Hop Freak | Milwaukee Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Milwaukee Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Hendrick24 on 02-14-2014

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Ratings: 175 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by guityler83:
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3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Can to teku, the beer produced a bright white 2+ finger head comprised of fine bubbles. Great retention, the foam sustained for a good minute and change before slowly falling into the murky, hazy copper liquid. When the foam fell it left behind staggered cotton looking lacing. No sediment or hop particles.

S: Restrained hop aroma. Mild grapefruit, citrus and pine aromas with an underlying earthy-ness I associate with english hops. No ethanol or off aromas detected. Biscuity, cracker like malt nose peaks through, but more tame then the hops.

T: A burst of citrus hop bitterness, similar grapefruity aroma. As it develops on the taste buds the pine comes through followed by a large malt backbone ripe with bread crust, toast, crackers and biscuit flavors (fairly complex for an IPA!). Trucking along, the earthy hop vibe comes through at the end along with a slightly sweet finish. Balance is on the hops but.. interestingly in the middle, not by much.

M: A moderate bodied beer with carbonation being on the verge of being to much at fridge temperatures. Slight mouth drying astringency from all of the hop oils left on the pallet.

O: A Mid-West IPA with tons of malt flavor. I would have liked to seen this beer burst my face with aroma and dial back the maltyness (since it is an IIPA), but style aside it is a solid beer and probably one of the best MKE Brewing beers I've had. Keep 'em comin' boys!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of CMEG
4.68/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a phenomenal beer - one of my favorite IPAs. Wish it were more widely distributed. Love the look - it's milky gold in color giving it a rich look. The mouthfeel does not disappoint! it is meaty, solid, rich, complex - I am not sure there is another IPA out there with the rich feel of this beer. Aroma is citrusy, bitter, and a little floral. Smells like a great a great Italian meal. Taste meets the expectations. Bitter hops, hints of sweetness from the high ABV, floral and citrus hints. I always drink it in a Tulip - can take an hour or more and it retains the complex flavors even as it warms to room temp. A little known gem!

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Photo of Henefield
4.41/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice DIPA. Was concerned about the infused tea, but it works. Very boozy feel. Smooth with a good bite on the end. Solid overall. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of equinox1
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jack77
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Torey
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of pat61
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours brilliant amber under a clingy 2” off-white persistent foam collar with a very fine bead.
S: Melon, citrus, mint, light floral.
T: Starts with creamy melon lightly sweetened by malt and then a big grapefruit rind bitterness emerges tempered by a light pineapple sweetness, finishing with a lingering fruit bitterness blended with a slight tea-like tannic bitter. Mild herbal astringency on the finish.
F: Creamy, medium body, medium low carbonation.
O: An easy to drink DIPA with a complex bitterness.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Ashinpaugh
2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of B_G
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tuckersmth
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Snow81
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of fthegiants
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Geomendes
1.72/5  rDev -53.5%

Photo of BigAl18
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of djschnabel
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16 oz. can. Hazy orange. Smells of a hefty sweet caramel malt bill. Citrus. Earthy and fruity, I guess from the tea. Tastes a little citrusy. Bread, toffee, and caramel from the malts. A little herbal in the back end. Medium heavy. Tastes very English to me. Decent.

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Photo of russpowell
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent & hazed amber with 2 fingers of fluffy cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Some cakeyness, grassyness

T: Grassy, woody hoppyness, dryness, plus herbal hops up front. Faint cakeyness, orange peel, dryness & grassyness as this warms, with a hint of tobacco, butterscotch. Finishes, with tangerine, dryness, breadyness, & a little pear

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation, good balance

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Photo of BigDiesel
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of falconxman
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Burgman08
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of akward
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Louski
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Water St. Brewpub. Poured a slightly dark Amber color with solid head. Great piney hop notes on the nose with clean hop flavors and finish throughout. Slightly malty but the hop character shines. Nice on the tongue too. Overall, a solid double that I would drink again.

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Photo of Hendrick24
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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Hop Freak from Milwaukee Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 175 ratings