Cloud Hopper Imperial IPA - Free State Brewing Co.
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3.38/5 rDev -9.1%
Rich copper color. Minimal head and brilliant clarity. Looks more like an a maibock. Pine like hop aroma with a bit of a caramel malt aroma. If I had not known it was supposed to be a double IPA I'm not sure what I would call it now. The taste is heavy pine hops with a strong malt backbone. The grapefruit hop flavor is intense,followed by a strong malt presence,and then a long, lingering bitter grapefruit fade. Mouthfeel is a bit chewy and sticky,appropriate to the style.
12-14-2013 04:21:11 | More by Franziskaner
3.8/5 rDev +2.2%
BBD of either June or July of 2014, not sure about that, but smells fresh...
Pours an effervescent copper/orange with a finger of cream colored head. Great lacing & pretty good head retention
S: Catty notes, leafy hops & tangerine
T: Pineyness, orange peel, cattiness & pineapple up front. Some cakeyness as this warms, but mostly leafy hops, a touch of pine & tobacco & dryness, plus grassiness. Finishes dry, with a hint of aspirin, much pine, some lemon grass & pineapple & just a flash of booze heat & leafy hops
MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, good balance, warming
Solid DIPA, not great, well worth picking up a 4-pack, drinks very easy
12-03-2013 04:12:02 | More by russpowell
3.7/5 rDev -0.5%
BBD : 9 14
Dark hazy orange, saturated color, lots of visible carbonation. Clinging collar of parchment colored foam, thin broken skim eventually forms after the thin cap of foam subsides.
Aroma of toast, dried citrus peel, and caramel malt. Flavors of pine, dried grapefruit peel, dried florals, and caramel malt. Firm residual bitterness in the aftertaste. Body is medium to full, thankfully not sticky sweet. I was able to drink two over the course of an hour. Would try this again fresher, it seemed to be a decent DIPA especially for the price.
08-03-2014 03:29:15 | More by emerge077
3.88/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
06-21-2014 12:33:34 | More by ThickNStout
4.04/5 rDev +8.6%
Served on-tap in a tulip glass.
One finger head with good lacing. Has a golden-copper body.
Aroma of hops, fruit, floral and pine.
Taste is malty, with tropical fruit and alcohol.
Mouthfeel is tangy and light for an imperial IPA.
Overall - Pour me another!
08-25-2013 03:40:33 | More by KansasBeerLover
4.11/5 rDev +10.5%
Poured into a Free State shaker pint glass.
Look: A dark rich copper color with slowly rising bubbles. A cream colored head sits on top and recedes to a wispy film. Beautiful dreary looking lacing clings to the glass.
Aroma: A very woody, piny note dominates.
Taste: Begins very much like the aroma with a rich almost barrel-aged type of syrupy wood note. Brighter citrusy and piny hops follow.
A very dry finish.
Mouthfeel: For 9.2%, its about as expected. Very dry, too.
Overall: The really woody notes stick out to me. This is an excellent brew.
09-06-2013 22:36:47 | More by JuicesFlowing
3.01/5 rDev -19.1%
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.
05-13-2014 01:19:47 | More by PPOmaha
3.98/5 rDev +7%
Had on-tap from Blanc Burgers + Bottles in Leawood, KS. Poured into a Belgian-style tulip glass
Appearance - An enticing golden-orange hue with some haziness throughout. Head is a generous finger of creamy foam. Lingers for quite awhile and leaves moderate sticky lacing as I drink it down.
Smell - Could be more aromatic, but the notes that I do get are pleasant and floral, however I detect a little bit of fruitiness as well. Perhaps a promise to come in the taste?
Taste - Very easy-drinking, with the floral aroma giving way to more of a grapefruit taste. However, the floral element is still there and softens the pungency of the grapefruit and citrus notes. Some hints of piney resin as well as a subtle malt base.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and an excellent brew to pair with food. Carbonation is just enough to give a some depth to each drink, but doesn't overpower.
Overall a solid IIPA that is very drinkable. If given a choice between Cloud Hopper and some other similar-strength IIPAs, I would probably choose Cloud Hopper on principle of supporting a local brewpub. Not as hop-forward as many IIPAs, but a very good beer nonetheless.
05-10-2013 16:03:39 | More by LambicPentameter
Cloud Hopper Imperial IPA from Free State Brewing Co.
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