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Hoptopia - Hermitage Brewing

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BA SCORE
69
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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
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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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +39.4%

t0rin0, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.18/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +22%

Texasfan549, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev +13.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

largadeer, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of zeff80
2.65/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, fluffy, off-white foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of sweet maltiness. Boozy notes, too.

T - It tasted overly sweet with toffee and caramel flavors. Some piney bitterness.

M - It was crisp and sharp but a little sticky. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is not a great DIPA. Messy and unbalanced.

zeff80, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent bronze with 3 fingers of beige head. Crazy lacing & fairly good head retention

S: Vegtal notes, onions, some grassyness, the more negative scents fade a bit as this warms

T: Grassyness, blood orange, a touch of grapefruit & doughy notes, plus floral hop notes up front. Aspirin, leafy hops, barlett pears, sweet maltyness all show as this warms, plus some dryness. Finishes with malty sweetness, a bit of grapefruit, pine, leafy hops & more aspirin, plus a bit of wild onion

MF: Medium bodied, creamy carbonation, decent balance

The nose on this is terrible, but not a bad DIPA, just not a good one either. I wouldn't buy this again unless I know it's super fresh, no freshness dating on the bottle. I've had far worse DIPAs

russpowell, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +39.4%
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.

Mora2000, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.55/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

mdfb79, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of GClarkage
1.75/5  rDev -39%

GClarkage, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of yourefragile
3.2/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

yourefragile, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of 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.

DoubleJ, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.19/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev +27.2%
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.

Tone, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of WoodBrew
3.56/5  rDev +24%
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.

WoodBrew, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev +38.7%
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.

RoyalT, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev +4.5%

mhaugo, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of morimech
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear amber color with an attractive dense head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. Looks like a good DIPA.

The aroma is not bad either. I get citrus, herbal/grassy aroma, and Band-Aids. Some underlying caramel malt as well. So far so good.

Man this beer goes off the rails. Very little if any hop flavor. Just bitterness. Disappointing after the buildup. There might be a decent malt profile to be had, but it is hard to enjoy with the astringent bitterness.

The body is solid. Carbonation is about what I want in a DIPA. Feels full and smooth.

Sure looked and smelled promising, but what a disappointment especially considering the price. It probably deserves a 1 by price alone. I imagine a beer like this does not sell well in California, but hey, we don't want it here either. Might of been able to pull this over 5-10 years ago, but not anymore.

morimech, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Exiled
3/5  rDev +4.5%

Exiled, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of flexabull
2.18/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From notes.

Pours a dull orange color with a very faint head.

Nose smells odd, some funk, with a mixture of spices I can't pin down, also some earthiness and grapefruits.

Taste starts out dry, then gets sweet, with some diacetyl butteriness. There are some funky and sour notes that don't belong here, while the finish has a creamy and grapefruit like note. Hop flavors are barely present.

Mouthfeel is thin, but at least smooth.

This is barely drinkable, (Bad bottle?) because this tastes nothing like a Double IPA. I tried to choke it down, but the drain got to drink half of it, sorry drain.

flexabull, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev +4.5%

jenray, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another impulse buy at the Carmel Mountain BevMo on my recent trip to San Diego. Pours a nice medium brown color, with a good off-white head. Aromas of floral hops, fragrant pine, earthy hops and warm caramel. On the palate, a little brown sugar, some hops and butterscotch.

emmasdad, Aug 29, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +22%

CRJMellor, Nov 24, 2013
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Hoptopia from Hermitage Brewing
69 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.