Hobnobber | Full Pint Brewing Company

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Full Pint Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice beer for a session IPA with a moderate bitterness and light caramel sweetness in the background. It had very good drinkability and the main detraction for me was the over carbonation. A little to harsh and bubbly.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The Hobnobber has an awesome scent....pine mixed with orange peel....I didn't cut the beer off in time to avoid the floaties.....so the color is a cloudy light amber with thin white head with no lace. The taste is very bitter and no well balanced....so session would be tough for those that are not hop heads. The feel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its ok....not as smooth as Founder's all day.

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Photo of JVStabile64
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a pint-sized mason jar with a handle.

Color is appealing enough; sort of a deep gold/light amber. Carbonation is active and fizzy, the head bubbles down to a coating within a minute or two. Thin lacing, kind of spotty.
I wasn't too fond of the sediment at the bottom...it was visible in the unopened bottle and also at the bottom of my glass. Subtract a "visual appeal" point for that.

I thought the smell was quite nice, although muted. Fresh and hoppy citrus, with light caramel malts. Just a hint of pine, and some earthy grass. Great aroma overall, just not very potent.

The taste of Hobnobber is right on par with the aroma, although a bit more pronounced. Tangy, citrusy hop flavor; reminded me immediately of grapefruit juice. Malt flavor is there, but it's kind of secondary. Also got some flavor of damp hay/grass, and a (very) little bit of yeast.
Smooth mouthfeel, combined with the fairly active carbonation, give Hobnobber a nice crispness.

Overall, a pretty good session/adjunct IPA. I'd buy it again...but not if I could get my hands on Founders All-Day instead.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy goldenstraw with an impressive head that leaves a web of lace

Smell: Pilsner malts with a hint of grapefruit

Taste: A very clean, bready malt bill opens the flavor parade with the hops developing in the middle; while there is some grapefruit from the citra, it is not overly pronounced and fades a bit in the finish, which is rather dry

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Decent enough for a session IPA but I have had others whose hop profile I prefer to this

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

- session ipa. best by 12/31/13. Consumed 09/18/13. Lot #359. 4% abv.

A: Pumpkin orange, good strong carbonation factor, some overcast clarity wise. The head is short lived, dirty ivory in color with a thin frothy covering.

S: Fresh grapefruit pulp, wet, juicy, hint of fresh lemon-orange mixture, with a sweet hint of caramel pine. Pretty good level of awareness.

T: Flavor was dry, pilsner grains, hint of straw, hopping is lightly dry, not as fresh or wet as on the nose. Pine, woodsy feel with some grapefruit straw, small toastedness and sweetness arrives in flashes along with some semi-dry orange peel.

M: Decent crispness, light body, grainy pilsner like mouthful, lightly rough, powdery pilsner coating on the tongue.

O: Overall for 4% has a good deal of hoppiness. The maltiness falls a bit victim here of low abv. Wish the citra hops were a bit more pronounced flavor wise, nose was good though. At end of day do you rate per style or as a session interpretation. Label says its a ipa, BA is calling it a pale ale? again dilemias.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a perfect pint.

4.0 A: Lightly hazed deep yellow color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is good and a healthy ring of lacing is left.

3.25 S: Earthy hop aroma and a light neutral maltiness. Some yeastiness as well. Overall, not too complex or potent, but it still smells good.

3.25 T: Moderate bitterness and earthy hop flavor. Mild to moderate yeastiness and a mild neutral maltiness.

3.25 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A touch of creaminess and refreshing.

3.25 D: It's okay, but nothing special.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a mostly clear honey gold, white lacing for a head.

Smells of citrus orange/lemon and fresh, floral hops. Some light bready malts in there too.

Tastes of light citrus tartness, piney hop bitterness, and slightly woody undertones.

Medium body with a tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Overall a pretty great ale, but the taste is kind of dull. Otherwise, great presentation, definitely worth trying, but there are better offerings both in the style and from this brewery.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a cloudy copper brown color with a one finger head, some of which stays on the top of the brew until the end. Minimal lacing.

The smell is caramel malts and floral hops. There is a pine note buried in there somewhere; no citrus that I can detect. There is also a bready, biscuit smell.

The taste follows the nose with a bready, biscuit caramel taste then a surprisingly good amount of bitterness, from a session IPA, then an oily pine like taste. Some oil left on the tongue after swallowing. A dry taste is left in the rest of the mouth.

