Old Man Hopper's India Pale Ale - Rust Belt Brewing Company
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Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 33 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by chinchill:
3.38/5 rDev +7.3%
Bomber bottle served in a pint glass.
A loud pssst upon lifting the cap, followed by a rush of foam out of the bottle and onto my countertop. At least i got an immediate chance to assess the aroma. ... so where in the ratings do we deduct for this?
The beer is a hazy, dark amber. A good bit of sticy foam is left clinging to the glass.
The head is remakably creamy and long-lasting, especially for an IPA. The flavor is about mid-way between an American IPA and an English IPA, which is to say it has a somewhat subdued and earthy hoppiness. Good bitter/sweet balance, although with a touch of sourness that I am not pleased by.
M; slighly more full than average body for style; relatively high carbonation; rather smooth.
O: I enjoyed this beer more than the individual ratings indicate. Given the reasonable cost, I would buy it again.
01-14-2012 00:06:11 | More by chinchill
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3.65/5 rDev +15.9%
Appears a deep copper amber with big off white head, forms thick and dwindles slow leaves fine even coated speckled lacing around the sides of my imperial pint glass. Gotta love the Pittsburgh skyline with one of the bridges on the label along with Old Man hopper grilling up at you. Aromatics are a bit subdued compared to the hops in the flavor but what I can detect are nice citric rind and floral hop components not even much malt sweetness coming out in the nose. Flavor is bitingly bitter with apricot, herbal, pine, and citrus mainly grapefruit peel tones. At first there is fruit juiciness along with the hop bitterness then all that's left behind is raw herbaceous concentrated hop pellets bringing a rough harsh finish and that's coming from a hop head. This will really bring out the bitter beer face in a non believer, but balance is the key to a great IPA, not matter the hop content you have to bring out the malts amongst the loads of hops you throw into a beer. My favorite of the their brews thus far just still needs some tweaking pricing is great it's hard to complain about the success of a small brewer starting up a defunct brewpub who is making 22 ounce bottles for 3.50 a piece. Mouthfeel is the harsh aspect with the concentrated bittering hop pellets leaving a rough citrus peel and herbal leaf layer on the tongue. It's like sucking on a hop pellet, I love hops but there has to be some balance, body is medium body yeast suspended brings some more depth the whole experience. Carbonation is sturdy hop burps are galore, finish is my only problem. Drinkability overall is solid able to finish a 22 ounce portion without difficulty I just want a blend or malt and hops to be more cohesive, even though I like the one sided onslaught of hops. So far their beers have a real grassroots homebrewing like flow, not that that's a bad thing.
03-16-2010 15:53:34 | More by WVbeergeek
3.93/5 rDev +24.8%
Very enjoyable tasty bomber from Whole Foods University Heights. Cold, and after some food. Peachy brownish colour, with some mocha coloured head, and alce sheets. Creamy mouthfeel, very nice drinker. The IBU is there, but mostly this red irush malting. Very fresh and drinkable. Citrus, tasty stuff, suitable carbonation. Very satisfying.
08-25-2010 00:55:05 | More by Sammy
2.6/5 rDev -17.5%
Pours an orangish-amber with a quarter inch of dense, foamy head that has good retention. It has a weird smell for the style; it smells like sliced granny smith apples. It even tastes like granny smith apples. There is very little malt noticeable and there is absolutely no hop character. This is a medium bodied, well carbonated beer.
For the style this one fails completely. Nothing about this beer is an IPA. Even grading this beer out of style won't improve its grade. The apple flavors and subsequent sweetness throws this one off. The lack of malt and hop characters also throw this one off. I won't ever have this one again.
12-17-2011 16:28:56 | More by tdm168
2.85/5 rDev -9.5%
Poured from 22oz bottle.
A- Pours a slight hazy amberish orange color. 3 finger tan head stays around forever of course. Long streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.
S- For being a IPA this has a muted overall hops profile. Sweet bready caramel malts show up first and foremost in the whole aroma profile. There is a light tropical mango or grapefruit hop profile for a second before getting surpassed by a green earthy hop. Light alcohol in the backing of the nose. Muted muted muted for the style.
T- Bready malt upfront with a hint of grapefruit. More of the same caramel malts linger throughout the beer itself with more or less just hints of grassy hops toward the backing. Alcohol is sweet but not overly so. Just like the aroma the flavor is muted although not as bad as the aroma.
M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little weak for the beer. Caramel malts with hoph hints are left not only on the palate but also the aftertaste. Flavors are not really balanced to the style. No off flavors were present. Light alcohol drying on the palate.
D- This beer is not an IPA first off. It smells drinks and would have been reviewed better if they would have called it a pale ale. A very muted first offering from this company. Looking forward to trying some of the other things from them.
