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HopArt IPA - COAST Brewing Company

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HopArt IPAHopArt IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

444 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 444
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 93
Gots: 39 | 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 Hojaminbag
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big Thanks to Mikesgroove for this beer from a brewery I've wanted to get to know a little bit better. Bottled on 12/17/09.

Coast Hop Art has a slightly hazy body that is orange at the center and golden-yellow at the edges. The head is about two and a half fingers high, white, and pretty soapy looking. The head never really dies down; it forms rocky towers and makes good rings of thick, sticky lacing.

The aroma is packed with grapefruit and citrus, some pine, some bitterness and just a touch of balancing malt. A promising aroma.

A ton of hops are packed into COAST Hop Art IPA. Tons of bitter grapefruit hops bite into the tongue. The malt is pale, a little sweet, but pretty muted, which I like. Hops, hops, some more hops. Bitter, fruity tasty.

Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated, just a touch oily.

COAST Hop Art IPA caught me by surprise with how good it is. It isn't too complex, but it's hoppy as hell and I like it.

Hojaminbag, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of mikereaser
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle on 2/24/10. Bottled 12/17/09.

A - pours a murky orangish brown with a 1/4 inch of foam that quickly disappeared

S - faint citrusy orange and lemon aroma, not much else

T - sweet malts, some citrus with a slightly grassy bitter finish

M - good carbonation, medium bodied

D - easy to drink alot of, good flavor but not great. I wouldnt turn one down but i doubt i would buy another, there are just too many other ipas out there.

mikereaser, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of illidurit
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Woodshop 5.0. Pours a clear dark gold with a small but dense white head. Aromas of grapefruit, herbs, herb, and sourdough. Bright citrusy flavor with some sweeter hop notes. Not much malt going on here, just a pale unobtrusive backbone for the hops. Solid bitterness with a little astringency muddling the mouthfeel. Pretty good.

illidurit, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle. Thanks goes out to mikesgroove for this beer. Mike you made me quite happy with this one.

A- Pours a clear copper slight amber color. Two finger light white head stays around for good while. Lacing is thick on the sides of the glass ringing down as I drink this one down.

S- This is pretty good smelling. There is a light sweet alcohol smell that I find a little annoying. Nice floral hops in the front end of this. There is a light malty background to this....although there is also some light spicing in this. Overall this beer smells good but that damn alcohol aroma kills it a little.

T- Floral hops right off the get go. This turns into a light bitter taste as well. Some caramel malts in the middle of this. There is some light spicing in this that I almost want to say is pepperlike in flavor. There is a light almost bittering taste in the back end. Although the alcohol in the aroma comes back in the ending of the beer. It is not as bad as in the aroma but it is still a little annoying.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good with the style. Floral notes left on the palate with some sweet alcohol taste in the aftertaste. Crisp flavors with a semi-clean taste. Overall, pretty good in the mouth.

D- This is a good drinkable beer. I really enjoy this one after the alcohol in the back dies in taste. I would love to try this one on tap someday.

alleykatking, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Kegatron, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of hiltonheadbeer
4.97/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber into a Duvel Glass. Bottled 1-17-2010

A. Hazy dark Orange/Caramel color. 2 finger white head. Beautiful. Wish I could upload a pic.

S. Great hop aroma as soon as I popped the cap.

T. Delicious hops right up front with malt quickly following it up and ending with a nice dry finish.

M. Silky smooth all the way. Very satisfying.

D. Wow! What a great beer for my first review. Spent the last few days sampling many great beers, but decided HopArt was worthy of my very first review. Can't wait to serve my friends and customers Coast Beers. This is what Craft beer is about.

hiltonheadbeer, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of Gyle41386
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a mug.

Light orange/amber pour. Finger of off-white foam retains pretty well. Nice sheets of lacing.

Floral/citric hop aroma. Citrus rind and pine. Sweet malt gives the nose a nice all-around balance.

Very balanced flavor. Not one thing in particular stands out, but all are well-represented. Lots of big flavors. Lasting rind-y bitterness.

Medium body. Hefty IPA. Low carbonation level. Smooth, slick, oily hop texture.

