems to be a little similar to the aroma and it's much blander, it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by the hops being the first to show up and they impart a pretty generic hop flavor with maybe a slight citrus rind flavor, but it's hardly noticeable. Up next comes the malts which impart pretty much the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time there doesn't seem to be any stale malt aspect, but it's still pretty bland. On the finish there's a slightly lighter amount of medium bitterness with a grainy malt and generic hop aftertaste with no lingering bitterness. This beer just tasted ok, it seemed like everything about the taste was average.

M- Fairly smooth, clean, a little crisp, slightly creamy, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a nice mouthfeel that worked out well.

Overall I thought this beer was just ok and I thought it was a pretty average example of DIPA, the aroma seemed to be fairly true to the name, but when I got to the taste I was let down and there would be no way that I could pick out orange peels from the flavor of this beer, they just didn't show up and that made this beer not really live up to it's name. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth, clean, a little crisp, a little creamy, a little filling and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention, one is enough for me, I would rather move on to a more flavorful DIPA then have another one of these. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, I thought they were both good and they were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste, it was a little bit of a let down compared to the aroma and it made this beer not live up to it's name. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I wouldn't recommend it, it's pretty easy to find a much better tasting DIPA. All in all I wasn't a fan of this beer, it just didn't live up to it's name and it isn't really have what I look for in a DIPA. This beer would be much better if they kicked up the orange peel flavors and made them actually noticeable and the hop profile needs to be a little more interesting. This is up there as one of my least favorite beers from Atwater. Better luck next time guys, this one needs some work.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Picked this up knowing I wouldn't drink this from a glasss. 4.0
S - Orange Peel DUH!@!!! and some citrus rind. Not a bad smelling IPA.
T - It's good for 8% it has dry peel aspects some dry and herbal hops and some soothing malt sweetness.
M - medium bodied slightly sticky yet easy to drink for 8%

Overall its quite good I would get it again especially since its $10 dollars for a six pack.

Photo of gonzo000
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%

Interestingly enough, I did not get orange. I got a lot of dry hop. Honey, syrup, malt, hops. Like this beer - but it is very sweet. Would be hard to do more than one in a sitting.

Photo of lochef81
3.52/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first experience with this brewery but I picked it up as part of a mixer and thought it'd be nice to try. The pour is a hazy dark copper color with very little head or lacing. The nose is a pleasant blend of citrus hops, pine, and a decent amount of caramel malts. Mouthfeel is pretty sticky but I personally like that in a dipa. The flavor is good, better at first but as you drink more it becomes pretty abusively bitter. Its not bitter in a bad way but definitely not a beer I could sit and drink more than one or two of. It has a pretty standard hoppy profile with a decent malt backbone. Flavors range from citrus and pine to caramel and even a little spice. Not as much orange flavor as I had expected (or hoped). Not a great beer but good enough to make me want to try other Atwater offerings.

Photo of Lysaghtjeremy
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer. I can taste the orange peel, and I like the fact that at 118 IBU'S, it not overly bitter. Solid, tasty IPA to me. By far, not the best, but I like it.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.77/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

"Hey, baby, wanna hop on my peel?" ...That out of the way, this stuff pours a clear tawny-amber topped by a finger of pale khaki foam. The nose comprises orange peel, buttery toffee, mild sourdough, and a bit of cilantro. The taste focuses more on bitter orange peel and resinous greens. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, an overly bitter and thoroughly lacking IPA. Boo this.

Photo of Boozermurfin
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

Bottled in june. Slightly citrus strong herbal aroma. Taste is not smooth. Extremely bitter earthy resiny hop flavor. Quite vegetal maybe raw onion aftertaste. Somewhat thin and little malt balance. Not picking up any orange think the earthy hops overwhelm. Will not drink again unless very fresh and at the brewery. Fwiw My bottle says 7.5 abv.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.46/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hop a peel

Pours a deep bronze colored brew with good clarity. Creamy head leaves lace in the glass quite completely.

Smells hoppy with citrus and a toasty malt aroma.

The taste is citrusy, herbal and bitter with some pine and grapefruit rind as well. Nice well rounded toastymalt flavor.

Medium to full bodied feel, creamy and well carbonated.

Overall, pretty decent ipa here from Atwater.

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 3/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange copper color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, peach, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus hops, orange peel, and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity of citrus hop, orange peel, and moderate malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good citrus spiced IPA. Good complexity and balance of citrus hops, orange peel, and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of carrwoo
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

Strong hoppy flavor. Not my cup of beer, lol. If you like hopped up brews this may be for you.

