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HopCat

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BEER AVG
3.81/5
Based on:
36 Beers
201 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 331
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: n/a
Taps: 48
Bottles: 150
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

25 Ionia SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503
United States
phone: (616) 451-4677

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Notes:
Place added by: hopcatgr on 01-06-2008

Rated #3 Beer Bar on Planet Earth by Beer Advocate magazine.

Hours 11:30 AM - 2 AM seven days a week.

In-house brewing system up and running as of January 2009.

Large outdoor patio open year-round.
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Reviews by slowbie:
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4.15/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I used to go to this place quite a bit when I lived in the area, but after a trip back I decided to finally write a review.

It's a dimly lit place with a good amount of seating, even better during the summer. I like the atmosphere quite a bit on their less busy days but it gets really loud and really packed on weekends and some weeknights.

They carry some of the best quality beer of any bar I've been to. One BMC-ish option and a bunch of craft. They are probably the only place in west Michigan that you will find Kuhnhenn, and they are likely to carry beers from other great Michigan stops such as Dark Horse and Shorts (and of course Founders and Bells).

They also brew their own beers, many of which are, for lack of a better word, weird (e.g. sage pale ale, orange IPA). Whenever I've ordered one that sounds good it's been excellent though and the prices are relatively cheap for the quality of beer. However, about every other time I go all of the Hopcat brewed beers look a little too out there for me. (Though I'm admittedly not a fan of too much spicing in my beer).

I'm ranking the service above average because every server in there is more knowledgeable about beer than at most places. However, from a non-beer knowledge standpoint, the service is average at best. I've never had a great waiter/waitress, and I've had a couple that were not so great.

As far as selection goes, I've been to places with twice the taps and half the selection of Hopcat. This is helped by the fact that they have one rotating BMC tap. The other taps tend to change with the seasons (i.e. I couldn't find a barleywine on tap last summer but when I went recently the menu was mostly barleywines, stouts, and strong ales).

The food is good, the fries are better, although I haven't been overly impressed by their other appetizers. But nobody goes to hopcat for the food anyways.

Hopcat has the best selection in the area, but it doesn't have the best prices or service. Their prices get especially dicey on the more expensive beers. Still a great place that I plan on returning to though.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Canada_Dan
4.29/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of EricTKole
4.25/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of BryanA
3.59/5  rDev -21.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Lots of Options on tap, one of the best for Grand Rapids, food was decent, but service was pretty slow

Photo of Jeffrey84
3.6/5  rDev -21.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I Don't like the service. Servers/bartenders have an elitist attitude. It's like they think that if you don't work there you know nothing about beer.

Photo of Samurai_Jesus4
4.54/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of assman79
4.01/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of juicebox
4.48/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Drk93TT
4.25/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of italianstallion
4.24/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

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4.07/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of beerfan39
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Great place. Incredibly welcoming and accommodating. Amazing selection.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.76/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -28.9%

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HopCat in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.