Southville Hop | Bristol Beer Factory

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Southville HopSouthville Hop

Brewed by:
Bristol Beer Factory
England, United Kingdom

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DerBayer on 10-30-2010

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 29
Photo of Spike
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 500ml bottle. I didn't appreciate this was bottle conditioned and so poured the yeast into the glass before reading the label.
L: Hazy, dark copper (burnt orange with a back light) with two fingers of foaming, off-white head. Leaves a decent cap throughout as well as lacing. Couple of streams of bubbles.
S: Fruity. Something sharper (almost wheaty) as well. Which may be the yeast.
T: Juicy, citrus, fruit flavours. Fresh.
F: On the light side of medium bodied. Some carbonation. A dry, semi-sweet finish.
O: Not as hoppy as I was expecting from the blurb on the label. Nonetheless, there's a plentiful, dry, hoppy tang. Not a west coast-style hop bomb, but a good British interpretation of an AIPA. Pleasant and refreshing. I will drink again.

The yeast comes through quite strongly. Will try again some time with yeast sediment left in the bottle.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber body with huge foaming white head
Aroma is nice citrus, a real tangerine dream
Nice mix of malt Biscuity backbone with lemony hops and soapiness
Good carb
Nice balance of US and UK Ipa

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Photo of vinicole
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better UK interpretations of an American IPA.
Very hoppy (of course). Citrus pine. Astringent.
An enjoyable and refreshing start to 2015 for me.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with a fading head.
Nose shows papaya, lychee and mango along with fruit confectionery notes. Pretty vibrant. Some clean malt in the background.
Similar flavours, incredibly fruity. There's a mint note too. Not much in the way of malt, quite clean. The straightforward hop character is a little grassy.
Carbonation could be a little higher.

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Photo of gutbucket2
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, bottle-conditioned. appearance: slight haze, orange-brown, thin head. smell: immense citrus. taste: fruity tropical citrus. Medium sweetness and bitterness. mouthfeel: quite thick with lingering hop taste. overall: worthy award winner SIBA National Champion 2012 - Bottled American Inspired IPA. Incredible aroma and flavour.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2013. Picked up from Trembling Madness in York a while ago. Described as an American-style IPA hopped with Columbus, Citra and Simcoe.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy orange-amber hue with fine sediment and light carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a thick surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of intensely fruity hops with hints of grapefruit, lime, citrus, white fruits, grass, subtle pine, spice, caramel malt and earthy yeast. Delicious.

Tastes of fruity aromatic hops with a dry bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, mild pine resin, white grape, grass/hay, faint spice, caramel malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, followed by a strident bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry, with good body and soft carbonation. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of fruity aromatic hops, leafy bitterness and earthy yeast.

Tasty stuff - another quality brew from BBF. Looks good, with a fantastic aroma of fruity hops and a flavour to match. Malt and yeast underpin the character while lurking in the background. Decent body; could benefit from livelier carbonation. Very nice - one for the hop fans. Well worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber with craggy sandstone head that trails.
Musky stewed orange hops but also salted caramel on the nose, plus some tannins.
Toffee and peach tart then sticky orange, resin, mango and evergreen hops that stretch open to reveal a bit of aspirin.
Green herbal finish + long honey cough drop bitter linger.
Medium, salty, oily, chewy, hot.

Hope are there, but just not bright enough to lift through the gooey. 22.3.14 BBD - has this lost a step after only 4 months? Some burn, too, which is a bit much for "only" 6.5%. Label says American IPA, but Ageless drinks much easier at 2 point ABV higher.

Eventually it settles to sharp Simcoe pine, and it does bring the IBUs, but just doesn't hang together.

And I am the only one who expected NZ hops because it says "*South*ville"?!

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Photo of wl0307
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(Notes of 25/06/13) Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, bottle-conditioned; BB 11/04/14, served mildly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass. Notes: The beer label states it won a Gold in the Bottled Beers category, SIBA National Champion 2012.

Appearance: carelessly, it pours a murky, dark orangey amber colour, coming with a very thick beige frothy head settling to a 0.5cm layer of foam to last on top of rather mild carbonation.
Smell: wonderfully red-grapefruity, peachy and lychee-ish at the same time against a rather mild malt platform; a swirl gives rise to notes of caramel malts, pale malts, zingy grapefruit zests, sharp overripe fruit esters and oily flowery resins… so balanced and hoppy at the same time, all elements nicely knitted altogether.
Taste: mildly effervescent on the palate, the flavour is apparently influenced by my careless pour(!), in that the bitter&acidic yeastiness seems to cloud the otherwise rich hop-malt performance to some extent; nevertheless, the flavour shows a good balance b/w bready & caramely malts and rather rich sprigy hop bitterness with subdued hop flavour elements, suggesting mainly sweet citrus, pears and a remote likeness to Cascade hops (I might be totally mistaken here). The yeast influence really cannot be missed… Lingering bitterness and more citric enjoyment are to be had at the back of the palate. It turns out to be fairly nice on the balance!
Mouthfeel & Overall: the consistently soft, healthy carbonation serves my palate just right, this medium-bodied, hoppy (but not so much “in the face”) IPA shows a decent balance all in all, with an incredible drinkability. I suppose if there was another bottle, I would know better how to treat it…!! Very nice, highly recommended.

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Photo of jrfehon33
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's strange trying all these English beers and then stumbling upon the Southville Hop in Bristol, which is basically an American IPA. It pours a hazy medium gold with white head. Immediately I could smell the hops even before I poured the beer into the glass. It's 6.5% and does pack a hop punch! With simcoe and citra hops it brings a citrus flavor with a good amount of pine. Classic American IPA favors and delivers them quite well from across the pond. I think, however, where this beer lacks is in the finish. It starts with hop flavors then dies out a bit. There just isn't enough malt to carry it through. While I wouldn't rank this one up there with the best American IPAs it's a great take on it from a decent British brewery. Well done!

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Photo of DerBayer
2.07/5  rDev -46%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This supposed American IPA had none of the fresh citrussy hops in it that I normally like so much.

It had a very strong taste but was still almost bland... Hard to desribe but I would not recommend it.

The only plus is the of it was the dar amber look which looked like it would be citrussy, piney, resiney but no - none of that.

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Southville Hop from Bristol Beer Factory
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