Hoppy Poppy IPA
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

Hoppy Poppy IPAHoppy Poppy IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #4,082
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #22,261
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 10.68%
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
324
From:
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  13
Gots
  88
SCORE
86
Very Good
Hoppy Poppy IPAHoppy Poppy IPA
Notes: 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.
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottled 8-7-19, opened 11-18-19.
1/2" off white head on a amber gold not quite clear IPA...so-so retention, head falls quickly to a solid cap. Wispy lacing all the way down.
Sweet, bready malt with floral and piney hops, hint of citrus peeks out at the end.
Very similar to the aromas, big malt backbone with the traditional WC flavors of pine, floral, grapefruit, and orange.
Full body, medium carbonation, long finish full of hoppy piney bitterness.
Good to Very Good, full of flavor and drinkability...would have another if I had one. Will seek out and try again in a fresher state.

Nov 19, 2019
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monkist from Hungary

4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Chose this beer tonight because I had LA on my mind and the Figueroa Mountain is there near Santa Barbara, I thought this would fit the bill - and I didn’t regret having chosen this.
I love how this beer looks, very much of that golden amber tint of the West Coast fame and it is quite citrusy and floral in the aroma, although slightly on the subtle side. It has that “tip of the iceberg” feeling that makes you want to dive in straight away.
The beer itself has a very interesting and pleasant aroma, unline many of the rest, it is definitely citrusy, somewhat even savory, as in “sour” - it has a sort of fruity sourness to the taste. Yes indeed it tastes different but that exactly is what I keep remembering after having had this beer.
There was nothing I didn’t like about this IPA, whatever you might say otherwise, I would seek out more from Figueroa Mountain, even though they have only been in the game for almost ten years, they are on the right track for sure.

Oh, here are the most recent notes from the label:
HOPPY POPPY IS A LIGHT-BODIED, “WEST COAST” INDIA PALE ALE FEATURING CASCADE, COLOMBUS AND SIMCOE HOPS. THIS BREW IS BURSTING WITH A BOUQUET OF FLORAL, CITRUSY HOP FLAVORS AND AROMAS. ENJOY THIS BEER AS YOU DREAM OF GREEN MEADOWS DUSTED WITH POPPIES.

Jul 19, 2019
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mpavilion from California

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Beautiful, pale amber; delicate lacings.

S: Light and hoppy.

T: Honeysuckle-sweet, with floral and grapefruit flavors. Delicious balance of hops and malt.

F: Exceptionally smooth and easy-drinking.

O: Love it! Really glad I found this beer.

Jul 07, 2019
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a floral first IPA. Pours gold with a lasting white head. It's a bit bitter for how floral it is, but I don't think that's a bad thing. Interesting to see what their other more citrus/pine forward stuff is like.

Jun 26, 2019
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Mar 17, 2019
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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!

Jan 24, 2019
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Nov 18, 2018
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PlinyMeNow from California

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Jan 25, 2018
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vikinggary28 from California

3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

May 05, 2017
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nick_perry from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Mar 11, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Jan 09, 2017
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arizcards from Arizona

3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Oct 13, 2016
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DoctorZombies from Florida

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

May 30, 2016
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Feb 12, 2016
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Sep 29, 2015
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niiicedave from California

4.67/5  rDev +21.6%
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!

Jun 17, 2015
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JeffBlue from California

3/5  rDev -21.9%
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)

Mar 01, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Oct 20, 2014
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RaulMondesi from California

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%

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!

Sep 25, 2014
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ShadyRigglesbee from Indiana

3/5  rDev -21.9%

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.

Sep 23, 2014
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sommersb from Tennessee

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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!

Apr 16, 2014
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JayPeso from California

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Mar 05, 2014
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jjh19 from California

3.01/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Jan 17, 2014
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rand from California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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).

Dec 03, 2013
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metter98 from New York

3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Oct 28, 2013
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