Ale Mucho Hoppo | Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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Ale Mucho HoppoAle Mucho Hoppo

Brewed by:
Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
Missouri, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hop Headed and heavy handed with 100 IBU. This Luchador is not known for subtleness. In Fact, it's Ale Mucho. Aggressively Hopped with Chinook, Columbus, Tomahawk and Zeus.

Added by Tone on 08-02-2011

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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by CaptCleveland:
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3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz pour from 22oz bomber into SA glass.

Clear orange/amber elixir, thin white head lingers, medium amount of lacing.

Aroma of pine, lemon zest, earthy undertones.

Smooth bitterness up front, nice citrus hops, bready malt finish.

A bit undercarbonated with medium body and feel.

My bias on DIPAs comes through on these reviews. I want very little malt. I love the big hops that are cut with just the right amount of malt but leave your buds ringing from each hoppy sip.

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More User Reviews:
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3.87/5  rDev +0.5%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #69 (October 2012):

Brewers boasting about their IPA having 100 IBUs is like a strongman competition, it does not matter how big they look … it all comes down to if they can deliver or not. Our palates did get slammed with hops but even with the heavy hopping here there is some balance add the mellow 9% abv and it ends up being pretty damn drinkable. Ale Mucho Hoppo delivers!

STYLE: American Double IPA
ABV: 9.0%

LOOK: Hazed dark amber, impressive showing of lace

SMELL: Grapefruit rind, lemongrass, peppercorns, passion fruit, evergreen, floral, catty, mild tobacco, estery, pineapple, caramel

TASTE: Very smooth, biscuity, growing hop bitterness, semi-pungent, fresh grass, peppery, alcohol, minty, juicy, yeast, grapefruit pith, blood orange pulp, lingering hop bitterness, dry finish

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Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Mattco
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of jaminjohnson
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of plfahey
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Gorgeous red-amber color with a pretty good clarity. Tall beige-yellow head has good retention and shows great lacing.

Aroma-Big juicy hops up front-pine sap and spicy, sticky resin are the primary aromas i get, with some orange, tangerine rind, and lemon citrus to back it up. Some tropical fruit esters and alcohols, and a thick caramel backbone with hints of toast.

Flavor-Caramel and tropical fruit up front, before super citrus, orangey hop flavor kicks in in the mid-palate. Next comes the substantial hop bitterness, and with it some piney/resiny hop flavors. Finish is moderately bitter with pungent hops and a dank, tangerine rind flavor in the background.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Bitterness initially coats the palate, but doesn't numb the tongue. Very low alcohol warmth hints at the high alcohol content.

I fantastic DIPA from one of my favorite Missouri breweries-the aroma and flavor have got a lot of hop power going on, and the alcohol is hard to find until it smacks you upside the head. A winner in my book.

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Photo of BigJim5021
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber with a pinky of cream colored head. Great head retention & lacing, many dregs in thee bottom of the bottle

S: Some woody hops, bready

T: Grapefruit, pineapple, woody hops & some breadyness up front. Big time pineyness, almost to the point of astringency, grapefruit, appricot& breadyness as this warms, plus dryness. Finishes with tropical fruit, woody hops, & grapefruit, plus dryness

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, okay balance, some creamyness

A decent DIPA, but the hops could be a bit better balanced out, some rough edges

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of those "holy shit" brews. I had to do one of my rare (these days) full reviews. If this double IPA was made by Russian River, or Cigar City, or Founders or one of the other "big city known breweries" it would be talked about all over the beer sites. This is one of the biggest, most heavy handed and bitter liquids I've ever put into my mouth! I would immediately guess Brew Dog if I had it in a blind tasting!

Pours a clear dark amber orange with a thick and firm white head that is long retained; nice to look at.

Nose is pure IPA with ripe fresh pineapple that gets to a honey quality with some air. Pleasant although not a "fresh" nose - more of a thick honey candy nose.

Mouthfeel is thick, heavy, creamy and very bold. This is a double edged sword since one is hit with such a big flavor profile after a huge mouthfeel that you can be a bit overwhelmed if you're not prepared.

