Lakewood Hop Trapp - Lakewood Brewing Company

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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 6
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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Lakewood Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mora2000 on 08-05-2012

We're no monks, but our Belgian-style IPA gives a tip of the hat to our divine brethren. Brewed with rich malt, noble hops, Trappist yeast and a kick of coriander, this is one complex beer. Rather than make a beer that's more of a dare to drink than a pleasure, balance was the priority here. We wanted a beer for "hop heads" and novices alike. Hop Trapp pours with a refined bitter backbone, floral hoppy notes and a decidedly Belgian finish. This brew is worthy of some serious contemplation.
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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Goodfriend. The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of orange and floral notes, with some biscuit malt and Belgian yeast notes thrown in. The flavor is similar. I get some bitter hop notes, with some perfume and citrus thrown in. There is also some grass and biscuit malt in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of GregTitman
2.87/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Might be the bar I had it at, but the mouthfeel was rough. Attempts to be hoppy, but there is a poor malt balance. Amber color looks appetizing, but once you smell/taste, this beer leaves something to be desired.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 6/3/13. Friend brought this back for me from Garland. 12oz. bottle into a Pizza Boy pint.

Pours a 2 finger frothy white head with good retention. Beer is a clear red tea color. Lacing is stringy and web-like with good stick. Pretty good looking beer.

Nose is cane and brown sugar, citrus and pine. Very mellow hops balanced with a moderate malt body. Not very aromatic though.

Opens citrus, pine and Belgian yeast. Cane sugar and some soapiness in the middle with a soft hop bite. Malty with a tree sap hop bitterness at the end. Finishes Belgian yeast with a lingering, bitter, resiny hop aftertaste. Exactly what the style dictates.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and carbonated in the mouth and goes down aggressive and foamy. Finishes dry with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. Solid.

A decent beer but nothing that really stands out. The hop presence has faded a bit but this beer's not "old" by most standards. I like it but there are other better offerings out there in the style.

Photo of boodz85
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

nice beer, looks wise it is deceiving, nice hoppy flavor to start but not much of a hoppy finish at all. Pretty normal in terms of mouth feel. Definitely a Belgian style IPA, I would refer to it as Leffe's younger, but bolder cousin which is a high compliment for an underground beer.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange hue, hazy, lacy. Off white head. Light spicy hop/yeast notes, floral hops, some citrus notes. Slight breadiness as well. Taste has a medium bitterness, orange and citrus, spicy, herbal hops, soft Belgian yeast esters, light sweet maltiness. Medium body, slickness, light oily texture and good carbonation.

I believe that Trappist yeast is definitely different than you standard Belgian ale yeast, and for this reason, I really enjoyed this. Normal Belgian yeast is too much for me usually, but this imparted great character.

Photo of TangoMike
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is an interesting one to review. BJCP has not identified Belgian IPA as a style so I can't review it against style guidelines. Just reviewing it based on how enjoyable it is in its various facets and based upon its Belgian influence.

Served into a tulip glass. It is a reddish-amber in appearance. Excellent clarity after wiping away the condensation. Off-white head is not too persistent, but a thin head remains after the initial head produced by the pour dissipates. Bubbles visible rising to the top of the glass.

Aroma is what I would expect from a Belgian-influenced beer. Spicy kind of like the aroma of a Belgian Dubbel. I'm also getting citrus fruit aromas. Hops aromas aren't that prevalent which is interesting given the IPA portion of its DNA.

The beer warmed while I was evaluating appearance and aroma. By the time I took my first sip it may have gotten to 45 or 50 degrees. Unlike a normal American IPA the hops weren't too in-your-face though hop bitterness is definitely discernible to the point where I would call it a defining feature. I'm guessing that the citrusy American hop varieties were used in order to create a resonance with the Belgian fruity esters that were produced by whichever Belgian yeast strain they selected. On a clean palate it starts sweet and then progresses to a bitter, dry finish. This seems to influence future sips to where the hops become more of a factor as you go.

