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HopArt IPA - COAST Brewing Company

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HopArt IPAHopArt IPA

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very good

236 Reviews

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Reviews: 236
Hads: 595
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 94
Gots: 88 | 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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Reviews: 236 | Hads: 595
Photo of badbeer
3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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

Poured from a growler purchased at Beer Exchange in Charleston to a murky range-red, with thick of-white head that lingered well and left good lacing. Nose was strong citrusy grapefruit hops, with a hint of malt, and the alcohol creeping in as beer warmed. Mouthfeel was full and slightly tingly, and the flavor was a very tasty citrus and sweet malt, all rounding to a nice smooth, long finish.

My first Coast, and most impressed.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.01/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a brownish-amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head and some good lacing.

S: The citrus quality dominated the smell, along with some floral hops.

T: This beer had sweet malt, floral hops and some citrus (grapefruit?). Different from other IPAs, in that it didn't seem to focus as much on the hops content. Tasty, though.

M: A decently high amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: As I said, this wasn't exactly what I'd thought it would be, but it's still a worthwhile beer.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wcudwight for this one.

Bottled on 3-18-08.

A - Hazy orange with a fluffy white head that leaves tiny strings of lace.

S - Piney and grapefruit hops with some sweet caramel mixed in.

T - Bitter piney hops with some grapefruit, citrus and sweet caramel. Nicely balanced.

M - Smooth and creamy with a little lingering hop resin.

D - This one was quite muted so maybe it hasn't held up so well over time. Still appears to be a nice IPA that I would like to try again fresh.

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4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A massive three finger head quickly reaches the top of the glass and is light tan in color. Retention is solid and caverness bubbles leave dots of lace. Body is a hazy wheat colored amber. Nose has a subtle fresh citrus based hop feel, with a hint of musky spice and alchol. First sip gives a lovely refreshing hop feel that is crisp and very citrus based. There are some mineral tones on the back of the tongue but this beer stays smooth and quinching. Some even zesty bitterness is there but not harsh at all. At 7.7% there is no alchol bite at all. Mouthfeel is clean with a hint of bitter and hint of thickness. Off the chart drinkability. This is a stellar IPA.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed vom Fass in North Charleston.

Slightly hazed amber-orange colored brew. Decent two-finger head with a rather sticky lacing along the side of the glass. Aromas of bright and citrusy hop action. Mid-level on the palate with a nice hop snap on the tongue. Good, dry finish. I think this brew achieved its purpose. It is not a hop bomb by any stretch, but still a very solid session offering. I will have to try this one again as when I had it I was so very much in love with the 32/50 Kolsch.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of Deuane
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Slightly hazy orange tinged copper with a medium white head that held on well and left good, sticky lace.

S-Amazingly well-balanced with sweet caramel and bready biscuit malts duking it out with zippy citrus hops and a hint of peppery spiciness.

T-Citrus, peppery spice and floral hop flavours battle it out with sweet caramel malt....neither wins. A most impressively balanced beer. Try as I might I find no winner in the malt/hop war.

M-Medium body with a good smoothness and a lingering spicy bitterness.

D-This is a very well-balanced IPA with an impressive and complex hop profile. All melds well with a highly supportive malt backbone. A really nice IPA that serves the locals well I am sure! Not the citrus, hop forward bomb that I crave but certainly a brew I can respect.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber into Sam Adams glass on 9/3/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing this with me!

A - Hazy orange body with one-finger creamy white head that retained quite well throughout and left some decent lacing around the glass. Modest amount of carbonation present.

S - Well-balanced nose with sweet and bready malts paired with citrus hops and an underlying spiciness. There is also mild burnt caramel aspect and a bit of alcohol present.

T - Interesting potpourri of hops including citrus, spicy/peppery and floral flavors backed by a burnt caramel sweetness. Finish is malty and sweet with a moderate hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with a smooth, creamy texture and mild carbonation. Emits a warming sensation of the palate.

D - Really impressed with this one, which was consequently my first COAST brew. This is a well-balanced IPA with a pleasant hop profile that's even fairly complex. Well done!

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Photo of glid02
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep amber with a one finger head and lasting lace
pine, citrus and some earthiness in the scent--very nice but could be just a little bolder
taste is wow. powerful but restrained, moody but lovable. not sure i can drink another bell's two hearted, as this reminds me of that brew, yet tastes pleasantly amped up.

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Photo of Scoobydank
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Softcough for this treat out of a growler
L:Light browish off white 1/2 finger head. Cloudy light brown color. Just a touch of orange color.
S:Light piney grapfruit with just a ubtle hint of caramel.
T:Very light on the hops. Although they do pop in and out often through out. Those light hops are very piney resiny. A touch of caramel. Seems a tad watery.
M:Thick and fat. A nice roundness even though those tight tiny bubbles keep calmping to the sides of my mouth.
D:Good. I would love to try this beer out of a tap or bottle. I have a feeling it may have lost something out of the growler. PArtly my fault, I kept it around to long.

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Photo of corey0212
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Won this in the first weekly mikesgroove LIF!! Thanks, Mike!

Pours a nice hazy orange color, darker through the middle, big & fluffy beige head settles into a layer of foam on top of the beer, plenty of lacing left in its wake. Bitter citric hop aroma, grapefruit rind, and a serious caramel malt aroma, everything balanced out nicely. Big, juicy citrus blast hits the tongue, with an almost candy-like sweetness to the malt, slightly grassy on the back of the tongue. Tightly carbonated, busy little bubbles in this one, some stickiness, and nice, not-too-bitter lingering hop aftertaste. This is an IPA you could drink all the time.

Really glad to get the opportunity to try this!!!

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Photo of Viggo
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to grub for sharing this rare bottle.

