Hopfen | Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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3.78 w/ 82 ratings

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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 t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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 +5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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 -14%

Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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 jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Suds
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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 ovaltine
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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 +11.1%
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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Franziskaner
2.99/5  rDev -20.9%
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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Sean9689
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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Hopfen from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
Beer rating: 73.2% out of 100 with 82 ratings
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