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HopArt IPA - COAST Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

467 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 92
Gots: 46 | FT: 4
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:
Walking a fine line of sweet malt and assertive hop character. A hop presence so enticing it truly is a work of art.

(Beer added by: MarkSCCOT on 10-21-2007)
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bastu for sending me this one!

Bottled on 8/25/11.

Pours a hazy light orange with a 2 inch puffy white head that settles to a small cap. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is primarily of herbal and citrus zest hops and maybe some citrus fruits. Taste is of grapefruit/citrus fruits, citrus zest, and some slight malt flavors. A medium level of bitterness lingers on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a crisp and somewhat dry mouthfeel with a good level of carbonation. Overall, this is a good IPA with a nice hop kick in the flavor.

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. Appearance is a nice orange color that is slightly cloudy. Nose is loaded with citrus hops. A good dose of orange. The taste scales back a bit on the hops with the flavor not quite leading to the strong profile that was in the nose. Feel is nice with a good level of bitterness. Overall, nice hop flavor and bitterness and a really great nose.

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with an impressive head that displays a lot of stickage

Smell: Fresh squeezed tangerine, mango and some pith

Taste: After a brief interlude with the cracker, the citrus and pith take off and lay down a streak of red grapefruit and mango flavors; after the swallow, the pithy bitterness builds assertively through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly the best bottled IPA I have tasted in the southeast

Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice IPA that shows no frills or gimicks, just plain and simple, a quintessential American delight.

A solid look of medium copper, froathy foamstance of white foam with great retention and lacing. Mild haze from dry hops. The look certainly fits the bill.

Aromas are dominated by citrus hops. Graham cracker maltiness offers a bit of a bready-sweet aroma that doesn't quite approach caramels. Alcohol and a estery mix of citrus and ethynol give some intrigue.

Flavors closely mimic the aromas: Dominated by grapefruit and orange zest, the hops take the foreground while light caramel maltiness buffers the hops and gives a sweeter and breadier taste. Hop bitterness does more than just balance the beer by showcasing the resiny a-acids that make these beers so great. light nail polish remover taste emits from the alcohols and becomes also quite bitter in the finish.

Froathy and medium bodied up front, while the malts still make a presence. But from mid palate on, the beer is all about hop bitterness and an increasing dry crispness. Finishes airy and light; kinda evaporative with only a memory of malt sweetness left on the lips.

Hop Art is what IPA's should be: A showcase for hops but with supporting malts that don't bring attention to themselves. Thanks Mikesgrove!

Photo of kylehay2004
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: enjoyed on tap at the brewery. Single finger head and nice lace. Cloudy golden with crimson hues. Nice head retention.

S: mild wet sock hop aroma. Some malt. Wood and vanilla but otherwise overall not a very strong aroma.

T: nice complexity to the hop character. Initially the pine is mild but it progresses to a sharply bitter finish. Caramel malt initially.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: nice hop character but lacking in the aroma category. The bitterness builds throughout the experience Which is enjoyable.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22ounce bottle with a date of 3/18/2008. Consumed on 07/07/2008.

I was lucky enough to pick this one up right from the source several months back and have enjoyed it a couple of times since. I felt last night it really needed a proper review, so I busted out the glassware and went at it right. Served initially right out of the fridge, but allowed to warm up to room temp over time and poured into a nice pint glass.

The pour was very nice. A rich, and hazy amber tone came out of the bottle and splashed down into the glass. Nice carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass gave way to a full two inches of foam across the top. Very nice retention as this one did not really let down at all, and even still left copious amounts of side glass lace all over the place. Sticky would be a good word for the look of this one. The aroma was very well balanced. Resin like pine notes coming across first and then changing over into a mix of sugary malts and a biscuit like middle. The flavor though was a little bit more focused on the hops. Perfect balance here with a rich, thick feel and a wonderful sense of completeness in the profile. Nice use of pine hops and a fresh grass like flavors. Smooth with a coating texture that really made the flavor stick to your mouth and did not let you forget what the taste was like. I was shocked by how good this was the first time I had tried it. Alcohol was completely buried and it was utterly smooth as silk. I could have drank this one for days, it was the perfect balance and ideal session ale for me from the very first taste.

Overall to say that I was impressed with this would be doing it an injustice. This was easily one of the best IPA's I have had, and to know it was coming from a good local brewer just makes it all the better. I would have no issue with having this one on tap in my house everyday of the week! I would seek this out if you come through town, it is definitely worth it!

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dark copper body with an inch and a half of foamy, lightly yellow head.

Smell: Fragrant aroma smelling of caramel malts, though for the most part it's a floral, fruity plenty of grilled pineapple rings and juicy tangerine rinds.

