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Hobnobber - Full Pint Brewing Company

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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.03%


Brewed by:
Full Pint Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DrDemento456 on 02-26-2012)
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As soon as you open this you get a whiff of what is going to be a decent ipa. The aroma is full, pleasant and hoppy. The look is cloudy and light with just a bit of head.

The taste is very bitter and hoppy. To an extreme, and thus, it is an American style. Well done. Does the rest of the world get this?

It lingers on the tongue with all that bitter rather nicely. Good marks all around. This is a good American ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 22:54:15 | More by schoolboy
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NardiByNature

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

great beer selection at piper's pub, this was on-cask over the weekend.

The head is a frothy web leaving a spongey wall of lace all over the glass. Very cool. It's darker than most pale ales, kind of a clear mahogany. Some red-auburn.

The nose is tame. Sweet malts and some earthiness.

More earthiness and caramel malts in the taste. very smooth. nice bitterness. hopped well: subtle but flavorful.

Finish is awesome. A clean, crisp bitterness hangs around for some time. Very tasty.

Overall this is very good mild beer and i'd like to have it again. it's the kind of beer you could drink and watch a game with.

Serving type: cask

03-04-2012 08:41:26 | More by NardiByNature
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Tanish brown with a killer 3+ inch creamy head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Light wet hops, a little malt, not much of a aroma at all.

Taste - Piney bitty hops mixed with a toffe/caramel malt backbone. Really nice hop bite for such a low alcohol amount. Its a different kind of flavor, almost a coffee like porter flavor with the malts. Finish has a hoppy pale ale feel.

MOuthfeel - Light and full of flavor. Tounge gets the hops and malts, were the palette gets more toffee and caramel malts. Aftertaste is slighty bitter and malty.

Overall - Really tasty and flavorful for a session beer. Loved the malt flavors mixed with the hops. Easy to drink and enjoy, i hope the next hop release is as good as this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 02:01:21 | More by wvsabbath
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Bonis

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So I had this beer earlier today and loved it. Decided to read some of the reviews on here and was astonished to find out that it rated well below what I expected. I figure I will give it some deserved respect. I didn't take notes so this is a review from memory.

Just some background. I found out that the hop additions are different for each batch. Luckily I think the batch I picked up may be one of the better ones. This one was brewed with Northern Brewer, Palisade, and Citra hops.

The beer is a hazy pale golden color with about a half inch of head and decent lacing left behind. The smell was of floral and citrus hops with hints of yeast. The taste is pretty much all hops with a touch of yeast esters. It has a great crisp citrus taste that overpowers the flavor, and the finish leaves a bitterness in the mouth common for IPAs. I will note that my bottle states 50 IBU and their website says 80 IBU. I'd say the 50 is correct for my bottle. The malts are all left behind (which is awesome for a session IPA), and this surprises me because of the malt bill listed on the bottle. Not a lick of alcohol in sight. This is a beer that would be perfect to bring to a party or cookout in the summer. The mouthfeel is a slight letdown, but far from watery IMO. I think they really nailed it with this one. This brewery is new to my area, so the bottle is probably <1 month old. Not sure of their dating but mine says best by August 2013. I'd put this one up there with All Day and Daytime (maybe even better). Also want to note, let this beer warm up some to let the flavors really shine. It was a little dull right out of the fridge. Recommended to anyone who enjoys hoppy beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 22:33:47 | More by Bonis
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer at the blue dog. I was looking for some lower ABV to try, so I tried this one.
It wsa pretty good and tasty.
The color was a deeper golden amber with a fairly tall white head. As the head faded it left some lacing. Medium carbonation. Looks desent to drink.
Aroma has a good hop presence. I can pick out floral and earthy notes along with some pale biscuit malts.
Taste is light and refreshing. I can taste some floral hops but there not very assertive. Malts have a biscuit taste and perhaps some caramel malts.
Drinks a bit couse with a dry and bitter finish.
A pretty good. Is it case worthy? Not yet

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2013 11:23:05 | More by micromaniac129
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed gold in color, with a rather short head of bright white foam.
Aroma-Earthy hop note
Taste-Pale malt, Northern Brewer earthy hops, faint citrus in the finish, watery grapefruit zest. Light bodied but nice hop flavor. Quite sessionable at 4.0ABV. A good waiting-for-the-burgers-to-be-done brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 22:01:29 | More by hosehead83
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soulfly1492

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Bold aroma considering the low 4.0% ABV. Bold citrus hops (single-hopped). Pils malt and caramel from the crystal malt. Some darker malt notes.

