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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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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 17.29%
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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-30-2003

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Photo of Calculat0r
4.75/5  rDev +36.9%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of rah1734bones
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of wartman
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of creez
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of scruffwhor
4.09/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazey orange glow copper color with some sand like suspended sediment. Great head after teh pour and lots of foamy film residing after each sip.

Earthy, musty, and sweet is the overall aroma of this brew. Great earthy and even citrusy, but not dominating. Well integrated with the toasty malts and fruity yeast even.

Toasty, earthy, soil, pine needles, pine oil palate. The pine and the malts come together great once the pine bitterness takes a more citric turn. Good, HOPPY, amber ale.

Photo of MuscleConfusion
2.5/5  rDev -28%

Photo of ThickNStout
2.49/5  rDev -28.2%
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. 

Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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.

Photo of tapman
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whipped light brown head that pours as big as you want, mine was a little over 2 fingers. head is a rusty brown and clear. lacing is creamy and sticky.

Hops are mellow, earthy and tea-like. Malt is grainy, sweet, brown-sugar-like and with a little raisin or dark fruit. Malt is biggest though the hops come through and support them, for a change.

Taste is sweet, like a sugarless cookie. Malt is a little caramel-like, with some toast and fine hints of roast, though no astringency. Bitterness is moderate and strongest in the finish. Hops are very floral and sweet.

Not too dry, though not too sweet and sticky. Carbonation just bright enough.

I think this is a great example of the style. Many are not hoppy enough, or are too sweet and toasty. A pleasant surprise as this one was 4.99 and I bought it while on a budget for the evening. Two thumbs up for a decent session beer that fits its style criteria!

Photo of DmanGTR
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

After a long evening of jamming and doing everything but studying, this is a great chill out beer. Poured a deep tangerine hue, with a nice, frothy white head that left patches of lace and a tight ring around the edges. Perfectly clear. Very pretty. Light grainy and cereal aroma with hints of earthy hops. Touch of orange peel and grapefruit rind. Flavor is very well balanced. Nice caramel and cereal in the background hand in hand with a grapefruity and bitter finish. A lingering aftertaste of freshly mowed grass makes for a refreshing sip. Light bodied with a well done carbonation. Definitely a great "chillin" beer. And for $3.99, you can't go wrong with this.

Photo of cjgator3
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
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. . .

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.

Photo of hophead247
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a substantial foamy head, aroma is sweet malt with floral hops. Sweet apricot, malt is present and piney hops is there to balance nicely. Medium bodied but a bit watery mouthfeel, finishes crisp. Very drinkable, more hops than you might expect from an amber but then it's name should let you in on that fact.

Photo of HalfFull
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of RunDWP
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of Offa
2.4/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Although this has promising flavours lurking underneath, I find it far too hoppy, grapefruity-bitter, and unbalanced. This seems to be a trait with "Hoppy Brewing" beers and perhaps the name gives some insight.

Anyway, it is copper with a medium, light tan head slowly shrinking to a permanent thin head with even rings of thin lace.

The aroma is quite nice, but deceptively so, again a trait I have noticed in Hoppy Brewing beers. It is somewhat like Lagunitas Censored and has bread, caramel, grapefruit, pine, and dust.

The taste, though, is unbalaned, mostly bitter with lemon and grapefruit pulp and light hints of pine, sweet caramel, and grain. There are good flavours, but it's far too dominated by bitter citrus pulp character, making it very unbalanced. The finish is rough and drying. It is somewhat reminiscent of say, Bear Republic Red Rocket, but with thinner body, weaker, less clear flavours, and no balance. At least, with more flavour than Hoppy's Liquid Sunshine, this has somewhat better balance and taste.

Photo of beerbrewerdan
2.87/5  rDev -17.3%
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%

Photo of supercolter
4.2/5  rDev +21%
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.

Hoppy Face Amber Ale from Hoppy Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.