Hoppe (Imperial Extra Pale Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

521 Ratings
Hoppe (Imperial Extra Pale Ale)Hoppe (Imperial Extra Pale Ale)

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by shirfan on 04-01-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 521 |  Reviews: 425
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is not marketed as a double IPA, rather a double Pale. While bitterness is significant, so is the malting down.Commercial description:This limited palette is an exercise in minimalism, with refined elements which are deliberately selected. As a double IPA, certainly stands out in relative drinkability and in not whallopping the nose or mouth with hops.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Knapp85
2.95/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppe was something I was very excited to try when I stumbled upon the bottles of it at Wegman's one afternoon. I generaly love most of the stuff Southern Tier puts out. So since this was new to me I was ready to try it before I even got to the register.

Finally got around to opening it with a friend of mine. The pour was a hazy yellow color with a fizzy white head. Not much retention really. The smell of the beer had an earthy quality similar to some Saison's, it also had an interesting type of hop aroma too. The taste however threw me back and was kind of displeased by it. The taste was almost medicinal with a rubbery taste to it. Really not pleasing at all to me. The mouthfeel was on the lighter side so i just drank it as fast as I could and moved on to whatever we had lined up next. Overall, not my cup of tea I guess. This beer may be great but to me I wasn't feeling it.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a bizzare concept for a beer but this beer nailed it. It pours a very light golden color. Wich is not overly attractive but its exactly what it claims to be: an "extra pale" ale. There is quite a bit of foam that is very fine and leaves a small amount of lacing in the glass.

The smell was pretty low key but the aromas that I did notice were some basic pale malts and some citrus hops. Nice balance but not very inspiring or original. The taste was very smooth and light. Very refreshing and very little alcohol is noticeable. Until you notice the abv on the bottle you would think that youre drinking a lager. There is some sweetness and slight hop bite. Nothing out of the ordinary for an extra pale ale but it works well.

The body is very light and has plenty of carbonation. It will make a great summer brew in a few months.

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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With the hop strength of flavor/aroma/bitterness of imperial ipas and the body of a pale ale, Hoppe straddles the fence between styles while borrowing what's best about both.

With glowing clarity, Hoppe pours with a bright golden-orange color, streaming carbonation, and carrying a firm cotton-white head. High on retainage and lace, this is one inviting beer!

Citrusy aromas abound: ruby red grapefruit, orange marmelade, lemon peel, and lightly grassy to the nose. The hop aromas spring off of the pale and lightly caramelized malt base. With the hops dominating and the malts supporting, the nose is relatively simple but appetizing.

Flavors follow suit with a delicate citrus/tropical fruit zesty character, followed by a mid palate that turns decidedly bitter but in a smooth and refreshing manner. The light caramel malt bill supports the hops with a light bready, grainy taste that complement the caramel and without over stating its intent. The balance is decidedly hoppy; showcasing the flavors of grapefruit and orange zest at their best.

Expecting a creamier, more weighted mouthfeel, the more medium aspects of early carbonation and fullness develop quickly into a fleeting, drying, and crispening beer shortly after the beer meets the tongue. This allows the beer to create and retain a very refreshing character throughout and without inviting thinness or weakening.

Hoppe is a beautiful beer that shocases what's best about hop aroma, flavor, and smooth bittering. And with the soft and crisp body, the beer is effortless in its drinkability.

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Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a sturdy head that leaves all kind of lacing designs

Smell: Pineapple and other citrus aromas; very sweet smelling

Taste: Pineapple right from the outset, with just a touch of the biscuit; by mid-palate, other citrusy and pithy flavors arrive, as well as a piney aspect and a touch of sugary sweetness; after the swallow, the sweetness mellows for a moment but then returns, but the lingering pineapple flavors continue to dominate

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, almost creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice creation that is quite appealing, but the sweetness starts to take over after a while

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light hazy golden color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter and floral hops are very pleasant. Taste is a mix between some floral bitter hops and light refreshing malt base with minimal caramel malt and more of a golden ale base. Good carbonation with full body and no apparent alcohol. Very well done and I have to admit that I could not detect the 10% of alcohol in this beer and thought it was very good for the style.

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a golden-yellow color with hints of orange. A small, tan, head left sticy rings of lace down the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, floral notes and amarillo hops.

T - Tasted a good bittersweet blend of burnt toasty malt and hops. The hop flavor was not overpowering.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty easy drinking DIPA. Very tasty, too.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Pours clear amber color with a thick 2 finger white head with good retention, good lacing. Aromas of caramel, citrus, and floral. Taste is almost identical to the nose with a very nice bitterness on a crisp finish. Medium body and carbonation. Decent balance, and nice alcohol warming on the finish. Very tasty beer, despite the fact I am not a huge fan of wheat in beer.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Am I reviewing the right beer here? The site lists the alcohol as 10% but the bottle reads 8%. Perhaps they changed it? Also, I wouldn't call this an Imperial IPA by any means. It's got some healthy hop bitterness going on, sure, but it doesn't lend a burn at all. Less than 70 IBU's I'd guess. Well, here goes, simple format...

