HopArt IPA | COAST Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
663 Ratings
HopArt IPAHopArt IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States
coastbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Walking a fine line of sweet malt and assertive hop character. A hop presence so enticing it truly is a work of art.

Added by MarkSCCOT on 10-21-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
663
Reviews:
252
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
10.86%
 
 
Wants:
93
Gots:
121
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 663 |  Reviews: 252
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: enjoyed on tap at the brewery. Single finger head and nice lace. Cloudy golden with crimson hues. Nice head retention.

S: mild wet sock hop aroma. Some malt. Wood and vanilla but otherwise overall not a very strong aroma.

T: nice complexity to the hop character. Initially the pine is mild but it progresses to a sharply bitter finish. Caramel malt initially.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: nice hop character but lacking in the aroma category. The bitterness builds throughout the experience Which is enjoyable.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bastu for sending me this one!

Bottled on 8/25/11.

Pours a hazy light orange with a 2 inch puffy white head that settles to a small cap. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is primarily of herbal and citrus zest hops and maybe some citrus fruits. Taste is of grapefruit/citrus fruits, citrus zest, and some slight malt flavors. A medium level of bitterness lingers on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a crisp and somewhat dry mouthfeel with a good level of carbonation. Overall, this is a good IPA with a nice hop kick in the flavor.

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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of piney hops are present in the smell along with notes of caramel malts and hints of grapefruit hops.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of piney hops and caramel malts along with notes of grapefruit hops. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a very good balance between the malts and hops.

Serving type: can

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice IPA that shows no frills or gimicks, just plain and simple, a quintessential American delight.

A solid look of medium copper, froathy foamstance of white foam with great retention and lacing. Mild haze from dry hops. The look certainly fits the bill.

Aromas are dominated by citrus hops. Graham cracker maltiness offers a bit of a bready-sweet aroma that doesn't quite approach caramels. Alcohol and a estery mix of citrus and ethynol give some intrigue.

Flavors closely mimic the aromas: Dominated by grapefruit and orange zest, the hops take the foreground while light caramel maltiness buffers the hops and gives a sweeter and breadier taste. Hop bitterness does more than just balance the beer by showcasing the resiny a-acids that make these beers so great. light nail polish remover taste emits from the alcohols and becomes also quite bitter in the finish.

Froathy and medium bodied up front, while the malts still make a presence. But from mid palate on, the beer is all about hop bitterness and an increasing dry crispness. Finishes airy and light; kinda evaporative with only a memory of malt sweetness left on the lips.

Hop Art is what IPA's should be: A showcase for hops but with supporting malts that don't bring attention to themselves. Thanks Mikesgrove!

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with an impressive head that displays a lot of stickage

Smell: Fresh squeezed tangerine, mango and some pith

Taste: After a brief interlude with the cracker, the citrus and pith take off and lay down a streak of red grapefruit and mango flavors; after the swallow, the pithy bitterness builds assertively through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly the best bottled IPA I have tasted in the southeast

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Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of emerge077
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. Appearance is a nice orange color that is slightly cloudy. Nose is loaded with citrus hops. A good dose of orange. The taste scales back a bit on the hops with the flavor not quite leading to the strong profile that was in the nose. Feel is nice with a good level of bitterness. Overall, nice hop flavor and bitterness and a really great nose.

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Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this!

Poured into CCB Snifter

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Color is a very appealing peach orange. Very hazed.

Aroma: A lot of sweet fruits. Mandarins, peaches, and tangerines. Big floral hop profile. Very minimal hop presence. I like this.

Taste: Big floral hop profile with hop resin going on. Lots of sweet fruits again. Mangoes and mandarins. Again, little malts showing. It reminds me a big of CCB Humidor jai alai.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but not over the top. A bit creamy as well. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends relatively clean.

Overall, a very solid IPA. A bit bigger than most single IPAs. Fairly drinkable as well. I don't know much on the background of this beer, but it was great getting to try it.

