The Pope
Hollister Brewing Co.

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American IPA
Ranked #4,015
Ranked #23,858
3.83 | pDev: 6.01%
Hollister Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 37
Reviews by JayTheFinn:
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3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Photo of NodakEric
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of charlzm
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of bulletrain76
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried the cask version of this on my latest visit to the brewpub today, and was pleasantly surprised by the differences. The head was more sustained and left tighter lacing than the keg version. I know that this was mainly due to the sparkler that they use, but it was still a mighty fine looking beer. The aroma also displayed a richer malty sweetness in contrast to the more intense, herbal hoppy notes of the keg version. The flavor was also a little more balanced, with more caramel sweetness coming through to balance the massive hop flavors. I did detect some papery oxidized notes as well, though. The mouthfeel was softer and smoother; quite nice. Overall, both versions have their merits, but cask is just cooler to drink, as you don't get the chance to have to many cask beer around here.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep yellow color with a thin white head. Nose was citrusanf floral notes, big hops like a West Coast IPA always should be. Taste is hps up front with floral notes, citrus all the way through. Well done IPA and the mouthfeel was nice and hoppy. No let down here.

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Photo of photomike
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a glowing orange color with minimal head, presumably just to fill my pint glass. I appreciate it, Hollister. Sticky lacing all the way up makes this a good looking beer. Without much head given in the first place, its hard to give this a perfect score in the appearance department, but I definitely recognize its quality.

Nose is very very citrusy, with an abundance of peppery pine as well.

Taste is very bitter, much more so than I'd expect from a small brewpub unlikely to get TOO extreme. I'm impressed, a lot of hops must have gone into this beer at 3 bucks a pint. Some underlying sweetness reminiscent of citrus, but big piney hops are the star here. Not as well balanced as I would have liked.

Mouthfeel is good. Clean and refreshing, the beers got a nice full body and a velvety finish.

Pretty drinkable; the alcohol is well hidden in the taste, but noticeable in the mouthfeel once it approaches room temperature. Warming.

Overall, a great effort from a relatively new brewpub. Keep stuff like this coming!

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Photo of sunshinethewolf
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Photo of jakecattleco
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of SShelly
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a Hollister Growler.

Nice medium straw with fluffy white head, and an immediate shot of american hops in the nose when poured. This beer smells amazing, lots of citrus, very pungent.

Taste is medium bitter with again a big hop aroma and flavor punch, though not really overdone as other beers in the style can be. Leaves a light lingering citrus bitterness that is very pleasant.

Overall a damn good IPA that I wish I could find in a bottle.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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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Photo of rmaste6282
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of brew3crew
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

The Pope from Hollister Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 37 ratings