Atwater Hop-A-Peel - Atwater Brewery
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Reviews by StoutHunter:
3.25/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-10-2014 03:40:26 | More by StoutHunter
More User Reviews:
3.38/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
07-20-2014 14:45:38 | More by secondtooth
3.31/5 rDev 0%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2014 04:53:27 | More by thecheapies
1.86/5 rDev -43.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-15-2014 19:01:23 | More by ThisWangsChung
Atwater Hop-A-Peel from Atwater Brewery
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