Chelsea Hop Angel IPA
Chelsea Craft Brewing Company

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American IPA
Ranked #6,008
Ranked #36,120
3.69 | pDev: 14.09%
Chelsea Craft Brewing Company
New York, United States
Notes: A California-style India Pale Ale (IPA) features three kinds of American hops used in four additions, including hopback and dry hopping.

Slightly bitter with a pronounced note of grapefruit that expresses the hops.
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Photo of tobelerone
2.49/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I don’t mean to be unnecessarily cruel but this was the second Chelsea beer I tried and my impressions of the brewery are unfavorably to put it mildly. Maybe it’s not fair to have this beer an hour after drinking a Hill Farmstead IPA but that’s immaterial. This is a poorly made example of the style and that’s simply how I feel.

The appearance of the beer is fine; it’s a lightly hazed, gold bodied brew with a small cap of slowly settling foam and decent lace. Aroma is decidedly lacking however; I sniffed and sniffed but got little except some mildly sweet malt and a trace of floral and citrus hops. Had to really strain to get much at all. The flavor confirms the nose; there’s more malt here, with some bready and caramel notes, and the faintest citrus and floral hop flavors underneath. But it’s quite bland and uninteresting.

The body is medium and the carbonation feels a little low. It’s somewhat smooth and creamy but lacks crispness and a clean feel.

“Hop Angel?” Sorry but color me unconvinced. This isn’t gonna cut it guys.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 07/05/12 notes. Had on cask at The Pony Bar in New York on the UES; served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a clear orange amber color with one inch of bright white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, caramel malts, toasted malts, grains, and bready malts. Hops are there but it isn't super hoppy. Still very nice.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, resin, fruity malts, caramel malts, toasted malts, bready malts, grains. More hops than the nose and a step up for me, though still quite malty.

m - Medium body and no carbonation. Bosy is very smooth; very nice mouthfeel on cask.

o - Overall a very nice beer. Not the hoppiest IPA as a lot of malts come through, but it still tastes very nice and was easy to drink. Would have it again.

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Photo of jneiswender
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer at NYC Beer Company. Served in a pint glass cool.

Pours a light brown and clear body with an off white head.

Smells floral and light. Taste is refreshing, pine, cereal, light lemon notes. Light body.

Very sessionable and a nice beer. I would drink this beer again.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Greenwich Village Bistro into a shaker pint. From notes.

A coppery/brown type body, somewhat hazy in appearance, but next to no head given off the pour to determine color or retention. Very minimial lacing while drinking.

Bouquet is a hop front, some pine and mild citrus, pretty solid, but one dimensional. Definitely feels IPA without question coming.

Taste matches the nose but seems rather ordinary. Bland hop and pine bitter, not much malt character. Slightly wet, but not matching the aggresive nose.

Overall the brew seems to start off pretty good but is strangely forgetabale and unremarkable for the style. I wouldn't have this again, but it's pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of rtepiak
2.73/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

well hoped but either infected barrel or two high a fermenting temperature. nose is mild hop honey hinted. palate is earthy bitter and a banana pelt that won't subside. dingy elmer's glue. at least its crisp. this is totally infected. had half a pint and dumped the rest of the growler.

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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light copper in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin head that slowly died down and left a bit of lacing on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has some flavors of citrus but there is a strong presence of underlying malts that contribute some caramel flavors. The malts help to balance off the hops, making them only contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy below medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer is slightly crisp and smooth and has a slight amount of dryness towards the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because there is a good balance between the malts and hops. I could drink this one all night long.

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Photo of AaronRed
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I happen to like this beer as compared to some reviews before me. Very fresh out of the growler- poured a nice glass with white head and tight bubbles. Nice aroma of citrus with a floral component that signifies and IPA. I felt the taste was good- hoppy bitterness on the sip and then mellowed into a very flavorful brew. Easy to drink for an IPA.

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Photo of mgoblue5743
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Also had on tap at House of Brews--- I wonder if something went wrong with their keg. This beer was thin, bitter in the wrong way, limited head. I drank it immediately after finishing a Gnommegang, which is a much more complex beer, so maybe I had a bad experience because of that, but overall, I was quite disappointed.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at House of Brews, NYC, NY

A pretty standard and non-distinctive IPA. Poured a light golden brown with little to no head. Nose of light citrusy hops, and a similar taste. Not very strong in any regard, thus a bit disappointing. Light mouthfeel with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Sub-moderate drinkablility.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a pitcher at the Bohemian Beer Garden in Astoria. I'd also had this beer on cask, which was fantastic. On tap it was pretty good, but less amazing. It actually reminded me a bit of Victory's Hop Devil for the bready caramel malts behind the spicy citrus hops. It wasn't terribly crisp, and I like a good dry-hop character. That said, it was still a tasty American IPA. I guess it's just more East Coast than West.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1/2 growler filled about 4 days ago at Whole Foods in NYC.

