Kasteel Hoppy
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Style:
Belgian Pale Ale
Ranked #438
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
78
Ranked #45,382
Avg:
3.35 | pDev: 14.33%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
60
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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  18
SCORE
78
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Photo of OlaB
3.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a medium top off white head that dissolves slowly and leaves some lacings.
Aroma is of citrus, banana, grass, bread and floral hops.
The taste starts of sweet and fruity. It quickly turns to quite bitter with grassy and some floral notes. Some small malt notes in the back. The aftertaste and finish is a little weak. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft with a medium carbonation and a medium body.
Drinkable and not bad, it just does not have that extra that make it exciting.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

De Hipercor. En su copa. Jugando a Los Pilares de la Tierra. Mucho lupulo herbal muy fresco combinado con agradables notas citricas que recuerdan a la duvel citra pero resulta mas bebible por su bajo abv

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a rugged burnt pale yellow to orange color with a nice looking level foamy head that dissipated evenly leaving some foamy rings. The aroma balanced nicely between citrusy and floral hops eventually. But a big bold puckering sour citrus hit me first. Some Belgian sugars do sort the end of it out nicely. The flavor ends up yielding to the Belgian sweet citrus and floral hoppiness. Puckering sour effect still comes back, all blends into the aftertaste but the puckering sour seems to leave in the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. The "sour" seems to have glided out a lot more. Good carbonation with the hoppiness creating a nice bitterness about it. Overall, nice Belgian pale ale combining bitter hoppiness to the sour. I would have again.

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Photo of janubio
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden colour, with a big head that fades soon, keeping a layer and some lace. Aroma is fruity, some banana and citrus, and moderately hoppy. Medium body, great carbonation. Taste is fruity, banana, spicy notes. Not as bitter as aone would expect from "hoppy", more on the sweet side. Not exactly the best Kasteel.

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Photo of stevoj
2.39/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Musty, lager aroma. Clear golden body with thin, creamy head. Carbonation rises from center of the bottom of the glass like a tornado. taste is sour and bitter, not in a good way. This should be accentuating the hops, this is just like a pilsener.

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

This one tastes like a generic Belgian pale ale, maybe a bit drier than most. No idea where the extra hop profile comes in, it's not in the taste and not in the aroma either. A decent beer nonetheless.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml, caged and corked sparkling wine style bottle. Simple self-description here: 'Hoppy'.

This beer pours an obviously bottle-conditioned, clear bright medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and thinly creamy bone-white head, which leaves some tacky, sudsy splattered lace around the glass as it slowly blows off. Lots of continuously swirling effervescence, as well.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy pale malt, estery yeast, subtle and yet quite bitter citrus rind, and testy leafy, herbal, and grassy hops. The taste is grainy, crackery pale malt, slightly phenolic yeast, floral pistils, wan citrus peel notes, a steady earthy, leafy, and dry grassy hop bitterness, and perhaps a soupcon of metallic warming alcohol.

The carbonation is quite intrusive in its probing and prickly frothiness, the body on the light side of yer typical middleweight, and actually fairly smooth, just a wee hop and acrid yeasty interference pattern being run, to little effect. It finishes off-dry, the base crackery malt keeping things real, while the grassy and yeasty wild child(ren) continue to make a mess of things.

Not a bad brew, overall, however, the hops are too benign in their floral and grassy attempts at overarching control, which leads to an at times unpleasant acridity. Which, really, is a sentiment that could be used to describe American IPAs, so who the hell am I to judge? Approach with an open mind, is all I can say further.

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Photo of Zet
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very pale straw yellow with a curtain of bubbles on the inside of the glass and a low but steady layer of foam. Fresh grassy smell with flowers and yeast. These flavours are also present in the taste, accompanied by malt and fruit (tangerine, pear) aromas. Tastes like a fruity maibock actually. Smooth finish due to the yeast, with a subtle bitterness that lingers decently. Not a beer that will blow your socks off, but a pleasant drink nonetheless.

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Photo of kitch
1.92/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.25

A 330ml bottle with a best before date of November 2015 and poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a clear golden colour with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly leaving a very thin soapy layer and some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Starts with caramel malt and fruity orange, lemon before turning grassy, pine and a metallic iron finish.

Taste: Metallic iron overpowers everything else. Other than that though, there is some light caramel malt sweetness at the beginning and then lots of floral and herbal bitterness that lasts long into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: Ughhh, I like hops. But this… It started off all well and good with a nice pour. It actually looked tasty. But then it all went downhill with the aroma first and then even further with the taste. I just really did not enjoy the taste at all. This one was not for me. I don’t even want to categorise this under Belgian Pale Ale…

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Photo of Act25
3.74/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Belgian brown bottle

APPEARANCE: Pleasant clear straw yellow in color with higher levels of carbonation. Three finger, loose, white head with decent retention, then settles into a covering wisp. Decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Grassy notes, floral hops predominate with white bread. Grain, pilsner malts in background.

