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:
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Added by shirfan on 04-01-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into Cab glass...

2-finger head with nice lacing; clear honey color with ample carbonation.

Honey and floral hop aroma. A little tinniness at first that dissipates with warmth.

Thick, viscous, sweet malt and alcohol compete in nice balance. Less bitter than expected at first; hop presence comes about gently with warmth.

Pleasant mouthfeel; thick and comforting.

This is definitely a sipper; pleaseant but rather heavy.

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Photo of alexgash
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light, seductive haziness in a glowing golden body with fuzzy peach highlights. Creamy finger of meringue-like off-white head. Great lacing on the sides of the tulip snifter. Light butterscotch and sugar cookie malt lie underneath fresh tangerine, pineapple, pine sap, and minty hops. Nice.

Juicy citrus and pineapple hop flavor and bitterness right up front. Toasted malt is there too before it develops into sweeter fruits and butterscotch cookie dough. Delicious citrus and pine hop flavor is intense throughout. There are hints of rummy alcohol, but not much for a 10% brew. Malt sweetness drops out in the finish as tangerine, pineapple, and grapefruit takeover. Very long, dry finish. Some warming. Full-bodied, soft, creamy feel. Another very well made high-octane beer from Southern Tier!

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Photo of errantnight
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ever think that drinking a bomber of 10% ABV beer is not that far off from polishing off a bottle of wine in a night?

Yeah, me neither.

Pours a gorgeous pale gold into my Stone Levitation tulip. Attractive lacing, a rich, billowing head that lasts.

Aroma is mild, what's there is orange and grapefruit and flower. Nice, just not particularly overwhelming with that niceness.

Taste is similar, and compared to other DIPAs it's dry, with a great clean finish. Medium body with only a hint of malt and bread.

Supremely drinkable, alcohol well hidden...

Thanks Joe1510! It's a very different take on the DIPA... more of an... Imperial... Extra... Pale... Ale....


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Photo of dsa7783
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650 ML bottle copped from Gary's in Madison...
After the first sip, I instantly declared this one a classic and one of the best yet I've sampled from Southern Tier among their many superb styles...
Pours a hazy, cloudy, bright-orange color with a minimal frothy head...
Smell was bursting with hops and fresh florals - a very distinctive, powerful aroma where you could really notice the freshness and quality...
Exceptional hop taste but not overly bitter or sweet - this one is perfectly balanced, bursting with semi-sweet, grapefruit flavor accented by fresh florals, lemon, citrus, lime, honey, caramel, and a slight tinge of vanilla...
Excellent, creamy, thick, rich mouthfeel bursting with flavor...
Very easily drinkable, and that's where this beer proves dangerous, because with the hefty 10% ABV, this is one that will slowly but surely sneak up on you...
Teriffic stuff from Southern Tier...
Definitely recommended...

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

A: pours a dark amber color with this offwhite head. nice amount of lacing slowly makes its way down the glass like molasses in winter.

S: Smell of citrus and dark fruit with some earthy tones and sweet caramel

T/M: Much the same as the smell. Nice oily mouthfeel and light carbonation to clean up the palatte. Wonderfully balanced with a nice juicy charachter in both taste and mouthfeel. The dark fruit is more apparent here than in any other DIPA that I have had but not overly sweet. It gives is a great amount of complexity when matched with the citrus taste.

D: Very easy to drink but at 10% it catches up with you pretty quickly.

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

Bomber poured into an imperial pint, hoppe is a clear golden copper with a medium sized bone colored head that leaves medium heavy lace.

Smell is moderate, not as hoppy as I expected, honey and wildflowers ringed with pine-trees, something about this reminds me of a sunlit mountain meadow, reminiscent of some Saisons. Corny I know, and it's only my first beer of the night!

Taste is not very hoppy (for a beer named hoppe), the emphasis on this one is defiantly on the malt right now, sweet citrus and floral, with tinge of fresh pine. It's weird how much this reminds me of a slightly aged Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner I had the other day, the clean sweetness of the grain. I'm thinking this spent to much time on the shelf at D's in Pittsburgh, and the hop flavor/aroma fell to far behind the malt, although having never had it before, I'm not sure...but I doubt it, the sweetness of the malt reminds me of an IPA that's gotten a little long in the tooth.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker side, although the booze dries it out enough to keep it from getting to heavy.

