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Hopfen - Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

KWR89, Dec 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

delalove, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of Sean9689
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at UCB and out of a cool UCB growler!

A - Pours a yellow golden color, hazy/mirky, white head, nice collar, thin cap, sticky lacing.

S - A nice dose of citrus hops, some floral notes, low level of Belgian yeast (which I prefer), light level of sweetness. Solid.

T - Excellent citrus hoppy bitterness, floral, barley any level of Belgian yeast, the hops overtake pretty much everything, slight orange citrus sweetness. Refreshing.

M - Light, good carbonation, oily sweet finish.

O - Really an enjoyable Bavarian IPA. Would def make this a staple in my fridge if offered in bottles and def going to get again on my next visit.

Sean9689, Sep 11, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this out of a fairly nice size snifter, so far this is only on tap at the brewpub.

Appearance is a light orange bordering on a deep yellow.

The smell is great, nice good spicyness from those german hops that are predominate in this beer,

Taste, this is one of my favorite beers when I go to the brewpub. I am more of an american hop fan so this being predominately german hops it surprises me how much I like it.

mouthfeel- is very nice, pretty much typical for this style.

Overall- If you are in St. Louis make it a point to stop by the brewpub and try their beers, they totally lean towards German styles but that is not all bad :)

beerswamie, Aug 23, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

bpkrippner, Aug 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

spycow, May 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Tuck_leepulin, Aug 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Nate_M, Jul 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

JoeMarsh, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap a hazy golden peach color with a small, quickly-fading white cap.

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.

Medium bodied and dry with moderate carbonation.

The blackboard at the bar listed this as a Bavarian IPA and not Belgian as listed here. Whatever you call it, this is one enjoyable beer from Urban Chestnut.

Monkeyknife, Sep 19, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting beer, perhaps my favorite from my trip to UC brewery.

Pretty good looking, cloudy and between tan and amber, good head and lacing.

Smell was really amazing, reminding me strongly of that first wort smell when you're brewing. Taste had Lots of hops and pine, good wheat component, a little caramel malt sweetness.

Body was thick and chewy, like a wheat beer more than an IPA.

Great beer, must try!!

AlCaponeJunior, May 21, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The golden-colored liquid is capped by a nice head that leaves a nice lacing pattern behind

Smell: Aromatic with both grassy and citrusy tones

Taste: Moreso than in the aroma, the citrusy flavors pop out, up front, with the grassy tones appearing after the swallow; the malt plays a neutral role in the flavor profile

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation; a touch flabby

Overall: A very intriguing IPA that combines both German and American hop elements; kudos to the brewer for the creativity here

brentk56, May 25, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Heady Topper glass. Thanks to Sean & Co. for picking this up.

A - Finger-plus of white foam settles to a thick collar, leaving tiny spots of lace. The body is a hazy pale golden color.

S - Big Hallertau hop aroma - spicy herbs, lemons, and a touch of cat pee and soap in the periphery. The malt backbone is nice and crackery. This is nothing like a Belgian or American IPA, but the work really well together.

T - The taste takes a bit of a step backward, as there's a mild hop astringency in the finish, but otherwise it's a similar combination of herbal and floral hop flavors with a biscuit malt profile. There's a bit more malt sweetness imparting a kiss of caramel.

M - Smooth medium body, chewy texture, moderate carbonation, and a super dry finish with tons of resinous hop oils lingering.

D - Crushable stuff - interesting cross between an American IPA and a German Pilsener. Definitely the best GIPA I've ever had, and something I'd return to frequently if it were on-tap locally.

MasterSki, Oct 23, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +9.9%

ndclimber, Aug 15, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank to Sean for sharing.

A - Slightly hazy, yellow beer. Nice white head that faded to a ring with some good lace on the sides.

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.

T - Not bad, some herbal and floral hops with a bit of sweetness and bread to it. I prefer a traditional American IPA, but like this better than the belgian counterparts.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - A good beer, I'd like to try more of this and more of this style as it's kind of a new experience. Would drink again. Went down easy.

AgentZero, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

qcbrewer, Oct 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

jaydoc, Feb 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

radicalruckus, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

aasher, Dec 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

throwback, May 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

jadeal, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, orange/maize color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus, floral, slight sweet malt, and spice (cardamom ?). Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of citrus hops, slight sweet malt, floral hops, and slight spice. Overall, good appearance, aroma, mouth feel, and blend.

Tone, Aug 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

EvanWilliams, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

30helens, Aug 29, 2014
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Hopfen from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.