Mouthfeel. Tingly carbonation plays with the hops bitterness. Velvety on the tongue--leaves a coating inside of the mouth that stays with you after swallowing for a longish finish.

I would recommend and would buy this again depending on what other selections are available to me.

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - great golden Amber color but really lacking head.
Smell - belgium yeast smell with slight slight slight hop and malt scent
Taste - very Similar the the smell but with more hop bitterness to it.
Feel - medium body with a fizzy carbonated crisp feel
Overall - descent Belgian style ipa but could use more hops

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Clear copper pour with a one-finger off-white head. Light aroma of floral hops, wet fruit and spice. Taste has a strong piney and earthy bitterness upfront backed by a lot of bready malt. Medium bodied with additional flavors of light citrus and yeast. Finishes dry with a lingering earthy bitterness.

Photo of bmwats
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Hazy dark amber hue. Pours a persistent, 1 finger, foamy white head. Settles slowly. Persistent beer ring lacing.

S: Sourdough, yeast, and pine; with hints of bubble gum. Fresh tea leaf.

T: Yeasty, pungent malt. Slight hint of indistinct sweetness. A little woody.

M: Hearty and malty. Pungent and dry in the finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice head, and persistent lacing. Nose is pungent and yeasty with a synthetic sweetness. Yeast and hearty, with some unusual sweetness. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Photo of kojevergas
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Brown glass, with a branded black pry-off pressure cap.

6.4% ABV per the label. 1.065 OG. 54 IBU. 14 SRM. Reviewed live as a Belgian style IPA. Expectations are average; I'm not well acquainted with this brewery.

Served cold into a pilsner glass. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Four fingers wide. Off-white/pale khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Good - ~7-9 minute - retention. Nice foaminess and frothiness. Soft-looking.

Lacing:

BODY: Clear copper gold of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Translucent.

Appears well-carbonated.

Overall, it's a decent looking Belgian style IPA. Nothing stands out; it's not unique or special. We've seen this before.

AROMA: The fruity Belgian yeast is a scene stealer, and works well with the faint coriander, floral hop notes, and faint toasted malt. Consulting the label, I notice they used Trappist yeast - bingo. Great ingredient choice. Perfect yeast attenuation leaves this aroma ideally dry and simultaneously sweet, with marvelous floral hops allowed to shine in addition to a kiss of pine. Lightly grassy, with a kiss of orange, clove, and biscuity yeasty spice. Soft ale esters are an additional highlight.

This pleasant inviting aroma suggests a complex beer with plenty of subtlety. Trappist yeast was a great call.

No overt alcohol or other off-notes are detectable.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Has a definite Belgian character - especially on the slightly more dry finish. Attenuation is perfect; this is neither too sweet nor too bitter. Boasts subtly executed notes of orange peel and clove - which are complemented gorgeously by the subtle yeasty spiciness. I dig the floral hop notes and the kiss of pine, both of which are nuanced. There's a hint of a tea-like herbal bitterness, which is executed subtly enough that it contributes to the natural cohesion of the flavour profile. Has an extremely subtle plum note - probably from the yeast (it's akin to what you'd expect to find in a dubbel or quadrupel, only much less intense).

Well built and nicely balanced, though it does have a shallow depth of flavour. Flavour duration is average, but flavour intensity is below average for the style. It's got enough complexity to keep the discerning drinker interested through one glass, but would be tired halfway into a six-pack. There's plenty of subtlety here, and the Trappist yeast is highlighted to good effect, but it doesn't bring as much flavour and intricacy to the table as the best beers in the style.

Smooth, wet, nicely soft, crisp, well-carbonated, and fairly refreshing. Medium-bodied. A biteen too thick. Overall presence on the palate is nice. This texture suits the taste fairly well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to it, and doesn't elevate the beer.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, rough, scratchy, or harsh.