The mouthfeel is thick, bready and chewy.

Overall this is a good session IPA. I usually don't like session IPA's since they attempt to be drinkable for a session and therefore tend to go light on the hops. This brew keeps the bitterness fairly high for a session IPA, (50 IBU's) and therefore is the first session IPA I have had that I would actually drink for a session.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer at the blue dog. I was looking for some lower ABV to try, so I tried this one.
It wsa pretty good and tasty.
The color was a deeper golden amber with a fairly tall white head. As the head faded it left some lacing. Medium carbonation. Looks desent to drink.
Aroma has a good hop presence. I can pick out floral and earthy notes along with some pale biscuit malts.
Taste is light and refreshing. I can taste some floral hops but there not very assertive. Malts have a biscuit taste and perhaps some caramel malts.
Drinks a bit couse with a dry and bitter finish.
A pretty good. Is it case worthy? Not yet

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Photo of Florida9
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Slightly hazy pale gold in color. Forms a moderate sized, tight-bubbled, white head good retention and some moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is pleasant. Pale malts and biscuit, along with some grapefruit and pithy citrus hops.

T: Taste is fairly light. Light pale malts, biscuit, some light Pilsner malt notes. But the hops are fairly subdued as well. There is some grapefruit, grapefruit pith, and maybe a little woody pine, but everything is very light. The only thing that is not light is the bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Dry. Appropriate carbonation. Moderate bitterness comes off quite aggressively and borders on astringency.

O: A decent APA, one brewed to be sessionable. And at 4% ABV, that is understandable. However, while the brewers gave this beer a good dose of astringent bitterness, they did not balance it out with any malty sweetness or hoppy flavors. As such, this beer comes off as dry, almost flavorless and rather bitter.

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Photo of WissBrauSean
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold in colour with a thin white head and cool dragon tooth lacing this beer smells faintly of grapefruit, earthy hops and pale malt. Of course, I poured it a bit too cold and I am sure more aromas will come out but for now it smells like an APA. What I first noticed about it when I took the first sip was it was very light in body (thin) and fairly hoppy. The earthy flavoured hops are pretty forward in the sip with mild pale malt sweetness underneath. The beer finishes fairly dry with some peppery notes and leaves a thin coat on the tongue. I would say that this beer is excellent for parties or outdoor events with food to those who enjoy a little hop bitterness and don't want to get wicked drunk. At 3% ABV you could enjoy more than just one or two. This being a bit hoppy would also pair well with food and in that respect I highly recommend it! In comparing with most APA's it falls a little short in the body department and I am going to have to score it a bit lower than my enjoyment level. 3.5 out of 5.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.81/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed gold in color, with a rather short head of bright white foam.
Aroma-Earthy hop note
Taste-Pale malt, Northern Brewer earthy hops, faint citrus in the finish, watery grapefruit zest. Light bodied but nice hop flavor. Quite sessionable at 4.0ABV. A good waiting-for-the-burgers-to-be-done brew.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.23/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As soon as you open this you get a whiff of what is going to be a decent ipa. The aroma is full, pleasant and hoppy. The look is cloudy and light with just a bit of head.

The taste is very bitter and hoppy. To an extreme, and thus, it is an American style. Well done. Does the rest of the world get this?

It lingers on the tongue with all that bitter rather nicely. Good marks all around. This is a good American ale.

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Photo of Brenden
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hobnobber is a very pale gold, something in the transition phase from yellow, and with plenty of haze to it. It's extremely bubbly at first, with lots of bigger bubbles clinging to the sides of the. The pure white head that forms is small but extremely compact. It's also got some good stick, though most of the lacing is left in a ring at the top, while some spotting and light patching follow below.
The smell is a bit too light to pull much out of, but I do get grapefruit. A bit of something herbal and a barely discernible note of bread from malts follows.
The flavor is as grapefruit-forward as the nose, followed by a lighter touch of the herbal note and a balancing malt. There's enough bitterness for a pale ale, but taming the flavor isn't what makes a "session IPA." This beer needs more strength and depth all-around to improve, but it's easy drinking. Pith blows suddenly into the finish for a lingering chalkiness on the palate.
It seems a bit too heavily carbonated in this light-bodied beer at first, but that calms down. The crispness doesn't fade but I'm not getting anything smooth here. It thins off at the end of the sip.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.59/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an Allagash glass on 3/16/13

Best by
Aug 2013
Lot 306

Tangerine and dark yellow made cloudy by countless tiny drifting specks of sediment. The head is thin and soapy. Decent lace.