A - Poured a yellow orange gold with a thin shiny bubbly head that dissipated rather quickly. Lacing was really slippery, but left subtle hints of its presence on the side of the glass.

S - Hops up front but not overbearingly so. Touch of lemon and orange as well. A bit citric and a tad funky.

T - Very hoppy and bitter. The hops are way more upfront in the flavor. This one seems to be all hops. Even a bit overly hoppy for an IPA. I'd prefer a bit more balance and taming back the hops.

M - Kind of watery. Finishes off pretty bitter, but not dry.

D - This is one for the hop-heads...which I am not. Don't mind a hoppy beer every now and then, but not my thing. I don't mind finishing off the growler, but to me, nothing really great about this beer to make me seek it out. So many IPAs are just hops explosions and this is just like that for me. Probably a great beer for some and certainly worth a try.

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Photo of tronester
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the brewpub.

Served In a pint glass with a thin white head and a slightly hazy golden body with a hint of amber. Smell is rather barren, hint of piney hops. Somewhat dissapointing. Taste is light honey malt up front, with a super earthy, piney bitter middle and finish. Not much hop flavor other than pine. Mouthfeel is good, low carbonation. Decent drinkability, the one-dimensional flavors get a bit old after awhile though. I would get this again, sure, but would rather have many other options over it.

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Photo of GJ40
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled on cask (gravity) at the Blind Tiger in NYC.

Gold with good clarity and a faint head of large and resilient bubbles. The aroma was yeasty with piney hops. The flavor had a misguided bitterness and not a lot to support it. The malts were pretty bare and there wasn't much for hop flavor. They said it had been tapped within the last day so it shouldn't be age. The mouthfeel was average and the carbonation was as you'd expect from a cask.

There wasn't a lot to this beer. I was excited to see a gravity option but was disappointed in the end result.

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Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a hazy amber color and a rocky head that leaves clumps of foam on the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Pithy citrus with a piney edge; bready malt underneath

Taste: Opens with a bready taste of pale malt that is quickly joined by the citrus pith; floral tones and a slightly herbal edge add a nice balance; after the swallow, the hop flavors persist but are backed up by the bready pale malts

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very quaffable straightforward IPA that is nicely balanced with a hoppy edge

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hand filled bottle courtesy of NutBrown. Thanks, Alan, for giving me so many chances to drink fresh draught beers!!

Filled Jan 13, 2010.

Speaking of filled, it's nearly to the top of the bottle. A nice hiss when I popped the cap, it pours great with a consistent 1 finger head of foam from the moment I poured it until I filled my glass.

A nice hazy orange colour with that nice head of foam that is just now starting to shrink a bit, the sheeting of lacing is very nice to look at.

Nice citrus notes greet my nosebuds, not overpowering but that's a welcome relief from all of the hop bombs I've had over the years. A bit of some malt sneaks in as well.

The taste is hoppy but not very bitter at all. Cool notes of citrus, with both grapefruit and some lemon zest, and some nice malty tones of some caramel sweetness and bread near the finish. The finish itself gets back to the business of what an American IPA is all about. Very tasty and the hops gain some momentum as the session goes on and the beer warms.

Nice medium mouthfeel and the carbonation is as lively as a hand bottled IPA can get, imho. Mind you, that is not a bad thing at all.

Drinkability? I'm "mowing" this IPA down at an alarming rate! Very damn drinkable and truly enjoyable. My 2nd brew and 2nd hand bottled brew from the gang at Chelsea. Guess who gave me the chance to try the other one? LOL! Yep. NutBrown!

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Photo of bobsy
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Buffalo.

Pours a deep yellow with a filmy white head that left only a few spots of lace. Aroma is fresh and leafy, with lots of pine and fresh hops. Bitterness is the flavour is a bit out of kilter,despite not being excessive for the style, and while the biscuit and pale malts try to balance it they do struggle, so a bigger malt base would be a good fix here. Still, nice hop flavours, with strong notes of the vine, fresh leaves and resin. Mouthfeel is medium, with a smooth, but high carbonation.

Not as good as the Henry hudson, but passable for an IPA.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Drop Off Service, NYC.

Pours dark yellow with no head. Orange blossom honey nose. Ginger and clove - pumpkin pie spice? - in the malts, with orange peel hops that leave a long sting. Astringent linger.

Killer angel, more like - bitter hops might do well to have a bit more balance.

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Photo of albern
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this the other day at the brewery. I'm assuming this is the IPA that I had. The website is no help since they don't list the latest beers on the menu. I had the sampler and this was by far the best of the bunch. It poured a nice lacey amber color with some retention and a nice orangy and tangy hop aroma.

