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HopArt IPA - COAST Brewing Company

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HopArt IPAHopArt IPA

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456 Ratings

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Ratings: 456
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 93
Gots: 43 | 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 portia99
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (bottled on 5/17/10) received in trade with beernerd81. Thanks! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a hazy, orangey amber color with a thick finger of fluffy white head with excellent staying power. Nice sheets of lacing left behind on the glass as the beer level descends...don't think the foam is ever going to completely disappear.

S - Very nice citrusy aroma up front full of grapefruit with some sweet oranges thrown in. Some mild caramelly malt on the side. Also some light pineapple and some sugary sweeetness.

T - Crisp bitterness up front mixed with grapefruit, oranges, some pine and light toffee and bread like malt. Hints of sweetness around the edges, mildy noticeable alcohol.

M - Just on the lighter side of medium bodied and somewhat light in carbonation. The carbonation is very smooth and creamy, not quite like its from a nitro tap, but leaning in that direction. A nice change of pace from the norm, and quite good.

D - This is an excellent IPA. Hop flavors dominate the overall profile and the bitterness is appropriately crisp and just enough malt to balance things out. The extra smooth feel increases the drinkability of this one...seems to just glide over the tongue into the swallow - could drink this one all day long.

portia99, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of kirkpjr
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber dated 06/21/10 poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange and copper color. Two fingers of head gives way to nice sheets of lacing.

S: Strong piney hops in the nose. Also a little floral, lemon, and grassy flavors come out. Not too much malt here. Light and crisp smelling IPA.

T: Tastes alot like it smells. Light, lemony and grassy hop flavor. A touch of piney and floral spice bring out a very crisp and refreshing IPA hop profile. There's also a subtle sweetness that creeps into the taste - almost a light honey flavor.

M: Sticky hops that are balanced with a thin sweetness. Moderate carbonation and medium to light body.

D: Very crisp, refreshing IPA. Solid and unique take on the style. Happy I picked this one up.

kirkpjr, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of maximum12
2.33/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to md655221 who sent this in an excellent trade recently. IPAs from all corners of the Earth, & potentially beyond, are always welcome in my fridge.

Pours a distinct marmalade orange. Lots of suspended stuff, & big chunks, too. I'd definitely only pour half the bottle out & leave the big yeasties alone if I had to do it over. Smell is a turn-on, big piney hop notes, makes me want to go roll around in a conifer forest.

HopArt's taste is unfortunately muddled, to be kind. The yeast gloms onto the promising hops & drowns them in thick, mildly hopped, yeasty, mildly acidic bathwater. A rollicking, unpleasant aftertaste, acidic with a side of metallic, further clouds what the brewer was going for. I'm afraid that the sediment has potentially done really poorly for this beer.

Too bad after the hot start in the nose, but this one ended up being a drain pour. A disappointing mess.

maximum12, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a cloudy, hazy goldish color with a nice looking full finger white head and good sticky lacing

S: lovely fruity hop aroma. mango, tangerine, grapefruit with a malty, bread undertone

T: like the nose, fruity hops come on strong but the malts are much more noticeable now. a nice blend of grapefruits, mangos, citrus and bready yeast

M: medium body with good carbonation.

D: good bitterness and a nice dry finish. went down smooth and easy at 7.7 abv. Could have easily had another one if only I had more.

Overall, a very nice IPA that I wish I had more access to. A good IPA on a hot, humid summer day. Would recommend

CosmoHopHead, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of argock
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a pint glass at The Lodge (Hilton Head, SC).

A: Peach nectar hazy orange with 1/2-1 finger of orange-tinged vanilla ice cream colored head with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Orange citrus, floral, and pine sap aromas rise with a bit of earthy resin too. Malts are pale with some caramel for good measure. Respectable aroma but nothing way out there.

T: A minor let-down as the caramel malts definitely deflect the hops punch to some degree. Orange, pineapple, pine, and floral flavors are all there but seem unfulfilled. Aftertaste is mildly malty but mostly pineapple and floral.

M: Substantial and medium body is sturdy, speaking for the solid crafting of this brew. Carbonation is low-medium just like should be, leaving a slick, oily mouthfeel.

