Hopstar Session India Pale Ale | Fulton Beer

Hopstar Session India Pale AleHopstar Session India Pale Ale
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Average: 4.04 | pDev: 9.16%

Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 122

#632 ranked American IPA | 4.90% ABV

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Fulton Beer
Minnesota, United States
fultonbeer.com

Notes: Year-round availibility. Twice dry-hopped with Citra, Mosaic, and Amarillo, this Session IPA shines bright hop rays through a nebulous body of Maris Otter, Golden Promise, Golden Naked Oats, and white wheat. It’s Session IPA, NE Minneapolis style.
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Photo of dbl_delta
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated can into pint glass. Pours a hazy yellow-amber with a fluffy white head. Initial impression iis lemon, grapefruit, dankness, pine resin. This has a lot of flavor for a session IPA. Mouthfeel is medium (kind of thin, avtually) and razor-sharp; carbonation is higher than I like. Finish is dry and bitter. Not bad but not world-changing either.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, there may or may not be a date of some sort written on it....

Smells like a hop bud sitting inside of a playdoh fun factory. Taste is bitter sour and dank. For a five percenter this has plenty of bitter grapefruit rind and just enough vegetal hop goodness. The malt and oat is well hidden, a backing corus for the main attraction.

A good Fulton beer

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Photo of MikeWard
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can into a pint glass. canned 1/25/18, so 9 months old here.

very hazy orange/yellow body. Big foamy white head replenished by a steady stream of carbonation. Decent lacing too.

Strong aroma of orange citrus.

Orange and grapefruit from the hop profile, which is impressive given it's age. must be a full out hop assault when fresh. Bitterness is lightly leaning toward sour, but only lightly.

Mouth is close to full, finish bittersweet.

Given the age, this one turned out quite well. A powerful beer given it's abv of 4.9. Fulton is a nice recent addition to the PA distribution scene.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a cellar temp 16 oz can poured into my snifter. The beer pops open with a bit of gushing foam. SOme spillage is unavoidable. Getting into the glass a frothy bleached white head takes over the glass and almost overtops the rim.
The aroma is lemon notes and other citrus with a bit of grass and some other tropical fruit notes. The beer is a slightly hazy goldenrod color. The foam fades quickly to a thick surface foam leaving windowpane lattice on the sides of my glass.
The first sip reveals a light crisp body with fine and gentle carbonation. The texture is very smooth and the beer drinks easy as it should for a session ale.
FLavor is a bit of caramel and then rolls to hops with citrus notes of lemon and some mango, but then also grapefruit and rindy bitter notes. The bitterness lingers a bit after each swallow and my palate dries out as well.
Easy drinking light beer that I enjoy. I think it could be a little more body but it is pretty interesting and drinkable.

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Photo of rickyfinn
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unique cloudy lemon look. Pours, smells, feels light, but has a great high-note hopps finish, lingering but not oppressive. Very balanced and drinkable. High carbonation.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 2/12/2018. Pours moderate hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big ruby grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, light pepper, pine, cracker, white bread, light biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big ruby grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, light pepper, pine, cracker, white bread, light biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of ruby grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, pepper, pine, cracker, white bread, light biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from bitterness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is an excellent session IPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish, not aggressive. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Great Citra, Mosaic, Amarillo hop showcase. Very juicy, vibrant, and fairly dank/earthy hop complexity; nice pale malt backbone, with no residual sweetness. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example. One of the better session IPAs I've ever had.

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Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the captain of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a bright yellow color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of grapefruit, some floral notes. Taste is grapefruit, some tropical fruits, hints of pine, mild bitterness. Feelsm medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of ipeters1017
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice clear yellowish orange with a big rocky head. Citrus and a bit of dankness on the nose. The taste follows, fairly fruity with a bitter aftertaste. Smooth, light bodied, and fairly dry with medium carbonation. Super easy to drink and very tasty.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a foggy yellow-straw with two fingers of white foam. Head retention is good with minimal lacing. Aroma is herbal, floral, and light citrus. Pleasant bouquet of hops. Flavor profile is herbal, floral, and light citrus layered over biscuit malts. Hops are plentiful, and well balanced all within a small ABV platform. Mouth feel is a touchy fizzy and harsh, but is otherwise crisp with a medium-thin thickness. Overall, a great low ABV hoppy beer. Well crafted and balanced.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 16oz can.