Flavor profile is gigantic, heavy handed pine bitter. And I mean bitter! One of the most heavy pine bitter brews I've tasted - period. I would love this if it had a bright tone or character to it - but it does not. The bitter is huge but heavy and dull, not bright and inviting. Yet, still drinkable and somewhat pleasant when one is hit with the big bitter flavors while taking in the large honeyed nose. There is also a hint of honey and white chocolate underneath all of the pine.

Finish is all huge and long last pine/pine oil bitter.

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Photo of Eaglefan344
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Elicoleman
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of itracy63
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of foundersfan1
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thorpe429
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to phaleslu for this bottle. Served in a snifter.

Pours a medium copper color with a three-finger off-white head and quite a bit of sticky lacing on the way down. The nose starts off with some notes of citrus and pine. A bit of a light floral element to it as well. A bit of bready malt; slight amber presence. The flavor shows why the color is as it is -- this has a fairly strong resemblance to a hoppy amber. There's a bit of bread crust, caramel, and mild sweetness to go with the hops. Medium body with a semi-dry finish and nice bitterness. Well made.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a deep copper tone with two fingers of beige head on top.

This has a hoppy aroma of bright citrus along with pine and a hint of floral notes.

Bitter hops upfront along with a maltier bite than expected. With cracker and toasted malts in play.

Medium to full bodied with average carbonation.

This is a pretty decent IPA from the folks at Charleville but I had really hoped for a more juicy citrus hops factor.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Lukahn (Reddit) for this one.

Big creamy 1+ finger head fades at a med pace with nice lacing, hazy reddish orange color.

Nose is mostly hops, candied orange, citrus, light tropical fruit, light musty resin, hint passion fruit and tangerine, sweet reddish malts, light booze.

Taste semi sweet with reddish malts, light booze, toasty malts, but mostly hops, bitter earthy candy hops, candied orange, light tangerine, hint resin, spicy slight astringent chewy hops. finish lingers for a long time with lots of spicy chewy hops, light salty and gets astringent, slightly dry but sticky. Chewy like i just chewed on a hop pellet.

Mouth is fuller to med bodied, warming booze, decent carb.

Overall not bad but a bit eh, a bit too astringent, spicy, not quite what I was expecting, more old east coast style.

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Photo of Stephen_Woods
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IPA1978
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alex021224
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Tone
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark copper color. 5/4 inch head of an off- white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, strong citrus hops, slight floral hops, alcohol, slight yeast, and hint of earthy malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong citrus hops, slight floral hops, sweet malt, slight yeast, alcohol, hint of earthy malt. Overall, good appearance, feel, blend, and body.

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Photo of DCon
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $7.99 (one of the last 4 available!). Poured from the bright orange labeled bottle w/ a copy of Nacho Libre punching the "Ale Mucho Hoppo" Label into a 0,47l New Belgium Oversized Snifter Glass. Has no bottled on/freshness date.

Aroma- Has a huge citrus hop aroma with much more hop that is tough to narrow down... Definitely is grassy and just punches the nose with hops all the way through. Seems like it will have some sweetness too.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that stays frothy for a long time! Has a amber colored body with tons of cloud within. Thick rings of lacing are left all around the glass. Just great!

Flavor- Has a nice amber start of the tasting and then switches into a high citrus and fruit flavored brew thats covered with hops. Big mango characteristics come out too! Medium-High Hop bitterness. Good all around!

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and a ton of citrus. Wish there was more sweetness though... Very tough to consume.

Overall Impression- Enjoyed MUCH more from the bottle then the first time when I had it from the cask... Not sure how it was so different. Very tough to consume though! Would suggest sharing this with a buddy if you can. Loved the mango and citrus tastes in here and a ton of other attributes. Went from a C- grade to a B+. How wild!

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft in an imperial pint glass

Slightly hazy dark golden color, white head. Nice aroma of pine resin. Taste is balanced between caramelalt and bitter piney hops. Old school DIPA in a good way. Sticky mouthfeel.

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Photo of Suds
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy brownish beer with a huge off-white head. The aroma is piney, woody, and spicy. A little citrus rind and earth. The taste is dryish, with a lot of malt and hops....full in flavor and solidly hoppy. Bitter, carbonated... this is an energetic beer. I loved the malty smell, and the serious hops.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Ale Mucho Hoppo from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
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