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

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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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Photo of colforbin73
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial Extra Pale Ale. there is no separate category for this style. it would be a very loose segregation though to say the least. this looks like an IIPA, smells like one and for the most part drinks like one. But it IS different.

pours a light amber/orange, clear cloudy, not murky, with a thin white head that melts away quickly. the smell is malty, grassy with a little hop freshness. if the smell of an IIPA is like flowery hops on a very dry bed, this is the aroma of fresh wet malt and a wreath of hops.

deep sweet malt complex taste, with hints of citrus and pine. the hop presence is appropriate -- the beer is VERY bitter, but the malts stand up to it -- this is a slick drinking ale with a hot back end and spicey alcohol burn.

if i could get this regularly i would from time to time. definitely NOT an IPA but close to an IIPA.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive thanks goes out to kkipple for cracking this one open on the bus this weekend! Served from bottle into a Brewvival sampler imperial pint. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger slightly off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, and bitter hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, caramel, and bitter hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Nothing really stood out on this one however which was kind of disappointing. Granted it was pretty smooth for the most part with only a slight hop bite on the followthrough. Wouldn't have guessed the style in a blind tasting though as I would have guess APA. Worth trying at least once and glad I did.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A light gold color w/ a beautiful two finger white head which quickly goes down to a sliver. Nice lacing and average carbonation. Opaque, and very light in color from what I was expecting.

S- Hops, fruit, pine, malt. A very light, refreshing smelling beer that smells promising. Let's hope the taste is up to the task. Nice sweet/bitter balance, although neither one makes a strong presence in the nose.

T- Very interesting. The hops are definitely there, w/ a big malt backbone, but everything is on the lighter side. It's a good result though. I don't taste any alcohol at all.. at 8% ABV, that's a little surprise, but not a huge one. A very refreshing IEPA that doesn't overwhelm you. After the first several drinks and slight warming though, you start realizing how tasty this is. Nice change of pace brew.

M- Very smooth and somewhat chewy. Very slight bitterness in the aftertaste which lingers. This one goes down really easily, and would be a great warm weather beer. Nice...

O- Very solid brew, and one that's definitely worth picking up- especially in the warmer months. Really glad i got to experience this one. Southern Tier hasn't disappointed me yet- they put out quality brews.

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Photo of legalpete19340
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured bright yellow with a slight haze. About one finger of bright white head that dissipated to a few bubbles in the corner.

S: Whoa, lots of malt comes right out followed by lemons, faint orange juice and a grassy herbal aura.

T: Very much like the smell: malt jumps out then mellows. Grass and herbs dominate (celery?) through to a dinner roll, doughy flavor which rolls into the ending which is very crisp, clean and dry. There is a distinct but mild bitterness that crescendos in and then back out at the end of the drink.

M: Full but light. Syrupy like an imperial.

O: This beer was more than the sum of its parts. The smell and appearance were average for a good craft brew, but the taste was more enjoyable and interesting. It says imperial and comes off that way because its sort of syrupy but ends crisp and not overly sweet. Very unique its exactly as advertised: an imperial pale ale. I think I wanted more pale ale and less of the imperial.

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Photo of jdankens
2.32/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Why does this beer have such great reviews? I like how other reviews say it's 'Hoppy' and 'Citrusy', are you kidding me? This is a terrible IPA. I've noticed most east-coast brews are far more 'maltier' than west coast. Honestly it tastes like a mediocre home brew made by a novice. Maybe this crap passes on the east coast but in the NW this beer wouldn't stand a chance.
Waste of money, should be $3 for a pounder. Had to come back to this site because I've never had a $6 pounder that is this bad.

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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 chugalug06
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Quite yellow for the style... Creamy, foamy, white head. Brew is very yellow with slight murkyness. Impressive lacing...

S - Very citrus and hoppy. Pineapple and orange with a slight hint of lemon. Great scent for an IPA, not overly flowery, but rich and distinguished.

