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Hop On Top - Chameleon Brewing

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BA SCORE
63
poor

81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 2.52
pDev: 34.52%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev +24.2%

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.

10-23-2011 00:52:52 | More by Sammy
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev +20.2%

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.

02-04-2011 01:16:53 | More by Thorpe429
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.23/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

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

Washington

2.45/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

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

Minnesota

1.78/5  rDev -29.4%

Hazy golden. Thin dirty white head. Splotchy patches of lace are left behind. Big bouquet of hops on the nose. Very fragrant. Minty. Garlicy. And yes, onion powder too. Flavor follows suit. Actually, a fairly weak body to support much of anything. Hop flavors are onion and garlic. Malts are missing altogether in the flavor profile. Quite weak with hop flavors that don't appeal to me. I liked Chameleon's witbier. Not this one though.

11-20-2010 03:49:02 | More by Bighuge
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THECPJ

Delaware

2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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

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

Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev +28.2%

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. 4.2% ABV, 10011 printed on the neck. Purchased at the Sprecher gift shop.

A - Pours a lightly hazy golden yellow straw with a puffy stark white head. Moderate retention despite the billowing carbonation. Little bits of lace cling to the sides of the glass.

S - The aroma is rich with floral scents and hops. It smells like a flower garden. The hops have light citrus hints with an overarching resin/plastic thing going on. Very light pale malts to the finish.

T - Light citrus is lemon-lime-like with a big flower flavor. The hops aren't really tasted as much as flower pedals are. A pale malt is in the background. Very light citrusy finish. Zero IBUs in this practically.

M - Light-bodied and fully carbonated with a crisp and somewhat clean finish. No bitterness but light floral citrus and dryness to the finish.

D - This would be much better around 40 degrees F if not 35, especially on a hot summer day. It's just not doing it for me right now. It's rather bland with little balance. Too floral and thin.

02-09-2010 00:11:31 | More by BeerFMAndy
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WoodBrew

Illinois

2.79/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

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

Illinois

3/5  rDev +19%

06-19-2013 16:58:23 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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vfgccp

New York

1.45/5  rDev -42.5%

Note: This is one of two Chameleon beers my friend received as part of a beer of the month club, and both were severely contaminated.

A - Medium-light grade honey. Pours a decent head. Moderate lace. Ok retention.

S - Pine backdrop to earthy grains. Touch of sawdust.

T - The bottle I had clearly went bad. Dry, dusty flavor with a very unpleasant vegetable aftertaste.

M - Flat. Unpleasant off-taste of vegetables.

D - Bad batch.

01-26-2011 22:45:50 | More by vfgccp
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sweemzander

Illinois

2.55/5  rDev +1.2%

120z. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No recognized bottle date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the bottle.

(A)- Pours a clear pale yellow color that produced an immediately dissipating white head.

(S)- A crisp citrus of pineapple, orange, and mango with a light honey sweetness.

(T)- Very creamy fruitiness with a very light hop bite.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Sweet & fruity with almost no hop presence. Rather tropical actually.

(D)- A crisp & refreshing beer with a ton of fruits to quench your thirst. Rather disappointing hop presence even for a pale ale. Tastes more like a fruit beer to me.

04-21-2010 22:39:33 | More by sweemzander
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FosterJM

California

2.73/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

02-22-2013 22:32:35 | More by FosterJM
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jera1350

Minnesota

2.78/5  rDev +10.3%

Pours a golden color with a fizzy off-white head that dissipates pretty fast. No lacing.

In the beginning, there is a fresh hop sort of smell, but it has a fake piney note to it. After a couple of minutes, the nose is really faint.

I think this is best described as a Budweiser with hop flavoring added at bottling. Watered down adjunct malt that adds zero sweetness. Then there is the extremely piney back end that has a fake quality to it as well. Just not working real well.

Thinner and watered down feel. Seltzer like carbonation.

I'm probably going to drainpour the rest of this. A rather embarrassing attempt at a hopped up beer. I don't recommend this one.

