Poperings Hommel Bier - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
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Reviews by AlCaponeJunior:
3.75/5 rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
From a 750 ml bottle. Sorry for the long review, but this is a strange brew that requires some description...
A slightly cloudy, gold/tan color brew with a fair head that dissipated fairly slowly. Nice lacing on glass. Thick sediment in bottle. Considerable sediment and almost reddish* chunks in the glass, even with a careful pour, enough to distract some from the appearance, but not enough to make it completely unappealing.
Quite sweet, somewhat spicy smell with plenty of hops, a slight touch of grain or hay, and a little lemon or citrus. Overall a pleasant smell.
It tastes of hops, spices, lemon and yeast with a touch of maltiness and a slight bit of an alcohol taste. There's a sweetness that lingers as well. Light to medium bitterness that doesn't really linger.
It's got a creamy, honey feel and plenty of carbonation. A very pleasant sensation on the tongue.
I would rate the drinkability average, and that's all. I'm not in a huge rush to buy another, as 750 ml was a bit overpowering. This is a beer that I would prefer to share (when served in this 750 ml bottle size). That being said, there's a specific beer buddy of mine who I'd like to try this one, tho I'm not sure what his reaction would be to this somewhat odd brew.
I would note that anytime the letters "IPA" are included in a beer description, I tend to either dislike it a lot, or at least not prefer it. That is not the case here. This beer is rather strange, but I actually liked it, despite the strange appearance and iffy drinkability.
*I looked at the sediment in several different lightings and even shone a flashlight thru it, trying to figure out what the heck were the "floaties." More experienced reviewers should probably ignore this observation, but I found it rather interesting, although not especially appealing.
Serving type: bottle
06-06-2010 14:54:37 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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4.08/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Picked this up a few weeks back at Top Hops in New York, having never tried this before. I was expecting this to be a "benchmark" beer that would serve as an example as to what other Belgian IPA's should aspire to and for the most part this fit that bill. The flavor was a little too complex for me but the drinkability was there and I was also hard-pressed to remember when something this light in hue had a pour that was this memorable!
The pour to this was astounding as the fluffy head, dark golden hue, cloudy appearance, and bubbles on the *side* of my pint glass all combined for an extremely pleasing first impression. The lacing was up to snuff as well, as lots of soapy layers made themselves felt once I worked my way through this. Not a strong aroma to this beer but there was some yeast and apple to be found in the nose. Both of those were present in the taste, along with the grassy hops, pear, candied sugar and booze underneath everything else.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 12:17:27 | More by JerzDevl2000
Poperings Hommel Bier from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 650 ratings.