Hopgasm | Five Seasons Prado

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Five Seasons Prado
Georgia, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Cyberkedi on 11-13-2008

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by nickfl:
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Made with 5 hops including Simcoe and Amarillo.

A clear dark amber with a creamy tan head; head has good retention.

Aroma- very hoppy with citrus, floral and pine notes.

T - hidden in the aroma, this IPA has a strong malt base lending a richer and less bitter flavor. Hops still dominate, especially in the nice long-lasting finish.

M - Smooth; (too?) light carbonation

O - despite ample malt, still recommended for hopheads.
(revisited in April 2016 - same rating)

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Photo of glid02
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd heard good things about this beer so I stopped by after picking up some homebrewing supplies at Wine Craft.

Pours a good looking slightly hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head eventually settles into a patchy layer on top. Lacing is pretty sticky.

Smells great. I remember Amarillo mentioned on the blurb, and it definitely comes through with huge amounts of grapefruit. Solid amounts of pine and sweet malt aromas are there as well. The pine aroma seem to come out a bit more as the beer warms.

Tastes very good. Grapefruit and pine flavors are there, but not overpowering. They're backed up by a grainy and robust malt backbone and a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's not quite as thick as I'd hoped but it's very close. Carbonation is good and this one slides down with no problems.

Drinkability is good. I could have a bunch of these, which at 7% (as noted on the whiteboard in the kitchen) isn't a terrible idea, but it's probably not a good one.

Overall this one lived up to my expectations. My favorite beer I've had thus far from 5 Seasons, and this makes me realize that I need to make it up there on a more regular basis.

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pour with a dense, finger width head and a darker amber color. Quite dark for an IPA. Not very bubbly.

The aroma is of caramel and bread with a citrus hop character. The flavor follows with more of a caramel malt base than most IPAs. The hops are there in high quantities, and quite delicious, but this has a richer malty character than most in the style. It had some Scotch or amber ale characteristics. I really enjoyed the flavor and their take on the style. There was still a decent bitter finish however slightly smoothed by the caramel malts.

The mouth feel is medium, slightly syrupy (in a good way). Not overly carbonated at all.

This is an IPA that I really liked. I appreciated the liberties the brewer took with the style despite the contrast to the hop forward IPAs I usually prefer. Serious hop-heads may be a little critical, but perhaps not. A Hopslam it is not, but instead a lovely balanced IPA.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap and the list stated this one at 7% ABV. Poured a clear golden color with a thick two finger, off white colored heading. Very soapy looking rings left throughout the glass.

Very aromatic with floral notes and tropial fruits (grapefruit,lemon zest) awesome sweet malt backbone.

Extremely sweet tasting,so much that it hurts the fillings. Solid malt billing here at first but overwhelming overpowered by a huge hop kick. This seems like pure hop oil but it does settle to a nice hop bitterness with just a touch of warm alcohol on the breath to finish things up.

Medium bodied and great carbionation, nice bubbley prickness on the tongue with a slight stickiness on the lips.

I've had so many IPA's since my tasting journeybegan, some memborable and some forgettable this on ranks pretty high in my book. Not the best but certainly not the worst.

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Photo of wcu80
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of jhutt
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper in appearance with a cream colored head. nice aroma of cirtus and piney hop goodness. Crisp sweet citrus up front, piney hop blast in the middle finishing chalky bitter. Slight nutty malt taste holding all the good hop flavor together. Extremely drinkable and very balanced.

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Photo of smcolw
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Despite its name and as good as this beer is, I don't believe anyone will reach the ecstacy implied. The key here is the strong grapefruit smelling hop. It dominates the nose and later the palate. The color is a surprisingly dark amber color. Like all of the beers at Five Seasons, this one has a haze to it.

This beer is all about the hop; although it is strong, it doesn't make the beer fall into the "extreme" category. My second favorite of the flight of five.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excerpt from the brewpub's website reads:
"Hopgasm is brewmaster Kevin McNerney's innaugural release at 5 Seasons. It is a west coast India Pale Ale, bold in every sense. It invites you with a nose far more intriguing than most IPAs. We use five different hops including Simcoe and Amarillo which give an increadibly rich boguet and a pleasurable mouthfeel. It has a solid malt backbone and a sumptuous aftertaste that will make you want multiple Hopgasms."

A richer-than-normal amber stained ale with a lightly rusty haze settles into the glass and builds a dense insulation of ivory foam. Persistant and stubborn, the beer's head also laces firmly leaving well defined rings as the beer falls. A very good looking beer, albeit darker than most.

Sharp scent of pine needles, white grapefruit, earthy grasses, and a touch of tropical pineapple all decorate the nose, above a bready/biscotti malt base that anchors the aromatic profile. Though decidedly focused on the hops, the beer has a roundness to it that provides some semblance of balance.

