HopArt IPA - COAST Brewing Company

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HopArt IPAHopArt IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

528 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 94
Gots: 64 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
COAST Brewing Company visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MarkSCCOT on 10-21-2007

Walking a fine line of sweet malt and assertive hop character. A hop presence so enticing it truly is a work of art.
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Ratings: 528 | Reviews: 236
Reviews by taylorhamrick:
Photo of taylorhamrick
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fresh offering from The Charleston Beer Exchange

Pours a bit hazy with an enormous head and amber color. The smell is faintly citrusy with a bit of sweetness coming after. The taste matches the smell fairly well. A bit of sweetness and nutty breadiness with some great citrusy hops. The mouthfeel improves at it warms, I mean, at a point, it feels a bit thin, but your mouth starts to fill with delicious hops as it warms. Anything that I could drink a half gallon of in a night and love every single drop is a damn good beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Andnkuhn
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gets my #1 vote as best label design. :).
(Note: the label shown in photo is not the most current design)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume III, Issue II:

Massive and dense cream-colored head, completely hazy orange-amber color that is most likely from the amount of hops used and obviously not filtered. Big whiffs in the nose of mango, ruby red grapefruit and lime zest from the hops, then there is a bit more fruitiness from the alcohol and a hint of toasted biscuit from the malt. Smooth and bitty with a creamy, slick mouthfeel and a medium to full body. The hops pop with a slightly coarse bite, pleasant but rough around the edges. Big toasted cracker maltiness throughout lays down a solid foundation. Hops stay dominant for the most part with a heavy- handed flavor that keeps on dropping citrus rind, hemp seed oil and blond tobacco flavors. The alcohol comes through after several sips to let you know it's there; warmth and a ripe fruitiness hit middle to end. Finishes bittersweet with a thick layer of hop flavor that sticks to the taste buds.

There is no fine line separating IPAs and Double IPAs, so this ends up being a hefty American IPA, a lovely one at that. Old-school rough-and-tumble style with hop bitterness and flavor fighting it out, and the blatant unfiltered look. If "punk rock" was a beer, it would be HopArt IPA.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into my glass a super hazed dark orange with a half inch of creamy bone white head on top that leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas are a mix of pine, grass and citrus upfront with herbal accents. Slightly spicy with a caramel and mild grainy kick.

First sip brings a mix of pine and citrus fruits upfront with spicy herbal hop oils. Slightly grassy it is met by a solid creamy malt featuring caramel and a light toast. Flows down and finishes with a solid bitter kick but is well balanced overall. A tasty IPA.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a great body that goes down easy. Overall, a tasty IPA that brings the hops but doesn't go overboard. Glad I had a chance to try it and thanks to RyanC84 for the opportunity.

Photo of marvin213
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A murky orange like a forming dawn sits with suds slipping down the sides of the glass. It's a beautiful IPA. Heady hops drip on the lacy sides. Kudos for the HopArt HopArt sticker! The only thing boring is the bottle cap.

Smells balanced, about which I'm uncertain because I yearn for more hop. It smells good an organic--there's a 'naturalness' to the nose and the taste. It's like perfectly balanced! It's odd. The taste is definitive (east coast) IPA: smooth assertive malt with leafy, earthy hop cones to it. This is a well-crafted beer.

Do I consider it in context of East Side IPAs or all IPAs? The category reads "American IPA" so I side with only the good side of great. Like other vegetation, there's factors within that west coast climate that provide its products an unfair advantage. Minus any sense of citrus, the beer feels good.

HopArt's a pretty awesome beer, and Coast is a pretty awesome brewery. Cheers!

Photo of badbeer
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber color with an off-white head with decent retention and lacing. Light grapefruit and biscuit aromas. Seemed kind of light in the aroma department. Some grapefruit, a touch of lemon, and some biscuit in the taste. Light body with medium carbonation. A decent beer, but seemed like a Pale Ale with the alcohol of a IIPA.

Photo of PatLarsen
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this a couple of times. It's good. It has a amber red appearance. On the last one, the smell was a bit muted for an IPA. The taste was a little sweeter with a big carmel taste. It might be because of the higher ABV. I had a good mouthfeel with good carbonation. Overall, I felt it was a good representation just not one of my favorites.

Photo of mondegreen
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a snifter. Bottled less than a week ago on 1/17/10.

A: Ruby red grapefruit with a healthy head and lots of lacing. I am almost finished and the head has survived the entire 22oz.

S: Sweet, resin-like hops. Very earthy.

T: Brief initial sweetness then very bitter hops. Lots of grapefruit bite in the mouth. Finish is very dry, this is quite a hoppy beer. Reminds me a little of Ruination, but not quite that bitter.

