Habitus | Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar

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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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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 195
Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +24%
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 VinceOutlaw
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
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 -1.3%
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 mwilbur
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a dark yellow-orange hue with 1/4 inch white head that quickly settles to a thin skim.
S: Grassy herbal, pine resin, and sharp citrus (e.g. grapefruit) hop notes.
T: Follows aroma, but stronger and with a mild caramel malt backbone. With warming, the spicy grain rye note emerges.
M: Medium body...drinks a touch lighter than the ABV. Fairly strong hop bitterness. Dry throughout. Subtle citrus sweetness.
D: Overall decent for style, but nothing special. A bit too bitter (even for style) and a tad off balance.

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Photo of maximum12
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to rawfish for this rye-laden extra & since I’m getting the rye-shakes, it’s time. 16 oz. can into my big old turtle-snifter.

First, I had to get the damn thing open. I mean, I know I’m old, but the new-fangled tab befuddled me, & I ended up breaking it off before I realized it was ‘different’ & having to pry it open with one of my girl’s colored pencils. The pour is dense gold. Touch of citrus is mauled by sweet candied oranges; there might be something else, but if so, it’s under layers of oranges.

Habitus is actually Roman for “abs of steel” in case that fact eluded you (of “alluded” perhaps). The taste is far more complex that the nose. Scorned bitterness surprises & wraps long legs around the secondary rye bite that comes in earthy, spicy, & grainy. Rye toast crumbs right outta the bottom of the toaster, pale malt, & the oranges finally arrive, late, but begging for a 50 game suspension. Bit heavy for a IIPA, drying on the back end. I like the 16 oz. can. Everything good should come in this size. Hell, I have a few more loops on my belt.

Nice pairing of the rye & IPA characteristics; that spicy/bitter hit is what I hope is in my hand when I reach the pearly gates. Or Olympus. Or wherever. Very good beer.

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Photo of Killian325
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice double ipa, hoppy and smooth. It's an immediate shot of hops that mellows out quickly to make it a great choice. The can opening fully on top is a great!

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Photo of ihazabucket7
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: little cloudy light amber color.

Smell: Hoppy smell with a touch of citurs.

Taste: Very hoppy, earthy, little heavy but good IPA

Feel: Heavy beer

Overall: Decent IPA, decent hop flavors.

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Photo of brentk56
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: An impressive bubble show produces a three-fingered head sqautting on the clear amber liquid; the retention is terrific and clumps of lacing line the glass

Smell: Bright and dank, with pine and herbal/spicy rye characteristics

Taste: Biscuity malt peeks through, barely, before getting walloped by the dank hops; growing bitterness, with pine and herbal/spicy rye tones that build through the middle and linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, slightly sticky, with moderate carbonation

Overall: A pretty impressive DIPA with a spicy twist

Thanks, mabermud, for the opportunity

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine two finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of bready malt, orange family citrus and light tropical fruit, citrus and piney hops. Flavor is bready malt, rye, resinous piney and citrus hops; finishes with citrus rind and resinous hop bitterness. A nice rye IPA with a supportive malt body that stays in the background, good moderate rye flavor and slight tartness, resinous, but not very herbal hop flavor. Nothing really stands out, but covers all the flavor range I expect from a rye IPA. First beer from this brewery and I'll be watching for more.

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Photo of salcedo
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass.
L: Beautiful deep orange color. Crystal clear. Nice thick head
S: Sweet. Citrus. Toasted grain.
T: Sweet. Toasted. Malty.
Lots of hop bitterness as you would expect in an IPA.
Can definitely taste the 8% alcohol
F: Fairly heavy body.
Well carbonated
O: Excellent example of an IPA. Though at 8% ABV (which you can taste), to me it's more of a double or imperial IPA.
There is a lot of hop bitterness, but I didn't get much hop aroma even though the can says they dry hop with over a pound of Sterling and Chinook hops per barrel.

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Photo of bobbabar
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full of flavor but unique in its flavor in a good way. A little sweet but a lot of depth of flavor while still going down easy. Probably my new favorite but hard to find.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Nitro pour at Whole Foods, Chandler, AZ. Clear orange body with a thick, frothy white head. Malty citrus aroma. Mild hop character with minimal bitterness and lingering biscuit malt character.Creamy mouthfeel with light bitterness.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ok, ok... not bad. Got that rye that makes a playa want to say Ay yie yie, and it has enough juice to give you a kick in the caboose. Raul's not trippin', Raul's not trippin' at all; but it's aite enough like popping an Advil PM when your your baby mama starts talking about her mama.