Photo of HJayS
4.22/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like the deep Amber color. Pure and true
Thick and rich head disguises initial smell. Malty and plain at first.
Really good lingering taste. The longer the sip-the better. Very tasty.
A slighty foamy feel in the mouth, but not a turno-off. Unique!

For some reason, Atwater gets beaten up in reviews, but there is a lot of greatness to this beer. I avoided it because the nod to orange peels, but it is fairly imperceptible. What you have is a robustly-hopped IPA that doesn't wrestle with the hops, lingers on the back of the tongue and for 7.5% alcohol, doesn't have a boozy taste. Go and get this

Photo of MillerMan16
2/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nothing special here. Needs more fruit in the flavor.

Photo of rogacks
2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Where's the orange? Dark body, was thinking it might lighter.

Photo of barczar
3.17/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a lingering cream head.

Aroma reveals onion and sharp citrus initially, with a hint of resin adding complexity.

Grapefruit and grapefruit pith accompany floral hops in the flavor, which quickly end in a bitter, biting, brutal finish. Malt backbone is not a factor. The bitterness lingers, and a nice floral character surfaces in the aftertaste.

Body and carbonation are moderate, with light alcohol warmth, and a bit of astringency.

Far more hops than expected, given the offerings I've had from Atwater, thus far. It's a little on the harsh side, regarding drinkability, and it's way more bitter than I prefer, but the flavoring hops are pleasant.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
1.93/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a semi-clear chestnut color. The head is a finger high, with an off-white shade and a creamy texture. Retention is pretty good, too. A nice ring of lacing is left on the glass.

S: The general aroma is, simply put, muddled. I'm getting some nondescript grapefruit hops, a general 'bitter' note, and a lot of caramel malts. I'm having a metric fuckton of trouble finding the orange peel. Aromatically, it's not timid - just way too undefined and messy. It also smells like the kind of IPA I won't like.

T: Wow, that's bitter. The bitterness is upfront and relentless - 'course, I like upfront, relentless bitterness, just so long as the hops bring a nice flavor. Which they don't. Malts take over past the midpoint, bringing generic, undefined sweetness. Some bitterness lingers into the finish - that's good, I guess. No, wait, that's not good. Unlike the nose, if I concentrate, I can find some mild orange peel notes. This is one of those brews that it's hard for me to explain why it's so lacking. It's just so muddled, undefined, and incoherent that I can't enjoy this at all.

M: This feels quite heavy on the palate, with a lot of lingering sweetness. Drinkability isn't good. Carbonation is low - which makes this quite syrupy. A chore to get down, plain and simple.

O: I've heard quite a few 'not good' things about Atwater - now that they're in MD, I had no choice but to try them out. Welp, let's just say I should have heeded the warnings. This doesn't actively taste HORRIBLE, to be fair - it's just so messy and undefined that I still dislike it strongly. A rare dump from yours truly. The beer I had before it (Bloodline from Flying Dog) looks like a masterpiece in comparison.

Photo of hosehead83
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Cloudy copper in color, with a nice cap of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint orange note
Taste-Spicy hops, orange peel, decent flavor and drinkability despite relatively high ABV.

Photo of thecheapies
3.32/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Rather dark for a DIPA. One must expect toasty malts. The head is fluffy and beige in color.

Immediately pick up notes of orange peel, pine, grapefruit, and sticky toasted malt. Not as sweet as i had anticipated. A little bit of bitter leafiness in here, too. Mildly astringent.

Very toasty with a strong citric zest note and coated with pine. Pithy grapefruit, musky notes, and oily hop with stand-pat bitterness from a long hop boil. More astringent now. Loaded up without finesse.

No real art to hiding strong ale potency. Only 8%, but gets a drinkability level of 'difficult'. Body has good chew, though.

Photo of Gear54
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle into a snifter.

Beer is hazy dark Amber in color with 1/2 finger of off white head and nice thin lace left on the glass

Smell is faint yeasty malts with orange and pine. Smells are faint but still complex enough to be interesting.

Toast is much stronger than the nose. Very bitter like chewing on orange peel. Hops and bread malts round out the character a bit but not enough to cut through the powerful bitterness. Flavor is not as complex as aroma

Overall a good choice if your looking for a bitter bomb. Average in most other areas.

Photo of patpbr
3.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured a dark brown with an off white head
S - Orange and malts
T - It was sweet up front with a citrus and earthy blend
M - A bit watery
O - One bottle was enough

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Atwater Hop-A-Peel from Atwater Brewery
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