Hopfix | Beer Here

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Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ricke on 08-03-2009

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by beerdrifter:
Photo of beerdrifter
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the beer store at the De Molen Brewery. Slightly hazy copper-amber pour with two finger head, decent retention, and nice lacing. The nose is spot on for an American IPA with lots of citrus, pine, and hops, with a nice solid sweet caramel malt base and just a touch of earthiness. The taste follows suit and is definitely reminiscent of the many great West Coast IPA's. Spicy, resiny, piney hops dominate, with tons of citrus, specifically grapefruit, but a bit of a tropical note as well, with just a touch of rye. The bitterness of the hops is tamed nicely by the sweet caramel malt, making this a pretty well balanced and highly drinkable IPA. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and chewy but very smooth. This is my first ever beer from Beer Here, but I have several more to try and can't wait!

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Photo of ricke
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber color with a rather small off-white head that sticks around for a while and leaves big chunks of sticky lacings all around the glass as it settles.

S: As I pour it into my glass, hop aromas already start to spread around the room. And surly, the smell is dominated by a fairly "green" aggressive hop profile. Lots of tropical fruits, especially grapefruit, and hop resins. Some pine-needles and perfumy aromas of soap and candlegrease. The malts have a hard time breaking through the hops, but every now end then they make it and delivers notes of caramel and some rye bread. A nice smell, but it's a little aggressive and tangy.

T: The taste is actually way more compliant than I had expected. Of course, it's not mild or bland, but still rather easy to handle. Plenty of semi-green hop aromas abound, but they lack some definition. It's hard to pinpoint any components except for a general taste of tropical fruits and some pine-needles. Lots of soft malts with notes of caramel and rye bread. A hint of vanilla. Lots of sweetness. The finish isn't as bitter as I would have liked it to be, and this is really too bad, because it lowers my impression of the beer. I think the smooth texture and comparably big body alleviates the bitterness to some extent. Plenty of hop resins, pine-needles, lemon-peel and a hint of malts in the finish.

M: The beer is almost ridiculously smooth, almost like velvet. Very gentle carbonation, and this adds to the smoothness and makes the beer seem fuller than most IPA:s. It's not as sticky as most IPA:s either. I like it, but I don't know if it's for the advantage of the hops, I think they are somewhat restrained by it since it mellows everything out.

D: This is a good beer, but I would like to believe that Beer Here can do better than this. I've had other beers from the brewery that had much more interesting and flavorful hop profiles than this one. But still, it's a tasty beer and very easy to drink.

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Photo of R_Kole
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A dark amber, almost brown pour, good carbonation, head, average in the lace department. Aroma was woody, not hoppy.

Taste was completely different than the aroma. It was very bitter, and a unique hoppiness to it. A little bit grapefruit, possibly some mint. Couldn't tell the hop varieties. Was very Cali-Belgique, loved the sweetness from the yeast I suspect. A little off the beaten path, but the uniqueness is appreciable here. The bitterness wanes a bit, which is nice, because it was really big and upfront to start.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. "Free Hops" clinics, indeed!

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with a teeming tower of overflowing bullshit head, the kind wholly unnecessary in this quality control world of ours, which eventually leaves some weirdly decent patchy swaths of sudsy lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of peppy grapefruit, blood orange, pineapple, and overripe peach fruit, edgy pine resin notes, a spicy rye and caramel malt collaboration, and further leafy, somewhat perfumed hops. The taste is more sharply bitter grapefruit and generic orange pith, wet leafy pine needles, clammy caramel malt, a spicy, indistinct rye graininess, a touch of warming alcohol, and mild leafy, weedy hops.

The bubbles are rather plain and ineffectual, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly pithy in its heady attempt at smoothness. It finishes off-dry, barely, the hovering piney, and reduced citrusy hops kind of smothering the lingering caramel malt in its version of an end game.

An agreeable enough RIPA, though the guest malt ingredient doesn't seem to have the normal staying power one might expect from yer average grain. Still, a hoppy affair, that much is true, one who's muddled first impression shouldn't be cause for anything less than an overall rosy appreciation.

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Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of MrKennedy
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer and poured into a 16oz schooner glass.

Pours a deep copper colour with a hint of ruby and a solid glow to it. It has a beige head of foam with a hint of yellow and manages some good streaky lacing with good head retention.

Smell is interesting, ever changing and diverse. Rye is the first hit, turning to passionfruit with a touch of fruit salad along with pine resin and then caramel.

Taste doesn't really match up what comes before. Pine resin is first, rye comes late and a distant second.

Mouthfeel is quite unique from what i have come across. The pine resin in the flavour provides some decent upfront bitterness. This is then wiped completely away in the mid and back end with an almost surreal smoothness. It reminds me a touch of real ale as while there is visible carbonation the feel is as though the carbonation is absent. Quite different, cool and intriguing. Is it what to expect and judge a Rye IPA on?

Overall a beer that isn't really the sum of all its parts. A real odd fit. Worth trying to see what you make of it. I'm still surprised at how this all works.

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Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheHopHeadGirl
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 4oz sample @ Churchkey goes for $5. American IPA from D6.5% etoh, IBU 80...no wwonder I really like it! Reminds me of lil summpin summpin without the sweet ending. It ends dry. I am sampling this on an empty stomach...should be fun! Wings and mint balls to wash it down!

