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

I have begun to drink more and more of their brew. I was quite pleased when I took my first sip of this brew. The color was golden and the mouth feel was very thick. You could tell right way way that this was a high ABV % but the taste was still sweet too.
I would highly recommend this to a friend and hope to have another southern tier beer soon.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with some hints of orange, with an off white head. In the aroma, piney hops, with some fruity accents of pineapple and grapefruit. In the taste, alcohol heat, hops, and a nice maltiness. A small bite and medium to larger bodied mouthfeel, with a small hop and alcohol hint in the aftertaste. Nice hop and malt balance, a bit boozy, but still good.

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

Bomber to snifter.

A: Bright orange, light honey color, a little hazy. Thin white head. A little soapy and it recedes quickly.

S: Bread maltiness upfront; pretty sweet smelling. Some good fruit smells. A little orange zest and some pear. Maybe some pineapple as well.

T: Big bread like malt flavor, sweet flavor. Nice hop bitterness. Some tangy citrus -- a little tart. Maybe a little pine but not a lot. Very pronounced alcohol. Not overly hoppy but very balanced. Kind of reminds me of a belgian trippel - which is good for me.

M: Medium body. Slightly oily mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, despite the pronounced alcohol.

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

A- pours pretty much the closest to golden you can get, about a half centimeter of head, surprisingly as it was something of a slow gusher out of the bottle. The head lasts a long time, and never really leaves, some lacing.

S- Bready Malt, a little bit of raisiny alcohol, some resinous hop. a little bit of fruit, maybe some cut grass. all in all pretty good.

T- first up is the malt, almost fruitcakey with a touch of alcohole in there. hop is slightly resinous and herbal, maybe some cut grass too, finish is bitter, but also at the end some sweet dried dark fruit is there too, plum and raisin. Very Nice.

M- pretty thick, finish is all middle, and back of the tongue bitterness.

D-the alcohol is definitely there, but it only adds to the flavour. its pretty damn drinkable given the 8%.

did not get as much hop as i thought i would, maybe its due to the trip, and having it for a few months as well. its a HUGE bit very well balanced beer.

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Photo of scottfrie
1.95/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks to StormKing47 for this one!

Disclaimer: bottle may be off.

A: Pours a hazy dark-iced-tea-golden color with a thick oily head that slowly faded into a bubbly film that left great rings of lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of cooked vegetables with hints of sweet malt. Sorry, I don't think this is infected, I just don't think it smells good.
T: Thank God this tastes better than it smells, but I am still very underwhelmed. For a pale ale, this is like a slightly more hoppy and alcoholic "bigger version" of a mediocre beer. For a DIPA it's downright bad. Tastes of hoppy tobbaco and green vegetables. Finish is bitter and slightly sweet with a touch of heat. Aftertaste is tea-like.
M: Prickly carbonation over a rough mouthfeel with noticeable alcohol in the finish. Body is full and viscous.
D: I hope this is just a bad bottle, and it may very well be. Decently drinkable for such high alcohol, but I wouldn't really ever want to have this beer again. There are so many better hoppy high alcohol beers out there, many of which are made by Southern Tier! My least favorite of their beers that I've had to date.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright clear orange with a billowing, frothy yellow like head. Leaves a decent amount of sticky lace on the glass.

S: A sweet aroma of floral and pine hops with soft malty notes. Hints of orange zest and honey.

T: A light and crisp flavor of bitter hops and orange zest. Strong notes of sweet caramel malts and white sugar.

M: A smooth syrupy texture with a light body and medium carbonation.

D: Extremely easy to drink. For someone who loves BMC and wants to try something hoppy, this would be an easy transition due to the simple and light hoppy flavor. Would definitely get this again.

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Photo of Goatshaver
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light golden yellow with a orange tint to it. Nice foam on pour and settles nice.

S - Slight malty smell with lots of citrus and caramel hits my nose.

T - Slight malt flavors and busting with lots of hops zing.

M - Kind of creamy tasting to me but not very thick. Just right balance leaving those hops tingling my buds.

D - Great imperial pale ale. Nice and hoppy but not over the top. Great beer overall. Thanks Southern Tier for a fine beverage.

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Photo of peabody
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out very clear yellow to amber slight tint. One finger of foamy suds. Slight lacing.
Smell is lemon zest and grapefruit complete with cherry on top. Mild malt and strong hop with mabey some sugar. No alcohol in the nose.
Taste is mild malty and slightly sweet. A dark bitterness is here but very faint. Very sugary.
Mouthfeel is a little sticky. The alcohol burn is here but waits a bit in the back of the throat.
Drinkability is OK. Mabey if it was very fresh there would be more fruitiness but this one seems like a sugary mess.

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Photo of Casey10
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To me this was just okay and it did have some nice qualities was hard to rate it any higher than I did.

A - Pours a yellow copper pour with a nice two finger head in a tulip shaped glass.

S - malty grass not in a bad way just the way it was made.