Appearance: Dark orange, amber. Crystal clear. Head is off-white. Great retention and intense lacing. Lots of bubbles rising for the duration. Some sediment stuck to the bottom of the bottle.

Taste: Bold hops and mild to moderate malt presence. Citrus and pine from the hops. Quite resinous. Malt is mostly pilsner, little caramel from the crystal malt. Bready, wheat. Hops dominate.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Mild and smooth carbonation. Slick. Finishes mildly dry.

Overall: Quality session pale ale. Bold yet never-harsh hops. Light on the malt, but that's the only way to keep things at 4.0% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 23:14:58 | More by soulfly1492
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy goldenstraw with an impressive head that leaves a web of lace

Smell: Pilsner malts with a hint of grapefruit

Taste: A very clean, bready malt bill opens the flavor parade with the hops developing in the middle; while there is some grapefruit from the citra, it is not overly pronounced and fades a bit in the finish, which is rather dry

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Decent enough for a session IPA but I have had others whose hop profile I prefer to this

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 23:20:31 | More by brentk56
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish to copper color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a small citrus hop. In the taste, starts citrus to a mellow, dry pine hop. A small hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Nice hops yet very mellow, not to shabby.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2012 17:37:45 | More by OWSLEY069
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Label says to look on the website for the hops used, but there is nothing listed there. Nice malt body with a pretty good level of spices. Overall it's pretty rich for the style. Much more so than you would normally see. It's still pretty good though. I can dig it.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 22:24:58 | More by RblWthACoz
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like Founder All Day IPA it's Full Pints take on a session ale

A: Dark amber brown, good carbonation and a 1/2 inch opaque colored head
S: Mild Chinnok hops and bready malts.
T: Mild hop assult with minnimal bitterness and balance. Not bad
M: Light but good body for a session ale
Overall it's good but I can think of better IPA's even session ones.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 23:37:54 | More by DrDemento456
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a very nice looking hazy amber color. The head was cream colored and maintained a great retention and outstanding lacing. The smell of the beer is lightly hopped with some herbal notes. The taste is semi-sweet with a caramel flavor up front, some hoppy herbal notes in the finish. It's also floral tasting too. The mouthfeel is light and very smooth. Very drinkable as well. Overall this beer is delicate and quite nice. Could drink a few of these in a sitting I'm sure.

Serving type: cask

09-07-2012 23:16:18 | More by Knapp85
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microbrewlover

Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a cloudy copper brown color with a one finger head, some of which stays on the top of the brew until the end. Minimal lacing.

The smell is caramel malts and floral hops. There is a pine note buried in there somewhere; no citrus that I can detect. There is also a bready, biscuit smell.

The taste follows the nose with a bready, biscuit caramel taste then a surprisingly good amount of bitterness, from a session IPA, then an oily pine like taste. Some oil left on the tongue after swallowing. A dry taste is left in the rest of the mouth.

The mouthfeel is thick, bready and chewy.

Overall this is a good session IPA. I usually don't like session IPA's since they attempt to be drinkable for a session and therefore tend to go light on the hops. This brew keeps the bitterness fairly high for a session IPA, (50 IBU's) and therefore is the first session IPA I have had that I would actually drink for a session.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 18:39:49 | More by microbrewlover
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a mostly clear honey gold, white lacing for a head.

Smells of citrus orange/lemon and fresh, floral hops. Some light bready malts in there too.

Tastes of light citrus tartness, piney hop bitterness, and slightly woody undertones.

Medium body with a tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Overall a pretty great ale, but the taste is kind of dull. Otherwise, great presentation, definitely worth trying, but there are better offerings both in the style and from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 21:13:32 | More by Cylinsier
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Florida9

Illinois

3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Slightly hazy pale gold in color. Forms a moderate sized, tight-bubbled, white head good retention and some moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is pleasant. Pale malts and biscuit, along with some grapefruit and pithy citrus hops.

T: Taste is fairly light. Light pale malts, biscuit, some light Pilsner malt notes. But the hops are fairly subdued as well. There is some grapefruit, grapefruit pith, and maybe a little woody pine, but everything is very light. The only thing that is not light is the bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Dry. Appropriate carbonation. Moderate bitterness comes off quite aggressively and borders on astringency.

