Hop & Liefde
Brouwerij De Molen

Hop & LiefdeHop & Liefde
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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #636
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
87
Ranked #15,337
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 8.67%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
61
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Hop & LiefdeHop & Liefde
Notes: Formerly Pale Ale Citra

Hop & Liefde (Hop & Love) is formally known as Pale Ale Citra and one of our biggest selling light ales. Very refreshing and it makes you want more after the first. Very floral, lots of citrus, light grassy and light bodied. Flavor indication: Citrus, grassy, floral, bitter The name Pale Ale Citra is still used for the export to Sweden.
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 61
Photo of KooVee
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle, 6m old.

Opaque orange-layered dark amber, nice stickyish head.

Aroma has citrus and spice rounded by tropical fruit and a bit of caramel.

Taste has pesky carbonation balancing the caramelly maltiness. A very nice resiny and spicy bitterness that starts muscular, and evolves into a creamy, thick, pleasant astringency that has significant staying power.

An excellent emphasis on edgy drinkability. Makes you thirst for more. Besides the balance being perfect for the style, the hopping is spot on, marrying Saaz and Citra in a surprisingly rare way, come to think of it.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ Small Bar, Bristol - Pours bright amber with a medium white foamy head. Nice lacing. Medium carbonation. Aroma - Strong citrus front - tropics - mango, grapefruit, floral feel, Taste - Sweet citrus hoppy front - tropical - mango, citrus - grapefruit, light malty notes, crisp light bitter finish. Refreshing single hopped beer.

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Photo of Pocrastinerd
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Great beer very light taste
Look: It's a hazy Amber sort of color with a nice creamy head.
Smell: light, very fruity, notes of citrus, papaya and mango come to mind.
Taste: light, pretty much no alcohol taste, same fruity notes come to mind as you find in the smell.
Feel: again light, easy to drink but fairly heavy carbonation too much in my opinion for this beer

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle. Murky orange with a beige head. Grapefruit, caramel, lemon zest, sour grapes. Medium bodied with medium to low carbonation and a bitter-sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle labeled as “Hop & Liefde” poured into a pint glass.

Hazy dark amber to light brown hue, it tops with thick silky brownish head that withstands with excellent retention before slowly subsiding to eternal frothy crown along with lots of sticky and refined lacing on the glass-side, high carbonation with plenty of fizzy effervescences pushing upwards.

Loads of hoppy citrus dominate the aroma along with notes of passion fruit, tropical, floral, resiny, a bit spicy, and slight grassy. Some sweetness from malt is in the background with notes of biscuit and caramel.

Nicely balance between the proportion of malt and hop flavor, malt as a foundation providing its sweet biscuit and caramel-like while hop exhibiting its unique range of citrus, tropical fruit, spicy, and some resiny bitterness. The overall taste is simple and tends to focus on drinkability and it was done well.

The body is medium with smooth mouthfeel from its very lively carbonation generated the wave of velvety bubble through the palate. I think carbonation is a bit excessive and yields too much froth. The feel is light, crisp, and refreshing. Finish is rather dry and clean.

Good APA with light and refreshing character, malt and hop are harmoniously well supporting each other, highly drinkable and sessionable.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Citra is one of the few commonly used new world hops that I have a liking for, with its decidedly spicy citrusy aroma, but the key here - which is so often missing in many APA's - is the balance between hops, malt and yeast.

Don't leave that sediment in the bottle.

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Photo of Brewhemoth
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 330ml bottle into a tulip pint.

A: Pours a hazy light amber, with some golden undertones. Nice white, one finger head that leaves good lacing.
S: Big citrus hops (citra) in the nose, with a little bit of spicy-earthyness, but fruit dominant.
T: Clean malt profile - light breadyness, with a touch of caramel. Earthy/spicy hop flavor, with a clean bitter finish.
M: medium-light bodied with medium-low carbonation. right level of dry finish.

O: very satisfying brew. Nothing over the top amazing, but very easy to drink. Definitely session worthy.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from Beer52:
Excellent stuff from De Molen, more like an American IPA than pale ale in places but full of tropical fruits & nice caramel/biscuit sweetness too. Easy to drink with a good balance; definitely one that I'd have again.

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Photo of FLima
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber orange color with practically no head.
Nice orange and grapefruit citrusy aroma with hints of pine and spices.
Hoppy flavor with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, pine, flowers, grass, bread malt sweetness, some spices, mango and flowers. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with low carbonation.
Nice APA, the noble hops had a happy marriage with Citra. Though mouth felt a bit stale partially due to low carbonation and hops.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle - not entirely sure how this is supposed to be different from the Citra Single Hop IPA.

This beer pours a rather cloudy and turbid medium bronzed amber hue, with four fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and mildly fizzy off-white head, which leaves some decent broccoli floret lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of somewhat musty orange, white grapefruit, and lemon rind, gritty and grainy caramel malt, neutered pine resin, and further leafy, weedy, and grassy hops. The taste is crackery, slightly bready pale malt, mixed citrus peel bitters, a slight flintiness, and more piney, leafy, and weedy hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its tightly-rendered frothiness, the body on the light side of yer typical middleweight, and smooth enough, what with those heady Citra esters abounding. It finishes on a strong drying bender, the lowly malt not up for the long haul, like those stout and rotund hops appear to be.

Definitely a hop-forward pale ale, the single varietal employed here large and in charge - so much so, that I found this to be a bit too one-sided, and sigh, kind of boring. It's not unassailably bitter, but there's just something that seems out of sorts, and I'm running out of test material here to discern exactly what that is.

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Photo of interzen
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a Vedett tulip glass

Look: Pours a murky orange-brown. Two fingers of fairly diffuse head which subsided to leave a fair amount of lacing. At first glance you'd think it was a hefeweiss.

Smell: Citra hops well to the fore - almost resiny smell with added tropical fruit. Not much malt in evidence at all.

Taste: Follows the smell - slightly resiny and fruity with a major hop presence. Aftertaste is fairly bitter and astringent but not excessively so. Even though 'hoppy' beers aren't my thing I prefer this to the two Brewdog beers I had earlier in the same session.

Feel: Not as 'heavy' as its appearance might suggest - actually quite crisp and refreshing. A bit heavy on the carbonation, though.

Overall: Despite not being particularly keen on excessively hopped beers I think this is one I could grow to like - not sure that it'd be a particularly good session beer, but as a thirst quencher it hits the spot nicely.

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Hop & Liefde from Brouwerij De Molen
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 61 ratings