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Hoptopia - Hermitage Brewing

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 120
Avg: 3
pDev: 37.67%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hermitage Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pixieskid on 08-18-2010

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Photo of RogueCBR
4.2/5  rDev +40%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Well.... I drank it straight from the bottle... The bottle looked cool.
Smell: I've been into IPAs lately, so anything that smells like an IPA smells good to me. Of the words on the "Smell" section of the "How to review a beer" article, grapefruit seems to fit. Citrus rinds as well.
Taste: Hoppy. Hoppy. Some IPAs are still too much for me, but this one is just right. I'm digging it.
Feel: Heavy yet smooth.
Overall: Like I mentioned earlier, I've been trying a lot of IPAs lately. This is one I'll probably buy again. Well, unless the cute girl at the beer store recommends something else... It's definitely good, but I've had better and worse IPAs.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank in July when the brewery was not on the site. Just now realized the brewery had been added.

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is orange hops and caramel malt. The flavor is orange citrus and caramel malt. The beer is very juicy. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a dark, dingy, almost brownish-orange in color with a modest white head.

Smell - The pine is very soft but intense and there is a really nice orange rind balance to the nose. The two work together in perfect harmony and the toasted malt base actually stays in the running

Taste - The malts are a bit more forward and toasted at the taste and exert themselves quite well here. The pine steps back a bit at the taste but a strong non-sweet orange flavor mates very well with the big malts. This is a very personalized and unique take on the style.

Mouthfeel - This is a big beer, bigger than medium-bodied I'd say, with some modest but respectful carbonation and really very little effort in trying to be smooth. This beer wants you to pause with every sip.

Drinkability - As of this writing there are no reviews on the site and the brewery isn't even in the database yet, but I'll predict that there won't be a big fan base on this beer from the purists. Having said that, I found this beer quite intriguing and exceptionally fun to drink.

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Photo of chrisjws
3.87/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tulip glass at the brewery

A: Medium orange, finger and a half of head. Laced the glass nicely.
S: Citrus, grapefruit, some pine and a little malt in the background. After a few sniffs, a lot of pine comes through when you swirl it. No booze detected.
T: Bitter bite upfront, grapefruit, pine and orange peel. Some sweetness in the finish.
M: Medium carbonation, mouthfeel doesn't really match the ABV, but still okay. Finishes bone dry.
O: Solid to above average DIPA. I don't know why this is rated so low, might be lack of freshness. I've never had this one anywhere but on tap at the brewery.

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Photo of ReDave
3.83/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Also bought this at BevMo, not quite as "old" looking as the hermit ale.

Pretty foamy head that settles down to an adequate level of off white. some lacing

Aroma, some sweetness, pine, not real strong.

Taste, not too bad, seems within average DIPA's
pretty malty, with a fairly nice does of hops going on. rather sweetnessy thing going on.
If i remember right, the price wasn't too bad, so this makes it a fairly good price per taste value.
I'd get this again.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.83/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a big fluffy off white head which leaves some good lacing.

Smell is citrus and tropical mango and a sweet malt undertone.

Taste is nice. Hops are present, yet not obvious. Balanced with the malt. A slightly pithy bitter aftertaste follows.

Feels nice and smooth, a medium body that is easy to drink hides its booze well.

Unfortunately it smells better than it tastes. Still a good beer, but then again, not quite the hops I am looking for in a double.


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Photo of Beer_HOPper
3.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought at BevMo, Double IPA caught my eye, so, I gave it a try.

Appearance: Orange, copper color, fine white head that laced my pint glass, looks fine.

Smells sweet citrus and a little piney, some hop aroma, not a favorite combo, but, interesting.

Taste and feel: Sweeeet! Orange, Mango, Pineapple with caramel on top, tropical, malty. Medium to full body. Can sense some pine from the hops, crisp and bitter finish, seems higher in alcohol.

