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Howler | Topa Topa Brewing

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4.23/5
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5 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Topa Topa Brewing
California, United States
topatopabrewingco.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Honeybourne on 01-02-2016

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Reviews:
1
Ratings:
5
pDev:
5.67%
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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 1
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

adding coffee into hoppy beer is becoming increasingly common. heck, a lot of these coffee roasters are dry hopping their cold brews and things like that, the fusion between the two elements is very natural, so it only makes sense that this is coming into vogue with craft beer. whats a little less common is blending coffee into pale beer like this, and whats rarer still is for it to taste anywhere near this good. this is my first beer from these guys, and its an absolute gem, with the coffee not changing the color of the beer at all, its golden in color. aroma and flavor of cold brew coffee, low acidity, lighter roast, more earthy and cleaner in the end. a beautiful compliment to the hops, which are citrusy and bright, pulls some fruitiness forward in the coffee, and both sources of bitterness are nice together in the finish. amazing complexity to this, the coffee is dosed perfectly. surprised to see its as strong as it is, it drinks like a normal pint of ipa, very well hidden strength. i think the flavor of the coffee with the hops is awesome, it makes me taste different elements of each than i am normally asked to do while drinking a beer. challenging and delicious, these guys are setting the standard with this one...

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Taby
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drewone
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Honeybourne
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Howler from Topa Topa Brewing
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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