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Hop Freak - Milwaukee Brewing Company

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80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.97%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Milwaukee Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Hendrick24 on 02-14-2014)
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Reviews by nickapalooza86:
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4.43/5  rDev +24.1%

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.

nickapalooza86, May 23, 2014
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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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Hop Freak from Milwaukee Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.