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Hopfen - Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A beer we are describing as a ‘Bavarian IPA’. Brewed and dry-hopped with a variety of Hallertau ‘hopfen’… instead of the usual and more citric hop varieties of most American IPA’s… gives this beer a decidedly German twist.

45 IBU

(Beer added by: Tone on 08-18-2011)
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Reviewing from notes after enjoying on tap at Bier Station on 1/20/14. Poured into a small Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Sunny golden in hue, with darker notes of maize yellow and a slight hue that makes it impossible to see clearly through the body. ATop the body sits a soapy head of about two fingers thick, the color of bone white and just a few larger bubbles, presumably from the pour. Retention is excellent, with the head never completely disappearing, but instead fading to a thick film and drift-like buildup about a half finger thick around the sides of the glass. Lacing is pronounced and full of small mottled spots streaking the sides of the glass.

Smell - Some initial hints of citrus zest, but that quickly takes a back seat to more herbal and grassy hop overtones. Some notes of pepper and spice as well, but they don't overpower the herbal bitterness that is predominant. Some faint hints of pale malt are hiding in the background and providing some heft to this hoppy concoction.

Taste - Again the herbs and spice are up front, with faint white pepper, and baby garden green bitterness, even some dandelion greens and milk bittering. But here, there is definitely a subtle fruit element that gives the impression of a sweetness that eludes the tongue. Some faint pungency and the bitterness is a bit more than I bargained for, to be honest. Notes of fresh biscuit and water cracker come through from the malt base, giving it a decidedly pilsner-y feel. Perhaps that's a side effect of the German hops?

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate-to-low carbonation, with a decided crispness along the palate and a mostly dry finish.

Overall, an American IPA that doesn't fit into the standard mold, but in a definitely good way. A nice change-up from the citrus and fruit bombs that seem to be gaining in popularity as the IPA style explodes. As noted, the finish was a bit more biting to the tastebuds with the bitter factor that I would have liked, but otherwise a very solid beer.

04-16-2014 21:55:49 | More by LambicPentameter
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Aroma of hoppy lemon, herbal notes and a bit of spice.

The taste matched the aroma with lemon, herbal notes, spice and light caramel malts.

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Thank to Sean for sharing.

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S - Some lemon zest, floral notes, and a slight bit of pungent odor. I guess there is some sort of odd (not bad) german yeast note to this thing. Somewhat different.

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Hopfen from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.