HopArt IPA | COAST Brewing Company

very good
250 Reviews
HopArt IPAHopArt IPA

Brewed by:
COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States

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

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Photo of Anthony1
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

growler from charleston beer exchange

pours hazy IPA gold with a sticky, fluffy head that left plenty trace of lace

smells hoppy :) nice aromas of hops with fruits (grapefuit?) and pine (or grass?)

taste was delicious. mostly hoppy, but amazingly good and refershing. we downed the whole bottle almost instantly between two of us. just seemed to vanish into my mouth. immediately went back for another batch. my favorite coast beer by far!

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

Pours a solid opaque copper with thick bodied beige head.
Smell is both earthy and very floral aroma, hops really coming through.
Taste is a chewy, bitter, floral menagerie of hop profile.
Finish isn't clean, but I've got a good bitter/floral flavor of hops left on my palate.
Drinks pretty smooth.

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Photo of mwa423
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a growler of this from Funkydelic as a part of the Dow Jones BIF. Thanks a bunch!

Lots of head, pretty golden color and good clarity. There is very little smell, all I can detect is a very faint hops smell along with some orange peel.

The taste is a good balanced ipa with a strong malt backbone and a light hop bite that bounces off the tongue. Very pleasant as a session ipa.

M/D - the mouthfeel and drinkability are very good, I wish I could get this locally because I think it would be a good beer to introduce the uninitiated into hops.

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Photo of jpro
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had it several times, but basing this review on the HopArt I had on tap at Gene's yesterday -

This beer looks great (to me, at least) in the glass: a nice, hazy/cloudy deep orange - light copper; sudsy head that leaves a fair amount of lace on the glass. Aroma is dominated by citrusy / floral hops, with touches of fresh cut grass. Taste is of grapefruit peel, a little resin, very fresh, herby / spicy, a touch of caramel malt is there, too. Mouthfeel is about medium-bodied (maybe a little on the lighter side of medium), with great carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good for an IPA of this strength - pretty refreshing for 7.7%. This is great stuff - one of my favorite IPAs - glad I can get it fresh at the local bars or growler at the Chas Beer Exchange!

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Photo of bhalter8
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to good friend GatorBeerNerd, who brought me back a growler of this from Charleston Beer Exchange. This has been high on my list of IPAs to try, so glad I finally got my hands on it. Pours a murky/cloudy deep amber color with a huge two finger head, that is rather dense, and retained exceptionally well. A light floral hop aroma came from the beer, nothing overwhelming, but very pleasant. Flavor is stronger than the aroma would suggest, but very well balanced. The hops are very floral and piney, but are matched by a strong malt backbone, that adds some good caramel sweetness. A slight spiciness adds a nice twist to the taste, but does not overtake the IPA flavor. Smooth mouthfeel, with light carbonation, but leaves a bit of a slick residue in your mouth. In the end, this is an extremely well built beer, and a nearly perfect, balanced IPA. Conceals the ABV quite well, and was easy drinking. I need to try again fresh, as I did have to wait on my vacation to try, and may be why the hop aroma faded a bit. Nonetheless, an excellent IPA.

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visited some friends down in Charleston, made it my own personal mission to track down some Coast beers. HopArt seemed to be on tap at some of the local restaurants so I made a push to eat at some of these places. Had it a few times on tap as well as few growlers I brought home with me.

Appearance: On tap the service must've been a little slow, by the time I got the beer the head was more or less gone, but pouring out of the growlers I had no problem getting a 1-1.5 finger head to form at the top. The retention was amazing, it never really went away, and CO2 bubbles kept it alive as they streamed up my glass. Color was a murky reddish-brown color, not all that clear. Lacing was exceptional, left foam all over the sides of my glass.

Smell: Smelled a bit spicy, as well as some mild floral hop notes. A bit citrusy, some sweet malts sneaking in. Not the most attractive smell, the peppery scent that came through sort of muddled the hop aroma that I love so much, but I won't hold it against the beer.

