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Hop Freak - Milwaukee Brewing Company

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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 2
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Milwaukee Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Hendrick24 on 02-14-2014

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Ratings: 116 | Reviews: 14
Reviews by guityler83:
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3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Can to teku, the beer produced a bright white 2+ finger head comprised of fine bubbles. Great retention, the foam sustained for a good minute and change before slowly falling into the murky, hazy copper liquid. When the foam fell it left behind staggered cotton looking lacing. No sediment or hop particles.

S: Restrained hop aroma. Mild grapefruit, citrus and pine aromas with an underlying earthy-ness I associate with english hops. No ethanol or off aromas detected. Biscuity, cracker like malt nose peaks through, but more tame then the hops.

T: A burst of citrus hop bitterness, similar grapefruity aroma. As it develops on the taste buds the pine comes through followed by a large malt backbone ripe with bread crust, toast, crackers and biscuit flavors (fairly complex for an IPA!). Trucking along, the earthy hop vibe comes through at the end along with a slightly sweet finish. Balance is on the hops but.. interestingly in the middle, not by much.

M: A moderate bodied beer with carbonation being on the verge of being to much at fridge temperatures. Slight mouth drying astringency from all of the hop oils left on the pallet.

O: A Mid-West IPA with tons of malt flavor. I would have liked to seen this beer burst my face with aroma and dial back the maltyness (since it is an IIPA), but style aside it is a solid beer and probably one of the best MKE Brewing beers I've had. Keep 'em comin' boys!

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16 fl oz. can, with no apparent canned on date present. Picked up the four pack of this from the local beer store. Glad to see Milwaukee Brewing Company canning their beers now. This one complete with hop monster can artwork. Infused with Jasmine tea. Sounds pretty good so far.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice bright golden orange colored body with two fingers of creamy off-white head. Some thin spotty lacing, but not much. Still, it looks very nice.

S - The smell is mostly all caramel / toffee malt forward, I'm not getting any citrus or grapefruit or any of the usual big bitter hop suspects. If I didn't know any better, I would think this beer was old based on the aroma. It is herbal / vegetal, but not what I would describe as hoppy. I think I can discern the Jasmine at times, but it is faint. Mild alcohol fumes.

T - Taste follows the nose - mostly caramel malt forward, but there is a big drying hop bitterness on the finish. Resinous and piney. Fairly simple in all honesty, and I'm not able to discern any noticeable effect from the added Rishi tea. The 8.70% abv is well-hidden, but slightly warming & noticeable.

M - The feel is crisp upon the initial sip and goes down smooth, but finishes dry, bitter, piney, & resinous. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, it's actually not a bad beer, but it definitely has room for improvement. Not what I would call a 'Hop Freak' that's for sure. I'm not sure that the tea added much either, but I have three more cans of this stuff to mull it over.

Milwaukee Brewing Company Hop Freak ---3.5/5

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