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HopArt IPA - COAST Brewing Company

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HopArt IPAHopArt IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

428 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 428
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 92
Gots: 36 | 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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Photo of dmbsteve
2.25/5  rDev -44%

Pours a hazy golden/orange and exploded with a big white head of three fingers. Small patches of lacing.

Smell is surprisingly malty. Hops are very muted in the nose with the exception of a little citrus coming though. Also smells of orange zest.

Taste is malty at first then an unpleasant tannic bitterness hits the back of the tongue and lasts way too long. An adjuncty taste shows up about every other sip. The more I drink, I detect was seems like old amarillo hops. Haven't checked to see if this beer has amarillo, but I'd be suprised if it doesn't. It's about the only hop flavor I can detect, but I don't even like it.

Aside from the taste, mouthfeel is actually pleasant on the palate. Good medium body and carbonation is about right on the tongue.

At first I thought maybe the bottle wasn't fresh, so I checked the date and it was only bottled a month ago, so it should still be good. Not sure what's wrong with this beer. It was very disappointing, as I had high hopes for it. Bummer.

dmbsteve, May 15, 2011
Photo of PatLarsen
3.9/5  rDev -3%

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.

PatLarsen, May 07, 2011
Photo of TheDudeRules
2.38/5  rDev -40.8%

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice burnt honey color with a crapload of off white head. Several fingers worth. Light citrus and hops with some barnyard funk. Odd. Never had that in my ipa, but it's there. Taste is light citrus wrapped around malt then deep fried in malt, and of course sprinkled with malt topping. I can't get around the shitty malt taste. Another fine East Coast maltcapade.

TheDudeRules, May 06, 2011
Photo of MightyCasey
3.9/5  rDev -3%

Had on tap. Poured into a pint glass.
A: It was orangish with a good head.
T: It smelled okay. More malty than hoppy. It was pretty caramelly in taste with a good hop presence.
M: It had decent mouthfeel and good carbonation.
Overall, its a good IPA. Pretty serious body on it. Little heavier than I imagined.

MightyCasey, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of DrJay
3.98/5  rDev -1%

Got this one from mikesgroove. Thanks!
Bottled 03/08/11, sampled 04/06/11.
Hazy orange with an inch of beige foam. Tons of clumpy lacing, great head retention. Intense hop aroma, zesty grapefruit, citrus pith, spicy hops, a bit of pine and caramel, floral. The flavour was full of hops, citrusy notes again with a bit of pine, plus strong bitterness. The hop character was a little rough around the edges, but the fruity and floral qualities were bright and clear. Mild malt sweetness, some caramel and biscuit. There was a little alcohol warmth and flavour in the finish. Medium bodied with average carbonation, a little coarse, fairly dry. Pretty enjoyable overall.

DrJay, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%

Thanks to Chris for sharing this.

A - Pretty nice looking beer. Orangish golden color with a decent sized head and some nice lace.

S - Citrus hopes, particularly grapefruit with some pineapple. Caramel and bready malts comprise the backbone on this. Smells good, but nothing special.

T - Taste was shockingly disappointing for me. There is some bittering right off the beginning, and then you get hit with some citrus fruits. Slightly over-malty, which had trouble mixing with the hop profile. I wouldn't call it bad, but it was average. As Alex would say, "I was whelmed."

M - Sticky, medium bodied, slightly dry finish, good carbonation.

O - Not a great beer, I can drink it and don't mind, but not something I would seek out. Maybe it is better on tap.

AgentZero, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of scottyshades
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

Growler from Greenville Beer Exchange, glad to see more COAST stuff on the growler stations!

A: Awesome pour, absolutely gorgeous pour. Copper in color with a huge fluffy/billowy head. Retention is excellent

S: Less West Coast-y than I remember and more citrusy this time around...maybe its the growler, maybe the bottle I had earlier wasn't as fresh. Either way, seemingly sturdy bitterness backed by a graham cracker-like malt. Some pine and resin, but more citrusy

T: Similar to the nose, the bitterness is bumped up a little with a well hopped flavor. Citrusy again (grapefruit, lemon?), pine, light resin, and balanced by malts well

MF/O: Smooth carbonation, medium body, very nice feel. Very drinkable, but I prefer the growler version to the bottle

COAST has never disappointed me, I hope they will get the outstanding recognition that they deserve

scottyshades, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of kbutler1
3.78/5  rDev -6%

Bottle. Courtesy of CarolinaKevin on BA. Bottled on date of 03/08/11 Poured into a DFH snifter glass. The appearance is a cloudy apricot orange with a light tan 1 finger head. Decent lace as the head slowly settles. Danky citrus and tropical fruit notes in the nose of orange, grapefruit, and mango. Medium mouthfeel with a nice amount of carbonation. Sweet upfront with a building bitterness. The sweetness is a nice combo ot the tropical and citrus flavors mentioned in the nose. Some alcohol notes present as well. Ends with a lingering bitterness. Pretty decent overall and th bottle art is pretty sweet!

