Hoppy Poppy IPA - Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
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Reviews by beagle75:
3.79/5 rDev -1.6%
Poured from a bomber into a chalice.
A: Clear, brassy golden color with over one finger of off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.
S: Hop-forward but not overpowering, with obvious grapefruit citrus, pine, and savory spice. Clean lines make for mild qualities, although they make a fairly tight and cohesive package.
T: Begins barely off-dry, with dense floral and berry hops aromatics and bright carbonic acidity. Grain is more evident in the middle, distinctly rye-like, peppery-sharp and drying on the palate. Pepper and berry flavors extend into the finish where restrained bitterness does not linger long.
M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly resinous on the palate, with moderate carbonation.
D/O: This IPA enjoins archetypal qualities with an experimental ingredient to good results. It is molded in the new West Coast form, with less back-end bitterness a la Alpine IPAs. Balance is maintained in a way that does not lead one to think that the brewer has a revolutionary agenda when it comes to dry-hopping, but it is tasty nonetheless.
06-08-2013 01:22:41 | More by beagle75
More User Reviews:
4.18/5 rDev +8.6%
Was right next door to the brewery, but couldn't slip away from my wine-tasting obligations to avail myself of their wares. A few months later and I'm happy for a second chance to taste one of their beers. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.
Clear, Princeton orange liquid supports three fingers of papaya whip foam which forms a rocky lasting head. Thick soapy lacing; superior retention.
Citris laden hop aromatics suggest oranges, yuzu, and grapefruit at first. A sweetness comes through as well which is like an especially floral honey with a tiny hint of passion fruit.
Moderately bitter palate entry with a peppery herbaceous hop kick. A biscuity backbone of malt with hints of fine caramel and cotton candy emerges as well but the flavor profile remains dry throughout. Finishes with hints of earth, forest floor, and cocoa thanks to the addition of poppy seeds - though a delicate fruitiness never abates. Excellent balance. Very good.
Soft, lightly carbonated, and zesty mouthfeel.
Very drinkable, well crafted, unique without being ostentatious...would go well with a good cheese and some olives or with a meal from the region (the beer has a certain refinement suggestive of wine country).
05-18-2012 03:07:23 | More by augustgarage
4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
Pours a clear copper color with a tight, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.
Smells of bright citrus and tropical fruits.
Tastes of the bright hops upfront followed by some malt sweetness. Hops lead off with grapefruit, pineapple, and melon with a touch of grass on the backend. Not particularly bitter. Hops blend into a little caramel sweetness along with toffee and toasted bread notes. Fairly balanced overall. I do pick up a bit of earthiness as the beer warms, which I assume is from the poppy seeds.
Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.
Overall, this is a quite good IPA and has me more interested in this brewery.
10-04-2012 02:08:51 | More by ocelot2500
3.96/5 rDev +2.9%
On-tap at The Pub Beavercreek, Beavercreek, OH
A: The beer is crystal clear light amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down but has very good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of pine resin hops are present in the nose.
T: Like smell, the taste is quite hoppy and has a strong amount of bitterness along with notes of pine resin hops and slight hints of caramel.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very bitter so if you are looking for something that is assertive without tasting overly piney this is a good selection.
10-28-2013 19:27:57 | More by metter98
Hoppy Poppy IPA from Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.