Hoptopia | Hermitage Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hermitage Brewing
California, United States
hermitagebrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by pixieskid on 08-18-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
129
Reviews:
53
Avg:
3.02
pDev:
23.84%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
12
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Ratings: 129 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of RogueCBR
4.2/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Well.... I drank it straight from the bottle... The bottle looked cool.
Smell: I've been into IPAs lately, so anything that smells like an IPA smells good to me. Of the words on the "Smell" section of the "How to review a beer" article, grapefruit seems to fit. Citrus rinds as well.
Taste: Hoppy. Hoppy. Some IPAs are still too much for me, but this one is just right. I'm digging it.
Feel: Heavy yet smooth.
Overall: Like I mentioned earlier, I've been trying a lot of IPAs lately. This is one I'll probably buy again. Well, unless the cute girl at the beer store recommends something else... It's definitely good, but I've had better and worse IPAs.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank in July when the brewery was not on the site. Just now realized the brewery had been added.

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is orange hops and caramel malt. The flavor is orange citrus and caramel malt. The beer is very juicy. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of drepreciado
4/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +32.5%

Photo of aussiebeer
4/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Better than the 2.93 average that's here

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Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +32.5%

Photo of jpuetz
4/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +32.5%

Photo of OoReFLuXoO
4/5  rDev +32.5%

Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a dark, dingy, almost brownish-orange in color with a modest white head.

Smell - The pine is very soft but intense and there is a really nice orange rind balance to the nose. The two work together in perfect harmony and the toasted malt base actually stays in the running

Taste - The malts are a bit more forward and toasted at the taste and exert themselves quite well here. The pine steps back a bit at the taste but a strong non-sweet orange flavor mates very well with the big malts. This is a very personalized and unique take on the style.

Mouthfeel - This is a big beer, bigger than medium-bodied I'd say, with some modest but respectful carbonation and really very little effort in trying to be smooth. This beer wants you to pause with every sip.

Drinkability - As of this writing there are no reviews on the site and the brewery isn't even in the database yet, but I'll predict that there won't be a big fan base on this beer from the purists. Having said that, I found this beer quite intriguing and exceptionally fun to drink.

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Photo of chrisjws
3.87/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tulip glass at the brewery

A: Medium orange, finger and a half of head. Laced the glass nicely.
S: Citrus, grapefruit, some pine and a little malt in the background. After a few sniffs, a lot of pine comes through when you swirl it. No booze detected.
T: Bitter bite upfront, grapefruit, pine and orange peel. Some sweetness in the finish.
M: Medium carbonation, mouthfeel doesn't really match the ABV, but still okay. Finishes bone dry.
O: Solid to above average DIPA. I don't know why this is rated so low, might be lack of freshness. I've never had this one anywhere but on tap at the brewery.

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Photo of ReDave
3.83/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Also bought this at BevMo, not quite as "old" looking as the hermit ale.

Pretty foamy head that settles down to an adequate level of off white. some lacing

Aroma, some sweetness, pine, not real strong.

Taste, not too bad, seems within average DIPA's
pretty malty, with a fairly nice does of hops going on. rather sweetnessy thing going on.
If i remember right, the price wasn't too bad, so this makes it a fairly good price per taste value.
I'd get this again.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.83/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a big fluffy off white head which leaves some good lacing.

Smell is citrus and tropical mango and a sweet malt undertone.

Taste is nice. Hops are present, yet not obvious. Balanced with the malt. A slightly pithy bitter aftertaste follows.

Feels nice and smooth, a medium body that is easy to drink hides its booze well.

Unfortunately it smells better than it tastes. Still a good beer, but then again, not quite the hops I am looking for in a double.

DOA

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Photo of bcsbeer
3.78/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer_HOPper
3.75/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought at BevMo, Double IPA caught my eye, so, I gave it a try.

Appearance: Orange, copper color, fine white head that laced my pint glass, looks fine.

Smells sweet citrus and a little piney, some hop aroma, not a favorite combo, but, interesting.

Taste and feel: Sweeeet! Orange, Mango, Pineapple with caramel on top, tropical, malty. Medium to full body. Can sense some pine from the hops, crisp and bitter finish, seems higher in alcohol.

Overall, one bottle is enough, was easier to drink while very cold. Let settle for 10 - 15 minutes, but, became harder to drink, thicker and stinkier, but, not skunky. I was hoping for more.

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Photo of KevT
3.75/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of RichH55
3.75/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DovaliHops
3.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes: Appearance is a light orangish amber color with not too big of a head. The smell is HUGE! Extremely fruity! Lots of orange/tanerine zest with tons of sweetness. This smell reminds me a lot like fruit snacks. Never had a beer smell like this before. The taste however, does not live up to its HUGE smell. Not bad at all, but maybe just a little watered down. Not too much though. I get a lot of sweet tangerine (like tangerines covered in sugar). Then I get some floral notes along with some sweet grapefruit and hops. This beer does not seem to be very well balanced, but it still remains highly drinkable. The mouthfeel is very nice as well. Haven't heard much about this beer, but what I heard was not too flattering...I happen to enjoy it though. I would purchase this again.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.65/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beernoobie
3.63/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An avg double IPA so nothing special.

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Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy maize color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of floral hops, hop oils, citrus (mango?), sweet malt, slight earthy malt, slight alcohol, and slight caramel malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus (mango and pineapple?), floral hops, hop oils, pine, hint of pale malt, slight alcohol, and the faintest hint of roasted malt. Overall, decent aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.63/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found my notes to this beer, yeah! From 7/5/10...

There was a big display for this beer at my local BevMo, and at $3.99 for a 22 ounce bottle of IPA, the propoganda worked. Little did I know that this was a DOUBLE IPA, so this could be a bargain. But before I declare so, on to the beer:

The pour yields a bronze colored beer with orange hues. The head retention is good, and the rings of lacing it leaves at first is a sight worth seeing. It smells similar to what I expected. Some caramel and honey sweetness play to grapefruit aromas, a little resin as well.

It tastes lighter than a DIPA. More like a single IPA, but that's not totally a bad thing. There are pine needles and little kick of citrus juice in this beer. A little bit of toffee crisp is provided by the malt backbone. What makes this beer good is that there are no overbearing bitterness or alcohol. It's mellow, and the flavors are put together fine. It's a lightweight in the mouth, which is a minor criticism to this beer. Relatively easy to drink for the alcohol, yay.

Hoptopia won't kick you in the pants, but it will provide you with sufficient hops at a decent price. A fair debut from this brewery of the beer desert city of San Jose, CA.

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Photo of Suds
3.61/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a twelve ounce bottle, this brew is a hazy, amber-golden color with a slim head. The aroma is seriously hoppy....woody, resin-like, grapefruit peel...fruit, flowers, and pine. The taste is dry, with substantial bitterness. Full in body and enjoyable. Some warmth at the end.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
3.58/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amazed how low the reviews are for this beer. An IPA with this rock bottom a rating!? It would have to taste like a garbage dump. I tried this beer in a blind taste test of 3 random IPAs. It was solidly middle of the road. Nothing amazing, but nothing terrible either.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.55/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

If you are going to call a beer hoptopia then it better have some really serious hops. Unfortunately this beer does not live up to its name....but it is not bad beer. It pours a cloudy orange with a nice white head that is lacing nicely. The scent is mostly a sweet malt with very subtle bitter hop. The taste is somewhat bitter but nicely balance by sweet malt, and is easy to drink. The mouthfeel is medium body with smooth carbonation. Overall it is ok, but DIPA is questionable.

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Hoptopia from Hermitage Brewing
3.02 out of 5 based on 129 ratings.
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