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Hoppy Face Amber Ale - Hoppy Brewing Co.

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Hoppy Face Amber AleHoppy Face Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 17.87%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hoppy Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-30-2003)
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Reviews by aquaderek:
Photo of aquaderek
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok, firs beer review using the new phone. As you all know the beer out of the tap is much betxcter than the bottle. The appearance is beautiful, just as the name suggests, a nice amber color. The lacing is beautiful and the nose is great pure grapefruit and hops. If you not a fan of hoppy beers, stand clear. This beer is hopalicious. If that is not what into stand clear.

aquaderek, Jul 11, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of beerbrewerdan
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The "flagship beer." First smell and taste made me think she brought the wrong beer. There are hops in this? Board says this is "like a traditional IPA." I guess they mean English because that's as close as it gets to anything recognizable. It's more like a extra bitter basic amber. And even then it's not exactly amber, more pale. Head is white and sticks to the glass. Bitterness is the main point here, but not much. This beer presents itself a bit more as it warms. Not sure what awards it has won, but maybe I'm wrong about it. 6.1%

beerbrewerdan, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericandernavy for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a light orangish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is strong toffee with not too much hop character. The flavor is toffee, iced tea, dirt, earthy hops and a little bit of piney hops. Low to medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of juicebox
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

juicebox, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Label says amber ale, website here says ipa. Certainly looks like an amber ale. Wispy head. Great hoppy aroma, very citrusy old school Cascade hopping.

Taste, again, one of the hoppiest amber ales around, reminiscient of the good ol' Bert Grant's Amber Ale when the legend was still around. Obviously some caramel in an amber ale. Very sturdy. Bitterness very much appreciated, just the right puckering amount that plays with that caramel just right.

This beer is always at the beerfestivals, but rarely in the stores. . .

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of BamfBacon
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

BamfBacon, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -13.5%

dertyd, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of cjgator3
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazed amber color with with an off-white head with pretty good lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is toasted malt, caramel and some citrusy hops.

T- The taste follows the aroma with some malt and caramel flavors up front with the hops creating a lingering bitterness in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of bitterness.

D- Overall, this is a solid Amber that is worth a try. Not the best within the style, but certainly not the worst either.

cjgator3, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of HalfFull
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz. bomber picked up at BevMo. Pours a clear golden orange with a half inch of off white head. OK retention and some lacing as a result.

Some sweet malts and citrus hops on the nose, though not nearly what one might expect from the name, and in fact a bit metallic at times. Called an Amber by name, and an IPA on their website. Seems like a rich Pale Ale to me. As an IPA the nose is average at best.

Taste follows the nose and finishes bitter. Initially offering a bite of carbonation, this lessens quickly yielding a slightly resinous feel and a chalky close. Carbonation continues to decrease as I constantly agitate the beer looking for some hops. Not bad overall but not quite what I as expecting, even after recognizing the IPA factor, which is a bit of a stretch.

HalfFull, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Nage37, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, hops, a touch of citrus. Taste is a good balance of malts and hops, some mild notes of citrus, bitter at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

tone77, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
2.31/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into an elongated tulip glass.

Opaque orange glowing tangerine body color. Thick head and enormous even off a slow pour. Large retention and thick clumping. Very aggresive, a little overboard, but still impressive.

Thick doughy malts. Lots of bakery smells and doughy yeast. Light caramel and a slight floral hop angle. Not particularly hoppy or hop forward.

Palate is very watery. Lots of seltzery feel and perrier like carbonation. Wet and mineraly. Virtually no malt presence or chew. No caramel and more importantly no hops. Weak. Wet. Lifeless. Aftertaste brings a little taste of hop bitterness, but it is indistinct, and makes the beer come across as slightly hoppy perrier.

Overall even with no bottling date or the possibility of faded old hops, this brew just isn't even getting the basics right. No malt backbone or sweetness, very dissapointing since it is an impressive looking beer.

smakawhat, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of ThickNStout
2.5/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle from Total Wine (Naples, FL). 4.99. Served in my trusty $2 Goodwill snifter. 

Dark amber with 2.5 fingers pillowy head. Leaves nice lacing as the foam recedes & I drank it down. 

Not sure what that smell is, but it sure isn't hops. An almost metallic light beer scent. Ever so faint citrus fruit. 

There isn't a whole lot goin on in this one. Kind of dry, bitter, almost burnt grain taste. The hops advertised in "Hoppy Face" finally show up in the back half of the taste- but they're restrained and just all around weak. 

Medium light body with a healthy dose of carbonation.

I was able to finish the 22oz (and it really wasn't bad) but I'll be passing on this in the future. Too many other truly great beers out there to waste any more time here. 

ThickNStout, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of supercolter
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I completely agree with the reviewer before me. There is no way this is an amber/red ale. It looks, pours, smells and tastes like an IPA or possibly an APA- It is very oily and hoppy with a hint of malt to give it a backbone. The mouthfeel is medium in body and there is very little carbonation. Drinks easily.

supercolter, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of JohneHoodlum
3/5  rDev -13.5%

JohneHoodlum, May 04, 2012
Photo of shand
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a nonic. ABV is 6.1% as opposed to the 5.5 listed.