T - Very citrus. Refreshing. I wish more IIPAs had this great of a flavor... Smooth, rich, and balanced. Bitterness is completely unnoticeable, great job by ST hiding the hops and only bringing flavor and zero bite.

M - Great carbonation, only slightly over carbonated. Creamy and flavorful. Medium bodied.

D - Very good drinkability. Drinks well and goes down easy with very little distraction. Smooth and balanced.

Very glad i got to try this one! Great brew in a great trade! Thank you Kevin... Don't worry I'll make up the bottle bomb to you quite soon.

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Photo of bobhits
2.3/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I know what an imperial pale ale is, but extra pale?

About the clearest beer I’ve ever seen, golden, with a big white creamy head. Not much carbonation to speak of.

I see reviews of this mentioning 10% but I suppose they mixed things up as this one is listed as 8%. Perhaps at 10% there’s an amazing nose to this. I’m really struggling to find much to comment on, and it’s in a tulip. Just subtle hops, touch of citrus, and just about the cleanest malt I can think of. Certain that it is wheat, but none of the interesting parts of wheat are coming through.

Imperial pales are often way too sweet for my taste. This one, well it’s sweet but it isn’t almost syrup. Hops? Well they are showing their presence and they seem to be doing well, but no bite, not lingering, no real oomph. I really can’t think of anything to talk about with this beer. Amarillo hops are noticeable giving a decent bite at the VERY VERY finish but then that bite dies almost instantly. The malt is so bland and just sweet. Not a cane sugar, but perhaps some kind of really lacking syrup.

Not enjoyable to drink. Thick, unexciting, and I’m starting a burp a bit more than I like to be.

They might have a decent beer at 5% or even 6%, but this beer doesn’t need any of the imperial effects. I have no idea why one would seek this out. It is the bud light of imperial beers. Lacking character, lacking style, oh hell just lacking anything memorable.

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Photo of Lerxst
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a semi hazy almost gold, more dark straw color, with a nice one inch off white head that has excellent retention and a lot of sticky lace all the way down.

S-Very aromatic. Citrus hops with floral hints are very prominent but so is a nice caramel malt backbone. Simple yet very pleasing to the olfactory senses.

T-Nice hoppy bite leads-earthy, citrusy and floral backed up by a nicely balanced caramel malt backbone that comes in the middle and stays through the finish. The hops bite once more at the back.

M-Medium body, slightly prickly carb bite-but it suits this beer well. A bit juicy.

O-This one goes down extremely easy. A very nice offering from ST. I would pick this one up again.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.36/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber at 42 degrees into a Duvel tulip.

A: It pours a red-orange color with a thick and frothy head of a finger and a half.

S: It is strong on the malty side but still shows some soapy and floral hoppiness as well.

T: It may be a bit old; the floral notes that are shown are soapy and rose-water-like. Caramel malts shine through, proving that this is a malt bomb.

M: It is thick and unpleasantly sticky with average carbonation.

O: Even if this was fresh, I don't believe I would enjoy it very much. I find the soapy and overly-floral hoppiness that I'm used to from ST to be quite unpleasant.

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

I've enjoyed a few ST brews so I wanted to give this a try. Thought it sounded very interesting, an Imperial Extra Pale Ale.

No date on the bottle that I could find. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Big, fluffy, off-white head that leaves some sticky lacing. Light amber body that is slightly hazy.

Not your normal pale ale aroma. Floral hops, caramel, and bready malt are featured in the aroma. Good blend of aromas, but I have to say, it smells like a ST brew of the IPA/DIPA genre, meaning heavy on the sweet caramel and malt.

The flavor is definitely much more like a pale than an IPA. Lightly bitter hops up front, followed by the signature sweet caramel and malt flavors.

Medium thickness in the mouthfeel. Easy drinker if you like the sweetness. Solid offering overall.

