Hopulization | Stoneface Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Stoneface Brewing Co.
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This New England style double IPA has the highest ABV of any IPA we brew. Double-dry hopped with irresponsible amounts of Galaxy and Calypso hops, we achieve a big fruity aroma with lots of peach, citrus and passionfruit.
Fun Fact: This is considered the “citrusy” double in our portfolio. The name was born when Pete & Erol tried to explain ‘hop utilization’ (how well hops impart their taste and aroma into beer) and got tongue-tied calling it Hopulization.

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Reviews by GratefulBeerGuy:
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4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint can poured into a fat Duvel glass. Canned on 4/4/18 " Robert Doubly Jr. Ironman" opened on 4/18/18. 8.9 % abv. 60 ibu

O.k New Hampsha, it's time to get in the game...the New England hazy, juicy ipa game ! Hazzy and opaque gold and amber coloration with white highlights. The foamy head is high, clumpy, rocky, sticky lacing as it recedes with bunches of creamy white left over floating around.

The aroma actually reminds me of some old school, west coast ipa's with a roastie, toastie, caramel like malty thing, bunches of herbs and spices, wet earthy and dry grass hoppy tones. Sour, herbaceous, wet golden wheat pops right out. Peppery slight citrus baser fruitiness is in there, but well hidden. Not your typicallly juicy, citrus fruit hop bomb aroms, that's for sure.

The mouthfeel and texture is on the full and heavy side of the douple NE ipa stylings. Dense but light malty effect liquid, crisp, full, smooth, long and lush. A silky, complex mouthfeel that has a big dry-earthy bite. Crisp, then full and thick, finishing very dry and earthy bitter.

A heady mix of peppery herbs and spices, earthy tones that hit your palate hard...and very dry! The hops feel thick, dry, seriously earth y, bitter edges with citrus, orange peel, and black pepper all over it. Tangy fruits, citrus based tang, no real sweetness or juicy effects last. It's Layed on thick with dry, bitter hops, all earth, no sweet. Malt is bright and crisp, with notes of dry golden wheat and light blonde ale style complexity.

The herbaceous, earthy, bitter and dry overall hoppy effect is really much more old school Dipa style, no real New England style adpects to be had except for the appearance. The malt ventures far away from light, highlighting some dense, toasty flavor's that enhance the bitter edged, earthy hop tones. Heavy stuff, man.

This is easily one of the most "bad-ass" ipa's NH has to offer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of WesMantooth
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

It is predominantly cloudy. Gold in color. A sticky head clings all over the glass.

Aroma is fairly muted for me. Some tropical fruits, a lot of malts, and some grain alcohol. There is something very distinct in there that I can't pin down though. Interesting...

The taste is much more assertive. Mango, grapefruit, fresh homemade bread like grains, and more than anything else, that unique item that I can smell so strong. It might be Paw Paw fruit/papaya?? Hard to describe, but I think I had it before in Jackie O's Paw Paw Wheat. A very earthy, dull (in a good way), stone ground, barley like flavor combined with a non sweet, peach pit like fruit. Very different. I like it. This one is sneaky hoppy. Nowhere near assertive, but it has a solid, lingering bitterness.

The feel is insane. I am giving it a 5 here. Lots of body, but so drinkable.

I am kind of surprised at the ratings being as high as they are. Not a negative thing. It's just that I find this so balanced I figured people would not be wowed by it. Very tasty beer that stands out a bit in a crowded field.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A friend of mine sent me this DIPA and I thought it was really great.

Look - Cloudy amber/orange like apple juice with a two inch white head.

Aroma - The aroma was fruity, citrus, a bit floral.

Taste - The taste was very fruity, grapefruit, mango, papaya, as well as some pine and grassy taste, perhaps some yeast too.

Overall - Very juicy, relatively light, delicious.

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4.8/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gonzo000
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dlucas10
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of smanson56
4.79/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 2ellas
3.81/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.93/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drink fresh; bottled on 2/24/16. Consumed on 3/23/16; I suppose 28 days is still fresh. Light straw color appearance with quite the large off-white frothy head. Spots of lacing stick to the sides of the glass. Beautiful aroma of tropical fruits and citrus. Flavors match the nose but a little more muted. Mildly carbonated with some sweetness to cut the hop bitterness. Overall, this is one impressive double ipa. I'll go out on a limb and say this is up there and quite possibly a top ten or maybe even five imperial ipa for me personally. Enjoy!

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4.76/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.8/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.92/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of apkarian100
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KRG
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HaightAshbury
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of FINEME
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reminds me of Pliny. I like this better tho. Think Pliny but available in the Northeast. Hopefully they get their hands on more galaxy hops and brew more often. I hear another batch is coming soon!!!

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Kinger86
3.96/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

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Hopulization from Stoneface Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 232 ratings