Hoppe (Imperial Extra Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Uncle Jack's Spirits in Canton, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, orange-yellow body with a inch-plus head of white foam. Decent coating of sticky lace on the way down.
Smell: A simple, soft maltiness in the nose hinting at sliced white bread and biscuits with a small, small hint of caramelized sugars. Floral, zesty, citrusy, grassy hops; goodly aromatic, I must say and quite inviting.
Taste: Sugar encrusted, lightly bready, biscuity malts with a little tickle of wheat-like tanginess. Sweetness is eventually kicked aside as the resinous, grassy, fruity hops roll in. Tangerine and grapefruit citrus elements with an approved juiciness to it. Medium-high bitterness. The prodigal sweetness returns. Drying, bitterish finish with some lingering fruit juice flavors.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: A nice brew (a pleasant surprise, as I wasn't really expecting much from it). It's got a good blend of sweetness, bitterness, fruitiness, and while bigger, yes, I don't ever find it to be maddeningly heavy and clumsy or grotesquely bitter.
Serving type: bottle
10-02-2011 18:55:23 | More by ChainGangGuy
More User Reviews:
3.09/5 rDev -23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
"The simplicity of Hoppe tests the skill and ability of the brewer to create something truly majestic. We craft this much like a sculptor who uses only a hammer and chisel to shape stone into a masterpiece. Hoppe is spawned of these few essentials: barley, wheat, hops, yeast and water. This limited palette is an exercise in minimalism, with refined elements that are deliberately selected. This simple combination creates a golden shimmering brew infused with delicate aromas. The artful nature of this beer is exposed with the first taste. As the malt and hops create a composition of flavors, an elegant finish leaves an impression that your tastes will not soon forget. Don't be deceived by the innocence of Hoppe. Please enjoy in moderation." Brewed in the style of an Imperial Pale Ale. In retirement for quite some time, this has become a big craft fan favorite and one of Southern Tier's most talked-about discontinued beers.
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Southern Tier snifter. Served above 50º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Hoppe pours a whipped cream head of a golden-white consistency over a mildly hazy medium amber body. Carbonation is small and relaxed. Retention is above average, leaving light streaked lacing. 3.75
(Smell) Fruit hop aromas against a very potent grainy malt background. Aromas of biscuit, tannins and ethanol gain with the aroma. Aromatically, it's past its prime. 3
(Taste) Some herbaceous hop flavor prevails, but stands aside nothing enjoyable. Finishes with a peppery flat hop finish aside a grainy, faded malt body. Very harsh flavors on account of age, much like in the aroma. 3
(Mouthfeel) Mildly dry, slightly slick. Carbonation adds some froth and light crispness. Body is medium for the style, medium overall. Alcohol presence is high in its current status. 3
(Overall) I wouldn't buy any old bottles of this beer no matter what the price is. While Hoppe is regarded as an excellent beer by Southern Tier, there's not enough substance to keep it drinkable for long beyond fresh. I hope that Southern Tier pulls this beer out of retirement, perhaps to repackage in 4 packs. I hope to get the chance to re-review this beer one day soon. 3.25
Southern Tier Brewing Company's
Imperial Hoppe (Extra Pale Ale)
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2014 19:42:52 | More by Jadjunk
Hoppe (Imperial Extra Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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