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The Pope | Hollister Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Hollister Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JayTheFinn on 06-01-2007

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 36
Reviews by JayTheFinn:
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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Good solid IPA. The Pope is nothing outstanding, but it's an admirable addition to the HBC line up.

A - Light hazy gold body with a creamy white head about a finger thick.
S - Pine scented hoppiness.
T - Pine flavor from the hops dominates, but isn't overwhelming. A hint of lemony citrus in the background. Very good.
M - Light. Bubbly.
D - Smooth and easy to drink. The alcohol isn't very noticable.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden with 1/2 inch white head leaving stringy lace.

N: Tons of tropical and citrus notes (pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit). Nearly perfect.

T: Citrusy fruits, some malty grains, piney evergreen needles.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Slightly bitter and semi-dry finish.

O: Very good balance. Slightly lower ABV than the Hippie Kicker which was more malt forward. If you are looking for a solid IPA, this is it.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at the Brewpub
Notes from visit – 12/27/11
*served in Nonic glass

A: Pours a hazy looking straw gold color adorned with a two finger bone-white foamy cap and some sticky webs of lace.

S: I found the aroma on this one to be really muted and hard to decipher through a somewhat metallic odor. Light fruity hops and some ale yeast aromas do make their way through eventually.

T: Taste is very light in malts and not as hoppy as I had hoped for the Pope. Still has a nice light bitter quality that is somewhat catty with what I am guessing are Simcoes here. Fruity. Definitely another sessionable IPA but somewhat toned down compared to some of the other offerings.

M: Great creamy texture on this one. Light frothy mouthfeel. Some hop bitterness. Bit of drying to the finish.

D: I would say more of a medium bodied IPA with a really nice creamy texture to it. Very sessionable in that matter.

Some moments of bright hops but a bit lacking in the IBU department.

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3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 05/25/08.

Noted as 7% ABV on my visit. Clear deep golden with active carbonation. Lacing on glass sides, head fades but does not vanish due to carbonation.

Aroma of Cascade hops.

Very similar to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale in flavor; hop flavors dominate (piney and a touch of citrus) along with bitterness. Malt flavor submerged to the point of near undetectability. Lingering bitterness with some parching on the tongue on finish.

Tasty, but nothing special. But check it out on cask...

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4/5  rDev +5%

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

On-tap at Hollister Brewing

Pours golden orange in color with a finger of white head. There is plenty of fresh hop character to this. Lots of grapefruit peel and sweet tangerine, tons of pine aroma, too. Just a hint of grass and floral hops. A sharp grapefruit flavor with a mild sweetness of tangerine and orange. The pine gives a nice bitterness. Mild malt sweetness in the background.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Toronado.

A: Dark orange with a finger of white foam.

S: Pronounced bready notes blend with pine and grapefruit rind. The malt carries a moderate sweetness.

T: Bready malt blends with biscuit. Hops impart a smooth moderate bitterness and notes of tangerine, orange, and onions. There's a little alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium body with matching carbonation.

Overall: A solid beer, but not on par with Hippie Kicker.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of brew3crew
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hollister brewery, sb, CA

A-golden body with aa white head that sticks around a decent amount of time

S-pineapple smell. Just straight pineapple

T-slightly hoppy, but mainly pineapplr

M-medium body and smooth

O-this is weird. Don't know why I get much pineapple...

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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The Pope from Hollister Brewing Co.
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