Ale Of The Hermit
Hermitage Brewing

Ale Of The HermitAle Of The Hermit
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,917
Ranked #47,179
2.8 | pDev: 24.29%
Hermitage Brewing
California, United States
Ale Of The HermitAle Of The Hermit
Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 42 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of rodbeermunch
2.45/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Even for being brown color, you could still see through this enough to tell there was a hefty amount of solid particulate parsing through the liquid. Not attractive. Aroma of toffee & wood.

There doesn't appear to be anything reminiscent of an American dipa here. Its woody, malty, brown and not very hoppy. Hid the alcohol ok.

Man I hate this brewery sometimes. This was just false advertisement moreso than making a bad beer. Like, this would have been ok if it said "homebrewed English hoppy brown ale"

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.28/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

(copied from my RB review, and modified) 500ml bottle, bought on sale; pours a beautiful golden color, somewhat cloudy, and it has a gorgeous hard: very creamy. It has almost no aroma. When tasting, my first thought was: this beer is past it’s prime (probably why it was on sale), but it seems to have an average amount of flavor for an imperial IPA: a decent amount of hops and malt. I do like the mouth feel of the beer. Overall: I like Imperial IPA's, and this is what I would consider to be an average one.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Different. This is not an IPA, the only citrus here is lemon. Maybe they thought any fruit flavor made it an IPA. Shrug. There is a woody, smoked flavor though, as if they aged it in wine barrels.

Either way… it’s drinkable. It’s lemony and it’s oaky, and it’s affordable.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a half-litre bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Dark chestnut brown, with a finger of creamy off-white head topping a translucent, bubbly beer. Heavy lacing. Good looking DIPA.

S: Sticky-sweet caramel malt, grapefruit, and the barest hints of pine and metal.

T: Curiously empty. Bland, uninteresting, and almost flavorless. Some bitter hops on the distant aftertaste and a little roasted, caramel fruit on the maintaste. Otherwise, it's all mouthfeel.

M: Moderately thick with decent carbonation. This is pleasant...if only there were flavor.

O: Disappointing, but not unpleasant. It's hard to criticize nonexistent qualities. Avoid unless you are looking for a high-ABV low-flavor beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a medium red-orange amber. Slight white head and some lacing. Light fruit and malt aroma. Flavor of bisquit malt and some dark fruits. Finishes dry and woody. Hops subdued. Not very interesting. Kinda bummed because I liked the look and name on the bottle of this ale. Is the category even right for this?

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Photo of Murrhey
1.73/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bomber poured in a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Deep brown color. Finger white head. Quick loss of head, decent carbonation and moderate lacing.

S-Strong. Smells boozy. Maybe some old hops? Can't quite place it.

T- Ick. Sour and not appealing flavor. Soapy and metallic. Not a fan. I hope I just got a bad batch and this is not what everyone gets. My drain drank half of this beer.

M- Medium bodied. Little carbonation and a gross filmy linger.

O- Avoid. Sour and not tremendously well put together. It tasted unfinished. I see why this guy is a hermit.

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours deep amber, slight residual yeast. VIrtually no head here, just a superthin tan layer that does not last. Nose is weak with some dark citrus and slight vegetal note. Palate offers a malt forward taste by surprise, perhaps dark grainy malts, like healthy breakfast cereals. Balancing hop bitterness is there, but far out of balance for an imperial IPA. What were they thinking? Finish has a metallic element, with some wet black tea bag.

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Photo of MountainBeagle
1.46/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

There a very few beers I've ever had to pour out and this is one of them. Hermitage seems to be hit and miss for me.

It looked ok but it smelled and tasted like copper and blue cheese. It's hard to taste anything good from this, the weak hop profile can't survive the metallic taste.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tried earlier in the year when fresh. Decided to post from notes.

This is an all around watered down version of the Hoptopia Double IPA by the same brewery. Despite the fact that it is the same abv, (8%) it has the same identical characteristics of Hoptopia but watered down, thinner; otherwise, the same beer and flavor profiles.

