Hop Geek #1 - Free Will Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Free Will Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Knapp85 on 07-23-2012

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Ratings: 127 | Reviews: 20
Reviews by bigaltemple:
Photo of bigaltemple
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Centennial for the great LIF!

Pours a burnt orange, dark copper color. Fluffy, light tan head fades as quickly as it builds. Lacing is almost nonexistent.

Really like where this one is at. Juicy and tropical, the first whiff is all mango, pineapple, and peach. Something a little more resinous and piney lies underneath.

Get a little more of the pine resin and earthy aspects in the taste. It is very well balanced by some caramel malt notes. Very easy to drink, but comes across a bit oily where I would love just a bit drier finish.

Really like this beer. Definitely recommend if you get the chance.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Travcofarms
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark. Very resonus, piney all the things you look for in a DIPA. Really solid double / imperial IPA. I cant think of anything i dont like about this beer. Currently waiting for them to provide this on-tap at local bars. hope they keep making it and it is available at my local bar.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

- Consumed in a speigelau ipa glass.

A: Dense ice-tea coloring with a thin, skim walnut toned head that quickly gave way to a whispy surface. Small rise of carbonation within of micro-effervesce rising at a moderate pace.

S: Aroma of scotchy caramel, more alcohol then hops, with a fade of earthy soil and pine.

T: Boozy scotchy caramel for flavor, peat and pine with a fade of boozy bitterness. Again as with the nose, more alcohol dominated, bitterness is more earthy as in line with a english ipa, but with much more boozy content and scotch ale influence. Some warming of pine on the hold.

M: Mouthful was thick and viscose malt, warming piney alcohol, light carbonation with a heavy feel and syrupy content.

O: Overall while the flavor wasn't at all bad, this drank more like a boozy scotch ale with a touch more hoppiness then a ipa. Maybe an english style-scotch ale mixture. Some booziness factors in, creamy malt based, hops were more subtle, soft then forefront. Not one i would drink on a rotating basis or bother to recommend.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wegmans in Mechanicsburg, PA

A- dark caramel look to it that is somewhat hard to see through. Had is less than half finger but the lacing is like a base molding. very succinct and intact.

S- sweet toasted caramel malts. molasses and dark candied fruit.

F- dark candied grapefruit. like grapefruit dipped in molasses. Sweet caramel malts with a toasted flavor of toffee almost.

M- chewy and fairly thick. the alcohol definitely lingers on the palate longer than I would like. Warmth all the way down the gullet.

O- not a bad brew. Different and just above average. would have another but wont buy a six of it.

Photo of woodychandler
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My previous 21-oz. bottle review was Rapunzel, also from Free Will B.C., so I am kind of picking up where I left off. I have dedicated myself to eradicating the immense backlog of bottles that I have allowed to accumulate so that I cay rededicate myself to The CANQuest (TM). Why do I resemble the geek on the label? With the exception of his scarf, i have worn a white lab coat with many pens, clunky black-framed glasses, a knit skullcap and stood in front of a board with chalk in my hand. What are they trying to suggest? This one came from The Friendly Greek's Bottle Shop.

From the bottle: "We brew to taste, fit to style".

I always like to see what others have said if I am not the first reviewer. Most people seemed to mention a lot of foaming action, so I took it kind of easy on the pour. I had filled just over a quarter of the glass when the pseudo-cascade led to immense foaming and I had to back off. This settled into two fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention. I could smell the nose immediately - it was like pine resin and if they could make this into an air freshener scent, I would buy loads! That reminds me - I need to put the garbage out on Sunday night as it is getting kind of ripe here in Chez Woody's kitchen. Color was a deep coppery-amber (SRM = > 17, < 22) with a lot of floaties in evidence and its only impediment to clarity. I leaned in for a better sniff and it was like someone had just nailed me in my solar plexus. Phew! Coming in hot today, boys! Mouthfeel was thick, like a dollop of pudding on my tongue, and it was bringing the heat, also. Old, weak, dead and and dying taste buds were stripped away as it wormed its way into my tongue like muriatic acid. Once things began to cool off and settle down, the piney mintiness was evident as was the caramel of the malt. Yummy. Still, the fusel alcohol heat was unrelenting. The finish was, unbelievably, semi-dry since the caramel malt helped to add a modicum of sweetness to the madness. I may need to lay down for a moment.

