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Ale Of The Hermit - Hermitage Brewing

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Ale Of The HermitAle Of The Hermit

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 2.72
pDev: 25.74%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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: emmasdad on 08-29-2010)
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2.5/5  rDev -8.1%

03-16-2014 20:43:17 | More by MastaShonuf
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3/5  rDev +10.3%

02-18-2014 04:25:59 | More by Texasfan549
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3.75/5  rDev +37.9%

01-26-2014 03:58:25 | More by LoFiDave
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1.75/5  rDev -35.7%

08-03-2013 22:05:58 | More by nygannon
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2/5  rDev -26.5%

03-12-2013 14:22:20 | More by jenray
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Manitoba (Canada)

3/5  rDev +10.3%

02-11-2013 22:11:17 | More by ptarmigan98
Photo of TheMarkE


3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Different. This is not an IPA, the only citrus here is lemon. Maybe they thought any fruit flavor made it an IPA. Shrug. There is a woody, smoked flavor though, as if they aged it in wine barrels.

Either way… it’s drinkable. It’s lemony and it’s oaky, and it’s affordable.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 23:11:12 | More by TheMarkE
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1.75/5  rDev -35.7%

12-09-2012 06:55:16 | More by Rollzroyce21
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2.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-27-2012 14:22:39 | More by beerpadawan
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3.25/5  rDev +19.5%

06-10-2012 21:26:13 | More by dominic4beer
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3.33/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a half-litre bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Dark chestnut brown, with a finger of creamy off-white head topping a translucent, bubbly beer. Heavy lacing. Good looking DIPA.

S: Sticky-sweet caramel malt, grapefruit, and the barest hints of pine and metal.

T: Curiously empty. Bland, uninteresting, and almost flavorless. Some bitter hops on the distant aftertaste and a little roasted, caramel fruit on the maintaste. Otherwise, it's all mouthfeel.

M: Moderately thick with decent carbonation. This is pleasant...if only there were flavor.

O: Disappointing, but not unpleasant. It's hard to criticize nonexistent qualities. Avoid unless you are looking for a high-ABV low-flavor beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 06:14:59 | More by AgentMunky
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3.1/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a medium red-orange amber. Slight white head and some lacing. Light fruit and malt aroma. Flavor of bisquit malt and some dark fruits. Finishes dry and woody. Hops subdued. Not very interesting. Kinda bummed because I liked the look and name on the bottle of this ale. Is the category even right for this?

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 04:22:25 | More by LiquidAmber
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4/5  rDev +47.1%

01-22-2012 22:18:57 | More by djaeon
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1.65/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bomber poured in a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Deep brown color. Finger white head. Quick loss of head, decent carbonation and moderate lacing.

S-Strong. Smells boozy. Maybe some old hops? Can't quite place it.

T- Ick. Sour and not appealing flavor. Soapy and metallic. Not a fan. I hope I just got a bad batch and this is not what everyone gets. My drain drank half of this beer.

M- Medium bodied. Little carbonation and a gross filmy linger.

O- Avoid. Sour and not tremendously well put together. It tasted unfinished. I see why this guy is a hermit.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 00:42:07 | More by Murrhey
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2/5  rDev -26.5%

11-16-2011 20:53:50 | More by codynevels
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2.28/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours deep amber, slight residual yeast. VIrtually no head here, just a superthin tan layer that does not last. Nose is weak with some dark citrus and slight vegetal note. Palate offers a malt forward taste by surprise, perhaps dark grainy malts, like healthy breakfast cereals. Balancing hop bitterness is there, but far out of balance for an imperial IPA. What were they thinking? Finish has a metallic element, with some wet black tea bag.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 02:39:24 | More by yemenmocha
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1.4/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

There a very few beers I've ever had to pour out and this is one of them. Hermitage seems to be hit and miss for me.

It looked ok but it smelled and tasted like copper and blue cheese. It's hard to taste anything good from this, the weak hop profile can't survive the metallic taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 01:26:00 | More by MountainBeagle
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2.13/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tried earlier in the year when fresh. Decided to post from notes.

This is an all around watered down version of the Hoptopia Double IPA by the same brewery. Despite the fact that it is the same abv, (8%) it has the same identical characteristics of Hoptopia but watered down, thinner; otherwise, the same beer and flavor profiles.

Pours a dark amber with a very short, thin white head.

Nose is very light pineapple and yeast.

Mouthfeel is thin and poorly balanced and the flavors are off-putting.

Flavors are bitter burnt toast but not pleasant - tastes like a charred beer; like the burnt surface of a steak that has been grilled way too long. Meaty character to flavors that simply is not bright, appealing or pleasant.

