Hoppy Face Amber Ale | Hoppy Brewing Co.

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Hoppy Face Amber AleHoppy Face Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Hoppy Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-30-2003

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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of cmgage
2/5  rDev -43.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

Photo of imbibehour
2.38/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into an elongated tulip glass.

Opaque orange glowing tangerine body color. Thick head and enormous even off a slow pour. Large retention and thick clumping. Very aggresive, a little overboard, but still impressive.

Thick doughy malts. Lots of bakery smells and doughy yeast. Light caramel and a slight floral hop angle. Not particularly hoppy or hop forward.

Palate is very watery. Lots of seltzery feel and perrier like carbonation. Wet and mineraly. Virtually no malt presence or chew. No caramel and more importantly no hops. Weak. Wet. Lifeless. Aftertaste brings a little taste of hop bitterness, but it is indistinct, and makes the beer come across as slightly hoppy perrier.

Overall even with no bottling date or the possibility of faded old hops, this brew just isn't even getting the basics right. No malt backbone or sweetness, very dissapointing since it is an impressive looking beer.

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Photo of kiki3drt292
2.39/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

This really tasted like a glorified homebrew- lacking of flavor and malt, with an ashy and distractedly bitter aftertaste. Meh.

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Photo of Offa
2.4/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Although this has promising flavours lurking underneath, I find it far too hoppy, grapefruity-bitter, and unbalanced. This seems to be a trait with "Hoppy Brewing" beers and perhaps the name gives some insight.

Anyway, it is copper with a medium, light tan head slowly shrinking to a permanent thin head with even rings of thin lace.

The aroma is quite nice, but deceptively so, again a trait I have noticed in Hoppy Brewing beers. It is somewhat like Lagunitas Censored and has bread, caramel, grapefruit, pine, and dust.

The taste, though, is unbalaned, mostly bitter with lemon and grapefruit pulp and light hints of pine, sweet caramel, and grain. There are good flavours, but it's far too dominated by bitter citrus pulp character, making it very unbalanced. The finish is rough and drying. It is somewhat reminiscent of say, Bear Republic Red Rocket, but with thinner body, weaker, less clear flavours, and no balance. At least, with more flavour than Hoppy's Liquid Sunshine, this has somewhat better balance and taste.

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Photo of ThickNStout
2.49/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle from Total Wine (Naples, FL). 4.99. Served in my trusty $2 Goodwill snifter. 

Dark amber with 2.5 fingers pillowy head. Leaves nice lacing as the foam recedes & I drank it down. 

Not sure what that smell is, but it sure isn't hops. An almost metallic light beer scent. Ever so faint citrus fruit. 

There isn't a whole lot goin on in this one. Kind of dry, bitter, almost burnt grain taste. The hops advertised in "Hoppy Face" finally show up in the back half of the taste- but they're restrained and just all around weak. 

Medium light body with a healthy dose of carbonation.

I was able to finish the 22oz (and it really wasn't bad) but I'll be passing on this in the future. Too many other truly great beers out there to waste any more time here. 

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Photo of MuscleConfusion
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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2.52/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of wartman
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Ryan011235
2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a mug on 9/3/11

Hazy, almost cloudy. Dulled honey-yellow with something of a pond water hue. One finger cap of foam eventually leaves a thin layer of retention. A second glass doubles the head and leaves a solid layer of retention and a decent amount of lace.

The aroma is plain and pretty much average, neither great nor bad. Caramel, bread, pine, earthy hops and faint hints of citrus rind. The taste is just more of the same. Reasonably bitter throughout; dry pine notes are coupled with a dirty tasting earthiness. Caramel and bread are both prominent. Medium body with fizzy, lively carbonation; too much for me. Residual bitterness.

This is a passable beer but it's hardly worth a repeat purchase. What can I expect from a $4 bomber in Ohio? Exactly.

