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Hoplite IPA | Kelsen Brewing Company

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4.19/5
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45 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kelsen Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
kelsenbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Hoplite Soldier was the most common type of heavily armed foot-soldier in ancient Greece from the 7th to 4th centuries BC, and most ordinary citizens of Greek city-states were expected to suit up and make themselves available for the role when necessary. If the Holplites were craft beer drinkers, they would need a flavorful, light-bodied, lower-alcohol IPA to keep them on their toes in case a battle ensued.

Hoplite has the massive hop aroma and flavor profile of a traditional IPA, with the sessionable characteristics of a lower alcohol beer.

This beer uses new hop varieties Belma and Azacca to create flavors and aromas of strawberry, melon and citrus fruits that will have you ready for battle or that afternoon in the hot summer sun.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,132
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
45
pDev:
8.59%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of KMcGrath
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nhdjinn
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bought at brewery in 16.9 oz glass bottle so it's really fresh

Look: sight hazy golden w/ slight orange color very thin head that disperses quickly
smell: Citrus hops some fruity and malt
Taste - Well balanced hops with melon malt finish - very enjoyable
fell - like a pale ale
overall - not really a session ale at 5.5% but a good clean enjoyable IPA - will by again

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of papposilenus
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Smakawhat
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into an elongated tulip glass.

Tangerine clean orange body color. A soapy but got retention off white three finger head. Light collar and some little lacing

Excellent hop bouquet. Juiced up notes of fruits and florals. Ju jube like candy aroma with a hint of earth quality. Real impressive and a sense of a lighter session like body coming.

Juiced palate but definitely going for lighter and session easy drinking body. Hits with spiced pine and fruity pepper character. Exotic fruit flavor in some tropic vein but also of strawberry as well.

Real impressive session IPA and definitely in that vein.

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Photo of BigSmooth12
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArtZan
3.52/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jweis
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Burt
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of craigferraro
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 8/28/2016 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a strong fruity citrus flavor. Then a nice floral hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of harsley
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dizzy242
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tpauer
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NHDarkLord
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a fantastic session IPA. The beer is very clear and light colored. The body of the beer is light and crushable but not thin. There is a huge punch of citrus hop punch in the aroma and the flavor definitely follows suit.

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Photo of fermentedbarley
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jbertsch
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mark_
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of theIPAman
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No doubt this is one of the best session IPAs you will come across. They have managed to pack all things I love about IPA into 5.5 ABV. A big citrus hop nose, plenty of fruitiness, and a bit of bitterness on the finish. Very drinkable, and very well done. Probably the best brew at this year's Claremont Brew Fest.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of REVZEB
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shekletona
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bwrenn24
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the best session ipa i've ever had. Huge hop aroma, predominantly citrus, taste follows suit. Drinks like a session but tastes like a double. Awesome beer.

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Photo of mklisz
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Hoplite IPA from Kelsen Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 45 ratings