Typical IPA-lite aromas - grassy hops and spicy citric notes. Grapefruit and orange. Cracker and biscuit; the pils malt is always a nice touch.

The taste isn't nearly as expressive as the aroma and is rather bitter. More grassy than anything. The citrus is stunted; only mildly zesty. Not much interference from the malts. Hints of cracker.

The body is light and carbonation is on the low side. It's to be expected, but the overall feel is on the thin side. Bitter finish.

Bitterness is not as harsh as it is with Chinookie, but it does hamper ease of drinkability.

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Photo of Bonis
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So I had this beer earlier today and loved it. Decided to read some of the reviews on here and was astonished to find out that it rated well below what I expected. I figure I will give it some deserved respect. I didn't take notes so this is a review from memory.

Just some background. I found out that the hop additions are different for each batch. Luckily I think the batch I picked up may be one of the better ones. This one was brewed with Northern Brewer, Palisade, and Citra hops.

The beer is a hazy pale golden color with about a half inch of head and decent lacing left behind. The smell was of floral and citrus hops with hints of yeast. The taste is pretty much all hops with a touch of yeast esters. It has a great crisp citrus taste that overpowers the flavor, and the finish leaves a bitterness in the mouth common for IPAs. I will note that my bottle states 50 IBU and their website says 80 IBU. I'd say the 50 is correct for my bottle. The malts are all left behind (which is awesome for a session IPA), and this surprises me because of the malt bill listed on the bottle. Not a lick of alcohol in sight. This is a beer that would be perfect to bring to a party or cookout in the summer. The mouthfeel is a slight letdown, but far from watery IMO. I think they really nailed it with this one. This brewery is new to my area, so the bottle is probably <1 month old. Not sure of their dating but mine says best by August 2013. I'd put this one up there with All Day and Daytime (maybe even better). Also want to note, let this beer warm up some to let the flavors really shine. It was a little dull right out of the fridge. Recommended to anyone who enjoys hoppy beers.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - uncapped, this one starts a rise of bubbles up the bottleneck. Poured this foamer into a shaker, lots of head, three fingers at least. A bright cloudy light orange color, tendrils of bubbles streaming and screaming from below. Leaves the Devil's Tower of foam in the center as the head fades from around the sides.

Aroma - lots of grapefruit to this pale ale, some orange as it sets up.

Taste - caramel malts, a darkness to them that I like. The hops come in briefly sweet, then harshly bitter, then going rather pungent and unpleasantly bitter. I believe this one is on the edge of infection. Most of the flavor profile is strong and clean for the pale ale style, but the aftertaste is so harsh it is out of character. Good grapefruit essence mid-palate, not fading until the very end.

Mouthfeel - super carbonated, a little too much. Decent smooth feel.

Overall - even through the off-flavor, this is a good beer, a good session PA on draft I would imagine. I could see bumping the taste three or four notches without the infection. Another one from my brew buddy Steve.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.19/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 FL OZ bottle into a pint glass. BEST BY MAY2013. LOT 270 (or 278).

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, unfiltered yellow-brown body with a thin white head that disappears quickly. Lots of sediment, little carbonation visible.

Smell: Aroma of citrusy hops. Very nice!

Taste: Very hoppy with an almost water-tasting body. It tastes like second runnings or weak tea. Extremely unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: Too watery for my taste. Needs a little body to it.

Overall: One can appreciate when a brewer tries to make a highly hopped, low ABV session ale, but this beer again proves why that is such a difficult proposition. This beer desperately needs a little malt body to back up its hoppiness.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Label says to look on the website for the hops used, but there is nothing listed there. Nice malt body with a pretty good level of spices. Overall it's pretty rich for the style. Much more so than you would normally see. It's still pretty good though. I can dig it.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a very nice looking hazy amber color. The head was cream colored and maintained a great retention and outstanding lacing. The smell of the beer is lightly hopped with some herbal notes. The taste is semi-sweet with a caramel flavor up front, some hoppy herbal notes in the finish. It's also floral tasting too. The mouthfeel is light and very smooth. Very drinkable as well. Overall this beer is delicate and quite nice. Could drink a few of these in a sitting I'm sure.