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Photo of beerbrewerdan
2.87/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The "flagship beer." First smell and taste made me think she brought the wrong beer. There are hops in this? Board says this is "like a traditional IPA." I guess they mean English because that's as close as it gets to anything recognizable. It's more like a extra bitter basic amber. And even then it's not exactly amber, more pale. Head is white and sticks to the glass. Bitterness is the main point here, but not much. This beer presents itself a bit more as it warms. Not sure what awards it has won, but maybe I'm wrong about it. 6.1%

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Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Crotor
3.01/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, medium amber with two fingers of off white head. There are big, soapy bubbles, and the retention is very low. Overall, rather unappealing.

There's a big piney burst noticable when I cracked the bottle open. This carries over once poured. There's a little bit of chewey chocolate malt-type aroma (??) A little while later, once the pine has blown off, I notice a little bit of mild floral tea.

The hops start in big but gentle, ease off, then hook back in for some aggressive finishing bitterness. There's a hint of woody tannins that is not welcome. The malt is scarcely noticable, and the sugars feel simplistic. There's no rich caramel or bread here.

Though the carbonation level is good, the mouthfeel suffers from a battle between acrid tannins and thin, simplistic and cloying sugars. Fortunately, for all my criticism, it's still decently drinkable.

I don't quite know what the "problem" with this beer is, but it seems that there are some fundamental problems in the brewing proceedure. There shouldn't be that high a level of tannins from the hops (though it could also come from sparging the grains). Also, the thin body, weak malt taste, and low head retention are, to me, indicative of an overzealously low-temp mash - are they trying to stretch their malt, cut corners, extract more sugar and make more beer per pound? 'Cause if that's the case, I say they should change their tune, 'cause with better beer, they'll sell more beer.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz. bomber picked up at BevMo. Pours a clear golden orange with a half inch of off white head. OK retention and some lacing as a result.

Some sweet malts and citrus hops on the nose, though not nearly what one might expect from the name, and in fact a bit metallic at times. Called an Amber by name, and an IPA on their website. Seems like a rich Pale Ale to me. As an IPA the nose is average at best.

Taste follows the nose and finishes bitter. Initially offering a bite of carbonation, this lessens quickly yielding a slightly resinous feel and a chalky close. Carbonation continues to decrease as I constantly agitate the beer looking for some hops. Not bad overall but not quite what I as expecting, even after recognizing the IPA factor, which is a bit of a stretch.

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Photo of jdelenikos89
3.14/5  rDev -11%

Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of WBMiller
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of RunDWP
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Those 70's era yellow hoppy faces work well for kitsch, but do they belong on a beer bottle? I sipped a Hoppy Face Amber Ale while pondering such deep philosophical questions.

Another deep philosophical question: When is an Amber Ale really an IPA? When is a Hoppy Face Amber Ale apparently. The hoppiness was surprisingly stronger than the malt, and I expected more roasted malt. The malt had a slight nutty note, but it was a bit overpowered by the hops, which tasted of grapefruit peel and resin. Put it all together, and I didn't find the flavors blended well. It's not a bad brew, it's just that the flavors seem sort of out of synch with each other, and the hops just seem a little too strong. It was little harsh and astringent, so I can't give it great drinkability marks. It did look pretty good in my tulip, a hazy orange brew with a light brown fluffy head floating on top. The head stubbornly refused to go away and plenty of sheeting action on the glass.

Any decent brew will give me a happy face, and this is a decent brew.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear dark straw body.
The aroma is a lot of pine resin.
The taste starts with mild lemon bitterness, then middle to end is a big pine resin bitter. Not my favorite flavor.
The texture is crisp.
It has an intense resin smell and flavor which is great if you like that.

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Photo of hophead247
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a substantial foamy head, aroma is sweet malt with floral hops. Sweet apricot, malt is present and piney hops is there to balance nicely. Medium bodied but a bit watery mouthfeel, finishes crisp. Very drinkable, more hops than you might expect from an amber but then it's name should let you in on that fact.

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Photo of joe_sf
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Hoppy Face Amber Ale from Hoppy Brewing Co.
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