M: Nice carbonation, solid mouthfeel.

D: Drinkability is decent, but the bitterness will take a toll on your palate. I think I need some water before my next pour.

I'm grateful to have tried this one so fresh. It is an excellent beer, and I think it would fit better as a DIPA than an American IPA. Its ABV (7.7%) matches other well known DIPAs, and the flavor will easily match up to the big boys.

Photo of jeonseh
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a GI tulip

A - Hazy, glowing orange with light carbonation. Huge white foamy head that left nice lacing as it settle down

S - Strong citrus nose with orange, tangerine and pineapple. There is a slight sweet malt backbone as well that you pick up in the nose

T - Bitter pine hits you initally before the orange peel and tangerine comes through in the middle. There is a nice malt backbone that gives it a slight caramel sweetness. The finish is bitter as pine and grapefruit linger on. Well balanced betweenmalt and hops and actually reminds me of a slightly more bitter Dreadnaught

MF - Medium body with a lot of carbonation to make it full and smooth. Has a nice hop resin that remains on the tongue in the finish.

O - A delicious almost DIPA like IPA that has a strong bitter hop presence with enough of a malt backbone to keep it balanced. Definitely pick up a bottle if you see it!

Photo of glid02
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on-tap at Charleston Beer Works in Charleston, SC.

Pours a very cloudy light copper color with a one-finger white head that dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles on top. Lacing is very sticky.

The biggest smell is the bitterness. There are also some sweet malt and citrus aromas.

Tastes great. Solid hop flavors, very robust citrus and bitter notes throughout. The backbone of the beer is the sweet maltiness. Everything works together very well.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a solid thickness, and the carbonation is just right. Slides down very smoothly.

This is a very drinkable beer. Nothing is too overpowering, and as the bitter flavor increases throughout the sip it gets better and better.

Overall I was very happy while drinking this beer. Done very well, and seeing the 7.7% ABV surprised me, I would not have guessed it was that high. Definitely worth a shot.

Photo of tmock10
4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Cloudy orange/yellow with creamy white head, great retention and lacing
S-Citrus and pine hops
T-Grapefruit,orange and pineapple with the perfect balance of pine and malt.
M-Medium body and the bitter hoppy aftertaste you expect from a quality IPA.
D-All day everyday if it were available where I live
Overall-Next time I visit Charleston I will definitely have one or many on tap.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Thanks to Jay for opening.

A: Pours a nice orange/copper color with a one finger off-white head. Decent lacing down the sides.

S: Some citrus aromas, mostly grapefruit and pineapple, with a good bit of caramel and bready malt.

T: Kind if a disappointment actually, not as hoppy as I was hoping. Not bad at all, just a bit on the malty side. Lots of caramel, graham cracker, and some bready malt. There was a little bit of citrus mixed in.

M: Medium bodied, slightly grainy, moderate carbonation with a slightly dry/sticky finish.

O: Had higher hopes having already sampled Boy King. Not sure on the age of the bottle, so would love to try it again based off other reviews.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shout out to mikesgroove for hookin this one up.

bottled 3/2/08.

Pours a nice looking cloudy murky orange with a nice fluffy white head that sticks around for a while and leaves hard ice like lace.

Nose has a nice sweetness to it, some hops, but not really balls out hoppiness like you would find in a WC offering, but there is still a good west coastish grapefruit hop bitterness.

Taste is quite sweet. Im guessing/hoping that some of the hops have died a bit due to the age on this one. There is still most defenitely some hop flavors going on in here tho, they just seem a bit subdued. The malt profile here is very enjoyable, and if the hops were amped up just a bit on this one, i could see this being a very top notch IPA. A slight wateryness hampers the flavor a touch. Malt backbone is very good.

Mouthfeel is good, but slightly undercarbonated, and a touch of wateryness that is a bit odd. This one is certainly quite palateable.

Drinkability is quite nice here, could defenitely slam a few of these, especially if they would dose up the hoppage just a touch. and with a 7.7 abv that makes this one a bit dangerous.

Overall, I would love to try this one fresh off the tap. I think this could be a very fine IPA with just a few minor adjustments. Certainly a nice and drinkable brew, and one i would most defenitely have again if it was local and fresh. A good beer from COAST.

Photo of augustgarage
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of mikesgroove (thanks!). Bottled on November 26th, 2009. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Glowing, cloudy gradient from gamboge to amber in the glass. A trembling finger of soapy white foam adheres doggedly to the surface, tossing up emotive fractals of lacing which remain behind after the tears slide back down in sheets.