This brew pours an amber colour, slightly cloudy, with a finger of white head, that retains poorly but laces very well. The smell is primarily hoppy, with some nice citrus scents as well, on top of some smooth malts. The taste here is primarily piney and earthy hops for sure, with some nice citrus character. There's just a touch of caramel malts here to round everything else out. Well-done.

The mouthfeel is nice and medium-bodied, the carbonation rolls in a bit through the sip, and the ending feel is nice and drying, and the drinkability is quite good. A nice hoppy amber from a brewery I've tended to look past due to their terrible labels, I'm more than willing to give them more shots based on this.

shand, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of neonbrown82
4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a surprisingly good beer. A lot better than I expected. The beer pours to a copper color, fairly hazy with sediment. Nice thin white head that retains very well at a mm. Decent carbonation.

The smell is good. Nice spicy floral hops. Nice caramel malt aromas. Fruity esters of apple and pear. The taste is similar, but amped up. Great hops flavor. Works very well with the fruity esters. Great lingering hops bitterness. Very tasty.

The body is medium with a sharp carbonation. Bitterness is a bit high for the style, but it woul make an amazing IPA. Very drinkable. I will try the other beers from this brewery I was at first hesitant to try.

neonbrown82, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of RunDWP
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Those 70's era yellow hoppy faces work well for kitsch, but do they belong on a beer bottle? I sipped a Hoppy Face Amber Ale while pondering such deep philosophical questions.

Another deep philosophical question: When is an Amber Ale really an IPA? When is a Hoppy Face Amber Ale apparently. The hoppiness was surprisingly stronger than the malt, and I expected more roasted malt. The malt had a slight nutty note, but it was a bit overpowered by the hops, which tasted of grapefruit peel and resin. Put it all together, and I didn't find the flavors blended well. It's not a bad brew, it's just that the flavors seem sort of out of synch with each other, and the hops just seem a little too strong. It was little harsh and astringent, so I can't give it great drinkability marks. It did look pretty good in my tulip, a hazy orange brew with a light brown fluffy head floating on top. The head stubbornly refused to go away and plenty of sheeting action on the glass.

Any decent brew will give me a happy face, and this is a decent brew.

RunDWP, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of MuscleConfusion
2.5/5  rDev -28%

MuscleConfusion, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a mug on 9/3/11

Hazy, almost cloudy. Dulled honey-yellow with something of a pond water hue. One finger cap of foam eventually leaves a thin layer of retention. A second glass doubles the head and leaves a solid layer of retention and a decent amount of lace.

The aroma is plain and pretty much average, neither great nor bad. Caramel, bread, pine, earthy hops and faint hints of citrus rind. The taste is just more of the same. Reasonably bitter throughout; dry pine notes are coupled with a dirty tasting earthiness. Caramel and bread are both prominent. Medium body with fizzy, lively carbonation; too much for me. Residual bitterness.

This is a passable beer but it's hardly worth a repeat purchase. What can I expect from a $4 bomber in Ohio? Exactly.

Ryan011235, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of zapahoppa
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

zapahoppa, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of mzwolinski
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cute labels on these beers. I'm not typically a big fan of the Amber style, but I do like me some hops, so what the heck.

Pours a dark copper in color with a thin halo of a head. Lots of fresh, West Coast "C" hops in the aroma. More than I'd expect from the style, actually. But still enticing.

Middling sweet malt body starts the sip, but is quickly overpowered by a big citric hop blast at the finish. There's a bit of European grassy/floral hops back there too, actually. Bitterness lingers well into the aftertaste.

A bit rough in the finish, and, well, not very Amber-like. But as some of my SD buddies have pointed out, this could work alright if billed as an IPA. Not great, but alright.

mzwolinski, Jul 26, 2004
Photo of sevenshubby
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

sevenshubby, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Calculat0r
4.75/5  rDev +36.9%

Calculat0r, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of Crotor
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, medium amber with two fingers of off white head. There are big, soapy bubbles, and the retention is very low. Overall, rather unappealing.

There's a big piney burst noticable when I cracked the bottle open. This carries over once poured. There's a little bit of chewey chocolate malt-type aroma (??) A little while later, once the pine has blown off, I notice a little bit of mild floral tea.

The hops start in big but gentle, ease off, then hook back in for some aggressive finishing bitterness. There's a hint of woody tannins that is not welcome. The malt is scarcely noticable, and the sugars feel simplistic. There's no rich caramel or bread here.

Though the carbonation level is good, the mouthfeel suffers from a battle between acrid tannins and thin, simplistic and cloying sugars. Fortunately, for all my criticism, it's still decently drinkable.

I don't quite know what the "problem" with this beer is, but it seems that there are some fundamental problems in the brewing proceedure. There shouldn't be that high a level of tannins from the hops (though it could also come from sparging the grains). Also, the thin body, weak malt taste, and low head retention are, to me, indicative of an overzealously low-temp mash - are they trying to stretch their malt, cut corners, extract more sugar and make more beer per pound? 'Cause if that's the case, I say they should change their tune, 'cause with better beer, they'll sell more beer.

Crotor, Mar 03, 2005
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Hoppy Face Amber Ale from Hoppy Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.