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Photo of kaips1
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into the trusty anderson valley tulip/snifter

a-it looks awesome, not unlike other pales except maybe a bit darker, nice rich head, lots of lacing left on the glass
s-very hoppy, almost ipa-ish
t-lots of bitter up front not so much as the the sip leaves, kinda sweetish on the finish
m-lively very tingly and yet a very wet finish
o/d-easily a throw back 2 bombers a night kinda get fun and happy night, drink this its worth it

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Photo of CuttDeez
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22ozer into a Tulip
A - A yellow golden color on this body with a large white cloudy lacy head.
S - smooth hops with some sweet fruity notes interlaced.
T & M - A nice hop frontside that doesn't attack and is very smooth. Not a stong complex fruit presense but a nice touch. Great body on the beer and a great feel on the tongue and throat.
O - A good IPA. Not as extra as I was expecting but a nice brew!


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Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a straw or perhaps a bit darker color and is crystal clear.
It's well carbonated producing ample fluffy white head. Dense, it fades slowly to a foamy ring about the glass.
A lovely smelling ale with a hop bouquet of grapefruit and citric and malts that are light and sweet and religated to background duty here.
A nicely balance beer with sweet caramel malts balancing the hoppy bitterness which really isn't really that bitter. A slight toasted malt taste is peresent as well as sutle hints of citrus hops.
Some diaceyl is present but in low quantities.
Feels thicker then it looks and is quite smoothduring the slide with just a bit of bitter aftertaste.
A balance and clean beer with well hidden alcohol at 8%.
A good refreshing beer.

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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 Chaney
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured an unblemished clear color, with low carbonation and a frothy 1/3 finger head that continued to stick to the glass as I siphoned off the brew.

S: Mild citrus, but fairly malty in general. Wheaty, earthy, and luscious.

T: This was very much a Pale Ale through and through. Mildly sweet, with a semi-dry finish.

M: Very smooth, with moderate-low carbonation in general. Not much prickle to the brew, but it was thick enough for the style.

D: Dangerously drinkable, but still not my favorite tasting Southern Tier brew.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Clear, yellowish orange color. Nice 2 finger head that retained very well and left nice lace.

A: Nice hoppy, citrusy nose. Big orange, grapefruit, and tangerine. Malt is there but takes a backseat.

T: Just about right. Love the combination of hops with the malt backbone. Again, loads of citrus with some floral notes.

M: Light body. Smooth, with good levels of carbonation.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is very high. I would have no problem putting down a couple these even at 8%. Overall, very nice effort from ST, and something I will be picking up more often now that the season is changing. Skal.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review adapted from notes taken November, 2009

Appearance: Mostly golden, a little hazy with a nice head

Smell: Not sure what to make of it - Southern Tier calls this an "Imperial Extra Pale Ale" but it smells like an IPA - hoppy, grassy, sweet malts, alcohol

Taste: Both the malts and the hops stand out - the hops are juicy and resiny, hints of funky grass - really does not fit with the IPA crowd, and the hop profile is somewhat unique - malts are chewy, bready, and sweet (but not excessively so) - slight alcohol flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy and chewy

Overall: Very drinkable despite the relatively high ABV

Hoppe is definitely worth a try because it is unique. It is like a love child between a DIPA, an IPA, an APA, and an ESB.

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Photo of andrewm190
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of my bosses at work raved about some Southern Tier beers recently; thus, light wallet in hand, I detoured to my local beer shop and picked up this fine winner. The beer isn't complex, but that's okay, because sometimes the best beer is simple - a characteristic that seems to be increasingly challenging to the many new breweries attempting to leap into the market . No concerns here though, as the Hoppe pours a light golden color with a fair head that will cling to the glass as you sip it down. Definitely the greens come to mind; the hops hit the pallet sweetly, but without providing that overwhelming hoppieness that some beers try to pull off and fail - like some beer dick measuring contest gone afoul. Back to the point: Southern Tier hit the mark well here. The taste buds aren't overwhelmed but are left lingering for a little more of this well balanced beer that welcomes several different types of food pairings. She's light and crisp, and the hops linger slightly heavier in the aftertaste, and your best bet is to dabble in another swig. Well done.