02-17-2011 20:29:48 | More by alleykatking
3.6/5 rDev +14.3%
A 650 mL bomber from Vintage Estate.
A: The IPA is a coppery amber color, a syrupy golden brown color that retains, barely, its translucence. Each pour generates a finger or two of off-white head that laced generously as it recedes.
S: The hops are muted when the ale is fresh out of the fridge. At that point, caramel malts are at their strongest, a rich bready aroma that trends towards syrupy. As it warms, the ale releases more citrus hops, not overly pungent, but ripw.
T: Both warm and cold, the ale exhibits a very syrupy, sweet caramel body that seems more appropriate in a brown ale, with nutty toffee flavors popping up for good measure. Behind the sweetness, a mild citrus hop presence lingers, struggling at times to get past the strong malt base. For a brown ale, I dig it; for an IPA it needs a little more hop strength.
M: The syrupy malt base is strong, with ample toffee and nuttiness. What the ale lacks is a bigger hop profile to balance out (or surpass) that maltiness.
D: While it doesn't come across as an IPA, it is still an thoroughly enjoyable ale. The hop flourish near the finish is a sign of what could have been...
06-20-2010 19:06:21 | More by akorsak
3.78/5 rDev +20%
amber in color, light copper tone to it with a nice head of white on top that lasted for a good few minutes before settling down into nothing. Light citrus hops, well balanced against a solid malty back drop, really well done as it seemed to come together perfectly, Crisp, clean, light on the palate, this was asessionable,
09-19-2011 01:12:17 | More by mikesgroove
3.58/5 rDev +13.7%
I picked up a bomber at D's in Swissville for 6 dollars. Nice!
A - Poured a dark amber orange. Slight haze with a half inch of head that turns to a moderate ring of lace.
S - Faint hops at best. Smells slightly bitter but mostly malty. Kind of disappointing.
T - Taste is pretty nice. Leans more to the malty side like an English IPA but bitterness of pine is there and hits you pretty nicely. The finish is pretty nice with slight bitter and malt.
M - Light to medium. Enjoyable.
D - Nothing I would track down again but it was one cheap bomber. My only problem was the sediment was in the bottle and I assumed it was sort of fresh. Taste was not affected by age which was nice.
01-24-2011 23:59:54 | More by DrDemento456
2.95/5 rDev -6.3%
Picked up today while loafing around Carrboro on a beautiful winter's day in short sleeves. I've recently seen this brewery show up a few times lately in the area and am looking forward to trying them out. Body is murky, almost opaque, on top of a handsome dark orange color but the head doesn't last at all. The nose initially has some hops but is overwhelmed by sweet malts and general funkiness as it warms.
Hard to see a ton of IPA character in this one. Some dark and crystal malts produce earth and bread tones but the main aftertaste isn't bitter but metallic. Some herbal and floral notes dance on the outside but can't give the flavor any direction. texture is fine but this still isn't something I'd recommend within the style.
02-20-2011 02:32:35 | More by daliandragon
2.4/5 rDev -23.8%
Poured from a bomber into a ping glass.
Brew poured a nice hazy copper orange with 1" of pure white head that rescinded to a tiny ring with almost no lacing.
Smell is all malt with a little hop bitterness at the end. Not much like an IPA at all. Almost smells stale.
Taste is spot on with the nose. Sweet malts and no hop bitterness to be found. Metallic tinge at the tail end and a strange aftertaste. Not sure what they were looking for here.
Mouthfeel is average with a considerable amount of carbonation and coating on the tongue. That aftertaste that sits in the back drowns everything else out.
Overall this is an OK beer at best. Not something that I will seek out again, but I know several people that really like it. At the $3.99 price point for the 22 ounces, I don't feel like I over paid.
11-18-2011 19:52:25 | More by haywire77
3.03/5 rDev -3.8%
Reviewed blind as per the blind beers BIF.
Blind beer #2 from sitarist. Cracked the bomber and smelled-- decided to grab my imperial pint.
Deep amber/copper color with a tan head of 2 fingers.
Retention is decent, lacing is weak. I'm thinking IPA all the way.
Smells sweet bready and caramel malty. The hops are weak... Some mild grapefruit/pineapple notes get overrun by some earthiness.
Taste follows suit-- really sweet up front: caramel malts, hawaiin bread, dry toast... Hops: Grapefruit, pineapple, grassy, earthy, and vegetal/leafy.
Coffee like bitterness is weak and soft. The body is oily and medium. Just pretty "meh" all around. It isn't undrinkable, but it USB one that I would pick up for myself. Sometimes it seems like trying as many beers as we do really makes us too picky-- this beer is like Red Lobster to me: lots of people might like it a lot, and I feel bad being overly critiacal... But one of the things that happens with experience is that the measuring stick gets raised higher and higher. With that said, this is a disappointment for me.
