Hoptopia - Hermitage Brewing
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Reviews by DoubleJ:
3.63/5 rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
I found my notes to this beer, yeah! From 7/5/10...
There was a big display for this beer at my local BevMo, and at $3.99 for a 22 ounce bottle of IPA, the propoganda worked. Little did I know that this was a DOUBLE IPA, so this could be a bargain. But before I declare so, on to the beer:
The pour yields a bronze colored beer with orange hues. The head retention is good, and the rings of lacing it leaves at first is a sight worth seeing. It smells similar to what I expected. Some caramel and honey sweetness play to grapefruit aromas, a little resin as well.
It tastes lighter than a DIPA. More like a single IPA, but that's not totally a bad thing. There are pine needles and little kick of citrus juice in this beer. A little bit of toffee crisp is provided by the malt backbone. What makes this beer good is that there are no overbearing bitterness or alcohol. It's mellow, and the flavors are put together fine. It's a lightweight in the mouth, which is a minor criticism to this beer. Relatively easy to drink for the alcohol, yay.
Hoptopia won't kick you in the pants, but it will provide you with sufficient hops at a decent price. A fair debut from this brewery of the beer desert city of San Jose, CA.
Serving type: bottle
02-05-2011 01:48:36 | More by DoubleJ
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3.46/5 rDev +20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Pours a copper color with a nice head that fades to some lacing. Aroma is a mix of grapefruit and pine, with mild malt sweetness and grain. Taste on citrus and pine with some malt sweetness and bit of fruit. Decent bitterness and a finish that is quite dry. Medium body, crisp with a bit of tart. Nice beer but more of an IPA than a DIPA.
Serving type: bottle
12-06-2013 16:45:38 | More by soju6
Hoptopia from Hermitage Brewing
69 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.