O: A decent APA, one brewed to be sessionable. And at 4% ABV, that is understandable. However, while the brewers gave this beer a good dose of astringent bitterness, they did not balance it out with any malty sweetness or hoppy flavors. As such, this beer comes off as dry, almost flavorless and rather bitter.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 02:59:30 | More by Florida9
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WissBrauSean

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold in colour with a thin white head and cool dragon tooth lacing this beer smells faintly of grapefruit, earthy hops and pale malt. Of course, I poured it a bit too cold and I am sure more aromas will come out but for now it smells like an APA. What I first noticed about it when I took the first sip was it was very light in body (thin) and fairly hoppy. The earthy flavoured hops are pretty forward in the sip with mild pale malt sweetness underneath. The beer finishes fairly dry with some peppery notes and leaves a thin coat on the tongue. I would say that this beer is excellent for parties or outdoor events with food to those who enjoy a little hop bitterness and don't want to get wicked drunk. At 3% ABV you could enjoy more than just one or two. This being a bit hoppy would also pair well with food and in that respect I highly recommend it! In comparing with most APA's it falls a little short in the body department and I am going to have to score it a bit lower than my enjoyment level. 3.5 out of 5.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 02:53:02 | More by WissBrauSean
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

- session ipa. best by 12/31/13. Consumed 09/18/13. Lot #359. 4% abv.

A: Pumpkin orange, good strong carbonation factor, some overcast clarity wise. The head is short lived, dirty ivory in color with a thin frothy covering.

S: Fresh grapefruit pulp, wet, juicy, hint of fresh lemon-orange mixture, with a sweet hint of caramel pine. Pretty good level of awareness.

T: Flavor was dry, pilsner grains, hint of straw, hopping is lightly dry, not as fresh or wet as on the nose. Pine, woodsy feel with some grapefruit straw, small toastedness and sweetness arrives in flashes along with some semi-dry orange peel.

M: Decent crispness, light body, grainy pilsner like mouthful, lightly rough, powdery pilsner coating on the tongue.

O: Overall for 4% has a good deal of hoppiness. The maltiness falls a bit victim here of low abv. Wish the citra hops were a bit more pronounced flavor wise, nose was good though. At end of day do you rate per style or as a session interpretation. Label says its a ipa, BA is calling it a pale ale? again dilemias.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 22:57:08 | More by beerthulhu
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ToddT

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy dark amber with a thick off white head. The head is long lasting and leaves a lot of lace on the glass. A careful pour is required, it is quite carbonated.

S- Earthy aromas dominate, hints of citrus peak through a musty aroma. My nose might have been off last night but I didn't care much for the aroma of this.

T- Thankfully it does not follow the nose, Nice notes of malt balanced out with a hint of bitter hops. Nothing overpowering, it is well balanced and that fact that it is a single hop session beer makes this an impressive feat. Nice bitter final note for the finish, not citrus in character more like a good ESB finish.

M- Light in body and ample in carbonation,easy on the palate.

O- Nice beer, could use a few tweaks, defiantly the aroma, a little less carbonation, and a hint more body, but overall one I'll go back to. The 4.0% ABV makes it a nice session beer to boot. Check this out but be sure to read the notes below as it is going to change from brewing to brewing.

Notes- Label lists that they brew it with different a different single hop each time so I'll be interested to see what other incarnations this shows up in. Also it says to see their website for the hop that was used to brew this one, but no such luck when I visited it today. My guess would be East Kent Golding or some other ESB style hop. Not sure if I agree with the APA label it was flavored more like an ESB, but again that could just be the single hop that was used.

Update 8/12/12: Talked to one of the staff at the State College micro-brewers festival the hops used were fuggles. Current version uses Simcoe hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 17:24:57 | More by ToddT
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Brenden

Ohio

3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hobnobber is a very pale gold, something in the transition phase from yellow, and with plenty of haze to it. It's extremely bubbly at first, with lots of bigger bubbles clinging to the sides of the. The pure white head that forms is small but extremely compact. It's also got some good stick, though most of the lacing is left in a ring at the top, while some spotting and light patching follow below.
The smell is a bit too light to pull much out of, but I do get grapefruit. A bit of something herbal and a barely discernible note of bread from malts follows.
The flavor is as grapefruit-forward as the nose, followed by a lighter touch of the herbal note and a balancing malt. There's enough bitterness for a pale ale, but taming the flavor isn't what makes a "session IPA." This beer needs more strength and depth all-around to improve, but it's easy drinking. Pith blows suddenly into the finish for a lingering chalkiness on the palate.
It seems a bit too heavily carbonated in this light-bodied beer at first, but that calms down. The crispness doesn't fade but I'm not getting anything smooth here. It thins off at the end of the sip.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 12:39:56 | More by Brenden
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a perfect pint.

