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Atwater Hop-A-Peel - Atwater Brewery

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 193
Avg: 3.29
pDev: 39.51%
Wants: 2
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 StoutHunter:
Photo of StoutHunter
3.29/5  rDev 0%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SometimesIfart
3.99/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Atwater Hop-A-Peel.

Atwater is just one of those breweries that are hit or miss with some of their beers. Got a sixer of it at $6, and it's fresh so I figured why the hell not.

Look - Pours amber with a tint of orange. A finger of slightly off-white head form and retains itself fairly well for the first minute. Carbonation appears to be on medium with this one. Head retains throughout the drink and leaves spotty, though sticky lacing. 4.

Smell - It lives up to what it states on the bottle. The smell is very orangey, almost orange juice esque in its demeanor. This beer is definitely hoppy as well. Not over bearingly so, has a pale ale like nose to it. Faint traces of malt. Overall quite juicy, fresh and inviting. 3.75.

Taste - Like biting into a fresh orange. Orange dominates the taste and it is met by just enough malt to balance things. The 118 IBU level really shows itself with a bitter, nearly sour finish. Not much else to say on this front, but it is quite pleasant. 4.25.

Feel - Seeing as the head managed to retain fairly well, it keeps the feel very creamy. However, it is also watery with a moderate amount of carbonation and a bit on the bitter side to let sit for a long duration. 3.5.

Overall - I must admit I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It had the making of a very sessionable, easy drinking and pleasant pale ale. This is probably the perfect Summer beer and I will have no problem finishing this pack. Another example of ratings from others reflecting the fact that it isn't Founders or Bell's, because if it were, or if people could get brewery fever out of their heads this beer would have an average of about 4 and be in the 90 range. 4.

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Photo of martyl1000
3.47/5  rDev +5.5%
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?!)

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Photo of HJayS
4.22/5  rDev +28.3%
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

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Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of avitallo
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

good maltiness. bitterness from orange peel is nice too. all in all a solid IPA. i'm not sure the review from Seejae that gives this beer a low rating because of oldness is valid. your fault for buying an IPA that's older than 1 month in my opinion. he rated this beer at 10 months. also, odd that you would say that you would never buy a beer from atwater based on an old IPA. i thought this beer was pretty good.

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Photo of juicebox
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of vince_arch_beer
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of cmwilliq
3.72/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of richkrull
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rdilauro
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very very hazy orange hue. Honestly, I am not sure what the smell/nose is. I was expected the typical pine resin/grapefruit from a higher hopper IPA, but couldn't detect it here. If anything, I get a faint noise of ripped banana.
The initial taste was full and big, but again not what I was expecting. There was more of a bitter taste and very dry taste. Somewhat unbalanced. The finish was quick without any real memory

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Photo of Jerm2401
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of DruC4
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of wiseguywood
3.59/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of frozen-1984
3.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of whatname
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of secondtooth
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.76/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of WoodBrew
2.85/5  rDev -13.4%
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!

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3.24/5  rDev -1.5%

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Atwater Hop-A-Peel from Atwater Brewery
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