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Hop On Top - Chameleon Brewing

Hop On TopHop On Top

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BA SCORE
63
poor

79 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 2.52
pDev: 34.92%


Brewed by:
Chameleon Brewing visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 02-09-2010)
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev +50%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at the Sprecher's Restaurant and Pub in Lake Geneva, WI for $5 in early 2012.

Pours a golden yellow color with about ½ inch of a bubble white head. Plenty of carbonation rising to the top. Has a floral and hoppy scent. Taste is sweet with floral and hibiscus tones that finishes with a nice hoppy after taste. Uniquely grainy that is ultra smooth and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 23:40:58 | More by Lemke10
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pdoran10

Minnesota

2.48/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a mostly translucent golden color (think bud light) into a sample glass after a tour at sprecher. very limited head with no lacing.

smell is piney hops with a hint of lemon bite. pretty pleasant aroma going on here.

very unbalanced flavor. no malt coming through with harsh pine hops overwhelming. hint of citrus but this beer is pretty poor and comes off as the brewers using all base malt and an overwhelming hop profile. avoid.

thin mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

one 8oz. sample was all i could handle of this brew. no balance here, not liking the hop profile either.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2010 07:24:01 | More by pdoran10
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pweis909

Wisconsin

4.04/5  rDev +60.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably like many others, I was intrigued by the label's promise of delivering hop aroma In a session beer. The aroma is very interesting - a complex blend of fruit and floral, vegetative, and skunk? No, it didn't quite go there but left me with something that I sort of recognize but can't quite name. This something makes me want more, if only I could name it... What hops do they use? I checked the brewers website and it says Willamette, Tettnang, cascade, and. . . Dried flowers? Assuming they don't mean hop flowers, this is a bait and switch, making me think I'll be smelling lots of hops when in fact the aroma is something else. It's got me thinking summer flowers when it's below zero. It's a bit of a mind trick but it won me over.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 00:45:07 | More by pweis909
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WoodBrew

Illinois

2.79/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

The Hop On Top is a bit dissappointing. While it is much better than the standards...the name brings high expectations. There is no question that this beer would be great to session on hot days....but if I compare it to others in its style...it just will not eank that high. The beer pours a light golden color with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent carries bitter piney hop scent. The taste is mild bitterness and yet somewhat refreshing. The mouthfeel is light in body with decent carbonation. Overall it is ok....for those going to a company picnic in the dead of summer....this beer is a life saver.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 00:38:20 | More by WoodBrew
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mfanch8578

Indiana

1.76/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Okay. I recently was in Milwaukee, and while there, I figured I could find some really good craft beer. I should have just stuck with the Miller/Coors Tour. I knew no one from the area and had nothing to go on, so I took a couple of stabs in the dark and Hop on Top was one of them.
A- Bought the six based on the artwork on the carrier/bottle (note to self-don't do that) Beer was clear, light, clean looking.
S-Nice, hoppy, cirtusy
T-Wow! If there is an animal that eats only cilantro and field grass, this would taste like its urine.
M-like drinking the above
O-like experiencing the above
I expected more from the Milwaukee craft scene.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 03:02:52 | More by mfanch8578
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mechamifune

North Carolina

1.71/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a pretty clean looking gold/orange. Very slight head, slight lacing. Looks little thin. Nothing totally off-putting.

Smell is wierd...reminds me of some really old hops I came across while homebrewing. Lemon? Asprin? Something along those lines. Not good.

Just awful, like the smell but with a terrible, vomit-like aftertaste. Why would they choose to sell this beer?

Mouthfeel is okay. Doesn't come across as thin as it looks in the pour. Not exactly crisp but cut the carbonation is there and it drinks somewhat smooth.

This is an awful awful beer. I could only make it through a third of of it, and I generally try to make it a point to finish every beer I review. Don't let your curiousity get the best of you, don't buy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 21:15:59 | More by mechamifune
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FosterJM

California

2.73/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1754th Review on BA
Bottle to Bavarian Lodge Tulip
12oz

Purchased at Binnys Naperville, IL
Never let your aunt pick beers for you.

App- Golden orange with a very see through appearance. The head is a bit small but leaves some very nice cling. Bubbles from the nucleus are quite nice as they slowly meander to the top to create a nice foam.

Smell- Pretty average on the nose. A bit bitter, grainular, mint and musty. Just kinda there.

Taste- Wow. I couldnt finish it. It was like an old AAL that had been left out. Musty, dank, lemon and a bit like a cider that went bad. Not really sure how else to describe this.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium/flat carbonation. Residual bitter and hops.