TASTE: Lots of bready malts, grainy sugars, and then floral bitterness at the finish. A medium long finish of grainy sweetness, mostly grassy flavors, well balanced with floral hop bitterness. Clean.

FEEL: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy and smooth, finishes crisp. Good but thin feel.

Try it as a summer refresher. Good as most any pale ale or IPA.

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Photo of drmeto
2.1/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

L:
-pours a clear straw golden with a big,quickly dissipating,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
O:
An absolute,watery Mess of a Beer.
Far away from a Pale ale of any kind

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Photo of benfons
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Clear golden colour, small head
In the nose, grassy notes, loads of hops. Tastes rather sweet with a bitter hoppy finish, some floral notes; medium body rather crisp.
Overall a fairly simple beer but a solid one. Would be pretty nice on a hot day.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Delirium Cafe, Bruxelles, BE
Date: Drank 2013-09-11, best by 9/2014
Glass: Tulip

Review from notes

Kasteel's Hoppy is a fairly good, bitter Belgian pale ale, reminscient of a somewhat stronger German pilsner. The bit of iron and obviousness of the ethanol were a bit disappointing, but if this beer were readily available and as affordable as it was in Belgium, I could see myself enjoying it in the states from time to time.

Beer pours a 2cm tall head of clean white foam, dense and long lasting (about two minutes), fading to a thin film atop the body of the beer for the entire session. Lacing also quite complex, with numerous shapes and patterns and heavy frosting of the glass. Beer's body is a medium golden yellow color, with light bringing out brighter golden yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, fairly numerous and active.

Aroma is bready and sweet, slightly vinous, like a pilsner, with slight iron in the background.

Flavor of pleasant bread-like, sweet pilsner malt with grassy and herbal continental hops, reminscent of a hoppy, smooth pilsner with balanced bitterness. Front of palate is amixture of pale malt grain sweetness and breadiness with tones of honey, floral, and herbal continental hops. Mid-palate experiences metal, bready pale malts, flowery and herbal continental hops with a mid-intensity bitterness. Back of palate is heavily sweet and bready with notable ethanol and strong, clean bitterness. Aftertaste is quite clean bitterness, mild malt sweetness (pils malt, I assume): mostly bitter, with slight ethanol.

Beer has medium body with medium to medium-low carbonation, which leads to a lightly foamy and mostly smooth mouthfeel that fits the beer. Closes dry, with light stickiness on the palate.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up during a recent beer run to Belgium. Crystal clear golden yellow pour with a quickly fading one finger head with minimal lacing. The nose was pretty typical Belgian Pale Ale with lots of grassy floral notes along with hints lemon and some subtle perfumey hops. The taste was much less Belgian and actually leaned more towards an American or British Pale Ale. Nice caramel malt sweetness with hints of lemon, grass, perfumey hops, and a nice buttery finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation and great balance. Very smooth and drinkable. Overall, this was a pleasant surprise. I was slightly underwhelmed by the hop character considering the name, but it was a nice sessionable beer. Will definitely pick up more of these.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My mates Log and Dr. Nasty brought this over for a party and never drank it. Cheers boyz.

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Perfectly clear amber yellow in color with higher levels of carbonation. One finger, looser, white head with decent retention, soon settling into a full wisp. A good wisp remains and leaves some decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Grainy malts, pilsner malts perhaps, and some floral hops. Grassy notes and some bread.

TASTE: Some bready malts, grainy sweetness, and some floral bitterness at the swallow. A medium but lingering finish of grainy sweetness, some grassy flavors, as well as some well balanced floral hop bitterness. Nice and refreshing on this thirty degree evening.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy and smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly crisp. Good feel here.

OVERALL: While I'm not a huge fan of the grainy, pilsner-like hoppy pale ales that Belgian brewers like to make, this one was alright. Well balanced and not overwelmingly grainy, which is nice for the style. Perhaps it was the blistering heat we are dealing with here right now, but this one hit the spot just fine.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from La Cervoiserie, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : golden color, with white foam head (not persistent).
Smell : hoppy and grassy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : watery, fruity and herbal flavour with a spicy finish.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Belgian Pale Ale, but near a Pils for my point of view.

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Photo of freneticamnesic
4.12/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the BierKoning in Amsterdam. Poured into a chalice.

A - Pours clear golden yellow, nice thick head that stays awhile

S - Grassy, floral notes, but not very strong

T - Buttery malts, with floral, somewhat spicey hops in the forefront; light fruity esters in the background

M - Good amount of carbonation, medium bodied, as you would expect, with a crisp finish

O - Overall, another very drinkable beer from the Kasteel line. Given the name, I expected more in terms of the hops, but if you want a good Belgian hoppy beer without going too extreme, I suppose this is the perfect middle ground.

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Kasteel Hoppy from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 60 ratings