Thomas Hooker Hop Meadow IPA - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Thomas Hooker Hop Meadow IPAThomas Hooker Hop Meadow IPA

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471 Ratings

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Ratings: 471
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 22
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A blend of Bravo, Amarillo, Cascade, and Centennial hops give this beer a crisp, hoppy flavor. Dry hopping with Centennial gives this beer a beautiful aroma of citrus notes. Balanced but complex, this beer is a refreshing brew.

63 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2004)
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Photo of rousee
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thomas Hooker makes some nice beers. I have yet to try one that I didnt think was good for the style. This is no exception-a very nice American IPA.

Pours a red-amber color. Much more red than amber it is which strikes me as odd. The head is small and compact but sticks around enough so you know it is fresh. No lace to speak of.

Smell is hoppy woody and cedarry. About as balanced as a true American IPA can be expected to be. This isnt hops for the sake of adding hops. This is the hops usage that even a non hophead like mysrelf can really appreciate.Very smooth and pleasant is the mouthfeel. Its nice to have so many fine breweries around in the Boston ( er, New England or Hartford) area. This is another fine one. I will buy this everytime I see it at a store in the foreseeable future.

Photo of mntlover
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy deep copper/amber color with a nice fluffy light tan head that leaves lots of sticky lace on the glass.

Aroma is fruity nice citrus hops on a malt background that has hints of caramel mixed in. Nice hoppy smelling IPA the way it should be.

Taste big on hop flavors more so then the nose nice bitter grapefruit rind mixed with some piney resin. Loads of hops all but overwhelm the malt except for hints of caramel, but its nice and hell its an IPA the way God intended it to be.

Mouthfeel is the right side of medium good carbonation adds a touch of zest to the hops.

Drinkability is good an IPA big on hops, very tastey could drink this all day. Want to thank merlin48 for sharing this bomber with me.

Photo of bjohnson
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber for $3.70

A: Pours a see through dark amber color with an off white one finger head. Lace on the glass is nice.

S: Aromas of sweet fruit, possibly grapefruit, and loads of hoppiness

T: Tastes of sweet citrus/fruit up front with a bunch of hops and then a strong but not overpowering bitterness finish.

M & D: Mouthfeel is good on this Hooker. Bitterness is just perfect and goes well with the hoppy punch. Drinkability is pretty high as this is a wonderful beer with a bold hoppy kick and a smooth bitterness.

Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle obtained via trade with Brewfan, shared with mntover on Jan 18, 2006. Pours a chill hazed, copper amber body topped by two fingers of thick and creamy beige head. Excellent head retention eventually gives way to profuse, sticky patch lace. Body exhibits some fascinating carbonation action in the nature of thousands of mini-bubbles.

Aroma is very nice. Nothing brash, but lots of fresh leafy hops. Fruity and citrusy, with notes of spruce pine in the background. Some caramel maltiness is picked up underneath.

Mouthfeel has a solid medium body, nicely carbonated, with some resinous hop oil.

Taste is hoppier than the aroma, opening with some brash grapefruit rind and pine resin. Dry and bitter hoppiness most of the way through, with some subtle hints of caramel coming into play midway through. Finish is grapefruit hoppy bitterness.

A truly excellent American IPA with a leafy green, bitter hops profile that dominates most of the experience, balanced by a malt bill that is just barely adequate to produce an excellent brew that has exceptional drinkability.

Photo of Lnedrive14
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty damn good IPA - even better on tap (although it would have been nice to not have my beer served in a frozen glass and with a bit of ice forming at the top).

Reminds me slightly of the DFH, though a bit darker and with a bit more bite. A helluva hoppy brew for an IPA. Lots more flavors going on in there as well - not standard.

Anyway, a good brew. I'd like to have one again some time.

Photo of WeymouthMike
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This review if from a 22oz bottle I picked up for about $5. For an ipa the beer has a strange bit of a red color but it has a nice inch or so head that hangs around over time and leads to a great deal of lacing. Smells of pine and fruit are easily detectable. This is my second Hooker beer I've tried the other being the Octoberfest which I did enjoy a little more. Overall, this is a good beer at a decent price but for a dollar or so more I'd rather pick up a 6 pack of 60 minute.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass very slightly hazy medium amber with a tan and frothy nearly tan head this rose tall and fell slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was grassy and piney with a resinous hop presence. The hops also contained a hint of menthol. As the head fell a nice caramel maltiness emerged.

