Hop Master's Abbey Belgian-Style Double IPA | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Hop Master's Abbey Belgian-Style Double IPAHop Master's Abbey Belgian-Style Double IPA

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 99
Photo of Pencible
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear gold with lots of white head.
S: It smelled like bright citrus, with metallic copper and salty Belgian yeast and a bit of sourdough bread.
T: It tasted like unripe apricot and lemon zest, with some sweet candi sugar and salty Belgian yeast and metallic copper. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was thick with lots of carbonation. Nice big and lively body.
D: This was a decent Belgian IPA, but the scent and taste weren't terribly impressive. The body was solid, and the alcohol was decently hidden, so it was easy enough to drink. Not for aging. Good not great fresh.

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Photo of brentk56
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color; the head was rather small, but the lacing left a dancing pattern on the glass

Smell: If it weren't for the onions, the aroma would be much better, as there is an interesting blend of pineapple, tropical fruit and spicy Belgian yeast

Taste: Loads of caramel malt, up front, followed by a strong dose of bitter grapefruit, with pineapple and other tropical fruits underneath; the onions appear, at mid-palate, and dominate the Belgian yeast spice flavors that would have otherwise added a very nice counterpoint to the West Coast hop bill

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation; a bit prickly

Overall: A beer that aspired to be something special that was, unfortunately, negatively impacted by an oniony flavor

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours an orange yellow color with a big fluffy white head. Very floral with some hints of spice, pine and citrus. Lots of pineapple here and in the flavor with hints of yeast. Flavor is just as complex, but not too heavy on the tongue: pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, and some pine. Just the right amount of spice to give it that belgian flair. Goes down easy with little alcohol burn. Very pleasant. Another well done brew by Hoppin' Frog and definitely better than most of those in the Belgian IPA style.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great ohio brew here. a nice fusion of styles too. pours a fairly clear apple juice color with an active white head of tiny bubbles on top. it smells like belgian yeast and a ton of sweet hops, oily fresh hops. notes of citrus fruit and spicy yeast dominate the taste too, and the beer has an alcoholic punch to it in the finish. the hops are a little bitter at the finish, but they mostly provide a sweet pungent burst of flavor. the moutfeel is also great. its very brightly carbonated, which makes the sticky thick properties seem less severe. the body then is just past medium, but its balanced by all the bubbles. i love the yeast means hops complexity of this one. a well executed belgian ipa.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of fruity notes - mostly dark fruits with some hoppy-pine notes.

T - Great dark dried fruit flavors. Good spicy hop bite with pine, citrus and floral notes.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really tasty Belgian IPA. Hoppin' Frog has done it again.

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Photo of Kromes
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Sprayberry Bottle Shop. They have one of only a few cases sent to GA.

Pours a slightly hazy gold colore with a thick off-white head that laces the glass. Some grassy hop and Belgian yeast aroma.

The alcohol hits right up front. There is also a nice Belgian yeast flavor, a little funk, a little clove, and some grassy hop that finishes a little bitter and warm from the alcohol.

Medium body, a little oily, and peppery from the carbonation and alcohol. Overall a good Belgian IPA. Nice Belgian aspects and a strong hop presence.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Light golden yellow/tan, moster 3+ inch head and lots of foamy lacing.

Smell - Belgain spices, hops, onion, sugars, lemon, grapes, slight malts and yeasts.

Taste - Much like the smell, huge belgian spices and floral hops up front. Simular to a trippel mixed with a ipa. Lemon, pine and orange are main hop flavors, but the spices and belgian yeasts overpower this to make it seem like a ipa other then a double ipa. Some malts sneek in at the finish. Alcohol is masked well, only slighty present at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Loads of spices and floral, grassy flavors hit the tounge. Palate gets more of the same with a malt flavor. Afteraste is floral, sugary and spicey.

Overall - Its soild, but just a little to belgian flavored for its own good. Has great flavors but the hops get a little buried behind everything else. Its still good, and easy enough to drink, and also unique and different. Worth a drink for sure.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a translucent gold, leaning towards yellow and straw. There is about a finger and a half of off-white head that settles in a normal amount of time. Some lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is yeast, lemons, and spice. I pick up a slight bit of onion, but only barely. I hope that doesn't show up in the taste.
Darn. Another onion beer from Hoppin' Frog. It starts out sweet with nice citrus notes and Belgian yest. In the middle I get a blast of onion, but it's not terrible. Spice and lemon show up in the finish.

M: Medium bodied beer. It is sweet to start, the flavor transitions are nice. It has some yest and spice hold over in the finish.

