Hop Slobber - Millbock Brewing Company
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Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
3.7/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I had this on tap at Peachtree in Harrisburg, served chilled in a pint. The sign said 9.8% so perhaps the recipe has been altered slightly
The color is deep amber with hazed look and light tan cap with fine bead and thick lace. The smell has a sweet and caramel scent with light citrus and subtle alcohol. The feel is semi dry entry with a mildly bitter texture and creamy slightly malt center and semi-high alcohol impact with moderate carbonation.
The taste comes off as bitter and piney with malty caramel foundation and fruity yeast in the middle with light sweet candy-like sweet taste near the end with more bitterness in the finish than at first with slight grassy taste in the hop profile and mild alcohol showing toward the back. Overall a pretty decent Imperial IPA-fruity hoppy and bitter but the malt takes away from the hop flavor slightly - I would prefer more hop flavor than just bitterness and alcohol honestly.
Serving type: on-tap
03-07-2013 20:03:59 | More by Slatetank
3.99/5 rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A - An active cascading pour yields a late to develop fingers worth of densely packed off-white colored head with a perfectly level top... More than solid retention.... Streaks of sluggish and moderate paced carbonation rise throughout... The color is a rich deep vibrant amber with a slight reddish hue...
S - The hops are at the forefront and potent enough, but far from overpowering... The take on a mostly floral character with a bit of pine mixed in as well... The malt component is a distant second and comprised of a moderate bread crust aroma...
T - Hop forward... One the palate the hops take a more piney and slightly less floral character... This is pure hop flavor, almost like tasting a hop flower during home brewing... There is a very subtle spice component as well... The malt base is solid, but unremarkable... It's mostly bread crust with a hint of biscuit mixed in... A good bit of lacing clings to the sides of the tulip...
M - Medium bodied... Ultra smooth... Rich... Dense... Lightly carbonated, but with a good bite...
D - Rock solid... Uber enjoyable... There is nothing earth shattering about this DIPA, but components works well and compliment one another in such a fashion that I can't wake to take a another sip, pop another bottle, etc... Millbock is doing wonderful things and I hope more people start to take notice... I haven't been disappointed in one of their offering yet... Cheers...
Serving type: bottle
02-24-2013 02:52:19 | More by philbe311
3.8/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
On-tap (a few months ago) at Mastracchio's.
A - Pours with a clear copper colored body...the head was off white in color and looked fluffy, but was stiff upon first sip...it took a while to settle into a full, one finger cap...chunky lacing was left behind
S - The nose had a big burst of hops, both citric and piney, and a touch of alcohol...the malt backbone provided a slight sweetness in the nose
T - This beer goes through a lot of steps for me...first step is all about the hops...the hops are bold and present a lot of citrus and pine...step two brings a balance which is hard to find in some Double IPAs...the third step is a big dose of caramel malt...so much for the balance...the fourth phase is the 9% ABV kicking in...finally the three main components of the beer merry together to form a decent finish
M - Medium bodied...syrupy yet smooth, bitter yet sweet, big alcohol presence
O - I loved the hop additions in the beer and the balance level it was able to reach...however, the alcohol was not well hidden, so I couldn't have more than two of these...with that said, I can't wait for it to be released again!
Serving type: on-tap
10-30-2012 18:25:33 | More by thain709
3.5/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks go to Stakem for gifting me with a bottle of this.
Pours a deep clear copper, with a finger of smooth slightly off-white head. This maintains some frothy edges, leaving back a robust cascade of spotty lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells warm, grainy and spicy, with a light herbal and tropical feel on the edges that intertwines with notes of grapefruit and pine that have more of an aggressive pop to them.
The taste is more grapefruit and pine, which is encircled by a light ripe feel of herbs and fruit while a backbone of grainy sweetness, does its best to balance this. Resins, spice and bitterness are assertive on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some crispness on the tongue and then more of a chewiness to the carbonation along the back. This does have some alcohol heft to it and while not stinging, it does possess warmth to it that greatly strengthens those hops.
There were definitely some things to like here but this just needed some more refinement between the flavors and how they related to that big ABV, which got to be just a bit overbearing at times. This was my first beer from these guys though and I like the effort. Hopefully this one will continue to improve.
Serving type: bottle
09-18-2012 14:10:06 | More by Kegatron
3.93/5 rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12oz bottle poured into a standard pint. The brew appears a clear burnt copper to orange color with a thin off-white head. A rough pour produces just under a finger of head that quickly fades down to a thin cap. It is supported throughout the entire duration by some rising bubbles. The brew displays a clarity that is seemingly polished and without haze. Around the edges, it is lighter and nearly yellow.
Smell is pungent with hops. Fruity, floral and citrus come to mind with a solvent to fusel touch of alcohol and caramel malt sweetness. There are some pine elements present to the hops that blend with a back sweetness that is almost like candy or sugar moreso than malt. It isn't a bad smelling brew but the malt seems to play a significant role in the aromatics which is surprising considering this was bottled merely 3 days ago. Once it warms up, there is quite a bit of tropical hop character that intermingles with the candied sweetness which makes for an interesting interplay. I really feel like I should ding the score here but it really smells good and for that reason it almost deserves a higher score in the same regard.
The taste is bold with hops and alcohol. The 9% is not hiding here but blends well with not only hoppy bitterness but a range of flavors that inlcudes herbs, rinds, fruit, pith, pulp and floral qualities. The malt presence is solid providing a caramel sweetness with a faint musty grain aspect. Just like the aroma led on, there is a bit of sweetness here that seems candy-like at times or sugary. I am a pretty big fan of DIPA's that have some backing of sweetness to stand up to the alcohol and bitterness but this one is a bit too sweet for my liking. As it warms up, there are some yeasty notes that come into play that are a bit melon-like and striking similar to a flavor I sometimes pick up on Troegs offerings. I wonder if there is a similarity here, be it yeast or hop combination or something to that effect.
This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a moderate to lighter amount of carbonation. The alcohol is evident and hits with a strength suggesting higher than the listed 9.8%. Regardless this is a well rounded take on the style and worth checking out for their introductory offering into the style. Cheers Millbock, looking forward to what else you guys got in the pipeline.
Serving type: bottle
08-29-2012 17:20:54 | More by stakem
Hop Slobber from Millbock Brewing Company
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