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Hoppy Poppy IPA | Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

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Hoppy Poppy IPAHoppy Poppy IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 06-28-2011

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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 268
Photo of arizcards
3.62/5  rDev -6%
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 -4.4%
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 derrickbeard
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a great beer after a round at the Sandpiper and staying at the Bacara while visiting your son at UCSB - What are the rich people doing tonight? Not this!

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Photo of barnzy78
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
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%
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 +21.3%
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 -22.1%
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.

LIzard's Mouth IPA (favorable)

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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 +3.6%

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.


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Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
3/5  rDev -22.1%

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 -3.9%
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 -9.6%
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 -21.8%
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 -2.6%
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 +3.1%
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 +7.8%
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 -1.8%
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 -9.4%
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 -3.1%
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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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, Calif., on Dec. 27, 2012
Price: $6.29
Misc.: N/A

Poured an orange amber color with 1-2 fingers of off-white head. A few spots of off-white lacing on the sides. Average retention on the top on the way down.

Smelled a nice mix whiff of floral and citrus hops, which all came together nicely. Sweet floral hops led the way. Citrus hops seemed to be tangerine and orange more than anything else.

Tasted pretty close to the nose, but not quite as good. Got those sweet floral hops, although not as pronounced. So I guess Cascade hops. Also orange and tangerine citrus hops.

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Long, slightly bitter finish.

A really nice IPA, which almost tasted more like an APA. Nice deviation from the normal IPA.

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Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A lovely classic amber color in the pint nonic-- another plus for California Kebab, which serves even $3 happy hour beers in nice glasses. A frothy head and lingering lacing.

A lovely mouthful of hops at first gulp. Sharp and thoroughly refreshing. I'd call this a Pale Ale and it would be an excellent example. A svelte body, mouthfilling hoppiness, and the bitterness backs off as the spicy aromas melt down your nose. A little of the biscuit taste, just enough malt to balance the hops, and an elegant quaff.

I suspect hop heads will whinge about the lack of bitterness, so just enjoy it. A nice surprise, and one of the best Pale Ales I've had this year. I wasn't so crazy about their "Danish Red," but Figueroa may be a newcomer worth checking out.

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Photo of charlzm
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed October 16th, 2012 in a Samuel Adams fancy-schmansy pint glass at a starting temp of 50 degrees F.

Beer pours a brilliantly clear light copper. A two finger off-white head remains long after the pour. Creamy head texture, nice sheeting.

Aroma - some caramel malt evident, mingled with floral, grassy hops. Trace of citrus. Aroma is fairly tame. Some agitation reveals a disagreeable skunky odor.

Flavor is interesting. Some muted bready and caramel malt up front, followed by a significant herbal , piny bitterness after the swallow. Though the beer is brewed with poppy seeds, I cannot pick out a flavor that corresponds. Nice IPA, sort of like a spicier SNPA.

Mouthfeel is medium with a touch of creaminess and chewiness. Some carbonation bite and tingle. Fairly long-lasting dryness is nice: not overpowering.

A solid IPA, but nothing spectacular. The bar is so high in this style it takes a real miracle to stand out from the crowd. In 2000, this might have been a game changer.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a tight, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of bright citrus and tropical fruits.

Tastes of the bright hops upfront followed by some malt sweetness. Hops lead off with grapefruit, pineapple, and melon with a touch of grass on the backend. Not particularly bitter. Hops blend into a little caramel sweetness along with toffee and toasted bread notes. Fairly balanced overall. I do pick up a bit of earthiness as the beer warms, which I assume is from the poppy seeds.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a quite good IPA and has me more interested in this brewery.

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A good looking pour, with a clear amber color and a finger's worth of head; decent retention and lacing

Smell: Floral and citrusy, though it has a tropical fruit salad character to it and is not as bitter as I would have expected given the hop bill

Taste: Opens with a graham cracker malt flavor that is buttressed by the hop bill; bitterness builds through mid-palate, though the tropical fruit elements of papaya, star fruit and melon dominate; nicely balanced in the finish with the poppy seeds adding another dimension (though maybe it is my imagination, as I love poppy seed pastries)

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: If you are looking for another West Coast IPA that is a citrus bomb, this beer is not for you; if you are intrigued by a beer that takes the style in a subtle, but different, dimension, this beer is worth a look

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, herbal hops, and alcohol. Taste is much the same along with some peppery flavors. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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