Hopbloem - Ithaca Beer Company
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3.99/5 rDev +1.5%
Pours a hazy golden hay color with orange highlights. The tight white head is small and settles into a creamy ring.
The aroma is of hay and grass. Nice clove scent from the yeast. Some tropical fruit notes such as pineapple and mango. Some pear as well.
The taste is quite grassy and peppery at the start. Some leafy hop flavor as well. The malt is fairly light, slightly bready. Quite fruity; orange, grapefruit, pineapple and apple. Slight honey sweetness. The clove is not as strong in the taste but is there. Subtle farmhouse notes.
The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation. Good balance between sweet and hoppy bitterness. Definitely finishes with a biting grassy bitterness. Perhaps a touch sticky.
A nice Belgian IPA. Good hop choices for the Belgian style.
04-05-2014 18:09:49 | More by Gmann
3.94/5 rDev +0.3%
Colloid yeast suspension sticks up a golden color. Head amounted to an inch or so, then began to slowly choke out. I'm still left with a solid cap of pearly white foam.
Half-citrusy and half-floral in the hop department. Belgian yeast cries apricot and pomme fruitiness, but it's sustained by an aspirin-like chalky bitterness. A genuine approach with golden ale maltiness and generous hop rind.
Hoppier than most Belgian IPAs, with a grandiose American citrus punch. Wallop of bitterness gets swept away by the calmness of a sturdy pale malt backing. Flourishes of tart appley esters with notes of grapefruit, gooseberry, and papaya. The yeast is a big factor, and doing its job to elevate the beer and enhance subtle hop nuances. Bitter floral end is mild and astringently peppery.
Very slick, shading on oily, this beer drinks on cruise control. Spiciness accentuates the carbonation, which doesn't rise too far above medium. Alcohol isn't hurting anyone, either. I'll put my trust in Ithaca on that one, because I don't see an ABV listed on the label.
04-02-2014 22:40:31 | More by thecheapies
3.94/5 rDev +0.3%
A: The beer is hazy light golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of tropical fruit and citrusy hops—grapefruit, orange and pineapple seem to stand out in particular—are present in the nose along with hints of Belgian yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste starts off with lots of flavors of citrus and tropical fruits but then notes of Belgian yeast begin to appear during the middle of the taste and diminishing some of the hoppiness. A light to moderate amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be a really interesting hybrid beer as it seemed to taste more like an American IPA compared to a Belgian IPA with all of the hop aromas and flavors. It's almost a shame that this wasn't just an American IPA as the Belgian yeast seemed to somewhat mute the interesting aromas and flavors from the hops.
04-01-2014 03:22:06 | More by metter98
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
12 ounce bottle purchased as a single at Cable beverage in Bardonia, NY
Best Before dating area on the side of the label but nothing is notched/marked....oh well they tried..
Pours heavily hazed medium tangerine, moderate lite khaki head, leaves some spots and blobs of lace.
I get lime on the nose.
Tasty and zesty BIPA, more lime, some lite gin as well as ginger, Belgian yeastyness. Crisp and flavorful. Nice hoppy snap mid way and then again lime, ginger and gin in the finish. Most enjoyable...go get some
03-23-2014 19:08:38 | More by Billolick
4.24/5 rDev +7.9%
Hopbloem has a very hazy, radiant yellow body with a moderate to large, creamy and very dense pure white head with great retention and heavy lacing. Aroma consists or pineapple, mango, tangerine, and grapefruit rind, as well light yeasty bread and a bit of spicy yeast.
Taste starts with yeasty bread, the pineapple, tangerine, and grapefruit, with mango, a bit of spicy yeast, and light bread on the finish. Has a yeasty, grapefruit, and pineapple aftertaste. Feel is a touch light with high carbonation for an 8% IPA, but both go well with the bright flavors of this beer. Has a nice amount of creaminess as well as a touch of yeasty grit.
03-20-2014 18:17:46 | More by JG-90
3.81/5 rDev -3.1%
Serving Type - Bottle
Appearance - Copper tan, golden brown, 1 inch foamy head with nice lacing.
Smell - Citric hops, sweet yeasts, spices , orange, grapefruit, some apricot and mango.
Taste - Starts off with bitter floral hops with a Belgium yeasty influence. Lots of orange, lemon and grapefruit along with added spices like lemon peel. Rather sweet fruits with a underlying amount of bitter/sour fruits like apples, grapes and a little plum. Slight caramel malt shows up in the finish.
Mouthfeel - Plenty of sweet fruity notes nail the tongue. Palate gets more hops, some Belgium yeasts and spices. Aftertaste is sweet, hoppy and a little dry.
Overall - Its ok,its too much ipa and not enough Belgian inspired. Nice sweet fruits, decent spices, yeasts are too muted. Still worth a drink and easy to enjoy, just needs a little tweeking.
03-16-2014 22:55:00 | More by wvsabbath
Hopbloem from Ithaca Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.