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Mad Hopper | Chaos Mountain Brewing

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Mad HopperMad Hopper

Brewed by:
Chaos Mountain Brewing
Virginia, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ygtbsm94 on 04-30-2014

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 69
Reviews by slusk:
Photo of slusk
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear copper with a 2 finger white head that fades to a thin coating. Good lacing.

S: Nice bright hop aroma of spicy citrus and melon. a bit woody. A fair amount of malt comes through.

T: You get a quick burst of a mid-sweet caramel malt that is quickly overtaken by the hop flavor. Nice grapefruit and a wee bit of oak I think. Fair bit of bready malt with a semi dry finish. The bittering charge lingers on the palate. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Medium light, creamy body with low carbonation. A slight bit of astringency in the finish.

O: I like this beer quite a lot. It has a nice bright hop aroma with a decent supporting malt backbone. The bittering charge is a bit strong but perfectly acceptable for the style and balances well with the flavor and aroma additions. There is a flavor component at work in this brew that is reminiscent of a very mild coffee with cream, perhaps an oak component as well. I suspect a Belgian yeast strain is at work here. All in all its a very nice beer that works well and shines in it's complexity. This brew is in fact an IPA and appears to have been labeled as an APA on BA. Trust me... One taste will confirm that it is indeed an IPA and a fine example of the style. It's one I will buy again.

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Photo of petewheeler
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Excellent label.

Despite a fairly vigorous pour, only a small head was raised but it endured well and left decent patterned lacing. Clear, medium amber body.

Aroma: fruity with hints of hay, honey, biscuits and herbs.

Flavor: citrus notes, as claimed, but what is striking is the high level grassy flavors. Some bready character from the malts shows through the hops.

Feel: thin-medium body with average (IPA) carbonation.

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Photo of MrMegaton
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of ChadA83
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of WickedBeer
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VAbrookiechaser
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Inyoureyes85
4.4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong taste up front and after

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Photo of wellsnb
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beejay
3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: A pale orange amber in color, fading to yellow at the edges. Lots of sediment chunks in there.. Very little white head.

S: Citrus with notes of grapefruit and orange peel. The finish has a sweet caramel aroma to it.

T: Nice hop flavor; grapefruit juice and orange peel dominate. A decent amount of hop bitterness, and a touch of caramel with a really long bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a very assertive bitter cling.

O: Overall tasty, but I think a touch unrefined.

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Photo of DerekCarruth
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of robebo44
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Wrinker712
3.84/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of markjarema11
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JasonTaverner
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of gopens44
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

So this one was particularly surprising to me the longer I drank it. First off, it pours wonderfully and looks great in both initial head, head retention and lacing. Nose drops off a bit as it's a muddled pine/biscuit thing which comes about in the taste as well but it is indeed a nicely bitter beer with good intentions despite fighting through the back end biscuit and touch or tart/sour. The best thing about this beer is the nearly inexplicable silkiness of it. Seriously, it's like velvet. Never had a mouth feel experience from an IPA anywhere near what this one was.

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Photo of mntlover
3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a smaller cream colored head falls quick but laces well.

Aroma is good normal bright citrus orange, grapefruit with a nice pine cone backing. some light caramel hints of malt underneath but hop forward for sure.

Taste is pretty bitter to start some light fruity flavors but more bitter. Not like usually fruity then the bitterness, not knocking an IPA for bitter but it hits too soon and masks and fruit and pine notes that should be there. Seems a little fossil fuel like more like a 10% brew. Just not well balanced enough but not bitter enough to be a big hop bomb.

Mouthfeel is medium with some carbonation pep in the finish.

Overall smells pretty good flavor is just not great, personally wouldn't buy this again or recommend trying it unless your like me and have to try new stuff.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of bubseymour
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jimpyle48
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled from bottle

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Photo of Riff
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into glass. Excellent smell, nice head not too much but there. First sip was bitter and strong. Got easier the more I drank. Overall a little too bitter for me, needs work to balance that out.

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Mad Hopper from Chaos Mountain Brewing
3.51 out of 5 based on 69 ratings.
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