Hop For Teacher
Fountain Square Brewing Co.

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,096
Ranked #38,165
3.69 | pDev: 9.49%
Fountain Square Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy orange body with one-finger head and left lace patches down the glass. Aroma is bitter citric and floral hops with hints of tropical fruits. Dry, bitter, slightly floral hopped beer with a bitter and dry finish. Not a bad pale ale at all but skimps on the malts and goes for an expanded hop presence w/ notes of tropical and grapefruit hops; however, these flavors are overpowered by a bitter hop presence and a minor citric acidity.

Jun 09, 2016
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martinpfal from Indiana

3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Like a previous reviewer mentioned, no bells and whistles. And that's probably ok. Bitterness at the end is nice. Smell is somewhat pine and floral. Color is hazy mid dark straw. Little head. Is good but not one to seek out...unless I'm in Indy

May 22, 2016
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle appears to be stamped Best by 060516. Thanks to my friend, Ken, for giving me a bottle to try.
A - slightly hazed golden body is capped with a frothy off-white head that holds good retention
S - juicy & tropical nose with mango, pineapple, mandarin, light caramel
T - very bitter and hop forward with pine resin, orange zest, mango, pineapple, passion fruit, pale & caramel malt
M - medium body, moderate carbonation, finishing very bitter and dry with pine, zest, and spicy white pepper lingering
O - seems like a love it or hate it beer. I really dig it but seems a bit too bitter to be an APA - I'm not complaining. I'd buy it again.

May 20, 2016
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Gear54 from Indiana

3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle into a pint glass

Beer is light orange in color with one finger of thin white foam and thin lace on the glass

Smell is light citrus hops and biscuit malts. Pretty basic for the style. No bells and whistles.

Taste is very hop forward. Pine and citrus dominate the profile with biscuit malts for balance. Again typical for the style.

Overall a nice brew with refreshing qualities. Good example of the style with balance and taste.

Jun 17, 2015
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark orange, spotty lace around the edges.

Smells a little mellow, biscuity pale malt, earthy hop note.
Taste is a little more hop forward, lightly bitter with a green dandelion aftertaste. Mild bitter grapefruit zest. Feels a bit under-carbed after the first few sips. Overall it was ok, but lacking in any distinctive characteristics.

May 26, 2015
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W9820 from Indiana

3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-gold, cloudy...very light head, good lacing on the glass
S-not really detecting much at all, almost neutral. It might be the Osiris I had before it!
T-malt, hops, malt, hops again...can it switch four times? The bitterness really
seems to linger at the end
M-light mouth feel....the carbonation is pronounced on the tongue and mouth
O- not a bad beer...I would almost consider it to be a session beer

Jun 11, 2014
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mrfrancis from Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear gold with a thick, creamy white head.

S: Aromas of biscuit, caramel, lemon, lime, bitter orange, grapefruit, and pine are present on the nose.

T: Notes of lemon, lime, bitter orange, grapefruit, herbs, pine, spruce, cream, caramel, and biscuits are pronounced and relatively easy to distinguish. The finish is bitter and resinous, presenting the drinker with notes of citrus and pine underscored by faint biscuit and caramel flavors.

M: Medium in body and a bit slick. There is a distinctly resinous feel that develops the longer the beer is held in the mouth. Carbonation is firm and prickly.

O: This is not a bad pale ale by any means. It would definitely make a pleasant warm weather beer. I could also see it being a good introduction to hoppier styles for craft beer neophytes.

Feb 18, 2014
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pleasant clear amber, with limited carbonation and lackluster lace.

Nose is crisp citrus hops. I get some grainy malts there, too, somehow. Either way, solid.

Taste is nicely hoppy (as the name implies), with plenty of citrus, grapefruit, and pine tones. It must be noted that this one also features a firm malt presence underneath the hops.

This is a very fair and balanced American pale ale -- plenty of crisp hops to appease even the most die-hard IPA nuts, and more than sessionable. Nice work!

Jan 19, 2014
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boilermakerbrew from Indiana

3.07/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A- Pours a very hazy, deep orange in color. The body is not only hazy, but lots of visible particles are suspended in the beer. Small, 1.5 finger head forms, retains a little while, and laces very well.

S- Pretty aggressive in the hops department for an APA. Hops are mostly citrus in nature with a little bit of pine flavor in there. Pretty much all hops all the way through.