Moderate hop aromatics, mostly woodsy, pine with a hint of citrus. Straight-ahead and pure.

Initial white honey on the palate absorbed rapidly by a bitter grapefruit and earth note. White wine. Bready grassy finish - very dry. Nicely balanced. Not really of either the East Coast or West Coast schools of the style. Super clean.

Smooth, almost medium-bodied, crisp, slightly puckering from the bitterness. ABV well integrated.

A bit one note, but really tasty.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to funkydelic for this one. Poured from a 22oz. bomber labeled with a 4/20/10 born on date, into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Shared with a couple of my housemates.

A: Moderate pour yields a .5 finger fine white head with decent retention. Beer is a cloudy, unfiltered orangy-yellow. Lacing is spotty at best with little cling.

S: Outstandingly outrageous nose of citrus, grapefruit, pine, grass, and hops. This one really blows me away and is one of the most aromatic and pleasant I've come across in a long time. My mouth waters at thoughts of the upcoming hop-liciousness...

T: Pine, astringent hops, citrus, earth, and grass. Hoppy bitterness becomes more and more pronounced through the middle to the end. Definitely more of a west coast style IPA. Big and bitter. Messy finish with a big kick that leaves a very hoppy aftertaste that lasts for a long time.

M: Medium bodied, slightly carbonated, and smoother that I would like. Slightly dry in the mouth with an extremely messy finish and lingering aftertaste.

D: Being a fan of balance in IPAs, I'd definitely say that this is a one and done for me. Too hoppy and the smooth body just makes the flavor stick on the tongue even more. Still, I appreciate it as a finely crafted beer of its style. Seek this one out if you're a hophead.

Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, a surprise in a box from blackie. my first COAST offering

bottled 11.26.09

appearance: cool label - poured into my tyranena pint, lighter body - hazy straw-yellow, foamy white crest with light retention

smell: definitely aggressively hopped, citrus peel, grapefruit bitterness

taste: nice ipa - prickly hops, resinous pine, bitter white grapefruit, caramel malts behind the scenes but this one is definitely a hop bomb. pulpy and enjoyable - a little rough around the edges but uper echelon

mouthfeel: strong bitterness, slick and oily

drinkability: good

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Too yeasty for me being an IPA. Kinda tasty like a Belgian/IPA?

Photo of prototypic
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my man, kkipple, for hooking me up with Coast.

Bottled on March 18, 2010

HopArt looks like a head-on collision of orange and gold. It's a little hazy, and has copper highlights. It's topped with a very fluffy, off-white head that stands about 3 fingers tall. Impressive. It's fairly slow to recede, and leaves thick, sticky lace in its wake.

The nose is quite good. Hops are very apparent from the first whiff. Grapefruit, orange, and mango notes are abundant. There are a few floral notes, but the hops are primarily citric. A healthy amount of malt is also present. It mostly smells like pale malt. There's a little caramel, but not nearly enough to offend. Alcohol is blended well. This one smells like hop forward dandy.

HopArt is a nice IPA. It's good. It kicks off with a nice, citrusy hop flavor. The usual grapefruit, orange, and mango flavors are present. There is a little bit of a floral twist, but it's subtle. The only drawback here is that it's not very bitter. I'd like more in that department. Pale and caramel malts give it a sturdy, slightly sweet base, and also provide quite a bit of balance. Some of the hop bitterness is lost in the shuffle. Alcohol is not noticeable at all. It finishes a sweet and sugary, with a citrus blast of hop flavor. Good stuff.

HopArt has a medium body that's nice and smooth. Carbonation feels just a tad buzzy, but it retains smooth feel. Drinkability is good. This is a tasty IPA that goes down easy. I'm really enjoying the bomber. There's definitely a lot to like here.

Coast Brewing has a nice thing going. They're certainly making a name for themselves, not only in S. Carolina, but on the national scene. I'm impressed with their beer. HopArt is more than a solid IPA. It has a really nice flavor. It could use a little more hop bitterness, but that's just my preference. Very good stuff, nonetheless. Thanks a ton, Dan!

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always like finding IPAs in the 7-8% ABV range. There's a bit more kick than your average IPA, but it's not too thick or syrupy like many DIPA's. Call it my hoppy sweet spot.

The hops character was a rich mix of apricot and spicy citrus rind. The beer was fruity, but not over-the-top tropical punch like a couple IPAs I've tried. The bready, mild caramel malt backbone stands up, but just provides balance and doesn't cut into the hops. The body isn't too thick either, to really slow you down. Give this a try if you can find it.

Photo of mikey711
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy orange color with a soapy white head that leaves decent lacing. the head poured a big thicker than i would have liked.