Drinkability is pretty good, a bit to sweet to pick up speed, but there is a smoothness and balance to this that hides the ABV and ups the drinkability.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obtained in trade from jjayjaye, contents poured into a Duvel tulip glass

Appearance is an opaque bright orange hue, pillowy white layer of head that sustains, fair lacing on the glass

Smell is very fragrant floral and citrus hops, pine resin lingers as does crisp malts, oranges and cotton candy

Taste is initially full of sweet floral hops intermingled with a good dose of pine resin and orangey citrus, biscuity and bread malts balance out the profile midway, sweet candy and citrus round out the tail end which finishes sweet and resiny

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, creamy smooth texture, moderate carbonation

Drinkability is high, I can't believe this beer is at 10%abv the alcohol presence is so subtle, the Imperial line from ST continues to impress, I can't way to make my way through all these beers, this Lakewood NY brewery has slowly acquired a fan for life (now if only they could get distribution to CA!)

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Photo of timtim
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice pale golden color with a white head that held fairly well and left sheets of lace. nose is of minty, citrusy, passionfruity and slightly bubblegummy hops (maybe a bit from the wheat as well), and a mild bready malty backbone. taste is pretty much the same, although i'm wishing that the malt would play a bigger role. their regular ipa has much better balance if you ask me. nice finish and good, creamy, medium body. just when you wonder where the bitter is, it comes in and warms you up. dangerously drinkable for a 10%'er. $6.99 retail hurts though.

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

22-oz bomber poured into pint glasses.

A = Slightly hazy golden yell, four finger white (slightly off white) foamy head with great retention. Quite a bit of carbonation with a mixture of big and small bubbles, heavy lacing on glass.

S = Grapefruit rind, limes, slight pine, light sweet aroma of fresh baked white bread is in the background.

T = Limes and grapefruit up front with great bitterness throughout and into a long finish. Up front and in the midpalate there is some good bread dough flavor from the malts which is in good balance with but never overpowering the constant hops flavors or bitterness.

M = Medium bodied, creamy and luscious mouthfeel, good coating.

D = Could drink this happily all night if the ABV were not 10%. A very nice imperial hoppy beer.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Atractive head and nice orange hazy body.

S - Lots of grapefruit and alcohol in the aroma. Very big, very intense, not very complex... What can I say, yummy hops.

T - Starts out sweet, followed buy some real nice fresh fruit (melon, grape) flavors. Dries out nicely with some interesting coffee like dryness mixed with pine and lingering fruits. Lots of intersting hops here, but still quite balenced...

M - Slightly silky, but mainly crisp. Pretty standard.

D - Good beer, good price. Not of the most complex, but a solid session beer... that just happens to be 10% APV... Nothing you haven't seen before.

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Photo of Vancer
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The brew came to me courtesy of joe1510, in a great trade - thanks amigo!

Per label suppose to drink it at 42 degrees in a tulip - so I've got my Corsendork glass fired up for this 10% extra pale ale bomber.

Amber pour, lots of ivory lace and lacing for this high alcohol brew - off to a good start. Plenty of woody pine and citrus in the aroma, good. Then a surprising mixture of doughy, woody presence in the quaff - and very tasty. Bit to sharp of a finish, I'm looking for a lil oil in the texture - nitpicking here.

ST makes a great lineup of brews, and I appreciate they don't stick the price up your arse. Great DIPA, sample one if the chance comes along.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can't figure out if Hoppe has too many letters or not enough. Poured out in two cups. One was a nice crystal sun colored yellow and the other was a hazy cloudy off yellow color. Oops, sediment. A nice frothy white head that keeps its carbonation through the entire tasting.

The nose had a mostly hoppy nose but close to balance with sweeter malts. The hops kept a piney essence with some floral and citrus finish. Some distinctive amarillo hops. The malt had a light toasted aroma with a touch of biscuit and honey. Some fruitier yeast characteristics as well.