Pours a dark amber with a very short, thin white head.

Nose is very light pineapple and yeast.

Mouthfeel is thin and poorly balanced and the flavors are off-putting.

Flavors are bitter burnt toast but not pleasant - tastes like a charred beer; like the burnt surface of a steak that has been grilled way too long. Meaty character to flavors that simply is not bright, appealing or pleasant.

Finish is an off putting sour bitter that tastes like spoiled meat. Another try is not needed.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.2/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Capped popped off with barely a hiss. Pours clear dark amber with a thin, bubbly 1 inch khaki colored head. Leaves moderate soapy lacing as it reduces.

S-Not much going on in terms of aroma. A faint touch of oakiness. Considering this is labeled an IPA, there is a disconcerting lack of hop aroma.

T/M-Medium bodied and soft, with a delicate dry note mid-palate and an oaky finish. As IPAs go, this isn't terribly hoppy. I have to think they either aged out the hops while this was on oak, or purposely kept them subtle to accentuate the wood component. In any case, it's mild, with a soft sweet bready maltiness and low carbonation. Reminds me more of an English style dark bitter than an American IPA.

O-Interesting. Not sure if I like it. Worth a try.

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Photo of Seanibus
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Syrupy and unexciting.

Pours a dark amber with a very reluctant head with no lacing or legs to speak of. The aroma is malty and thick, with lots of caramel and some soggy toast smell. The flavor is a bit better, though still syrupy and thick, with caramel and toast and some sort of elusive herbal (dare I say , medicinal?) hops in there. The finish has a little sting of pine but little in the way of lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is flat and thick and flabby.

Just not good.

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Photo of nickd717
3.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle shared by someone at a tasting.

Pours clear dark amber in color with a small off-white head.

Aroma is pretty interesting. Caramel, wood, piney hops, and toffee. A little bit of toast.

Flavor is somewhat sweet caramel malt and toffee, with an oaky dryness. Very oaky stuff this is. Was oak aged I believe.

Decent palate, with medium body and carbonation and a dry mouthfeel.

Nobody else thought much of this, but I thought it was solid oaked IPA with some good stuff going on with it. Hadn’t heard of this brewery until yesterday actually, as close as it is to me.

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Photo of ocelot2500
2.31/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a deep amber color with a frothy, off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of some brown sugar type sweetness.

Tastes of a mediocre hop bite with some sweetness. Hops have a bit of citric notes along with some herbal notes. Bitterness is present, but not much to it. Sweetness is mild, but does add depth with some caramel and brown sugar notes.

Mouthfeel is medium with a light, fine amount of carbonation.

Overall, these scores reflect the classification of DIPA. If this were a pale ale, it would receive significantly higher scores. Honestly, if this a DIPA somebody put in about a third of the ingredients they should have.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
2.76/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Source/serving: Bottle

S: Sour oranges and lemon predominantly with a hint of damp earth/twigs with some dried moss.

T: A little bit sweet up front that's mostly citric with a dash of caramel and brown sugar. The acidity carries through with flavors gently giving way to of a soft, dry bitterness that is nicely balanced. Some pithy grapefruit, lemon peel, bread, with a floral, oily bite leading the finish which is a little oily, floral and musty and becomes iron-like/woody as it lingers. The iron-like quality is the only unpleasant character for me. Hides the 8% ABV very well, but warming as expected. Mouthfeel is average for a DIPA.

Notes: This beer wants to be different, but its not so much. Pretty standard American IPA citrusy flavors of low-medium intensity. I just get a hint of oaky, musty, earthiness in the background but that adds up to an iron/metalic/medicinal quality at the low levels they are at unfortunately.

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Photo of Zorro
3.13/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear red colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smell sweet with a lot of brown sugar aroma. Scents of fig, cinnamon and prune. Not much hop at all. Frankly this smells more like a Winter Warmer or a Belgian Strong Brown Ale.

