Sunshine And Hoppiness | Drop-In Brewing Company

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Drop-In Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Rifugium on 10-07-2012

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1.25/5  rDev -65.8%

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2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The name writes a check the beer can't cash. It's a good looking beer. Grassy malty smell.
Herbal flavor, almost no hops. Dime a dozen Belgian golden ale. Not impressed. If you don't want to brew hoppy beer that's fine but don't try and trick people who want a hoppy beer into buying your product. Even after the disappointment of not getting what you're expecting the beer itself is average for the style it actually is. A better name for this beer is "Buyer's Remorse."

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The appearance was a semi-rust/copper color with a good looking transparency about it. Carbonation rose at a moderate pace. Just a film of sustaining white foamy head. Not much lace. The aroma had a nice blend between sweet Belgian sugars, lemon pulp sweetness, some coriander to cracked clove, light Belgian spice, sweet leather, some biscuits, dried leaves, a hint of floral and ended with a little bit of hay/freshly cut grass. The flavor blended the previously mentioned aromas together pretty nice - the sweet to the spice to the grassy light cleanliness. Aftertaste was smooth with the Belgian sweetness and spices. The finish was clean with the grassiness, floral and Belgian spices. The palate was almost medium bodied with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV strength felt appropriate. Overall, really nicely done Belgian pale ale that I would love to come back to.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4.39/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Screw-cap growler filled at the brewery.

First imperial pint glass pours with a 1" thick light beige head, over the clear golden amber brew. Head holds on incredibly, with chunky sporadic lacing. Aroma is fruity and yeast spicy.

Taste begins spicy sweet upfront, a peek of citrus in the middle, then creamy spices through the close. Light lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is airy and light over the tongue, and drinkability is superb. Was a standby at various stops during my recent weekend in the Middlebury area.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A childhood friend & her husband made a Vermont trip recently & brought home beaucoup CANs for people, including me! It is such a pleasure to have thought up & created The CANQuest (tm) all of those years ago & even better is the fact that it is CANstantly growing.

From the CAN: "Drop-In Brewing is the production brewery of the American Brewer's Guild Brewing School. 'The Leader in Craft Brewing Education.' Sunshine And Hoppiness is a Belgian-style Golden Ale brewed with imported pilsner malt, Cascade hops and a blend of two Belgian yeast strains."

I Crack!ed the vent open & CANmenced a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. Once acCANplished, I followed up with a vigorous in-glass swirl that raised just over a finger of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with decent retention, leaving some nice lacing in its wake. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity, prompting a visit from The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon. Nose was a bit too hop-forward for the style & while I appreciated it, I must review/rate to style, not to taste. Mouthfeel was medium, but nothing to get excited over/about. The taste had a bready, yeasty quality to it along with a very grassy & slightly spicy hoppiness. This was a pleasant enough beer, but it was not the best of the style that I have had. It lacked Ooomph! which is always important in drinking a middle-of-the road style. Finish was semi-dry & it was certainly pleasant enough, but it just was not enough to rate it more highly. YMMV.

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3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their tasting room

Poured a clear, golden brown color with a few stray bubbles on top. Basic aroma of a typical golden ale, toasted grains, light floral hops, touch of Belgian yeast. Similar taste, toasted grains, honey sweetness, notes of bready yeast, floral hops, light fruits. Fairly light body, easily drinkable, a little stale in the aftertaste, but otherwise a decent brew.

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Sunshine And Hoppiness from Drop-In Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 76 ratings