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber with a small head.
Nose shows loads of piney resin and marmalade along with masses of caramel and toasty malt.
Very similar flavours, very sweet with loads of caramel and piney resin. An assertive bitterness does a good job of keeping the malt in check.
Carbonation could be a bit higher. Very slick mouthfeel.

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Photo of spicelab
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy honey brown with a fantastic dense creamy off-white head that falls slowly leaving very healthy amounts of lace. Doesn't get much better than this.

Pine branches and mint, with a touch of passionfruit and pineapple. Tangy butterscotch malts really prominent. Not overly complex but such an inviting mix.

Blunt and oh so dominant earthy pine and citrus rind, with moderate undertones of toothpaste and mouthwash freshness. I don't know whether it's the rye that lobotomises all the other flavours promised by the smell, but it's a serious coup. I'm quite disappointed actually.

In an almost ironic contrast, that is if my suspicions about the impact of the rye on the flavour profile are correct, it's effect on the mouthfeel is terrific. Whatever is responsible, the mouthfeel is viscous and luscious, with perfect carbonation. Mellows the bitter assault of pine and citrus beautifully.

How do I give this an overall score? So much promise from the appearance and aroma but I absolutely can't forgive the butchering of the flavour profile.

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Photo of tobeerornottobe
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep golden colour, nice head (but not huge) and sticky lacing.

N: Sweet medium heavy tropical characteristics.

T: Sweet sticky bitter pineapple - quite enjoyable but a bit too one note.

M: Perhaps the best thing about this beer, allow bitterness to move around the palate well.

Not highly drinkable as a session beer but good for winter evenings.

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Photo of SPman
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great session beer - bitterness balanced by mouthfeel and flavour - (described by others). Not overpowering, well balanced. More on the piney flavour side. Very similar to Nogne Two Captains, actually. A good beer - recomended! (at Au$14.90 a bottle, locally, believe me, it's good - not great - but worth while.)

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Photo of joecast
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of deac83
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of rarbring
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clouded amber brew, a very high warm off-white head with good lacing and curtains.

Smelling of butter, grass and grape-fruit.

Sweet toffee start, grass, nettles, hay and grape-fruit peel.

Medium high carbonation, small foamy bubbles, soft and oily, a good body and dry finish.

A full crammed hoppy brew, but I wonder if there wasn't British hops as well.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Coppery color with a small head, little bit of stick, slightly hazy.

S - Seems to be a lot of wood or pine resin on this. Decent hop profile, mostly citrusy. Slight malt backbone.

T - Bitter citrus mostly with a strong malt character, this beer reminds me much more of an American Red or Amber ale than an IPA. Something missing, just not quite full flavored enough.

M - Somewhat flat, not enough body on it.

D - Easy to drink, nothing offensive, could session it, not a bad beer just not great.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ML bottle poured into a tulip
like a label. Good stuff.

A-- Pours a hazy, murky looking orange amber color. Basically a layer of off white film and ringed collar for head. Aggressive swirling got half a finger and pretty much that was it. Good spotty lacing associated with this. Lots of big carbonation bubbles in the film.

S-- Good malt body, spicy rye, pine, orange and grapefruit. Builds more as it warms and the rye adds a nice dimension to this.

T-- Lacks carbonation. Will say that much. Tastes a lot like hop water. Once again a nice carmel body followed by orange, grapefruit, and spiciness. Just nothing to lift the taste much.

M-- Medium bodied and light to little carbonation. Higher carbonated would really lift this well. A little watery in the front but after that pretty decent. Lots of overripe orange and grapefruit in mid and back. Finishes with bitter orange and grapefruit peel.

O-- Workable, but not as good as other IPA's out there. Carbonation would seriously work with this as would just add life to this. Flavor profile is right but just missing something to make this zing.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Darker than your average IPA srm, this one is darker than even amber, has some brown and auburn thrown in with it. Carbonation was well done, 3/5" head on it. Aroma was not really hoppy, dry hopping isn't quite as ubiquitous around the world as you may presume.

Taste dropped lots of hops, but almost nothing beyond the bitterness they offer up. The yeast was definitely not American, brought some phenols and spice rack with it. Toffee, caramel, brown malt notes. Expensive import, glad I got to try it, but not going back to bang either. Plenty bready, dark bread.

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Photo of kaelingirl
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes: 12/14/09. Received in a trade with bosse.

Holdbar 05/09/10 660ml bottle.

A: Copper in color, white head, just a few bubbles lingering around, nice spots of lacing, fairly cloudy. Nice looking IPA. 4

S: Grapefruit, herbal smells, lots of citrus, caramel sweetness, somewhat "dank". Smells balanced, but I have a feeling it will be on the hoppy side the more it warms. A few boozy notes. 4

T: Malty sweetness followed by a huge herbal bitterness, definitely a unique hop profile. Citrus is there but subdued, more herbal. Has an interesting mint flavor at the end that I've noticed in other Scandinavian beers. Caramel sweetness, but underlying huge herbal bitterness. Very enjoyable. 4

M: Medium body, light carbonation, quite dry, slight alcohol warmth, nice. 4

D: Easy to drink, nicely bitter with a good malt backbone, medium alcohol makes this a hell of a sessionable IPA. Would like to try this fresh. Could be a beer I seek out again. 4.5

Thanks Bo!

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Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Baldpacker
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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