Hoptopia - Hermitage Brewing

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68
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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 26.13%
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:
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(Beer added by: pixieskid on 08-18-2010)
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3.25/5  rDev +13.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +30.7%

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3.25/5  rDev +13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +22%

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3.25/5  rDev +13.2%

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2/5  rDev -30.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

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2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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

Photo of Beerdy
1/5  rDev -65.2%

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3/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of hardrock
3.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of GossageBrewery
2.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear copper color, produced an average white head, average retention and left a little lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of sweet malted grain and some citric hops. Medium bodied a foundation of malted grain, carmel sweetness and some piney hops. Overall for a DIPA it was unbalanced and not very flavorful.

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.

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3.5/5  rDev +22%

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2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

Photo of CHADMC3
2.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a transparent gold to orange body with similar colored hues beneath the pillowy, vanilla head, which is very slow to dissolve and leaves a pretty sticky lacing clinging to the glass.

A mild nose consists of pine, grass and citrus hops as well as a fairly strong malt presence.

The flavor is quite a bit on the pine and floral side with perhaps some citrus hops as well. It is a bit too piney versus some of its fine counterparts within the style. There is a mild hint of malt but that piney coating dominates.

Medium to lighter in body with medium carbonation and a pungent, pine finish.

This beer has some potential, but really needs to find a better balance between the hop varieties and malts.

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.

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.

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3/5  rDev +4.5%

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Hoptopia from Hermitage Brewing
68 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.