Reveals beer to be---- Rust Belt Brewing Old Man Hopper's IPA.
Well... It's exactly what I thought it was: it's a small brewery's IPA. The beer isn't offensive at all, but it isn't any better than average...
A-3.5, S-3, T-3, M-3, D-3.
03-07-2011 04:29:39 | More by AleWatcher
3.1/5 rDev -1.6%
Pours a hazy orange-ish colr with a light tan head. In the aroma, orange citrus hops. In the taste, sweet orange citrus but not really bitter. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry orange citrus in the aftertaste. A bit sweet and lack of bitterness for an IPA.
09-14-2011 14:10:33 | More by OWSLEY069
2.83/5 rDev -10.2%
A - Pours a gorgeous mahogany with a finger of dark tan head. Very good looking beer.
S - A bit of pine, no citrus or other fruit to speak of. Not a whole lot there for smell.
T - Pretty meh, to be honest. Not much flavor, no citrus or pine. This isn't watery, but it just doesn't have flavor, which I'm not sure how they accomplished. There is a bit of malty sweetness at the finish.
M - Fairly creamy, a good amount of carbonation. It feels pretty solid in the mouth, but there's something missing. Without a lot of flavor, it's hard to get a good mouthfeel read.
Overall, a good looking, not good tasting or smelling beer. I mean, there's always the possibility of getting an old bottle, but I would avoid if you can.
03-24-2011 00:47:31 | More by gdrydenc
2.35/5 rDev -25.4%
22 oz. bomber sent as an extra by a very generous TrebleStauter.
A- Hazy copper color with an inkling of fizzy white head even after an extremely vigorous pour. No real amount of lacing or head retention. Just enough to be average I suppose.
S- Muted blend of hops, some earthiness along with a touch of sweet malts. Everything seems way too subdued. Not very impressed with this yet.
T- Bland. No real good amount of detectable hops or malt. There is flavor to it, but it's just not anything very good. I wish I had something better to say about this but it's not very good. Definitely needs more hops, or different hops. I really don't know why it's so bland.
M- Thin, light carbonation. Average.
D- Taste and smell don't really do it for me on this one. There's just so many good IPA's out there nowadays it's going to be hard for this one to stack up against the competition. Not a recommendation.
09-19-2010 13:33:16 | More by kbeals
3.68/5 rDev +16.8%
Appearance - a darkish orange/amber beer, lots of thick manila foam. Great retention, I am able to easily get a solid core of foam above the glass as I fill that baby up. Nice looking brew.
Aroma - decent floury, biscuity malts underneath. Mango and pineapple shape the hop profile.
Taste - essential malty/biscuit foundation. The hops are fresh with pine and grapefruit. Ends clean, slightly drying with only mild to moderate bitterness lingering. A basic, tasty IPA.
Mouthfeel - smooth feeling, moderate carbonation and body. Good levels all around.
Drinkability - an easy-drinking IPA, very nice effort from Rust Belt.
09-22-2010 03:45:28 | More by brewdlyhooked13
4/5 rDev +27%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark orange color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Decent lacing.
S: An OK aroma of hops, some malt, and a sugary component.
T: Tasted of hops (more than anything else), malt in the finish, and a tinge of caramel. Not the most complex of flavors, but still very enjoyable. Seems closer in spirit to an English IPA than an American.
M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied, heavier than I expected.
D: A solidly made, drinkable IPA.
08-02-2010 12:08:20 | More by avalon07
3.75/5 rDev +19%
1 PINT, 6 FL OZ. bottle poured into a Trois Pistoles snifter. No date. Had it in Youngstown, OH where it's made.
Appearance - Very hazy brown, body. Small white pancake bater head with low retention and decent lacing.
Smell - Slight maltiness. Strange smell. Not bad, but original I guess is the word for it. Kinda fruity like an apricot. And bar soap.
Taste - Psychodelic man. Lots of atypical characters. Flowery, astringent, honey sweetness undercurrent. I feel like I'm drinking potpourri tea sweetened by honey. This gets bonus points for being interesting, though not necessarily bad or enjoyable. This has the potential to grow on me, who knows. It's definitely a curveball.
Mouthfeel - Typical for the style, but actually a little more enjoyable because the astringency seems like a natural path for the mouthfeel to take considering the strange bouquet on the tongue. Hence my "psychodelic" reference.
Overall Drinkability - A little strange. Actually a lot of bit strange. Enjoyable. Would need more to properly evaluate. But considering this is a local brew in a industrial podunk, that's probably never gonna happen.
09-17-2011 20:24:09 | More by ZenAgnostic
Old Man Hopper's India Pale Ale from Rust Belt Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.