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IPA - Hoptown Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hoptown Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 06-13-2002)
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Reviews by carln26:
Photo of carln26
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at the Hop Yard in Pleasanton, CA. This is right next to the brewery, and the beer was wonderfully fresh. Hazy copper color, with a nice sized white head. Wonderful fresh hop aroma. The nose has some grapefruit a little orange, pine hop. The flavor mirrors the nose well. It has a lot of the citrus, light caramel sweetness. A little floral hop bitterness on the finish. Slick slightly dry mouth feel. Very drinkable. Very nice as a fresh draft beer.

carln26, Aug 09, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a deep, rich orange in color with a small off-white head that showed good retention.

Smell – This one has a super malty balance at the nose. It needs it, too, because the citrus hops are huge. I would be interested to know if this is loaded up with Simcoe. Either way, the bouquet is definitely “hopped up”.

Taste – The hops are just as big at the taste as they are on the tongue. The dark, leafy character of this IPA is very inviting. The malts have a lot of structure and are quite able to hold up this hop bomb. I particularly enjoyed the caramel at the finish.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied ale is very bitter and creamy. It will stick to the roof of your mouth if you drink it slow enough.

Drinkability – This is amazingly balanced and expertly blended. It is big, big, big.

Comments – Special thanks to Chappy052 for sending out this unsolicited bottle of hoppy California delight. If you ever get a chance to share a brew or two with the Redlands BA crew don’t pass it up.

RoyalT, Sep 10, 2004
Photo of Dmann
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great IPA worth checking out. The beer was a very nice light copper color with a great sticky white head that left spider webs down the whole glass. The smell was not too prominant and I only got a slight wiff of piney hops and not much else. But the taste was very nice. A nice balanced semi-sweet maltiness started the beer, followed by a good dose of those piney hops I smelt at first and finally a nice clean, slightly sweet finnish to bring it all home. This is a very well balanced IPA and could be used to convert people into the more potent IPA's out there.

Dmann, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of magictrokini
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orange-gold pour with a fluffy white head. Clean, hoppy, citrus aroma with some grass. The taste mirrors the aroma. The hops are prominent and taste fresh. Good malt back really compliments this beer. I had this after the DUIPA, and I gotta say, this was much better in terms of balance and taste.

magictrokini, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of sloejams
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My local shop (Cap N Cork in Los Angeles) just started carrying Hoptown products. With the name Hoptown, I’m heading for the IPA and it better be fucking hoppy.

It pours a nice, clean amber color with a frothy head. Great lacing. Yup, it was hoppy – a pleasant mix of floral and citrus scents. The taste was sweeter than I expected – nice, round caramel taste with pine hops swimming about it. A few sips and I was digging it. It was very easy drinking.

California doing IPAs right, again and again.

sloejams, Feb 16, 2006
Photo of watermelonman
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really like the color of this beer, so it still looks good although the head and lace are a little weak. The color is mostly of dark bronze minor tones of red.

The smell has minor malts with a good amount of hops. It comes out really well. The taste isn't too bad either, with the same hops apparent both up front and through the finish.

I'd personally give this thing a little more balance, but it remains drinkable anyway.

watermelonman, Jun 17, 2004
Photo of IntriqKen
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rustic golden orange fills the glass with a little yeast floating in suspension. Nice single finger head that melts to a rim of sticky lacing.
Aroma is all about hops...Cascade and Centinial...fresh, citrusy and green.
Taste surprisingly has a malt thickness and sweetness that is reminiscent of a DIPA. As you swallow though, pleasantly bitter citrus hops take over...pineapple at first...then orange, finishing with grapefruit. Just a hint of sweetness blending in with the hops at the end reminds you again of the DIPA similarities.
Finish is drying...not cloying at all.
This is a complex, yet straightforward IPA...a wonderful marriage of malt and hops and something I would like to keep in the fridge all of the time.

IntriqKen, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of ojclark
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma of malt and floral hops. Clear, golden/amber, frothy off-white head: thick and mostly lasting. Some lacing. Toasty, malty flavor very well balanced with resiny, spicy hop flavor and a good level of bitterness. Some fruity notes in the background. Medium carbonation, creamy mouthfeel with a long, sticky finish and a nicely balanced aftertaste. Very nice.

ojclark, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed November 26, 2006. On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Light wisp of coarse lemony hops. Orange golden-fringed pour. Rim of whitish. Flavor is a light, nice almost raisiny malt character, backed with a heavy hand of hops, in sweet candied orange peel cirtus and lot of both white and ruby red grapefruit character. Some candied ginger and light cherries back this one out of becoming too uninteresting. Another well done, yet not exciting IPA.

CharlesDarwin, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of Troyone
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick hazy apple juice color, has lots of carb action, and a three inch head with stability that dissipates slowly with lots of lacing.

