Hoppy Poppy IPA | Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

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3.82/5
Very Good
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
California, United States
figmtnbrew.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Inspired by the poppies growing on Figueroa Mountain, this West Coast IPA features Cascade, Columbus and Centennial hops. Bursting with a floral bouquet and notes of citrus and pine, Hoppy Poppy is a balanced IPA for any beer lover.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,650
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
310
pDev:
10.73%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
87
Trade:
3
 
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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 310
Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper filtered with moderate carbonation and a finger of white head.

Smells of a little caramel malts, and some floral notes.

Tastes of caramel, toffee, floral notes and citrus.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

I got this at Trader Joe's and am drinking it in Redding, March 16th, 2019.

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Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle:

Pours clear golden amber with a thin creamy, lasting head. Rings of lace stick.

The smell is of resin with floral notes.

The taste is of bittersweet resin, bitter floral spicing, late melon. Caramelized bread backbone. Bittersweet, semi-long finish.

It has a smooth, silky medium body.

A pleasant West-Coast hop-forward, IPA with a pronounced resin character. Caramelized malt holds it together. Very smooth. Drinkable and enjoyable!

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Photo of Beginner2
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

At 65 IBU, this is above my willful threshold. But I'd not had Figueroa Mountain, so here we go.
Looks are ranked slightly above average; but only because the suds and effervescence were putting on a refraction show with the low LA sun. Smells were better than typical for a West Coast concentration of their hops; resins, floral, citrus blended evenly. Tastes, not so good... in fact, probably not good. Way to bitter and dry for my buds. After-taste was consistent.

Not unlike a lot of West Coast crafters, they make their money on IPAs... often imperial. Crafting for almost nine years, this father & son family shop seems to have progressed well in the area around Santa Barbara. While they clearly do a good job, it would be hard for me to return to their IPAs.

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden amber with cream colored foamy head. Aroma of juicy, sticky hops, taste has notes of tropical fruits, grass, citrus, pine, some bready malt. Very hop forward with lingering bitter aftertaste. Pretty standard west coast IPA in a good way.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried this one from draft. From its appearance it looks nothing special, light amber colour with a thin white head. I took a good sniff and got hit with the hops I was hopping for, West Coast style with that grassy citrus smell. Taste is crisp and hoppy with the poppy seed taste crepping in, very enjoyable. Great mouthfeel. I'm going to enjoy another. Prost!

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Photo of nick_perry
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, golden color. I smell hops of course, but it also smells like a poppy seed bagel (the poppy especially when smelling the glass after I’ve finished the beer). Taste is a good balance of hops, floral, and citrus notes, but I don’t get the poppy seed. The hops don’t kick you in the teeth like some IPA’s.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This one pours in that range of dark orange, light auburn and amber description, 1/2" almost off white head. Aroma would be nice if it kicked down more aromatics, both kind of lacking in this and the double version of it.

Taste, bitter, almost toffee like malt presence on these. A little bit of those familiar hoppy bitter grapefruit citrus feels. Mild caramel. Carbonation on point.

Nothing bad here, but far from anything you'll recommend, there are at least 100 ipas in California alone that are better.

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Photo of arizcards
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop in late July for $1.66. I believe the stamped date was 07.25.16 but it has been refrigerated at the bottle shop and my beer fridge.

Beer poured golden orange with a decent white head on the initial pour.

Nose is light citrus forward.

Taste is balanced for the style. The pale malt base is accentuated by a vegetal and citrus hop flavor, In the end the vegetal won...not good.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and pretty refreshing.

Overall not a bad beer but not one i would return to given the vegetal finish.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light Amber pour with thick off white foam; heavy lace; excellent clarity. Grapefruit and pine nose. Grapefruit and pine flavors with a caramel base. Medium light mouthfeel and moderate plus carbonation. Overall a good light IPA.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at crowburgerkitchen - Newport Beach, CA
A - amber colored body with a foamy off-white head, good retention and plenty of sticky lacing is left on the glass
S - juicy hops, caramel malt, toasty grain
T - well balanced flavors with notes of toasty grain, caramel, piney, juicy & fruity hops
M - medium body, resinous, finishing not overly bitter with pine lingering
O - a nice flavorful and well balanced IPA with both malt and hops accentuated well. I found it to be nice and refreshing and paired very well with my burger and kale salad.

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Photo of Act25
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

San Diego does it again. A fine IPA.