Overall, one bottle is enough, was easier to drink while very cold. Let settle for 10 - 15 minutes, but, became harder to drink, thicker and stinkier, but, not skunky. I was hoping for more.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.72/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes: Appearance is a light orangish amber color with not too big of a head. The smell is HUGE! Extremely fruity! Lots of orange/tanerine zest with tons of sweetness. This smell reminds me a lot like fruit snacks. Never had a beer smell like this before. The taste however, does not live up to its HUGE smell. Not bad at all, but maybe just a little watered down. Not too much though. I get a lot of sweet tangerine (like tangerines covered in sugar). Then I get some floral notes along with some sweet grapefruit and hops. This beer does not seem to be very well balanced, but it still remains highly drinkable. The mouthfeel is very nice as well. Haven't heard much about this beer, but what I heard was not too flattering...I happen to enjoy it though. I would purchase this again.

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Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark golden color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of floral hops, hop oils, citrus (mango?), sweet malt, slight earthy malt, slight alcohol, and slight caramel malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus (mango and pineapple?), floral hops, hop oils, pine, hint of pale malt, slight alcohol, and the faintest hint of roasted malt. Overall, good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.63/5  rDev +21%
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.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amazed how low the reviews are for this beer. An IPA with this rock bottom a rating!? It would have to taste like a garbage dump. I tried this beer in a blind taste test of 3 random IPAs. It was solidly middle of the road. Nothing amazing, but nothing terrible either.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.55/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

If you are going to call a beer hoptopia then it better have some really serious hops. Unfortunately this beer does not live up to its name....but it is not bad beer. It pours a cloudy orange with a nice white head that is lacing nicely. The scent is mostly a sweet malt with very subtle bitter hop. The taste is somewhat bitter but nicely balance by sweet malt, and is easy to drink. The mouthfeel is medium body with smooth carbonation. Overall it is ok, but DIPA is questionable.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.55/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a nice amber color with little bit of white head.

s - Smells of caramel malts, fruity malts, citrus hops, and sweet fruit or sugar. Hint of pine.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, fruit, sugar, citrus hops, and pine hops.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - An ok beer, but not an overly hoppy beer. Probably wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a amberish orange color. Two finger white head that shows good retention. Nice streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Smell was of citrus hops from the get go. Light caramel malts in this along with a light sweetness...almost honey like which I didn't think belonged but not offensive at all.

T- Light metallic tones to this beer at the front with a citrus hop. Caramel malts with some light floral notes. This seems to be a little faded and I don't know if it's a old bottle.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little on the weak side for me. Hops on the palate but fade quickly with a light malt balance. Aftertaste is light alcohol with more of a hop bitterness. Flavors were a little on the light side and muddled. Watery at times. Alcohol caused light drying on the palate.

D- This was a enjoyable beer. It was worth the money...for sure. DIPA?? Not even close. But with a name like Hoptopia I expected a hop bomb. If they would have said it was a IPA I think it would have gotten better scores from me.

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Photo of ManuelHerrera
3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This double IPA is decent overall, although not the most innovative that's out there. It's got a decent golden color and nice lacing.

The smell doesn't pop except for some grapefruit and orange peel scents presented by the hops. The taste is decent, though not quite as a balanced as some other double IPAs. It's not aggressive, whatsoever (for regular IPA drinkers) and there's an unfortunate pop to the alcohol flavor. Overall it's okay though, just nothing great.

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Photo of soju6
3.47/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of benclimbs
3.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this beer has been beaten up too much - its sweet but not a bad beer!

pours normal double ipa with a slight head a nd a ton of lacing, carbo and off-opaque blonde look

smell is good, basic hop-driven nose, pine, berries, grapefruit...citrus, a little clean earthiness...

taste is just way too malt driven for this type of beer - it has a decent hop character, but it screams sweetness...its just too syrupy and sweet - other than that its fine but doesn't warrant higher than 3.0

overall, this beer is just too sweet - its not a bad DIPA though, certainly not a C-!!! thats just insane.

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Photo of pixieskid
3.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Med thin body, clean mouth feel with fair carbonation.
Mild malt presence upfront with a hint of grains, caramel, and a piny hop note.
Mild hop presence with notes of pine, lemon zest, grapefruit, finishes with a nice floral hop note and mild bitterness.
Overall; hop notes are mild, decent malt presence, but nice mouth feel and abv is amazingly hidden.
Definitely doesn't live up to the name, but for the price and abv it is decent.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.35/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I went to Hoptopia with a shaker pint.

Appearance- A hard, manly pour only resulted in about a finger of the white and fluffy stuffing. It dissipates pretty fast, and leaves behind a spackle of lace. The body is not doing much. That good old, transparent golden-amber. I'm also kind of surprised by the active columns of carbonation.