T - kind of cloyingly sweet simlimar in style to a DFH 90 minute yet not exactly however this is what people mean by east coast IPA. Has that malty kind of taste going for it.

M - rich creamy not bad

D - I didn't mind it. The price is okay since it is only in bombers so I may have this again.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ML bottle poured into a tulip

A-- Poured an orange gold color. Good sized off white head, 2 fingers, that retained its shape and body for a while. Good head retention on swirling the glass.

S-- Not a hop bomb by the smell. Balanced between hops and malt. Carmel, honey, grapefruit and orange blossom in the smell. Definite sweet smelling beer.

T-- Syrupy sweet first sip. Lots of syrupy orange and sugary grapefruit flavors coming through. Falls short in the taste.

M-- Much better mouthfeel. A lot of citrus flavors in the mouth and the sugar drops off after the taste. Lemon, orange, grapefruit and some pine. Prickly and oily tasting. Just a bit of a carmel finish. Might need to be a little more unbalanced towards the hops. A little too much balance and still too much sweetness.

D-- Better mouthfeel than taste. A little too sweet and syrupy for me. Has a lot of good things going on with this but the first few sips of this were so syrupy. Very drinkable after the syrupy beginning and well hidden ABV. Would score a lot higher but the syrup beginning really hurt.

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

A - poured into pint glasses. Pale fizzy orange. Big head forms but doesn't last; laces well though.

S - powerful blend of several citrus zests. a touch of ethanol just accentuates them.

T - nice crisp malt character, but the hops still dominate. and that's a good thing. yum.

M - good balance of bubbly, sticky, and alky burn

D - yet another artfully crafted brew from Southern Tier. like most of their Imperial series, the flavor and ABV are amp'd way up without any sign of distortion. well done.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale amber clear body, large and aggressive head formation, and lots of bubbles streaming up, very nice looking. Smell was very citric, with an abundance of grapefruit. Tasted similar to the Sierra Nevada harvest series, with a sugary clean sweetness, and herbal-citric hops. The hops won the battle for dominance. The finish was crisp and bitter, and enticed you into wanting another sip. Medium thick on the tongue, with enough stickiness to show off the hops. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of beer2day
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deepish organge gold with faint ribbon of foam. Nothing really to retain. Fairly decent, thick lace.

Strong overripe orange nose. Strong alcohol presence. Hops in the aroma are almost strong enough to feel a burn.

Lots of alcohol in the taste. Sticky sweet hit from overripe fruit, slightly syrupy feel, then a big burn of alcohol and hops. Tastes much stronger than an 8%er. Slight sour apple twinge in the finish.

Feel is a very nice balance of syrup and cream. Creamy up front, syrupy middle.

Despite the hard alcohol feel, this is a very drinkable beer. Best to sip, but not hard to get through the bomber by yourself.

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

Glowing hazy golden color with lots of clinging lace which forms two fingers of white head on top. Big bready, semi-biscuity maltiness is surrounded by a citric rind, lime zest and mint hop aroma. Moderate body, very smooth and creamy with just enough carbonation to keep this beer alive. Massive hop flavor, bitterness is up there, but not with a stinging sharpness. 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 show a balance with the hop profile that seems to stay on top throughout.

So what is the difference between an Imperial IPA and an Imperial Pale Ale? Simple, it all comes down to balance. Most Imperial IPAs are excessively hopped, but Imperial Pale Ales show off both malt and hops and this comes off as an excellent example of the latter. Or something like that. Very drinkable, actually deceivingly drinkable at 10 percent--a little dangerous because it tastes so good.

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Photo of kwjd
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden-yellow with a thick white head. Not too much lacing or retention unfortunately. Smell is of tropical fruit. Taste has some bitterness, but more sweetness. Lots of fruity hops and sweetness. Not a typical caramel malt sweetness either, more just candied sugar. The bottle says there is wheat malt, but I'm not noticing that. Carbonation level is good. For me, this is just too sweet to drink a lot of, but it certainly still tastes good.

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

I feel like most summer beers are lacking alcohol content. Logically of course, because sun/heat + alcohol = dehydration and heat exhaustion. But I like my high A.B.V. beers, and am glad Southern Tier made this one. Also considering the the alcohol, the appearance is absolutely impressive. As a homebrewer, having tried to duplicate this beer a couple of times now, I just don't know how they made this beer; to have these stats, and to have it look like this. Very clear for a wheat + strong beer, and the wheat helps a lot with head retention.

Smells malty and alcoholic. Hops are citrusy and delicious in smell and taste. bitterness balance quite nicely with alcohol burn. Healthy off-white creamy head. Taste very different cold than it does warm. Both very good though. Highly drinkable, great strong summer ale.

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

The beer's toasty complexion and natural haziness are, for all intents and purposes, flags marking that this beer was brewed to have plenty of flavour and that nothing's been done to diminish that. Its golden hue is transparent, albeit sandy, and the head which develops not only stays the course but deposits plenty of gaudy lacing along the glass.

