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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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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | 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:
Beer added by: LambicPentameter on 05-10-2013

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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 11
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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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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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!

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4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Cloud Hopper Imperial IPA from Free State Brewing Co.
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