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Count Hopula | SanTan Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
SanTan Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
On September 15, SanTan Brewing Company bears its fangs with the spooky spectacular, Count Hopula Blood Red I.P.A. brew. Boasting a rich ruby red color with 99 IBU’s and intense Simcoe hop bitterness balanced with an eternal Roasted malt, Count Hopula Blood Red IPA will bite Virgin Craft Beer drinkers and turn them into Undead Hopheads!

99 IBU

Added by Lucklys on 10-25-2010

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and candied fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with brown sugar, citrus zest, and pineapple juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid candied fruit and citrus forward hop aspects all around.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mactrail
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad malty brew with just enough hoppy bite. The color is actually a rather nice red-brown. Even a decent cap of foam in the tall Belgian glass.

Sweet from start to finish, but the hops are bitter, woody, and tangy, all in a nice way. Quite a decent brew. Modest floral and resiny aroma.

Jeez, I should have been reviewing this instead of sipping and reading Christmas letters. I am feeling woozy...

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of StoutSnob40
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 1702, Tucson; November 2011
The beer arrives with a frothy, pale brown tinged, stained tan colored, one-finger thick head. The beer is a concentrated amber hue that shows a clear, rich brown amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of pine and citrusy hops as well as sweet tea and toasted grain like crystal malt; Specific notes of ruby-red grapefruit zest, perhaps a touch of fruitier tangelo zest, some definite herbaceous pine character, caramelized brown bread crust notes and some sharper, richly toasted grain notes.

Sharply bitter up front, the bitterness grows through to the finish, though it never quites gets to a biting or gripping level. The beer tastes / feels thin some how, perhaps a touch tinny. It is quite a bit drier than I was expecting, but it does have a touch of crystal malt derived, caramelized sweetness; perhaps just enough to soften the hop bite just a bit, but not enough to really accentuate the juicy hop fruit character that was noticed in the nose. Still some notes of grapefruit zest and citrus oil does come through, along with a firm bitter pine note and a touch of herbaceous character that leans towards hemp. The long finish seems to have a touch of roasted, or deeply toasted grain astringency to it, though just a touch. The body of this beer is mediumish, it is light enough to bee quite quaffable, but has just enough texture to rest just a bit on the palate.

Not bad, but it seems to come off as being a touch too thin; it could use some more malt fullness, which would really help to play up the fruit and citrus qualities that the hops have. As the beer warms up some more of the fruit character comes out in the flavor, so I would definitely suggest trying this on the warm side of cool (this beer is on draft, so you don’t have a whole lot of choice on this end).

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear blood orangish red color with off-white head. Caramel malts, pine, grass, and some nuts on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium to full bodied. Finishes with a piney malty note.

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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of pkalix
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of arizcards
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack from TW Arrowhead the first of November for $16. Canned some time in November.

Beer poured a reddish brown with a nice white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is citrus hops and roasted malts.

Taste is hop forward, a nice citrus hop greets the palate in which caramel and a slight roasted malts attempt to balance. Finish is a pretty close to being balance with a pleasant citrus aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is a very tasty brew. I previously had this with the older recipe and that was a snappy red IPA. This drinks very nicely with the bigger malt base. I suspect it is better on tap but the canned version is smackable.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yemenmocha
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of taospowder
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Boulders, in a shaker pint.

Rusty blood-red, type O-negative. Dark and just a bit hazy. Half a finger of silky sand-colored head quickly drops to a thin top layer and deposits walls thick as silk sheets.

Sweet, floral nose. I get a good amount of dank hops, grass and orange. The malt brings sweet burnt sugar and almond with lightly toasted biscuits.

The flavor’s way maltier than expected. Tons of caramel, baked German bread. Toasted ritz crackers linger long into the finish. Booze blends with the malt in hints of whiskey. Hops are a touch dank, very floral, and only a little bitter. Flash of bright, tangy grapefruit peel at the swallow.

Moderate to high carbonation peppers the tongue. The body's medium-light, kind of airy, and fizzes up moderately as it moves. Bitterness is gentle and alcohol, big as it is, doesn't really make its presence known.

Count Hopula is very drinkable for its ABV. A little more abrasive than top-tier double reds.

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Photo of HoppySeb
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nuggetz
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Gatch
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Papago Brewing Co. in Scottsdale, AZ.

A - Great reddish-brown color with good head retention.

S - A nice balance of hops and malt. Light roasty character.

T - Roasted malt and slightly bitter hop presence create a great, fresh variation from the typical IPA.

M - Fresh hops blend with roasted malt to create a pleasantly balanced, enjoyable beer. Very drinkable. Great for the cooler weather.

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Count Hopula from SanTan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 65 ratings
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