Hoppe (Imperial Extra Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by Phenom:
4.08/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A: Love the color, a beautiful orange just a shade paler than amber. Decent head that dissipates fairly quickly and does not leave much lacing. Constant stream of small bubbles from the bottom of the glass is nice.
S: Citrus and pine from the hops, some fruitiness and esters from the alcohol, and a distinct scent of crusty, yeasty bread from the malt. Hoppier than I expected from a beer not called IPA. Enticing aroma that beckons you to take that first sip.
T: This is a strong beer, obviously, which becomes more apparent as it warms and the alcohol flavors become more pronounced. Nice hop flavors without getting too bitter. And a huge malt backbone ties it all together nicely.
M: Great mouthfeel, and the taste lingers nicely.
D: Surprisingly good for a 10% brew.
I would definitely recommend all hopheads seek this beer out and give it a try. Although they are calling it a strong ale, it will hold its own against most double IPAs.
Serving type: bottle
04-24-2008 03:20:12 | More by Phenom
More User Reviews:
3.09/5 rDev -23.3%
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
90 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.