Photo of BilbosNuts
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Travcofarms for hooking me up with this one.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Good looking beer. Pours a hazy sunburst orange color with a big, creamy, off white head. The head sticks around for most of the drink and leaves behind some spotted lacing. Light bubble streams of carbonation give it a lively, inviting appearance.

S: Nice balance of piney and tropical notes with a biscuit, toasted malt backbone. Quite pleasant.

T: The taste doesn't resemble the aroma at all. It's kind of odd. The promise of hops is overwhelmed by the toasted malt and hardly any of the tropical fruit or piney aspects found in the smell are present in the taste. Bit of a let down for me.

M: Medium bodied with a light touch of carbonation. Very little hop bite, if any. It does hide the alcohol well however.

O: I had some big expectations for this after the appearance and aroma. Alas, the taste let me down as it didn't come close to the aromatics.

Photo of 57md
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a muddy brownish copper with a half finger of head that dissipated very quickly. The malt notes dominate the hop notes in the nose. The flavor profile is malt forward as well. This offering is full-bodied with a sticky mouthfeel. The alcohol comes on during the finish; the alcohol warmth is not terribly bad, but it is not terribly good either.

Photo of Gavage
3.14/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a dark hazy orange color with a 1/4" head that breaks down immediately.

Smell: grapefruit and earthy tones are up front but not as pleasant as I would like.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, mango, earthy bitterness, and a bit of warming alcohol. The flavors are a bit unbalanced.

Mouhtfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and dry at the finish, Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a DIPA that is a bit unbalanced and too focused on bitterness levels.

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

LOOK: Hazed, deep orange appearance with white soapy head. Some lace is left behind on the glass, not too bad looking.

SMELL: Citrusy hops are there right upfront with grapefruit notes

TASTE: Grapefruit, mango, fruity ale yeast, brown sugar. Good hop flavors with a fruity ale base. Orange and brown sugar and a bit of tea.

FEEL: Low carbonation, seems to be the calling card of a Free Will product. A bit of a sweet finish but that is understandable giving the strength and propensity of ,malts. Hopefully they could get that under control, the beer barely carbonates and that is a major issue.

OVERALL: Had potential, but no body whatsoever. The flavors were agreeable, which makes it all the more disappointing when the beer falls near lifeless on the palate. I see this has been retired so perhaps they have reformulated a double IPA recipe. I hope so because the flavor on this and many other beers is pretty decent. For the price, it was a bit of a drop in the bucket.

Photo of candcholt
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Hazy amber color. Maintained a quarter inch head throughout with very little lacing.

The coolest thing about this beer, is that if you look closely, you see the carbonation bubbles just hang out. Focus on one, then all of a sudden it rockets to the top. And it just keeps happening.

Taste was average. Fine but nothing I'd seek out again.

Photo of jhartley
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a Poco Grande glass. No visible date on the bottle.

At first the pour just exploded into a huge head that filled the glass and almost over flowed! Had the same issue with their Techno IPA, not a major problem just delays the amount of time until drinking it.
Body is a murky deep amber-brown color. Obviously unfiltered, no floaties just thick looking. Nice thick lacing left on the glass.
Earthy hop aroma. Almost like light mint to a strong, (I know this will sound odd) parsley aroma. Not off-putting just a strong murky hop aroma.
Bitterness right away from the hops up front finishing with a strong maltiness and then almost reminded of a mintiness on the after taste. Pine and not much citrus right away; more of an old grapefruit flavor in the end too. A little odd and that's not bad.
Nice amount of carbonation and malts to off-set the strong hops being used. No alcohol "bite" is noticeable, which is dangerous with this almost 9% abv brew.
Really enjoyed this brew! Not sure how fresh it was since there's no bottle date, but it was still pretty damn tasty! Another winner from my old hometown of Perkasie, PA! Very nice interpretation of a DIPA.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.02/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a chalice, color is dark amber, opaque, head is tan, pretty dense and presents somewhat thick 1/2 inch.

Smell is a little sweet, caramel, toast, big off flavor from the hop, metallic/earthy but unpleasant and detracting.

Taste is follows suit to the nose, cloying sweet, hop off flavors: malt is all caramel, too sweet for a strong ipa, hops dont come through well or pleasant.

