Habitus | Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar

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Brewed by:
Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
17.0° Plato
86 IBU
8.0 ABV

Winner of the gold at the 2014 World Beer Cup® in the rye beer category, Habitus is a very drinkable, high gravity, crisp and spicy rye IPA, hopped generously throughout the brew process and then dry-hopped with over a pound per barrel of Sterling and Chinook hops. Earthy and spicy notes from both the hops and the rye malt, complimented by the floral and piney aromatics.

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Photo of CJNAPS
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from Wasatch so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, caramelized malts and grassy hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a strong grassy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid 2IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of cavedave
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thickish looking cloudy light amber color with a dollop of lathery white foam atop. Righteous lace gets left behind and head becomes thick ring and lasting skim.

Light aroma of earthy rye, neutral sweet, light caramel, other grainy sweet, and spicy herb notes behind it all.

Rye earthiness is nicely present in a med. strength taste that carries a touch of caramel to accentuate the generous bitter attributes. Kind of a complex bitterness, sort of rooty but also a touch astringent and spicy.

About average body and viscosity for style, could be a touch less carb., soft on palate, and a very tasty hop linger finish.

Hops are brought out nicely both by a restrained uise of caramel malt and nice use of rye as accent. Tasty beer glad I got to try it.

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Photo of thebeers
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed orange-amber color with two fingers of tan head that leave heavy lacing.

Sweet, malty aroma with caramel and orange most prevalent.

The taste is similarly sweet up front with light caramel malts and orange flavors. There is a spicy, rye-like bite on the backend, but it's mild; then some strong pilly bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied without much that stands out in the feel.

Not as much rye or hop character as I hoped. Possibly past its prime? Couldn't find a clear canned-on date.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

when this was sold and served to me, i had no idea it was a rye beer, but there is a lot of rye in here, and it was immediately obvious. a thick and hazy almost amber colored brew, not east coast sloppy milky haze, but an honest high malt mash and some chill haze that cant be cleaned all the way up, its brimming with aroma and flavor from the malt, but its not sugary, which i think is unique in the style. the grain build here is as unique and good as any big ipa in the game, they nailed that part... which is what makes the hop profile so utterly disappointing. sure its big, and it definitely has some finishing bite, but its just not all that interesting, and it doesnt stand up to or even mesh with the grain all that well. usually i get down on a maltier big ipa, but here, its the hops that dont hold up their end, its just bitter for the most part, and i want more from it. the rye is almost more flavorful than the hops. seemingly dry hopped a little bit, i get some bitter orange and pine, but there is also an oily sweetness thats a little bit lost on me in this context, and it seems more a beer of opportunity than a beer by design, and least from the hop side of things. good, but it could be so much better with a different hop profile. what do others think? these mike hess beers have all of a sudden shown up all over denver, and i dont know much about them. first impressions suggest better than average but not amazing. thoughts???

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

CAN: Nabbed a six pack at Davidson's Liquor in Highlands Ranch, CO earlier today. Tear-off pop-top.

8.0% ABV. "Double IPA." "High gravity rye IPA." Hopped with Sterling and Chinook. 100 IBU. 10.6 SRM. 17.0 degrees plato.

APPEARANCE: The label calls the body colour "medium-gold" and that's not far off...I'd figure it for a copper-gold of above average vibrance. No yeast/lees are visible within; it's clean and filtered. Head is off-white, frothy, and inviting if a bit lacking in terms of robustness.

Appears well-carbonated. Far from unique or special within the style, but certainly generally appealing. I see no overt flaws.

AROMA: Floral aromatics, pine, pale malts. I don't detect any of rye malt's signature spiciness, but I reckon they used a fair bit less than 50% rye. Pine dominates.

I don't detect any off-notes, nor any overly sweet malt additions (e.g. crystal, caramalt). Hop profile could be more interesting, but overall the beer seems balanced. Chinook and Sterling are committed to and showcased, but I wonder if a Chinook and Sterling hopped IIPA is all that great a premise to begin with.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Medium to full-bodied but oddly dry and dragging on the palate, preventing it from being refreshing (especially given its overcarbonation). Not very oily - though that might actually help - nor boozy (which obviously wouldn't). Coating.

Pine flavours, hop oils, floral hop flavours. Pale malts are present, lending balancing sweetness. Again, I'm not getting much at all from the rye malt; they need at least 50% of the grain bill to be rye for it to really lend a distinctive flavour.

Not particularly well built, and though the hops the brewers chose are well showcased, they're not interesting enough to helm an imperial IPA. It's not a boozy beer and isn't riddled with off-flavours, but this is a classic case of good execution of a flawed premise.

OVERALL: Drinkable albeit forgettable fare. When you're putting out an imperial IPA and your brewery is in San Diego, you've got to offer something far more interesting than this. On the local level, this beer will get clobbered...I'm not surprised they're trying to compete in other states trading under San Diego's reputation. Far from compelling or inspired work, but I guess if you adore Chinook without complementary C-hop additions this might be the beer for you. I'll concede it's above average - and with a better premise for a beer I'm sure these brewers could really showcase their talent - but this is my first beer from Mike Hess and already it's an exception to their "Great Beer. No Exceptions. No Excuses." marketing slogan.

Ditch the rye (or up it in the grain bill), pick better hops, and smoothen out the mouthfeel, and this might be memorable fare.


06.12.17 impression:

Forgettable. The hop profile is nothing special, and the balance could use dialing in.


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Photo of deereless
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbauer
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of G_Shoe
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Masonsbeer
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from pint sized can.

Nice, thick, off-white head with good retention.

Pine, citrus, slightly tropical, but not resinous aroma.

Very light copper color.

Flavors of pine, orange zest, stone fruit, with good bitterness that is balanced with the malt bill. Wish is was a little more carbonated, but finishes nice and dry.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. Can

Pours a pretty nice hazy dark golden orangy color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some rye, citrus, kinda piney. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, rye/bitterness, citrusy, some pine notes. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a pretty tasty brew. My first Hess brew.

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Photo of JuiceMan818
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of seanchai
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My first Hess beer, and it's wonderful. Pours a gorgeous light copper meets deep orange sunset. Aromas immediately jump out at you, and the flavors follow: sticky resin, orange, honey-drizzled spicy rye bread, some grapefruit pith and some pine. Chewy mouthfeel. Delicious.

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Photo of brycevolk
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VinceOutlaw
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great reviews from everyone to this point...I learned a lot! Looks great. Not much or disguishable nose. Dry finish...nice bitter! Seeit on Untapped @VinceOutlaw!

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Photo of arizcards
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single 16 oz can from Craft Beer Hop Stop 10-1-16. No visible canning date but it was in the refrigerated section of the store.

Beer poured golden amber with a nice white head that left lacing behind.

Nose has hints of citrus.

Taste was very well balanced with the malt backbone that has a touch of rye spiciness blending nicely with the citrus and pine. Light vegetal and pine finish that was not offensive.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied to heavy and not overly smooth.

Overall a solid beer, yet unspectacular, that is a bargain at the price point and worth a shot.

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Photo of tbone1384
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JavierGC
4.77/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bundy462
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Habitus from Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar
3.8 out of 5 based on 210 ratings.
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