Taste: Pale and caramel malts with a light, sugary sweetness. Hop flavors of tangerines, pineapples, and even a bit of pine needle extract with a moderate amount of caustic, citric hop bitterness. Still though, the beer finishes bittersweet. Only a touch of alcohol comes through.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Overall coating mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It's good! With plenty of sweet maltiness and punchy, bitter hops HopArt walks a very fine line between IPA and Double IPA.

Photo of nickfl
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, golden-copper colored body. The head dissipates slowly and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - A hoppy aroma of pine, lemon, and some spicy notes with bread and a little toffee in the background.

T - Bready malt and some spicy hop character up front. Lemon, grapefruit, pine, and some sweaty notes in the middle. Finishes with pungent, kind of harsh bitterness as well as light malt sweetness and pine flavors that linger.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - The hop character is fairly done with a nice combination of pine and spicy notes as well as some malt to balance. My only complaint is that the bitterness is a bit of the harsh, chemical side which does the drinkability no favors. Not bad, but not Coast's best.

Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy orange hurd brown with a creme head. Nose is a mild malty caramel thing. Flavor leans toward earthy hops with a citric spike and on the end is a nutty kind of after tone. Feel has a mildly sharp carbonation. Liquid is a bit thicker. An easy drinking IPA. I'll have no problem drinking 64 ounces of this one.

Thanks to raverjames for the hookup.

Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this interesting looking IPA as an extra from kkipple the great trader.

A: A large 2 finger fluffy head rises up and shows no signs of even starting to fade. This thing just wants to hang out and enjoy the tasty beverage as much as me. It's actually kinda eerie. Well... after waiting a bit it starts to fade and leaves a heavy lacing on the glass. Meanwhile the color is a hazy golden wheat to orange tangerine color.

N: I could smell this from a couple feet away as soon as I popped the top. Very aggressive hop aroma. Lots of chewy earthy hops, combined with tons of spicy hops, citrus, orange peel, fresh musty wet hop, and all the good stuff (not very piny though). Some tangerine and fresh orange, slight malty sweetness.

T: Mmmhmmm, just as I suspected... hoppy! Very juicy too, like fresh squeezed hop juice. Lots of fresh musty wet hops, spicy hops, tons of citrus again. Theres a little grapefruit, some tangerine, orange, and even a slight pine. Chewy hops behind all that somehow. It's pretty bright. A pretty solid bitterness that doesn't get overwhelming and seems to increase as it goes. But that's not all, sip now and it'll give me a free light malty sweet base. A slightly thick malty sweet base that could be confused with alcohol, but it's only 7.7% so the alcohol bite never comes.

M: Medium body, heavier than expected. Tons of carbonation with all that.

F: Dries off quite a bit, accentuated with the heavy hops. Speaking of which, yep, lots on the finish too. More earthy and musty fresh hops, tons of citrus and spicy hops. The bitterness really ravages the mouth, and won't go away. This time some real pine comes through too, like chewing on fresh hoppy pine tree, the kind that keeps your car fresh, and smelling like delicious hops. Hmmm, I think I just got an idea for a patent... brb...

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 7/28/10, served in an imperial pint glass. Amber, mild haze, white head of medium bubbles, heavily carbonated and moderate lacing. Looks good for an IPA.

Sweet citrus hops aroma, could use a little more volume but it smells good.

Beer is quite bitter with a nice forward hoppiness to it. Strong citrus fruit characters and a bright beer. Carbonation is nice in the mouth and the overall experience is good. Drinkability is nice as well. I'd have it again but ultimately its a second tier IPA overall. Comparable to local IPAs for sure.

Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, had on 3/6/10 at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a murky, pale golden color. Little head and carbonation evident.

s - A srong pine hop smell is the first thing that really jumps out at you. After that there are also traces of sweet fruits. Nice mix.

t - Taste is also very full of hops and is very bitter. Lots of pine. Not getting as much of the fruit taste in from the smell, but not bad.

m - Medium body with little carbonation.

d - Overall I thought this was an ok IPA; not bad but nothing amazing. I thought the smell was much more balanced than the the taste, and that the piney hops and bitterness dominated the taste.

Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a one inch head that lasts a while. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: caramel, orange, floral hops, and some fruitiness comes through to the nose.

Taate: follows the nose as caramel, floral hops, orange, grapefruit, pear, and a nice bitterness create a well balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a mild dry finish.

Overall: this is a very easy to drink beer - nicely refreshing too. Well worth seeking this one out.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of woodychandler
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It came with a small, off-tan head both because it was trying to overcome the chilled glass into which it had been poured and also because the server filled it right to the rim. The color was a slightly hazy deep amber. Nose was decently hoppy with a citrus/Cascade scent. Mouthfeel was medium with a solid hop bite on the tongue. Finish was dry, hoppy, but still seemed to be wanting for hops.

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HopArt IPA from COAST Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.