4.0 A: Lightly hazed deep yellow color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is good and a healthy ring of lacing is left.

3.25 S: Earthy hop aroma and a light neutral maltiness. Some yeastiness as well. Overall, not too complex or potent, but it still smells good.

3.25 T: Moderate bitterness and earthy hop flavor. Mild to moderate yeastiness and a mild neutral maltiness.

3.25 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A touch of creaminess and refreshing.

3.25 D: It's okay, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 02:51:08 | More by DavoleBomb
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - uncapped, this one starts a rise of bubbles up the bottleneck. Poured this foamer into a shaker, lots of head, three fingers at least. A bright cloudy light orange color, tendrils of bubbles streaming and screaming from below. Leaves the Devil's Tower of foam in the center as the head fades from around the sides.

Aroma - lots of grapefruit to this pale ale, some orange as it sets up.

Taste - caramel malts, a darkness to them that I like. The hops come in briefly sweet, then harshly bitter, then going rather pungent and unpleasantly bitter. I believe this one is on the edge of infection. Most of the flavor profile is strong and clean for the pale ale style, but the aftertaste is so harsh it is out of character. Good grapefruit essence mid-palate, not fading until the very end.

Mouthfeel - super carbonated, a little too much. Decent smooth feel.

Overall - even through the off-flavor, this is a good beer, a good session PA on draft I would imagine. I could see bumping the taste three or four notches without the infection. Another one from my brew buddy Steve.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 03:37:00 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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JednoPivoProsim

Maryland

3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 FL OZ bottle into a pint glass. BEST BY MAY2013. LOT 270 (or 278).

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, unfiltered yellow-brown body with a thin white head that disappears quickly. Lots of sediment, little carbonation visible.

Smell: Aroma of citrusy hops. Very nice!

Taste: Very hoppy with an almost water-tasting body. It tastes like second runnings or weak tea. Extremely unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: Too watery for my taste. Needs a little body to it.

Overall: One can appreciate when a brewer tries to make a highly hopped, low ABV session ale, but this beer again proves why that is such a difficult proposition. This beer desperately needs a little malt body to back up its hoppiness.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 21:24:12 | More by JednoPivoProsim
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Full Pint : Hobnobber

LOOK: Pours a light amber, good clarity. Soapy white head forms and leaves behind a web of lace.

SMELL: Malty almost wort-like aroma with some citrus and herbal hops.

TASTE: Citrus, herb and pine, mellow toffee like malt. Pretty straight forward, light malt bill and lets the hop stand out.

FEEL: Light to medium bodied, well carbonated.

OVERALL: The bottle states the hop used will change in every batch. As it is, not bad, but I would love to see what Citra would be like.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 20:37:14 | More by Stinkypuss
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single from Abe's.

An interesting idea, a session single hop pale ale, with the single hop changing with each batch. Which means these reviews will have limited use. I went to their website, as the bottle suggests, to learn what hop was used in this batch, but found no info.

Dark amber body, deep haze, topped by a hefty four fingers of off-white rocky foam. Good lacing.

Earthy aroma with a bit of citrus.

Very earthy, almost musty tasty. Big bitterness. Long lingering bitterness. Very static taste throughout.

Light-plus mouthfeel. Session like but with some chew.

Not a beer I'll be looking to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 03:58:18 | More by RonfromJersey
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

2.63/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber color with a thick white head. The head has wonderful retention and fades very slowly over time to give a great amount of lacing and a very persistent film on the top of the brew.

Smell – The aroma is a nice blend of sweet malt and fruit as well as hop. A caramel and tangerine aroma create the sweet aromas while the hop aromas are a mix of earthy and light floral aromas.

Taste – The taste starts out of a lightly roasted/bready malt flavor mixed with bitter earthy and pine hop flavors. All these flavors create a base for the brew. Toward the middle, the pine retains its strength, but the earthy flavors increase with the beer getting less bready and a little more roasty. A dry and bitter earthy flavor are left at the end and leaves a somewhat unpleasant dirty aftertaste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Not too surprisingly, at only 4 % abv the body of the beer is quite thin. The thinness really does not suit the hop or the malt flavors. The carbonation level is rather average, and while it does some to complement the thin body, overall the mouthfeel could use some work.

Overall – From the initial experiences (appearance and smell) I had high hopes. Unfortunately the taste and mouthfeel were rather poor, creating a not too tasty beer. One I will not go to again.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 00:59:33 | More by Darkmagus82
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Hobnobber from Full Pint Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.