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Hop Goddess | Offshore Ale Company

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Offshore Ale Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Todd on 03-24-2006

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 32
Photo of VetsPackage
3.24/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Trying to wrap my head around the better reviews this one is getting. Pours a murky deep burnt orange, not aesthetically pleasing. Aromas are eerily reminiscent of iced tea, some pine buried in there but masked. Taste follows, bone dry ice tea with a faint belgian character contributed from a dark candi sugar addition. Not a bad malt character underneath all the mess, crisp and biscuity that follows with some of the pine notes from the nose.
What did I just drink? Strange beer for sure.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ Offshore a few weeks back

a: a hazy, light golden color. Thin head, good lacing

s: citrusy hops. Orange zest and a hint of banana

t: simply a citrus hops explosion

m: medium body and carbonation

o: A solid beer. The best I had at Offshore. Very drinkable. If you enjoy hoppy beers, you'll enjoy this offering. Recommended.

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Photo of SilentBrew
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Hop Goddess is a must beer for any discerning hops lover. Offshore makes some of the best hop tasting beer, and this is the Queen of them all. You can expect good lacing, strong citrus flavors with medium to little head. Like many of Offshore's other beers it blends the 6.9% abv well. The average beer drinker may not appreciate the overly hopped beer, so it may not be a crowd favorite. Anyone who loves beer however, should at least try one of these at it is truly a unique and tasty beer.

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Photo of rzoq
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Offshore.

Cloudy amber with nice two finger creamy head. Better-than-average lacing that hangs on for a few minutes.

Floral notes hit the nose immediately. Nutmeg and vanilla round out the aroma.

Very very drinkable for 7% ABV. The bright hoppiness offsets any boozy quality. Yeast and malt take a backseat to the very aromatic hop flowers. Flavor lingers long and is well balanced. An IPA lovers delight.

Thirst quenching for summer but has the kick you are seeking. Would absolutely recommend.

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Photo of Cakanator
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh off the tap. Pours a nice cloudy peach color with excellent white lacing around the edges. Soft fruit aromas apricots, orange zest dominate. Thicker mouthfeel, the palate follows the nose very well with lively fruit up front and a nice dry finish. Very impressed, the balance is exceptional. Overall I wish this one was more available year round.

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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a reason that this beer is called Hop Goddess. A bold name that the beer by and far lives up to!
This beer poured a cloudy amberish color. There was not much of a head to it, though with such little head, it left lacing...
The scent of hops smacks you right up front and it follows through with taste. The first sip is powerful and enjoyable all rolled up in to one. I was expecting more of an aftertaste to it based on the powerful scent and initial taste - there was not hard aftertaste to it that evened out the beer.

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Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I ended up with a 22 ounce container of this tasty brew in my cooler after the Belg. comes to Cooperstown fest this weekend. A nice treat for me to check out after the wonderfully fun fest. It pours cloudy light apricot with an initially nice loose light tan head, showing decent retention, later the head goes to a micro tiny bubble film and to tons of nice and very fine lacing. Delicate nose of flowers and yeasty goodness. Very pleasant BPA, fruity, some white pepper, cookie dough malts and a quite dry finish. Nice. I'd love a case of this stuff!

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange w/ an inch of creamy white head with a gentle pour. The majority fades, but leaves some clouds of foam on top and with just the slightest swirl, that head comes right back to it's original position...could watch this all night if this beer wasn't so damn tasty.
Mostly floral in the nose, but the yeast shines thru in the back...not a huge hop presence at this point.
Hops push their way into the flavor big time, especially as it warms...a great balance of floral to citrus with a splendid dry bitterness in the finish. In between there is some spice, a slight sweetness with just enough malt to add some real depth to the brew.
Shared a growler with a few fellow BA's and 64 ounces were gone within a half hour...dangerously drinkable for me, especially with the alcohol being completely masked.
A great creation...find it if you can.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the brewery.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" white head over the slightly cloudy medium amber brew. Head lasts well, with tons of gluey lacing. Aroma is spicy fruity hops. Taste also finds the spices and fruity hoppiness duelling, from beginning to end, each dominating periodically. Mouthfeel is light-bubbled and smooth, with easy drinkability. Could and would enjoy this one again.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

1L swingtop

fuzzy ripe apricot pour creates feathered foam on the surface and a creamy, pourous ring around the tulip's edge. amoeba lace remains frozen in time as the glass is summarily emptied.

rich orange peel accented aroma fiddles carelessly with my brain.. how spiced is this, or are we dealing with a lively, tart yeast? white pepper and candied clove give a wink and a nod, while plum essence and floral wafts are more direct in their rush on your senses.

the first sip is met with an onslaught of taste bud stimulation. an obvious war between noble, yet citrusey hops clashes abruptly with a pale belgian yeasty dryness; this creates a false yet powerfully stable sense of balance. once my mouth adjusts to the physical, many flavors come at me: lavender-laced honey, cedar, orange zest and green bud. overall perfumey and dry, this beer finds itself amazing complex at 6.5%. alongside captain lawrence's liquid gold, this beer showcases an excellent understanding of belgian golden ales with a subtle american twist.

this beer feels great, but drinkability is limited due to the bouncing party of craziness happening in the mouth and nose. this is no sipping beer, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. recommended, highly, for those who like the essence of what belgians are all about. you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of dherling
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured out a hazy amber color with a tan head that sank into a think film, minimal lacing. The nose was sweet and fruity, defined by floral hops. The taste was all about hops, fruity and spicy, with a bit of a woody frame. The mouthfeel had medium carbonation then went dry.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, left over from Night of Pints event, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, hops, banana & berries.

T: The taste has wheat, yeast & hops with a touch of fruit. It’s a little maltier than the others I’ve had in this style.

M: Very crisp and smooth, light body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Tasty, very easy-to-drink, not filling at all, it’s a good beer to stick with, especially if you want something light.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

69 IBU, 6.9% ABV. This is important!

Taken from notes of my Treo at the Belgian Beer Fest 06.

Deep golden/amber hue, although I must admit it is hard to decipher with only a 2 oz. pour. So I had three more servings!

Fantastic smell. Piney herbal character dominant, faint yeast in the background. Uber-fresh.

Wicked slamming taste. Aggressive on the hops, but not dominating. Hops hack up the sugars on your tongue, leave it dry as a bone.

You want more, and the hops beckon your appetite. They fade and rise throughout your sipping enjoyment, creating the perfect balance between sugar and spice.

Exceptionally quaffable.

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Photo of steinlifter
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on- tap, at The Conn. River Brewfest, fellow BA, "konabrewer"...was good enough to serve me this at no-charge, I would have gladly doled out the money for this quality craft, Thanks Matt!

Appearance: Poured cloudy amber, tan head that left a collar all the way through.

Smell:Aroma was sweet and fruity, floral hop whiff.

Taste: Ahh! this is it's strongest point, hops hit up front, but without the bite of an IPA, apple cider sticky sweetness. ghost-like pine background.

Mouthfeel: was wet/ and dry...dry initially, then finishes wet and smooth, med. carbonation.

Drinkability: Friggin HIGH!...this would be an awesome session brew....one of the best I had at this event, highly recommended!

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