1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Hop3Star - Lost Rhino Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Hop3Star
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
85
very good

17 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 23.54%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lost Rhino Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beerfan99 on 12-22-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by beerfan99:
Photo of beerfan99
2.65/5  rDev -29.9%

Hop3Star is a Double Mango IPA. The malt bill includes Pilsner, munich, crytstal, rye, biscuit and flaked barley. Eight hop additions during the boil include: Zythos, Simcoe, Columbus, Hallertau, Cascade, Goldings, Amarillo and Centennial. A total of 118lbs of hops went into the kettle. We brewed two 25 barrel batches, the last runnings from the first batch were used as the base water for the second batch to naturally increase the gravity. We added Belgian candy sugar to the kettle also, to increase the starting gravity. 40lbs of fresh mango were added to the kettle to provide the subtle mango character. After primary fermentation it was dry hopped twice, with Amarillo, Simcoe, Centennial, Columbus and cascade. 33lbs of hops were used in the dry hopping. The starting gravity was 22 degrees plato, final gravity is 3.8 degrees plato. It is 10.1% abv, 150 IBUs and 300 calories/12 oz. It’s one of the craziest beers I’ve ever had the privilege to make. Brewed with Devin Hicks’ Westover Beer Garden crew.

Appearance: Poured a hazy copper color with a lasting medium size white head. Retention was good and left traces of foam lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong aromas of orange, pine, citrus and caramel. I was expecting to be blown away by the hop aromas. Unfortunately, the hop aroma was not very powerful and did not meet my expectations.

Taste: Strong bitter taste, more piney than citrus. Alcohol was masked well. Where was the mango?

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with very good level of carbonation. The bitterness of this beer is overpowering.

Overall: HopStar turned out to be very disappointing and did not meet my expectations. After reading the description, my hopes were high, but they turned into disappointment after my first few tastes. After making a special trip to Lost Rhino, in order to try this beer, I tried to convince myself that this beer was good. My mind failed to convince my senses.

beerfan99, Dec 22, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of donscott
4.68/5  rDev +23.8%

Great beer. Very Hoppy. Had it on draft then bought two bottles to take home. Enjoyed the draft as much as the beer. The staff gave us a great tour in northern Va. I would encourage this beer to hops lovers. Many of their other beers are great as well. Thanks Mark for the tour.

donscott, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of tclipse
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

tclipse, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of Laulau
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Laulau, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +19%

mendvicdog, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of Kmccabe33
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Kmccabe33, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of ChrisB
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%

A: Pours a pale orange with decent foamy and clingy lace.

S: Aroma points to lots of hops and citrus.

T: A large grapefruit explosion with a hint of the mango used in the brew. The hops are very present though balanced by the fruit and malt taste. This is my kind of DIPA that has malt and hops in harmony. The alcohol is hidden very well and just give a hint of warming as it goes down.

M: Medium body with good mouthfeel. Not syrupy at all.

D: One of my favorite DIPAS of the year so far. I'm shocked that the beer came out this good. If you like balanced DIPAS that bring the hops, this beer is for you.

ChrisB, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Rhettroactive, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of thomas2357
4/5  rDev +5.8%

thomas2357, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of jacewg
4/5  rDev +5.8%

jacewg, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of e30todamax
2/5  rDev -47.1%

e30todamax, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of davet100
4.5/5  rDev +19%

davet100, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of PA-Michigander
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

PA-Michigander, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of wrightst
3.25/5  rDev -14%

wrightst, May 03, 2014
Photo of 4thelvofbeer
1.75/5  rDev -53.7%

4thelvofbeer, May 13, 2014
Photo of Pencible
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%

A: This poured a hazy dark gold with some off white head.
S: It smelled like fresh papaya and pineapple and mango, with some grapefruit and honey.
T: It tasted like bitter grapefruit and unripe apricot, with sweet mango and papaya and honey malt. It had a clean and lasting bitter aftertaste.
M: It had an oily body with a little carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a fantastic IPA. The scent and taste were so delicious, and the body was fitting. The alcohol was well hidden, and the finish was really smooth despite all the bitterness. So it was really easy to drink. Recommended.

Pencible, Jan 09, 2014
Hop3Star from Lost Rhino Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.