Balance makes it a very easy drinker. I've said in other reviews that a particular beer may be "too balanced," thus canceling out key flavors. HopArt, however, puts everything in its right place. ABV is never noticeable. All in all, a tasty easy-drinking IPA. Very solid effort from COAST.

Gyle41386, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of Overlord
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a generous trader!

Pours a bright orange-y color. About two inches of white foam head.

Smells slightly of floral notes, some dank pine, and a bit of orange. Not much grapefruit, if any. Kind of an unusual IPA.

Taste is also unusual, though pleasant enough. Some pine, a bit of mineral-y dankness, a splash of generalized citrus, some bitterness. It's a pleasing enough mix.

Nice juicy mouthfeel.

Overlord, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of MPLS
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Coast Brewing brew, thanks Chris.

This bottle was brewed on 12.17.09 I find the labels this brewery affixes to their bottles to be fantastic. This particular bottle is very Andy Warholesque. Colorful pop art in the name of hops, come on!

A: The body of this beer is so full murky the light hardly shines through despite it not being of a dark color. Dark Orange in the center with accents that shine on the outside of the pint glass. The head was not huge, but enough carbonatiion and I'd hope so with a beer this fresh, a moon-like cratered surface remains. Lacing better than the Kölsch as well.

S: Malty sweetness, primarily resiny hops, a touch of grapefruit, alcohol not so noticable.

T: Delicious AIPA with a malt bill that does a good job of masking some of the alcohol on the tongue. Up front this beer is where the resiny hops are most noticeable in flavor. This resin is followed by a tangerine like earthy sweetness that comes to a nice sharp peak before fading into tongue numbing bitterness. Not a giantly hopped tearjerking IPA, but throw in the resiny and very earthy with the right malt...I can't complain.

M: The beer is medium bodies with enough carbonation to billow if you hold in on the palate. Really coats the mouth for a brief period without get annoying.

D: I want to keep drinking this beer, beautiful looking beer and bottle makes the presentation look impressive. The flavor and mouthfeel are not lacking either. This may be the best "organic" beer I've tasted, but I wish the ABV was at a solid 6%...then I guess there is the problem of obtaining it again. Solid brew, respect the south ya'll.

MPLS, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of craytonic
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh and on-tap on a recent visit to Charleston, SC. From notes.

Nice rich, amber-honey with great heand and carbonation. Really impressive. Serious hops in the aroma, lots of pine resin and grapefruit with biscuit malts right behind. The hops are just so fresh, moisty and sticky! Extremely drinkable, and shockingly good. Seek this one out, the hoppy beers are the star of the COAST lineup, not blackbeerd. I am infinitely jealous that charleston has this on tap.

craytonic, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of mondegreen
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a snifter. Bottled less than a week ago on 1/17/10.

A: Ruby red grapefruit with a healthy head and lots of lacing. I am almost finished and the head has survived the entire 22oz.

S: Sweet, resin-like hops. Very earthy.

T: Brief initial sweetness then very bitter hops. Lots of grapefruit bite in the mouth. Finish is very dry, this is quite a hoppy beer. Reminds me a little of Ruination, but not quite that bitter.

M: Nice carbonation, solid mouthfeel.

D: Drinkability is decent, but the bitterness will take a toll on your palate. I think I need some water before my next pour.

I'm grateful to have tried this one so fresh. It is an excellent beer, and I think it would fit better as a DIPA than an American IPA. Its ABV (7.7%) matches other well known DIPAs, and the flavor will easily match up to the big boys.

mondegreen, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of mikesgroove (thanks!). Bottled on November 26th, 2009. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Glowing, cloudy gradient from gamboge to amber in the glass. A trembling finger of soapy white foam adheres doggedly to the surface, tossing up emotive fractals of lacing which remain behind after the tears slide back down in sheets.

Moderate hop aromatics, mostly woodsy, pine with a hint of citrus. Straight-ahead and pure.

Initial white honey on the palate absorbed rapidly by a bitter grapefruit and earth note. White wine. Bready grassy finish - very dry. Nicely balanced. Not really of either the East Coast or West Coast schools of the style. Super clean.

Smooth, almost medium-bodied, crisp, slightly puckering from the bitterness. ABV well integrated.