Finish is an off putting sour bitter that tastes like spoiled meat. Another try is not needed.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 01:02:32 | More by GRG1313
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3.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Capped popped off with barely a hiss. Pours clear dark amber with a thin, bubbly 1 inch khaki colored head. Leaves moderate soapy lacing as it reduces.

S-Not much going on in terms of aroma. A faint touch of oakiness. Considering this is labeled an IPA, there is a disconcerting lack of hop aroma.

T/M-Medium bodied and soft, with a delicate dry note mid-palate and an oaky finish. As IPAs go, this isn't terribly hoppy. I have to think they either aged out the hops while this was on oak, or purposely kept them subtle to accentuate the wood component. In any case, it's mild, with a soft sweet bready maltiness and low carbonation. Reminds me more of an English style dark bitter than an American IPA.

O-Interesting. Not sure if I like it. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 23:09:46 | More by DaveHS
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2.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Syrupy and unexciting.

Pours a dark amber with a very reluctant head with no lacing or legs to speak of. The aroma is malty and thick, with lots of caramel and some soggy toast smell. The flavor is a bit better, though still syrupy and thick, with caramel and toast and some sort of elusive herbal (dare I say , medicinal?) hops in there. The finish has a little sting of pine but little in the way of lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is flat and thick and flabby.

Just not good.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 23:39:43 | More by Seanibus
Photo of nickd717


3.5/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle shared by someone at a tasting.

Pours clear dark amber in color with a small off-white head.

Aroma is pretty interesting. Caramel, wood, piney hops, and toffee. A little bit of toast.

Flavor is somewhat sweet caramel malt and toffee, with an oaky dryness. Very oaky stuff this is. Was oak aged I believe.

Decent palate, with medium body and carbonation and a dry mouthfeel.

Nobody else thought much of this, but I thought it was solid oaked IPA with some good stuff going on with it. Hadn’t heard of this brewery until yesterday actually, as close as it is to me.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 05:01:52 | More by nickd717
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2.33/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a deep amber color with a frothy, off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of some brown sugar type sweetness.

Tastes of a mediocre hop bite with some sweetness. Hops have a bit of citric notes along with some herbal notes. Bitterness is present, but not much to it. Sweetness is mild, but does add depth with some caramel and brown sugar notes.

Mouthfeel is medium with a light, fine amount of carbonation.

Overall, these scores reflect the classification of DIPA. If this were a pale ale, it would receive significantly higher scores. Honestly, if this a DIPA somebody put in about a third of the ingredients they should have.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 03:39:34 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of 4000qtrap


2.8/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Source/serving: Bottle

S: Sour oranges and lemon predominantly with a hint of damp earth/twigs with some dried moss.

T: A little bit sweet up front that's mostly citric with a dash of caramel and brown sugar. The acidity carries through with flavors gently giving way to of a soft, dry bitterness that is nicely balanced. Some pithy grapefruit, lemon peel, bread, with a floral, oily bite leading the finish which is a little oily, floral and musty and becomes iron-like/woody as it lingers. The iron-like quality is the only unpleasant character for me. Hides the 8% ABV very well, but warming as expected. Mouthfeel is average for a DIPA.

Notes: This beer wants to be different, but its not so much. Pretty standard American IPA citrusy flavors of low-medium intensity. I just get a hint of oaky, musty, earthiness in the background but that adds up to an iron/metalic/medicinal quality at the low levels they are at unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 20:20:25 | More by 4000qtrap
Photo of Zorro


3.13/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear red colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smell sweet with a lot of brown sugar aroma. Scents of fig, cinnamon and prune. Not much hop at all. Frankly this smells more like a Winter Warmer or a Belgian Strong Brown Ale.

Starts out sweet with lots of brown sugar. I DOUBLE check the bottle and make sure this is the right beer right beer but this is NOT a double IPA. There is a little woody aftertaste and that is about as strong as the hops get. Tastes like it smells with a slight wheat bran flavor added. This could be rated higher if it was classified as something else.

Mouthfeel is thin.

This is an OK beer, but it ISN'T! any sort of IPA. I could rate it higher if it was classed as an Old Ale or Winter Warmer.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 01:57:05 | More by Zorro
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3.15/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty dark honey. Nice near white disk of a head. Lots of cling lace.

S - Solvents and malt. Malting while you clean.

T - Dry, medicinal with a small window of malt.

M - Hard to balance what you start with, but ok.

D - I have two. I will drink the other when it just doesn't matter.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 04:21:04 | More by srandycarter
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Ale Of The Hermit from Hermitage Brewing
68 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.