O: This beer is mediocre. It's not terrible, but it's far from my favorite. Anytime onion make an appearance I know I'm not going to enjoy it. However, this beer is actually drinkable.

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Photo of Jesse13713
2.38/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Shared with my buddy Aw Yeh. I got a lot of sediment from my aggressive pour, and he has no sign of any whatsoever.

Appearance - A very murky cloudy yellow that is reminiscent of Tang orange drink. Aw Yeh's pour looks much more appealing - with a pinkish amber color thriving with carbonation. A lot of yeast floating around the opaqueness colony living in my glass.

Smell - This beer isn't too heavy in the aroma department. Sweet Belgian sugars knock, but don't enter my nose fully. Very faint, faint clove and spice.

Taste - Alcohol is the icing on this bitterly sweet concoction. This beer took me quite bit of contemplation to finally come up with a final score. I feel like they should have removed the yeast from the brew a bit sooner than they did. The alcohol completely masks all other properties of this brew. The taste of clove sticks its nose out a bit more. The presence of hops is well-hidden.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - There is a consistent, pleasant burning quality to the brew. Medium-bodied with tangy carbonation. One of the first Hoppin' Frogs that I haven't been too crazy about.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great sweetness coming off of this beer. Scents of tropical isles come to mind. Guava, passion fruit, pineapple, papaya. Really inviting.

Looks great too! It's golden orange in color, totally clear, with a really frothy off-white head that you would expect to find topping a cappuccino that provides nice lacing.

Flavors are really interesting, they don't coincide with what I get off the aroma at all. I get a really kind of almost cloying sweetness that tastes like possible grilled peaches. I really can't put my finger on what it is exactly. It's alright, but it's not knocking my socks off.

Lots of carbonation and a full body. This beer brings it in a strange way. It's good, but it's not great.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/7/12
*From notes

A: It initially pours a clean 24k gold, though as I get down the bottle a bit, it hazes up and clouds as the sediment hits the glass. A decent pour yields a big and white 2.5 finger head.

S: Distictly Belgian. Lots of Belgian yeast and Belgian candy sugar. There's a moderate amount of bittering hops on the back end, yet it's not enough.

T: This isn't the hop bomb I'd hoped for. If you're wondering, the Belgian influence edges out the more progressive American DIPA flavor profile. I really wanted some juicy, tropical hops to match with the heavy dose of candy and yeast, yet I'm sadly left with a boring and old world bittering hop kick. And it's overwhelmed by the Belgian invasion. As it warms, I do get a touch of decanted, juicy hops, but it's simply not enough to save the overall profile.

M: Not as dense as you'd expect from a beer like this. The carbonation is great, but it's light to almost medium body is disappointing.

O: Certainly not a bad beer, yet the capacity for more leaves me wanting. I was looking forward to Pliny meets Westy, yet I guess it wasn't meant to be. This, sadly, is much more traditional, and therefore a bit blasé and uninspiried. A decent tick, nothing more.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip; no bottle dating, but it was from the most recent batch this year. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with nice retention, that reduces to a fairly thick cap that lingers. Some nice lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of orange, herbal, light tropical fruit, caramel, biscuit, honey, grass, pine, earth, and yeast funkiness. Some pretty nice aromas, but the yeast flavors are masking some of the fruity hop character. Taste of orange, mango, grapefruit, honey, biscuit, herbal, pepper, clove, grass, pine, and yeast spices. Good amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pepper, herbal, pine, bread, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor balance of spicy Belgian qualities with citrus hoppiness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a nice creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Very smooth to drink for 8.5%, but is still a sipper. Alcohol is very well hidden, with only a slight warming after the finish present. Overall this is a very nice Belgian IPA. Aromas were a bit off; but the flavor was nicely balanced with plenty of Belgian qualities and nice hop flavor.

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Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off I'm glad to see that this one finally made its way back out and about.

A- Pours a golden amber color with a slight haze and a fairly thin white head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some layered lacing.

S- A good mix of yeast and hops. Quite a bit of pine, and pepper. A bit of tropical fruits too.

T- Again a great balance between the hops and yeast they really work well for me. Quite a bit of pine, tropical fruits, and spices from the yeast.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

O- A very solid brew for sure. A great balance and a good twist on the style.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.82/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a honey amber color that has just the slightest bit of haze, with a thick, slightly off-white head that is slow to reduce. Very pretty lacing creeps down the sides as you sip it down.

The aroma is intense; strong pine and citrus dominate, with a peppery smell that hangs above. Hints of straw, lemon, bubblegum, and funk give this an almost saison-like nose.

