Hoplar Imperial IPA - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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Reviews by MCain04:
4.49/5 rDev +12.3%
Extra from a trade, wish I remembered your name fellow BA. 750ml bottle poured into Spiegelau tulip. 2013 release.
Beautiful pour, a ruby amber, mostly clear body, with a generous frothy light-beige head with great retention and great lacing.
Smells of piney hops, some citrus notes, lemon and grapefruit, grassy,strong presence of cascade hops. Not much wood in the aroma.
Taste is very unique. Juicy cascade hops make for a bright citrusy and pine needle hop flavor right off the bat, not overly bitter. The malt background balances well with some sweetness. The poplar wood is this taste I am not familiar with. Earthy would be the best word, with a little vanilla. It adds a really nice complexity to the IPA without overwhelming it.
Medium bodied, a touch overcarbonated, not the driest of finishes, smooth on the tongue, lingering poplar earthy taste.
Overall, I agree with the Bros on this one - this is a winner. The subtlety of the poplar treatment really works to accentuate and balance rather than overwhelm this IPA. Try this if you can, well worth it.
08-08-2013 20:48:47 | More by MCain04
More User Reviews:
4.45/5 rDev +11.3%
750ml brown corked and caged bottle, vintage date on the label.
The head retention alone won me over ... to start. Seriously, an amazing head and perhaps the best looking one this year! Hazed copper hue is inviting. Aromas of wood, spice, fresh pine sap, melon rind, mango, papaya, parsley, yeast, yellow cake. Deep smoothness, semi-creamy medium body. Big hoppiness, very bitter, heavy wood, earthy, spice, vanilla, peppery, resin, slightly pungent, hint of caramel, dried grass, yeast, tropical fruit, warming alcohol, long bitter and woody finish.
Someone pinch me ... mind-blowing.
05-15-2013 03:17:12 | More by Jason
4.83/5 rDev +20.8%
A - Pours a opaque reddish copper with a solid 2 fingers of off white creamy head.
S - Very pungent citrusy, floral nose. This stuff could peel paint.
T - Nice malty backbone on this beer. The intense bitterness is mellowed out pleasantly and the wood aging helps to compliment the entire package.
M - A little hot yet, the alcohol is very much in the game. Agressive carbonation keeps everything in check, leaving your mouth clean sip after sip.
O - Delicious beer, near perfection. Thanks to Beejay for sharing this one with me.
05-07-2012 23:27:16 | More by RocPorterFanatic
Hoplar Imperial IPA from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.