Hop On Top
Chameleon Brewing

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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,910
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
64
Ranked #48,611
Avg:
2.47 | pDev: 33.6%
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
97
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Chameleon Brewing
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
64
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Reviews by mechamifune:
Photo of mechamifune
1.76/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a pretty clean looking gold/orange. Very slight head, slight lacing. Looks little thin. Nothing totally off-putting.

Smell is wierd...reminds me of some really old hops I came across while homebrewing. Lemon? Asprin? Something along those lines. Not good.

Just awful, like the smell but with a terrible, vomit-like aftertaste. Why would they choose to sell this beer?

Mouthfeel is okay. Doesn't come across as thin as it looks in the pour. Not exactly crisp but cut the carbonation is there and it drinks somewhat smooth.

This is an awful awful beer. I could only make it through a third of of it, and I generally try to make it a point to finish every beer I review. Don't let your curiousity get the best of you, don't buy this beer.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.29/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #90 (July 2014):

Floral, Crackers, Herbal, Thin

Love the effort and uniqueness of this brew, while the bitterness is extremely low for a pale ale the hop flavor. Wet and a bit thin with a decent amount of crispness which lends a touch of graininess. This is a great learning brew to pick out hop flavor, as for actually drinking think of it has true hop water.

STYLE: American Pale Ale | ABV: 4.2% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of vfgccp
1.53/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Note: This is one of two Chameleon beers my friend received as part of a beer of the month club, and both were severely contaminated.

A - Medium-light grade honey. Pours a decent head. Moderate lace. Ok retention.

S - Pine backdrop to earthy grains. Touch of sawdust.

T - The bottle I had clearly went bad. Dry, dusty flavor with a very unpleasant vegetable aftertaste.

M - Flat. Unpleasant off-taste of vegetables.

D - Bad batch.

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Photo of Bighuge
1.84/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Hazy golden. Thin dirty white head. Splotchy patches of lace are left behind. Big bouquet of hops on the nose. Very fragrant. Minty. Garlicy. And yes, onion powder too. Flavor follows suit. Actually, a fairly weak body to support much of anything. Hop flavors are onion and garlic. Malts are missing altogether in the flavor profile. Quite weak with hop flavors that don't appeal to me. I liked Chameleon's witbier. Not this one though.

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Photo of Sammy
3.15/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Sprecher brewery. Mid yellow coloured body with tons of lasting white foam. A little hop smell, a mild hop taste. Drinkable, but unexceptional pale. More of a weak IPA. C-hop. Mostly malt, with what seems to be hop oil. Average mouthfeel.

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Photo of marcellaproust
1.8/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I was excited to see a Wisconsin brewery make inroads into Nebraska, albeit a pseudo-microbrew. I drank two bottles, opened a third to taste and then tossed it. The stuff is awful and I'm not only disappointed but out of $8.

A: golden amber, coarse weak head

S: strongest quality: fairly standard floral, greeny, veg scent

T: godawful. The hoppy scents lead you to believe that there will be something *there*: but it's bland, watery (I really believe that there is more taste in a Miller or Bud light), absent until the finish--unfortunately, where what I can only describe as candy-scented plastic, the plastic of tupperware, assaults you.

MF: starved

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.54/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Having struck out with the Fire Light I'm trying the Hop on Top. Pours a bright straw with a fizzy head. Aroma is pretty awesome, with a pretty hefty resinous pine note. Grain and grass sweetness lies underneath the surface. Taste is cereal malt up front, before scratchy floral hops explode in the mouth mid taste. Those fade quickly and finish with more malt sweetness, leaving you wanting another sip. No real bitterness with this one, though the hops coat the tongue, painting it with a light brush. Kind of a neat trick. It's an IPA that finishes like a pilsner or light pale ale. Guess I should expect nothing less from a brewery named Chameleon. It's certainly unique, though it's not necessarily for everyone.

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Photo of bigconrad
1/5  rDev -59.5%

Photo of pweis909
4.05/5  rDev +64%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably like many others, I was intrigued by the label's promise of delivering hop aroma In a session beer. The aroma is very interesting - a complex blend of fruit and floral, vegetative, and skunk? No, it didn't quite go there but left me with something that I sort of recognize but can't quite name. This something makes me want more, if only I could name it... What hops do they use? I checked the brewers website and it says Willamette, Tettnang, cascade, and. . . Dried flowers? Assuming they don't mean hop flowers, this is a bait and switch, making me think I'll be smelling lots of hops when in fact the aroma is something else. It's got me thinking summer flowers when it's below zero. It's a bit of a mind trick but it won me over.

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Photo of waldoiverson
2.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle into nonic

a: pale straw, fluffy white head, energetic carbonation

s: this is a weird one. i think this may have been aggressiveness dry hopped, a little musty with a bit of a funky musty mint tone. it reminds me of a spent muslin bag of hops after a few weeks in the secondary fermenter

t: floral dirty sock, milk on the edge of going bad + diacetyl. this is not good.

M: smooth with a bit of carbonation.

O: this beer looks ok, smells suspicious, and tastes bad. avoid.

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Photo of fuelvolts
1.38/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I received this beer in a beer of the month club. I was very excited to try this as I consider myself a hop head. I pray to God I just got a bad batch. This beer was terrible. Smell is awful and the taste us unbearable. It tastes spoiled. Basically an embarrassing excuse for a beer. I would rather drink flat Natural Light than this.

Appearance: the color of Miller lite, very light. Looks like apple juice.
Carbonation: very thin head that dissipates quickly with zero lacing. Over carbonated an burns the tongue.
Smell: spoiled
Taste: not even worth mentioning. Took 4 sips and started gagging. Basically the worst tasting beer I've ever had.