The flavor was bitter with a strong piney flavor and more of the resinous hop presence as was present in the aroma was also contained within the flavor. The flavor also had a decent malt backbone, but the balance was decidedly leaning toward bittering. Also the hops had a citrus nature, but that was not the predominate flavor.

The finish was dry with lasting resinous hops and hints of citrus long into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was medium and well done. This was a nice beer, but was missing some complexity in the flavor. Bitterness ruled the beer and that was perfectly fine!

22 ounce bottle. Thanks dmeadows and OneBoxBIF!

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hooker beers are good. This IPA is nice; I've not had an east coast style like this in a while.

A little deeper than your run of the mill IPA's in color. Almost like a red ale. Nice head and lacing.

Extremely fragrant. Orange blossom and hop dominate in all facet of olfactory interpretation. A bit edgy in these facets, but it's what I'm in the mood for tonight.

One of the better East Coast IPA's I've tried.

Photo of AlexJ
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, amber orange pour with a simply brilliant wheat colored head that is whipped into a frothy, merangue like peak. The last 2 ounces out of the 22 ounce bottle still has head on it. Lacing looks as if it's been applied in concentric rings with a putty knife.

Aroma is sweet, honeyed malts drenched in grapefruit and tangerine peels floating in melted pine sap with soft, underlying floral accents.

Flavor has a semi-sweet malt intro with lightly scorched caramel and roasty barley notes. It is quickly washed over by a tide of juicey citrus and fragrant pine hops. There's a sense of fruit and light floral notes throughout with a searing hop finish that lingers for a while, anhilating my tastebuds. Expertly balanced.

Body is a big, beefy medium with avarage carbonation and a very creamy, mouth-coating texture. A totally delicious IPA that certainly lives up the the Hooker standards. I was expecting it to be good. Instead it's fabulous!

Photo of optikon44
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My beer pours a dark amber. It's a bit cloudy and the head is creamy light brown sugar. It lasts for a few minutes which is nice.

As to smell, I'm getting a bunch of grapefruit, some softening floral highlights, and a bit of sweet malt underneath.

This beer is at once creamy and bitter! IT finishes up with a bunch of dark roasted malt. Nice. HOWEVER.... Big warning here to non-hop fans. This American IPA is true to everything I like about the style which mean it is loaded with hops! I would file it under the category of extreme IPA.

Along with its intense flavor comes an intense mouthfeel. To me it is absolutely full bodied - saturated with syrupy malt and hoppy bitter punch. Although I like it a lot, one is enough per session, and 22 oz. is probably 10 oz. too much for one sitting.

Photo of sloejams
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz mailed across the country by good friend and fellow BA - HogHill

It pours a dark amber color with a nice off-white head, with a nice lacing on my imperial pint glass. Very nice floral hop presence, pine and slight citrus tones. The taste is hoppy and bitter. I like hoppy. I like bitter.

The body was medium, it had a slight creaminess to it. I enjoyed this considerably. The 22oz disappeared very quickly. Perhaps something good CAN come from Connecticut? ;)

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber body, with an staggering quanity of "floaties". Prize fighter's fist full of off-white fluff on top. Good lacing quickly evident. Mixed reaction on my part.

Fresh pine and mixed citrus aroma, including lemon and orange.

Hits the tongue light enough to be called refreshing, with a soft caramel start that quickly gives way to a steadily rising tide of herbal and floral hops that conquer the malt without excessive abrasiveness. Long and strong afterbite.

Surprisingly light mouthfeel at first sip, a bit more syrupy as the beer continues. Nothing overly extreme either way. Drinkability seems fine, provided you have a taste for hops in general and IPAs in particular.

Not the blockbuster that some of the other Hooker beers are, but a nice take on an IPA.

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have heard a lot about this beer and am excited to try it. Pours out a beautiful amber color with a good size tan head. Body shows very little carbonation but I have yet to sip.

The smell is wonderfully floral and hoppy. Everything I would like an IPA to smell like. A nice malt background is there as well. The taste is WOW! Very bright and lively. Very hoppy, then malt and ends with some great hop flavors. Herby, earthy and floral. Bitter in the end. A wonderful IPA that I and my wife love.

A great offering from Troutbrook that I hope to sample on draft some day. Great job and keep up the good work!

