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The Pope - Hollister Brewing Co.

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The Pope
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85
very good

32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 6.32%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hollister Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JayTheFinn on 06-01-2007)
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +5.3%

10-14-2012 14:54:55 | More by t0rin0
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womencantsail

California

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hollister Brewing

Pours golden orange in color with a finger of white head. There is plenty of fresh hop character to this. Lots of grapefruit peel and sweet tangerine, tons of pine aroma, too. Just a hint of grass and floral hops. A sharp grapefruit flavor with a mild sweetness of tangerine and orange. The pine gives a nice bitterness. Mild malt sweetness in the background.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2012 04:54:54 | More by womencantsail
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-28-2013 17:03:19 | More by jaydoc
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep yellow color with a thin white head. Nose was citrusanf floral notes, big hops like a West Coast IPA always should be. Taste is hps up front with floral notes, citrus all the way through. Well done IPA and the mouthfeel was nice and hoppy. No let down here.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2009 04:33:26 | More by barleywinefiend
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev +5.3%

06-01-2013 02:27:04 | More by drewone
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HopHead84

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/6/2011

On tap at Toronado.

A: Dark orange with a finger of white foam.

S: Pronounced bready notes blend with pine and grapefruit rind. The malt carries a moderate sweetness.

T: Bready malt blends with biscuit. Hops impart a smooth moderate bitterness and notes of tangerine, orange, and onions. There's a little alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium body with matching carbonation.

Overall: A solid beer, but not on par with Hippie Kicker.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 01:00:07 | More by HopHead84
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

02-24-2014 18:20:05 | More by GraduatedCashew
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Gobzilla

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

07-29-2013 04:11:36 | More by Gobzilla
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-21-2012 04:27:27 | More by millerbuffoon
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charlzm

California

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 05/25/08.

Noted as 7% ABV on my visit. Clear deep golden with active carbonation. Lacing on glass sides, head fades but does not vanish due to carbonation.

Aroma of Cascade hops.

Very similar to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale in flavor; hop flavors dominate (piney and a touch of citrus) along with bitterness. Malt flavor submerged to the point of near undetectability. Lingering bitterness with some parching on the tongue on finish.

Tasty, but nothing special. But check it out on cask...

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2008 02:00:57 | More by charlzm
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CelticAleMan

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

06-23-2013 03:32:38 | More by CelticAleMan
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BucannonXC5

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: Draft
Glass: Half-pint glass
From: Hollister Brewing Company in Goleta, Calif.
Price: $3.25
Purchased: July 5, 2013
Consumed: July 5, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a honey amber clear color with 1-2 fingers of off-white head when I got it. That head wore off quickly. Pretty good lacing along the sides. Average retention on the way down.

Smelled tons of hops. Got lime, pine, citrus, caramel and floral, all in a clean, light whiff.

Initial taste reminded me of a Manzanita IPA. Caramel, lime, pine, floral hops and citrus hops.

Medium body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

This beer wasn’t as quite as good as I remember it from December, but I was sick then. But overall it is an OK IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2013 09:05:56 | More by BucannonXC5
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Nugganooch

California

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at the Brewpub
Notes from visit – 12/27/11
*served in Nonic glass

A: Pours a hazy looking straw gold color adorned with a two finger bone-white foamy cap and some sticky webs of lace.

S: I found the aroma on this one to be really muted and hard to decipher through a somewhat metallic odor. Light fruity hops and some ale yeast aromas do make their way through eventually.

T: Taste is very light in malts and not as hoppy as I had hoped for the Pope. Still has a nice light bitter quality that is somewhat catty with what I am guessing are Simcoes here. Fruity. Definitely another sessionable IPA but somewhat toned down compared to some of the other offerings.

M: Great creamy texture on this one. Light frothy mouthfeel. Some hop bitterness. Bit of drying to the finish.

D: I would say more of a medium bodied IPA with a really nice creamy texture to it. Very sessionable in that matter.