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Photo of nickfl
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, golden-copper colored body. The head dissipates slowly and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - A hoppy aroma of pine, lemon, and some spicy notes with bread and a little toffee in the background.

T - Bready malt and some spicy hop character up front. Lemon, grapefruit, pine, and some sweaty notes in the middle. Finishes with pungent, kind of harsh bitterness as well as light malt sweetness and pine flavors that linger.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - The hop character is fairly done with a nice combination of pine and spicy notes as well as some malt to balance. My only complaint is that the bitterness is a bit of the harsh, chemical side which does the drinkability no favors. Not bad, but not Coast's best.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this interesting looking IPA as an extra from kkipple the great trader.

A: A large 2 finger fluffy head rises up and shows no signs of even starting to fade. This thing just wants to hang out and enjoy the tasty beverage as much as me. It's actually kinda eerie. Well... after waiting a bit it starts to fade and leaves a heavy lacing on the glass. Meanwhile the color is a hazy golden wheat to orange tangerine color.

N: I could smell this from a couple feet away as soon as I popped the top. Very aggressive hop aroma. Lots of chewy earthy hops, combined with tons of spicy hops, citrus, orange peel, fresh musty wet hop, and all the good stuff (not very piny though). Some tangerine and fresh orange, slight malty sweetness.

T: Mmmhmmm, just as I suspected... hoppy! Very juicy too, like fresh squeezed hop juice. Lots of fresh musty wet hops, spicy hops, tons of citrus again. Theres a little grapefruit, some tangerine, orange, and even a slight pine. Chewy hops behind all that somehow. It's pretty bright. A pretty solid bitterness that doesn't get overwhelming and seems to increase as it goes. But that's not all, sip now and it'll give me a free light malty sweet base. A slightly thick malty sweet base that could be confused with alcohol, but it's only 7.7% so the alcohol bite never comes.

M: Medium body, heavier than expected. Tons of carbonation with all that.

F: Dries off quite a bit, accentuated with the heavy hops. Speaking of which, yep, lots on the finish too. More earthy and musty fresh hops, tons of citrus and spicy hops. The bitterness really ravages the mouth, and won't go away. This time some real pine comes through too, like chewing on fresh hoppy pine tree, the kind that keeps your car fresh, and smelling like delicious hops. Hmmm, I think I just got an idea for a patent... brb...

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of grassy hops bitterness that is followed by mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid IPA to drink for a while.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. There is a bottling of 1/17/10 on the bottle, so I'm psyched to be getting into this one fresh. By the way, I love the label art for this one. It's some of the best that I've seen in a while.

Pours a beautiful clear coppery amber, with several stiff foamy fingers of slightly off-white foamy head. Nice rich and frothy retention to this, with a great flareup that leaves thick clumps of patchy lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is fresh, floral, and a little peppery smelling, with a rich blast of sharp resins and herbal character that sticks in the nose. Extra notes of citrus and malt add a touch of sweet balancing tang to the nose.

The taste literally DRIPS with hop character. Resins, oils, and spice. The flavor here is just so fresh and bright tasting, packing a LOT of hop flavor without coming off as overly harsh or bitter. Green citrus and malt gives this a silky sweetness across the back before spice and bitter grapefruit takes holds of the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sleek and oily feel to it that is VERY easy in the mouth. I'm not getting any warmth at all here for a 8% beer and I'm really digging the mellow creaminess that pulls up the back of this as you swallow. Both greatly help take the drinkibility of this up a notch.

Wow, this is one that I've been wanting to try for a while now (especially after having had their awesome Boy King DIPA) and this did not disappoint in any way. The hop profile on this was, dare I say, almost Pliny-esque with the way that it pushed the fresh and delicious aspects of the hops to the forefront without making the drinker deal with a heavy amount of bitterness that you usually find with hop bombs of this magnitude. Packed with flavor, well balanced, and insanely drinkable, this was some fantastic stuff. One of the better American IPAs out there IMHO. Freshness seems key with this one and I can't wait to seek this out on draft next time I'm down in the Charleston area.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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