Photo of kmo1030
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

copper colored with a big fluffy tan head that dissolves to a bubbly film that leaves good lacing.
the aroma is clean fresh piney floral hop smell with hints of sweet caramel underneath. there seems to also be a non hoppy floral smell in there too.
the taste is made up of a piney slightly grapefruity hops and good amount of caramel and some non yeasty bready biscuity flavors. there is a hefty amount of bitterness that sort of outweigh the amount of flavor in here. there are some toasted characteristics to be found at the back of the mouth with all the bitterness. gets a little boozy as it warms, even though the abv isn't that high.
medium bodied with a good amount of dense carbonation.
good drinkability if your a hophead, otherwise you might be hard pressed to enjoy in any quantity, since it is quite bitter. hoker has a fan here though.

Photo of MarineHokie
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz Bomber

A - Clear copper color topped by a light off white/tan head. Good retention, Light lacing.

S - Woodsy, savory spices hints of fresh rosemary.

T - Biscuity malt gives way to savory spices then balances and mellows quickly to neutral, then the hop bitterness pleasantly returns to finish.

M - Rich, smooth, and round. You can feel the malt in this IPA.

D - Good drinkability, I could have more than one of these in a sitting.

This review based on a Paul Davis brewed batch.

Photo of tavernjef
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Darkly hazed coppery orange. Small fluffy whitish cap quickly disintegrates to a thin haze on top always staying present and the lacing is well represented in lots of broken sheeting.

Dry leafy hop aroma with a pleasing fresh pine waft thats quite large and in charge. Clean, leafy, and fresh. Nice underlay of light biscuit malts, orange peels, and grasses.

Whoa, hold on to your taste buds cuz they're about to be parched. Hops are lay of the land here. Crazy from the get go with dry leafyness. Bitter and dry; pithy. Toasted and nearly astringent-like toastyness in its malting. Is there a finish to this? Well in a sort of way there is but man this just grabs hold and squeezes the bittering stuff out right away. Great dryness of dark, dry, orange and grapefruit pith. Big on pine-sided leafy dryness and parching bitterness. A bit one-dimensional as its all about the hops, but if that's what ya like then this will ya suit ya just right.

Feel is big, dry, bittered, and pithy fresh. Wowza. Bitter and drying...Seems just a bit over a medium body with a clean, fluffy, hopified carbonation, which has lots of big drying and parchingly bittered finish of leafy, piney hops. The 22oz bomber is a bit overwhelming once the hops take the realm on your buds. Incredibly dry, bitteredly piney and pithy finish. Would've liked a bit more malt balance and/or juicy/oily hops to add some extra profile or character out of this but this is still an indomitable IPA. This stuff takes hold and doesn't let go. Not for wimps.

Photo of jmz62565
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a dark amber,it's clear,and with a huge head it's a sight to behold.The aroma is very floral with some citrus.The taste is very hoppy and very bitter.You really have to like hops to like this beer.The bitterness is pretty high and there is also a strong citrus flavor,grapefruit?, in this beer.The m/f is medium ,but with a full flavor.This is an excellent beer and I plan on picking some more up soon.

Photo of twelvsies
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this IPA. Solid American brew. A nice dense off-white head sits on top of a typical, but comforting amber base with a really nice clarity to it. Lots of hops and bitterness to this beer. And sure enough, there's enough of a doughy malt base to back it up. I like a bitter beer, and this one definately didn't disappoint. Really strong bitterness. At the same time though there's plenty of other spicy hop elements to entertain the pallate and make this more than just a super bitter hoppy beer with nothing else to say. One of the more interesting American IPAs I've had in a bit.

Photo of Matthew
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmmm...This is a hell of an IPA. Nice big white fluffy head. A nice light orange type color.
Very strong aromas. Big hop character, light citrus to the smell, but with a more spice aroma being present.
Great tasting beer from Thomas Hooker. Spicey hop character that blends into a sour citrus type flavor. The relationship between the citrusy hop flavor and the spicey hop flavor is a complementary relationship that adds to this beers great taste. Cascade Hops and maybe Challanger if I had to guess??
I found this beer to be very drinkable but others I was with found it to be tastey but didnt feel its drinkability was all that great. Thomas hooker continues to gain my respect!

Photo of ODBRIP
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hooker has got to be one of the best domestic breweries out there. without a doubt the best thing hartford, ct has got going for it...coming from a former resident. Hooker can hang with anyone, stone, dogfishhead... it don't matter.

this beer is great....the color is pretty unique...for lack of a better word, it looks "hearty", kind of deep and red looking. the beer has the look of true quality. really nice thick head. as the name would suggest, there is a helluva lot of hoppiness. a really exceptional IPA. the only knock is the beer is so big, that the drinkability suffers a bit.