Taste: I absolutely loved this beer. I am so upset that this isn't distributed outside of the greater Charleston area. The peppery scent I picked up is detectable in the taste, but it is not overwhelming. There are hints of something sweet, perhaps honey as others have mentioned, or maybe its just a sweet sugar or malt sweetness. It is not overbearing at all however, as the hop profile of pine and a hint of citrus is still prevalent. East Coaster for sure.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy. Slight bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied, a few of these might fill you up. But a few is all you'll need.

Drinkability: The 7.7% isn't very easy to detect in the taste of this brew, but it'll hit you after a few of these. I would drink this all night if it weren't for the ever intensifying buzz it gives you.

I was not able to find this in bottles, If I had I would have brought home a whole lot of this beer. Coast has a good reputation in South Carolina, and I'm hoping they can expand someday and branch out to the rest of us, It's a shame PA doesn't get this beer.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a couple pints at dinner in Charleston. Also picked up a Growler at the Charleston Beer Exchange.

Each pint came with a finger of tight creamy head that had excellent retention and very small bubbles. The lacing was quite insane and formed excellent rings in the glass as the beer was consumed. The beer was a murky/hazy deep amber color with mostly light brown tones.

Aroma was very well balanced and a combination of slightly sweet malts and some floral/citrus hop notes. Fairly light aroma.

Flavor was very nice and very well balanced. Definitely an East Coast IPA. Excellent Balance. What's interesting to me was the sweetness. I get brown sugar and a touch of honey. Not that it was too sweet, it wasn't, but it was a different taste and sweetness. Interesting. Also quite a bit of black pepper. Some nice yeast tones here in addition to the pepper. They do not get in the way.

This was not served on cask, but almost felt like it. Smooth, lightly carbonated and just shy of creamy.

I really enjoyed this IPA. Truth be told I picked up the growler for a local trading session we are having at home, Not sure I want to trade it.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz pour from a growler purchased from Charleston Beer Exchange poured into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip.

A: The beer is a slightly murky orangish brown color. The head filled up the rest of the glass when the beer went up to the pint fill up line. As the head receded a bit there were large clumps of lace. The head never completely disappeared although that might be due to the glass and its nucleation points.

S: A nice mix of caramel malt along with quite a few hop based aromas. Floral, citrus, and grassy all mix very well to give it a nice aroma.

T: The taste seems to follow the aroma. The name must come from the excellent mixture of hops that it has. I am picking up a bit of pine in the flavor that I did not notice in the smell. This is a well crafted IPA that isnt just trying to be bitter.

M: Very smooth beer that coats the inside of the mouth and leaves it a bit slick.

D: This one is a great easy drinking IPA. I am glad that the growler has to last me a couple days before I can make it back to the CBX. Otherwise it might disappear quickly.

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Photo of bort11
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid hop hit from mikesgroove.

22 oz bottle with a kick ass label. Great design appreciated. Poured into a pub glass. Very sticky head leaves cascading rings of lace down the glass. Color is a honey amber, clear except for the last pour.

Smell is a very balanced mix of sweet honey malts and citrusy hops. Taste is also very balanced, which really enhances the drinkability. Grapefruit and honey with a little peppery spice from the yeast.

Solid IPA all around.

Blipped "Art School" by The Jam

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Photo of brushtachio
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Charleston.

Nice pour. Slightly hazy. Large-bubbled head that started thin but stayed. Decent lacing.

Smell is grapefruit and a little pine. Taste begins with a sweet/citrus combo but shortly after there is a wonderful dankness not present in the nose.

Maybe a little thin but not terribly so.

ABV is well hidden. My dad and I guessed that it was much lower.

Great beer. I plan to have several more next time I'm in town.

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Photo of clemtig76
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler purchased at Beer Exchange in Charleston into my SA glass. Pours a cloudy reddish/orange with a thick fluffy off white head. Stickly lacing rims the glass after every sip. Very citrusy aroma of grapefruit with some piney notes. Taste is mostly the citrusy hops with some residal sweetness from the malt. My first Coast brew. Well done!

