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Hop On Top | Chameleon Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Chameleon Brewing
Wisconsin, United States
chameleonbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerFMAndy on 02-09-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,696
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
93
pDev:
34.14%
Bros Score:
3.29
 
 
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Photo of BellsFan
5/5  rDev +100.8%

Photo of Mscarpen
5/5  rDev +100.8%

Photo of purplesugar
4.44/5  rDev +78.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really skeptical from the appearance; it was a smokey golden color.

But the smell.. the smell. Amazing. Like flowers and Christmas.

Taste was exceptional. To Die For. Tasted like memories.

Surprisingly carbonated. A really crisp and refreshing feel.

When it comes down to it, the sight doesn't give the taste and smell justice. Easily in my top 3.

SERVE THIS BEER IN A GLASS.

-- drinking this beer from the bottle tastes a little metallic.

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Photo of pweis909
4.05/5  rDev +62.7%
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 Sconnie
4.04/5  rDev +62.2%
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 Lemke10
3.75/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at the Sprecher's Restaurant and Pub in Lake Geneva, WI for $5 in early 2012.

Pours a golden yellow color with about ½ inch of a bubble white head. Plenty of carbonation rising to the top. Has a floral and hoppy scent. Taste is sweet with floral and hibiscus tones that finishes with a nice hoppy after taste. Uniquely grainy that is ultra smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of ssjkyle
3.75/5  rDev +50.6%

Photo of byrdman16
3.7/5  rDev +48.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I too received this in a beer of the month club. I too am a hop head and was very eager to crack this one open. After taking a sniff of this brew, i realized this was no ordinary hop ale. Through further research I discovered that this is a pale ale brewed with flowers which makes a hell of alot more sense than when I was thinking that it was an IPA.

A: clear, light golden color with little lacing

S: different, a mix between cascade hops and roses??

T: has a bit of a dry taste to it. well balance between sweetness and bitterness.

M: light

D: This brew is different and I enjoy that, a little bit too much of the flower taste for me but Im glad I got to try this.

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Photo of u2carew
3.65/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz longneck twist off
A) Pours with a big white head. Clear body. Bronze in color. Thin sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Bright hop aroma - fresh and grassy like it was just picked from the vine.
T) Nutty malt tones with some sweet grain flavors. Subtle hops in the finish, hence the "hop on top" name. This is like blonde ale with a great hop aroma and some residual hop flavors in the aftertaste.
M) Light body. Fizzy. Slightly dry in the finish. A little grassy.
D) A decent beer. I would definitely drink another. There are quite a few negative reviews about this beer, but I think people are expecting a hop bomb just because the word "hop" shows up in the name. There's more to a beer than just it's name...

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.54/5  rDev +42.2%
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 Onenote81
3.47/5  rDev +39.4%
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 firkingroovin
3.3/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.29/5  rDev +32.1%
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 ruckus232
3.25/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of druston
3.24/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a regular pint glass with approx. 1 finger of egg shell colored head. Nice clear brew, slightly lighter than apple juice. The first thing I noticed with the smell was the hoppiness and floral fragrance. I gave it a below average smell rating because of a soap like smell...not used to that. I felt it had a great taste and the off soap smell did not carry over. Surprisingly not as hoppy as it smells. Overall, I feel this is a very drinkable beer. I know this sounds crazy but it could be enjoyed on a hot summer day right from the bottle. This beer is a great example of an APA that I would offer someone new to the craft beer arena because of its smoothness, yet unique taste

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.23/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. 4.2% ABV, 10011 printed on the neck. Purchased at the Sprecher gift shop.

A - Pours a lightly hazy golden yellow straw with a puffy stark white head. Moderate retention despite the billowing carbonation. Little bits of lace cling to the sides of the glass.

S - The aroma is rich with floral scents and hops. It smells like a flower garden. The hops have light citrus hints with an overarching resin/plastic thing going on. Very light pale malts to the finish.

T - Light citrus is lemon-lime-like with a big flower flavor. The hops aren't really tasted as much as flower pedals are. A pale malt is in the background. Very light citrusy finish. Zero IBUs in this practically.

M - Light-bodied and fully carbonated with a crisp and somewhat clean finish. No bitterness but light floral citrus and dryness to the finish.

D - This would be much better around 40 degrees F if not 35, especially on a hot summer day. It's just not doing it for me right now. It's rather bland with little balance. Too floral and thin.

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Photo of Guden
3.2/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a clear light golden color with 3/4" head which slowly fades with a little lacing, looks nice.

S- Wow, lots of floral hoppiness. Some rose, lilac, spring time smells with just a bit of piney and citrusy character of hops. Doesn't smell too much like beer, but smells good.

T- Up front just like the aroma, flowery bright spring time flavors with light fruits, rose, lilac and a bit of citrus. This is quickly replaced by a weak malt sweetness. Nothing too bad, a little like a very floral IPA minus any bitterness on the back end, definitely unique.

M- More or less feels like an average american pale ale (although it is very clear that this is in no way attempting to be a pale ale). A little oiliness makes it feel not so great but good amount of carbonation and body.

D- Goes down fine but gets a little tiring, there's a lot going on in the front end and very little going on by the end. Definitely worth trying but not something I'd drink a whole lot of, and I wish it had a little more alcohol and maltiness.

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Photo of lazyboy247
3.17/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: golden thin white head fades fast. no lacing at all.

S: Piney hops and malt on the nose

T:The taste isn't that clean but a little hops and medium malty flavor.

M: thin and not a lasting aftertaste

D: I could probably have a couple of these if they were cheap on draft.

Overall this beer was just okay and wouldn't go out of my way to have it again.

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Photo of Sammy
3.15/5  rDev +26.5%
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 arkurzynski
3.14/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle from Sprecher Brewery gift shop. Pours golden with virtually no head. Fairly strong floral hop aroma with a little citrus. Also a somewhat plastic-like aroma. Very light on the palate. Mostly pale malts and slightly sour. Dry finish. Not a repeat.

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Photo of crossovert
3.12/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

Pours an extremely clear gold that looks more like a pilsener than an apa. The head is white and soapy looking and dissipates all to quickly, leaving spotty lacing.

It has a strong smell of grassy herbal hops.. Again, it is almost like smelling a pilsener.

The taste is light and malty. Like an ESB. It has that English hop character to the taste and English tasting malts. It is a session beer that the English would like, but as far as an APA goes it is rather weak.

This beer should smell better than it does, it is ok at best.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev +21.7%
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 tyleeis
3/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of DCdevyl78
3/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3/5  rDev +20.5%

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