Hopfen | Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
Missouri, United States

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

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 82
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a nice german American hybrid here, something id like to see a lot more of. pours a hazy pale gold color with a robust airy bone white head and inch and a half high. the nose is german pilsener malts all the way, bready and dusty in aroma and taste. the malts are light enough to let the American hops shine through in all their glory. fruity and fresh and bright, more than just bitter and balance, as you get in traditional german beers. hops smell and taste delicious here, oily and bigger, not tempered much by the malt at all. this drinks very nicely. I would like to see more carbonation here, it would make this beer outstanding in all facets. the body is just medium, but feels a little lighter, like there might be some wheat malt in here. this is a marriage made in heaven, and more german malt American hop style beers need to come out, there is endless possibility here.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The golden-colored liquid is capped by a nice head that leaves a nice lacing pattern behind

Smell: Aromatic with both grassy and citrusy tones

Taste: Moreso than in the aroma, the citrusy flavors pop out, up front, with the grassy tones appearing after the swallow; the malt plays a neutral role in the flavor profile

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation; a touch flabby

Overall: A very intriguing IPA that combines both German and American hop elements; kudos to the brewer for the creativity here

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy, golden/amber color with a bubbly, white head of foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grasses and pine with some sweet caramel.

T - Piney with a grassy, mild bitterness. Good caramel backbone with a touch orange zest.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really unique and really tasty IPA. I've enjoyed all three of the UCBC beers I've tried so far.

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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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Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Heady Topper glass. Thanks to Sean & Co. for picking this up.

A - Finger-plus of white foam settles to a thick collar, leaving tiny spots of lace. The body is a hazy pale golden color.

S - Big Hallertau hop aroma - spicy herbs, lemons, and a touch of cat pee and soap in the periphery. The malt backbone is nice and crackery. This is nothing like a Belgian or American IPA, but the work really well together.

T - The taste takes a bit of a step backward, as there's a mild hop astringency in the finish, but otherwise it's a similar combination of herbal and floral hop flavors with a biscuit malt profile. There's a bit more malt sweetness imparting a kiss of caramel.

M - Smooth medium body, chewy texture, moderate carbonation, and a super dry finish with tons of resinous hop oils lingering.

D - Crushable stuff - interesting cross between an American IPA and a German Pilsener. Definitely the best GIPA I've ever had, and something I'd return to frequently if it were on-tap locally.

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

Pours a cloudy, orange/maize color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus, floral, slight sweet malt, and spice (cardamom ?). Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of citrus hops, slight sweet malt, floral hops, and slight spice. Overall, good appearance, aroma, mouth feel, and blend.

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Photo of Suds
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've really enjoyed the German inspired beers from this brewery. This one is a little out of the ordinary, but is well done. The beer has a yeast haze, and is a dark gold color with a towering white head. The smell is of peppery hops, and the taste is pure bready-malt, accompanied with solid bitterness. Nice herbal hop flavor settles in through the mid-taste. Fairly full in body, this is a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank to Sean for sharing.

A - Slightly hazy, yellow beer. Nice white head that faded to a ring with some good lace on the sides.

S - Some lemon zest, floral notes, and a slight bit of pungent odor. I guess there is some sort of odd (not bad) german yeast note to this thing. Somewhat different.

T - Not bad, some herbal and floral hops with a bit of sweetness and bread to it. I prefer a traditional American IPA, but like this better than the belgian counterparts.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - A good beer, I'd like to try more of this and more of this style as it's kind of a new experience. Would drink again. Went down easy.

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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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Photo of Sean9689
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at UCB and out of a cool UCB growler!

A - Pours a yellow golden color, hazy/mirky, white head, nice collar, thin cap, sticky lacing.

S - A nice dose of citrus hops, some floral notes, low level of Belgian yeast (which I prefer), light level of sweetness. Solid.

T - Excellent citrus hoppy bitterness, floral, barley any level of Belgian yeast, the hops overtake pretty much everything, slight orange citrus sweetness. Refreshing.

M - Light, good carbonation, oily sweet finish.

O - Really an enjoyable Bavarian IPA. Would def make this a staple in my fridge if offered in bottles and def going to get again on my next visit.

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Photo of Franziskaner
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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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting beer, perhaps my favorite from my trip to UC brewery.

Pretty good looking, cloudy and between tan and amber, good head and lacing.

Smell was really amazing, reminding me strongly of that first wort smell when you're brewing. Taste had Lots of hops and pine, good wheat component, a little caramel malt sweetness.

Body was thick and chewy, like a wheat beer more than an IPA.

Great beer, must try!!

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Photo of soju6
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a large head that fades to ample lacing.

S: Aroma is fairly mild with some malt sweetness, fresh grain, bit of fruit and a trace of spice.

T: Taste is a nice blend of some caramel sweetness, fruit and fresh grain.

F: Has a nice easy bitterness and a dry finish. Fairly medium body, nice crispness and smooth.

O: Very well crafted. This is a unique IPA that is well worth checking out.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
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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Photo of Treebs
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A German IPA? Interesting. Growler shared by Chris (spycow). Served in a New Glarus tasting glass.

A: Pours a clear yellow color with a whispy white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thick collar. Very reminiscent of a lager.

S: Grassy hops with a definite German pilsner yeast characteristic that is making this border on the lager side of things. There is a still a nice malty sweetness there.

T: The taste follows the nose really closely. Grassy hops with that pilsner yeast like quality. There is a touch more fruitiness in than the nose which brings back the IPA qualities of this beer. Nice sweet bread malts as well.

M: Light and crisp with a nice refreshing finish. Very lager-like.

O: This was an on hybrid type beer. It was definitely different with the German pilsner like qualities to it. Would definitely have again.

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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 GossageBrewery
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served this American IPA on tap, at the brewery, in a pint glass. This AIPA poured a cloudy golden, amber color, produced a white head, excellent retention and left a nice amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of malted grain, fresh cut grass and citrus grapefruit. Medium in body, this brew had a base of carmel malted grain, semi bitter with a piney/citric dry finish. Excellent beer , one of the best examples of a locally brewed IPA that i have tasted. Prost!

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

500ml bottle poured into a Brasserie de Silly tulip. No bottled on date.

A: Pours two fingers of foamy white head with a hazy orange body (awesome color for an IPA). Lots of patchy rings of lacing with a big dollop of head in the middle.

S: Up front lots of grassy, plant like hops followed by a strong note of lavender. Like smelling grandma's garden. Some sweet biscuit malt pokes out in the back.

T: It's all about the hops here, guys. A very similar hop profile to the nose; dried grass, fleshy plants, lemon tartness and lavender. Backbone of biscuity malts with a lingering hop bitterness.

Mf: Medium/thin feel with a drying and coarse texture. Bitter around the edges. Good drinkability. Crisp and thirst quenching.

O: Overall a very enjoyable IPA with a unique hop profile. Being more used to the American hop varieties this was really fun to try and pick up notes I wasn't used to getting from hops. Drinks quite easily as it's not a brash hop profile like most American IPAs. I'll finish the bottle with ease. Recommended.

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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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Photo of beerswamie
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this out of a fairly nice size snifter, so far this is only on tap at the brewpub.

Appearance is a light orange bordering on a deep yellow.

The smell is great, nice good spicyness from those german hops that are predominate in this beer,

Taste, this is one of my favorite beers when I go to the brewpub. I am more of an american hop fan so this being predominately german hops it surprises me how much I like it.

mouthfeel- is very nice, pretty much typical for this style.

Overall- If you are in St. Louis make it a point to stop by the brewpub and try their beers, they totally lean towards German styles but that is not all bad :)

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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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