HopGazer
Roak Brewing Co.

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #2,561
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,035
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 6.09%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
36
From:
Roak Brewing Co.
 
Michigan, United States
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Rotating
Wants
  2
Gots
  4
SCORE
87
Very Good
Notes: Prepare to be assimilated. Ekuanot, Citra and Amarillo.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 36 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at the brewery. It poured a hazy orangish with white head that left some lace. The scent had fruit peel notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with citrus peel spice presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can from superspak. Can dated 7/12/18. Ploughshare wide mouthed glass.

Pours a nice juicy bright mustard yellow with a creamy head of 1 finger.

Aromas are tropical fruit, vanilla, bavarian cream, runts candy (candy hops), orange, lots of vanilla pudding, slight wood.

Flavors are decidedly citrus (tangerine, then orange) with an earthy undercurrent. It's very pleasant. Where the El Dorado brought candy to the aroma, the citra and amarillo take over in the flavor. Slight earthiness is probably from the ekuanot, as well as the lingering tropical papaya and melon flavors. Bitterness is minimal, but has a sharp snap.

Feel is crisp and resinous, with a nice acidity to the profile and medium creaminess, medium body.

Overall a pretty good NE IPA. I could go for a little more melon and tropical fruit, but this is still pretty solid. Recommended.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky pale golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate straw yellow + pale burnt orange colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy white head that reduces to a large patch of mottled very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of juicy citrus/grapefruit, citrus/tangerine, tropical/guava, tropical/mango, tropical/passionfruit, tropical/papaya, and tropical/pineapple hops over the top of light to moderate aromas of biscuit, bready, and wheat malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of biscuit, bready, and wheat malts with a minimal amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of juicy citrus/grapefruit, citrus/tangerine, tropical/guava, tropical/mango, tropical/passionfruit, tropical/papaya, and tropical/pineapple hops as well as some hints of citrus/grapefruit zest + citrus/grapefruit pith hops. There is a light amount of bitterness which fades away quickly leaving a lingering juicy hop presence.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Initially crisp followed by some smoothness and a light to moderate amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Enjoyable with a really nice combination of hops flavors and aromas as well as a pleasant mouthfeel. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and I could easily have a few of these.

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

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 12/5/2017. Pours opaquely hazy golden yellow/light orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, passionfruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, green pepper, pine, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, passionfruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, green pepper, pine, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel, herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, passionfruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6.5%. Overall this is an awesome NEIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. On the more bitter/drying side of the style, but not overly aggressive. Awesome balanced dank/juicy hop complexity; nice bready malt backbone, with no residual sweetness. A great showcase of Ekuanot, Citra, and Amarillo hops; near perfect balance of character. A really enjoyable offering, and great style example.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a can of Roak's HopGazer last week for $3.59 at The Lager Mill. This one caught my eye when I was looking for some new beers to try and it's been a little while since I've tried a new beer from Roak, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a tall 16oz can into an IPA glass.

A- The label looks nice, it has a little bit of psychedelic look to and it's pretty eye catching. It poured a pale golden color that took on more of a brighter yellow color when held to the light and it had a finger and half worth of creamy and slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a good amount of patchy lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice mix of citrus rind, tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, light floral, green hops and little bit of dank hops aromas. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast with a little bit of creamy aromas and that leads into the malts which are one the lighter side and impart some pale malt, bready, slightly grainy and sweet malt like aromas. This beer has a good aroma, it lives up to the style and the hop profile is nice and fruity.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it's a little lighter and not as juice and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart al the same aspects, but they aren't as juicy and they are light on the tropical fruits with more citrus rind flavors coming through and this time the green hops, slightly earthy hops and floral hops seem to stick out a little more. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast and that leads into the malts which might be even a little lighter than they were in the aroma and the impart all the same aspects with the pale malts seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's a lighter amount of medium bitterness with with a little bit of a watery finish and some hoppy and fruity hop flavors in the aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, but I wish the taste was a little more like the aroma with a little better finish.

M- Smooth, pretty crisp, slightly fizzy, on the light side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and it's a nice, but lighter example of the style, it was going in the right direction, but it never really came together as well as some of the better example of this style. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple of these without them being to much for me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and aroma, they were both very nice and the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the finish and that it didn't taste more like the aroma, the aspects could use a little bit of work. I would buy this beer again and I would recommend it for anybody looking a lighter version of the style. All in all I enjoyed this beer and I could see what they were going for with this one, but in the end I thought it was just a little rough around the edges. It's one of the better Roak beers that I've had and it's a nice example of the style. Good job guys, this is a tasty beer, keep it up.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice sticky soapy lacing thru out.
Looks like hazy/murky lemon or pineapple juice.
Smells of Citrus dank hops, lemon zest.
Taste is quite bitter and very dank.
Mouthfeel is juicy yet medium body.
Not bad. Dank juice hop bomb!

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pint can on December 13, 2017. Look is hazy yellow gold with a thick head and spotty lacing. Smell and taste is celery and bitter citrus. Feel is light to medium in body.

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HopGazer from Roak Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 36 ratings