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Hopvine India Pale Ale | Schooner Exact Brewing Company

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Hopvine India Pale AleHopvine India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Schooner Exact Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by philbertk on 03-22-2011

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 75
Photo of MNAle
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden/amber - clear with solid carbonation, a 1 inch off-white bubbly head, receding slowly, leaving a splotchy lacing. Aroma is citrus with a hint of pine. Nicely balanced flavor with citrus, bready malts, some piney bitterness at the front, getting stronger through the middle and into the finish. Moderate feel - not thin, not thick. A nice, but not really remarkable, IPA. I enjoyed it, and would not avoid buying it. No specific faults, just kind of middle of the pack.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at the brewery.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a finger of frothy ivory foam, a good lace on the glass and a good effervescence. Classic.

Smell: lightly sweet aroma; hops are green and floral and a little bit citrusy.

Taste: a little bit deeper and danker than the aroma, with the hops grassier and more autumnal. Still quite a nice IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: a very decent IPA indeed. It definitely goes down smooth; while it's not perfect, I quite like it.

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Photo of pianoguy
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle 1/11/16 printed on the neck

Pours a golden semi clear body with white head. A little retention. decent lacing

Wow, The smell is in your face prominent ! Mostly citrus with some pine and a hint of malt. I see no choice but to give it a 5

Tastes is a tart grapefruit. It's bitter and yes, it's a nice bitterness ! A tiny bit of malt.

Crisp feel

Bravo !! Very impressed ! This northwest IPA reminded me of Breakside's Wanderlust IPA or Georgetown's Lucille . If you are a fan of either of those beers you will love this one. I will have this again... and soon

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a thin but creamy head (I may pour my beers more carefully than most). It dissipates slowly and leaves a nice slight head with uneven bubbles, like constellations at the top. Very attractive.

Look is gold/amber, slightly cloudy. The aroma is hoppy pine and dank. Promise of a lot of body already.

Taste is good hoppy spice, with a punch of citrus that's not very sweet. Rindy and a little scone. I wonder if the malt has taken the sugar out of it. The malt is woody and thin (not at all overpowering, I had to "look" for it) and the taste is heavy on earthy grass hop but the bitterness is also very measured. IBU is 60, perfect.

The beer is really well balanced. Nothing fancy, no trick shots, a good earthy brew with good body and a dry although resin finish that doesn't linger past its welcome. A great find!

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4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hit 15 breweries in Seattle this August .... this was my favorite beer of all.
1"off white head w/ nice retention. Sticky lace.
Deep golden w/ great clarity.
Bright hop aroma citrus slight pine -slightly sweet malts. Smells excellent.
Bitterness consistent from front to back. Pine/bright citrus again. Very nice balance between malt and hops.
Crushable - Delicious beer.

12oz can packaged 8/3/15

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Photo of snaotheus
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a tulip. Canned on 08/03/15.

Pours translucent golden with a big luscious head that fades about 3/4 fairly quickly, and then just rests, leaving moderate lacing behind. Fairly high carbonation.

Smell is excellent. Smells like fresh hops. A tiny bit grassy, pine, very very floral. Smells great.

Taste is again dominated by hops. Lacks a little bit of sweetness to balance it out, but they really brought out the flavor of hop flowers, which I appreciate.

Mouthfeel is resinous, in a fashion that reminds me of some great beers. Overall, this is definitely the best beer I've had from Schooner Exact, and a really good beer overall.

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Photo of woemad
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can from a 6-pk purchased at the Total Wine in Spokane Valley, Washington, for $8.99. According to the stamp on the bottom of the can, this was canned on July 7, 2015. On the label of the can there’s boilerplate indicating this is part of Schooner Exact’s “Homegrown Series,” which seems to state that only local ingredients were used. Considering that you wouldn’t have to go too terribly far from Seattle to get hops and barley, I’m not sure it’s that heroic an accomplishment, but, whatever.

Poured into a Sierra Nevada nonic pint glass, this was a slightly hazy color somewhere between gold and amber. Tiny flakes of sediment can be seen flitting about. A large, fluffy, long-lasting head, bone-white in color, was formed. It left all sorts of sticky lace patterns on the sides of the glass.

