Hilltop IPA | Core Brewing & Distilling Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Core Brewing & Distilling Co.
Arkansas, United States
corebeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by russpowell on 10-12-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
53
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
15.45%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
13
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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 53
Reviews by russpowell:
Photo of russpowell
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Was somewhat tempted to guess EIPA, but between the ABV & flavors on display I called it an AIPA. 53 IBUs here, as this warms the American hoppyness wins the day!

Pours a chill-hazed amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing, never totally clears up

S: Big-time biscuitty malt & faint toastyness, not a ton of hoppyness

T: Biscuitty malt, pineyness, faint leafy & woody hops up front. Some pear notes sneak past the biscuitty malt & herbal/woody hops as this warms & finally some pink grapefruit & pine shows up in abundance. Pine & grapefruit over take the maltyness in the finish, juicy & a touch dry

MF: Medium bodied, fairly assertive carbonation , skews a touch malty for the style for most I'm sure, but it worked for me

Very drinkable, more like a 90s IPA (balanced, but still hoppy enough). To me this is like Fat Tire with enough hops to make you happy & realize it is an IPA!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of sandy_gaara
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rwilde
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fs_native
4.77/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of nuebs
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ordybill
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the Taco Mac in Marietta, Georgia. The appearance is a clear dark amber with a small white head. The aroma is all hops. The taste is all hops with a strong afterbite. A one dimensional IPA, above average beer.

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Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BKotch
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Super gusher....not sure what we up here...lots of carbonation and pretty malty....not very impressive other than bottle art unfortunately....wouldn't seek out

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Photo of cecollier
2.2/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Pawn1257
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite session IPAs

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out to a thick head and produces significant lacing. Light copper color. Aroma is citrus and piney hops and sweet caramel and biscuity malts. Flavor is surprisingly balanced with strong toasty malts and their sweetness are fairly balanced by a large amount of hops. Grapefruit finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium and CO2 is appropriate. In summary, this is a very sessionable hoppy ale that often passes nowadays as an APA. But the IBUs and alcohol are appropriate for the AIPA category, never mind the current trend.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Volsdawg10
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of klittle250
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmd1978
2.57/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Amber color with no head. Nose not stron but can pick up traditional citrus and piney notes of an ipa. Taste notes of caramel malts, hints of pine and citrus. Clean finish. This is a pretty weak ipa as far as taste goes and I get them fairly fresh since I live driving distance from them. Would drink as a lawn beer but a bit watered down for true IPA fans.

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Photo of Flatlands
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of BeerBucks
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of memphischas
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Ken_P
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Skillet
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rtrasr
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of egoo33
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TLandry27
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight piney hops, resin, slight alcohol, sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, tea, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong earthy malt, slight tea, slight caramel malt, sweet malt, slight alcohol, strong citrus hops, hint of resin, and slight piney hops. Overall, good appearance, good blend, but too much earthy malt for my tastes.

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Hilltop IPA from Core Brewing & Distilling Co.
3.56 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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