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Hop On Top - Chameleon Brewing

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44 Reviews

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 92
Avg: 2.69
pDev: 46.1%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 02-09-2010

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Reviews: 44 | Hads: 92
Photo of argenti44
1.58/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I had this in a Pint Glass. I received this in my beer of the month club January edition.

The beer poured a straw yellow with no head. No lacing looked like a glass of Urine.

It had a slight soapy smell with a piney sent in the background.

This was like drinking dishwater. It did have a Piney taste up front with citrus around the edges, but the soapy dishwater taste was the most noticeable.

Very flat with a very watered down feel.

I could hardly finish what I started, but in order to make an accurate assessment I felt I owed it to the brewer to finish.

I am wondering if I received a skunky bottle. I have two more left I will update this review.

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Photo of byrdman16
3.7/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I too received this in a beer of the month club. I too am a hop head and was very eager to crack this one open. After taking a sniff of this brew, i realized this was no ordinary hop ale. Through further research I discovered that this is a pale ale brewed with flowers which makes a hell of alot more sense than when I was thinking that it was an IPA.

A: clear, light golden color with little lacing

S: different, a mix between cascade hops and roses??

T: has a bit of a dry taste to it. well balance between sweetness and bitterness.

M: light

D: This brew is different and I enjoy that, a little bit too much of the flower taste for me but Im glad I got to try this.

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Photo of fuelvolts
1.38/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I received this beer in a beer of the month club. I was very excited to try this as I consider myself a hop head. I pray to God I just got a bad batch. This beer was terrible. Smell is awful and the taste us unbearable. It tastes spoiled. Basically an embarrassing excuse for a beer. I would rather drink flat Natural Light than this.

Appearance: the color of Miller lite, very light. Looks like apple juice.
Carbonation: very thin head that dissipates quickly with zero lacing. Over carbonated an burns the tongue.
Smell: spoiled
Taste: not even worth mentioning. Took 4 sips and started gagging. Basically the worst tasting beer I've ever had.

What a terrible beer.

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Photo of Cullen80
1.24/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A- Head dissipates with in seconds of complearing the pour. This beer has a nice clear golden hue but is nothing special.

S- The hopes dominate the aroma of this beer excluding all other aromas that might be present.

T- The piney hops are the only flavor this beer offers.

M- The feel of this beer could only be described as watery.

D- The overwhelming flavor and watery feel to this beer destroyed it's drinkability for me.

I received this beer in a beer of the month club shipment and I will be considering giving the other 2 away (maybe to people I don't really like that much)

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Photo of vfgccp
1.53/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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.

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Photo of druston
3.24/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a regular pint glass with approx. 1 finger of egg shell colored head. Nice clear brew, slightly lighter than apple juice. The first thing I noticed with the smell was the hoppiness and floral fragrance. I gave it a below average smell rating because of a soap like smell...not used to that. I felt it had a great taste and the off soap smell did not carry over. Surprisingly not as hoppy as it smells. Overall, I feel this is a very drinkable beer. I know this sounds crazy but it could be enjoyed on a hot summer day right from the bottle. This beer is a great example of an APA that I would offer someone new to the craft beer arena because of its smoothness, yet unique taste

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Photo of uncle8gil
1.89/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

the pour reveales a hazy, golden brew with a crisp, white head. aroma is pretty good: as the label promises, this is an 'aroma ale.' much like that girl in college that looked amazing your freshman year but looked horrific your senior...that girl is this beer. the mouthfeel is thin and watery and the crisp carbonation augments it. the taste is far worse. this beer is the worst tasting beer i have had in recent memory. the fruity esters here have no place in this style and wouldn't be well-done in any other. grape and banana tastes are overwhelming. i am embarrassed this brew comes from wisconsin.

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Photo of pdoran10
2.54/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
1.84/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of jera1350
2.82/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.54/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Having struck out with the Fire Light I'm trying the Hop on Top. Pours a bright straw with a fizzy head. Aroma is pretty awesome, with a pretty hefty resinous pine note. Grain and grass sweetness lies underneath the surface. Taste is cereal malt up front, before scratchy floral hops explode in the mouth mid taste. Those fade quickly and finish with more malt sweetness, leaving you wanting another sip. No real bitterness with this one, though the hops coat the tongue, painting it with a light brush. Kind of a neat trick. It's an IPA that finishes like a pilsner or light pale ale. Guess I should expect nothing less from a brewery named Chameleon. It's certainly unique, though it's not necessarily for everyone.

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Photo of jwinship83
2.51/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of Sconnie
4.04/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lot of people seem to be beating up this beer as a bad American Pale Ale, but if you look at the brewery's website they make no claims that this beer is an APA. Rather, it is an 11 IBU, "Aroma Hop Ale" with dried flowers. And if you drink it without thinking about the BJCP American Pale Ale category, and you go in expecting some flowery flavors (something not mentioned on the bottle, but should be) I think it's quite a refreshing little summer time beer.
Very pale, strong herbal and hop aromas. No bitterness at all to speak of, just a bit of hop and floral flavor, followed by a crisp, pilsner malt finish.
Refreshing and well made.

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Photo of crossovert
3.12/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.6/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of beerwolf77
2.73/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.47/5  rDev +29%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of arkurzynski
3.14/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle from Sprecher Brewery gift shop. Pours golden with virtually no head. Fairly strong floral hop aroma with a little citrus. Also a somewhat plastic-like aroma. Very light on the palate. Mostly pale malts and slightly sour. Dry finish. Not a repeat.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.23/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Hop On Top from Chameleon Brewing
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