D: A very good IPA that doesn't really threaten any of the upper echelon of IPAs (Hop Rod Rye, Racer 5, Two Hearted Ale) but still provides a nice hopmeal. Some replacement of the caramel malts wioth plain old pale will let the hopbill shine more brightly and move this beer up the pecking order. Great brew all the same.

argock, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 6/5/10

Bottled 5/17/10

Thanks to PDXHops

Hop Art is a robust shade of amber; pineapple highlights around the edges. The pour conjured two fingers of puffy white foam which has held by about 50% after a minute or two. There is a decent start to some lace. Thin retention throughout; lace dries up quickly.

Hops are at the heart of the aroma; pine & citrus are most apparent. Notes of lemon zest, grapefruit & orange peel. Faintly tropical; likely Simcoe in here. The citric hop aroma has a solvent-like edge; a bit more than I care for, but isn't too distracting. Malts seem to act as support with hints of biscuits & sweet bread.

Moderate amounts of dry, piney bitterness immediately hit the tongue. Floral undertones give way to citrus hops - lemon zest & grapefruit. The bitterness does compound on itself & is also apparent on the finish. As with the nose, malts are not exactly assertive. Toasty bread notes account for most of the malt profile with a hint of biscuit & dollop of caramel sweetness.

Hop Art is medium bodied, though leaning a little toward the lighter side; that is to say, it doesn't weigh heavily on the palate. Carbonation is fairly light too, just a bit of prickliness. It seems COAST is content on letting the flavors make most of the impressions. Kind of reminds me of a PNW IPA in that respect. The finish is quite clean, just a few hoppy residuals linger.

Aside from the bit-too-solventy aroma, I think this is a pretty impressive IPA. Definitely one of the finer ones I've tried from the Southeast. After pouring the second half of the bomber I can easily say this would be a go-to beer were it local to me. I'm thinking this should be in six packs.

Ryan011235, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of jpmclaug
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Duvel Tulip (bottled on date is 5/17/10... only 2 and a half weeks ago mmm)

A - Golden orange with a fluffy off white head. Lots of lacing sticks to the glass as my glass empties.

S - Delicious sweet citrusy hop aroma. Hints of grapefruit and sweet tangerines. This beer smell's delicious.

T - Pretty balanced beer. Pale and caramel malt back bone really stands up to the citrusy hop flavor present. There is a hint of bitterness at the finish but really not as much as I was hoping for. Before the bitterness at the end there is definitely a big sweet bready flavor.

M - Really clean tasting. Not quite as syrupy or sticky as I would hope for in an IPA. A great amount of carbonation for the style though. Enough to let you know it is there without being too bubbly.

D - Pretty easy drinking IPA. Maybe a bit too easy for my tastes. I really would like it if this had some more bite to it. However this is still a solid beer and I could see myself picking up more of these in the future.

jpmclaug, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber was sent to me in a monthly care package from the ineffably generous JohnQVegas. Thanks a lot my friend.

Measuring a summer's day,
I only find it slips away to grey,
The hours, they bring me pain.

I poured this into my Sam Adams sensory glass and admired the 3 fingers of white head for quite some time before it even sowed any signs of settling down. Thick and sticky. Excellent lacing that trails in big tenacious chunks of fine bubbles down to a beer that is a slightly (possibly chill) hazed and yellowy gold in color. This looks quite delicious.

Tangerine, Tangerine,
Living REFLECTIONS from a dream;
I was her love, she was my queen,
And now a thousand years between.

Huge fresh tangerine notes with some pineapple (couldn't find a worthy song that was relevant). Fresh floral notes and pine are also in the nose. The taste follows the nose spot on, and those flavors blend to a nice bouquet of deliciousness that lead into the bitterness that is smooth and refreshing. This reminds me a little of Jai Alai IPA in a very positive way. Hugely delicious flavors coming from what I thought would be a leafy and piney profile. I guess you can't judge a book by its cover. Now I'll also add there are some lemony notes towards the finish.

