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Hoppin' Mad - Granite Brewery & Restaurant

Hoppin' Mad
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34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%

Brewed by:
Granite Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A copper coloured pale ale, aggressively hopped with Cascade hops and dry hopped with East Kent Goldings.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 10-12-2008)
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Reviews by BrewSomerville:
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Had it on cask at the brewpub.

Aroma: Lemon, grassyness, just a hint of grapefruit. Not much malt arome made it through the hops.

Looks: Copper, orange in colour. Nice sized head, lots of large bubbles on top, with a tighter looking head underneath. It left a good amount of lace behind clinging to the glass.

Taste: Great. Good bitterness, while retaining balance. Citrusy fruits, lemon, orange, marmalade, soft pineyness. A little bit of caramel in the background. Pleasant, long finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice low carbonation. Medium to full bodied.

Serving type: cask

08-22-2009 19:02:22 | More by BrewSomerville
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20.4%

11-06-2012 18:02:42 | More by cfalovo97
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20.4%

05-06-2012 01:00:45 | More by Wordslinger
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Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on cask at C'est What.

Pours quite clear with a characteristic bubbly cask head. Just a few big continents of lace stick to the glass. The aroma is grassy and citrusy with a solid malt doughyness. Grapefruit and also herbal and woody hop notes hit first in the taste. Always in toe is robust malt presence. The mouthfeel is quite light with a languid carbonation. Bitterness mixes with malt sweetness and a bit of alcohol heat in the finish.

This is a great cask IPA. Excellent balance with malt equally represented to hops. I sense a bit of an English hop character. While a little restrained for my hophead tastes, its a lot closer to the style than the brewery's other IPA.

Serving type: cask

04-01-2012 01:57:13 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

03-28-2012 00:35:05 | More by dipso123
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy orange/red color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of citrusy, tropical and piney hops with some bready malts and a slight caramel note.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice citrusy, tropical and piney hop character to it but also has a strong enough malt presence.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: cask

03-19-2012 00:27:41 | More by SebD
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

03-17-2012 03:10:50 | More by WeissBoy
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Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20.4%

02-24-2012 18:40:54 | More by oldp0rt
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the brewpub...

A: Pours a nice amber, orange/red, color with a bubbly off white head. The foam settles into a rocky landscape of large and small bubbles. There is minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: This beer is has a great floral nose with larger scents of citrus than their standard IPA. I'm also picking up a bit of pine in the background. There is a touch of sweet malt, but it's really subdued.

T: The initial hit is big and floral. The citrus comes on strong in the middle. I get mainly lemon and grapefruit out of this beer. There is a slight touch of pine in there as well, but the overwhelming flavor is lemony hops.

M: Light bodied beer. There is nothing to outrageous in the way it hits the palate. The flavors mingle well on the palate and the citrus notes don't destroy your mouth. It's a bit bitter in the finish, but it's pleasant.

O: Another solid beer from Granite. It's nice to have a flavorful IPA that doesn't wreck the taste-buds. I'd spend my money on another pint of this beer in the future.

Serving type: cask

02-20-2012 16:54:49 | More by trxxpaxxs
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S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4/5  rDev +6.1%

02-19-2012 02:03:57 | More by sliverX
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Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy copper, orange. Average head, plenty of lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, other citrus. Some bready scents.

Taste: A beautiful bitter hoppy taste. Caramel and citrus comes through.

Mouthfeel: Very little carbonation, medium bodied.

Overall, this is a very good IPA. As a recent award winner, I was expecting exceptional. Not disappointed, but not the best I've ever had.

Serving type: growler

09-18-2011 19:58:41 | More by spiderwebb70
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Quebec (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler:

Very little carbonation--thin head with little lacing, copper body.
Smells of pine and sweet malts.

A little thin and watery mouthfeel but the taste doesn't disappoint. Lots of pine and bitter hop taste along with sour malts and caramel flavours. A slightly sweet but dry finish--Medium bodied.

Nice session beer--even at 6 percent.

Serving type: growler

07-27-2011 02:17:21 | More by Matt1516
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Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off cask at C'est What?, in Toronto.

