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HopArt IPA - COAST Brewing Company

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HopArt IPAHopArt IPA

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very good

488 Ratings

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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 92
Gots: 48 | 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 AwYeh
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ChristianBlack
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of 2BDChicago
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of steve8robin
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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

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!

Photo of modernartblues
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of welldigger888
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!!!

Photo of Sideswipe
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This came in a great box from Palmej1. Thanks Jacob! Bomber into my Alpine pint glass. A hard pour results in a half inch of white head which recedes quickly. Decent lacing. The beers a clear golden orange color. Looks good! The nose is citrus, a bit faint, with a tinge of biscuity malt. Taste is bitter grapefruit all the way, to the point of being one dimensional, hence the slight hit, but not unpleasant. I like my IPAs bitter and this certainly falls into that category. Malt attempts to make it's presence known, but grapefruit puts a smackdown on it. Finish is dry and bitter. Mouthfeel is good with pleasant carbonation and a light refreshing quality to it. Drinkability is good due to the refreshing character of the beer. Bitterness masks the alcohol.

A pretty good offering from Coast. Glad I had the opportunity.

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

Golden to amber color, slightly hazy with two fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. This is a lace making beer with plenty of sticky lacing left down the glass. Some particulate matter is floating in the glass. Hoppy aroma with notes of citrus and pine. A little sweet malt is also detected. Upfront the flavor seems to have high bitterness but near the finish the sweetness from the malt comes through. Not balanced but that sweetness helps keeping the hops in check. The hops give flavors of grapefruit, pineapple, and some grassy notes. Bitterness is approaching DIPA levels. The body is a notch above medium with good carbonation. The carbonation seems a littl high for a beer with this level of bitterness but it is acceptable. Good American IPA with bitterness a little higher than most others that packs plenty of flavor into the package.

Photo of hawks10
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - Bottled September 7th, 2010 - Poured into an imperial pint glass...

Dark for an IPA, a very murky golden/brown color with a couple floaties dancing around. Three fingers of fluffy, meringue-like white head forms and leaves a lot of lacing behind...

Nice strong aroma on this one. Tropical and fruity. Juicy, startburst scented hops dominate. A bit of an earthy and slightly piny scent comes forward after a bit too. Good amount of malt cuts into the hops a bit, but this one is pretty hop-centric...

Taste falls a little short given the nice aromas of this one. Bitter and dry, all of the tropical hop aromas I smelled seemed to have disappeared in the taste. More piny, earthy and dry than expected. Sweet and heavy malt finish...

Medium bodied with good carbonation. A bit resinous, borderline heavy. Finishes bitter, dry and astringent...

Been wanting to try this one for a while, pretty good IPA, aroma was fantastic, but that also increased my expectations for the taste which I felt was a little thin, lacking some citrus/sweetness upfront, bitter hops needed a little twist...

Photo of fear025
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mikeincharleston for this bottle.

Aroma:Sweet, malty, grapefruit, apricot. Smells really good.

Appearance:Slighty hazy, gold in color. Great white head.

Taste:Sweet malt flavor, mild hoppiness. Hops are citrus, apricot. Aftertaste has a lingering bitterness

Mouthfeel:Medium body, low carbonation. A little creamy. No astringency.

Drinkability:This one is an easily sessionable IPA. It doesn't have hugely unique flavors, but it's quite pleasant.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Wisconsinality
3.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to beerwolf77 for splitting this one with me.

A- Pours an uber cloudy, totally suspended burnt orange. A half finger worth of head that recedes quickly but leaves some good lacing.

S- Big hops but there is about 4 months of age on it so it has started taking on some barleywine characteristics. Some nice malts and tropical fruit shine through all else.

T- Some nice piney hops but again you can tell they have faded quite a bit. With that being said, the malt has really started to take a hold of this beer.

M- Medium to full bodied that is full on the tongue but the carbonation isn't too prevalent. A little dry on the finish.

D- Pretty much average in all aspects but again, this wasn't a fresh bottle. I would like to try it fresh.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks goes to kkipple for this bottle. A nice extra in our recent trade.