kbutler1, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

appearance: more on the golden apprearnce with
a little red glow, not much.

smell: decent hop aroma, piney

taste: balanced ipa, nice pine flavors

mouthfeel: light-medium bodied

drinkability: a good IPA with a decent backbone, so far Ive had this and blackberd from this brewery and they are top notch

CampusCrew, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of GSmithBeer
4/5  rDev -0.5%

had this at beertopia
A: looked the part. good ipa color
S: it was good. not great. but good.
T: a little sweeter than i expecting. a little more malty than i expected.
M: it was good again. good carbonation. good mouthfeel.
O: we don't get this up in charlotte, so i was excited to try it at beertopia. but is wasn't all that impressed after having some of the other ipas at beertopia.

GSmithBeer, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of dgfair
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

Growler into Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Pours a hazy rusty copper color, with. Very nice white head that leaves sticky lace all over the glass.

Smell is very nice and bright with hints of pine and ripe fruit. I get very nice pineapple, orange, and fresh pine balanced with the perfect amount of bready malt.

The taste is very clean with a pop of bitter pine hop of front and quickly followed with a jolt of fresh grapefruit juice. The beer finishes with a nice malt balance as well.

Drinkability is great and the mouthfeel is very nice. It is oily and slick when in your mouth but finishes perfectly dry.

Great offering from coast.

dgfair, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of gameface23
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%

Bottled on 2/16/11! A huge debt of gratitude to rnorgart for sending this up to me. He's a great trader to deal with.

A: Extremely hazy, copper orange with an off-white head that has above average retention. Lacing is above average as well.

S: Pine, pineapple, grapefruit.

T: There is a huge blast of citrus fruits that blends nicely with a touch of caramel malt and slight peppery spice from the hops.

M: Medium bodied for an IPA, with a slightly grainy feel.

D: Wow! I can't believe that this beer doesn't get much recognition. I would put this in the top 10 IPA's I have ever had. They cram so much hop aroma and flavor into it.

gameface23, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of Rymar9
4.93/5  rDev +22.6%

Finally got to try this. Poured into glass to reveal an amber orange color with perfect half inch white head. Smell is fantastic.. Pineapple and grapefruit followed by hops..taste is the same except with a subtle hint of malt to balance it out..doesn't take away from the tropical fruits at all. Finally comes the slightly bitter, crisp clean finish. All in all, a great IPA...one of my new favorites.

Rymar9, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of chickencoop
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Big up's to Rbald42 on this long lost brew i've been wanting to try for a long time. Overall, this did not dissapoint, and actually better than I expected. Bottled on 1/13, so nice and fresh. Big amber pour, chunky fluffy head. Nice citrusy piney nose...taste was the same, but a nice sweeter maltiness that is sometimes missed in our beloved west coast ipa's. This was way to drinkable, almost finished it without enjoying it. Overall, i have had a ton of the east coast ipa's but this is up there with the best, and pretty close in my top 10 for all IPA's.big thanks on this, need more.

chickencoop, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of SFrankBrew
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%

Had this at a friends house in the bottle. Gotta come in slightly lower than the Bros. Don't know the date on the bottle - may have played a factor if it was older. Forgot to ask my friend while I was there. Orange color with off-white head of ok retention. Grapefruit & citrus blend of hops. A little sweeter than I expected. Good finish. Overall I found it good. I hear good things about this brewery, and hope at some point that I have their beer on-draft to compare. I know beer in the bottle can sometimes not stand up to what the brewery intends. I will certainly give this another shot.

SFrankBrew, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of AwYeh
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

22oz bomber received from rnorgart in trade. Bottled 1-13-11; thanks!

A: Pours a hazy golden-amber color with between one and two fingers of foamy white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Big citrus hops- pineapple and grapefruit up front- smelling quite fruity and sweet. Pine hops balance the sweetness with some bitterness, and the flavors of some caramel, bready malts join in too.

T/M: Bitter piny hops to start things off, but they are quickly balanced out by quick grapefruit and citrus. Caramel and bread are once again in there too. This beer has a medium body with a dry, slightly sticky finish that helps the hop flavor linger on the palate. Light carbonation.

D: A tasty and complex beer; this is quite enjoyable for prolonged drinking even as a big IPA.

AwYeh, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of ChristianBlack
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%

The color is golden auburn.

The smell is good, but pretty much all pine. That fades a bit later and a grapefuit aroma comes in.

The taste is good. Solid tasting ipa. I guess just given all the talk about this beer I would have thought it was better than this. It's not terrible by any means. But, it certainly didn't sweep me off my feet.

The mouthfeel is okay. And, the drinkability is good.

ChristianBlack, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of 2BDChicago
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%

A: Big orangey, with complementary off-white fluffy head of medium retention.

S: Big grapefruity citrus and malt in back.

