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:
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Added by shirfan on 04-01-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Botlle poured into a pint glass.

A: Mutted copper in color with yellow hues. Dense off white head pours two fingers thick. Good retention. Nice sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

S: Grapefruit and tangerine. Citric and herbal hops. Pine resin. Candy. Hints of alcohol.

T:Tastes of grapefruit,mango and peach are taken over by an assertive pine hop bitterness. Hints of candied fruit are followed by sweet caramel malts that give off a bread like taste.This brew finishes with an herbal or spicy bite and is slightly dry.

M: Crisp and slightly slick. Medium carbonation. Slightly dry and warm.

D: Intense flavors and ample carbonation make this beer a nice summertime treat. High alcohol is well hidden. This one makes me Hoppe! Recommended.

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

1 pt, 6 fl oz brown bottle, served in a snifter.
First brew 2007.

Radiant golden in color with a light hue of peach. Bright white, dense foam that settles to a pillow-like sheet with impressive retention. Spotted, lasting lace with good strength.

Bright, very fragrant fcitric nose: lime, lemoin; notes of tropical fruit including melon, kiwi, apricot, and peach. Juicy hops but without the oily resin aroma that comes for your typical DIPA.

Juicy, fruity esters: peach, pear, and melon. Darker hop resins; a bit swarming and filmy joined by a hop spice of spruce. The temered malt character provides a surprising sweetness that balances the swarming hop profile.

Medium in body; crisp with just a touch of film from the hops. Quite refreshing and balanced on the palate for a beer at 10% abv.

An interesting balance of sweetness, bitterness, and spiciness that works well. I would never have guessed the abv, which is a compliment to the brewers.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz screw top bomber, served in a fluted glass, as suggested.

A - hazy, copper/amber color with a good off-white head that settled after a while, leaving a very good sticky lace.

S - sweet yeast and hop aromas, sort of a cotton candy type of smell, with a slight hint of candied alcohol.

T - great balanced taste, sweetness of malt/wheat/yeast with a nice hop bitterness after the swallow.
Flavors become more interesting as it warms.
The 'Hudini like' 10% abv is well hidden, so beware to the lucky drinker of this very fine brew.

M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, sticky sweetness, hop tingle.

D - 10% abv keeps this from being a session beer, but any amount the drinker can handle is a very fine drinking experience.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First off, I cannot believe that this one is 10% ABV. Hides its alcohol - possibly - better than any other beer I've ever had. 22 oz bottle into a weisse glass. Pours a somewhat foggy copper-amber color with a finger of head (a fairly weak pour, I can acknowledge) and a touch of lacing. Nose is hoppy as hell, floral hops come through the most. A touch of spice, some bitter fruit hints too. Taste is really good. I honestly can't believe this is an APA not an IPA - there's so much flavor! Hops hit you first. Some grapefruit flavors, although not as strong as an SNPA. Some chalky roasted malt in the middle. Sweetness with a little spicy fruitiness and malt. Ends hoppy, biting, although not drying. This one is excellent. The best APA I've had to date. Delicious.

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Photo of wharfrat1
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bomber from Jungle Jim's served in a Tulip Glass

A: Nice deep, golden color, with a two finger white head that sticks around for a while. Leaves some nice lacing around the glass

S: First I get the herbal notes of the hops, and you can also get a small touch of fruit from the wheat.

T: There is a clean, almost lemon taste, right up front, this quickly fades into a blend of citrus/herbs/malty sweetness, all balanced in the middle. It finishes with a nice, light hop bitterness that hits right on the sides of the tongue.

M: Has a nice carbonation that dances all over the tongue and an excellent balance of malty, lemony sweetness from the barley and wheat and an excellent herbal hop kick.

D: This one could be dangerous. Has a lot balance in the flavor. A little bit of everything to satisfy the whole range of beer lovers. The 10% ABV is very well hidden.

O: This is one interesting beer. Plenty of herbal hops for all the hop lovers, but a really cool balance with the wheat and barley. A combo of what is great between an APA and an American Wheat, with the Pale being dominant. This one could become a favorite. A nice, strong summer bear.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw tinted amber color with better than a finger off white head that resists fading. A slightly lighter color than most Pale Ales. Visible effervescence and nice amount of lacing observed.

The smell is a citrus, almost a fresh hopped aroma and wheat, but takes a hit from me for being on the subtle side.

Medium bodied, the mouth feel is somewhat intense, immediately hopped and significantly carbonated... read that as - gets your attention.

The flavor is light, wheat-like and lemony. Finishes crisp but lingers nicely, somewhat like a pilsner. Would like to give it a 4.25 for taste.

Drinkable - Refreshing. Scores imagination points for complexity. Fun to drink. The 10% ABV is well hidden. Another score for Team Southern Tier.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a golden yellow crystal clear body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles racing around in the glass. There is a thick off-white head with a slight yellow hue that as a few big bubbles pushing up through it. The head last for a the whole beer and adds some thick sip rings on the glass.

S- The light dry smell of citrus hops has a note of green herbal hops with a light pale grain note.

