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Kasteel Hoppy | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Kasteel HoppyKasteel Hoppy

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by freneticamnesic on 06-25-2013

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Reviews by freneticamnesic:
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4.12/5  rDev +26.8%
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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Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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 +10.5%
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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2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of desint
3.52/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RuudJH
3.36/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrBier
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fresh keg on draft during Max's 72 Hrs of Belgium. Very nice.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
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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3.25/5  rDev 0%

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2.1/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

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

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2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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2.6/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeffo
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Kasteel Hoppy from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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