Starts out sweet with lots of brown sugar. I DOUBLE check the bottle and make sure this is the right beer right beer but this is NOT a double IPA. There is a little woody aftertaste and that is about as strong as the hops get. Tastes like it smells with a slight wheat bran flavor added. This could be rated higher if it was classified as something else.

Mouthfeel is thin.

This is an OK beer, but it ISN'T! any sort of IPA. I could rate it higher if it was classed as an Old Ale or Winter Warmer.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.16/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty dark honey. Nice near white disk of a head. Lots of cling lace.

S - Solvents and malt. Malting while you clean.

T - Dry, medicinal with a small window of malt.

M - Hard to balance what you start with, but ok.

D - I have two. I will drink the other when it just doesn't matter.

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Photo of MBFco
4.08/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

When I tasted this beer, I thought of Ballentine.

A woody IPA. Very interesting brew. It's an IPA with
a malty backbone. I had this beer with a burger and thought
it to be perfect with food. The oaky flavor gives the beer a sophisticated taste. Not many oaked IPAs around these days.
Worthy of a try.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Murky sediment filled brown appearance with slight head. Woody aroma.

Woody taste, massive feel of old school England when you're having this. But then it has a stable amount of American emphasis, as there is a noticeable hop contingent going on here. Thought it deserved some points for the unique aspect of it, certainly will never be a favorite or every day/weekend beer, but I did think it brought enough to the table to warrant its meager price.

Thought it hid the alcohol well, just a lot of wood and a fair amount of hops with it. Haven't had too much like it, kinda like Burton Baton, but not nearly as good.

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Photo of Offa
3.48/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I shall start by saying that I don't this is any sort of IPA. It does not remotely seem to fit any IPA category and I seriously do not think it is intended as such. It is darkish in colour and hops are noticeable but not remotely dominant. It seem more like a strong Belgian dark ale than anything else. I shall add that I actually found this to be a fairly good, characterful beer. Perhaps it is just misunderstood.

Clear light red-brown/dark copper, it has a big tan head slowly shrinking to a rich foamy ring and wisps and leaving some lace.

Aroma is vague caramelised dark fruits, some yeasty wine, hints of banana and spicy, worn-out bubblegum, vague wood. All is a bit subdued and vague, but noticeable and hints at potential complexity.

Taste is similar, but more woody up front, with some fermented citrus, vague burnt orange, vague bubblegum. Sweeter up front, it has a spicy-peppery-citrusy bitterness that takes over at the finish, but soon mellows. It is all rather vague and elements don't mesh all that well, but it has a little complexity and some interest, with the vague dark fruit, spice, with wood and yeast elements throughout.

I have no idea how old it was and the label was, as with some, rather worn (although I note that some apparent "wear" on the label was actually part of the label pattern itself, making it look more worn that it actually was). It may have been too old (I really don't think so - it seemed fresh) or too young, but was probably neither.

I have tried to find information about this, but I have seen little. One website claimed that Hermitage is actually the Tied House, which would make sense since they're both in the San Jose area.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark orangey amber colour, with a filmy head of white foam. Body looks surprisingly thin for the style and the ABV. Minimal lacing. Colour is decent, but the head is disappointing, the the weak body leaves me feeling a little worried.

Nose is oddly nutty, with a twinge of chocolate and orange. Really, really odd. A little bit of organics, which I can't find the words to describe, except it smells like the leaf mold under ferns in a rainforest. Quite an arch description, I know. Certainly, it smells nothing like an IPA - in fact, it doesn't smell much like anything I've ever sampled.

Taste is also extremely weird. Big nutty vanilla characters, possibly oak super-saturated, but otherwise little in the way of character. Some resin, maybe, very slightly? Hazelnut sweetness wells up later on the palate in an unusual and slightly rank finish. No, there's something wrong with this. It's just grating against me in all the wrong ways. Not a fan.

Feel is smooth enough, and fortunately quite light so the characters don't stick on the palate too long, but again, that's out of character for the style.

