Hop Freak - Milwaukee Brewing Company
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Reviews by nickapalooza86:
4.43/5 rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Pours a clear orange with a monster head that is sticking around, which is nice for a beer at 8.7
Smell is a blast of citrus, orange, herbal hop, grapefruit, pine, toffee and caramel
Taste is orange, pine needle, caramel, herbal hop, bittering resin type flavor, some flavor I can not pinpoint it could be tea but I doubt it. some tangerine, a definite grapefruit bitterness in the finish which is balanced by a nice bready/caramel sweetness
Mouthfeel is big on this one, sweet a little boozy and even a little oily but with a nice drying finish.
Frankly I do not understand the 82 on this one, I know this is not most peoples favorite WI brewery but ill be damned if they didn't nail this one. Sure they didn't reinvent the wheel but this a DIPA that I think if were poured blind would fair a bit better.
Also I have a hard time believing the Tea adds anything here, I would really love to try this without it frankly.
Serving type: bottle
05-23-2014 22:27:52 | More by nickapalooza86
More User Reviews:
3.88/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Aroma is citrus, spices and light pine/mint. The flavor is grapefruit, citrus dank/mildly resiny hops, spices, a hint of fruit/candy/sugar, medium body, malts and a mix of bitter/tangy and very slight heat in the finish. Not overly bitter and balanced pretty well.
Serving type: bottle
06-22-2014 00:01:38 | More by jzlyo
3.58/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
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
Serving type: can
06-05-2014 23:30:05 | More by mfnmbvp
Hop Freak from Milwaukee Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.