Hop On Top | Chameleon Brewing

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70
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerFMAndy on 02-09-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
93
Reviews:
44
Avg:
2.68
pDev:
32.46%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
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For Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
3.15/5  rDev +17.5%
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 Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev +13.1%
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 mdaschaf
2.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a light yellow color with a foamy white head. Decent retention with little bits of lacing.

S: The aroma did not have much in way of hops, despite the name. It actually reminded me of buttered popcorn.

T: A little bit of citrus, mostly some lemon, and a bit grassy. Some pale malts, but really light on flavor. Not bitter whatsoever.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation, somewhat crisp.

O: Too thin and just not much too it. The aroma started things off on the wrong foot, and it just didn't get any better.

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Photo of vfgccp
1.53/5  rDev -42.9%
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 TMoney2591
2.24/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

It was so tragic how they hopped on top. ... Wait... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a half-finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose has the unmistakable air of sweet baby carrots. That's it. No kidding. I'm pretty sure I haven't encountered this in a beer before... The taste sorta continues the carrot-like trend, but it also has a bit of funky lemon peel and mild sweet biscuit with it for the sake of company. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, this was a strange beer, really, and certainly not in a good way. ...I don't even know what else to say. I'm in shock.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.8/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

The Hop On Top is a bit dissappointing. While it is much better than the standards...the name brings high expectations. There is no question that this beer would be great to session on hot days....but if I compare it to others in its style...it just will not eank that high. The beer pours a light golden color with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent carries bitter piney hop scent. The taste is mild bitterness and yet somewhat refreshing. The mouthfeel is light in body with decent carbonation. Overall it is ok....for those going to a company picnic in the dead of summer....this beer is a life saver.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of sweemzander
2.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

120z. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No recognized bottle date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the bottle.

(A)- Pours a clear pale yellow color that produced an immediately dissipating white head.

(S)- A crisp citrus of pineapple, orange, and mango with a light honey sweetness.

(T)- Very creamy fruitiness with a very light hop bite.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Sweet & fruity with almost no hop presence. Rather tropical actually.

(D)- A crisp & refreshing beer with a ton of fruits to quench your thirst. Rather disappointing hop presence even for a pale ale. Tastes more like a fruit beer to me.

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Photo of TX-Badger
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Bighuge
1.84/5  rDev -31.3%
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 ovaltine
2.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of jera1350
2.82/5  rDev +5.2%
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 THECPJ
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearace: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: slight hop, biscuit, malts,

taste: butter popcorn, hops, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: rather boring beer. wish it had a better flavor.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.23/5  rDev +20.5%
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 hilgart1
2/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of Kevinpitts
2/5  rDev -25.4%

Two 2 sips and dumped in sink. Yuck.

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Photo of Chucker17
2.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.29/5  rDev +22.8%
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 FosterJM
2.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1754th Review on BA
Bottle to Bavarian Lodge Tulip
12oz

Purchased at Binnys Naperville, IL
Never let your aunt pick beers for you.

App- Golden orange with a very see through appearance. The head is a bit small but leaves some very nice cling. Bubbles from the nucleus are quite nice as they slowly meander to the top to create a nice foam.

Smell- Pretty average on the nose. A bit bitter, grainular, mint and musty. Just kinda there.

Taste- Wow. I couldnt finish it. It was like an old AAL that had been left out. Musty, dank, lemon and a bit like a cider that went bad. Not really sure how else to describe this.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium/flat carbonation. Residual bitter and hops.

Drink- I couldnt finish it. DP for me.

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Photo of campfirebrew
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of richkrull
2/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of durlta
2/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of Onenote81
3.47/5  rDev +29.5%
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 drbenderdo
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of twenty5
2/5  rDev -25.4%

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Hop On Top from Chameleon Brewing
2.68 out of 5 based on 93 ratings.
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