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Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, served in a snifter glass. Pours a slightly cloudy, unfiltered darker golden body with a one finger white head, frothy lacing, fair retention. Smell is citrus, freshly squeezed grapefruit, slight pineapple, minimal caramel. The hop aromatics shine nicely here as well. Flavour is similar; freshly squeezed grapefruit, a bit of rind and zest, no caramel sweetness is discernible behind the grapefruit which dominates. The hop aromatics are very nice here without this getting too bitter. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, appropriately drinkable but with a nice hop presence that makes you forget it's a session beer. Good balance, nice drinkability and therefore sessionability. Meets the billing nicely.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Look: Opaque medium-light orange body under a massive chunk of off-white sea foam, retention is good with sheets of think lacing.

Aroma: Pineapple, mango, light pear, light grapefruit zest on the back end.

Taste: All the fruitiness in the aroma is substituted for light pine, some orange peel, and grapefruit sharpness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and dry, a little sticky.

Overall: A ton of fruity aroma and decent piney flavor, certainly excellent for the style.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Happy New Cut a Single in Minneapolis, MN Beer Sunday (Week 668)!

As usual, I have a planned theme for today. Here in PA, we get distro from seemingly everywhere & it is tough to keep up with all of the newest releases. It is even more spectacular that they are coming to us in CANs for the furtherance of The CANQuest (tm). Let the fun CANtinue! 

From the CAN: "Twice dry-hopped with Citra, Mosaic & Amarillo, Hopstar shines bright hop rays through a nebulous body. It's Session IPA, NE Minneapolis style."

I was a bit surprised when I Crack!ed this CAN open & I got some foaming through the vent. I would have probably done so anyway, but this cemented my desire to simply perform a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. As you might imagine, this produced just under two fingers of dense, fluffy, foamy, bone-white head with good retention & nice lacing all on its own. No effort required on my part. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose smelled like catty, grassy, lemon biscotti! Why was Simcoe the kitty in the bakery? We let her out at night for mousing purposes, but she seems to have gotten into the dough! Mouthfeel was medium, nicely carbonated & kind of ticklish on the tongue. The taste was rather pronounced in terms of its lemony bitterness, but that was okay by me since the biscuit malt was also prevalent. I would LOVE to have some lemon biscotti from Enrico's Bakery in Da 'Burgh right about now. The Citra was the real Hopstar in this one, although I got some of the tropical fruitiness on the finish, courtesy of the Mosaic. I may have been mistaken about Simcoe, but I swear that I smelled it on the nose. Finish was dry, but not excessively bitter. I just wonder about that haziness - did they hop it to the point of (over)saturation? Hmm.

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Photo of ZAP
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L-Cloudy golden color. Big frothy head

S-Floral, weed...some citrus like grapefruit and lemons

T-Floral, pine, grapefruit, lemons..light malt backing

F-Lighter bodied..spritzy....I don't get a thin impression...just light and pritzy...some late bitterness.

O-Some nice flavors to this. Doesn't remind me of any other IPA's/Pale Ale's off hand. Unique and enjoyable.

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Photo of craigbelly
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours extremely hazy, milky yellow-orange with a medium off white head with decent retention and some lace. Aroma is juicy citrus, orange creamsicle, and onion. Taste is mildly bitter, lots of juicy citrus hop flavor. A bit on the thin side.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 16oz can into glass. 'Canned on 2017-09-08'.
Has a cloudy, golden body, two finger white head settles to thick cap, patches of lacing.
Fresh citrus hops aroma.
Taste has both citrus and piney hops, good malt backbone. Very low bitterness.
Thinner mouth feel, rather dry.
Good tasting IPA, lower ABV beer. Calls for more than one in a session.