Bottle split and poured into my standard pint glass.

A: Golden yellow, one finger of off white head, tons of sticky lace

S: Mild citrus hops, just a hint of malt, rather muted overall in the nose

T: light citrus and pine, sweet malty finish, nothing really exciting

M: Medium body light carbonation

D: Overall decent. Nothing real memorable.

Photo of atlanta
2.9/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I feel like I must have gotten a different beer from everybody else. My sister and brother in law love this beer and told me and other sis to go to Poe's on Sullivans Island (cool place!) and drink the Coast IPA. What showed up in our glasses was a big disappointment, it was thick and murky, like Inishuk IPA, couldn't see anything through it. Please people, learn the art of brewing! My sister had a couple sips and pronounced she couldn't drink it so I had her's, not cause I wanted it but I didnt want to waste the money! The taste and aroma had elements of a good beer but it was completely let down by the appearance and lack of drinkability. I would not order another one. We could have had a bad keg but the other reviewers noted its cloudiness, may be it doesnt bother other people.

Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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 ZacHart
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dense, hazy orange color with a thick, creamy head that fades slowly and leaves a fair amount of lace. The aroma pops with citrusy, slightly piney hops and a hint of alcohol. The flavor delivers the same but is followed and well balanced by solid, slight caramel malt. The flavor then reverts back to hops, coating the palate with thick bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and slighly grainy. Overall a solid and interesting IPA.

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

Bottle courtesy of Jason. Thank you!

22 oz bomber split with the wife and milwaukeeclassic while watching the Badger game.

Pours quite hazy medium orange with a nice head and consistent bubbles throughout.

Slightly faint on the nose. Sawdust, bitter tangerine, and plenty of bready malt. Continual agitation reveals the bottom of a Del Monte tin and a fair share of alcohol fumes. Good, but not as vivid as I'd hoped for.

HopArt comes ready to fight. Rough and tumble bitterness and citric rind on a heavy wave of malt that shows itself as caramel and wafer crackers. Finish is slightly boozy, but appropriately so for the abv and never really detracts.

Sticky and slightly chewy body makes this near full bodied. Carbonation is well done and helps carry this pummeling fight through to the finish.

Thanks again for opportunity Jason. I'm glad to have had the chance.

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 theghost3
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5-31-10.

Pours a hazy, gold/orange with a 2-finger white/yellow-highlighted, frothy head. Moderate web-like lacing.

Smell is piney and grapefruity hops with some biscuity and caramel malts. Not as hoppy upfront as I would expect from an IPA, but still good. The taste is bitter from the piney hops. There are some citrusy flavors along with slight caramel malts and yeast. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, medium-bodied. There's some lasting acidity.

This is a drinkable IPA. It's more balanced than a lot of the West Coast IPAs, so it comes across as close to an APA with a high ABV. Would go well with a spicy Italian dish.

Photo of CooperEllis
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In an all IPA trade with, shockingly, HeadyHops81

22oz - bottled 7.28.10 - consumed 8.30.10

The color is lovely. A milkier auburn than I'm used to seeing from a bottle. Pours more like from a brewpub draught.

The smell is pleasent, but initially all pine. Not overpoweringly PINE, but pine. That fades and a grapfuit aroma is more present.

The taste is distinctly "ipa", but more traditionally "ipa" not the cram-in-every-hop ipa/dipa/iipa. It's good. Solid high-average tasting ipa with a flavor that doesn't stick around for too long.

The mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side, but not unpleasant about it. Excellent carbonation.

I'd keep going back to it. I don't think I'd personally grab it over a FinestKind, but I'd not pass it by and would grab one out of the fridge happily most days.


Photo of mtstatebeer
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, bottled on 01/29/10. Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a lot of floaties, a big frothy off-white head, lacing throughout. Aroma is crystal malts, orange, grapefruit, earthy hops, and grass. Flavor is caramel, grapefruit, resiny hops, a good balance of bitter and sweet. Mouthfeel is medium, oily, with a dry and bitter finish. Great IPA!

HopArt IPA from COAST Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.