The write-up on the label has it all wrong: this beer is certainly not "an exercise in minimalism"; minimalism is cold and sterile and stripped down to only its most fundamental features. This is dynamic and colourful, it boasts an elegant, elaborate array of flavours, few of which actually resemble the wheat, barley or hops from whence they stem.

What accounts for such opulence is, among other things, flavours of: tangerine wedges, vanilla cream soda, toasted bread smothered in honey, almond biscotti, various fruits and melons (orange, peach, honey dew, cantaloupe) and heaps of pine needles macerated in lychee liqueur. It is at once profusely intense and gratifyingly sumptuous.

Hoppe may be "an ale of simple composition" but it's one of complex delights. The malts are sweet and toasty, the flavours intricately knotted and the mouthfeel is like shifting tectonic plates that rift along plains of resiny, piny bitterness and bright, citric juiciness. The extra alcohol factors only minimally - and not at all at first - into the drinking experience.

Southern Tier claims to craft this beer like a sculptor does a masterpiece with a chisel and hammer; I'd consider this a masterpiece alright, but the tools used were more like jackhammer than hammer and more like chainsaw than chisel. They're also wrong in claiming this "tests" the skill and ability of the brewer because it doesn't - it shows them off.

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Photo of abriggs1
4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Every once in a while I drink a beer that hits on all cylinders and this beer does just that. Perfectly balanced and way too drinkable; hoppe is a work of art in a bottle. The aroma is so fresh and inviting that you can't wait to take a sip. The delicate but pronounced floral hop element strokes the tongue in an almost sexual way. It's got just enough malt and alcohol to balance out the delicate nature of the hops without overpowering them. The mouthfeel is both crisp and warm at the same time. The aftertaste has a beauty and delicacy that lingers long but doesn't destroy your palate.

This is one of the best beers in the world.

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

22 oz bottle from Whole Foods Hollywood PDX shared with beer buddy for birthday beer tasting poured into UCLA pint glasses 6.25.2010.

Deep gold clear body several small streams of rising carbonation, two fingers foamy white head, medium dissipation with some lacing present. Nose is pretty sweet with some floral hop aroma notes. Taste is sweet, balanced by decent hop bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium, almost sticky sweet. Pretty drinkable, though I could have done without the wheat adjunct.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a nice eggshell head.

Smells almost cloying. Lots of hops, perfume, and some sulphur. Um, that's weird.

The taste is pretty good. Lots of citrus hops with a nice sweet backbone. Pine finish.

The feel on this beer is a little disappointing. It feels a tad watery to me.

Drinkability is still high. Nice refreshing feel on a hot evening.

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Photo of Yesac
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pale yellow, golden color. Medium sized off white foamy head.

S- Dull smelling dry hops, wheat malt. Bleh.

T- Certainly not what I was expecting, however for an " Imperial extra pale ale" I'd say they nailed it. I was expecting a hop bomb, but they've brought a who new aspect to an imperial pale ale. It's certainly a delicious pale ale amped up. Well balanced with bitter dry hop nose, complex wheat malt finish. I wish I could write more on the flavor, however its hard to pick apart the wheat and dry hops. The 8% ABV is very well hidden.

M/D- Great medium carbonation, the mouthfeel itself is almost velvety yet very smooth on the palate with a nice even coating and great after taste. Drinkinability is high with a great balance and mouthfeel. The nose lacks however.

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

A - Pours golden-brassy and translucent, with a giant frothy head, and stucco-like lacing

S - Aroma is a combination of grapefruit-citric and grassy-herbal hop notes, and the malt smells slightly sweet.

T - The taste features plenty of bitter hop, very grassy and leafy, and almost tannic in flavor, exceptionally bitter hoppiness is apparent throughout. A lingering herbal-citrus rind flavor lasts well beyond the finish. More IPA than DIPA flavor-wise.

M - (D)IPA. Good. Lighter bodied for such a big-tasting beer

D - I have really been coming around on ST's lineup; first the Blackwater Series captured my attention, and now I have been working my way through the other ST brews available here in Florida.

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

Big, sweet malt and citrussy hop aroma with a hint of nuttiness. Mild fruitiness adds a good top note.

Brilliantly clear gold colour with a moderate sized, creamy, foamy, white head.

The flavours are good with strong hop character teaming with a creamy, strong malt profile. The hops are piney and citrussy. The malt is rich and robust and I get a vinous character coming out. It's interestingly complex given the lack of specialty malts.

Really good mouthfeel. The medium body and moderate carbonation are fine but it is the creaminess brought to play by the wheat malt which is really good.

A tasty beer with lots going on. The hops and malt are really well balanced and even though I like an unbalanced, hoppy DIPA this works well for me.

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

Beer is a gauzy amber with a light ivory head and nice lacing. Aroma is assertively hoppy: pine, citrus, and some bread perhaps. Taste is similar. Crisp and nicely bitter, with a big hop taste. Some orange and pine. Lots of straight-up hops. Nicely carbonated, this beer has a good mouthfeel and is quite drinkable. Definitely a very nice IPA.

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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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