The mouthfeel is very light and airy with just a slight oily action. That citrus aftertaste is persistent, but not completely unpleasant. The finish leaves you feeling a little like you just sucked on some lemonheads... a thick sweetness and citrus flavor makes your saliva thick like maple syrup. That might be my only complaint with this beer-- the aftertaste lingers a tad after it has worn out its welcome.

Thinking how it used to be,
Does she still remember times like these?
To think of us again?
And I do.

I wish I had another of these.

AleWatcher, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of stoutfiend27
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber aquired at whole foods...

a-dingy copper color...little head but you can tell the carbonation is there....no lacing??

s-fresh fruit...some mango and grapefruit....somewhat piney...the bitterness only breaks through a little....

t-whoa grapefruit...easy there....bright citrus and bitter pine dominate....the graham cracker malt saves this in the middle...finishes bitter and dry....with a little citrus at the end..

m-not as resiny as i would have though but it is acceptable...does coat the mouth well and leaves bitterness all throughout..

d-would have no problem making this a regular...but even in charleston seemed a little hard to track down..

overall i am impressed...this is a very solid ipa and possibly the best the east coast has to offer in the category

stoutfiend27, Jun 01, 2010
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

brentk56, May 30, 2010
Photo of prototypic
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my man, kkipple, for hooking me up with Coast.

Bottled on March 18, 2010

HopArt looks like a head-on collision of orange and gold. It's a little hazy, and has copper highlights. It's topped with a very fluffy, off-white head that stands about 3 fingers tall. Impressive. It's fairly slow to recede, and leaves thick, sticky lace in its wake.

The nose is quite good. Hops are very apparent from the first whiff. Grapefruit, orange, and mango notes are abundant. There are a few floral notes, but the hops are primarily citric. A healthy amount of malt is also present. It mostly smells like pale malt. There's a little caramel, but not nearly enough to offend. Alcohol is blended well. This one smells like hop forward dandy.

HopArt is a nice IPA. It's good. It kicks off with a nice, citrusy hop flavor. The usual grapefruit, orange, and mango flavors are present. There is a little bit of a floral twist, but it's subtle. The only drawback here is that it's not very bitter. I'd like more in that department. Pale and caramel malts give it a sturdy, slightly sweet base, and also provide quite a bit of balance. Some of the hop bitterness is lost in the shuffle. Alcohol is not noticeable at all. It finishes a sweet and sugary, with a citrus blast of hop flavor. Good stuff.

HopArt has a medium body that's nice and smooth. Carbonation feels just a tad buzzy, but it retains smooth feel. Drinkability is good. This is a tasty IPA that goes down easy. I'm really enjoying the bomber. There's definitely a lot to like here.

Coast Brewing has a nice thing going. They're certainly making a name for themselves, not only in S. Carolina, but on the national scene. I'm impressed with their beer. HopArt is more than a solid IPA. It has a really nice flavor. It could use a little more hop bitterness, but that's just my preference. Very good stuff, nonetheless. Thanks a ton, Dan!

prototypic, May 29, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Georgiabeer, May 21, 2010
Photo of ne0m00re
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 22 oz bottle (dated 04/20/10) into an oversized red wine glass. Big thanks to beernerd81 for this one.
A: Cloudy golden with a sticky white creamy head that died to a thin lace and film, but is easily revived.
S: Musty and yeasty sweet bread with apricots and piney hops.
T: Odd resin bitterness, musty and moldy bread, orange juice and blackberry. Overall it is kind of dry. The flavor is good, but not very impressive.
M: Thinner with a frothy crispness.
D: Pretty good.

ne0m00re, May 18, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to Bobby8405 for the bottle.

A - Hazy orangey-gold, with a small white head but tons of lace.

S - The aroma is hoppy orange-citric; strangely faint.

T - It is a mild or reserved flavor; more heavy on dryness and bitterness than specific flavor.

M - The very bitter and astringent finish lingers extensively.

D - In my opinion, COAST is consistently unimpressive. Somehow the product is just a step away from being 'there'.

ktrillionaire, May 17, 2010
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to funkydelic for this one. Poured from a 22oz. bomber labeled with a 4/20/10 born on date, into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Shared with a couple of my housemates.