T- Where have all the hops gone? Hops from the scent are hard to find. I would say the hops flavor in the taste is about half of what was on the scent. Also unlike the scent, hops in the taste are nearly all very bitter pine flavors with little to no citrus flavor to be had. Maybe a hint of underlying light malt base, but very small.

M- Medium carbonation like most other APA's, but much thicker feeling on the tongue. Easy to drink.

Overall, not a very good pale ale. The good hop profile on the scent is nowhere in the taste.

Jan 05, 2014
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robwestcott from Indiana

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cold from the tap at an Indianapolis pizza joint. Poured to a super tall mug, a semi opaque copper with a finger and a half super foamy white, long lasting head with nice retention leaving lace to the rim.

Fairly subtle aroma of grassy hops and faint caramel malts.

Light bodied, big carbonation, bitter hop bite upon the first sip, grassy hops, subtle butterscotch (?) drops, not much else.

Drinkable, but not something I'm writing home about.

Oct 24, 2013
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dmgeng from Indiana

3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A recommended Indianapolis pale ale.

A - Beautiful deep gold, orange color with course white head. Good lacing. Very clear.

S - Nice citrus hop nose. Light malt and grain smell after the hops.

T - Nice citrus hops. Complimenting malt flavor. Very balanced and crisp. Nice hop bitterness.

M - Light mouth-feel. Has some bitterness but is mostly clean on the finish. Perfect carbonation.

Overall, a solid APA with a lighter body and balanced flavor. Good hops and the nice graininess makes for a great summer pale ale. A showcase of the beer that Indianapolis has to offer. I would suggest giving it a try. Probably not the best pale ale in the world but is pretty tasty.

Glass- Boston Lager Glass

Aug 06, 2013
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jkrich from Florida

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This ale recently made its appearance at a local beer store. The label has an instruction to serve the ale at 37 degrees but no freshness date.
The ale poured a bright and clear gold/orange hue with very little head retention.
The aroma was very mild with some vague but clean citrusy aroma.
This is a nice, refreshing ale with a pleasant hop bitterness dominating. I only wish the hop had a little more citrus in the flavor. As the hop subsides, there is a faint, buttery malt flavor on the palate that lingers before the hop bitters return.
The body was rather thin with a clean and slick mouth feel. The carbonation was surprisingly restrained.
This is a flavorful, refreshing ale that could have been even better with a more complex hop profile.

May 12, 2013
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rangel2 from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Chatham Tap.

Golden in color. Nice finger and a half of egg white head that clung to the glass for dear life as the beer emptied.

Aroma is strongly sweeter malts, with some citrus poking through.

Taste is nice approachable hops up front, some citrus, faint grapefruit. Then it bolts into a bready malt backdrop, followed by the crisp, drinkable, mildly hopped finish, with delicate bitter apple in there.

Mouthfeel was good, thinner, but it made the beer super drinkable.

Not sure of the ABV on this one, but it felt sessionable. Just one of those beers you'll pick up and drink... and really dig.

Overall, a great start from the good people over at FSB. Hop for Teacher is nicely balanced, a little on the maltier side, but extremely drinkable -- and approachable for those not into radical amounts of hoppiness. Look forward to reviewing more of their work. Good stuff guys. Will have you on tap soon!

Oct 25, 2011
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ElizabethCraig from Indiana

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Chatham Tap on 10/22/2011.

Appearance is a clear pale yellow with a nice white head - the scent was a surprise to me though! Sweet cider smell! Interesting!

The flavor was beautiful - a sweet mild changing to bitter changing to mild hoppy beer with substantial light malt backing. Medium carbonation carries it well over the palate and the light body makes this (sigh) 'drinkable' dare I say?

I sniffed this as it warmed and I still got mainly a sweet cider smell from it. Lovely beer with an unexpected nose, drinks quite hoppy and is yet another wonderful beer from Fountain Square Brewery =)

Oct 22, 2011
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JamesS from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chatham tap mass ave... Poured a fairly light golden color with excellent head, decent lacing, and a lot of bubbles! Nice crisp aroma with a nice citrus nose. Nice clean flavors with good malt backings to a nice earthy hop start to citrus/grapefruit finish. Goes down quite smoothly, an excellent brew from indy's newest brewery.

Oct 20, 2011
Hop For Teacher from Fountain Square Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 117 ratings