S: Slightly sopay smelling hops with a fair amount of caramel and breadiness in the background.

T: There is a slight pine bitterness and hints of soapy lemon. decent amount of balanced and nothing off, but nothing spectacular

M: Slightly thin with a bit of an oily feel. No heat

D: easy to put down and i am glad i got to try this one

Photo of jp62099
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't do many reviews, but since I was one of the few folks to be able to get some in it's bottled form I figured I would give it a review.
First release 22oz. from Teds, hand written bottled date 03/12/08.
Poured a murky deep orange, white 1/2" head. Smell was a little more subtle than I would expect, but nice. Citrusy and some malt sweetness. The taste was not as in your face as some big American IPAs, pine and citrus notes give way to the sweet malt for a pretty balanced taste and feel.
I am not a huge fan of the hopbombs out there so I enjoyed this IPA for it's more subtle character. It is somewhat like an English IPA, which I like.
I would love to drink this often, but at the current price $8, It will be more of a special occasion beer.

Photo of nickd717
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Dunt on BA at DLD.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a nicely formed white head.

Aroma is very nice and hoppy. Citrusy and piney with some sweet malt to balance.

Flavor is sort of like a less intense version of Boy King DIPA. Sweet pale and caramel malts along with citrus, pine, and resinous hops.

Medium-bodied with a nice hoppy oiliness on the palate. Somewhat lively mouthfeel.

A very solid IPA overall. COAST is legit it seems. Good to see some good beer coming out of the South.

Photo of branimal9
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler procured at Green's in Greenville into my old reliable New Belgium tulip glass...

appearance - a nice golden orange color with half inch bone-colored head. very nice lacing tags the side of the glass as you make your way through.

aroma - citrusy, fresh-ass hops hit you immediately. if they made a HopArt cologne, i'd live in it. grapefruit, lemon...glorious.

taste - soapy, wet hops hit the tongue. flavors of orange & pine follow. malts make an appearance as well, evening the scales, with a dry hop bitterness on the finish.

mouthfeel - full bodied and creamy. tart & bitter. sticky on the tongue.

drinkability - very high. i could knock back several of these. hops aren't so over-the-top as to make this guy a "one n' done", but there's still more than enough flavor here to keep you coming back for more.

i'm a big fan of this beer. in South Carolina, we aren't exactly used to getting beer as fresh as this, so finally getting COAST in Greenville is quite a treat. David, whatever you're doing out there in Charleston, keep it up, dude.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Served in a taster.

Appearance - Hazy copper. Almost no head, but the glass was wet. Minimal lacing.

Smell - Nondescript hop aroma. Slight citrus. Equally strong malt backing. Hint of sweetness.

Taste - Hops up front, again a blend of flavors. Citrus most prominent, but otherwise indiscernable. Malty. Not too strong, but some sweetness. Minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Easiest to drink of the hoppy varieties I had today. Medium body. Smooth.

Overall - I can see why this is year round. Everyman IPA. Not specific in any category, but good all around.

Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. There is a bottling of 1/17/10 on the bottle, so I'm psyched to be getting into this one fresh. By the way, I love the label art for this one. It's some of the best that I've seen in a while.

Pours a beautiful clear coppery amber, with several stiff foamy fingers of slightly off-white foamy head. Nice rich and frothy retention to this, with a great flareup that leaves thick clumps of patchy lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is fresh, floral, and a little peppery smelling, with a rich blast of sharp resins and herbal character that sticks in the nose. Extra notes of citrus and malt add a touch of sweet balancing tang to the nose.

The taste literally DRIPS with hop character. Resins, oils, and spice. The flavor here is just so fresh and bright tasting, packing a LOT of hop flavor without coming off as overly harsh or bitter. Green citrus and malt gives this a silky sweetness across the back before spice and bitter grapefruit takes holds of the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sleek and oily feel to it that is VERY easy in the mouth. I'm not getting any warmth at all here for a 8% beer and I'm really digging the mellow creaminess that pulls up the back of this as you swallow. Both greatly help take the drinkibility of this up a notch.

Wow, this is one that I've been wanting to try for a while now (especially after having had their awesome Boy King DIPA) and this did not disappoint in any way. The hop profile on this was, dare I say, almost Pliny-esque with the way that it pushed the fresh and delicious aspects of the hops to the forefront without making the drinker deal with a heavy amount of bitterness that you usually find with hop bombs of this magnitude. Packed with flavor, well balanced, and insanely drinkable, this was some fantastic stuff. One of the better American IPAs out there IMHO. Freshness seems key with this one and I can't wait to seek this out on draft next time I'm down in the Charleston area.

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HopArt IPA from COAST Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.