The smell has a sweet cookie caramel malt; moderate flowery, herbal pine, and fruity hops; and hints of banana, pineapple, and licorice background.

A moderately sweet, lightly acidic, and lightly bitter taste; with the flavor that resembles the smell - cookie caramel malt, light perfumy flowery pine, light grapefruit, and orange hops, and hints of honey, pepper, and flat cola.

Mouthfeel has a light body, watery texture, soft slmost flat carbonation, and chalky flat finish.

The ideal session beer when cask conditioned and served with handpump.

Troyone, Feb 07, 2005
Photo of Darkale
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, dark butterscotch in color. Thin head with good lacing.

High hoppy aroma! Wow! Very strong.

Mouthfeel is raspy, clean and brisk. Starts sharp and ends bitter. Taste is also sour and raspy, but is refreshing, really. But, there's not much malt here to balance the hops.

This is the kind of beer that makes one wonder if there should be a new category: western "over the top" IPA. Very, very hoppy. Raspy and strong, almost too strong, without malt to balance it.

Darkale, Aug 20, 2003
Photo of uberabr
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 into a pint. Huge cream-colored head settles to a mountainous two finger froth with excellent rings of lace. Hazy amber with gold hues.

Smells of fresh oranges with a subtle airy pine and sliced apples. Hints of resin, flowers and fresh air.

Taste is bitter and hoppy with hints of cherries, orange rind and roasted barley. Slight grassiness and buttery diacetyl. Body is medium and on the oily side. Very drinkable, but not spectacular.

uberabr, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 22oz bomber as depicted. Had a hazy tangerine color and a frothy vanilla head that showed good durability and left a smattering of webby lace.
A quick read of the label and I see that they use a "generous" amount of hops in the dry-hopping. No kidding! This IPA delivers a solid punch to the nose with a hefty dose of raw, nostril-searing, sprucey aromatic hops. A light caramel malt aroma lingers around the fringes like a lost sidekick. The hops don't quit in the nose, taking the palate on a walk through groves of grapefruit and pine. There is a moderate malt character to attempt to balance things but in reality, this brew is all about hops. The feel was clean and light-bodied leaning toward medium.
I don't think I've had many IPA's that had the same flavor as this offering from Hoptown. Almost in spite of the massive hoppiness, it's a very drinkable IPA. Hoptown IPA slots nicely into that "west coast" IPA design.

Boilermaker88, Feb 04, 2004
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden typical of west coast IPAs. A thin off-white head compliments the beer, and a nice lacing sticks to the sides as this one goes down....

Aroma is nicely hoppy- floral and piney, but not very oily. The flavor is about the hops- it's not overly hopped, but that is the main reason to drink this beer. Nicely floral, but I pick up more of the oily hops notes that I don't care for as much. I am sure this is because of the type of hops used, but I am not experienced enough to know which.

The alcoholicnotes are not as strong as in some IPAs, and this one is lower in ABV than some- good notes for that. I like lower ABV brews that still can give a strong flavor profile

Gives off the "hop burp" (sorry if that's rude to say) more strongly than some I've had.

Overall, not bad- I enjoy it in my current hop phase, but there's some I like better.

Dukeofearl, Jun 10, 2005
Photo of weeare138
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

shared with sckressler...
Appears a light amber with a frothy 3 inch ivory head. Tons and tons of lacing seems to stick to everything it touches.
Smell is of nice floral hops with a sweetness backed with woody notes.
Taste is blended hops with malt sugar, wood-like, and caramel in the backing.
Mouthfeel is smooth and well balanced with a sweet malt attack in with the army of hops swirling over the tastebuds and palate.
Drinkability is good with this. I wish I had a few more.

Finger licking good.

weeare138, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of baiser
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful IPA - full of hop aroma, fruity, malty and very enticing. Pours copper brown, with a frothy white head, good lacing and syrupy feel. Great balance - cascade hops, roasty flavour, good amount of malt and a strong, dry bitter finish. Very bold and full of flavour. No weaknesses at all. Highly drinkable.

baiser, Jun 20, 2005
Photo of Zorro
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy bronze brew.

Smell is strong hops and a slight tart scent.

Taste is malty and strongly of cascade hops. Strong grapefruit flavor and a bit oily in taste.

Mouthfeel is good.

This is a brew that hopheads will love, I like a more balance and a more complex flavor. Still it is a drinkable brew.