The taste is quite nice and the hops predominate with a nice orangey burst, some nice estery flowery hop, and some citrus hop note or two. The beer did not have a huge bready or biscuity malt base to balance out the hop, but I did appreciate the tart little burst in the hop of this beer. It was good, it was the best of their sampler, I would go back again for this beer, and I ordered a pint once the sampler was through.

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Photo of almychristopher
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a golden color with a tall nearly white head. the aroma provides the promised citrus aroma, smells like cascade to me. the flavor provides the malt that the aroma was missing, and a nice bit of citrusy hop all the way through. a nice medium body and good co2 make this a pretty drinkable ipa.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask at Jimmy's No. 43 in NYC.

Pours a dark, clear copper. Topped by an off-white head that fades, but leaves patchy lace. The hop aroma is subdued with only a light resiny character evident. Malty aromas of caramel and apricot make up for the light hops.

Sweet upfront, with raw sugar, citrus and fruity hints. The finish is mosty hop bitterness with only a bit of resiny hop flavor. Smooth, low carbonation cask feel.

Smooth but a bit more hop flavor would have nicely complemented the hop bitterness.

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Photo of biegaman
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Chelsea Brewpub in NYC.

Hop Angel descends to my table with big puffy clouds of head and a bronzed yellow colour that appears like it's been left in the sun too long. A string of heavily sedated bubbles drift nonchalantly about. Dense reams of lacing leave a spray of precipitation all down the glass. In sticking to theme I'd say it looks fairly angelic.

And it smells quite divine as well. This, of course, due to the blissful ambrosia of the Humulus Lupulus genus - or 'hops' as they're more commonly referred to. I couldn't tell you the varieties but the beer does smell dry hopped with bulbous, green, freshly ripened cones oozing with resinous alpha acids recently shook off the vine. This is heavenly!

The flavour profile is subtle and works through the power of suggestion. Nothing profound here - just hints. Hints of ginger like spice, hints of stale bread crusts, hints of citrus (lemon zest, orange peel). I would have preferred something a little more bold. There isn't enough hops after all to carry the load so I'd of also appreciated a little (or a lot) more caramel.

It's bark turns out to be bigger than bite - there isn't nearly as much bitterness as you'd think. The IBU's aren't listed but I'd think you'd have to double them to reach a level that could hinder quaffability. It smelt so hoppy, what gives? The texture is flat and the beer could use a little extra carbonation to make going back for another more appealing.

The first time I had this beer it was so refined, delicate, and lively - I thought for sure it was cask-conditioned. My second experience, also from draught, this time at the brewpub itself, I wasn't so keen on it. I no longer feel it's one of the Eastern Seaboard's finest IPA's as I previously thought. Bottom line: Hop Angel is good but it's no gift from God.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at the local store, have enjoyed the XXX stout, and other Chelsea offerings previously
Pours out a amber-tone, medium carbonation,nice light fluffy head,solid appearence.
Initial aromas of a solid malt backbone,followed by a somewhat restrained hoppy bite. light citrus fruits, peppery esthers, dry and biting on the finish.
Taste is suprisingly,enjoyably bone-dry. The initial flavor is rendolent of Smuttynose IPA,but without the complexity. Hop bitterness without the floral hoppy bouquet of I love and enjoy in my IPAs. The maltiness reminds me of dry English bitter,decent but lacking in overall complexity and depth.
Mouthfeel is medium,snappy and one of the overall best aspects of this brew. Drinkability is great, glad I have a growler.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Chelsea on 1/17/09. Served in a plastic cup during a tour of the brewery.

A - Golden/amber body with average carbonation and thin, frothy off-white head that retained well for the duration.

S - American citrus hops with toasted grains and sweet caramel malt.

T - Same as the aroma, pretty much, with a fairly aggressive citrus hop flavor backed by toasted grains and slightly burnt caramel.

M - Medium body with light syrupy texture and moderate carbonation resulting in a pretty crisp mouthfeel. Finish is bold and bitter on the palate.

D - Pretty god IPA overall. While it didn't strike me as an amazing beer, it still had a well-balanced flavor profile and pleasant hop aroma.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.58/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed on 8/15/08. Gravity keg at Blind Tiger. Pours a clear orange with no head. Aroma of bitter hops and pale malt. Flavor of light wheat, some fruits, grassy hops, faint bitter finish. It's pretty bland though with a very watery, weak palate. I don't think that gravity keg was a good way to serve this beer because the mouthfeel is just awful without carbonation for this beer. I'd pass on this next time.
5/3/6/2/12 (2.8/5)

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Photo of paigertx
4.77/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great pour of amber with tranparency compromised due to lack of filtering. Perfect smell with a hint of pine and no rings left on the pint glass. Taste is of a true American IPA with unique characteristics of a hop blend unfound anywhere else. Highly drinkable as no alcohol flavor present(brewery had 6.3%abv on the chalkboard).

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Chelsea Hop Angel IPA from Chelsea Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 85 ratings