Grapefruity and piney scented hops in the aroma, in that order. According to the can, those hops are Columbus and Chinook, “with huge late additions of Citra.”

More piney in the taste than in the aroma, but still pretty much what was experienced by the workers at the olfactory. Mildly sweet, bready malt provides a bit of backbone, but it’s mostly the juicy, fruity and piney hops’ show. The finish is simultaneously dry and resiny.

Medium bodied, with a sticky, resiny mouothfeel.

A pretty good “traditional” regional IPA. Not a transformative drinking experience, but after just getting off work, that’s not really something I’m looking for. Instead, it’s a nice, well-made PNW IPA. On this wildfire-smoke-choked Sunday after work, it’s exactly what the doctor ordered.

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Photo of Grack_Attack
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours orange/copper
Smell is amazing, fresh fruit and hops
Taste is a little less fruit than the nose indicates, and a ton of pine. Hoppy, but not very bitter.
Feel is slightly less carbanated than other peer IPAs in the region. Althoug that, helped me focus on the flavors, it works. Finish is smooth and dry.
Overall this is a quaility IPA you can get into. Easy to down a couple and stay interested. I would have this on hand if I lived in the PNW.

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, light, hazy honey color, with a spectacular bubble show followed by a big sticky head that coats the entire glass. Typical pine and citrus aroma, but feels very well balanced. The bitterness sticks through the entire mouthful, but doesn't become unpleasant and vanishes almost instantly as it is swallowed. Mouth feel is almost perfect.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber served in a pint glass. Pours an deep orange hue with a thick white head. Lots of hop character in this beer. A very finely done west coast style IPA.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Many thanks to beertunes - nbs bif#2
Good looking beer. Big head that grows the unbelieveable carbonation action coming from the bottom of the glass. Easy to see 'cuz the golden liquid is very clear. Clingy, sticky lacing.
Nice fresh fruit and grass hop aroma. Smells very west coast hop like.
Strong and firm bitterness that starts early and ends at some time in the distant future. Holds back enough though and is not excessive. Not quite as sweet as advertised on the can but apparent malt flavor that solidifies the overall drink. Hop flavors are more complex than the aroma, less fruity but interesting and pleasing.
Not as fully carbonate as I expected considering the appearance. Moderate feel. No problems here.
A good and solid drink.

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Photo of Moose90
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into 16oz glass

A — This beer pours a nice orangey, copper color, there is a nice light amber colored head atop of it. Wonderfully nice and consistent lacing clings to the inside of the glass.

S — Smells bright and piney, lots of citrus and forest floor. There is a bit of a sweet juicy note, but mostly there is a really nice, fresh, and crisp piney, earthy tone.

T — Bitter, astringent, piney, crisp, clean, resinous. There is a great depth of bitter and earthy flavors here, in the best way possible, very piney and bitter, there is a bit of residual juiciness and sweet malts underneath it all.

M — Medium bodied, ample carbonation, very crisp, dry, and bitter though.

O — Great piney, resinous, earthy, IPA. Completely unexpected, and appreciated.

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Photo of mactrail
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Massive foam in the economy-size Duvel tulip, but not a spew. Piles of mashed potato head. Alarmingly prickly and over-carbonated on the tongue. Pretty, though. Color is hazed golden amber. Smells like juniper twigs and leaf mold.

They seem to be trying for that fresh hop flavor, which here is pretty murky. Hops listed are Chinook, Columbus, and "late additions of Citra." Slight malty sweetness. Bitter quinine soda without the sugar. Resiny and astringent.Twigs and mineral finish. Flat flavors and seems to lack the kind of aromatics you'd hope for in a hoppy brew.

Quite dry and bitter, overall. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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Photo of ssteakley
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is what so many other lighter IPA's try to achieve but either miss it up front or somewhere else along the way. Very balanced and smooth. Fit for any occasion, I will enjoy more of this Seattle Special. This beer is really excellent in the middle...just before you swallow.

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Photo of NoHipTee
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Delicious find at my local bottle outlet. I must admit to being a "hophead" before telling you how much I enjoyed drinking directly from the vine. This beer is a smooth drinking beer with just enough malt back bone to compliment the floral/grapefruit hoppiness.