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Photo of Hop_Swig
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best options when you don't want to throw down another juice bomb. If I were rating it for a session category, it would be near perfect. It does a great job of retaining the floral nature of mosaic and the citrus of the other 2 hops without bombarding one's palate. This will be the new base option in my fridge when I don't want a huge IPA or the pineyness of more west coast favorites like Racecar 5 or Duet. This one is brilliant in its NE subtlety.

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Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly cloudy golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of tropical fruit and sweet caramel. Nice pineapple, citrus and mango flavors with a toasted caramel backbone.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a really supreme session beer here, golden and super pale and light on the malt side of things, dry hopped to high heaven with a nice tropical and fresh cut citrus profile, a dynamic beer to say the least, drinkable forever, and better than any of the other hoppy stuff i have had from fulton before. the staff at the taproom is right to be enthusiastic about this one, a leader in its category i would say. through the frothy white head i smell what i am sure is citra, juicy and fresh, almost a wet hopped vibe to this, i am sure being in the taproom and having the freshest possible beer helps with that. light pineapple and pine to it as well in the flavor, a bit oily, giving it a richer complexion than most sessions have, and with a delicate honey type malt profile that is just right with these hops. bitterness is kept super low, this is more about aroma than anything, and its easy drinking as can be without being the least bit watery. exactly what i am looking for in an all day hoppy beer, they have this one absolutely dialed! among the very best fulton beers i have ever had.

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Photo of aoampm
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a snifter. Canned a month ago.

Pours a hazy yellow orange with almost no head and very little lacing.

Smell is pine, lemon, and some tropical fruits.

Taste is piney lemon, vanilla citrus, and a bitter pineapple / apple flavor.

Feel is pretty nice for a session IPA. Pretty full bodied and quite refreshing.

Overall a solid beer especially factoring the low ABV. Plenty going on flavor-wise with this thing.

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Photo of brenn79
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can, thanks bro- Pours a very hazy orangeish golden with a large white head that reduces leaving spotty lace. Aroma is citrusy, juicy, tropical fruits, hops. The taste is similar, juicy, mango, lemon, grapefruit, tropical goodness all wrapped up with a fair amount of hop flavor, and a bit of bitterness, what i really like is the bone dry finish, just begs for another drink. Tons of flavor here all packed in a beer that's less than 5% abv. Yum

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can from Happy Harry's in Grand Forks, ND. Aroma is juicy citrus, orange creamsicle. Pours hazy, milky yellow-orange with a medium off white head with decent retention and some lace. Taste is mildly bitter, lots of juicy citrus hop flavor. A tad thin. Pretty tasty NE style.

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Photo of Mdog
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 16oz can:

Appearance: Opaque yellow, good head.

Smell: Citrusy, sweetness, hint of tropical fruit.

Taste: Moderately sweet, moderate citrus with orange juice, soft mouthfeel and easy to drink.

Overall: I haven't been a big fan of the session IPA style, but this beer does it well. Enough malt heft and nice feel instead of just being hop water. Too bad it is/was really tough to find in the stores. Good stuff!

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 16 oz can on July 14, 2017. Very appealing look. The smell and taste is very pleasant and surprisingly complex for a session beer. The feel is light to medium bodied with a smooth finish. Crushable.

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Photo of ta_hagen
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has the NE-style hazy look for sure. Very carbonated, but fits the beer. Taste is grapefruit rind, lots of pineapple, and of course juicy grapefruit and finishes dry. Wonderful session IPA. You do get a garlic rye pepper finish. But it tastes really good. I will definitely grab another 4-pack soon since I could drink this all summer long. It is very good.

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Photo of Ri0
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured 16oz can into Snifter. Very cloudy and dirty yellow color with a 1.5 finger white head. Some spotty lacing all over the glass. Smell is big on fresh, juicy tropical notes from all the different hops. Plenty of mango, pineapple, passion fruit, along with citrus. Some nice sweet honey and minimal malt. Flavor is packed with hops and juicy, very good with some tangerine, grapefruit, mango, pineapple. Nice mouthfeel with excellent carbonation. Very sticky and juicy with a light dry finish. Nice, easy drinking hazy IPA.

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