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Atwater Hop-A-Peel - Atwater Brewery

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29 Reviews
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Reviews: 29
Hads: 180
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 2
Gots: 56 | 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: 29 | Hads: 180
Reviews by lochef81:
Photo of lochef81
3.52/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (811 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of martyl1000
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
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?!) (697 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of avitallo
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of juicebox
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of vince_arch_beer
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of cmwilliq
3.72/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of richkrull
3.25/5  rDev -3%

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 Jerm2401
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of DruC4
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of wiseguywood
3.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of frozen-1984
3.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of whatname
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of secondtooth
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.76/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (1,592 characters)

Photo of Snow81
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of WoodBrew
2.85/5  rDev -14.9%
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! (427 characters)

Photo of jheezee
3.24/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of earlholman
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of mikefuski17
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Gidyup
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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Atwater Hop-A-Peel from Atwater Brewery
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