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Hoptopia - Hermitage Brewing

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BA SCORE
69
poor

96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 25.78%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hermitage Brewing visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pixieskid on 08-18-2010)
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +39.4%

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.

12-04-2010 06:44:35 | More by Mora2000
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krome

Illinois

4/5  rDev +39.4%

05-13-2014 19:38:21 | More by krome
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jgunther71

Illinois

4/5  rDev +39.4%

05-15-2014 13:04:09 | More by jgunther71
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +39.4%

10-14-2012 01:32:54 | More by t0rin0
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +38.7%

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.

09-23-2010 01:27:14 | More by RoyalT
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ReDave

California

3.85/5  rDev +34.1%

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.

10-03-2010 23:06:01 | More by ReDave
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Drinkerofales

California

3.8/5  rDev +32.4%

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.

DOA

02-05-2012 04:43:51 | More by Drinkerofales
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KevT

California

3.75/5  rDev +30.7%

10-12-2013 02:39:22 | More by KevT
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Beer_HOPper


3.73/5  rDev +30%

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.

08-27-2012 08:41:28 | More by Beer_HOPper
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Tone

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev +27.2%

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.

03-08-2013 16:05:47 | More by Tone
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DovaliHops

California

3.65/5  rDev +27.2%

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.

09-06-2010 02:24:32 | More by DovaliHops
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DoubleJ

California

3.63/5  rDev +26.5%

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.

02-05-2011 01:48:36 | More by DoubleJ
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.56/5  rDev +24%

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.

04-21-2013 23:13:40 | More by WoodBrew
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mdfb79

New York

3.55/5  rDev +23.7%

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.

09-08-2010 20:47:09 | More by mdfb79
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aquazr1

California

3.5/5  rDev +22%

06-05-2014 01:44:07 | More by aquazr1
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bonbini26

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +22%

04-22-2012 15:45:18 | More by bonbini26
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.5/5  rDev +22%

11-24-2013 04:16:59 | More by CRJMellor
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +22%

05-04-2014 17:24:38 | More by MN_Beerticker
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Ilovebeer1549

California

3.5/5  rDev +22%

01-30-2014 01:41:47 | More by Ilovebeer1549
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Lisicjm

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +22%

09-18-2013 01:10:43 | More by Lisicjm
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hardrock

Arkansas

3.5/5  rDev +22%

05-07-2013 22:58:05 | More by hardrock
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drgonzo2k2

California

3.5/5  rDev +22%

04-11-2013 14:00:23 | More by drgonzo2k2
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +22%

02-18-2014 03:44:04 | More by Texasfan549
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.48/5  rDev +21.3%

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.

08-31-2010 01:39:36 | More by alleykatking
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ManuelHerrera

California

3.48/5  rDev +21.3%

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.

09-09-2010 02:19:28 | More by ManuelHerrera
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Hoptopia from Hermitage Brewing
69 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.