XBeeriment Hoppenheimer Imperial IPA - Xbeeriment I/S

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XBeeriment Hoppenheimer Imperial IPAXBeeriment Hoppenheimer Imperial IPA

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Reviews: 15
Hads: 27
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 5.94%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: biegaman on 07-13-2011

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Reviews: 15 | Hads: 27
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber/golden color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and lightly resinous hops is dominant with some light notes of residual sugar. Taste is also dominated by dominant notes of citrus hops and some light resinous notes with some lightly sweet mat in the background. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well brewed though hops floral notes could have been even more powerful. (463 characters)

Photo of popery
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes, 7/28/11. Bottle. Pours a nice, clear orange-gold with a healthy white head. Aroma is candied orange peel, pineapple, kiwi, grapes, mint and earth. It’s backed up by a sugary malt backbone. There’s a ton of hops in this one. Taste starts out with sweet citrus but quickly gets bitter. Fortunately, it’s not a bland bitterness. No apparent booze. Lasting hop bitter and mildly dry finish. Very nice DIPA with a great label. (439 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, citrus, floral, and pine hops with some sweet caramel and bready malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, and orange hops with some bitterness and sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some floral and pine hops come through with some more bitterness and some bready and biscuity malts. The finish is a mix of tropical, citrus, floral, and pine hops with some bitterness, sweet bready malts, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice hops profile with good bitterness and pretty decent malt and hop balance. (828 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, greabt beer! Poured at a good temperature with a large, foamy, frothy, cream-colored head that slowly settles and lots of lace. Color is a clear amber with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is hoppy, miialt, grain, fruit. Flavor is like nose, bitter/sweet/carbonic tang well balanced. Body is soft, carbonation muted, and chewy. Fiinish is like flavor, long, boozy, and easy drinking. (384 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glowing reddish orange. The head is whispy and small but manages to drape the glass in lace. Grape fruit and pine hops mingle with caramel and cookie dough in the nose. Blasts of pine tar and fresh grapefruit utterly dominate the flavor. Some light bready malts lay in the background, always submissive. Alcohol heat is perceptable, but quite modest for 9.7% The mouthfeel is viscous. The finish is tremendously bitter with a hit of boozyness.

This is a very pleasant DIPA. Hops out in front. Dangerously quaffable for the strength. (541 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 4 - pours medium to dark medium copper gold color with A minimally thin layer of foam on top, carbonation is very little to none.

S - 3-3.5- Caramel aroma with pine and citrus hops in the background, malt is up front.

T - 3.5 -4 - Moderate toasted caramel malt up front and around midway through the pine/citrus one/two punches your tongue relentlessly and doesn't give up. This beer sports a very LONG and lingering bitter and assertive bite, not for the faint of heart. For 9.7%, the alcohol is extremely well hidden, very nicely done. No complexity, just a straight ahead balls to the wall Imperial IPA.

M - Medium thin body and gentle carbonation on the tongue.

O - Body is a little thin and could use more substance. Overall, VERY glad I had the opportunity to try this very limited beer. Was a strange experience as I could call it "balanced", but then again, it's not. Pronounced malt, but also a pronounced bitter bite. (935 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden amber color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It was long-lasting and left some sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine and some toasty notes.

T - It tasted of strongly of pine with a nice burnt toast malt backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is an nice DIPA. Really strong with the pine flavors and a tad unbalanced. (451 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Premiere. Nice blend of hops though not exceptional dipa. Until very much warmed, found it to be overcarbonated. Good bitterness, not a palate killerb despite 116 ibu, was good with food. Generous head on cloudy middle yellow.Alcohol well hidden. (258 characters)

Photo of brotherloco
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. No date. Served in a tulip.

Pours a very cloudy deep red-tinged gold. A small head that quickly becomes a ring with large bubbles. Bits of lacing.

American hop presence, but also a good amount of bready malt and some berry fruit notes.

Flavor starts as a bracing bitter top-of-the-tongue sting, gets a touch minty. Sweet caramel malt backs things up. Flavors fade slowly in the finish and stinging bitterness remains. There is also a little sourness from what seems to be unmasked alcohol, not my favorite part of the flavor, but not surprising given the high ABV.

Medium-full body and slightly less than medium carbonation suit the style, but things get a touch thick. (687 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden color. About a finger of white head.

Citrus, dank, resin, dill, herbal and grassy notes. Smells pretty awesome.

Light sweet honey notes washed away by bitter and herbal notes finish is dank and grassy with a subtle balancing sweetness.

