Hoppe (Imperial Extra Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by palmdalethriller:
3.78/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
A good pour results in a healthy white head with a nice thick lacing that clings to the side of the glass. The beer is golden and looks very appetizing.
As good as the color is, it's nothing compared to the smell. A good pour sends the aroma to your nose before you even put it near your nose. The citrus and spiciness make you want to stop sniffing and start drinking. There is a hint of malt sweetness that is buried beneath the hops but is definitely there.
The first taste is almost overwhelming with flavor. Up front are the hops and plenty of them. The beer is well balanced without too much bitterness, as the hops are more a spicy flavor than a bitter flavor. Following closely behind the initial blass of spicy hops is a brief moment of slight sweetness followed by a bit of alcohol heat. At first I was taken aback by the detection of the alcohol but then I noticed that it was a 10%abv beer and the alcohol heat is well under control for such a high abv. The finish is loaded with hop spiciness.
The feel is rich, almost syrupy. It's definiely pleasant. The high alcohol content makes it easier to drink because by the time you get halfway through a bottle you've already got a buzz, although it takes a little bit of work to get past those earlier drinks becaue the flavor is so in your face.
Serving type: bottle
08-19-2008 03:42:03 | More by palmdalethriller
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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
90 out of 100 based on 513 ratings.