Hoppe (Imperial Extra Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by bjohnson:
4.18/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Pours a amber peachish color with a slight haze. Frothy one finger off white head has nice retention. Sticky thick fluffy lacing. Streams of bubbles rise to the top. Pineapples coated in pine sap are quite juicy and thick. Resiny and with a tad of spice. Floral and citrus hop aromas with a tad of orange peel sticks out. Pale malt is detectable under the hops. When it's cold the aromas are like fresh fruit, but as it warms the malt tends to takeover slightly.
This is supposed to be a pale ale? A pale ale on steroids maybe. Bread and biscuit malt notes. Sweet malt balances the hops well. Thick and sticky hop notes. Citric hop fruit notes of pineapple, melon, orange peel, and pine needles. Pine tar is resiny and juicy and bursts on the taste buds. Sweetness gets left on the lips after a sip. Subtle bitterness in the finish isn't huge, but definitely dry. High abv flies by the senses without being noticed. A warming in the chest is noticed. Is the unearthly the younger? It seems as though Southern Tier has created another hop bomb in the form of a pale ale. A bit too big for a pale ale, but we're all about extreme beers these days.
Serving type: bottle
05-03-2007 01:24:41 | More by bjohnson
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.