T- This beer has a dry earthy pine hops flavor with a hint of chalk to it. There is a dry pale malt flavor that supports the hops and blends very nicely. As the beer warms there is a note of toast in the malt bill and a juicy orange quality comes out of the hops. There is also a tangy yet dry quality to the orange flavor that is unique. The finish is a nice spicy hop bite that hangs on after each sip for a good while.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a very creamy texture that adds to the hop flavor. No sign of alcohol in this one. It drinks very smooth with a clean finish for the hops bite.

D- This beer has a nice unique flavor to the hops and the malt flavors really do support and balance some of the hop qualities. This is a very drinkable beer but I had no idea it was 10 % ABV. I drank mine a bit warmer than they recommended and it was wonderful.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Compliments of jwc215...Thanks, Joe!

This pours from 22oz bottle a clear medium gold with a huge head of foam. The foam shrinks very slowly leavinga solid layer for the entire session and there's plenty of lacing to be found.

The smell has a strong nose of citrus hops along with an ample malt sweetness... and is very inviting.

The taste ....wow...this is huge on flavour! Caramel malt permeates my every taste bud but it's offset by a more then abundant citrus(mainly grapefruit) and piney hop presence. Put them together and my palate is literally dancing in the streets. OK, this is a 10%abv brew so I'd better watch it but I can't honestly say that the alcohol is all that noticeable at least, after the first few sips.

A few more sips in and yes, I'm starting to feel the alcohol but it has more of a soothing effect on me than an actual burn and at times, I'm thinking, it's going to get too sweet, I just *know* it but then the hops kick in again and make it not so and..visa versa. Nice. Very nice. And..surprisingly drinkable. One sip absolutely demands another.

And boy, what an aftertaste! The bitter hops in the finish seem to go on and on but it's just not hoppy, it also carries the caramel malt with it and I'm literally amazed at how Southern Tier did this. What an amazing brew!!

Bottom line: I'm so glad I got to try this amazing brew and I'd say grab some if you can. My thanks again to jwc215 for one fine, drinking experience!

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Photo of williamherbert
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very clear. Looks like a B/M/C product, other than a thick tide of foamy head. Body looks light and average, but the head saves it. Nice drizzle of lace.

Excellent pale malt smell, with some strong, surprisingly bitter hops. A hint of oak, with flowery hops. The nice malt calms the angry hops.

Wow. Did not expect such a woody, heavy hop taste from this yellow beer. Oaky and smoky. Less hops than just pure wood. Quite interesting. Hard alcohol kick. Strong ale with major woody flavor.

Thick and leaves a film. Choke it down. A tad bubbly. Bitter, oaky, pungent, alcoholic, strong, one-timer.

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

Packaged in a 22 oz silk-screened amber bomber.
Served just above fridge temp about 36F into a 20 oz pilsner glass.

Aroma at the bottletop is 100% hops, like I opened up a jar of Cascades and took a whiff, just like it's heavier partner, Unearthly.

Pours with medium body, producing a nice fluffy white head. Head persists for a while and leaves great lacing.

Color is crystal clear straw yellow.

Aroma at the glass is more balanced, with light malt and grain to balance the citrus hops.

Taste is very well balanced when cold. Plenty of carbonation, hop flavor and aroma and bitterness.

Drinkability is superb. Despite the ABV, it's very quaffable, and thus possibly dangerously so. Glad it was a bomber, pleased to have a second pour. It's a great beer, a light refreshing double IPA.

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

Split this bottle with Stopper. Poured at room temp into a snifter, the beer exhibits a clear orange/copper hue with minimal surface layer of off white head.
Aroma is mild with some caramel and earthy and herbal hops. First sip reveals an average body with a smooth and slightly syrupy texture. Very fine carbonation. Flavor is caramel and some light fruit (white grapes), and general sweetness. The beer finishes slightly bitter with herbal notes and some rindy bite as well. A nice well crafted beer. Pretty beefy on the ABV for a pale ale, but the alcohol doesnt make much of an appearance.
Worth a shot for sure!

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear amber honey color with a huge foamy white head. Very nice looking. The smell is a mixture of creamy grapefruit and orange,almost like a creamsicle. The taste is dry with bitter hops than mellows with creamy citrus flavors.Orange,grapefruit,pineapple, with a mixture of bitter hops.For a high alcohol beer,this isn't harsh and very easy to drink. The m/f is light and the flavors mix very well. This is a great beer plain and simple.

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

Hazy orange-gold, topped with a light wash of white head. Surprisingly, it retains a mistly coating, and leaves lace sticking all over the glass. Smells of dried pineapple, mango, and all sorts of citrusy goodness. All backboned by dusty wheat maltiness. A study of sweetly citrusy hops. The flavor opens immediately dry, sweetish with dusty wheat, moving into citrus, citrus and more citrus. Mostly of the tropical variety. Lots of dried pineapple and mango, with orange peel and spicy hop goodness. Almost witbier-like, if a wit were to develop some unheard of sort of mania. A little bit of banana before the pungent hop finish. Not terribly bitter, but absolutely packed with hop flavor. Incredibly citrusy and floral. Pretty dry, actually. Great beer.
What a frankenstein of a beer. Who says they can't do hops back east? Southern Tier does it again.