I will look for this beer again!

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Photo of draheim
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz into a tulip. Pours a nice warm coppery color w/ a big frothy white head, nice patchy lace.

Aroma is a big juicy burst of grapefruit. One of the best smelling IPAs I've had in a while. Smells fresh, sweet and mouthwatering but doesn't go into the dank, oily territory that I'm finding I enjoy less and less. Citra hops plainly evident in the aroma.

Taste is a blend of pale dry biscuity malt and juicy, resinous NW hops. Lots of grapefruit rind, plenty of bitterness. The neutral malt backbone really showcases the hops here. Reminds me a little bit of Icicle Bootjack, and that is a good thing.

Mouthfeel is balanced and medium bodied. Nice crisp finish.

Overall a nice, dry West Coast style IPA. It doesn't taste quite as good as it smells, but it's still very clean and refreshing.

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Photo of flexabull
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light and slightly hazy gold color with a nice bright white head.

Aromas are very pleasant. Notes of pine needles, some really bright citrus, and prominent notes of mostly oranges and peaches.

Taste is similar to the nose, but it doesn't translate quite as well as I hoped. Crisp and dry up front, light cracker and creamy sweetness. Finish is bitter, with pine, orange zest, and some general citrus notes.

Mouthfeel is full, good body, and nice snappy carbonation.

Overall, a solid IPA. Very drinkable and enjoyable. But like I said, I wish the taste was up to par with the excellent aromas.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 7.16.13

A - Pours a slightly hazy light orange with a one inch off-white head with good retention.

S - Fruity, citrus, tropical, with lots of citra, very nice.

T - Light pine, citrus, and tropical fruits.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Good nose and flavors, but very light and subtle. Sessionable Citra?

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Photo of vkv822
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz : SN IPA Glass

Clear, brassy orange with a thick, foamy white head.

Big juicy, resinous hop notes. Light citrus notes, some pale, malt backing.

Medium+ body, mild foamy carbonation.

A decent IPA. Enjoyable at the time, but nothing particularly memorable in the big picture.

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Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Despised 22oz bottle. I know why the smaller breweries use this format, but I still think they suck. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a light honey-gold color with about 1/4 inch of just barely off-white head that had relatively low retention and medium lacing.

the aroma was a nice blend of, mostly, piney hops with a bit of citrus. There was just a hint of grainy malt in the background. The flavors were pretty much the same, hop dominant, with taste of the PNW forest the lead taste. The citrus, and a hint of floral, were in the supporting roles, along with the light grain.

The body was lighter than most examples of the style, but complimented the flavors nicely. There was a lightly bitter, dry finish. Drinkability was very good, my bottle was gone quickly, reinforcing the stupidity of the format. If I'd had a sixer, I'd have drank several of 'em. Overall, a pretty nice brew from one of Seattle's "under the radar" breweries. You should certainly grab some when you see it.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a lightly hazed deepened yellow with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap, lots of bubbles and some lacing

S: Grass and flowers with whiffs of some tropical fruit

T: Immediate bitterness, like a drying potent bitterness that just lingers on and on and on. The intial burst of bitterness is accompanied bu grass, flowers and som light trpical fruit notes. The finish is bitterness, pretty clean and a medium dryness

M: Medium bodied, perhaps a wee bit to carbonated with some astringency

O: Not to bad. Pretty good IPA.

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Photo of philbertk
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Schooner Exact Brewing Company--Hopvine India Pale Ale--2011 32 oz. Bottled Growler. 6.60% ABV. 60 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Dense lacy lasting rocky white head. Clear bright rich thin dark gold color. Very attractive appealing appearance. Herbal floral citrus pine hop front. Crisp thin textured mild sweet juicy grassy hop resin infused crisp light caramel malt body. Earthy bitter clean hop spice puckery burpy rich hop end. Big hop finish. Slightly thin body. Nice taste. Nice aroma. A touch out of balance leaning toward bitter hops. Sampled 2/19/2011. Purchased for $10.25 including $5.50 Growler Deposit 2 PCC--Fremont, Seattle on 2/18/2011.

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Hopvine India Pale Ale from Schooner Exact Brewing Company
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