A bit one note, but really tasty.

augustgarage, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, a surprise in a box from blackie. my first COAST offering

bottled 11.26.09

appearance: cool label - poured into my tyranena pint, lighter body - hazy straw-yellow, foamy white crest with light retention

smell: definitely aggressively hopped, citrus peel, grapefruit bitterness

taste: nice ipa - prickly hops, resinous pine, bitter white grapefruit, caramel malts behind the scenes but this one is definitely a hop bomb. pulpy and enjoyable - a little rough around the edges but uper echelon

mouthfeel: strong bitterness, slick and oily

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of PDXHops
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber with a bottled on date of 11/26/09, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Hazy caramel/orange body with an initial 1.5 finger off-white head that reduces fairly quickly, yet still manages to leave some lacing.

Aromas are a little tame for my liking, but certainly pleasant. Citrus and floral notes at first, becoming strongly grassy as it warms up. Plenty of bready malt.

Lots of pine flavor right away, although oddly I didn't pick up much in the nose at all. Sharp grassy bitterness as well, especially at the finish. Medium-thick bodied with moderate healthy dose of carbonation and a bready malts. The overall flavor profile is at least briefly fairly aggressive, a nice surprise after the tame bouquet. After the swallow, the pine stings for a moment then disappears suddenly. The lingering finish is quite dry with some husky grain notes. There's an element of creaminess that seems to aid in blunting some of the hop bite.
Overall impression: Decent IPA, although a bit on the mild side.

PDXHops, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of thektg
4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at Gene's Haufbrau in Charleston, SC on tap. This was my first time tasting this beer. I had read about it on BA, so it was high on my list of beers to sample. I must say, I was not disappointed.

A - Hazy orange glow. Had nearly two fingers of white head.

S - Beautiful hop aroma of citrus and grapefruit flavors.

T - Bitter, but smooth. The hops dominate at first, giving way to a carmel, malt flavor.

M - Smooth and silky.

D - Wow! It lived up to expectations. There were other beers on tap, but I had to have another pint.

Highly recommended.

thektg, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of corby112
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

corby112, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to JISurfer.

Pours a cloudy orange color with one finger of foamy white head.

Scent of bitter, grassy, oily, citrusy, earthy, spicy, juicy, fruity hops, a hint of caramel and some sugars.. This has a great diverse hop profile, not very pungent, but very good.

Taste of bitter, soapy, oily hops, sharp citrus, and a hint of biscuity malts. A tasty hop focused beer, though it could be a little more bitter.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and biting, nice and refreshing.

paco1029384756, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of md655321
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the true joys of living in Charleston. Have had copious amounts of this beer, on tap, in a growler, and now in bottles!

A very unique IPA. Hazy and opaque with a sticky white head. Intense grassy hops in the nose and the taste. Just a bit of citrus gets though with a nice almost dry aftertaste. Great mouthfeel and very drinkable at 7.7. Not really a single IPA, more a 1.5 IPA.

The overt grassiness might put some off, but its definitely the only IPA with this flavor/hop profile. Worth seeking out.

md655321, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the BSP Hop Harvest Fest.

Pours a cloudy golden amber with a thick creamy white head that shows great retention and lacing.

The aroma has a nice juicy sweet hop character with lots of pineapple and orange peel. Maybe some toasted bready malts as well, and the hops are very sweet with some sugary notes.

The citrus hops are more aggressive in the taste with some astringent bitterness up front from the hops. The middle is a battle between the hops, the bready malts and a solid sugary sweetness. The finish is slightly dry but with plenty of fruity sweetness lingering on the palate as well.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and overall this is an extremely drinkable IPA. Solid stuff.

gford217, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of Anthony1
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

growler from charleston beer exchange

pours hazy IPA gold with a sticky, fluffy head that left plenty trace of lace

smells hoppy :) nice aromas of hops with fruits (grapefuit?) and pine (or grass?)

taste was delicious. mostly hoppy, but amazingly good and refershing. we downed the whole bottle almost instantly between two of us. just seemed to vanish into my mouth. immediately went back for another batch. my favorite coast beer by far!

Anthony1, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of ThaBobfather
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid opaque copper with thick bodied beige head.
Smell is both earthy and very floral aroma, hops really coming through.
Taste is a chewy, bitter, floral menagerie of hop profile.
Finish isn't clean, but I've got a good bitter/floral flavor of hops left on my palate.
Drinks pretty smooth.