The taste is similar with more of a hop to malt balance. The malt leaves more of a bready and biscuit flavor that lingers after you taste it. The hops are balance well between bitterness and finishing hops. Mostly piney with some citrus and lemon like flavors. Some bubblegum flavors and some almost Belgian yeast that finishes off a very nice tasting beer.

The body has mid feel to it. Some higher carbonation that accents the hoppy flavors. A very crisp finish with next to no inkling towards the alcohol level. There is a chalky finish but overall this is a very good beer no matter how you spell it.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale yellow straw body with plenty of carbonation and a thin white head.

Aroma: Resiny pine and clementines.

Taste: Bisquits and white grape jam followed by pine sap and pineapple. Hints of doja in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Stunningly mellow. Booze is well covered. Body is still pretty well sized and oily but it comes across as smoother and softer than it ought too.

Drinkability: Deceivingly so.

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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 srobertson59
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber:

A - Confusing! This is a very clear and apparently effervescent brew. Much lighter in color than an Imperial normally is; almost looks like a lager. A rather large two finger head tightly forms while many bubbles rise through the clearness. Lacing occurs throughout the glass as the foam recedes gradually.

S - Lots of piney oily hops hit the nose; followed closely by some biscuity malt. Hints of citrus mix with the resins and oils.

T - A nice blend of citrusy hops and caramel malt plays across the tongue. The visible carbonation is somewhat lost in the flavor. Very drinkable considering the well hidden 10% abv. While not a hop blast, the bitterness is still there. Kind of reminds me of an IIPA "lite"...still has lots of flavor, just at a reduced volume.

M - Almost as confusing as the appearance. It has the resiny feel of an IIPA, but not the viscosity. It isn't thin in the mouth as the blend of hops and malt shine through in a very crisp finish. Part sweet, part dry. Really mind boggling!

D - With this blend, I could see many of them going down at one time. Thankfully, I just had the one bomber; otherwise I would have been tempted for more!

This is my first Imperial Extra Pale Ale, and I quite like it. Very flavorful, without overpowering on any front. Imagine an Avery Maharaja "Light"! All of the flavor is there, just at a reduced amount.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this beer in a trade with pelican. Thanks for the opportunity to try it! Very interesting beer. It's made with barley malt as well as malted white wheat, so its got a lighter, cleaner flavor than one usually sees from a double. It really does drink more like a double pale than a double IPA. The hops are aggressive columbus and amarillo, but in a citrusy way, not piney and spicy, so they come of cleean as well. Pours a light to medium golden in color with an okay initial head that fades a little quickly. The aromas are light and citrusy, very clean, perhaps a little waxy. The taste is surprisingly light and refreshing. Crisp, citrusy hops with a slightly sweet finish. Smooth and fairly fruity with lemon, orange, and fresh apricot. A bit tangy right at the end. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp and unbelievably drinkable given the amount of hops and the abv. This one is the true hop juice. Another delightful product from Southern Tier.

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

A- Pours a deep yellowish orange color with a small but sustainable white head.

S- Smell is light bready maltiness accompanied by a strong burst of hops.

T- Taste is bready, sweet with an intense bitter hop kick at the end. Very dry.

M- semi viscous, very carbonated and super dry, leaves the tongue seconds after it is ingested except for a bitterness.

D- Semi drinkable, I could drink this glass easily but I didn't want another after.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank this from a 22 oz. bomber. Poured into a pint glass. Initial pour leaves one finger of foamy white head that quickly dissipates into a thin layer.

Aromas are really nice. Is this an Imperial Pale Ale or an IPA? I'm confused. It definitely comes off more like a Pale. Great smells up front of orange, honey, and sweet, citrusy hops. Some floral hints, too. Big fan of what's happening here!

Taste begins with sweet orange, honey, and light toasted grains. Some biscuity malts. Finishes clean with a citric hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is bold and creamy, with a strong carbonation on the center of the tongue. Really complements the rich flavors.