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

22oz bottle acquired in trade with OldStyleCubFan (thanks!). What a cool label (I'll have to put this one on the shelf).

Bottled on 3.12.08. Poured a deeper and cloudy orangish color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of pine, wet grass, earthy, and citrus. Tastes of citrus, lighter earthiness, and some caramel. Earthy in the aroma vs. citrus in the tastes. Has a decent sweetness to balance out the bitter hops. Some lacing left on the glass. I enjoyed this one!

Notes from: 4/11/08

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Photo of dqderrick
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Traded my Stone 9th Anniversary growler for a growler of this with riverjames.

Cloudy, orange. 1/2" head. White and thick bubbles. Looks like a hefe but darker.

Citrus. Delicious. Lets get it on!

Oh, yum. Just enough sweet. Bitter all the way through.

Great, good carbonation.

Easily could drink a 6pack. I'd enjoy more. This was a 6 day old growler with a standard screw top. I was worried that through shipment and possible oxidation that it wouldn't taste fresh. But, it tasted very fresh.

Thank you riverjames.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Gene's Hofbrau.
A - Pours a hazy golden amber with a sticky white head and lots of nice lacing.

S - Sweet malts, grapefruit, bitter hops.

T - Taste was sweet and citrusy, gradually giving way to bitter grapefruit hops.

M - Medium bodied and medium carbonation with a slightly viscous mouthfeel.

Notes - I enjoyed this beer very much, as I have most of Coast's offerings. I didn't feel that the ABV negatively affected the drinkability for me, as I wouldn't drink too many pints of a beer this bitter in one sitting anyway. In that respect, the ABV was well paired with the taste.

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Photo of badbeer
3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber color with an off-white head with decent retention and lacing. Light grapefruit and biscuit aromas. Seemed kind of light in the aroma department. Some grapefruit, a touch of lemon, and some biscuit in the taste. Light body with medium carbonation. A decent beer, but seemed like a Pale Ale with the alcohol of a IIPA.

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Photo of kimcgolf
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler purchased at Beer Exchange in Charleston to a murky range-red, with thick of-white head that lingered well and left good lacing. Nose was strong citrusy grapefruit hops, with a hint of malt, and the alcohol creeping in as beer warmed. Mouthfeel was full and slightly tingly, and the flavor was a very tasty citrus and sweet malt, all rounding to a nice smooth, long finish.

My first Coast, and most impressed.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dark copper body with an inch and a half of foamy, lightly yellow head.

Smell: Fragrant aroma smelling of caramel malts, though for the most part it's a floral, fruity plenty of grilled pineapple rings and juicy tangerine rinds.

Taste: Pale and caramel malts with a light, sugary sweetness. Hop flavors of tangerines, pineapples, and even a bit of pine needle extract with a moderate amount of caustic, citric hop bitterness. Still though, the beer finishes bittersweet. Only a touch of alcohol comes through.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Overall coating mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It's good! With plenty of sweet maltiness and punchy, bitter hops HopArt walks a very fine line between IPA and Double IPA.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy orange hurd brown with a creme head. Nose is a mild malty caramel thing. Flavor leans toward earthy hops with a citric spike and on the end is a nutty kind of after tone. Feel has a mildly sharp carbonation. Liquid is a bit thicker. An easy drinking IPA. I'll have no problem drinking 64 ounces of this one.

Thanks to raverjames for the hookup.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a brownish-amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head and some good lacing.

S: The citrus quality dominated the smell, along with some floral hops.

T: This beer had sweet malt, floral hops and some citrus (grapefruit?). Different from other IPAs, in that it didn't seem to focus as much on the hops content. Tasty, though.

