Hodgson's Bitter End IPA - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
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Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
3.74/5 rDev +8.1%
I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one came out of the cooler at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop.
From the bottle: "Spawned on Date Notched Above".
Ha! As a Piscean, I love fish jokes. As to the label, who is poor Hodgson? I would guess that he was a member of Her Royal Majesty's Navy, but to be cast off in a rowboat with only a quarter of a pint in his glass as barrels bob around him and his ship, aflame, sinks below the waves?!? A bitter end, indeed. As sailors, we used to postulate being cast or falling overboard, with or without life rafts and/or floatation devices. We all agreed - exhale as deeply as possible and float into Davy Jones' arms as the chances or survival and/or rescue are slim. Reference "All Is Lost" if you disbelieve.
This is MUCH more like it! Hodgson was not afraid of an aggro pour and directly following the pseudo-cascade, I had a dense finger of tawny head for my troubles. Color was a deep-amber (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled primarily of pine, but underlain with grapefruit and now, my mouth was watering. I raised a toast to Mr. Hodgson and took my initial draught in his memory. Mouthfeel was medium, but with a fair amount of effervescence. Taste was completely unbalanced in favor of very grapefruit-like citrus hops, but if you think that I am going to complain, you are out of your mind. Beautiful, sticky lacing began to appear in the glass as I continued to cogitate on Mr. Hodgson's fate. Finish began to evince a lightly caramel malt sweetness, but it was the hops that were front and center in this beer. This was a sailor's beer and if you don't like it, well, there's keelhauling for scallywags such as you!
07-13-2014 16:38:38 | More by woodychandler
3.44/5 rDev -0.6%
Clear copper gold with one finger of dense white foam that has good staying power. Fair lacing as the level drops. Nice aroma mostly biscuits and caramel. Big initial bitterness but not complex. Strong malt presence makes the beer more enjoyable. Not a typical IPA but more like an uber Amber. Good smooth mouthfeel with standard amount of carbonation. Long mostly dry bitter finish. Interesting beer but would have liked more interesting hop character. This beer was only about 2 months old so it was relatively fresh. Worth trying for sure but not one to walk a mile for. It still had a small cushion of head at the bottom of the glass. I had to bump the rating to a 3.75 in the appearance category for that.
07-03-2014 05:27:24 | More by Spikester
3.06/5 rDev -11.6%
Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with earth and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a high amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with lots of earthy and very bitter hop flavors that I don't care for too much.
05-02-2014 03:31:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
Hodgson's Bitter End IPA from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
80 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.