Appearance: Hazy golden amber body. Bottle conditioned, right? Creamy off-white head. Finger thick. Decent retention. Really nice lacing - thick, sticky, craggy walls rise up above the surface.

Smell: It smells like an IPA with lots of hops and a good dose of malt... gently sweetish malt, and a hint wheat-like too (kind of surprising, I wouldn't have thought they'd have used that much, maybe just some for head-retention. Fruity, grassy, and spruce-like hops. There's a gentle toasted edge to the malt. Pretty nice. Welcoming. You know there's some real beer in the glass.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma, but it's much richer. And again, I have to state that this is not and Imperial IPA, and I highly doubt you'd think of it as a standard IPA either. The hops do stand out, but they're not at an IPA level. They are bright though. Hmmm... ? Berries, juicy apple, gently juicy citrus... hints of grass, a slap of pine. Pretty nice. But there's not enough bitterness given the malt that's there. The malt, BTW, is bready and just a slight touch sweetish with a smear of caramel, and a bit of a toasted edge. It works well against the hop... there's certainly some flavor here.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with a restrained, seemingly natural carbonation that caresses the tastebuds before warming to become a bit creamy across the palate.

Drinkability: The alcohol never really shows (even more than halfway through a bomber) and there's enough flavor, both hop-wise and malt-issued to keep you going. Hints of citrus, caramel, and pine kind of egg you on towards another sip, and then leave a refreshing edge to it. Nicely done. Well balanced.

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Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the two newest "big" beer offerings from ST and they are to be brewed year around,on tap at Coles.Poured a light slight hazed burnt orange with a creamy tight one finger head leaving sheets of lace as it settled slowly,those blessed Amarillos in the nose very piney and resiny with an underlying biscuity malt base but the hop presence steals the show.This beer is 10% alc I had to check the website to confirm it, this beer goes down oh so easily,the resiny hop profile is the main component of this beer along with hints of citrus fruit rind with an underlying biscuity malt base.It kicks ass and is lighter than expected making for way to easy drinking,a killer new brew from Souther Tier.

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Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head fades away a bit too quickly but leaves some nice streaks of lace behind on the glass.

S - Sweet, bready malt with some vanilla and lots of pine and mango hop aromas.

T - Soft, bready malt up front with a big wave of fruity hops. Lots of pear and pineapple with some solventy mango. The bitterness begins to warm up in the middle with a balancing note of sweet, malt that has a cake like vanilla essence. The beer finishes with more mango and pine hop character and fairly strong bitterness as well as some peppery character that almost reminds me of a belgian IPA.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A really nice DIPA, this packs quite a lot of hop character in for a beer that is on the low end of the alcohol spectrum for the style these days. The mango and pine hops are a perfect match for the sugary, rich malt profile that imparts a great deal of character while remaining light in color and completely devoid of toasted flavors. This golden malt character helps to counter the pungent hops and stiff bitterness that assaults the back of the tongue in the finish. Very well done, between this, Gemini, 2xIPA, and others, Southern Tier has proved that they can handle hops as well as anyone out there, east or west coast.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange/gold color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of floral hops caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste hits with a strong burst of floral hops bitterness up front and there's a significant alcohol sting that comes with it. Then some sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The malt character is on the thin side for the style but it balances out as you continue to drink the beer. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very good 2IPA that's worth drinking for a while, but it's not as good as Unearthly.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at ?

Poured a slightly hazy golden with a finger of frothy white head that laced well. Light citrusy hops in the aroma, piney, and touches of pineapple. Similar in the taste. Citrusy hops, but not enough to qualify it as an IPA...it's definitely an APA, as it is described on the bottle. Piney, grassy, with tones of tropical fruits--pineapple and mango--and a sweet sugary malt background. Medium mouthfeel. Sits somewhere on the border of a dubbel and a strong pale ale. It was good, and pretty easily drinkable.

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Photo of billab914
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier glass. Pours a hazy pale golden color with a small white covering for a head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is floral and citrusy with some grapefruit and pine. Very nice hop aroma overall. Taste is citrusy with some grapefruit from the hops but the biscuity malts are present as well. The bitterness is there in the finish but not as strong as others I have had. The citrus hops are the main attraction in this beer and they are done nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, one of the more easy drinking imperial beers I have had.

Overall this is one of my favorite offerings from ST and I purchase this one frequently. The citrusness of the hops is very nice and it reminds me somewhat of a west coast IPA.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - 60% opaque light apricot. Low white head with ok lace.

S - Wheat, tangerine, brown sugar. Dried apricots.

T - Booze and bitter pine up front. Sweet marmalade and toast in the middle. Honey citrus backend.

M - Smooth with a medium body. Not overly carbonated.

D - Booze is a bit sharp, but otherwise great.

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Photo of russpowell
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jwc215 for this one, Cheers Joe!