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

Pours a amber peachish color with a slight haze. Frothy one finger off white head has nice retention. Sticky thick fluffy lacing. Streams of bubbles rise to the top. Pineapples coated in pine sap are quite juicy and thick. Resiny and with a tad of spice. Floral and citrus hop aromas with a tad of orange peel sticks out. Pale malt is detectable under the hops. When it's cold the aromas are like fresh fruit, but as it warms the malt tends to takeover slightly.

This is supposed to be a pale ale? A pale ale on steroids maybe. Bread and biscuit malt notes. Sweet malt balances the hops well. Thick and sticky hop notes. Citric hop fruit notes of pineapple, melon, orange peel, and pine needles. Pine tar is resiny and juicy and bursts on the taste buds. Sweetness gets left on the lips after a sip. Subtle bitterness in the finish isn't huge, but definitely dry. High abv flies by the senses without being noticed. A warming in the chest is noticed. Is the unearthly the younger? It seems as though Southern Tier has created another hop bomb in the form of a pale ale. A bit too big for a pale ale, but we're all about extreme beers these days.

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Photo of jwc215
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a creamy head and trailing lace.

The smell is of sharp hops, and plenty of them - citrusy- -lemon, orange zest, grapefruit. Floral.

The taste is citrusy - especially lemon. Leafy and piney as well. Sharp, peppery alcohol comes through, though doesn't interfere much, esp. for the abv level. It's tasty, though could use more malt balance - maybe the wheat is not enough to give it enough body with this much hops, but maybe that's just me.

Smooth and crisp despite alcohol sharpness.

A nice hoppy beer to sip on.

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Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: slightly hazy orange color with a thick and fluffy three finger head that lasts quite a while. Plenty of carbonation bubbles rise quickly to the surface.

Smell: big floral hops and sweet orange citrus are easy to detect from well outside the glass.

Taste: this has an interesting flavor profile as the malt levels are not big at all but there is a bold citrus and hop flavor. Oranges, grapefruits, and pears on the fruit side, with a drying floral and pine bitterness providing a nice balance. Alcohol is barely noticeable here.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and dry throughout. Medium bodied. Very mild aftertaste leaves the mouth quickly.

Drinkability: extremely easy to quaff and very flavorful. Alcohol levels can sneek up on you with this one. Very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light, light orange/gold with a thin white head and nice lacing. Smell is all hops, pine, citrus, orange, caramel. Taste is very impressive, much more than the smell would imply. Huge hops, pine, citrus, grass, caramel sweetness, buttery toffee, and the mouthfeel is super smooth, almost chewey. This is just a little milder than Unearthly, less sweet and damn near as good. I could drink a lot of these as the alcohol is pretty well hidden. Another great brew by Southern Tier.

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Photo of strattor
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle. A clear dark amber body is topped by a creamy, white head.

Good god, this smells like a big bag of sticky stuff. I feel like my lungs are being coated in resin just from sniffing this.

Woah, there are some hops in here, I think. What can I say? This is an all hop beer, without a whole lot ot balance it out. Very resiny and grapefruity flavors, with plenty of bitterness to boot. To call this a pale ale is laughable, especially considering the 10%. The alcohol, by the way, is just barely noticeable, but not off-putting at all.

Nice, full mouthfeel, but I am so busy trying to comprehend the full flavor it barely matters.

No way I could drink more than a pint of this, unless I want my taste buds stripped off. Nonetheless, this is a must have for any self-professed "Hop Head".

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

Imagine that...a Pale Ale coming in at 10%...leave it to ST.
On tap at the Sunset...
Arrived a clear, pale amber color with a full finger of bright white head...sticky lacing galore as it fades.
Sweet caramel malt and citrus hops in the nose...not detecting any alcohol.
Very nice flavor...citrus, floral hops, some earthy yeast notes and an excellent balance between bittering hop to malt sweetness. Finishes very clean without the alcohol...Southern Tier tends to mask their abv very well and this is no exception.
Mouthfeel is full bodied for the style and finishes very clean...plenty of carbonation, but not overdone.
In prime shape for consumption...this one could be a very dangerous session brew. Without an overly sweet flavor, but a ton of malt to balance the bitterness, this is a must try.

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Photo of shirfan
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark gold with orange highlights, thin but sticky lacing remains after the initial head burns off.

Aroma is *huge* with hops -- ruby red grapefruit and pine resin.

Taste: Plenty of hops, but coupled with a smooth and easy drinkability that makes *no* allusion to the 10% ABV lurking below.

Pine resin leads the way, milder citrus notes follow, but interestingly the finish is on the dry, slightly earthy side. A faint hint of pot smoke comes and goes. This brew opts for a well balanced profile rather than the juicy sweet pucker of many double IPAs and barleywines. It reminds me of the incredible balance that Southern Tier's Mild Ale had, yet packs twice the punch.

If you're looking for a hoppy yet well-rounded ale that could easily be sessioned if not for the ABV, look no further.

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