Kasteel Hoppy
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Style:
Pale Ale - Belgian
Ranked #435
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
78
Ranked #46,354
Avg:
3.37 | pDev: 14.24%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
62
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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  18
SCORE
78
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Reviews by ghawener:
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ghawener from El Salvador

3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle: yeasty smell, an ale trying to be a hoppy lager. It has some of both worlds.

Apr 01, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Jun 23, 2017
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paulish from New York

4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 24, 2020
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OlaB from Norway

3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Oct 05, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- Pale amber, very slight haze (there is sediment left on the bottle of the bottle), pours with 1Cm white nice looking head.
S- There is a certain grassy note to it - grass as in a garden lawn rather than anything 'more tropical'.
T- It has an immediate hoppy brightness to it, this builds for say 5 seconds and then ebbs away. Beneath is a more trad Belgian base flavour.
F- It is a good compromise, it's hoppier that most anything you'd usually get in this shape/origin of bottle, but it keeps it in balance overall. There is little risk of anyone suggesting this is over-hopped or modern/fashionable/hipster in style.
O- It's very nice. It would appeal to those who favour trad pale ales, esp with slightly higher than average ABVs%. 330ml 'stumpy'/stepped bottle. Bought from BelgiumInaBox in Antwerp/BE for home delivery to me in London/UK. BB: 01-2021.

May 01, 2020
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Mclusal from Colombia

3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

N34

Jun 23, 2019
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beerdrifter from Germany

3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Oct 17, 2013
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janubio from Spain

3/5  rDev -11%
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.

Aug 23, 2016
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falloutsnow from Illinois

3.49/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Jan 03, 2014
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thierrynantes from France

3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Jul 15, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada

3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Oct 07, 2015
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spointon from Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Feb 03, 2015
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benfons from Belgium

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

Sep 10, 2014
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spycow from Illinois

3/5  rDev -11%

Dec 03, 2014
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.2/5  rDev -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.

Jul 21, 2013
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GRG1313 from California

3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Dec 27, 2015
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NightINgale from Russian Federation

3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 26, 2015
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Evil_Pidde from Sweden

3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm not sure, this is more like a BIPA than anything else - not too shabby

Apr 24, 2015
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RuudJH from Netherlands

3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Nov 14, 2015
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freneticamnesic from Netherlands

4.12/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

Jun 25, 2013
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mar 21, 2015
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BILF from Israel

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Jun 10, 2014
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Howlader from Canada

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Oct 01, 2014
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desint from Belgium

3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oct 06, 2015
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev +11%
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.

Sep 01, 2015
Kasteel Hoppy from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 62 ratings