Pours a slightly effervescent gold/bronze with 3 fingers of ivory head. Crazy lacing & head retention

S: Crisp grapefruitty hops, biscuitty malt & a kiss of booze

T: Biscuitty malt, honey malt, passion fruit & a ton of grapefruit & pine up front! Sticky toffee, pineapple. Finishes with honey malt, booze & loads of grapefruit

MF: Chewy, with medium carbonation, some creamyness & nice warming sensations

Drinks really easy for the style & ABV, but this truly is a wolf in coyote's clothing. Great DIPA! Maybe the best I've had in a long while! Not a huge fan of most beers with Amarillo, but this one is artfully hopped!

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Photo of smcolw
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While opening the bottle, the beer bubbles through the neck and onto the floor. That said, the beer has a mild head that leaves superb lace. The color is a cloudy golden color.

The smell says "hop bomb" with lots of floral pine notes and very little else.

The liquor is far more balanced. It's hard to believe that the alcohol is 10% abv--I cannot sense it at all. Great (light colored) malt on the initial sip. The hop takes over quickly and firmly but not forcefully. The swallow and aftertaste is mouth-puckering (and lasts a very long time). The bitterness is never overwhelming making this a smooth beer. Good body and carbonation complete the package.

This is now one of my favorites.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Uncle Jack's Spirits in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, orange-yellow body with a inch-plus head of white foam. Decent coating of sticky lace on the way down.

Smell: A simple, soft maltiness in the nose hinting at sliced white bread and biscuits with a small, small hint of caramelized sugars. Floral, zesty, citrusy, grassy hops; goodly aromatic, I must say and quite inviting.

Taste: Sugar encrusted, lightly bready, biscuity malts with a little tickle of wheat-like tanginess. Sweetness is eventually kicked aside as the resinous, grassy, fruity hops roll in. Tangerine and grapefruit citrus elements with an approved juiciness to it. Medium-high bitterness. The prodigal sweetness returns. Drying, bitterish finish with some lingering fruit juice flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice brew (a pleasant surprise, as I wasn't really expecting much from it). It's got a good blend of sweetness, bitterness, fruitiness, and while bigger, yes, I don't ever find it to be maddeningly heavy and clumsy or grotesquely bitter.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sun-splashed Sunkist orange with a crystalline clarity. The thick, creamy, vanilla milkshake head picks up a hint of color from the beer beneath and doesn't look like it'll completely fade away until sometime tomorrow (except that my glass will be empty long before then). An extensive array of abstract-patterned lace is a treat for the eyes.

The aroma is full, although not bursting, with sweet tangerine, grapefruit and pineapple. With a hop bill that includes Columbus (kettle hops), Amarillo (aroma hops) and both of the above (dry-hopped), I expected something more explosive and more out of this world. I like the nose a lot, but I can't say that I love it.

To be truthful, I'm not exactly sure what an 'Imperial Extra Pale Ale' is. To my way of thinking, it's a high-ABV ale that uses nothing but pale malt (whether barley or wheat), not much malt, and an insane amount of hops. Hoppe doesn't follow that blueprint and strikes me as a DIPA, nothing more and nothing less. To the brewery's credit, there aren't too many 10%'ers that are mellower than this one.

The flavor profile is definitely 'pale', as there isn't even a hint of toasted grain, much less caramel or toffee. The malt backbone is on the prodigious side and provides a generous amount of rock candy sweetness. Lastly, there isn't anything close to an insane amount of hoppiness present. Some of Southern Tier's other offerings are more hoppy than Hoppe, at least in terms of malt sweetness vs. hop bitterness.

None of which means that I don't like this IEPA, only that it isn't blowing me away. Columbus and Amarillo are two of my favorite hop varieties and should have this joint rockin' and rollin'. Instead, I get a polite concerto of ripe tangerine and spiced grapefruit that caresses rather than assaults. My suggestion is to drink it at least 20 degrees higher than the suggested 42 degrees to get any sort of flavor intensity at all.

Truckloads of malt make the mouthfeel as plush as a crushed velvet-covered pillow. Despite the fact that I prefer that alpha acid raspiness that all good, hoppy DIPAs have, this one is so refined and so perfectly smooth that I can't mark it down. A little attitude would have earned it the next highest score with ease.

Hoppe's biggest fault is that it doesn't fit my preferred profile for the style. Hey, Southern Tier. If you're open to suggestions, here are mine. Use less malt and more hops. A lot more hops. And then some more. I'm beginning to think that these guys do small beer better than big beer. Jahva Imperial Coffee Stout excepted.

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Photo of Jason
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh yeah, this is the way I love them. Very pale, a bit of haze from the hops and lots of clinging lace. Big bready semi-biscuity maltiness is surrounded but a citric rind, lime zest and mint hop aroma. Medium to moderate body, very smooth and creamy. Massive hop flavor, bitterness is up there but not wholeheartedly sharp. Big herbal flavor to start, flowery and then soft citric. Alcohol is nearly clean with a vodka-like fume and a vague fruitiness in the back. Lots of malt breadiness and biscuity overtones but the hop profile stays on top throughout.

Very drinkable, deceivingly drinkable and at 10% a little dangerous because it tastes so good. I love this beer ... almost too much. Oddly because most beers with Amarillo hops I don't fancy so much.

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Hoppe (Imperial Extra Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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