A: Good looking pour, with a totally clear deep amber color and 1 finger of head followed by decent retention and lacing.

S: Floral and citrus lead the way, with tropical fruit.

T: Opens with a sweet cookie/ cracker malt flavor that is tempered by the long lasting hop that flows with fruit, citrus, flowers, papaya and melon. Vibrant, bright, fruity.

F: Medium body with moderate carbonation, and an ok finish.

O: Not a San Diego citrus bomb, this beer satisfied my late night itch for an IPA, that was easy, fruity, summery.

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Photo of niiicedave
4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

As the craft beer scene in my locality evolves from the under $5 offerings towards the over, it seems this nicely hoppy, very drinkable brew with the toasty nutty flavor from the California golden poppy seeds in it, has been lost in the shuffle. I don't have this brew in front of me right now to get technical about it, but wish I did!

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Photo of JeffBlue
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Draft revisited, The Refinery, Newhall, CA 2/21/15) Second time trying this one and it dropped a notch down but still a pretty good beer.

Others:
LIzard's Mouth IPA (favorable)

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i found this one to be a little dull. i mean, there are not mistakes, off flavors, and other negatives really, it just blends in far too easily with the crowd of west coast ipa. maybe a little more malt balance than i personally am after, maybe not, maybe the hops are just underdone a little bit, maybe the beer isnt all that fresh, there could be multiple factors at work. a touch of medium crystal malt in here adds some caramel color and a bit of body as well. not all of the sweetness is fermented down, so the beer feels unnecessarily rich for the style. hops are just sort of meh, balancing bitterness and maybe a little resinous citrus, but its so mild compared to its peers, it almost doesnt even feel like an ipa to me. the beer tastes good though, it just doesnt match what i look for in west coast ipa. the other beers from these guys are much more compelling.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%

I'm feelin' quite well on this one, my peeps. Not overly juicy like Gallagher smashing a watermelon, and not overly bitter like your girl watching Twilight. It's fresh, clean, has a nice balance of citrus and bitter... It's not perfect like Emily Ratajkowski in a 2 piece, but more so like her after kicking a football around the pitch: you know you still would.

Peace!

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Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Meh....., this is barely an IPA, to say the least. Hop presence is minimal. There are far better. All you need to do is read the other reviews. They say it all.

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Photo of sommersb
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 04-15-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: Received from a friend

A: Pours a clear copper color and has 3 fingers of off-white head. Head retention is very good and it has a nice amount of lacing.

S: Smells feature floral hops and spices -- not sure if that's maybe from the yeast or perhaps the poppy seeds it says are added? Either way it makes for a pleasant aroma.

T: Taste starts out very hoppy and bitter. The spiciness noted in the nose is also present in the taste and gives it a character as a rye beer. As the beer warms up a bit I also taste some breadiness from the malts.

M: Crisp and clean mouthfeel, with a finish of bitterness and spiciness; quite dry as well.

O: A very interesting IPA. If this was in my market, I doubt I'd choose it over other IPAs but it's a good beer nonetheless...

Thank you Craig for the try!

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Photo of JayPeso
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great smelling beer which jumped out at me as soon as I cracked the bottle open. Lots of carbonation on the pour. Color and smell of a typical IPA. Taste was disappointing at first and not as hop forward as the smell suggested. Not one of my favorites, but would be good for a food pairing with fish tacos or something. Very light tasting beer that I imagine accomplishes what Fig set out to do when crafting this beer. A good APA but enjoy drinking Figueroa's Hurricane Deck or Lizard's Mouth IPA more.

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Photo of jjh19
3.01/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Poured a little cloudy with an average head.

Smell: I got piney hops in the nose.

Taste: Not as hoppy as I anticipated from the smell. More disappointing: I’m getting wet cardboard on my tastebuds.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkability: Just too sharp in the aftertaste and unbalanced for my palette. Maybe a bad bottle? One thing I really liked: the bottle art. Upbeat typography and art set an optimistic tone.

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Photo of rand
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a brew I rated awhile back, had some time to kill so I figured I'd give it a proper review.

On tap at Harbor Town Pub SD, into a pint glass

Light copper-tan color, sudsy, cavernous head leaves sticky lacing everywhere.

Clasic, West Coast bouquet, citrusy and vinous. Malts are distinctly honeyed.