Malty rich flavors provide the first impression in taste; leading the way are bready/bread crust, barley malt, medium caramel, light toast, and an English-like biscuity character. The malts are not to be overshaddowed without a fight, but the building hops eventually prove surpreme. A mid palate of citrus zest (red and white grapefruit and tangerine), tropical fruit pulp (pineapple and appricot), and with an herbal/grassy component that gives an oddly appealing onion, catty, and marajuana character. If any soft ester is provided through the fruit flavors, they may be enveloped by the plethera of hop-derived fruitiness. Mild alcohols give a slight woody and minty flavor late.

Creamy and full bodied early, the beer's carbonation releases at mid palate for a finish of malty-dry, hoppy-dry character with a long aftertaste of both hops and malt. Richer than most IPAs, especially those from the west coast; this maltier version seems very east coast to me.

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Photo of zeff80
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a copper color with orange highlights. It had a thick, two-finger head of off-white foam. It smelled of grapefruit, citrus and hints of bubblegum. There was a nice caramel malt smell, too. It tasted of roasted malt with mild grapefruit and bubblegum flavors. It was crisp and very sharp.

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Photo of Zeke1979
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Lovely85
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of CesarG
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery
A: Orange color, thin head
S: Earth, pine & citrus rind
T: Matches the nose. Tasty but dry
M: Medium-bodied, somewhat bitter
O: A solid IPA focusing on the dry

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Photo of bhalter8
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper/amber haze, with a nice thick, frothy head. Definitely a sticky head that sticks around awhile. The smell is exceptional, I love IPAs, but this one seems like superpowered version, in terms of scent. There is a strong grapefruit & pine mix, that must come from the various hops Kevin used in this. These scents transfer to the flavor, as well, not an overdone IPA that blows away your taste buds, just one that maintains a nice mix of the grapefruit and pine, with the bite coming in the aftertaste. Once again, this is not an IPA that is hard to handle, it dangerously easy to drink. I wrote my notes on this one on my first beer, but ended up having a few before going to a show at the Punchline, almost too easily. I certainly laughed hard at the show...

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Photo of Greels
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brentk56
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy amber color and a rather modest head that still webs the pint glass with lace

Smell: Is this grapefruit juice or beer? Nice and pithy - just superb

Taste: After a very brief flirtation with the biscuit, the hop bill explodes with pithy grapefruit bitterness that only gets accentuated after the swallow; there is, however, enough of a malt backbone to balance out the bitterness; slightly metallic finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate, but prickly, carbonation

Drinkability: Might be a tad too aggressive to be easily consumed, but a very nice IPA nevertheless

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Photo of mweso2000
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of cacarrigan
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After hearing about how great this beer is for a couple months, I finally bucked up and went to the Prado location and decided that, despite some other beers that looked interesting, I needed to give the Hopgasm a chance.
It was fairly dark in the restaurant, so I couldn't get a good idea of the appearance, but man this beer smelled awesome, with some big hop aromas on the nose.
The taste, interestingly, was a LOT more balanced than I thought it would be, which despite my love for hops, was a very pleasant surprise. This allowed me to really sit and enjoy the beer along with my food(Also excellent), as opposed to the hops just wiping out all of my taste buds. Also a pleasant surprise was the relatively low carbonation level to what i expected.

Overall, this beer is incredible. One of the better and more balanced IPAs I have enjoyed in a long while. If you are ever in Atlanta and looking for a great place to enjoy a good meal and a great beer, look no further than 5 seasons

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Superb IPA, not just for Atlanta, but overall. Pours a beautiful copper color with a nice head that fades to a thick ring and leaves some excellent lacing. Smells of candied grapefruit and pine. Beautiful balance. The taste is also superb. Nice juicy grapefruit as well as some grapefruit peel followed by somewhat more subtle but long flavors of pine as well as some smooth, sweet malt. Long finish of grapefruit peel and pine. The mouthfeel is very slightly prickly, but overall all the citrus has a quenching effect. Delicious beer, highly recommended.

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Photo of harpus
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of kentman
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong orange smell. Excellent citrus flavor, yet nicely happy. Cloudy yellow orange in color. I want more.

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Photo of ekardz
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oskar Blues should take notes. This is how you use simcoe hops!

A - reddish amber, 3 finger head, leaves lacing all through glass, little carbonation, looks amazing.

S - great citrus smell, pineapple, grape, wine, piney, floral, earthy hops, maybe some apple scents in there as well.

T - amazing! tons of hop flavor, nice malt backbone. perfect balance of all ingredients. this beer is wonderful.

M - very smooth , good carbonation, goes down very easily.

D - cant wait to come back to atlanta and try more from this fine brewpub. I wish they bottled this stuff, it really was excellent, and at 7% abv, does the trick!

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Hopgasm from Five Seasons Prado
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