Some moments of bright hops but a bit lacking in the IBU department.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2011 00:28:01 | More by Nugganooch
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brew3crew

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hollister brewery, sb, CA

A-golden body with aa white head that sticks around a decent amount of time

S-pineapple smell. Just straight pineapple

T-slightly hoppy, but mainly pineapplr

M-medium body and smooth

O-this is weird. Don't know why I get much pineapple...

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2011 23:05:35 | More by brew3crew
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wethorseblanket

California

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden with 1/2 inch white head leaving stringy lace.

N: Tons of tropical and citrus notes (pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit). Nearly perfect.

T: Citrusy fruits, some malty grains, piney evergreen needles.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Slightly bitter and semi-dry finish.

O: Very good balance. Slightly lower ABV than the Hippie Kicker which was more malt forward. If you are looking for a solid IPA, this is it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2012 00:33:36 | More by wethorseblanket
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Diomede

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-30-2012 16:00:55 | More by Diomede
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bh123

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

01-13-2013 02:02:02 | More by bh123
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jakecattleco

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-20-2014 21:40:52 | More by jakecattleco
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photomike

California

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a glowing orange color with minimal head, presumably just to fill my pint glass. I appreciate it, Hollister. Sticky lacing all the way up makes this a good looking beer. Without much head given in the first place, its hard to give this a perfect score in the appearance department, but I definitely recognize its quality.

Nose is very very citrusy, with an abundance of peppery pine as well.

Taste is very bitter, much more so than I'd expect from a small brewpub unlikely to get TOO extreme. I'm impressed, a lot of hops must have gone into this beer at 3 bucks a pint. Some underlying sweetness reminiscent of citrus, but big piney hops are the star here. Not as well balanced as I would have liked.

Mouthfeel is good. Clean and refreshing, the beers got a nice full body and a velvety finish.

Pretty drinkable; the alcohol is well hidden in the taste, but noticeable in the mouthfeel once it approaches room temperature. Warming.

Overall, a great effort from a relatively new brewpub. Keep stuff like this coming!

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2009 02:58:28 | More by photomike
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bulletrain76

California

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried the cask version of this on my latest visit to the brewpub today, and was pleasantly surprised by the differences. The head was more sustained and left tighter lacing than the keg version. I know that this was mainly due to the sparkler that they use, but it was still a mighty fine looking beer. The aroma also displayed a richer malty sweetness in contrast to the more intense, herbal hoppy notes of the keg version. The flavor was also a little more balanced, with more caramel sweetness coming through to balance the massive hop flavors. I did detect some papery oxidized notes as well, though. The mouthfeel was softer and smoother; quite nice. Overall, both versions have their merits, but cask is just cooler to drink, as you don't get the chance to have to many cask beer around here.

Serving type: cask

05-28-2008 06:10:41 | More by bulletrain76
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kdown

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

06-27-2012 18:01:27 | More by kdown
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rmaste6282

California

4/5  rDev +5.3%

02-08-2012 21:35:02 | More by rmaste6282
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raulazzer

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

11-30-2012 18:51:46 | More by raulazzer
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SShelly

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a Hollister Growler.

Nice medium straw with fluffy white head, and an immediate shot of american hops in the nose when poured. This beer smells amazing, lots of citrus, very pungent.

Taste is medium bitter with again a big hop aroma and flavor punch, though not really overdone as other beers in the style can be. Leaves a light lingering citrus bitterness that is very pleasant.

Overall a damn good IPA that I wish I could find in a bottle.

Serving type: growler

11-03-2008 00:45:50 | More by SShelly
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JayTheFinn

California

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Good solid IPA. The Pope is nothing outstanding, but it's an admirable addition to the HBC line up.

A - Light hazy gold body with a creamy white head about a finger thick.
S - Pine scented hoppiness.
T - Pine flavor from the hops dominates, but isn't overwhelming. A hint of lemony citrus in the background. Very good.
M - Light. Bubbly.
D - Smooth and easy to drink. The alcohol isn't very noticable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2007 01:02:02 | More by JayTheFinn
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The Pope from Hollister Brewing Co.
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