A: Moderate pour yields a .5 finger fine white head with decent retention. Beer is a cloudy, unfiltered orangy-yellow. Lacing is spotty at best with little cling.

S: Outstandingly outrageous nose of citrus, grapefruit, pine, grass, and hops. This one really blows me away and is one of the most aromatic and pleasant I've come across in a long time. My mouth waters at thoughts of the upcoming hop-liciousness...

T: Pine, astringent hops, citrus, earth, and grass. Hoppy bitterness becomes more and more pronounced through the middle to the end. Definitely more of a west coast style IPA. Big and bitter. Messy finish with a big kick that leaves a very hoppy aftertaste that lasts for a long time.

M: Medium bodied, slightly carbonated, and smoother that I would like. Slightly dry in the mouth with an extremely messy finish and lingering aftertaste.

D: Being a fan of balance in IPAs, I'd definitely say that this is a one and done for me. Too hoppy and the smooth body just makes the flavor stick on the tongue even more. Still, I appreciate it as a finely crafted beer of its style. Seek this one out if you're a hophead.

SpeedwayJim, May 13, 2010
Photo of javincik
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle dated 04/20/10 courtesy of softcough. Thanks.

A-Poured into a nonic pint glass. Cloudy yellow in color. Towering, foamy white head settles slowly. This leaves an absolutely beautiful lacing as it slow recedes. Fabulous.

S-Floral hops predominate. Some pine in there as well with citrus/apricot notes and light grass underneath.

T-Starts out oily and piny with a citrus assault following. Malt presence is subdued - enough to balance out the hops, but not much more. Huge hop bitterness rounds out the finish with a hint of alcohol burn at the end. IMHO this beer reminds me of Sculpin; very hop heavy IPA despite the 7.7% ABV.

M-Carbonation is toward the high side, but I think it works. Medium to medium heavy in body. Great texture. Despite the 7.7% ABV (which pushes into IIPA territory) it is not syrupy in the least. Again, I have to say the mouthfeel is similar to Sculpin - except perhaps a bit fizzier.

D-It's somewhat of a palette shredder. While I didn't find it difficult to finish the bomber, I don't think I would want another immediately. Definitely recommended if you're looking for a hop fix.

It's an exceptional IPA and one that I will be seeking out again. One of the strongest efforts I've seen in this style from a southeast brewery.

javincik, May 08, 2010
Photo of beer2day
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep orange gold with a light, but substantial, 2-finger head. Nice retention and lacing. Insanely active carbonation.

Nose is a little weaker than most. Slight pine, but mainly yeasty bread. More appropriate for a hoppy amber than an IPA.

Very fizzy up front. Pine comes in early and finishes with a big hop presence. Nice burn well after the beer clears your throat. Tastes much better than it smells.

Fizzy and chewy feel. Quite substantial.

Easy enough to drink, but the fizziness is a tad bit annoying.

beer2day, May 07, 2010
Photo of nickd717
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Dunt on BA at DLD.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a nicely formed white head.

Aroma is very nice and hoppy. Citrusy and piney with some sweet malt to balance.

Flavor is sort of like a less intense version of Boy King DIPA. Sweet pale and caramel malts along with citrus, pine, and resinous hops.

Medium-bodied with a nice hoppy oiliness on the palate. Somewhat lively mouthfeel.

A very solid IPA overall. COAST is legit it seems. Good to see some good beer coming out of the South.

nickd717, May 04, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Spaten Mug. The brew poured golden amber with a one finger white head. The aroma of this brew was overwhelmed by hops and was difficult to pick up any other aromas. The taste was pretty bitter as would be expected with an IPA, with a potently crisp bitter aftertaste upon swallowing. It had a medium body with moderate carbonation. There was slight lacing throughout. Overall this was a nice bitter and crisp IPA, but not one of my favorites as the flavor of the hops were a little overwhelming and probably masked quite a few of the other flavors. While I say this, it is still worth a try for an IPA-lover as you will most likely appreciate the crisp bitter aftertaste.

thagr81us, May 03, 2010
Photo of firkinhophead
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a golden brown, with a lovely glow. lots of yeast in the bottom that pours out in the second glass. light, airy head sticks a bit, but not significantly.

