Hopluia - Spilker Ales
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Reviews by bort11:
3.45/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
22 oz silk-screened bottle poured into a DFH tulip. The initial head is a good two fingers, and is a light cream color. The foam recedes leaving spots of lace. The body color is a clear, dark copper. Very active carbonation streamers rise from the bottom.
The smell is an expected hop blast, though it is not as heavy handed as some hop-forward ales. It is an aromatic potpourri of lighter hop notes. There is grass, pine needles and spearmint. I like getting mint flavors and smells from a beer, it's a sense that is under appreciated in craft brewing. The taste takes a big step back and is a lot milder than the smell would suggest. There is still a hint of mint, but overall it is a little watered down.
The body is light and crisp, perfect for hot weather. This may be a bit of a disappointment for hop-heads used to DIPAs like Hop Slam. However, I do see a place for a lighter IPA like Hopluia. I could drink a lot of this at the grill or at a party. At $3.99 a 22 oz bottle, it's priced right as well.
Serving type: bottle
05-20-2011 01:27:26 | More by bort11
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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.