Hopluia - Spilker Ales
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Reviews by Loki:
4.15/5 rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Sampled from a 32oz brown glass bottle with a plastic screwcap like a coke bottle, but much better quality. Lots of information on the bottle and a best before date.
Appearance: Crystal clear copper color with a big, off-white head and nice lacing.
Smell: Wonderful. Floral, fragrent hops. Pine, grass, flowers, spice, bitter. The aroma was like opening a fresh bag of hops and was purely inticing and a little intimidating at the same time. If the hops were this present in the aroma, could I handle that much hops in the flavor?
Taste: Where's hops? Oh they are there, but to a much, much more refined level than in the aroma. Wonderfully balanced, but slightly subdued hop flavors of flowers, pine, herbs, and grassy notes that dance subtly with the malt and leaves a slight bitterness on the end. I truly loved the flavor, but anyone expecting the hop punch that the nose would lead you to expect could be greatly disapponted or very pleasantly surprise, as my wife was who is not the biggest hop fan.
Overall a very good beer, but more along the lines of a dry hopped Pale Ale or ESB than an IPA, but I'll take another anyday.
Serving type: bottle
11-23-2003 16:26:43 | More by Loki
More User Reviews:
3.73/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
a better than average ipa i thought, but maybe thats because i was in nebraska drinking less than stellar beers for a few days. this one poured a coppery orange color with an inch of thick white foam. the nose is really floral on the hop front, with some english smelling pale malt behind it. not bitter at all. the flavor is also quite floral, summery, even a tinge of bubblegum flavor to it, which i didnt mind until i identified it, then i didnt care for it at all. sweeter in the finish from the malts. i liked the taste of this though because all of the components can be tasted individually, but the whole is more than the sum of the parts. synergy they call that, and its on display here, in a jazzy little glass of beer, not quite english, not quite american, but darn tasty whatever it is. medium body, average carbonation, one of the better beers ive had from the state of nebraska, for what thats worth.
Serving type: on-tap
01-02-2013 21:24:31 | More by StonedTrippin
Hopluia from Spilker Ales
81 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.