aroma is mostly grapefruit, with a touch of coastal longleaf pine (just waxing poetic based on the brewery location). A touch of lemon in there as well.

taste is dry, bitter and crisp. Juicy grapefruit with a healthy dose of pith, and a minerally bite. Crackery grain and a faint honey sweetness is the only hint of malt. A bit of warming alcohol and yeasty tang in the puckering finish.

medium-light body and moderate carbonation are spot on. Somewhat astringent mouthfeel that is nevertheless fairly smooth for such a hop bomb.

drinkability is dropped a notch by the lingering bitterness, but if you have a hop-tooth, you will love it.

I prefer a bit more balance in my IPA, but this one is well structured, full of flavor, and pleasingly dry. Paired it with some salmon in an orange juice and honey marinade. Quite nice. My first taste of Coast's well-regarded beers and it is impressive. Glad to add this top-notch brewery to the ranks of Southern craft brewers.

firkinhophead, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of Mistofminn
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kbutler1 (for sharing the bottle) and Mothman (for some of his pour).

Poured into Duck-Rabbit snifter. Pours a hazy orange color. I'm really liking how hazy this is, and the color is beautiful. About a half inch of slightly off-white head, with decent retention while not a ton of lacing is left behind.

The nose is very fruity. I get mangos and oranges mostly. Big fruity character without being citric and acidic, it's like tropical. Floral and light.

Taste is much of the same as the nose, big tropical fruity notes, almost sticky and syrupy. Light malt backbone at best.

Mouthfeel is medium in body, with an appropriate carbonation level. Drinkability is pretty good.

Overall, this has to be one of the fruitiest IPA's I've ever had. It's interesting and I'd like to try more of it. Thanks for the chance, guys!

Mistofminn, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of mothman
4.13/5  rDev +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.

mothman, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of duluoz
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

bottled 3/16/10

A - a little hazy for an IPA, but nicely colored.

S - aroma was fresh, pure quality hops -- lots of citrus.

T - at the first sip i thought it was going to be on the sweet side, but then the hops blast kicked in to balance it out, followed by a beautiful dryness.

M - again like the appearance, a little thicker than i prefer my IPA's, but still very smooth.

D - extremely drinkable, thanks to the great balance.

really a well-done beer, and one of the best balanced IPA's i can think of. would've scored higher if it was tipped more towards the hops... i'm a west coast IPA lover.

i got it through a trade with a buddy, but i'd love to see them distribute this widely.

duluoz, Apr 23, 2010
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...

jlindros, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, bottled 3/18/10, into a Duvel tulip. Big thanks to taylorhamrick for providing me with this (and other COAST goodness) in a recent trade.

A: Pours a hazy orange-amber body underneath a perfect two inches of dense, creamy tan foam; amazing retention and lots of sticky lace. Absolutely gorgeous.

S: Fresh, juicy hop aroma is simply redolent of creamy citrus - more grapefruit than orange, but not the least astringent. A bit of pine as well, and a bit of mild caramel malt. Spectacular at first, but the malts become more dominant as it warms. Lovely.

T: Starts out with creamy orange and grapefruit hops, followed by some fairly strong caramel malt, and then a hugely bitter, slightly boozy finish. Delicious, if not quite as seamlessly integrated as the heavenly nose.

M: Medium body with a moderate dose of carbonation that starts sharp and becomes creamier. Solid.

D: Drinks just about right for an IPA this strong; I'm loving every bit of the bomber, but it's impossible to ignore the bite on the aftertaste.

Notes: This is simply wonderful, well-balanced IPA that doesn't skimp on the hops. I fell in love with this beer when spending a week at Folly Beach for my best friend's wedding (finding out how strong it is makes a few of those nights at Surf Bar make a bit more sense), and I was thrilled at the opportunity to try a fresh bottle of it. HopArt does not disappoint, and I'd gladly put it up side by side with some of the big-name IPAs. I can't wait to try the Boy King that was also part of the trade!


woosterbill, Apr 12, 2010
HopArt IPA from COAST Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.