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 Double / 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
Reviews by alleykatking:
Photo of alleykatking
3.45/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500ml bottle...

A- Poured a clear amberish/brown color. One and a half finger beige head that showed medium retention. Streaking lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Interesting smell to say the least. Caramel malts collide with some piney hops. Light toasted notes and some oaky aroma. Slight spice to this with some toffee.

T- First thing I taste is a little piney hops. This dies down to a light caramel malt but then comes the oaky flavor. This feels like I'm licking a barrel for a second. Piney hops come back in with a toffee like flavor. You can tell this is a barrel aged beer for sure. Not like Round Barn's Oaked IPA that's for sure.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is ok for the style. Watery feeling at times. Oaky notes left on the palate and long into the aftertaste. Light drying on the palate. Flavor is leaning more toward oak than anything else.

D- Thought the price was a steal. The beer was good but very oaky to me. Would like to try this again once they get the hang of oak aging.

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More User Reviews:
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 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 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 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 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 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 LoFiDave
3.75/5  rDev +33.9%

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 ptarmigan98
3/5  rDev +7.1%

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 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 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 NickMunford
4/5  rDev +42.9%

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 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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Photo of emmasdad
3.23/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've always been a sucker for barrel/oak aged beers, whether or not they've actually spent time in the barrel or merely come into contact with shards of wood. Seeing this one, in 500ml bottles at a San Diego area BevMo got me excited, and then just as quickly let me down. I got a decent amount of wood, some hops (an afterthought, perhaps) and a little caramel. Bought with the intention of stocking up, quickly revised those plans.

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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 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 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 nygannon
1.75/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of codynevels
2/5  rDev -28.6%

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 Rollzroyce21
1.75/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of beerpadawan
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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Ale Of The Hermit from Hermitage Brewing
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