HopArt IPA - COAST Brewing Company
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4.58/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
07-14-2009 19:37:28 | More by Ezekiel81923
4.18/5 rDev +3.7%
Enjoyed a couple pints at dinner in Charleston. Also picked up a Growler at the Charleston Beer Exchange.
Each pint came with a finger of tight creamy head that had excellent retention and very small bubbles. The lacing was quite insane and formed excellent rings in the glass as the beer was consumed. The beer was a murky/hazy deep amber color with mostly light brown tones.
Aroma was very well balanced and a combination of slightly sweet malts and some floral/citrus hop notes. Fairly light aroma.
Flavor was very nice and very well balanced. Definitely an East Coast IPA. Excellent Balance. What's interesting to me was the sweetness. I get brown sugar and a touch of honey. Not that it was too sweet, it wasn't, but it was a different taste and sweetness. Interesting. Also quite a bit of black pepper. Some nice yeast tones here in addition to the pepper. They do not get in the way.
This was not served on cask, but almost felt like it. Smooth, lightly carbonated and just shy of creamy.
I really enjoyed this IPA. Truth be told I picked up the growler for a local trading session we are having at home, Not sure I want to trade it.
07-08-2009 20:11:15 | More by Reagan1984
4.35/5 rDev +7.9%
16 oz pour from a growler purchased from Charleston Beer Exchange poured into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip.
A: The beer is a slightly murky orangish brown color. The head filled up the rest of the glass when the beer went up to the pint fill up line. As the head receded a bit there were large clumps of lace. The head never completely disappeared although that might be due to the glass and its nucleation points.
S: A nice mix of caramel malt along with quite a few hop based aromas. Floral, citrus, and grassy all mix very well to give it a nice aroma.
T: The taste seems to follow the aroma. The name must come from the excellent mixture of hops that it has. I am picking up a bit of pine in the flavor that I did not notice in the smell. This is a well crafted IPA that isnt just trying to be bitter.
M: Very smooth beer that coats the inside of the mouth and leaves it a bit slick.
D: This one is a great easy drinking IPA. I am glad that the growler has to last me a couple days before I can make it back to the CBX. Otherwise it might disappear quickly.
06-28-2009 03:01:16 | More by GatorBeerNerd
4.03/5 rDev 0%
Solid hop hit from mikesgroove.
22 oz bottle with a kick ass label. Great design appreciated. Poured into a pub glass. Very sticky head leaves cascading rings of lace down the glass. Color is a honey amber, clear except for the last pour.
Smell is a very balanced mix of sweet honey malts and citrusy hops. Taste is also very balanced, which really enhances the drinkability. Grapefruit and honey with a little peppery spice from the yeast.
Solid IPA all around.
Blipped "Art School" by The Jam
05-11-2009 02:22:41 | More by bort11
4.33/5 rDev +7.4%
On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Charleston.
Nice pour. Slightly hazy. Large-bubbled head that started thin but stayed. Decent lacing.
Smell is grapefruit and a little pine. Taste begins with a sweet/citrus combo but shortly after there is a wonderful dankness not present in the nose.
Maybe a little thin but not terribly so.
ABV is well hidden. My dad and I guessed that it was much lower.
Great beer. I plan to have several more next time I'm in town.
03-27-2009 02:40:14 | More by brushtachio
4.03/5 rDev 0%
Poured from a growler purchased at Beer Exchange in Charleston into my SA glass. Pours a cloudy reddish/orange with a thick fluffy off white head. Stickly lacing rims the glass after every sip. Very citrusy aroma of grapefruit with some piney notes. Taste is mostly the citrusy hops with some residal sweetness from the malt. My first Coast brew. Well done!
03-23-2009 00:38:21 | More by clemtig76
4.22/5 rDev +4.7%
22oz bottle acquired in trade with OldStyleCubFan (thanks!). What a cool label (I'll have to put this one on the shelf).
Bottled on 3.12.08. Poured a deeper and cloudy orangish color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of pine, wet grass, earthy, and citrus. Tastes of citrus, lighter earthiness, and some caramel. Earthy in the aroma vs. citrus in the tastes. Has a decent sweetness to balance out the bitter hops. Some lacing left on the glass. I enjoyed this one!
Notes from: 4/11/08
02-03-2009 15:56:15 | More by hopdog
4.6/5 rDev +14.1%
Traded my Stone 9th Anniversary growler for a growler of this with riverjames.
Cloudy, orange. 1/2" head. White and thick bubbles. Looks like a hefe but darker.
Citrus. Delicious. Lets get it on!
Oh, yum. Just enough sweet. Bitter all the way through.
Great, good carbonation.
Easily could drink a 6pack. I'd enjoy more. This was a 6 day old growler with a standard screw top. I was worried that through shipment and possible oxidation that it wouldn't taste fresh. But, it tasted very fresh.
Thank you riverjames.
01-24-2009 04:52:41 | More by dqderrick
4.03/5 rDev 0%
Had this on tap at Gene's Hofbrau.
A - Pours a hazy golden amber with a sticky white head and lots of nice lacing.
S - Sweet malts, grapefruit, bitter hops.
T - Taste was sweet and citrusy, gradually giving way to bitter grapefruit hops.
M - Medium bodied and medium carbonation with a slightly viscous mouthfeel.
Notes - I enjoyed this beer very much, as I have most of Coast's offerings. I didn't feel that the ABV negatively affected the drinkability for me, as I wouldn't drink too many pints of a beer this bitter in one sitting anyway. In that respect, the ABV was well paired with the taste.
01-11-2009 13:30:44 | More by HeyItsChili
3.38/5 rDev -16.1%
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.
01-03-2009 03:46:09 | More by badbeer
4.13/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
12-05-2008 04:12:21 | More by kimcgolf
4/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
12-04-2008 01:54:00 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.03/5 rDev 0%
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.
11-24-2008 01:40:05 | More by RblWthACoz
4/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
11-18-2008 13:54:46 | More by avalon07
4/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
11-15-2008 23:25:44 | More by taylorhamrick
3.9/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
11-03-2008 02:14:55 | More by brewcrew76
4.5/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
10-29-2008 19:48:28 | More by SPLITGRIN
4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
Shout out to mikesgroove for hookin this one up.
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.
10-28-2008 03:10:43 | More by AKBelgianBeast
4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
09-08-2008 18:07:37 | More by goindownsouth
4.22/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
09-05-2008 14:12:03 | More by Deuane
4.33/5 rDev +7.4%
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!
09-04-2008 16:25:08 | More by ffejherb
4.4/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
08-31-2008 17:15:26 | More by glid02
4.4/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
08-29-2008 21:23:53 | More by brewmudgeon
4/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
08-09-2008 20:09:58 | More by Scoobydank
4.43/5 rDev +9.9%
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!!!
08-01-2008 00:12:27 | More by corey0212
HopArt IPA from COAST Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.