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Atwater Hop-A-Peel | Atwater Brewery

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Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by SportsandJorts on 09-21-2013

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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 217
Reviews by lochef81:
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.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.99/5  rDev +20.5%
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 +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?!)

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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

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Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of schnjac
3.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of avitallo
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
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 +5.7%

Photo of vince_arch_beer
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Tilly
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P: Brown amber, tan head, tonnes of lacing.
A: Huge citrus, malt, hops.
T: Lemon peel, caramel, hoppy, ripe banana, very slight toffee.
M: Full body, robust, great bitterness.
O: A different IPA that isn't going to shut down the competition but will keep abreast. I
Ike it!

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Photo of cmwilliq
3.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of richkrull
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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

Photo of rdilauro
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
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 +8.8%

Photo of DruC4
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of wiseguywood
3.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of frozen-1984
3.11/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of whatname
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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.

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Atwater Hop-A-Peel from Atwater Brewery
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