Moutfeel is very cloying, sweet, strong lingering presence from the sweetness and hop combination.

Overall, a strong ipa that is not well executed, flavors seem off and mouthfeel is cloying.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one looks quite dark, in an amber-brownish kind of way. Nose is resin. Flavor brings a lot of it too. Sticky sweet thing going on as well. Smooth feel. Pretty easy drinking beer. Doesn't bring any strong characteristics to the table really. Somewhat one dimensional. Nice to be able to try it though.

Photo of cavedave
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Steve for this small batch IIPA, I love to taste them!

Pretty beer, almost clear amber, very fine yeast hanging, beige head of 1 finger that relaxes quick enough to make me wonder the ABV of this baby, has that "big" look to it. Some sheets of lace hang nicely above.

Not a strong aroma but redolent of Pine, citrus rind, herbal hop notes, some darker roasty notes in there too, just a hint of some really tasty yeast.

Lots more flavor in the taste, but still not a flavor bomb. This is a big and drinkable IPA that tries not to overpine nor overbitter the flavor profile. Those two major components are well balanced by a rooty herbal note, dark caramel sweet, some dank weed, grapefruit rind, light roasty bitter, and finishes light on palate despite it all.

Nicely low carb., highly viscous, flavors could have a touch cleaner linger, finish could be a touch drier, but all in all excellent mouthfeel for showcasing the flavors, and is quite refreshing.

Quite a nice IIPA, I am about 2/3 finished and it has gone down enjoyably. Recommended for sure!

Photo of GFM
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a clear reddish copper color with two fingers of off-white head. Sweet boozy scent. Very little bitterness (just a bit at the end of the sip). Sweet taste has elements that resemble raisin and caramel. Fruity accents as well. I found it a bit one-dimensional with not enough hippiness. (7.5)

Photo of Knapp85
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one draft over at the Spinnerstown Hotel. It came to me with a nice looking copper color to it with a thin white head on top. The lacing was pretty sticky on this beer. The smell of the beer is loaded with hoppy aromas and some subtle sweet notes from the malts in there too. The taste of the beer is bold it's got lots of pine like flavors to it with some interesting fruity notes in there too. The mouthfeel of the beer is on the thicker side with some oily textures going on. Overall it's a very nice and well made IIPA. I enjoyed this quite a bit, I hope to try the others they plan to release in the future.

Photo of tallerich
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a good hoppy brew. It tastes nearly identical to crooked line's Detour IPA, which I am also a fan of. Very hoppy and slight fruity...appley.... at first, with a finish that tastes more than its abv rating. This warming feel is perfect for the cold weather on the East Coast. The only bad note is the aftertaste... its almost medicinal or vitamin like.
Overall I would imbibe again.

Photo of BikeBeerSki
4.39/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I agree, has a little more malt than expected, but I like that. Kinda like the tannins giving structure to wine. Could have been a little less malty and a little more in the citrus hops. I am a fan of Dogfish Head 90, and while Hop Geek was not quite as well organized, I was immediately reminded of that great brew from Delaware. I will certainly buy this again and since Perkasie is pretty close by, I know I can always find it.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

$2.75 single from Abe's.

Cloudy red orange body, topped by four finger of off-white micro bubbles of varying size.

Interesting citrus and pine mix in the aroma. Heavy and deep.

Thick deep semi-sweet malt foundation. Fruity middle. Big big bitterness by the swallow.

Heavy mouthfeel, very chewy.

A promising first impression. Could use more juicy fruit to lighten the overall sensations. Worth a try or two.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark amber body beneath the tannish head which is slow to dissipate leaving a sticky lacing about the top of the beer and glass.

Aroma is very malty for an Imperial IPA, caramel sweetness, but also earthy and what I assume to be citrus hops. The challenge with deciphering the citrus hop variety is that the malt overshadows it a bit, but it seems like blood orange, or very sweet along those lines.

The flavor is similar, quite a bit of malt, very sweet - caramel, maybe toffee and a touch of biscuit. The hops are spicier on the palate, still earthy, and again some citrusy sweetness in there.

This is a full bodied brew, coating the palate with generous carbonation to add and a thick finish.

Perhaps a touch on the malty side for my liking and the style in my opinion. Not a bad beer, just not the hop bombs American DIPA's are appreciated for.

Hop Geek #1 from Free Will Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.