T: Nice blend of hop citrus and a little fruit. Definately the semi-sweet side of the spectrum. And finishes dry with a very soft fruitiness fad. A tad of hop bit lingering in the aftermath. Don't find any of the alcohol. A few more tastes and some grapefruit and slight grassy-ness emerge.

D: Very good IPA. Great hop flavors, with malt sweet held in check. Looks good, smells good, and tastes good. Who doesn't like a well made IPA, cause this is one.

2BDChicago, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
4.1/5  rDev +2%

22oz bottle poured into tulip glass - 10/28/10 bottling date - thanks for CarolinaKevin for this awesome extra

Pours a hazy golden orange with some darker hues. A light white head fades out into some patchy film, with a collar of lacing around the glass.

A nice blast of grapefruit hops with some underlying fruit sweetness. Fainter malt/bread tones lurk.

Smack of bitter piny hops right up front followed by more grapefruit touches. Fruit sweetness with pineapple and orange followed by a smaller malt backbone. A touch bready with a hint of caramel. Finishes with lingering dry hop bitterness.

Fuller medium body, higher carbonation, dry and sticky. A solid IPA for sure, alcohol is masked well, and a pleasing dose of grapefruit hops throughout the profile.

xnicknj, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of steve8robin
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Got this at Beer Exchange in Greenville while stuck here for the ice storm. 22oz bomber, bottled on 12/09/10:

A: A clear apple juice type color with a nice golden hue to it. A thick 2 inch off white head that fades slowly. Good.

S: I get a nice balance of bitter hop bite and sweet citrusy malt. Get a little apple scent in the middle with some bitter grapefruit scents on the backend. Good.

T: An earthy bready hop upfront with some mild caramel sugars hidden in the middle. Some bitter grassy tastes on the backend with hints of booziness. Ok.

M: Medium body with a heavy carbonation. Super dry finish. Ok.

D: Seems a little hot and heavy making this more on the average side.

All in all, this is an ok brew. Not great or good, but ok. If you like IPA's with an interesting blend of hop and malt and super dry finish, then you may want to give this one a go. Otherwise, many better IPA's on the market. Not a good segway IPA.

steve8robin, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of tmock10
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%

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.

tmock10, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of jsanford
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Poured into a COAST pint glass

A - Pours a hazy orange-amber with a creamy white head. Retention is outstanding, as is the lacing left on the glass. A beautiful IPA.
S - Tons of juicy, pungent hops. Grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel dominate with just a bit of caramel malt for sweetness.
T - Very hop forward, again I'm getting lots of grapefruit, pineapple and orange with a good amount of pine resin. Solid backbone of caramel and biscuit. Perfectly bitter finish. I really like the hop profile on this, tastes so fresh and "green".
M - Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Feels just right in the mouth, very smooth. No alcohol detected.
D - Exactly what I look for in a good IPA, I could drink a ton of this.

Another great brew from COAST, every time I have a beer from them I'm thankful they are so close. Great brewery, great beer!

jsanford, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of modernartblues
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%

A: Yellow gold with hints of orange peeking through. Beautiful big head, lacing painted all down the side of the glass.

S: Hops, Hops, and more hops, Grapefruit, Pine, Pineapple its all there

T: Matches up to the nose. Nice bitterness, a tad sweeter on the end than I remember from past incarnations of the beer (not overly sweet like 90 minute, but just a touch of the malt used to support all those hops)

M: Medium to full bodied.

D: The growlers always disappear before my eyes. Love this beer. Wish it was bit cheaper and I would drink it 24-7 every time I'm back home.

One of my favorite IPAs.

modernartblues, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of ckeegan04
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

A - Lightly hazed orangish brown with a thick, foamy head. Foam is about 4 fingers after a gentle pour and slowly fades t about one finger. Spiderwebs of lace left on the glass.

S - Citrus fruits with hints of orange and a touch of grapefruit. Caramel malts come through and provide just a touch of sweetness in the nose.

T - Citrusy hoppiness with just a touch of bitterness. Tangerine and grapefruit. Just a faint caramel sweetness underneath. Bitterness lingers for a long time.

M/D - Medium bodied and just a touch sticky. Rather easy drinking. A decent enough IPA, but nothing spectacular.

ckeegan04, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of welldigger888
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%

poured a pint glass, nice white head with very good lacing down glass.Hazed (unfiltered) orange copper color.
Very much a hoppy beer though the malt does not take a back seat. Piney citrus with a solid biscuity aroma.
Again a very hop forward elixer that delivers on pine reson and some citrus, nice and in your face here. The malts are in this strong too, nutty toasty malt tones hold strong.With a touch of alchol before the dry bitter finish.
Nice smooth creamy oily mouthfeel on this brew.
I love this stuff, the abv is the only thing holding this back from session beer. But my god 3 or 4 pints are all the way around awesome.Coast hits'em out of the park folks, seek and drink. DO IT!!!

welldigger888, Dec 22, 2010
HopArt IPA from COAST Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.