Whoa, this tastes unlike any BIPA I've had before. The yeast Fred must have aquired during his trip to Belgium last year had to have been a doozy, because it is having quite the impact upon this ale! Sweet and spicy to start, with lemon, banana, rock candy, and orange blossom honey combining for just a fabulous taste! Hops creep in mid-sip, peppery and spicy, with a hint of pine and another rush of sweet bubblegum to finish.

Medium bodied, this leaves the tongue feeling sticky-sweet and slightly dry.

I love it when I come across a brew that is not only unique, but truly delicious. This is definitely one of those rare finds; full bodied, aggressively flavored, and yet balanced enough to not leave you feeling walloped by what you just had. My only complaint, and it is a minor one, is that the sweet gets to be a bit much as you work your way through the bomber. Still, it is a trifling complaint compared to the enjoyment of this brew. A definite must try!

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Photo of oline73
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear amber with a finger of fluffy off white head. The retention level is quite good with some nice lacing as well.

Smell: Lots of Belgian spice along with some sweetness. There are some herbal notes, it kind of reminds me of kielbasa. A bit weird.

Taste: Much better than the smell. The Belgian spice is there along with some malt sweetness. There is a hop bitterness that builds towards the end of each sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I didn't think this beer smelled very good. I'm not sure if there was too much going on or what, but I wouldn't want another one.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the first draw from the snifter, I knew immediately that I was in for a wild ride. Sit back in my chair and break out the full lexicon that I have at my disposal because this strong Belgian-influenced IPA tackles a lot of directions at once. It's go time!

As the beer decants into the glass, a partly creamy and partly froathy whitish head envelops the glass with a burst of controlled effervescence that separates from the hazy copper ale underneath. Not as champagne-like as many Belgian ales but certainly more vibrant to the eye than the standard well-carbonated American versions.

As the aromatic profiles of both hoppy American ales and the complex fruity/spicy balance of Belgian ales swirl to the nose it's certainly too much to discern at first blow. But as the beer settles and the olfactory senses become acclimated to the perfumy scent, there's the recognition of citrus and tropical fruits, apple and pear esters, briny herbs and spices and an overall zeal of must and earth that culminate in a wily and awakening scent.

Just as the nose took some adjustment to fully appreciate the beer's aroma, so goes the taste buds. Sip one delivers the full briny and nearly salty taste of yeast, musty-sweet malt, and a mix of bitter perfume, flower pedals, citrus pith, pepper, and alcohol. But a swirl of the glass and a deep breath allows subsequent flavors of ripe oranges and ruby red grapefruit pulp to rise first, but the the hoppy taste of freshly mulled herbs, spices, and flower pedals give a softly pungent, nearly dank taste. Followed by Belgo-spices of chamomile, corriander, white pepper, celery, and detergent all reveal and oddly compelling taste that keeps me coming back to the glass far sooner than I would have expected- this must be the imperial IPA portion of the beer speaking to me.

Full bodied early on, partly due to the expansive carbonation that pushes against the mouth in a very airy and fleeting texture. But the caramel malt brushes up against the middle palate en route to a bitter and somewhat earthy-dry finish of warmth and spicy prickle.

Not since Flying Dog's Ragin' Bitch or Stone's Belgo-Old Guardian have I experiences such contrasting flavors that challenge my palate in provocative and unexpected enjoyment. The conflict in variety and shear amount of different tastes at such high strength usually detract from the drinkability of beer, but not so here. I didn't know that about myself?!

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very opaque medium orange color. Head was a light tan, finger, with average retention.

Aroma definitely highlights to Belgian aspect. Plenty of spicy Belgian notes and an abundance of fruity notes. Fruity hops with some sweet citrus.

Belgian notes follow into the taste: fruit yeast, spices. Bitter finish, though not over the top. More sweet citrus hop notes.

Pretty nice creamy feel with god carb levels.

Not bad at all, definitely enjoyable. Not my favorite of their IPAs, but good nonetheless

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Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real nice orange and opaque body is poured hitting and producing an off white rocky head, with quite a good bit of retention here, not so uniform but got some good staying power.

Simple good nose on this. Nice hop and dry a little sense of almost strange funk oddly it seems (?), sweetness not noticeable but with a dense malt perhaps coming.

Palate hits with a real nice richness. Sweetness not expected also comes with a honey like malt backbone. Hop angle rushes nicely getting into sweet orange territory slightly, with an interesting milky finish. Lingering lime and citrus on the aftertaste mixing with Belgian sweet candy sugar goodness. Even some dank qualities as the beer warms up on the palate.

