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Chelsea Hop Angel IPA | Chelsea Craft Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Chelsea Craft Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Billolick on 07-03-2006

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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 38
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5/5  rDev +35.9%

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5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of paigertx
4.77/5  rDev +29.6%
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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Photo of bonbini26
4.67/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this from a cask at David Copperfield's in Manhattan.

This was my 1st time having this beer, and could not compare it to a non-cask one, but it was a great IPA. Served at just the right temperature, nice citrus, pine nose to it. The hops hit you nice and even. Really an easy drinking, flavorful IPA

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of BurnsTau
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on cask at Blind Tiger.

Great medium copper pour, no head or carbonation. Smell is mostly hoppy. Tastes was great. Mostly hoppy bitterness up front, but theres a great toasty malt flavor coming through as well. Lots of good toasty flavors throughout. Medium body with no carbonation. This was a great cask beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pizza Plant on Transit,poured from the tap a hazed burnt orange color with a thinner but well retained white head.Resiny,piney hop sticks out most in the nose with a lighter cracker malt note it reminds me a bit of Bridgeport IPA in appearance and in the nose,nice hop complexity on the palate somewhat citrusy and piney/resiny with a bold drier malt base the resiny hop lingers inducing beautiful hop burps.I like the hops and this is quaffable,back to the Bridgeport IPA comparison its lighter with a big resiny hop character with underlying grassy and citrus fruit its a very nice IPA.

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4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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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4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on cask July 4th at David Copperfield's in NYC. A fine cask ale defined by round, sweet flavors, subtle hopping and a very full taste. A very enjoyable ale, and I would guess best on cask. I would say this compares very favorably with the Six Points Bengali Tiger.

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Photo of AaronRed
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 plaid75
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured juicy orange, resiny hop and white pepper aromas.

The taste consisted of an upfront sweet orange hop, some pine, some grapefruit and a lingering spicy white pepper. Decent grain bill as well.

The mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side, yet a bit creamy due to the cask. Dry spicy finish.

Overall very drinkable and tasty on cask. Could benefit from a bit more body however.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly fogged gold. Nose is very hopped. And the flavor is a hop bomb. It is strong, but certainly not over done by any means, though. Nice lasting aftertaste that leaves a thick liquid feel in the mouth. Feel has an attacking bubble and a thick liquid touch. Overall a good IPA that is even and well rounded.

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3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
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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3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Almost translucent golden-amber in color (exactly the color of the amber stone in Jurassic park from which they extracted dinosaur DNA). Thick ribbed lacing smothers the rim

Smells sweet and juicy. Orange, cherry and RASPBERRY. Blueberry too. Oh sweet delicious hops, how you turn me on… It’s like a psychoactive is messing with my receptors and I’m visualizing the smell as giant slices of swollen red grapefruit. Damn.

Taste is nice and tart. It’s almost a little dusty, and seems like it’s dry-hopped, as a slightly dry residue is left in my mouth. The flavor pretty damn smooth, and fairly well-balanced with the crazy hops dancing around on a solid malt foundation. I would go so far to describe the flavor as round.

It has a solid medium mouthfeel: quite viscous for an IPA, but the weight is welcomed. The carbonation is small yet rippy. It has a generally crisp finish, but clearly my palette was recently inundated by hops.

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3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass at Standings, sports bar, NYC, "Lets Go Mets!" This one pours fairly light amber, with a spicy hop nose, showing off a near white head and leaving on the glass, moderate amounts of fine lacing. A respectable grapefruit dominated hop crunch is the overarching understanding here. Pleasant, thoroughly American, BA worthy, IPA from Chelsea.

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3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Chelsea Hop Angel IPA from Chelsea Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 83 ratings
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