Hop Field
Brewery Vivant

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Style:
Belgian IPA
Ranked #120
ABV:
7%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,612
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 7.25%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
51
From:
Brewery Vivant
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  1
Gots
  12
SCORE
86
Very Good
Hop FieldHop Field
Notes: Farmhouse IPA - f/native Michigan hops: MI Copper, MI Mackinac, & MI Heritage
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 51
Photo of MrOH
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear light copper, voluminous off-white head, great retention and sticky lace
Smells like plums, pineapple, and grapefruit
Flavor follows aroma, a bit heavier on the plum, plus a hint of caramel.
A bit stickier than I like in an IPA, but not so different from what was standard 15 years ago
Don't really get any sort of Belgian esters or phenols, so not sure how this is a "farmhouse" IPA, but a nice blend of the malt character of old and flavors/aromas of newer hops

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Photo of robotnewyork
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at HopCat Detroit. It was a good IPA, better than most with Brewery Vivant's nice flavor. I'd probably still prefer one of BV's sour/farmhouse beers but when in the mood for an IPA I'd have this one again.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Review #200

Very interesting combination of hoppy ale goodness and a yeasty Belgian beer. Nice golden color with some fluffy hops and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of fruity and floral hops with a little hint of yeast. Tastes similarly, along with caramel, malt and some bread. Smooth mild mouthfeel and good amount of carbonation. Will keep trying beers from this renowned local brewery.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can to tulip glass. Copper color with a finger and a half of foam. Nice floral/fruity aromas with a flavor to match. Belgian yeast provides some sweet, mellow flavors to complement the earthy and fruity hops. Not much bitterness here, and no alcohol warming.

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Photo of smcolw
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper color and nearly clear.

A bit like beef stew to the nose.

There's a sweet taste to start. Good yeast and bitter hop finish. Fuller bodied and well carbonated. Long aftertaste.

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Photo of ArapahoG
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice mellow IPA. Don't let the name fool you. It is not bitter. A lot of nice hop aroma but real smooth. Malt back bone, sweet but not overly so. Nice hop finish. Very drinkable with a 7% kick. I'll have another...

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Photo of brureview
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey color with a 3F head in a Mikasa Tulip.
Light earthy fruit aroma.
Cloying smooth MF.
Earthy, fruity taste, finished with a mild bitterness.

Very enjoyable to drink. Mild carbonation and a milder bitterness. I like this.
Also, an emphasis on earthiness and fruit. Worth checking it out.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pint can on December 30, 2017. Look is unfiltered cloudiness. Smell and taste is fruit-forward. Feel is well balanced and refreshing.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 10/2/2017. Pours lightly hazy medium orange/amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big tangerine, pineapple, peach, pear, apricot, grapefruit, red apple, mango, melon, guava, white grape, peppercorn, light banana/clove, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, pineapple, peach, pear, apricot, grapefruit, red apple, mango, melon, guava, white grape, peppercorn, light banana/clove, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate pine/citrus peel/grassy bitterness and peppery yeast spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, pineapple, peach, pear, apricot, grapefruit, red apple, mango, melon, guava, white grape, peppercorn, light banana/clove, honey, toasted bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 7%. Overall this is an excellent Belgian IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with modestly bitter/spicy/drying finish. A bit maltier than expected for the style, but really well balanced between local hops and Belgian yeast; nice malt backbone without being too sweet/heavy feeling for the style. Really great levels of complexity from the yeast and hops; nicely juicy feeling. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Lahey
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is isn't my favorite ipa. Has a fruity sort of hop flavor, but not nearly bitter enough. It's not old, so there's no reason for it to be so bland. I'd go with a six pack of two hearted next time. More beer for less money and better flavor. Worth a try if you really want to try something different. It just didn't float my boat. Not to say it it's a bad beer, just not to my taste.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a can of Brewery Vivant's Hop Field today at The Lager Mill. I'm always down to try a new beer from Vivant and I'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a tall 16ox can into a IPA glass.

A- The can looks good, it's got a nice design to it that goes well with the name and it's a little eye catching. It poured a hazy darker orange color that didn't change much when held to the light and it had almost a finger and half worth of slightly fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with the a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a very fruit aromas with some citrus rind and very nice berry aroma seeming to stick out the most with some tropical fruit and very light green hop like aromas. Up next comes a little bit of a creamy aroma that leads into a little bit of farmhouse like yeast which impart a light funk and a light spice with a little bit of stone fruit like aroma. Towards the end comes the malts which are on the lighter side and they impart some pale malt and sweet malt like aromas along with a slight bread crust like aroma. This beer has a good aroma, the hop profile is very nice, but it would be a little better if the yeast came through just a little more.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it's a little more balanced and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma and to me there's a berry yogurt like flavor that seems to stick out the most. Up next comes the yeast which show up just a little more than it did in the aroma and it imparts all the same aspects. Towards the end comes the malts which are just about as light as they were in the aroma and they impart all the same aspects. On the finish there's a lighter amount of bitterness with a fruity hop like aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, but I wish it was a little more balanced with a little more bitterness.

M- Very smooth, creamy, a little crisp, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium sweetness. This beer has a pretty nice mouthfeel that is unique for the style.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and it's a nice example of the style, but it was a little rough around the edges when it came to the taste and that held it back a little. This beer had ok drinkability, I think one would be the perfect amount for me, I might get bored of it if I have more than one. What I like the most about this beer is the hop profile, it's unique and very nice. What I like the least about this beer is the lack of bitterness and I wish the taste was a little more balanced. I would buy this beer again, but I wouldn't stock up on it and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a pretty unique farmhouse IPA. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it and I think with just a little more work on the taste and mouthfeel and this could be a pretty good tasting beer. It's not a favorite Vivant beer and it's a nice example of the style. Nice job guys, this is tasty and unique beer, keep it up.

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Hop Field from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 51 ratings