Photo of UnionMade
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

More than a couple pints from a freshly tapped firkin at Eli Cannon's.
Hazed brass, topped with a creamy, full head. Head drops to a collar after a bit, leaving streaky layers of lace. Incredible hop aroma. Like sticking your head into a bin of fresh, whole leaf centennials. Just a hint of toasty malt sweetness. Juicy pink grapefruit and orange, with a lighter piney harshness. Full toasty malt flavor bouys the nearly unreasonable amount of hops. Floral, with a soft pear flavor. Pretty clean. Very citric finish, with bitterness like biting into a grapefruit peel. Piney bitterness is just barely within reason, snapping at the bit, reigned in by silky, toasty malt. The first couple sips had me a bit crosseyed. Mouthfeel is so soft, with just the right amount of casky carbonation, just a hint of a sparkle. The best part is that the bitterness is still punchy after 2-3 pints. Usually my palate adjusts about halfway through the first, and fails to feel hoppy anymore. Not the case with this one. I'm guessing at least 60-70 IBUs, at only 6.5%!
Great, great stuff. I can't believe something this good is brewed in my tiny state's capital. Thanks Paul Davis, this cask was a knockout. This one will give the hoppiest west coasters a run for their money. I must be a sucker for pain, because this one is armed and dangerous. Absolutely loved it. Not for the faint of heart.

Photo of Bierman9
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hop Meadow is an attractive looking bier, with a clear, deep golden hue bordering on rich copper. A hard-pour produced a fluffy, billowy beige head of about 3/4". It slowly ebbed down to about 1/4", where it stayed, and left top-friggin-shelf lacing in the glass. Aroma is top heavy with hops, with a definite west-coast lean (Cascade?) to them. Malt was just a light, toasty afterthought. The biers passage over the tongue was smooth, and with a creamy feel to it. Body was a solid medium; no more, no less.

Like the aroma, there is a light, toasty, crystal malt aspect to the taste, though it really just lingers in the background, or as a foundation upon which layers and layers of hops are added. Oh, and what hops! Citrussy, puckery, a tad resiny. Lupulins seek out all the nooks and crannies of the mouth, and just opt to reside there for what seems to be forever. And a luscious forever it is! This bier is REAL nice! If it were locally available I'm sure it would be my fridge regular-IPA, along with Smutty Finest Kind. I've only had 3 Hooker biers, and loved 'em all.


overall: 4.35
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5


Photo of Brewfan
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall goblet. Very full head of tiny bubbles. The lace clung to the glass as though superglued.
Dark copper color with ALOT of sediment floating through it. It looks like a snapshot of the rings of Saturn in my glass. Probably shouldn't have poured the last 1" of the beer, but that's ok. It's not effecting the taste.
Hops, hops, and pine, with a good amount of orange peels thrown in for good measure. Did I mention hops? Maltyness comes through the warmer the beer gets.
And that leads me to the taste. This isn't as nearly as hoppy as I remember it being the first time I tried it, but my palate has changed in that time. Don't get me wrong though, there is nothing non-hoppy about this beer. Bitterness coats my tongue and the hops makes it want to curl back into my throat. Definately a hop-bomb, but some malt is making its way through the longer I drink the beer. Note: This bottle has been in my cellar for about 6 months. This may very well have added to the malt coming out and the hoppiness knocked back a bit.
Very soft mouthfeel. Almost cottony. Medium/heavy body. Very drinkable, especially with food. I had this with red beans and rice and blackened shrimp. Man, what a combo.

Photo of Hibernator
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thomas Hooker Hop Meadow IPA
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

When in CT...drink Thomas Hooker beer.

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a massive, sudsy head. Excellent sticky lacings all over the glass. Looks great.

Peppery, citrusy, hoppy aroma welcomes the senses.

Sweet and grainy mouthfeel at first and then an intense hop blast explosion. The taste has a grapefruit tartness and a syrupy sweetness.

Awesome IPA and another great product from Thomas Hooker.

Photo of walleye
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks go to sulldaddy for this. poured a dark amber with a off white head with some lacing. aroma, nice mild hops, orange, with hints of malts and a nice touch of caramel. flavor, a little disappointing compared to the aroma, hops, grapefruit, orange.

Thomas Hooker Hop Meadow IPA from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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