Hop-forward, piney, citrusy. Kinda rindy, lemon-pepper notes mid-sip. Touch of alcohol warmth toward the finish, which closes relatively quickly. Bitter risidual linger.

With a light-medium mouthfeel, this is a lot tastier and refreshing than when I rated it 3.75. I'd give it 4.0 - 4.1 now, but I'll circle back and see if they've actually improved it, or this is just a good batch (when I first rated this, the system was different, so I'll put all attribute categories at 3.75 to match).

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Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at The Pub Beavercreek, Beavercreek, OH

A: The beer is crystal clear light amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down but has very good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of pine resin hops are present in the nose.
T: Like smell, the taste is quite hoppy and has a strong amount of bitterness along with notes of pine resin hops and slight hints of caramel.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very bitter so if you are looking for something that is assertive without tasting overly piney this is a good selection.

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Photo of gleemonger
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly clear organish yellow with a creamy off-white head that dissapates pretty quickly. Nice lacing.

Nice strong citrus/grapefruit aroma with sweet grainy malts. Pretty floral too, and really pops out of the glass in the aroma dept, nice. I think I might like a tad more complexity to that aroma, but I appreciate the strenght.

Similar to the taste, but the malts seem to come through a little more than the hops, which isn't as good in my book. The malts are pretty caramel foreward too, and not particularly complex. The hops are there too though, but are kind of basic in the citrusy dept. Pretty balanced, but not much of a hop showcase really.

Medium to light body with moderate carbonation. Pretty creamy and smooth, but with a good bite too. Kind of lingers around on the tongue for a while too, in a sort of chalky way.

Not bad, but pretty midde of the road, balanced IPA with no real spotlight on anything. I tend to prefer those that focus a little more on hop complexity, or at least a little more malt depth if the two are even. This is just kind of "meh".

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Photo of beagle75
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a chalice.

A: Clear, brassy golden color with over one finger of off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Hop-forward but not overpowering, with obvious grapefruit citrus, pine, and savory spice. Clean lines make for mild qualities, although they make a fairly tight and cohesive package.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with dense floral and berry hops aromatics and bright carbonic acidity. Grain is more evident in the middle, distinctly rye-like, peppery-sharp and drying on the palate. Pepper and berry flavors extend into the finish where restrained bitterness does not linger long.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly resinous on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This IPA enjoins archetypal qualities with an experimental ingredient to good results. It is molded in the new West Coast form, with less back-end bitterness a la Alpine IPAs. Balance is maintained in a way that does not lead one to think that the brewer has a revolutionary agenda when it comes to dry-hopping, but it is tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dense amber in color, the ale carries a hearty haze that's capped with a frothy ivory foam. Firm withstanding, its foam structures slowly dissolve back into the beer. Spotting the glass with lace, the beer looks like a richer IPA.

Sweet and fruity to start the beer's character begins with caramel-dipped citrus and tropical fruit. Somewhat honey-like in taste, texture, and aroma the beer goes from floral and perfumy to soft resinous bitterness and semi-dryness to close. A middle palate chocked full of "Tropical Punch" taste retains sweetness and pushes back on the would-be bitter dryness. But the later bitterness is pithy with grapefruit and stemmy with wood oils. Wavering only mildly on its malty weight and soft butterscotch feel; the ale prefers a more balanced attitude and softer grip on the gullet.

Poppy's medium body lingers deep into the session and resists the classic dryness and bitterness that American IPAs prefer. The beer's warm, crisp, or clean finish is also lightly compromises by a light buttery texture.

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Photo of rawfish
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy amber into an Alesmith tulip. Two fingers of stark white lacing. Attractive lacing on the glass and decent retention.

Caramel and cereal grain malt, a bit husky and seedy. Hop aromas are rather stock with light pine and orange citrus, more tangerine than grapefruit, slight lemon zest.

Balanced with a caramel sweetness atop a grainy backbone. Piney hop character, bright herbal tones with an earthiness that is pronounced in the finishing bitterness along with a mellow cereal grain.

Lighter body despite the coloration, carbonation is smooth and the beer dries well. Alcohol lightly touches on the palate.

Balanced ipa, a bit lackluster in the aroma and flavor but there is no denying the craft that went into brewing this ale. The malt and hop profiles and well integrated, along with an interesting brewing ingredient thrown in without any loose ends.

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Hoppy Poppy IPA from Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 310 ratings