Hopluia - Spilker Ales
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3.8/5 rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
32oz brown bottle with a twist-off plastic cap seal. Best before 04/03 -- ah 04/01/03 ... close enough! Says on the label that it's a dry-hopped beer, a process that is "rare" -- actually it's not rare, but still that's cool.
Pours a bright and clear brilliant copper coloured beer, topped with a crackling foam head that settles to a thin lace and stick.
Geezus! Probably one of the most powerful hop aromas that I've smelled on a beer. Imagine putting a full sack of intense hops over your head, then breathe. Okay? You're almost there. Herbal, woody, floral, touch of fruit ... it's all there and kickin' ass on your nose. Note: it mellows as the beer sits, so get some good sniffs in before it weakens.
Medium mouthfeel, smooth (gets very dry and coarse as the beer warms), with a hard water consistency -- a bit different, and odd-ish. Malty, sweet with distinct and defining bready flavours, with some yeasty notes tucked in there. Sweetness is a tad sugary, too. Some plum in the background; ripe, sweet plum. Hops prickle the palate with herbal flavours, green wood, raw grass, hints of mint, leaf ... whoa! There's a lot of hop character, let's just stop and say it's quite complex. Finish retains much of the bready flavours, going a bit dry, but surprisingly drops much of the hops, all except a coating of oil and ripe hop flavours as you burp.
Finish is not too hot, and the mouthfeel sticks in my head as being odd, but other than that this is surely an hop experience that I will not forget. Interesting and tasty, overall.
From a bditty187 care package -- thanks!
Serving type: bottle
04-01-2003 20:12:43 | More by Todd
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3.73/5 rDev +5.1%
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 106 ratings.