HopArt IPA - COAST Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

230 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 230
Hads: 567
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 95
Gots: 74 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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 (489 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +5%
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! (1,287 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
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! (1,949 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (818 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (2,005 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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... (1,828 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (359 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this!

Poured into CCB Snifter

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Color is a very appealing peach orange. Very hazed.

Aroma: A lot of sweet fruits. Mandarins, peaches, and tangerines. Big floral hop profile. Very minimal hop presence. I like this.

Taste: Big floral hop profile with hop resin going on. Lots of sweet fruits again. Mangoes and mandarins. Again, little malts showing. It reminds me a big of CCB Humidor jai alai.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but not over the top. A bit creamy as well. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends relatively clean.

Overall, a very solid IPA. A bit bigger than most single IPAs. Fairly drinkable as well. I don't know much on the background of this beer, but it was great getting to try it. (772 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (701 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks Darrell. Orange body, mild haze, quarter inch of off-white cap. Oranges, hops, grain. Grainy with mild alcohol heat. Medium bodied with some sticky resinous hops. Eh... (175 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My local, in-person trader, tone77, headed due South for a while and returned with a bunch of CANs for me in furtherance of The CANQuest (tm)! It is like a twist on the old t-shirts in that my buddy visited the south and all I got was a bunch of CANs. In this case, that's okay by me.

From the CAN: "Walking a fine line of sweet malt & assertive hop character. A hop presence so enticing it truly is a work of art."; "97% Organic Ingredients"; "Drink Fresh!"

As to that last, tone77 warned me that these were getting some age on them and so I CANducted triage, moving the IPAs to the front of the line. The Crack! went off without a hitch, so I CANmenced a moderately gentle pour which still netted two fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) and although I wanted to see if it would clear, I also wanted to get started since the head had fallen while I typed. Nose was redolent with fresh-squeezed grapefruit aromas and my mouth was watering! Mouthfeel was medium. Oh man, this must have been a recent CANquisition on tone77's part as the hops were really bright and bitter on the tongue! It was like morning grapefruit juice, reminding me that a) I need a job and b) I need to go grocery shopping. I recently read where excess hops lead to man boobs, but also help to ward off Alzheimer's Disease. At least, I will be CANgizant of them in my old age! Finish was bitter, dry and just the way I like my AIPAs. Time to revisit those scores.

My original, on-tap review dtd 05 July 2008 (4;3.5;3.5;4;3.5) follows:

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. (1,996 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. Bottled March 28 2013.

A gorgeous crystal clear dark copper amber body, with a little bit of dark color character. A big middle column of tiny carbonation, capped with a nice tan evenly pinhead bubbled three finger head that settles to a thick crown and cap. Aggressive and impressive.

Nose is a bit muted. Pine and spruce airy, but not large, hints of earth also but with not much dank quality. Not much sweet malt or caramel, or backbone to this either, but pleasant.

A real juicy palate on first sip. Palate has a hidden thickness and big resiny coating in the mouth. Hop angle comes mostly in aftertaste of pine and spruce, with hints of lots of oily grapefruit. Citrus and juice tropics on first seem to fill the palate but dissolve and disappear very quickly. Some faint biscuit aroma really wants to come out in the swallow but is quite burried also.

Overall though it has such easy drinking ability, and maybe not the most memorable IPA but quite tasty and one I would easily drink again. (1,054 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

HopArt IPA
COAST Brewing Company
Style: American IPA
ABV: 7.70 %

Pours a light orange color. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, and herbs. A rather enticing hoppy aroma. In the taste, mild resinous hop character with faint pine, sage, and citrus notes. Light caramel flavor from the malts and a bit bready. Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Drinks very easily and a very sessionable IPA. Hides the 7.7% very well, this could be dangerous if it was always on hand. (468 characters)

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange golden with a somewhat slight, swirly head, and scant lacing. Smells floral and fruity with apricot, mango, and citrus notes. Tastes similar. Very fruity with an explosion of tropical fruit and citrus backed by some sweet malt. Quite smooth in the mouth, almost silky. I actually prefer the bottled version- the draft seems to bring out more of the sweet notes- perhaps just a tad too much of them. Still, a solid beer. (448 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this in a recent trade with raverjames. Thanks a lot man!

Pours a cloudy golden orange/peach color with golden burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger yellowish foam head. Very good retention, only slowly settling into a lasting cap that coats the glass with sheets of chunky soapy lacing.

Earthy floral hop aroma with lots of sweet citrus notes. Plenty of dank oily hops with hints of grapefruit, mango and lemon peel. Subtle earthy pine character and light malts.

Chewy resinous full body with lots of earthy dry hops and sweet citrus flavor. This beer is amazingly fresh with lots of luscious dank oily hops as well as both dry pine and sweet citrus notes. Lots of mango, grapefruit and lemon peel character with a ton of dry bitterness and dry earthy pine needle. Slight alcohol presence toward the end of the swallow that lingers into the dry finish. Nice biscuit/graham cracker malt backbone provides some balance but doesn't detract from the glorious hop flavor at all. I loved this beer and wished that I had better access to it. Highly recommended! (1,092 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, hazy, copper-gold coloring with a bright, white halo of bubbly head. Nose of pine pitch, caramel backbone, and subtle grapefruit notes. Flavors are toasted forward, with resinous hops, dank, and a blast of tropical fruit. The aftertaste is more bitter and resinous, with hints of tropical fruit. Light bodied and smooth, with a bitter, tropical fruit linger on a smooth finish. Good brew. (451 characters)

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HopArt IPA from COAST Brewing Company
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