Hopfen | Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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82 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
Missouri, United States
urbanchestnut.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A beer we are describing as a ‘Bavarian IPA’. Brewed and dry-hopped with a variety of Hallertau ‘hopfen’… instead of the usual and more citric hop varieties of most American IPA’s… gives this beer a decidedly German twist.

45 IBU

Added by Tone on 08-18-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
82
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
11.66%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewing from notes after enjoying on tap at Bier Station on 1/20/14. Poured into a small Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Sunny golden in hue, with darker notes of maize yellow and a slight hue that makes it impossible to see clearly through the body. ATop the body sits a soapy head of about two fingers thick, the color of bone white and just a few larger bubbles, presumably from the pour. Retention is excellent, with the head never completely disappearing, but instead fading to a thick film and drift-like buildup about a half finger thick around the sides of the glass. Lacing is pronounced and full of small mottled spots streaking the sides of the glass.

Smell - Some initial hints of citrus zest, but that quickly takes a back seat to more herbal and grassy hop overtones. Some notes of pepper and spice as well, but they don't overpower the herbal bitterness that is predominant. Some faint hints of pale malt are hiding in the background and providing some heft to this hoppy concoction.

Taste - Again the herbs and spice are up front, with faint white pepper, and baby garden green bitterness, even some dandelion greens and milk bittering. But here, there is definitely a subtle fruit element that gives the impression of a sweetness that eludes the tongue. Some faint pungency and the bitterness is a bit more than I bargained for, to be honest. Notes of fresh biscuit and water cracker come through from the malt base, giving it a decidedly pilsner-y feel. Perhaps that's a side effect of the German hops?

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate-to-low carbonation, with a decided crispness along the palate and a mostly dry finish.

Overall, an American IPA that doesn't fit into the standard mold, but in a definitely good way. A nice change-up from the citrus and fruit bombs that seem to be gaining in popularity as the IPA style explodes. As noted, the finish was a bit more biting to the tastebuds with the bitter factor that I would have liked, but otherwise a very solid beer.

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2.99/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Gold to straw yellow in color with significant haziness. A minuscule amount of light with get through. There's a quarter inch of dull off white soap sud head. I smell dull Hallertau hops. The flavor is a blend of amped up Hallertau hops and sourdough bread. The mouth is a bit thin and flat.

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed bronze with 3 fingers of rocky ivory colored head. Stays hazed, stellar lacing & very good head retention

S: Grassyness, a little tangerine peel

T: Follows the nose, dryness as well up front. Pomelo, a little pear & grapefruit rind & grassiness as this warms. Finishes with tangerine, grassiness, & grapefruit

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, alright balance

Drinks easy, but not that memorable

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was interesting and pretty different.

Appearance was that of many Bavarian style beers. A beautiful orange/light amber color with quite a bit of haze to it. A nice little fluffy head retained a thin soapy layer all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Smell was faint but that of grass and yeast.

Flavor was that of many Bavarian style brews, with layers of bread and yeast. There were layers of hops on top, but not the ones I am accustomed to in the US. There were layers of grass, roots, floral wildflowers, and a noticeable earthiness. The finish did not impart a hop bite, essentially no bitterness whatsoever.

Mouth feel was light to medium but with creaminess that comes with the Bavarian style of brewing.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of Branlott42
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jmd1978
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale Amber color with inch of white head. Nose that of an ipa. Citrus, grassy, sweet malts. Taste fruity notes on top of orange, lemon peel, bready. Hints of piney hops. Nice clean finish. Had this at the brewery itself for a reunion. Lot of bud people were enjoying this one the most. Solid, easy to drink beer. Good one to trasition from the macros.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap a hazy golden peach color with a small, quickly-fading white cap.

Aroma of hoppy lemon, herbal notes and a bit of spice.

The taste matched the aroma with lemon, herbal notes, spice and light caramel malts.

Medium bodied and dry with moderate carbonation.

The blackboard at the bar listed this as a Bavarian IPA and not Belgian as listed here. Whatever you call it, this is one enjoyable beer from Urban Chestnut.

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Hopfen from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
3.86 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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