Well carbonated, full bodied with a nice dry finish.

A nicely balanced IIPA. (329 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

It pours a nice orangeish gold with a frothy white head.

The smell is sweet and juicy with some citrus. Mostly malt scents in this one, tough they are nice.

The taste is a nice suprise. This one is pretty bitter. Maybe it isn't because i haven't had much IPAs in the last few months but for an almost 10% IPA it is very bitter. The rest of the flavor is mainly malty sweetness. Thus, it is a bit of a two dimensional beer, not too complex. Just the piney bitterness and the sugary sweetness.

Overall it is a great beer, but not off the charts. (561 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a rich amber color and a cloudy consistency. There were two inches of foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A big aroma of citrus, pine, malt, and something sweet.

T: A hugely complex flavor of citrus (grapefruit, orange), a piney quality, a nice malty backbone and some caramel in the finish. This is a well-balanced and flavorful beer. Tastes like a DIPA ought to taste.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, silky finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an immensely likable and very easy to drink beer. (562 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I can hear my 8th grade Science teacher in his slow, nasally voice starting this off with “OK class, today we’re going to do an Xbeeriment, Xbeeriment Hoppenheimer, a Double IPA. Be sure to answer the numerical ratings and write something about each category. Now, on to the beer:”

Golden orange is the color, and good lace and head retention provide a pretty contrast the beer itself. Its nose is done well and mimics this American style well. Sugar coated oranges, assorted citrus, and a little herbal. Now we’re really begin to xbeeri...excuse me, experiment.

Out the gate this beer tastes like an excellent Double IPA. After the quick start however, its fortunes change and Hoppenheimer becomes merely good. For the style, it’s balanced, but that doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of hops. Sweeter citrus coming right at ya, grapefruit, resin. A little medicinal. Not terribly bitter until it gets to the aftertaste, and this is where things get a little close for comfort. While the body is good, the super dry and bitter cottonmouth aftertaste are not very appetizing, which discourages quick and pain-free drinking. Take your time if you must.

Despite the aftertaste stumble, Hoppenheimer is the best of the Xbeeriment’s that I have partaken. This should be able to cure most lupulin cravings. (1,318 characters)

Photo of tetu
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 1 pint 0.9 oz. bottle that has a logo similar to xbox and a radiation logo on it.

Amber color with thin head that remains nearly to the last drop. Not much lacing.

Aroma has some fruit to it, grapefruit and peach to be specific, along with alot of hoppy character and malts.

Taste is sweet with malt, grass, citrus, and caramal flavor w/ a bitter pine finish. Some bread notes.

It has an oily texture with a medium body and soft carbonation

This was alot like a barleywine light (if there is such a thing). I enjoyed it although I would have appreciated a bit more carbonation. (597 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Le Trappist, in Oakland.

Lacing turns the glass from clear to frosted; typical that a Danish beer should make it look like it snowed. The head responsible for all this is sturdy and built to last. The beer's body is a toasty amber-brown with bright golden flares along its base. The various shades of amber and gold are stacked one above the other like shipping containers at the pier.

As I type this I'm in California, presently somewhat jaded of hoppy beers - literally every style brewed here has to be hoppy! - but this smell instantly renewed my love for the little green cones and the adoration I haven't felt since first falling for American IPAs (and later double IPAs). The aroma is actually strongly bready, with the maltiness of a barleywine, but with lots of candied, tutti-frutti bubblegum fruitiness and citric acidity too.

Between the hops and the malts it’s a grand scheme of chess with the palate for a board. Good on the Danes for arguing that you can have a full-flavoured, aggressively hopped DIPA without compromising on the malts. Rather than short the malts - as many American brewers do - they simply upped the hops accordingly. The result is something balanced with both toffee biscuits and bready malt as well as pine serum and citrus juice.

With warmth, the hops chime in with more and more peach-y, apricot and bitter clementine notes. It is perhaps the yeast that gives it an aftertaste of currants (although certain varieties of hops have been known to do the same). Most of the hop flavour, however, is afforded without too much bitterness, probably thanks to those bready malts. The alcohol is near absent, except for a finish that is desert-dry and somewhat scathing on the palate.

This Xbeeriment was certainly a success. Unlike the increasingly cookie-cutter American DIPAs, or often over-simplified Danish examples, this truly set's itself apart and gives you the impression you're drinking something special, rather than more of the ordinary. If you have it, save it for last, it'll either exceed or overwhelm anything else you might have. (2,098 characters)

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