Hoppy Poppy IPA | Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

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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:
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Added by Jason on 06-28-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
281
Reviews:
40
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
10.94%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
75
For Trade:
3
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

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Photo of nmann08
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
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.

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3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
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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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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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3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is light amber in color with a white head. Some citrusy hop notes, candied orange peel, bready malt, and a bit of toffee. There is just a hint of peach in the background. The flavor is on the sweet side. Toasted bread, toffee, and some bread. Very light bitterness and pine character. A bit of candied orange peel and faint grapefruit. A mediocre IPA at best.

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4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought back from the source by my brother, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a crystal clear deep copper color with a stingy white head that dissipates quickly but does manage to leave some lace. The nose is filled with wonderful aromas of citrus and pine. Tangerine, grapefruit and resin boldly topping a base of caramel and brown sugar. The taste hits with a bit of bitter pine resin initially but the sweet sugary malt brings everything back into balance quickly. Long lingering grapefruit and apricot in the finish. Medium body with a sweet resinous mouthfeel and a moderate level of carbonation. Nice, simple, easy drinking IPA. I didn't expect this to be so good from a brewery I'd never heard of, I probably should have shared this with Todd. ;)

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DoubleJ
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great name! I had this at an Irish pub in SLO, so on to the beer:

Copper orange colored, inch thick head on the pour which retains fairly well. The nose was a great surprise. It was intense, but unlike the pilsner I had earlier in the night, was much more attractive to my nostrils. It's a big burst of hops, tea-like hops. It takes me back years when I had my first IPA, which was from Stone.

The taste is a borderline 4/4.5. Once again, the hops are explosive. Also joining the hops are bits of a caramel base, tea, and "green" hops. It's medium bodied, bitter, and powerful.

Some IPA's are balanced, some are just hoppy. Hoppy Poppy leans towards the latter, and does a good job at that. Keep your eyes peeled for this.

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3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Raziel313
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of fthegiants
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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Hoppy Poppy IPA from Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
3.84 out of 5 based on 281 ratings.
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