No off-notes or overt alcohol can be tasted.

OVERALL: This is a newer style which is still finding its legs. Lakewood has brought out an interesting brew in the style with the right choice of yeast, but the other ingredients in the grain and hop bill do need tweaking. Worth trying once just to see how well Trappist yeast can play with hops, but not recommended for the most discriminating fans of the style. The subtlety of the plum is incredible.

Low B-

Photo of ranger7
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a laser-etched Sam Adams glass.
Review from notes 3/8/2014.

A: Amber with nice white head.

S: Smells ale-like, not too hoppy.

T: Hoppy front and back, with smooth middle.

M: Medium body and smooth.

O: Pretty good; not too hoppy. A decent choice from Lakewood.

Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a nice looking inch of foam on the clear amber liquid; decent retention and lacing

Smell: Spicy and grainy, with an herbal cast to the earthy hops; a hint of treacle underneath

Taste: Quite herbal, at the outset, with a piney/earthy hop character developing by mud-palate; there is a hint of malt in the middle, but the finish is about the yeasty phenols mixing with the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body with spritzy carbonation

Overall: A very different take on the style, with a distinct herbal character that dominates; line the way the mouthfeel enhances the flavor, as well

Photo of allengarvin
4.49/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

This pours out a amber-orange color, with a dense half-finger's head of foam atop it. The nose is--delightful. Highly fruity esters mix with citrusy, floral hops and a faintly sweet malt underlying it all. The flavor reminds of an old favorite from Texas, long gone: the Celis Dubbel: it's got perfect spicy yeast notes, with plenty of citrusy hops. Bitterness is moderately high, but the hop flavor is just one part of the complex flavor. Lightly fruity to taste, and finishing very dryly, but with a lingering spiciness. I do wish it were a bit more spritzly carbonated. It's just a little watery compared to my favorite Belgians (though it might be because it comes in a standard 12-oz bottle, which can't handle higher carbonation safely).

My favorite from the Lakewood lineup (and my favorite style, the hoppy Belgian). This is very well-crafted and deserves to be their flagship beer.

Photo of Jgeddes3
2.97/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Not like your west coast IPA, has a citrus flare

Photo of BryanCarey
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Burnt orange in color, this beer has a clear, well- filtered body and a nose that is earthy, grainy, and yeasty with some fruit in the background. The foam level looks nice and it leaves some lacing.

With the taste, this beer offers up flavors of grainy malts, earthy hops, some citrus, bread, and even a light touch of plum/prune. There is a definite herbal component to the taste that sticks with you with each swallow.

This is a little different from other Belgian IPA I have tried, but it is a good beer any way you look at it with a memorable flavor profile. I have liked what I have tried from Lakewood Brewing thus far and this beer certainly has some good flavor characteristics and is definitely worth trying.

Photo of Mdg222
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A little hoppy on the front side. Not a hint of an aftertaste. It's a Belgium style IPA and I can tell the difference. Not nearly as piney due to it being a tad bit sweeter but not too sweet. It's a good beer.

Photo of SavvyStudent
2.72/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: It pours with a slight head and a nice deep copper color.
S: Some citrus and Grain on the front end but not a big fan of the back end interpretation that marks it as a 'belgium' to me
T: Grain, yeast and some hops thrown in to freshen the overall flavor up. Some citrus but not much that my palate could pick-up.
M: This was the sinking point for me with an medium body that really did not sit well with me.
O: While I love the beer that have been coming out of Lakewood recently I was really looking for more of a predominant hop flavor (at 54 ibu I figured it might be there).

Photo of Bulljump
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great IPA to try if your in the Dallas Texas area.

Typical strong IPA flavor, but with hints of creamy citrus that emerge if you dont swallow right away. Pours a bronze color.

Taste stays with you for a long time. Could still taste it 15 minutes after I finished dinner.

Photo of GatorCoop
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not bad, but have had much better.

Lakewood Hop Trapp from Lakewood Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.