Real impressed with this one can't even taste the heat either, enjoying this one quite nicely.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from Ned's. $10.99.

Appearance: Very clear light golden orange. The head is disappointingly thin and retains poorly. There are a few little spots of lacing.

Smell: The beer reeks of spicy clovelike phenols. If it weren't for the substantial sweet orange hops, this would be a mess. Together though, it works pretty well.

Taste: Very sweet and fruity. Again strong clove and sweet citrus hops. A bit of balancing bitterness and alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel: Its undercarbonated which makes the head and mouthfeel suffer. A beer like this should be lively. This one is sticky.

Overall: Its not bad, its just OK. Its a clove bomb. The lack of any freshness dating might mean this is old and the hops have faded somewhat, but who knows. Another decent but overpriced beer from Hoppin Frog.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy amber yellow with a huge three inch plus head of white foam. This reluctantly faded after a few minutes and left behind copious amounts of lace down the glass. Lots of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. The smell was very hoppy, which quite shocked me at first. There was the underlying base of yeast, and your typical tripel smell, but above that was this huge aroma of citrus hops, lots of orange peel and sweet tangerine aromas. Now this is what I'm talking about. The taste was superb. Lots of west coast hops in the back. Well forst great feel, smooth, light and great carbonation. Went down real easy and had the slightly fizzy feel that really makes the flavors pop.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Put this brew into a generic tulip I found at work.

Pours quite well with a two finger thick off white colored head, and has a very hazy caramel colored body.

Aroma wise it is dominated by lemony hops, and also has a tinge of yeasty esthers.

The malts are very bisciuty, and the left over yeast lends a helping hand to this trait. Immediately after the malt qualities there is a rush of citrusy hops and a mild herbal finish.

Richly carbonation gives this brew a chewy feel, and a dry warm finish to this brew.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a hazed coppery apricot color, with at least 2 thick foamy fingers of off-white head. This retains with a nice looking robustness to it (around a full finger) and leaves back a ton of sticky spotty lacing. The aroma is floral, spicy, and pithy smelling, along with ripe fruit and malt sweetness across the back of the nose. The yeast really adds a little something extra here, with notes of soft fruit, earth, and spice.

The taste is bitter and leafy feeling with notes of grapefruit and rind. Softer fruit works itself in there, as does some sweet bready malts across the rear. Sharp earthy esters from the yeast ride the whole way through the profile and really comes out in the finish, along with dry bitterness and spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch fuller, with a more mellow creaminess that then gets crisper towards the back of the swallow. Any heavy warmth from the ABV is well hidden here, with just some heft to the feel and maybe a little extra sweetness from the alcohol.

Belgian IPAs can be hit or miss with me but this one luckily found its mark. The yeast really makes a difference here, adding an extra sticky and fruity complexity to this that I really enjoyed. A good one here from Hoppin' Frog.

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Photo of velosuds
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a clear pint glass. Thanks to my sister-in-law from Ohio for sharing with me on Christmas Eve.

A-Pours a hazy, golden yellow toward orange hue. A two finger bright white head ensued. Heavy, sticky lace. Nice appearance.

S-Aroma is citrus hops and yeasty spices with some malt sweetness.

T-Hop bitterness with some grapefruit noted with a definite Belgian yeast spice.

M-Very smooth. Carbonation level is perfect .Medium body.

D-I think this beer is what it aimed to be. I am not a big fan of introducing Belgian yeasts to American style beers and have no interest in drinking this again. A bit pricey.

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Photo of crossovert
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650ml bomber.

It pours a nice orange hue with a big billowing white head. It sticks for a long time and recedes with some nice lacing.

The smell is a mix of floral, slightly citrusy hops, and a nice Belgian spiciness. The brewery calls it a double IPA, maybe in abv, but not in smell, but still it is a good smelling brew.

The flavor is interesting for a Belgian IPA, it has a lot of standard flavors form the style, but it also has a weird malt flavor, almost diacetyl -ike but not quite that is irking me a little bit. It could use a bit more bitterness but overall it has a pleasant hop prescence.

It was a bit of an expensive bottle, bringing the drinkability down.

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Photo of thetomG
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice slightly murky amber color. Very appealing foamy head with lots of sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma is a blend of fruity hops with a slight belgian yeast scent.

Taste is excellent - leans more towards the IPA side with the bitter & fruity hops dominating the palate.

Easy to drink and nicely carbonated - I would definitely drink this again.

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Hop Master's Abbey Belgian-Style Double IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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