Nope. Sorry. Doesn't work at all. There's something seriously off about the beer by itself, and it's way, way off stylistically. Not worth the effort even for itself, and certainly not worth it if you're looking for an interesting oak-aged IPA.

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Photo of djmichaelk
2.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500ml bottle into a perfect pint. No bottled on date. I'd had this months ago but it's just now in the database. Review from notes.

A - Hazy amber, with an off-white, two-finger head that falls away leaving a thin cap. Decent lacing left on the glass.

S - You have to work to get much of anything here. Sweet toffee on the nose to lead off, giving way to piney hops and a hint of alcohol. Not bad but pretty faint.

T - The hops are more forward in the flavor, and I get a bit more citrus to go along with the pine. The brown sugar and toffee in the nose are very much in the background. Somewhat dry, acrid finish. Alcohol is not very evident in the flavor. To call it underwhelming would be doing this beer a favor.

M - Thin, very thin. Light carbonation gives the beer a somewhat oily feeling, and it doesn't linger on the tongue the way I'd like an amber to.

D - I can't say that I'd reach for this one again. The flavor just hits me wrong and the 8% abv hits me all at once.

O - I had high hopes for this brew, being somewhat local for me in San Jose. The generic packaging and low cost may suck some people in, but probably not more than once. I'm actually a little embarrassed, since I sent one of these out as an extra before I'd tried it.

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Photo of yuichituba
1.92/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got it at BevMo in San Francisco.

I am going to be flat out and clear. It barely smelt like anything, and it tasted like nothing. Absolutely nothing. Tasted no oak, barely any hops (and I was trying really hard to look for it).

It's sad because their Hoptopia Imp IPA is pretty good.

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Photo of ReDave
3.3/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this at Fresno's BevMo. Label was so worn, i wonder if this had been in a box/case that had traveled across the nation, more than twice, I've never seen such weirdly worn labels before.

I decided to get it anyways....

Appearance, rather dark amber, kinda woody like ha

Very thin head, not much lacing, off white head.

Aroma, not much, some malt perhaps.

Taste, not exactly like the DIPA's I've known, in fact I'm pretty sure this is mislabeled, Isn't this really just a barrel aged IPA [single]?
Some wood, rather green like, some other interesting flavors in there however. Just not quite there, though...
Someone described this as an English Strong Ale, not a bad description.
I'd try this again, but i wouldn't pay a lot for it. Seems like the Bevmo price was Ok...
Interesting attempt however.

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Photo of route66pubs
1.93/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle purchased at Burbank BevMo yesterday. Bottle cap was on the bottle so poorly and tightly that the initial attempt to take it off resulted in a torn cap, and a second effort resulted in a slight cut on my finger from the first attempt's tear. Not off to a good start here.

Pours an amber color, with very little white head from a hard pour into a pint glass. Head has no retention whatsoever and no visible carbonation exists in the beer. This is an extremely lackluster beer from its appearance.

Little to no aroma. I thought about giving it a 1, but realized that it is marked "awful" and I cannot characterize this as an awful aroma, just a non-existent one.

For a double / imperial IPA, there is very little flavor here. Not really anything to latch on to that presents any sense of taste.

I will at least grant decent mouthfeel somehow through some bubbly carbonation in the mouth. But nothing to warrant buying this for.

Overall, this is an extremely worthless waste of my hard-earned money. Remind me to stay away from these guys in the future.

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Photo of DefenCorps
1.93/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I'd entered this in the wrong place and am correcting my error.

Reviewed on: 08-10-2010 18:33:26
I believe Roger shared this with us on Sunday. Thanks?

Dark caramel with a thin, whitish head with poor retention and lacing. The nose reeks of oak and caramel. Overly tannic with some vanilla, this is astringent. The hops seem to have faded and how! No hop aroma, some hop bitterness.
The palate opens oaky, astringent and tannic with a cloying sweetness. No hops whatsoever. The tannins dominate the finish. Medium full is body with low carbonation, this is rather wretched. Even as an over-oaked barleywine, this fails.

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Ale Of The Hermit from Hermitage Brewing
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 42 ratings