M: A decently high amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: As I said, this wasn't exactly what I'd thought it would be, but it's still a worthwhile beer.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fresh offering from The Charleston Beer Exchange

Pours a bit hazy with an enormous head and amber color. The smell is faintly citrusy with a bit of sweetness coming after. The taste matches the smell fairly well. A bit of sweetness and nutty breadiness with some great citrusy hops. The mouthfeel improves at it warms, I mean, at a point, it feels a bit thin, but your mouth starts to fill with delicious hops as it warms. Anything that I could drink a half gallon of in a night and love every single drop is a damn good beer.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wcudwight for this one.

Bottled on 3-18-08.

A - Hazy orange with a fluffy white head that leaves tiny strings of lace.

S - Piney and grapefruit hops with some sweet caramel mixed in.

T - Bitter piney hops with some grapefruit, citrus and sweet caramel. Nicely balanced.

M - Smooth and creamy with a little lingering hop resin.

D - This one was quite muted so maybe it hasn't held up so well over time. Still appears to be a nice IPA that I would like to try again fresh.

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4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A massive three finger head quickly reaches the top of the glass and is light tan in color. Retention is solid and caverness bubbles leave dots of lace. Body is a hazy wheat colored amber. Nose has a subtle fresh citrus based hop feel, with a hint of musky spice and alchol. First sip gives a lovely refreshing hop feel that is crisp and very citrus based. There are some mineral tones on the back of the tongue but this beer stays smooth and quinching. Some even zesty bitterness is there but not harsh at all. At 7.7% there is no alchol bite at all. Mouthfeel is clean with a hint of bitter and hint of thickness. Off the chart drinkability. This is a stellar IPA.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shout out to mikesgroove for hookin this one up.

bottled 3/2/08.

Pours a nice looking cloudy murky orange with a nice fluffy white head that sticks around for a while and leaves hard ice like lace.

Nose has a nice sweetness to it, some hops, but not really balls out hoppiness like you would find in a WC offering, but there is still a good west coastish grapefruit hop bitterness.

Taste is quite sweet. Im guessing/hoping that some of the hops have died a bit due to the age on this one. There is still most defenitely some hop flavors going on in here tho, they just seem a bit subdued. The malt profile here is very enjoyable, and if the hops were amped up just a bit on this one, i could see this being a very top notch IPA. A slight wateryness hampers the flavor a touch. Malt backbone is very good.

Mouthfeel is good, but slightly undercarbonated, and a touch of wateryness that is a bit odd. This one is certainly quite palateable.

Drinkability is quite nice here, could defenitely slam a few of these, especially if they would dose up the hoppage just a touch. and with a 7.7 abv that makes this one a bit dangerous.

Overall, I would love to try this one fresh off the tap. I think this could be a very fine IPA with just a few minor adjustments. Certainly a nice and drinkable brew, and one i would most defenitely have again if it was local and fresh. A good beer from COAST.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed vom Fass in North Charleston.

Slightly hazed amber-orange colored brew. Decent two-finger head with a rather sticky lacing along the side of the glass. Aromas of bright and citrusy hop action. Mid-level on the palate with a nice hop snap on the tongue. Good, dry finish. I think this brew achieved its purpose. It is not a hop bomb by any stretch, but still a very solid session offering. I will have to try this one again as when I had it I was so very much in love with the 32/50 Kolsch.

Zum wohl!

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

A-Slightly hazy orange tinged copper with a medium white head that held on well and left good, sticky lace.

S-Amazingly well-balanced with sweet caramel and bready biscuit malts duking it out with zippy citrus hops and a hint of peppery spiciness.

T-Citrus, peppery spice and floral hop flavours battle it out with sweet caramel malt....neither wins. A most impressively balanced beer. Try as I might I find no winner in the malt/hop war.

M-Medium body with a good smoothness and a lingering spicy bitterness.

D-This is a very well-balanced IPA with an impressive and complex hop profile. All melds well with a highly supportive malt backbone. A really nice IPA that serves the locals well I am sure! Not the citrus, hop forward bomb that I crave but certainly a brew I can respect.

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HopArt IPA from COAST Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 655 ratings.
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