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Hip Hop - Hollister Brewing Co.

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Hip Hop
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28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hollister Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ReDave on 06-22-2007)
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Reviews by rallison:
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rallison

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on tap dozens of times - my go to beer at Hollister when it is on tap.

Excellent floral hop aroma that informs you quite nicely that you are in for a juicy hop bomb.

Lots of citrusy, West Coast hops in the taste. Very juicy with just enough malt backbone to keep this from being a super-dry DIPA. Nice bitterness at the end.

Through and through an excellent West Coast DIPA.

Also, while listed at 8.6%, this beer is usually running around 9.2% or so.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2009 06:04:11 | More by rallison
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3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hollister Brewing Company in Goleta, CA.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, herbal hops, and slight citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with honey and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a better taste over smell in my opinion.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hollister Brewing

Pours a golden orange color with a white head and some mild lacing. A lot of fruity hop notes on the aroma. Heavy on the pineapple and grapefruit, for the most part. There is a touch of caramel with a fair amount of pine. Nicely fruity, though somewhat sweet. Tropical fruits, pineapple, and grapefruit along with a little sweetness of caramel. The pine hop flavor does provide a nice bitterness, too.

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Reviewed on 12/23/2009. Growler thanks to mkade8883 (thanks Matt!). Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, sweat, crackery malt, and hop oils. Flavor of sweet citrus and grapefruit with the same rich, sweaty hop oils. Very light for a 9% DIPA. Awesome IIPA, I'm glad I got the chance to try this.

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theopholis

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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -Body is a deep orange/caramel color.Nice, sticky, white 2 finger head with decent retention.

Smell - Very nice hop aroma. Good floral hops with notes of citrus (orange peel and grapefruit). Nice, subtle pinyness in the nose too.

Taste- Powerful malt presence well mixed with hops. Very little malt sweetness. Good amount of citrus and pinyness without being cloying.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, good carbonation.

Drinkability - Quite nice!

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SpdKilz

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4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am in Santa Barbara with my parents for the Thanksgiving holidays and had to check out Hollister's for a quick drink after alex3891 recommended I try their DIPA.

Appearance - Poured into a standard pint glass with a deep orange/caramel color. About a finger of nice sticky white head was achieved with the bartenders pour that dissipates relatively slowly, literally coating the sides of the glass all the way down once the drink is finished.

Smell - Freaking amazing. Massive amounts of sweet peach and apricot explode from the nose. Slight bitter citrus such as grapefruit rind orange peel come through a bit later, mixed in with slight hops and pine. Overall, an utter citrus bomb in aroma. I can't wait to drink this.

Taste - I was hoping the taste would be similar to the nose, and it most certainly was. The initial flavor is like candied citrus. Peaches, mangos, apricots...immense sweet fruit. I love the sweetness to this beer not from the malts but from the fruits. Reminds me of the Oracle from Bell's. Very good.

Mouthfeel - Nice and creamy, medium bodied, lower carbonation. Finishes slick.

Drinkability - For an almost 10% DIPA it was quite drinkable. It did become just a bit cloying from the sweetness at the end of my glass but honestly, I could drink this all night long. Hollister's made a knockout!

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augustgarage

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4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub, served in a 10oz nonic. This batch weighs in at 9.5%. Reviewed from notes:

Decent clarity, light amber body with a thin smattering of ghost white foam which recedes to a minute collar and slick. Average lacing, light tears.

Nice potent aroma with sweet floral and light citrus notes, along with a touch of pine-like spice.

Super fresh hops on the palate without being as potent/abrasive as some more extreme examples of the style. Nice citrus-skin fruit flavors are absorbed by pine. Long bitter finish with a touch of grapefuit pith and a faint herbal note.

Medium-bodied, almost creamy, but well carbonated. The bitterness and alcohol play off one another for different types of "warmth" in the mouth-feel.

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Serving type: on-tap

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Beerandraiderfan

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3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Believe I had this at the Bistro Double IPA fest, memory kind of has a hard time keeping up at that thing. Good think I took notes.

Appearance looks just as good as any IPA. Developed some darker hues than I typically see for a double IPA. Smell isn't too piney or citrus. Has a more restrained effervesence as the carbonation was very much in a proper way.

Taste was quite well, I didn't vote it for a medal, but hey, the competition's tight. Very alcoholic, but enjoyable. Couldn't pin the exact hop profile with this one. Didn't disappoint, didn't make me want, in terms of drinkability, to go after more. Mouthfeel, remained constant throughout.

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barleywinefiend

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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a burnt orange color for me with a little white head. Carbonation was good. Nose was a little citrus, mainly orange peel and grapefruit and hoppy but not hoppy. Taste followed suit with some big citrus and a floral notes and lots of hops. Tasted like it was dry hopped as well. Tasted fresher of course from the tap. Lots of grapefruit and orange peel. Very good IIPA
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My 2nd growler fill on 9-19-2009
This batch was BIG grapefruit, orange peel, toasted malt, caramel. BIG HOPS. Drinkability is low on this. This is the biggest IIPA I have EVER had! One pint and I was buzzed and I drink big beer. Taste is good but the pucker fctor from the sheer amount of hops is unreal and obnoxious after the 2nd pint(as my speech slurs)

Serving type: growler

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ILikeGoodCider

California

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on 08-16-2008. From the tap. The first in a sampler of 6 at Hollister Brewing Co. in Goleta, CA.

A: Medium amber, clear thin head.

S: Hops up front. I got some herbals & citruses.

T: Hip-hoppy. Some citrus. Somewhat bitter.

M: Medium-full. Mild Carbonation

D: Not quite a session (ABV up around 9%), but quite drinkable.

Overall, a very good example of a Double IPA. I even bought the t-shirt (well, how could you turn down a cartoon hop with a gold chain & teeth?).

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2008 20:12:20 | More by ILikeGoodCider
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bulletrain76

California

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught at the brewpub. Clear, dark gold with a creamy head. Herbal and citrus hoppy aroma. Firm malty body with more sweetness than the pope ipa. The alcohol slightly shows. Lots of hops, but not too bitter. Good balance, and pretty subdued for an imperial ipa. Full and creamy palate. Nice and drinkable, but not very bold for an imperial ipa. Rerate: I'm appreciating the balace and hop flavor more. Full flavor and the citric hops really shine. Well done.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2008 05:32:40 | More by bulletrain76
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Hip Hop from Hollister Brewing Co.
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