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Hopopolis - Back Street Brewery

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Ratings: 9
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: n/a
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Back Street Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: SwillinBrew on 04-05-2006

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Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 8
Reviews by SwillinBrew:
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4.3/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh man, i love this one. The Irvine location finally did it. I had a taste of this originally when it was in the fermenter when i was with IceAce and BruinEric. Now it's on tap and tasty.

It poured a hazey burnished copper color with a good finger of ivory colored head that left a nice dance of lace down my glass. The aromas were pungently floral with an orange blossom scent on the end. Taste was incredible. Imagine a mandarin orange citrus enveloping your tongue then giving way to a faintly sweet pine. Nicely balanced but not in an East Coast way. I mean it more in the sense that there is enough malt to carry the hops. Medium bodied and finely carbonated. If i could get this in bottles, I would... so i'll get growlers instead.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.23/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Called HOPOPOLIS MEETS MALTRA on their board, this beer pours a cloudy orange with a half finger of white that melts to only a little sticky lace.
Aromas are lightly toasted malt with a hint of orange-citrus hops.
The taste is smooth amber malt with light orange hop melding to soft grapefruit peel hopos on the finish.
Drying citrus hops on the aftertaste, but not bitter at all. Just clean and drying.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.7/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

hazed orange with surprisingly scattered yet plentiful bubbleaciousness. the foam on this puppy cascades all slow-like, and crusts up like lace blobs on the walls of my imperial newcastle pint. the sphere-laden thin layer of varying densities on the surface reminds me of a melting filmstrip. classy looking brew, through and through.

immediately hit with a melange of american, sweet fruity hops and a tart yeast character. this is all put together by the textured aroma of honey graham crackers slathered in orange marmalade. for sure this beer is an ipa, and approaches the nose found on the new genre of belgian triple ipa's. very strange, yet appealing. smells much. MUCH bigger than 7%.

tastes drier and less fruity. more pine cone and visceral earthy vegetation in the flavor, accompanied by a distracting blast of alcohol in each sip. finishes dirty with hop oils lingering on the palate and a slight warmth in the pits of my guts. hop burps proliferate. underripe raspberry character adds to the finish with some warmth.

digging this brew, except for the alcohol rearing its ugly head in an excessively aggressive fashion. drinkability suffers, (and overall taste- somewhat) but altogether a solid BIG ipa.

Photo of beerpadawan
4.25/5  rDev n/a

Photo of DrJay
4.13/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to IntriqKen for the growler, part of Double Trouble GIF.
Mostly clear, orange with a slight haze topped by a dense white head that produced thick, clumpy lacing. Good head retention too. Bright citrusy aroma, mostly grapefruit. The hops were pretty intense and fruity, sort of perfumy, resulting in a "sweet tarts" smell. Nearly "catty". Solid bitterness with plenty of fruity hops. Lots of citrus and just enough malt presence to provide some balance. Bitterness lingered long into the finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a creamy texture. A highly drinkable IPA. I shared it with my wife and Zithal, who was visiting from Canada - both liked it quite a bit. The travel didn't seem to harm this beer one bit!

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.29/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright hay and golden hues topped with a too soon settled ivory splotchy cap.

Brilliant redolent bright nose of cascade and mixed bag hops. Exquisite nose that was a sniff bag of tricks!

First swigs: Dusty grapefruit dry with a crisp tonic water refreshing brisk overtone. This is an IPA lover's heaven. Some light JuicyFruit gum based fruit with a solid pink grapefruit dry middle. Bitterness is quenching and refreshing. Aftertaste of pinecone dusty oak.

Feel is once over easy IPA but darn near a 2IPA. Easy drinkability espite a rumored 7% ABV. My liver-o-meter says 8%.

Last swigs: A twinge more malt and this is a true 2IPA but pine cone delicious all the way!

Photo of Overlord
3.08/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had the carpets cleaned and found a few old reviews I failed to type up. This one was on the back of my copy of a receipt. *sigh*

Cloudy orange with a small, fuzzy white head.

Smell is orange and grapefruit rind, and a strange earthy, mineral-y component.

Taste is bitter citrus rind and a splash of pine, but that earthy component in the aroma presents in the flavor, and not in a positive way. Distracting, and almost a bit skunky. Really cuts into the enjoyment of what otherwise might be a decent IPA. There's some caramel malt in the background, but I can't get beyond that weird flavor.

Could have used more carbonation, and very wearying on the palate.

*judging from my review, glad they may have retired this one.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.62/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium bright copper color with some haze to it. Head is next to nothingÂ…just a ring around the glass of simple off white bubbles.

S: Strawberry fields, hay, skunk and lemon zest.

T: Begins soapy with minimal amounts of watery OJ, weak grapefruit rind and limited lemon zest. Some mineral characteristics come into play, offering limestone qualities. Finishes with mild pungent citrus.

M: Medium body, fizzy carbonation.

D: Not overly impress. Not a lot of appealing characteristics in this one.

Photo of IceAce
3.96/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This IPA pours a deep bronze with a clarity almost unheard of for the style...and it's unfiltered to boot! The nose (as expected) is a cornucopia of citrus fruits and floral hops with sweet malts lingering in the background.

Entry is almost effervescent and not even the sides of the cheeks are safe from the hop attack. Midtaste shows a malty presence which bolsters the mouthfeel to palate-pleasing proportions. The finish begins with citrus on the front and mighty nice pine fade.

In an era of 'double' and 'Imperial' IPA's, I like the fact that this is splendidly hoppy without going over the top.

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Hopopolis from Back Street Brewery
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