Ale Of The Hermit | Hermitage Brewing

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Ale Of The HermitAle Of The Hermit

Brewed by:
Hermitage Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by emmasdad on 08-29-2010

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 27
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 bpkrippner
3.9/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrisjws
3.56/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 Eddiehop
3.07/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of thufflife
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of MastaShonuf
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of LoFiDave
3.75/5  rDev +33.9%

Photo of nygannon
1.75/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of Jenray
2/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of ptarmigan98
3/5  rDev +7.1%

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 Rollzroyce21
1.75/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of beerpadawan
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of dominic4beer
3.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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 NickMunford
4/5  rDev +42.9%

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 codynevels
2/5  rDev -28.6%

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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Ale Of The Hermit from Hermitage Brewing
Beer rating: 2.8 out of 5 with 42 ratings