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:
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:
5
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2/5  rDev -25.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -44%

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2/5  rDev -25.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -44%

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5/5  rDev +86.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Mscarpen
5/5  rDev +86.6%

Photo of RoamingGnome
2.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass

A) More or less golden in color. A rather aggressive pour led to not much head. The head was gone in a hurry. No lacing. Many bubbles rising to the surface. This has the look of a macro lager in many respects.

S) Not much... Watery pine, light floral, a little sweet. It smells like a cleaning product.

T) Very mild citrus and orange peel. The finish is doesn't leave you wanting another sip and the aftertaste lingers in a bad way.

M) Thin and Zesty. A highly carbonated beer.

O) This was just not very good. An almost certain headache waiting to happen. This might be what would happen if you took a decent pale ale, dumped out 75% of the bottle and then added water and some orange peel extract.

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Photo of IpeeA
3/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Another6Pack
1.96/5  rDev -26.9%
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 mariposafan
3/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of DesMoinesMike
2.34/5  rDev -12.7%
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 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 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 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 Haessly
1.85/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Serving Type: Bottle

Appearance: Light Golden Bronze, Off-White Head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Hop aroma that soon turns into smells of Flower, Plastic and Soap.

Taste: Slight Hop and Floral followed by the taste of dirty dishwater. No Malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Over carbonated. Very thin.

Overall: I want my $9 back. Not sure how this made it out of R&D.

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Photo of u2carew
3.65/5  rDev +36.2%
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 marcellaproust
1.8/5  rDev -32.8%
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 Guden
3.2/5  rDev +19.4%
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 +18.3%
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 dtivp
1.69/5  rDev -36.9%
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 ClarkPinnock
2.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Onenote81 for sharing this!

Something was definitely off with this batch...I hope. Poured a pleasant looking golden color.

Notes of citrus in the nose along with what certainly seemed to be a little asparagus. I now the "Green" movement has been taking off, but this is a unique twist.

I could taste hops, but they were of a piney variety. Malt came through a little bit at the end, but I wish it had been stronger.

Summarily, I'm not really sure what to make of this.

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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 argenti44
1.58/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I had this in a Pint Glass. I received this in my beer of the month club January edition.

The beer poured a straw yellow with no head. No lacing looked like a glass of Urine.

It had a slight soapy smell with a piney sent in the background.

This was like drinking dishwater. It did have a Piney taste up front with citrus around the edges, but the soapy dishwater taste was the most noticeable.

Very flat with a very watered down feel.

I could hardly finish what I started, but in order to make an accurate assessment I felt I owed it to the brewer to finish.

I am wondering if I received a skunky bottle. I have two more left I will update this review.

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