11-19-2010 22:46:13 | More by jera1350
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TX-Badger

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

08-02-2014 00:58:15 | More by TX-Badger
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -20.6%

05-10-2013 16:21:44 | More by twenty5
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hilgart1

Illinois

2/5  rDev -20.6%

02-18-2012 14:01:25 | More by hilgart1
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crossovert

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev +23%

12 oz bottle.

Pours an extremely clear gold that looks more like a pilsener than an apa. The head is white and soapy looking and dissipates all to quickly, leaving spotty lacing.

It has a strong smell of grassy herbal hops.. Again, it is almost like smelling a pilsener.

The taste is light and malty. Like an ESB. It has that English hop character to the taste and English tasting malts. It is a session beer that the English would like, but as far as an APA goes it is rather weak.

This beer should smell better than it does, it is ok at best.

06-21-2010 01:17:09 | More by crossovert
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +38.1%

Extra bottle received from BeerFMAndy in a generous trade recently. Thanks!

Code printed on the bottle, not sure if I can decipher. Labeled as an "Aroma Hop Ale." Huh. Not sure I've heard that one before. Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a much paler-than-expected yellowish orange. There's a decent-sized white head billowing out at first, but this disappears quickly, leaving no trace of itself on the glass. Big floral scents coming out of this one! Like the other reviewers said, there is a bit of a fake plastic-y scent that's a little overbearing at times. Really though, smells like fresh-cut flowers and grass. I like it.

The body is pretty crisp with a moderate-to-high amount of carbonation. Nothing harsh though. The flavor is pretty tame at first. This tastes cheap and thin. Honey sweetness is the dominant flavor I'm getting. Slight sour note in the middle, and the hops are not nearly as prominent as in the nose. Bitterness level is low. I tell you though, I really like the aftertaste on this. That's why I kicked this up a bit. I really could have a sixer of this no problem. I found this refreshing. It's a simple beer, but sometimes simple is just right.

03-31-2010 21:15:12 | More by Onenote81
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richkrull

Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -20.6%

10-08-2012 19:39:52 | More by richkrull
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

1.5/5  rDev -40.5%

03-19-2013 19:36:29 | More by Zachtheporter
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

2.7/5  rDev +7.1%

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for tossing me a bottle of this.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is crystal clear pale yellow. The stark white head rises to about two fingers before settling to leave no lace behind.

The aroma is burst of floral hops. This is followed by lots of fresh cut grass and wet straw. It smells rather similar to Sprechers Hop on Top beer. Hmmm interesting.

The flavor is so lifeless it's insane. Light hops and a mix of wet cardboard and straw. Very muted.

Light highly carbonated body.

Overall they can change the company name but that doesn't change the flavors. Come on Sprecher. You can do better than this.

04-10-2010 17:30:49 | More by beerwolf77
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jwinship83

Illinois

2.42/5  rDev -4%

12oz bottle with an unreadable mark on the side of the bottle. drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a pale and hazy looking straw colored body. this almost looks like a wheat beer. a small very fizzy white head sits on top and quickly vanishes. little to no lacing left behind.

S- light pale malts up front. after that theres a large blast of floral hops. theres also a faint pine and citric hop thing going on here too.

T- the pale malts once again start this one off. then comes a blast of the most fake tasting floral hops ive ever encountered, and some extremely light citrus to go along with it.

M- light bodied and watery. way too thin. the carbonation is way too high. its almost at soda levels. no bitterness at all.

D- this doesnt have any of the feel to it that a craft beer has. this is something i dont want to have again.

09-26-2010 14:53:10 | More by jwinship83
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campfirebrew

New York

2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

04-04-2013 17:27:48 | More by campfirebrew
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bismarksays

Iowa

2.75/5  rDev +9.1%

04-14-2014 01:15:40 | More by bismarksays
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

2.43/5  rDev -3.6%

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...

05-15-2012 23:59:14 | More by WastingFreetime
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Hop On Top from Chameleon Brewing
63 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.