Hoppy Poppy IPA - Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
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Reviews by charlzm:
3.98/5 rDev +3.1%
Consumed October 16th, 2012 in a Samuel Adams fancy-schmansy pint glass at a starting temp of 50 degrees F.
Beer pours a brilliantly clear light copper. A two finger off-white head remains long after the pour. Creamy head texture, nice sheeting.
Aroma - some caramel malt evident, mingled with floral, grassy hops. Trace of citrus. Aroma is fairly tame. Some agitation reveals a disagreeable skunky odor.
Flavor is interesting. Some muted bready and caramel malt up front, followed by a significant herbal , piny bitterness after the swallow. Though the beer is brewed with poppy seeds, I cannot pick out a flavor that corresponds. Nice IPA, sort of like a spicier SNPA.
Mouthfeel is medium with a touch of creaminess and chewiness. Some carbonation bite and tingle. Fairly long-lasting dryness is nice: not overpowering.
A solid IPA, but nothing spectacular. The bar is so high in this style it takes a real miracle to stand out from the crowd. In 2000, this might have been a game changer.
10-17-2012 02:38:21 | More by charlzm
More User Reviews:
4.18/5 rDev +8.3%
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 +6.2%
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
Hoppy Poppy IPA from Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.