What a terrible beer.

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Photo of uncle8gil
1.89/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

the pour reveales a hazy, golden brew with a crisp, white head. aroma is pretty good: as the label promises, this is an 'aroma ale.' much like that girl in college that looked amazing your freshman year but looked horrific your senior...that girl is this beer. the mouthfeel is thin and watery and the crisp carbonation augments it. the taste is far worse. this beer is the worst tasting beer i have had in recent memory. the fruity esters here have no place in this style and wouldn't be well-done in any other. grape and banana tastes are overwhelming. i am embarrassed this brew comes from wisconsin.

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Photo of Sconnie
4.04/5  rDev +63.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lot of people seem to be beating up this beer as a bad American Pale Ale, but if you look at the brewery's website they make no claims that this beer is an APA. Rather, it is an 11 IBU, "Aroma Hop Ale" with dried flowers. And if you drink it without thinking about the BJCP American Pale Ale category, and you go in expecting some flowery flavors (something not mentioned on the bottle, but should be) I think it's quite a refreshing little summer time beer.
Very pale, strong herbal and hop aromas. No bitterness at all to speak of, just a bit of hop and floral flavor, followed by a crisp, pilsner malt finish.
Refreshing and well made.

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Photo of campfirebrew
2.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of jera1350
2.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden color with a fizzy off-white head that dissipates pretty fast. No lacing.

In the beginning, there is a fresh hop sort of smell, but it has a fake piney note to it. After a couple of minutes, the nose is really faint.

I think this is best described as a Budweiser with hop flavoring added at bottling. Watered down adjunct malt that adds zero sweetness. Then there is the extremely piney back end that has a fake quality to it as well. Just not working real well.

Thinner and watered down feel. Seltzer like carbonation.

I'm probably going to drainpour the rest of this. A rather embarrassing attempt at a hopped up beer. I don't recommend this one.

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Photo of CPAles
2.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of Another6Pack
1.96/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pour is alarmingly yellow for an APA. Looks much more like a AAL or ML. Thin, loose head that leaves zero lacing.

Aroma is metallic with notes of gear oil.

Front-end bitterness gives way to dry sourness and powdery hops. Thin body and parching dryness. The flavor seems artificial.

I can drink just about any beer, but this one is tough going.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
2.34/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This might be the disappointment of the year. This was a random pick from Beer Crazy, my fault. It looks pretty with the amber color and plentiful carbonation. The aroma was peculiar, like, uncooked pizza dough and a metallic essence, this wasn't a good sign. The taste was flat out nasty. That metallic taste with a sour fruit component that is just plain nasty. Drain pour for this bastard beer.

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Photo of kimlhurst
2.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear gold color with lingering large white collar. Strong earthy hoppy aroma but the taste is a neutral beery taste.

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Photo of jwinship83
2.51/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle with an unreadable mark on the side of the bottle. drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a pale and hazy looking straw colored body. this almost looks like a wheat beer. a small very fizzy white head sits on top and quickly vanishes. little to no lacing left behind.

S- light pale malts up front. after that theres a large blast of floral hops. theres also a faint pine and citric hop thing going on here too.

T- the pale malts once again start this one off. then comes a blast of the most fake tasting floral hops ive ever encountered, and some extremely light citrus to go along with it.

M- light bodied and watery. way too thin. the carbonation is way too high. its almost at soda levels. no bitterness at all.

D- this doesnt have any of the feel to it that a craft beer has. this is something i dont want to have again.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.47/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extra bottle received from BeerFMAndy in a generous trade recently. Thanks!

Code printed on the bottle, not sure if I can decipher. Labeled as an "Aroma Hop Ale." Huh. Not sure I've heard that one before. Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a much paler-than-expected yellowish orange. There's a decent-sized white head billowing out at first, but this disappears quickly, leaving no trace of itself on the glass. Big floral scents coming out of this one! Like the other reviewers said, there is a bit of a fake plastic-y scent that's a little overbearing at times. Really though, smells like fresh-cut flowers and grass. I like it.

The body is pretty crisp with a moderate-to-high amount of carbonation. Nothing harsh though. The flavor is pretty tame at first. This tastes cheap and thin. Honey sweetness is the dominant flavor I'm getting. Slight sour note in the middle, and the hops are not nearly as prominent as in the nose. Bitterness level is low. I tell you though, I really like the aftertaste on this. That's why I kicked this up a bit. I really could have a sixer of this no problem. I found this refreshing. It's a simple beer, but sometimes simple is just right.

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Photo of dtivp
1.69/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Selection from the BOTM club.

Poured a straw gold with a small white head, nice retention and moderate lacing with a lasting collar.
It goes down hill from here.
Aroma of some floral hops and nothing else.

I can't describe the taste other than nothing and then you were left with a bitter after taste.

Mouthfeel was watery and thin.

I dumped the beer and opened the second bottle and it was the same and got dumped.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of BeerFMAndy. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pours a light shade of gold. Completely transparent, though no real visible carbonation. Single-finger head fades quickly into a thin collar with only a few spots of lacing on the sides. Opening the bottle, it smells like a fresh package of hops, but in a really odd way. It smells like they've been left out for a little bit and then mixed into a sugary cereal. Very odd. The taste is along the same lines. The hop-pellet character is there, but it's mixed with a very odd cereal-like sweetness. Mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery. Okay, but strange.

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Photo of bismarksays
2.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of ruckus232
3.25/5  rDev +31.6%

Hop On Top from Chameleon Brewing
Beer rating: 64 out of 100 with 97 ratings