Train Hopper IPA | Witch's Hat Brewing Co.

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Train Hopper IPATrain Hopper IPA

Brewed by:
Witch's Hat Brewing Co.
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by gordavidson on 08-24-2011

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 101
Photo of claminat420
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a growler into a sierra Nevada spiegelau glass.

Appearance- pours a transparent copper color with a frothy white head. leaves a good amount of lacing.

Aroma- some caramel malt with some citrus hop action. nothing crazy but solid. heavy pineapple scent at first.

Taste- dry bready caramel taste with some slight pineapple and citrusy hop notes. alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel- solid medium bodied. good carbonation.

Drinkability- on beer number four and easily going to kill the growler.

Overall- not being a pineapple/ tropical fruit/ hipster hop fan I was alil worried when I first smelled this beer from the pineapple notes coming from it but after a couple it started to diminish and now I get a nice citrusy cascade hop action going on. nothing out of this world but pretty solid. a Michigan ipa that is solid with two hearted, centennial, and crooked tree.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Solid IPA. Served on tap in a pint glass. Came to me with a half finger if white, solid foam that left a ring around the glass. Color is golden and hazy. Aroma and taste track closely: pine up front and grapefruit zest to follow. Taste also had some solid caramel malt backbone that held up well, and feel was semi-full, oily.

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Photo of pagriley
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into a snifter

Pours slightly hazy dark golden with 2 inch fluffy head
Pine needles and grapefruit - very classic nose with mango / tropical notes in the background
Taste follows smell - lots of grapefruit and soft bitterness
Medium bodied with soft almost creamy carb - lovely feel

Overall a really solid brew - would happily pound a bunch of this

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Photo of imonhiatus
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

solid ipa. resinous side of the spectrum. full bodied and chewy. a bit boozy, but all in all a solid ipa. this one was canned on October 8, so twenty days ago. still tastes fresh and flavorful

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Photo of 98green
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Circling back for a review in April 2016. On tap. Medium orange look, slight haze. Smell is light grapefruit, not as prominent as I remembered from last time. Taste delivers a decent hop punch, but again more muted and less bright than I remember, but the bitter lingers nicely. Orange pith comes to mind as I think about the taste. Malt is present but well balanced, tho oddly the finish is a bit dry. Alcohol esters are there, but in the nose not warming. Overall maybe it was time and place last time, but this try knocked down my rating a touch. I still like it, but maybe not the destination IPA I remembered.

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Photo of PattyMelt
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ twisted rooster.

A- Amber, with almostca burgundy tint. Minimal thin white head.
S- Combo of sweet & sour, but very balanced. Definitely a hoppy smell.
T- Grapefruit, bready, w/ clear citrus hops on the back.
M- mid to full bodied.
O- A pretty decent IPA. Above average for sure, & definitely worth a try, but not the best.

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Photo of smalenberg
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice American IPA, a bit too heavy on the cascade for my taste. That white grapefruit rind character makes for a pleasant nose, but when that type of bitterness starts to obscure other aspects of the beer, it gets a bit unbalanced. There is a nice estery quality that can be discerned past the grapefruit that has floral and slight bubble gum character. The finish is on the dry side with a bitterness that seems to be more of a malt character than a hop character (sort of what you might expect from the addition of rye).

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Photo of hackmann
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: misty amber body with an off-white head and on the lacing front … not much. The little bit that there is clings to the glass.

Aroma: nice citrus nose reminding me of a citrus peel, sweet grains, sour bread; as it warms the citrus note reminds me of white grapefruit

Flavors: sweet-sour going on; pink grapefruit with a white grapefruit bite, sweet grains, sour dough bread, toasted caramel malts,

Mouthfeel: oily hops, sweet-sour, bitter notes hit the mid and finish, lingering citrus bite on the aftertaste,

To the Point: I had this ale at a local South Lyon Michigan Pub and they told me the brewery was down the road. Somehow I found my way there. Strange how that happens. I like this IPA. If you live in the area it is worth the drive – they have some other great flavors to try.

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Photo of ryantho00
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper haze with little carbonation. I get sweet malts and fresh citrus hops off the nose, a hint of grapefruit and passionfruit.

This is remarkably easy to drink, a fantastic malt base and nicely blended hops throughout. Not hugely bitter, well blended and balanced. Could almost session this brew cus of the drinkability of the wonderfully balanced sweet malts and nice subtle hops. . A little too high to session in terms of abv.

Great job by a local brewery just starting up. This was my first experience with this brewer, and I will say I wasn't disappointed.


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Photo of gordavidson
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A hazy, luminescent orange liquid with a thick and craggy bone white head that has amazing retention. Perfect for the style.

S- Orange rind, flowers, pine, mint, and caramel. Pretty well rounded and intriguing.

T- Orange rind, pine, flowers, and caramel. A little more subtle than the aroma implied.

M- A creamy, slightly oily body. Seems a touch undercarbonated.

O- A very solid IPA that is a bit on the mellow side but drinks really nicely.

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Train Hopper IPA from Witch's Hat Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 101 ratings.
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