Hop Lord IPA - Little Creatures Brewing Company
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Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
2.55/5 rDev -1.9%
Pours a clear brassy golden colour. Head is off-white, sinks to a very thin film. Great lace. Clear body, no carbonation. Good IPA elements, but no flash.
Smells musty and astringent. Quite hoppy but the wrong kind, it's all sour and musty. Not a lot of complexity and quite lacking overall. Frankly I expect better from Little Creatures. That's a poor, weak nose, very disappointing for an IPA.
Taste is anticlimactic as well. Not a lot on here at all. Some faint grainy character with sub-apparent citric notes on the mid-palate. Hop notes are very muted and as a result there is hardly any finish to this beer at all. Has a weak bitterness that it more apparent from the puckering effect on the mouth than any real flavour, and a slight vinous note very late. Quite musty, and boring. Not at all IPA-esque; a big disappointment.
This could almost spell the death knell of Little Creatures' limited release batches. I don't mean to be cruel, but this has a macro feel to it, like people who don't know or respect IPAs trying to master an IPA. This is not a hop lord, or a lord of anything. I just need to keep muttering "Brown Ale" to myself to remind myself of better times.
11-26-2010 01:48:55 | More by laituegonflable
3.3/5 rDev +26.9%
On tap at the Local Taphouse, Sydney.
Pours quite clear, and quite light, body looks a bit thin, but the head is excellent, really lovely white fluffy bubbling that leaves solid lacing - sudsy but complex. Nice.
Nose is sharp with slight citrus hints, but it's pretty light on. Sweeter notes of apricot and zest come through, but it's a tame nose all up, especially for an IPA.
Taste is light and not particularly sharp, some faint hop flavours come through on the fore, very restrained. Absolutely minimal bitterness which is a grave omission for the style. Mouthfeel is light and crisp.
It's drinkable, but no more. It's not particularly special. Ends up crisp and clean, but certainly lacking character.
11-25-2010 03:55:54 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.55/5 rDev +36.5%
They call it an Australian IPA...
A - Clear orange with a 3cm slightly off white head that hangs around for a fair while.
S - Vague tropical & herbal hop notes. Crystal malt is noticeable and brings a slight raisin hint.
T - Hop flavour much like the smell; tropical fruit & herbal aromas. Too much crystal malt muddles the hop character I think.
M - Slightly cloying, medium carbonation & lingering bitterness.
D - Worth trying & drinkable just not that exciting.
11-16-2010 06:49:11 | More by brendan13
Hop Lord IPA from Little Creatures Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.