Hop Freak - Milwaukee Brewing Company
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Reviews by nickapalooza86:
4.43/5 rDev +23.7%
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.
05-23-2014 22:27:52 | More by nickapalooza86
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3.58/5 rDev 0%
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
06-05-2014 23:30:05 | More by mfnmbvp
3.53/5 rDev -1.4%
Pours hazed amber with a fluffy off-white head. Lacing sticks.
The smell is herbal/floral/tea-like with citrus notes and caramel.
The taste is herbal and citric. The tea flavor waters down the citric hop presence. The Rishi tea mixes in to make it unique, but too medicinal/herbal. It has a bittersweet tea and caramel finish.
It is medium-bodied. Pretty smooth with alcohol relatively well-hidden.
Not as hoppy as the name implies. The addition of tea is unique, but not really my "cup of tea". Certainly worth trying, though, for a "different" DIPA.
05-08-2014 17:01:33 | More by jwc215
Hop Freak from Milwaukee Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.