Hoppin' Mad has a glowing ruby colour but is not without some wispy yeast haze. It's a bijou in a pint glass! And it has a delicate, mossy head that looks like thousands of years of built up dust that could be disturbed with anything so subtle even as a heavy breath. It leaves a lacing that looks like an anatomical model of the central nervous system.

Ontario brewers typically tend to have an irrational fear that hops will ruin their beer - I'm glad Granite knows better. This bouquet displays an expressive hop character and still maintains a consummate balance. It has just the right amount of toasty biscuits and sweetness and enough bitter grapefruit flesh and citrusy orange and lemon character too.

Hoppin' Mad is exactly what I think most modern British brewers are aspiring to (although they'd probably call it a bitter, not an IPA, which would probably be more accurate anyhow). It has a solid barley-malt background with some sweeter, nuttier notes that linger as well as the more bitter (yet eloquently fruity) taste of citrus piths.

Although the hop oil count is high, bitterness is soft and seems almost optional given the co-presence of malty sweetness. A pint strikes me as the minimum you'd want to drink; I know time permitting I would have had another. Unlike the best cask ales, however, warming didn't do it any favors or unleash any previously undetected flavours.

A single stream of afternoon sun, blunted by a smoky atmosphere, reaches a wooden, warped tabletop above which a wrinkled face is occupied behind ruffled pages of newspaper - Hoppin' Mad is the kind of cask ale that can lay out an entire scene in the space of a few sips. It is exactly the kind of beer CAMRA campaigned to keep around. And good thing they succeeded.

Serving type: cask

05-20-2011 15:46:11 | More by biegaman
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Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on cask at volo

Pours a deep orange/red colour, one of the better heads I have seen on a cask beer, sticky with some lace. Smell is pine up front, good sense of malt, citrus, orange notes. Taste is of pine, nice bitterness going on, malty, some citrus comes in and out. Mouthfeel is kind of watery, great light carbonation, decent weight, good hop oil presence. Pretty good overall, would like to try this again maybe not on cask to see how it stacks up

Serving type: cask

03-31-2011 23:01:42 | More by peensteen
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the brewpub, into a pint glass.

Poured a dark red, bordering on burgundy with an off-white, soapy and typical "Granite cask pour;" literally a soap like head that retains pretty well and mild lacing. Nose is primarily piney, with some citrus surrounding it. Fairly sweet malt based, slightly dark breads too. Taste relatively similar to the nose, malt leads the way and the hops come through midpalate. Mildly bitter finish that lingers for a bit. Smooth and good body from the cask. Medium low carbonation and a solid drink. Always grab this one when I'm at the brewpub. One of the better IPAs round here, if not completely "American" style wise.

Serving type: cask

03-05-2011 23:17:47 | More by liamt07
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy amber with a solid head of foam.

S - Nose is gunpowder? and a hint of grapefruit.

T - Subdued hop flavour. A bit of lemon and a lightly bitter finish and a metallic caramel in the middle.

M - Medium-light. A touch of astringency but otherwise quite smooth.

D - OK session brew but doesn't knock my socks off.

Serving type: cask

11-11-2010 01:08:33 | More by allergictomacros
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Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2L growler into snifter. Best Before Oct 20th
Special thanks to liam07 for this one.

A- Copper pour, half finger white head, lacing is awesome.

S- Candied sugar, grapefruit, mandarin, mango. Faint pine presence, strawberries and peach.

T- Bitter pine, strawberries, mandarin oranges, peach, apricot. One of the fruitest IPA's to date.

M- Long juicy presence with a very fast dry aftertaste. Very fulfilling and satisfying.

D- I'm splitting this 2L with my brother in law and 2L I don't think is enough!

Serving type: growler

09-25-2010 19:50:25 | More by korguy123
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I frequently will have this beer so I figure it is time to finally review it. Pours a deep orange colour with small, but thick, white head. Lacing down most of the glass. Smells of floral hops, a bit soapy (in a good way?), with some biscuity malt. I am pretty sure this is more of an English style than American, and it is a good one for that. By American IPA standards this would be a weak IPA. Mouthfull is very smooth, nice cask ale.

Serving type: cask

09-20-2010 15:46:16 | More by kwjd
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Hoppin' Mad from Granite Brewery & Restaurant
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