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Cloud Hopper Imperial IPA - Free State Brewing Co.

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Cloud Hopper Imperial IPACloud Hopper Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
84
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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.09%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Free State Brewing Co. visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: LambicPentameter on 05-10-2013)
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from LambicPentameter (thanks man!). Best by 8/14, so I assume bottled 5/14. Served in a goblet.

Pours a brilliant orange gold with a one and a half finger pale cap. A halo and island of head remain, depositing a good bit of lace.

Dank, sweet nose. Floral, rubber, citrus, bread and mild caramel. Not bad but a bit "off" from expected for the style.

Flavor is notably better than aroma. Bitter sweet tangerine, petals, mildly dank (but not overpowering) onion/garlic, grapefruit, caramel, bread, peppery spice and a pronounced but fitting alcohol. This strikes a balance between dank and citrus hops that I've not experienced before.

Sticky, slick medium feel with lively carbonation. Lingering bittersweet aftertaste of rind, earthy floral and bready malt sweetness.

Good stuuf here. Well balance on a few levels- between types of hop flavor, between hop bitterness/ malt sweetness and between strength/ drinkability. Perhaps not earth shattering but this is really nice.

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06-21-2014 12:33:34 | More by ThickNStout
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3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Aroma: Medium sweet caramel malt aroma behind the hops. Medium hop aroma lower than classic examples. Pretty catty, hints of guava, low orange pith. No DMS, medium-low diacetyl that detracts.

Appearance: copper with golden highlights. Thin rocky white head that dissipates quickly.

Flavor: Medium American hop flavors with a medium-high bitterness level. Mostly citrus, a hint of pine, and tropical notes. Low neutral malt flavor. No DMS, nlow diacetyl. Bitterness lingers into the finish for several minutes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation. Bitterness lingers on the sides of the tongue. Slightly cloying finish.

Overall: Decent double IPA, the hop profile doesn' t have the greatest balance. The bitterness level is too high for the body and the aroma is lacking.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very transparent light amber, very clean appearance indicating a heavily filtered beer

Very light floral aroma on the nose, nice light hops.

Taste is good, an earthy flavor with floral hoppiness, again very light in flavor for an imperial but a quality summer beer.

Good carbonation in mouth feel last from start to finish.

Very clean beer, the best of the midwest imperial IPAs I have tried thus far, but high hopes still from some of the midwest breweries I have yet to crack.

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22Blue

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MarriedAtGI

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very cloudy, and hop aroma is very muted for an Imperial IPA. The aroma does increase as the beer warms, and the aroma notes I get are floral and grassy, not much pine or citrus. The taste introduces some citrus. The malt flavor is very nice, seems like a Maris Otter base. There is minimal bitterness, barely enought to balance the heavy maltiness. It's drinkable, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Kansas

4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 12oz bottle poured into a Tallgrass Brewing cervoise style glass. Best by 06/14.

Appearance: Pours two fingers of creamy, thick head. Lots of bubble action in the middle. A really nice gold colored body. Good head retention with plenty of lacing. A delicious looking DIPA.

Smell: Lots of bright citrus fruits right up front, follows with a bit of orange and peach. Finish with plenty of pine and spruce. I can’t wait to taste it.

Taste: Lots of sweet orange, lemon zest, and big almost minty pine. A medicinal, sticky sweet malt backbone and finish. Some bread crust. While some of the awesome hop flavors from the nose are present, the finish is kind of strange and leaves a weird taste in your mouth. Not much bitterness, which I like.

Mouthfeel: Medium with low carbonation. Smooth and sticky. Just a hint of heat. Impressive for a 9% abv.

Overall: A solid DIPA with an awesome nose. The only thing is the odd finish in the taste, it’s a bit too sticky and cloying. Overall a recommend, great interpretation of the style.

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Theogre83

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Cloud Hopper Imperial IPA from Free State Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.