Hoptopus - Beach Brewing Company
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Reviews by jale:
2.95/5 rDev -20.7%
Had on tap at the brewery/tasting room.
A: Pours a clear amber with a finger of tan head.
S: Citrus and floral hop aroma. Just a hint of honey.
T: Sweet upfront followed by big hop bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden.
M: Oily body that is cloying.
O: If hop extract was used in this, I think a little less would be beneficial.
04-20-2011 12:54:11 | More by jale
More User Reviews:
3.2/5 rDev -14%
22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Pours a clear copper, with a finger of rich bright-white head. This retains with a frothy ½ finger, leaving back a foamy cascade of lacing that hangs in thick swathes down the sides. This has a nice look. The aroma smells leafy, spicy, herbal, and a bit piney but there overall isn’t a whole lot of airiness here to the nose. This mixes in with a ripe tropical sweetness and more malty notes of caramel and toast. Green grapefruit and alcohol warmth rise up from underneath; giving this a touch of bitter aggression. It’s the herbal and fruit tones that are probably standing out to me the most here though.
The taste is juicy tropical fruit, caramel, toast, and a herbal feel, which surrounds a more assertive core of grapefruit and pine. These transitions into a resinous and pithy finish that is intensified by the alcohol on the tail end of this. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a slick firm creaminess that really features the oils and herbal textures from those hops. This is unfortunately showing a bit too much of its alcohol, especially along the back and in the finish.
I didn’t have quite as much luck with this one as I did with their regular IPA from here. I think that the ABV could be dialed back some, as the excessive warmth here just doesn’t jive with the herbal and tropical flavors and ends up emboldening the more assertive aspects of the hops to an almost unenjoyable extent at times. The fresh pop of the hop flavors at times was fine here but they really need to work on the overall drinkability of this some more.
02-15-2012 20:00:38 | More by Kegatron
3.38/5 rDev -9.1%
I was extremely excited when I saw this beer because it was a cool can, I am a hophead, I love 2x IPA's and it is brewed less than anhour from my house. First of all, I was not unsatisfied with the beer, but I expected a little more flavor and boldness. The IBU's are insane but you really do not get the whole effect of that when drinking. It pours a nice frothy head and is a brilliant orange/amber, but cloudy. The flavor is full of hops, but something seems to be missing. It is a great brew, but I think a little more refinement from this very new brewery will come with time
07-15-2014 20:02:58 | More by hophugger
3.69/5 rDev -0.8%
Extra received in a trade. Thanks meadhatter! Really cool can label.
Pours a dark orange, with a huge, 3 inch sea-foam like head, and lots of lacing.
Smells like dank herbality (it's a word now), candied pineapple, and grapefruit.
This is fresh, canned on 6/11/14, it would appear. However, the flavors are slightly muddled. It tastes good, it feels like a DIPA, but the flavors don't particularly stand on their own enough. Lots of bitterness, with a good amount of caramel malt, as well. Some citrusy flavors don't get allowed to shine deeply enough- I do pick out candied pineapple and orange, though.
Medium bodied, crisp and highly carbonated mouthfeel. Drinkable, but just sort of boring.
Not bad, but nothing all that exciting. It's best quality is the drinkability, but I wish the flavors were more vibrant.
06-25-2014 23:06:44 | More by GreesyFizeek
3.5/5 rDev -5.9%
bomber from Grape and Gourmet, VA Beach
a: poured into a tulip glass, the beer is a hazed orange-amber in color, sporting a low off-white head with minimal retention
s: a body of caramel malts, heavy and sweet, with some fruit notes - particularly apricot, fresh grainy bread, strong hop aromas that combine pine and citrus, but unfortunately without that crisp, vivid freshness that makes a great ipa/dipa for me, instead they give off a steeped, muddled juice aroma, still nice - just not great
m: carbonation is low-moderate, with a medium body and some malt sugar weight
t: fairly heavy with caramel malt, sweet malt and fruity hop flavors - a blend of steeped citrus rind and pine, similar complaints as on the nose - muddle hop flavors allow the malts to draw attention away, powerfully bitter with strong pine and citrus pith flavors lingering
o: a good, not great dipa, solid malt foundation with a nice hop load, just a bit unrefined and lacking the vivid hops that I really prefer in the style
04-11-2013 03:24:32 | More by blackie
Hoptopus from Beach Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.