Hoppe (Imperial Extra Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by crookedhalo:
3.85/5 rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured up a nice translucent golden color with some tinges of orange. One-fingered off-white head doesn't want to quit, leaving a nice collar and tattered lacing behind. Nose is mostly that of piney hops, with some fruity accents of pineapple and grapefruit, and suggestions of clover honey. A bit of alcohol heat comes through in the aroma, as well. First sip extends a handshake of alcohol heat and hops. Further investigation reveals a decent maltiness and faint notes of honeysuckle blossoms as the beer warms a touch. Alcohol heat and some phenols make their presence known. Mouthfeel is rich and enveloping, rather slick on the tongue. It could probably use some more carbonation to cut the thicker body. A nice, slow-sipping, hoppy ale with pale malt characteristics; a little "boozy", but still enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
05-01-2008 23:33:58 | More by crookedhalo
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.