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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: 47 | 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 cbak999
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this beer up at Green's Beverage Warehouse in Columbia, SC. Bottle date appears to be 6-21-10.

A: Pours a deep amber - very cloudy with yeast floating. A nice 1/2 inch head comes with the pour.

S: Smell is all hops. Citrus and pine. Not much malt.

T: Very hop forward. I get a little malt, a little caramel, but mostly the piney hops. Nice bitter finish.

D: Very drinkable for 7.7%. The hops stay throughout the session. I could drink this daily.

Photo of regspeir
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle (courtesy of BrewerDan) into a standard pint glass. Poured a cloudy light copper color with a large off-white head which settled slowly and left a nice amount of lacing. Nose was citrus (grapefruit, apricot, pineapple and orange) with some floral notes. Taste had hints of caramel, brown sugar, and citrus but was pretty slanted toward dry and bitter. There was an odd musty flavor that I didn't care for. Body is medium, resinous and sticky. Alcohol is well hidden. I guess my previous encounter with Boy King set too high a standard but, for whatever the reason, this was a disappointment. I will try it again since there is always a chance I got a bad bottle but...I won't go out of my way for it.

Photo of jeddsp
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just got this beer in a 64oz growler from The Lodge down in Hilton Head SC. Brought it home anxiously back to Atl to try it out. It didn't disappoint me at all. Poured coppery but clear, thick head which held through the 1st half of the beer. I have always liked sweet hops and that is what this was to me. A sweet hoppy IPA in both smell and taste. I'll be heading back to HH to pick some more of this up...put it into the fridge rotation. Try it, I don't think you will be disappointed.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a bottle of this in a trade with thagr81us. Thanks, Calton! I'm going to be drinking Boy King tomorrow, so let's see what the regular COAST IPA is like. Bottled 23 May 2010.

Pouring a mildly hazy copper with a dense, beige head with good retention and some lacing, this is a good looking IPA. The nose is a great expression of hops, bursting with ripe oranges and pineapple, along with a rather noticeable malt character. To me, it seems like they've used an English base malt in this beer, with the characteristic sweetness, mildly toasty, mildly caramel-like, but distinct from the sweeter American IPAs. Bringing it up to cellar temp does make the alcohol noticeable.

The palate opens with a blend of caramel and toasty sweetness with a moderate bitterness with grapefruit and orange rind characteristics being particularly strong. Hop flavor is tamer than the nose would suggest, with the potential fruity brightness being lower than necessary, especially to balance the bitterness. Mildly sweet on the finish, there's some caramel and bready sweetness, along with the rather pungent hop bitterness. Medium in body, this beer is moderately carbonated. With a touch of alcohol on the finish, this beer is decent, and one that I'm glad I got a chance to try.

Photo of mikey711
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy orange color with a soapy white head that leaves decent lacing. the head poured a big thicker than i would have liked.

S: Slightly sopay smelling hops with a fair amount of caramel and breadiness in the background.

T: There is a slight pine bitterness and hints of soapy lemon. decent amount of balanced and nothing off, but nothing spectacular

M: Slightly thin with a bit of an oily feel. No heat

D: easy to put down and i am glad i got to try this one

Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow slightly cloudy with a tall off white head. Nice retention with some solid lace.

S: Aromas of nice sweet malt. Pine, and mild grapefruit. Mild floral hops.

T: Malty with a nice dose of hops. Hints of caramel and mild bread. Lots of floral hops with dashes of wet hay. Citrus and Pine notes round things out. Not aggressive, drinkable.

M: Medium in body, smooth tasty.

D: Nice and drinkable. Pretty solid.

Photo of Gtreid
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle thanks to beernerd81. Review from notes. Poured into my Short's pint glass.

A: Light Burnt orange color. The pour dropped a big three finger head that left tons of sticky lace.

A: Big pine forrest hops. Some grapefruit and orange, but the piney, grassy hops dominate. I get a nice biscuity, caramelly malt backbone to give this some balance.

T: More of the sweet citrus and pine sap. There is just enough caramel malt to balance this one nicely. It finishes very dry and bitter, just as it should.

M: Crisp and clean. Medium body and aggressive carbonation.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is throught the roof. IPA is my favorite style, and this one does not dissapoint. If I had access to this, it would be in my regular rotation. Skal.

Photo of portia99
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of kirkpjr
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of maximum12
2.41/5  rDev -39.6%
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.

Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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

Photo of argock
3.75/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.27/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of jpmclaug
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of stoutfiend27
4.39/5  rDev +10%
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

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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

Photo of prototypic
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.75/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.42/5  rDev -14.3%
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'.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of javincik
4.13/5  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.

Photo of beer2day
3.91/5  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.

Photo of nickd717
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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