Hopstock | La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice

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Brewed by:
La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice
France
brasserie-nice.fr

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Olivier-BAN on 09-03-2015

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Photo of kojevergas
2.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

"Hopstock." According to brewmaster Olivier, this is an amber but they subtitle it "Cascade pale ale" because the French market has more understanding and demand for pale ale than for ambree. And, obviously, it's hopped with cascade. Acquired at the brewery as part of a 3-pack of their main lineup for sub-9 euro.

5.50% ABV. Unpasteurized and unfiltered. "LOT 220117."

Regrettably brief notes below:

A: Pours a nice frothy off-white head - ~10cm wide with an 8 minute retention. Body is a murky dull dark amber; translucent but nontransparent. No yeast/lees/sediment is visible within.

Sm: Fruity Cascade hop character, redolent of citrus. Amber malt sweetness. A hint of bread crust and maybe some toastiness, but ill-enough for my tastes. Seems balanced with a hop emphasis.

T: Amber malts and concomitant sweetness. A blip of bread crust, but unfortunately no toasted malt characteristics. Hop character is Cascade - floral and fruity, with a bit of a citrusy character. Cascade isn't showcased particularly well. Below average depth of flavour. Decent balance. It's quite a simple build, all things considered.

Mf: Medium-bodied and unrefreshing. Smooth and wet, with a bit of slight coarseness up front. Overcarbonated.

O: Drinkability seems to be the goal in this approachable flagship from Nice's current sole brewery, but the lack of intricacy and depth of flavour here make this a beer discerning drinkers will find unremarkable. More of a Vienna lager-like toasted amber malt character, more commitment to the Cascade, and more complexity would help improve this. That said, its simplicity is probably what will help it sell best to the nascent French microbrew market, and if this is the tentpole beer that enables Olivier to keep brewing more interesting fare like his Earl Grey E.S.B., then I hope it moves like mad. A competent amber, but not a world-class one. I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of MatthewWalters
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up in Nice from a local wine shop. Paid about 3 euro per bottle, bought the other two bottles from the same brewery.
Poured from a 12oz/33cL bottle into a glass.
Pours with a nice half inch head. Tanned white head that likes to stick around - like I would like to do in Nice. Great amber tones with the last pour being cloudy- difficult to see through. Love that. Smell is nothing special, might be a bit old. Feel is amazing, perfect carbonation that stays through the whole consumption. Taste is a good balance, with hops shining through for an amber ale. Overall I like this and it's nice to get some craft beer in Europe. At home this wouldn't be anything special but I'm savoring it here.

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Hopstock from La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 2 ratings