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Photo of ToddT
3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy dark amber with a thick off white head. The head is long lasting and leaves a lot of lace on the glass. A careful pour is required, it is quite carbonated.

S- Earthy aromas dominate, hints of citrus peak through a musty aroma. My nose might have been off last night but I didn't care much for the aroma of this.

T- Thankfully it does not follow the nose, Nice notes of malt balanced out with a hint of bitter hops. Nothing overpowering, it is well balanced and that fact that it is a single hop session beer makes this an impressive feat. Nice bitter final note for the finish, not citrus in character more like a good ESB finish.

M- Light in body and ample in carbonation,easy on the palate.

O- Nice beer, could use a few tweaks, defiantly the aroma, a little less carbonation, and a hint more body, but overall one I'll go back to. The 4.0% ABV makes it a nice session beer to boot. Check this out but be sure to read the notes below as it is going to change from brewing to brewing.

Notes- Label lists that they brew it with different a different single hop each time so I'll be interested to see what other incarnations this shows up in. Also it says to see their website for the hop that was used to brew this one, but no such luck when I visited it today. My guess would be East Kent Golding or some other ESB style hop. Not sure if I agree with the APA label it was flavored more like an ESB, but again that could just be the single hop that was used.

Update 8/12/12: Talked to one of the staff at the State College micro-brewers festival the hops used were fuggles. Current version uses Simcoe hops.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Bold aroma considering the low 4.0% ABV. Bold citrus hops (single-hopped). Pils malt and caramel from the crystal malt. Some darker malt notes.

Appearance: Dark orange, amber. Crystal clear. Head is off-white. Great retention and intense lacing. Lots of bubbles rising for the duration. Some sediment stuck to the bottom of the bottle.

Taste: Bold hops and mild to moderate malt presence. Citrus and pine from the hops. Quite resinous. Malt is mostly pilsner, little caramel from the crystal malt. Bready, wheat. Hops dominate.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Mild and smooth carbonation. Slick. Finishes mildly dry.

Overall: Quality session pale ale. Bold yet never-harsh hops. Light on the malt, but that's the only way to keep things at 4.0% ABV.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.73/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber color with a thick white head. The head has wonderful retention and fades very slowly over time to give a great amount of lacing and a very persistent film on the top of the brew.

Smell – The aroma is a nice blend of sweet malt and fruit as well as hop. A caramel and tangerine aroma create the sweet aromas while the hop aromas are a mix of earthy and light floral aromas.

Taste – The taste starts out of a lightly roasted/bready malt flavor mixed with bitter earthy and pine hop flavors. All these flavors create a base for the brew. Toward the middle, the pine retains its strength, but the earthy flavors increase with the beer getting less bready and a little more roasty. A dry and bitter earthy flavor are left at the end and leaves a somewhat unpleasant dirty aftertaste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Not too surprisingly, at only 4 % abv the body of the beer is quite thin. The thinness really does not suit the hop or the malt flavors. The carbonation level is rather average, and while it does some to complement the thin body, overall the mouthfeel could use some work.

Overall – From the initial experiences (appearance and smell) I had high hopes. Unfortunately the taste and mouthfeel were rather poor, creating a not too tasty beer. One I will not go to again.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single from Abe's.

An interesting idea, a session single hop pale ale, with the single hop changing with each batch. Which means these reviews will have limited use. I went to their website, as the bottle suggests, to learn what hop was used in this batch, but found no info.

Dark amber body, deep haze, topped by a hefty four fingers of off-white rocky foam. Good lacing.

Earthy aroma with a bit of citrus.

Very earthy, almost musty tasty. Big bitterness. Long lingering bitterness. Very static taste throughout.

Light-plus mouthfeel. Session like but with some chew.

Not a beer I'll be looking to revisit.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Tanish brown with a killer 3+ inch creamy head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Light wet hops, a little malt, not much of a aroma at all.

Taste - Piney bitty hops mixed with a toffe/caramel malt backbone. Really nice hop bite for such a low alcohol amount. Its a different kind of flavor, almost a coffee like porter flavor with the malts. Finish has a hoppy pale ale feel.

MOuthfeel - Light and full of flavor. Tounge gets the hops and malts, were the palette gets more toffee and caramel malts. Aftertaste is slighty bitter and malty.

Overall - Really tasty and flavorful for a session beer. Loved the malt flavors mixed with the hops. Easy to drink and enjoy, i hope the next hop release is as good as this one.

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