Drink- I couldnt finish it. DP for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 22:32:35 | More by FosterJM
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

It was so tragic how they hopped on top. ... Wait... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a half-finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose has the unmistakable air of sweet baby carrots. That's it. No kidding. I'm pretty sure I haven't encountered this in a beer before... The taste sorta continues the carrot-like trend, but it also has a bit of funky lemon peel and mild sweet biscuit with it for the sake of company. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, this was a strange beer, really, and certainly not in a good way. ...I don't even know what else to say. I'm in shock.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 03:13:10 | More by TMoney2591
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waldoiverson

Texas

2.15/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle into nonic

a: pale straw, fluffy white head, energetic carbonation

s: this is a weird one. i think this may have been aggressiveness dry hopped, a little musty with a bit of a funky musty mint tone. it reminds me of a spent muslin bag of hops after a few weeks in the secondary fermenter

t: floral dirty sock, milk on the edge of going bad + diacetyl. this is not good.

M: smooth with a bit of carbonation.

O: this beer looks ok, smells suspicious, and tastes bad. avoid.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 00:45:43 | More by waldoiverson
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purplesugar


4.45/5  rDev +76.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really skeptical from the appearance; it was a smokey golden color.

But the smell.. the smell. Amazing. Like flowers and Christmas.

Taste was exceptional. To Die For. Tasted like memories.

Surprisingly carbonated. A really crisp and refreshing feel.

When it comes down to it, the sight doesn't give the taste and smell justice. Easily in my top 3.

SERVE THIS BEER IN A GLASS.

-- drinking this beer from the bottle tastes a little metallic.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 05:32:42 | More by purplesugar
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

2.43/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out a light clear straw color with a flash fizzle for a head, minimal lacing. Smell and flavor are mostly made up of garlic and orange peel, as if somebody mixed Simcoe with Cascade in strange proportions. Light pineapple and floral arrangements come in as well. The metallic aroma that everybody seems to mention appears as well once the glass is at room temp, but for me the most startling aspect is just how very garlicky it is, to the degree that it clashes quite badly with the citrus peel. Aftertaste (or finish, if you would prefer) is a bit of a muddy cilantro-garlic mess, and reminds me of leftover stale pizza. Body is thin and watery as well as undercarbonated.

This one is a bit of a mess, but at least the label art is cute to look at...

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 23:59:14 | More by WastingFreetime
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

2.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass

A) More or less golden in color. A rather aggressive pour led to not much head. The head was gone in a hurry. No lacing. Many bubbles rising to the surface. This has the look of a macro lager in many respects.

S) Not much... Watery pine, light floral, a little sweet. It smells like a cleaning product.

T) Very mild citrus and orange peel. The finish is doesn't leave you wanting another sip and the aftertaste lingers in a bad way.

M) Thin and Zesty. A highly carbonated beer.

O) This was just not very good. An almost certain headache waiting to happen. This might be what would happen if you took a decent pale ale, dumped out 75% of the bottle and then added water and some orange peel extract.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 01:31:15 | More by RoamingGnome
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Another6Pack

Michigan

1.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pour is alarmingly yellow for an APA. Looks much more like a AAL or ML. Thin, loose head that leaves zero lacing.

Aroma is metallic with notes of gear oil.

Front-end bitterness gives way to dry sourness and powdery hops. Thin body and parching dryness. The flavor seems artificial.

I can drink just about any beer, but this one is tough going.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 20:23:42 | More by Another6Pack
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DesMoinesMike

Iowa

2.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This might be the disappointment of the year. This was a random pick from Beer Crazy, my fault. It looks pretty with the amber color and plentiful carbonation. The aroma was peculiar, like, uncooked pizza dough and a metallic essence, this wasn't a good sign. The taste was flat out nasty. That metallic taste with a sour fruit component that is just plain nasty. Drain pour for this bastard beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 01:14:40 | More by DesMoinesMike
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Sprecher brewery. Mid yellow coloured body with tons of lasting white foam. A little hop smell, a mild hop taste. Drinkable, but unexceptional pale. More of a weak IPA. C-hop. Mostly malt, with what seems to be hop oil. Average mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 00:52:52 | More by Sammy
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THECPJ

Delaware

2.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearace: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: slight hop, biscuit, malts,

taste: butter popcorn, hops, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: rather boring beer. wish it had a better flavor.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 21:20:00 | More by THECPJ
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mdaschaf

Washington

2.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a light yellow color with a foamy white head. Decent retention with little bits of lacing.

S: The aroma did not have much in way of hops, despite the name. It actually reminded me of buttered popcorn.

T: A little bit of citrus, mostly some lemon, and a bit grassy. Some pale malts, but really light on flavor. Not bitter whatsoever.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation, somewhat crisp.