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Photo of Zraly
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty gold color with a fluffy white head. Nice carbonation and nice lacing. Smells wonderful: fresh cut grass, flowers, and violet candies (think Chower's gum).

So very good. It's balanced and smooth. No cloying or heaviness. Bready and crisp, medium-bodied. Alcohol is subtle and is barely noted in the mouth -- danger! Beautifully constructed.

This is a very pretty Southern Tier riff. I didn't know what to expect with the "Imperial" extra pale ale tag, but now I see. It's definitely unique from an Imperial IPA as the hops are not as aggressive in the nose and on the palate. I prefer this to the Unearthly (although the Oaked Unearthly might be a different story).

It's incredible with spicy sausage jambalaya, a small cheese plate, and crusty french bread.

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Photo of brewdub17
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden body with an extraordinary amount of carbonation as there is an influx of bubbles rising to the dense white head, which leaves a thick coating on the glass.

Smell: Mostly a combination of the intense sweetness of malts and the alcohol cutting that. It is then complimented with the citrus/grapefruit character of the hops.

Taste: Pleasant malty sweetness up front. The alcohol then comes and fives a warm character and the hops finish with a bitter and refreshing grapefruit/citrus note. Clean flavors all around nothing too strong.

Mouthfeel: The sweet malts coat the mouth then are cut slightly by the alcohol all around and are then finished with a small lingering of the bitterness and citrus characteristics of the hops.

Drinkability: This brew has an amazing amount of flavor and uniqueness. The alcohol level keeps it from being perfect in that you can't enjoy too many without certain inebriation

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Photo of generallee
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 650ml bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle has a nice description of the beer along with a list of ingredients and its abv (8%). There is however no freshness date listed on the bottle.

Appearance: The body is bright orange/golden color with some carbonation streaming up to support its tall creamy head. The thick rocky or meringue like head had awesome retention and made lots of cool lacing on the glass.

Smell: In the nose I pick up notes of citrusy orange and grapefruit like hops with sweet bready/biscuity grain notes underneath. A neutral alcohol is also present and reminds you that this is an Imperial beer.

Taste/Palate: There is a big pale wheat and bready/biscuity malt base with tons of good citrusy, herbal and pine notes right up front and through out. Bitterness is solid and slowly fades off the tongue in the finish. Its palate is nicely carbonated and firm feeling.

Notes: I think this is a well balanced big beer that drinks very well.

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

Got this bottle at Friar Tuck in Champaign, IL. Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

A- Hazy, golden-copper color with a frothy off-white head that lasts, leaving some lacing.

N- Fruity, floral, nutty aroma with a slight alcoholic tinge.

T- Sweet toffee malt perfectly balanced by a clean hop bitterness. A spicy, herbal hoppiness pervades throughout. The dry hoppiness lingers into the aftertaste. The alcohol is noticeable but not distracting.

M- Medium, chewy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation with a dry finish that leaves you craving that next sweet sip.

D- Outstanding beer. The dark malty sweetness dominates at first, and the hops cleanse the palate at the end of each sip, enticing you to take another.

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Photo of shand
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

This beer pours a pale straw color with about an inch and a half of pilowy head. The head retains decently and laces well. The nose is a pretty equal balance of grassy hops, citrus, and sweet malts. It's a pretty good tasting beer. The hops and malts work in tandem throughout the flavor, is pre-dominanant in the flavor, but they both are small. There's some citrus workng it's way all the way through here as well. It's just on the edge of being too sweet, but doesn't quite make it there.

The mouthfeel is a little too thick for my tastes. However, despite that, the beer remains fairly drinkable. The alcohol is just barely noticeable. This is basically an average DIPA, there's nothing outstanding here to recommend, but it's still worth drinking. Might appeal to people who really enjoy Dogfish Head's 90 minute, as I find their malt profiles similar. I wasn't a huge fan of either though.

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Hoppe (Imperial Extra Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 521 ratings.
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