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Hopfen - Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

t0rin0, Mar 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

spycow, May 01, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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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4/5  rDev +5.5%

jaydoc, Feb 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

emerge077, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy, golden/amber color with a bubbly, white head of foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grasses and pine with some sweet caramel.

T - Piney with a grassy, mild bitterness. Good caramel backbone with a touch orange zest.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really unique and really tasty IPA. I've enjoyed all three of the UCBC beers I've tried so far.

zeff80, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a nice german American hybrid here, something id like to see a lot more of. pours a hazy pale gold color with a robust airy bone white head and inch and a half high. the nose is german pilsener malts all the way, bready and dusty in aroma and taste. the malts are light enough to let the American hops shine through in all their glory. fruity and fresh and bright, more than just bitter and balance, as you get in traditional german beers. hops smell and taste delicious here, oily and bigger, not tempered much by the malt at all. this drinks very nicely. I would like to see more carbonation here, it would make this beer outstanding in all facets. the body is just medium, but feels a little lighter, like there might be some wheat malt in here. this is a marriage made in heaven, and more german malt American hop style beers need to come out, there is endless possibility here.

StonedTrippin, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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
Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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
Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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 +5.5%

aasher, Dec 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

atlbravsrno1, Oct 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Gagnonsux, Sep 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Florida9, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of Sean9689
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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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3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a large head that fades to ample lacing.

S: Aroma is fairly mild with some malt sweetness, fresh grain, bit of fruit and a trace of spice.

T: Taste is a nice blend of some caramel sweetness, fruit and fresh grain.

F: Has a nice easy bitterness and a dry finish. Fairly medium body, nice crispness and smooth.

O: Very well crafted. This is a unique IPA that is well worth checking out.

soju6, Jul 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

HarmonMW, Sep 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Arsenal0328, Jul 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Eaglefan344, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of Treebs
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A German IPA? Interesting. Growler shared by Chris (spycow). Served in a New Glarus tasting glass.

A: Pours a clear yellow color with a whispy white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thick collar. Very reminiscent of a lager.

S: Grassy hops with a definite German pilsner yeast characteristic that is making this border on the lager side of things. There is a still a nice malty sweetness there.

T: The taste follows the nose really closely. Grassy hops with that pilsner yeast like quality. There is a touch more fruitiness in than the nose which brings back the IPA qualities of this beer. Nice sweet bread malts as well.

M: Light and crisp with a nice refreshing finish. Very lager-like.

O: This was an on hybrid type beer. It was definitely different with the German pilsner like qualities to it. Would definitely have again.

Treebs, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of LambicPentameter
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

LambicPentameter, Apr 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

qcbrewer, Oct 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Schlafly33, Apr 21, 2014
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Hopfen from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.