O: Too thin and just not much too it. The aroma started things off on the wrong foot, and it just didn't get any better.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 16:56:07 | More by mdaschaf
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Haessly

Wisconsin

1.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Serving Type: Bottle

Appearance: Light Golden Bronze, Off-White Head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Hop aroma that soon turns into smells of Flower, Plastic and Soap.

Taste: Slight Hop and Floral followed by the taste of dirty dishwater. No Malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Over carbonated. Very thin.

Overall: I want my $9 back. Not sure how this made it out of R&D.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 19:22:50 | More by Haessly
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +44%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz longneck twist off
A) Pours with a big white head. Clear body. Bronze in color. Thin sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Bright hop aroma - fresh and grassy like it was just picked from the vine.
T) Nutty malt tones with some sweet grain flavors. Subtle hops in the finish, hence the "hop on top" name. This is like blonde ale with a great hop aroma and some residual hop flavors in the aftertaste.
M) Light body. Fizzy. Slightly dry in the finish. A little grassy.
D) A decent beer. I would definitely drink another. There are quite a few negative reviews about this beer, but I think people are expecting a hop bomb just because the word "hop" shows up in the name. There's more to a beer than just it's name...

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 23:42:49 | More by u2carew
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marcellaproust

Washington

1.7/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I was excited to see a Wisconsin brewery make inroads into Nebraska, albeit a pseudo-microbrew. I drank two bottles, opened a third to taste and then tossed it. The stuff is awful and I'm not only disappointed but out of $8.

A: golden amber, coarse weak head

S: strongest quality: fairly standard floral, greeny, veg scent

T: godawful. The hoppy scents lead you to believe that there will be something *there*: but it's bland, watery (I really believe that there is more taste in a Miller or Bud light), absent until the finish--unfortunately, where what I can only describe as candy-scented plastic, the plastic of tupperware, assaults you.

MF: starved

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 22:29:17 | More by marcellaproust
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Guden

Maryland

3.15/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a clear light golden color with 3/4" head which slowly fades with a little lacing, looks nice.

S- Wow, lots of floral hoppiness. Some rose, lilac, spring time smells with just a bit of piney and citrusy character of hops. Doesn't smell too much like beer, but smells good.

T- Up front just like the aroma, flowery bright spring time flavors with light fruits, rose, lilac and a bit of citrus. This is quickly replaced by a weak malt sweetness. Nothing too bad, a little like a very floral IPA minus any bitterness on the back end, definitely unique.

M- More or less feels like an average american pale ale (although it is very clear that this is in no way attempting to be a pale ale). A little oiliness makes it feel not so great but good amount of carbonation and body.

D- Goes down fine but gets a little tiring, there's a lot going on in the front end and very little going on by the end. Definitely worth trying but not something I'd drink a whole lot of, and I wish it had a little more alcohol and maltiness.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 06:14:53 | More by Guden
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lazyboy247

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: golden thin white head fades fast. no lacing at all.

S: Piney hops and malt on the nose

T:The taste isn't that clean but a little hops and medium malty flavor.

M: thin and not a lasting aftertaste

D: I could probably have a couple of these if they were cheap on draft.

Overall this beer was just okay and wouldn't go out of my way to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 03:48:19 | More by lazyboy247
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dtivp

West Virginia

1.63/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Selection from the BOTM club.

Poured a straw gold with a small white head, nice retention and moderate lacing with a lasting collar.
It goes down hill from here.
Aroma of some floral hops and nothing else.

I can't describe the taste other than nothing and then you were left with a bitter after taste.

Mouthfeel was watery and thin.

I dumped the beer and opened the second bottle and it was the same and got dumped.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 21:32:13 | More by dtivp
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ClarkPinnock

North Carolina

2.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Onenote81 for sharing this!

Something was definitely off with this batch...I hope. Poured a pleasant looking golden color.

Notes of citrus in the nose along with what certainly seemed to be a little asparagus. I now the "Green" movement has been taking off, but this is a unique twist.

I could taste hops, but they were of a piney variety. Malt came through a little bit at the end, but I wish it had been stronger.

Summarily, I'm not really sure what to make of this.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 03:04:30 | More by ClarkPinnock
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of BeerFMAndy. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pours a light shade of gold. Completely transparent, though no real visible carbonation. Single-finger head fades quickly into a thin collar with only a few spots of lacing on the sides. Opening the bottle, it smells like a fresh package of hops, but in a really odd way. It smells like they've been left out for a little bit and then mixed into a sugary cereal. Very odd. The taste is along the same lines. The hop-pellet character is there, but it's mixed with a very odd cereal-like sweetness. Mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery. Okay, but strange.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 01:16:53 | More by Thorpe429
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Hop On Top from Chameleon Brewing
63 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.