Smell- After a couple sniffs and a twirl I get a strong sense of green onion with some citrus-y back up. A little bit of orange and sort of bready, this herbal combo does okay but I'm not exactly excited to take a drink now.

Taste- The bitterness pervades the palate and Hermitage gets full marks there. Once the flavors start take over though, I can't say quite the same anymore. It is a little sweet at first from the malt. The hop flavors then get a little dirty with the proceedings: some earthiness, green onion, slight citrus, and tea. I get a little vanilla on the finish which helps things.

Mouth feel- This one does not stick much, and is a bit slick over the tongue. Not the greatest carbonation job.

Overall- I appreciate what the brewers were going for. It just falls short in every category. It is better than average, but I have a hard time believing that this beer will lead you to the promised Hoptopia.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.27/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: 4.0 - Cloudy amber color with a dense, very persistent head.
S: 3.75 - Sticky sweet malt with a fair amount of piny hops.
T: 3.25 - Bitterness is only average, with the dominant flavor being rather sweet malt--a bit odd for a DIPA.
M: 3.0 - Thin bodied, especially for the strength.
O: 2.75 - One of the worst IPAs I've had in recent months.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.21/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, thanks Abel!

Is this is a great DIPA? No way. Is this a bad beer? No way.

Appearance is on par for the style, color is a clear copper amber with a creamy retentive off white head and thick clumps of lacing. Aroma is more typical of an AIPA; biscuity, citrus hops, caramel malt. Balanced, but boring. Flavor is similar to the nose, a strong biscuity and caramel malt body with citric hops and minimal bitterness. Medium bodied with strong carbonation and a dry, cardboard like finish. Overall doesn't hit the mark as DIPA or live up to its name, but is a nice balanced and smooth beer that works as a malty IPA.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up at BevMo and finally consumed for fear of hop breakdown. Hermitage still sat in the queue when consumed in July. Review from notes at that time.

Pours the amber side of pale from a 22 oz. bomber filled almost to the lip. Half an inch of slightly off white foam sits atop the pour and offers decent retention and lacing.
Pour is clear and offers a slightly orange hue.

Nose is malty like many of the Northwest style yet more endearing. Hop notes are citric in nature yet offer little depth, and with less bitterness than expected. Bit of smoke and caramel in the malt nose.

Offers a decent yet moderate hop presence on the tongue, with some citric malts that match well and convey more bitterness than anticipated from the nose. Simple and beginner nonetheless. Actually a well balanced beer
of the Northwest style that has a subdued though present malt presence along with a lightly drying bitter finish with a bit of grapefruit on said finish. This beats out many a NW style IPA yet still pales when compared to a preferred and drier San Diego version.

Smooth mouthfeel, slightly buttery and viscous for the style with just enough balancing bitterness to pull it off. Touch of citric breadiness and a light chalky feel.

Decent drink though the lingering orange sweetness gets a bit old.

Decent and well made though not quite my style, yet better than many that try to be what this is.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average DIPA that is drinkable but not the best example of the style.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Hazy light brown/orange, one finger head and a bit of lacing

S - Very malty, floral, citrus and a bit of sweet, a bit of hops and some toasted grains

T - Fruity hop up front, sweet and salty malt in the middle and back. Has a nice bitterness through and through. Hoptopia? I would say hop-with-some-malt-ia-ish

M - Some strange mouth coating that last for quite a bit, bitterness hangs and a bit of carbonation on the tounge

D - Easy top drink for a double/imperial. Not much there, not that bad, but not the best

Final thought - $3.50 a bottle isn't bad, you get two for 7 and get jacked and feel much better than you would drinking 12 light beers

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber color, above average carbonation, but below average head. Aroma was just not going on.

Taste, super bitter, brought a good amount of hops, malt and especially bitterness. Not exactly balanced, on the puckering side of things. Was able to extract some enjoyment out of this. Caramel and citrus. Alcohol represented throughout.

I think these guys have a bevmo contract, nice that they get their beers out there for a relatively cheap price, definitely helps with drinkability, at $3.99 a bomber, I'd try this again. A nice beer to have on hand for when your palate is already ragged at a tailgate.

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Hoptopia from Hermitage Brewing
72 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.