Hoppelhammer | Whitewater Brewing Co

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Brewed by:
Whitewater Brewing Co
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by StJamesGate on 02-08-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by Richie71:
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4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - An almost tea like colouration similar to Darjeeling or Ceylon with a thick foam head that has very good retention and leaves a nice amount of sticky lace in the glass!

Smell - Toffee and biscuit almost like sticky toffee pudding some floral and leafy tones similar to cherry blossom. then there is a wonderful hit of dark chocolate!

Taste - An amazing sweet and bitter balance between the malt and the hops. Lots of woody elements and floral leafy flavour punchy bitter dark chocolate notes all balanced with the toffee pudding character. A wonderful balance.

MF - Creamy with a bitter dry end and very very good linger.

Overall - Another winner from the brewery in the mountains that sweep down to the sea. Great balance and complex flavour. The notes here say it retired, but where I come from this bad boy is alive and kicking so Drink up BAs!

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
2.6/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

L- Chestnut, pours with a 1cm white head, very slowly reducing to lacing.
S- Fruit notes, citrus, pleasant
T- Very toasty, very bitter, OH... burnt toast, into super-hoppy toasty end. Fortunately I'm not planning of drinking anything subtle after this. Well, hammer by name, hammer by nature, subtle it's not.
M- Quite a blunt instrument. Don't plan on detecting the taste of anything much after this.
O- Possibly the first beer from Northern Ireland that I've had. Given it's name I imagine it's intended to bludgeon, which it achieves in spades. There's no subtlety and little finesse to it though, so I've no reason to buy it again.
'Lot 174857, BB Oct 18'. Bought from a west London supermarket.

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Photo of innominat
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of fionn13
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of beerinabottle
4.68/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hooliganlife
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of RevMikeT
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BogBoyJD
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mickwin
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look:cloudy, rather like cold tea, meagre head
Smell: malt and caramel, quite appealing
Taste: lots of caramel, some malt, nice balance of bitter and sweet.
Feel:smooth with a little fizz
Overall: nice beer, I find it to have just a little too much caramel and not enough hops.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with loose eggshell head that leaves the odd trail.
Cut peel marmalade and a bit of yellow cake on the nose.
Jaffa cakes and bit of mango with mild orange hops.
Cointreau finish and tightening linger.
Light to medium, crisp, oily.

This was brewed and bottled for the Belfast Beer Festival at the end of November. I didn't get the fuss then (even on cask) and I still don't now. Round and please premium bitter with a nice dose of EKG, but nothing that should have a hop bine on the label.

Hop mallet, more like.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle from Winemart, Enniskillen (£2.59):
Very enjoyable stuff, one of the best beers from the north of Ireland that I've tried thus far. There was plenty of hops & tropical fruits with a sweet malts, caramel & toffee backing that was well balanced & went down easily. A beer well worth looking out for.

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Photo of Eramen
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice shade of light amber-copper, thin half-finger head that leaves sparse lacing.

S - Marmalade, heavy citrus and hop earthiness.

T - Again definitely leaning towards the hops with a sweet citrus, caramel sweetness, and a little resin flavor.

MF - Quite nice carbonation, though I'd prefer if there was a little more. There is just slim traces of bubbles edging toward the surface but the liquid still contains a decent amount.

O - A decent IPA, it seems this style is all the rage nowadays with brewery's attempting it with great or less than stellar results. This one has just made it over 'the line'. I'd try it again.

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Photo of RedDieselBrewing
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Hoppelhammer from Whitewater Brewing Co
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 14 ratings