Zorro, May 26, 2004
Photo of meathookjones
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This pours out a hazy deep amber with an off white head that towered out of the glass and I had to wait for it to die down to finish the pour. The head collapse into a mountainous landscape leaving chucks of lace in its demise. Smell is comprised of citric hops with a touch of earthiness to it and not much in the way of malt. The taste was heavily biased towards the hops as expected with big citric hops dominated a small sweet malt backbone. The after taste was fairly bitter with a citric touch to it. The mouthfeel on this was thinner than I would expect, but not so much as to hurt the experience. Good drinkability if you are in a hoppy mood, I would come back to this one again.

meathookjones, Aug 26, 2004
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from fartingdog, courtesy of Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very sweet and very hoppy with fruity citrus and some caramelized malts.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with a strong burst of floral hops bitterness up front. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of caramel and citrus to tone things down. The malt character is good but on the light side for the style. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Quite tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is yet another excellent West Coast IPA that I could enjoy for a whole evening, since it’s so light for an IPA and has an ABV level low enough to allow you to go with it for a while. Overall, I think this is a very good beer.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of neonbrown82
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer was amazing from the pour to the finish. Thanks to axisjones for sending this in his BIF20 package, and to mentor for sharing it with me. Started off with a beautiful and fluffy cascading head that laced well to the glass.

Smell is amazing. Smells like amarillo hops maybe. Very grapefruity and tangerine. Smells like it was just pulled from secondary earlier this morning. The dry hopped freshness is great.

The taste is very well balanced. It is not very highly bitter, but instead the hop profile is biased towards the aroma, which extends into the taste
with a subdued hop bitterness and a pungent fruity aroma.

The mouthfeel is a bit light, but very highly refreshing. Has a mildly dry finish that really brings out the subtle hoppy and malty flavors in the aftertaste.

If only I could get this here in Iowa, I would drink the ever living shit out of this beer. As I was telling mentor earlier as we were sharing the bottle, the one thing that bothers me about trading is that if I find an exemplary beer such as this, it is disappoint that I might not be able to drink it again.

neonbrown82, Jun 23, 2005
Photo of poluti
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour is a pale orange with a nice white head. The smell was very hoppy (which is a good thing), however after a couple wafts I the balance between the hoppy scent and the alcohol seemed to fade and the alcohol prevailed. I found the malt bill to be a little too sweet. Possibly too many unfermentable sugars for my taste. It was pleasant, however not enough hop work for my tastes. The bittering hops weren't as prevelant as the aroma and finishing hops . I found the mouthfeel to be pleasant but nothing special. I originally had the drinkability lower, but looking back it is about par for the course.

poluti, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of Mark
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again I'm impressed by this brand of beer, a brewery I had always ignored. Glad I have recognized their excellence. This IPA poured an unfiltered amber, head retention was good and sheets of lace coated the glass. Wonderful aroma of piney hops wafts up from the glass. A fresh blast of piney, citrusy hops assault the taste buds, nice smooth mouthfeel and drinkability is pretty good, my only complaint is the abv seemed stronger than advertised. Darn good IPA.

Mark, Apr 14, 2003
Photo of flexabull
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

New offering at the local liquor store...

Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a nice white head.

Aromas are of citrus fruits, mostly a bitter grapefruit like smell.

Beer has a tart and sour citrus grapefruit like flavor. A bit puckering and bitter on the finish as well. There also is a slight cereal malt flavor, that is caramel like, sweet and creamy.

Mouthfeel is a bit light and watered down. But not bad.

Drinkability is good. Not a great IPA, but it's solid enough. Some classic hop flavors that are tasty, but the weaker body holds this one down a notch or so. It's still pleasant enough, and quite easy to drink.

flexabull, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of misterscooter
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For all the times I've been to the Hopyard (next to Hoptown), I've never had a Hoptown brew. So, of course, I had to order it when I was elsewhere.

Not much head on this orange/brown/amber beer, only about 1/2 inch with some sticking to the side. The smell is orange candy dipped in dark chocolate underneath the essence of beer.

Feels good in your mouth, just a bit of a tingle. The malty orange is there with mild hoppiness. Only a little bitterness so it didn't feel or taste like the IPAs I'm used to so the taste is down a bit for an IPA. Otherwise, I would have it at a 4.0 because I did like it.

misterscooter, Sep 27, 2005
Photo of mzwolinski
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another hoppy California IPA for me to try. Life's rough out here in the West.

Rich copper in color, with a very thin, somewhat spotty head. The aroma has a nice, sprucey bitterness with noticeable but not overwhelming hints of lemon, all atop an underlying, slightly fruity, malt.

The bitterness is sharp and dominant from the start of the sip. A bit of malt in the middle, but utterly insufficient to counter the hop assault. The finish is rife with piney hops and an extreme acidity. Slight alcohol esters lead to a dry, lemon peel aftertaste. The carbonation is actually fairly mild in this beer, but you'd never know it from the mouthfeel -- "Crisp" is an understatement.

A good beer, though quite unbalanced. Very drinkable nonetheless, especially on those nights where your tounge has been naughty and needs a good, sound, thrashing.

mzwolinski, Jul 27, 2004
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IPA from Hoptown Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.