Pours a cloudy amber, thin off white head forms, drops to a thin ring with a lot of lace spots on the glass. Smell is nice, floral and grapefruit, pine, some caramel, spicy tropical fruit, alcohol, not bad. Taste is similar, neat tropical fruit hopping, grapefruit, honey/caramel malty middle, wheat, citrus and orange peel, some spicy bitterness, decent balance. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, quite bitter, some warmth. Not bad but kind of in the middle of the IPA/DIPA spectrum and could have been better if it stuck to one end or the other. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Hbang for this bomber.

This one pours out a dark amber color with a big, frothy off white head. Nice lacing sticks to the glass. Thick ring of rocky, sea foam looking lacing surrounds the top 3/4 inch of the glass.

The aroma is a tad light on the hops, but they are there in a bitter citrus form. They are backed up by a strong caramel malt backbone.

The flavor is both bitter and sweet. They hops shine, but the caramel sweetness knocks it back a few notches rather quickly. Very balanced, but I would prefer the hop flavor to last a bit longer.

Nice medium body and good carbonation. This one gets better as it warms up a little. Cool looking bottle with a good beer inside of it. I could see this being a purchase of mine if I lived in the area.

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Photo of drseamus
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for this beer from softcough.

A: Decently dark amber body with a nice thick and fluffy white head. The beer appears to have a bit of chill haze.

S: Nice bitter citrus aroma with a bunch of caramel malt. Tiptoes the border between a regular and double IPA.

T: Nice thick hoppy flavor with a huge malty backbone. The balance is great with a lean towards bitterness.

M: Very thick and syrupy. Perhaps a bit too thick for me but not out of style.

D: Not a bad IPA at all. Perhaps almost more of a double IPA, but pretty decent indeed.

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Photo of grub
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ncvbc hooked me up with this one in a recent trade. thanks walter!

220z bottle. bottled 03-2008. sampled june 7/08.

pours hazy orange with a hint of white head. the head drops fast and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is nice. alcohol. caramel. orange and tangerine. grapefruit. bread and crackers. a bit powdery. bit of pine.

taste is good. alcohol. medium bitterness level. bit of pine. grapefruit. orange. tangerine. bit powdery again. bread and crackers. light citrus sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low fine carbonation. medium body. super smooth.

drinkability is good. slightly unbalanced toward alcohol, with not quite the hop punch that i'd expect. with a touch less alcohol or a bit more hops it'd be a a champ. otherwise it's just a solid option.

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Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in March 2008, a big thanks to Grub for sharing this 650ml bomber, whose label has the Warhol-esque serially reproduced, bright coloured silkscreens of hops... "art" you say?

A peachy white head that leaves no lace. Lovely toasted orange colour but its murkiness makes this an awfully dreary looking beer. Normally this kind of appearance might come across as unappetizing, but the HopArt is strangely tantalizing...

If you close your eyes and smell, you enter a magical South Carolina forest. This is a forest where the trees have hops for leaves and ooze hop juice from their bark. A hot sun toasts the malty ground beneath them. Eventually, it rains citrus. This forest is awesome!

The taste has chewy malts and notes of toffee and wafer. The aroma smells like fruit, but the flavours taste like rinds. Acidic notes of dried orange peel and the last scoops of grapefruit from the bottom of the skin. Flavours disappear but the bitterness lingers.

This beer seems to find itself in a trough, a kind of beer purgatory. At 7.7% this isn't quite IPA nor is it DIPA. The beer has elements of both but neither seem to shine through, and if anything, they work against one another.

It is very hoppy - but not quite to DIPA scale. It is somewhat quenching - but the alcohol and bitterness prevent this from being sessionable... While other brewers have blurred the boundaries of these two styles and succeeded, I don't think Coast quite has with this one.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 3/20/08, Acquired 4/26/08 in Munster.

Appearance - cloudy, dull orange, if it were brighter it might look like orange juice. Two fingers of creamy off-whte foam. Thick and sticky, leaving dots and drapes of lace scattered around the glass.

Aroma - biscuity malts and fresh pine and citrus. Good stuff all over the place. Lightens up a bit after a minute and the sweet florals kind of dominate, but they don't have so much oomph to be sugary smelling.

Taste - starts with a sweet malty kick and some pineapple like citrus. The bitter component steps up at the swallow, but isn't overly pushy. It's no slouch, and starts to push the medicinal edge a bit, enhanced by some warming alcohol. The intensity wanes on the flavor before the bitterness takes hold, and as it thins out, the citrusy florals and some finishing malt sweetness bring things almost full circle. The abv plays a substantive role, amping flavors up without creating a fusel bomb. Nicely balanced to keep this from being a DIPA in disguise. I think it's possible to bring a little more cone to the party (aromatic and flavoring), but this is plenty good.

Mouthfeel - smooth, crisply carbonated, very nice feel here though might be a tad to the thin side.

Drinkability - an easy beer to drink. Not quite the everday IPA but close. Much thanks to kkipple for setting me up with this one.

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Photo of blackie
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: hazy orange in color, with a white head that shows great retention and moderate lacing

s: juicy tropical hops (orange citrus, passionfruit) and some florals, flavorful but clean caramel malt base, moderate sweetness, love a high-hop moderate-malt balanced IPA

m: soft yet full-medium carbonation, with a body just on the heavy side of medium

t: very similar to the aroma, fresh hop flavors reminiscent of various tropical fruits and sweet citrus, clean flavors of caramel provide a strong malt base, high bitterness with hop flavors lingering long, quite delicious

d: drinks more like a 5%, a very enjoyable beer, might be able to drink a six but this one does creep after a few

on-tap at High Cotton and Charleston Beer Works...sampled the Red Legs, but this was so good I had to stick with it

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HopArt IPA from COAST Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.