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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.78/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Slightly hazed ruby orange body with a nice sized cream colored head sits well amongst the top of chalice, I'm drinking from. Aroma has notes of spicy rye, herbal mellow hops, a bit of citrus pith and that's it. The can is awesome If I was on top of the photo sizes and adjusting those I would definitely add a pic of the can adorned with Mike Hess's name and two griffins with a Hess family shield. Flavor has citrus, mixed with some rye malts, pretty sweet it states that there's 86 IBUs here I just believe that. A bit cloying with malt/rye sweetness coating the palate between sips, hard to sip on definitely the weak link of the bunch from 16 ounce pounder cans in California. Mouthfeel let's the hop oils and lack of carbonation sit on the palate creating some sensation of residual sugars left behind to spoil the experience a bit. Overall, an ultra weak impressionistic young rye IPA from SoCal.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can obtained on trade (thanks John Serra!), unknown bottling date but from the first pressing, drank over 30 minutes out of my FFF Teku glass

A: 3/3 - orange/amber coloration, slight hop haze (cannot read or see through), initial eggshell white head settles into a retained glass lacing that readily reconstitutes on swirling, moderate carbonation for style

S: 9/12 - moderate citrus and pine hop aroma with some dankness; some pale malt character and slight alcohol distant in the background

T: 15/20 - on the front of the tongue, there's a moderate bitterness that is quickly followed by citrus and piney/resiny hop flavors; moderate-to-high rye character that both accentuates and dries out the hops; finishes dry and inviting in a classic West Coast IPA fashion

M: 4/5 - hop resins coat the tongue and provide fullness; moderate bodied with high drinkability; moderate carbonation

O: 8/10 - solid rye IPA that is certainly better than an 83 (Californians all kind of spoiled ;)!); this brewery wasn't on my radar on trip to San Diego about one year ago and I'm now looking forward to cracking the Grazias (Vienna-style pale ale); thanks again to a great friend and trader for the opportunity!

TOTAL - 39/50

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned 5/22/14.

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, spicy rye, pineapple, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, herbal hop, and spicy rye flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a great smell and tasty flavors that showcase the nice balance of rye and hops all around.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: Draft
Glass: Tulip
From: Southpaw Social Club in San Diego, Calif.
Price: $4 (w/ Happy Hour, $6 regular)
Purchased: June 3, 2014
Consumed: June 3, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured caramel, orange color with 2-to-3 fingers of foamy, creamy white head. Slight bubbles coming up from the bottom. Nice amount of layered lacing on the sides of the glass. Above average retention.

Smelled floral hops, citrus hops, rye hops, iced tea and orange notes.

Tasted rye hops, malty, earthy notes, citrus hops, orange and some tropical hops.

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, bitter finish.

A pretty decent IPA. I’d have it again.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into glass from a pint can. Appearance is clear and golden with some micro cascading bubbles which form a thin white head. Nose a full of resinous bitter hops paired with caramel, booze, and bready rye notes. Tons of pine interspersed throughout the nose and an assertive sweet malt profile. Taste starts with heavy bitterness in the form of pine, grass, and lemon. The malts come off as pretty sweet on the tongue and never add that dry biscuity element that this brew is begging for. Finish is bitter and has a slightly thicker mouthfeel than necessary for style. Overall, lots of flavor and aroma, just some lacking in balance. This seems to drink better from the can than the glass.

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Photo of rawfish
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hess tall boys are wicked cool and elegant. Habitus pours very clear, brilliant, gold a shade lighter than copper. Forms a small white cap of foam that had decent retention and excellent patterned lacing on the glass.

Malt is bready and plain, a hint of honey and a grainy edge. Sterling and Chinook hops are not exactly going to wow in the aroma department, they kick up a very slight, grassy and pine aroma with a paper thin lemon zest.

Pale malt is biscuity and pleasant leading right into a flavor profile that was hand built to feature the spiciness of rye. Slight fruity esters of red berries and grape skins indicate rye but the hops have a steely resolve to pull the palate towards rye and hops spiciness with a an edge of grassy and herbal pin pricks. Spicy rye and a long lasting bitterness creates a tingling drying feel.

The smooth carbonation makes this beer sit a bit lower on the palate than most. An average body in reality with some feeling to the alcohol. Bitterness is pronounced and long lasting, provides a powerful drying sensation yet is a bit sloppy leaving a grainy taste from the malt.

This is an IPA as defined by bitterness only. The aroma is pitiful for an IPA yet as a rye beer this is as clean and snappy as it can be. The grapey and dark fruit tones of the rye are also softened which is a big deal for my personal preference. A good RYE beer, the title of IPA betrays it. Mike Hess brewing is on the map for me.

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Habitus from Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar
3.83 out of 5 based on 195 ratings.
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