ThaBobfather, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of mwa423
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a growler of this from Funkydelic as a part of the Dow Jones BIF. Thanks a bunch!

Lots of head, pretty golden color and good clarity. There is very little smell, all I can detect is a very faint hops smell along with some orange peel.

The taste is a good balanced ipa with a strong malt backbone and a light hop bite that bounces off the tongue. Very pleasant as a session ipa.

M/D - the mouthfeel and drinkability are very good, I wish I could get this locally because I think it would be a good beer to introduce the uninitiated into hops.

mwa423, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of jpro
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had it several times, but basing this review on the HopArt I had on tap at Gene's yesterday -

This beer looks great (to me, at least) in the glass: a nice, hazy/cloudy deep orange - light copper; sudsy head that leaves a fair amount of lace on the glass. Aroma is dominated by citrusy / floral hops, with touches of fresh cut grass. Taste is of grapefruit peel, a little resin, very fresh, herby / spicy, a touch of caramel malt is there, too. Mouthfeel is about medium-bodied (maybe a little on the lighter side of medium), with great carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good for an IPA of this strength - pretty refreshing for 7.7%. This is great stuff - one of my favorite IPAs - glad I can get it fresh at the local bars or growler at the Chas Beer Exchange!

jpro, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of bhalter8
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to good friend GatorBeerNerd, who brought me back a growler of this from Charleston Beer Exchange. This has been high on my list of IPAs to try, so glad I finally got my hands on it. Pours a murky/cloudy deep amber color with a huge two finger head, that is rather dense, and retained exceptionally well. A light floral hop aroma came from the beer, nothing overwhelming, but very pleasant. Flavor is stronger than the aroma would suggest, but very well balanced. The hops are very floral and piney, but are matched by a strong malt backbone, that adds some good caramel sweetness. A slight spiciness adds a nice twist to the taste, but does not overtake the IPA flavor. Smooth mouthfeel, with light carbonation, but leaves a bit of a slick residue in your mouth. In the end, this is an extremely well built beer, and a nearly perfect, balanced IPA. Conceals the ABV quite well, and was easy drinking. I need to try again fresh, as I did have to wait on my vacation to try, and may be why the hop aroma faded a bit. Nonetheless, an excellent IPA.

bhalter8, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visited some friends down in Charleston, made it my own personal mission to track down some Coast beers. HopArt seemed to be on tap at some of the local restaurants so I made a push to eat at some of these places. Had it a few times on tap as well as few growlers I brought home with me.

Appearance: On tap the service must've been a little slow, by the time I got the beer the head was more or less gone, but pouring out of the growlers I had no problem getting a 1-1.5 finger head to form at the top. The retention was amazing, it never really went away, and CO2 bubbles kept it alive as they streamed up my glass. Color was a murky reddish-brown color, not all that clear. Lacing was exceptional, left foam all over the sides of my glass.

Smell: Smelled a bit spicy, as well as some mild floral hop notes. A bit citrusy, some sweet malts sneaking in. Not the most attractive smell, the peppery scent that came through sort of muddled the hop aroma that I love so much, but I won't hold it against the beer.

Taste: I absolutely loved this beer. I am so upset that this isn't distributed outside of the greater Charleston area. The peppery scent I picked up is detectable in the taste, but it is not overwhelming. There are hints of something sweet, perhaps honey as others have mentioned, or maybe its just a sweet sugar or malt sweetness. It is not overbearing at all however, as the hop profile of pine and a hint of citrus is still prevalent. East Coaster for sure.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy. Slight bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied, a few of these might fill you up. But a few is all you'll need.

Drinkability: The 7.7% isn't very easy to detect in the taste of this brew, but it'll hit you after a few of these. I would drink this all night if it weren't for the ever intensifying buzz it gives you.

I was not able to find this in bottles, If I had I would have brought home a whole lot of this beer. Coast has a good reputation in South Carolina, and I'm hoping they can expand someday and branch out to the rest of us, It's a shame PA doesn't get this beer.

Ezekiel81923, Jul 14, 2009
HopArt IPA from COAST Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.