Wow, I'm a big fan of this beer. Even though I'm not sure if this is supposed a Pale Ale or an IPA, but either way, it's great! I'm gonna give it a rare 5 for drinkability, because it's an easy sipper, but with a lot of complexity. My description is just scratching the surface.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of an off-white head that has good retention, and it leaves some good lacing. Body is peach- tinted orange-amber.Smell - citrus, wheat malt, unsalted saltine crackers, toasty malt biscuits, pine resin.Taste - like the smell. Citrusy, wheat malty, and unsalted saltine cracker-y flavors like those found in American Wheat Ales wash over the tongue, and are accented by much pine resin, especially on the finish. There is also some medicinal alcohol.Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied, semi-dry from the hops, and slightly slick from the hop oils.Drinkability - with the wheat malt in this ale imparting a wheat ale taste to it, this is a somewhat refreshing take on the DIPA style, and it is also a very good ale. Only the very high abv limits this ale's sessionability.

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

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass, the liquid is orange with good carbonation. The head is big fluffy and white, it leave a vary good lace.

The smell is fresh and fruity lots of sweet citrus, not tart or sour, orange peel, sugar and a hint of lemon.

The taste follows well, the sweet orange is the mail player, lots of it then some light earthy and floral notes. No pine in this one very sweet. I like the small notes of pineapple as well.

The mouthfeel is good plain and simple DIPA. Lots of big body and a carbonation that seems locked in that thick sticky sweetness.

The drinkability is good it the sweet orange is your thing, I like it but not more then one. Prosit, MK

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Photo of Murchmac
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a pale lager, nice head that quickly disappears into ring around the collar.

The smell is an ancient chinese secret of blended hops

Tastes the a-l-l, that's all. Nice big bodied hop taste, some malts, some alcohol, great easy drinkin.

This beer wisks me away to a place of no grass stains, blood, or choklat.

Use this beer for all your tough to get out stains.

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Photo of HombreWing
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber...glass 22oz german tall boy (used by Victory Brewing)

Eyes: Pours Bright. Deep Gold. Huge White Head

Nose: Hop aroma not as strong as I would have expected it. Subtle floral even more subtle vanilla. Not Amarillo distinguishable.

Tongue: Sweet malt backbone that carries thru. No bitterness to me ...all hop flavor that balances. I like that !

Texture: medium to full bodied. rolls over the tongue very nicely. Some oiliness from the hops

Overall experience: I love this beer. IPA's really are simple concept beers. I like that this balnces the malt thru flavor hops more than bittering like it's bigger bro Un-Earthly. It follows suit with Uber Sun (younger bro/cousin?) ...another winner from a great East Coast Brewery.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.29/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden honey color with an off-white head. Aroma of pelletized hops and canned malt extract. At first I thought I was smelling a freshly cleaned gerbil cage - not in a bad way - shall we say cedar chips and pellet rodent food? Ok, so it doesn't sound good. Maybe some old hay in my uncle's barn that had been laying there awhile. Coarse grainy flavors with more hop pellet. There is a pleasant country field character throughout the nose and flavor. Lush medium body with alcohol and hops on the finish. I did enjoy moments of this beer, but it seemed somewhat clumsy and uneven. But it had 10% alcohol and lots of hops right? Grow up.

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Photo of cokes
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours to a lightly hazed pale golden with a tight and lasting enamel lace.
Fragrant of powdered-sugared Clementines, lime rinds, pine oil, and hashish, backed with a firm honeyed biscuit malt.
In the mouth, malt produces first a blanketing English muffin breadiness, then traces of a fruit juice cocktail manifest of apples, pears, and white grapes. A moment of stasis with whispers of that Southern Tier vanilla-tinged yeastiness, then the hops start pelting down, leaving big greasy streaks of pine tar, grapefruit pulp, pineapple concentrate, lime rinds, wet grass, and ganja resin. Alcohol is barely a factor, and only in a vaporous vodka&tonic sense at the swallow.
The body is deceptively light, but with a pronounced oiliness which serves to make the carbonation struggle through the liquid. Despite this, it still seems tactilely soft and unaggressive, which is a feat in itself, because in actuality, it is neither. And it also makes this drinkable in blinding amounts.

This is superlative. It's almost a session IIPA, packing the requisite assload of hops and malt, and showcasing them brightly and individually, then stopping short of bludgeoning the mouth. There is restraint and balance here that I've never seen in a brew this size.

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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
4.03 out of 5 based on 521 ratings.
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