Sunshine And Hoppiness | Drop-In Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LXIXME
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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3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Rifugium
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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Photo of REVZEB
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of woodychandler
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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Photo of johnnnniee
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can from the Health food Store in Williston.
Mostly clear deep golden color with a bubbly white head that quickly dissipates. Initially some apple and skunk on the nose when first opened luckily that dissipated quickly. Spicy clove on the nose with a bit of bready pils underneath and a hint of citrus, The flavor is crackery bready pilsner malt lots of clove and not enough spice in the flavor with bits of citrus and fruit. Decent beer.

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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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sample pour from the source

A-Sample pour still births a well sized, white head. Body is hazy straw yellow.

S-Belgian yeast. Yeast spice. Pale malt. Some grains. Floral and lightly grassy hops.

T-Belgian, spiced yeast flavor is the most dominant flavor of all. Floral and grassy hops. More grains again. Cracker malt.

M-Lighter bodied. Nice carbonation. Flavors linger a bit. No booze.

O-Not my favorite style so a sample is perfect for me with this one.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of ppoitras
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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Photo of Brad007
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The first time I've had this. Pours a lovely blonde hue with a thin head. Spice with a touch of hops. Grassy, light bitterness that tickles the tongue. Clean biscuit finish. Well worth a shot.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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

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