Amorphia | Hudson Valley Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hudson Valley Brewery
New York, United States
hudsonvalleybrewery.com

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sour IPA w/ raw wheat, malted oat, milk sugar, strawberries & vanilla beans; hopped w/ Mosaic & El Dorado. This thing tastes like strawberry shortcake.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,145
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
29
pDev:
5.15%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 29
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had a ton of beers from Hudson Valley while in line at Other Half but this was the first one that I've been able to crack open at home and savor an entire can of. The date on the bottom of the can read 10/3/17 with "PROVISIONAL FORMS" written above it but for something old, this tasted incredibly smooth, fresh, and lacking in discernible alcohol!

Lovely pour to this as the beer was muted, golden, and topped off with plenty of lively foam that gently settled down. Not a lot of lacing was left behind as I sipped this, which was a bit of a surprise. Tons of strawberry, lactose, shortcake, and sour funk in the nose as all of them explode in the taste. Incredibly smooth and easy to fall in love with, this was a sweet beer that didn't hit me over the head with sugar as the fruit was lush and juicy at the same time. A bit of raspberry juice kept things light and there was plenty of carbonation to go along with the sour feel of this beer - all while there was hardly any sediment at the bottom of the pint glass when I finished this off.

Even though this was classified as a New England IPA, this might be the gold standard for a new category on here. Sour IPA's have taken off in the last few years and with a beer like this, it's so easy to see why. A bit of lychee and white peach came through as I finished this off and wondered if there was even any alcohol in this. Lovely stuff that deserves it's lofty rating on here and certainly a harbinger of similar beers that have come along since!

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Photo of KettleBellFreak
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm a fanboy for HV. But this is just spectacular.

It's like More's strawberry marbles on steroids in every way. Beer is a muddy and murky red color. Strawberry flavor is sweet and light, but the sour is like a green strawberry with some lacto funk and the sweetness and the sourness is fucking balanced! Hot dammit the people at hudson valley are not fucking around! Carbonation, and body are always exceptional.

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Photo of Kendo
4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 11/6/18; consumed on 11/19/18, making this just under 2 weeks old.

A: Poured from the can into a Palm tulip. Body is milkshakey orangey-reddish-pink with a wisp of white head on top. Looks like ruby red grapefruit juice with a touch of tomato juice thrown in.

S: Tart and fruity - strawberries and raspberries come to mind - along with a slight bit of lactose.

T: Follows the nose, with a bite of tartness and then the berries - again, strawberries and raspberries - and a touch of citrusy bitterness (grapefruit and lemons - maybe even a touch of key limes) at the finish. There is underlying sweetness that reminds me of strawberries-and-cream, as there is a touch of vanilla and some cake-dough malt sweetness. This is an interesting beer.

M: Call it medium in heft, with a good bite of healthy carbonation.

O: Fascinating. To be honest, I'm not sure how to review this beer. First, I'm not a big Sours fan. Second, this beer, with the strawberries, doesn't really taste like a beer. But it is interesting - not sure I'd want more than one (actually, 16 oz may be a bit much for me, though I will finish this without hesitation), but this is well-crafted and unique.

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Photo of Billolick
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can, fresh from the brewery this evening....canned 11/6/28

The pour here is an interesting shade of strawberry/raspberry...milkshake clouded, rose cap lasts a bit and leaves some fine strands of lacing.

The sniff reveals sweet fruit notes, with raspberry and strawberries again coming to mind.

Complex brew, fruity, sweet, moderately sour/tart, over the top juicy, flavorful and style bending....notes of sweet n sour raspberries, vanilla.....very interesting stuff

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Tastes like strawberry shortcake"? That's what IPAs have come to? Great.

Its tasty. A bit too sweet. The hops seem a bit wasted in comparison to the vanilla + strawberry + sourness.

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Photo of avas
4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Ridiculous. Ruby red grapefruit juice spiked with cherry syrup (with a little flour thrown in for good measure)? Or perhaps just strawberry puree? Doesn't look like beer, but honestly, it looks a lot better than what 'beer' is supposed to look like.. So points for that? Head is minimal and doesn't stick around much, though... Whatever, this isn't what we're here for anyway.

S: Sweet, decadent, powdered-sugar-on-top strawberry shortcake! Explodes out of the glass. White peaches and a hint of yogurt-y lacto. Super light malt, white dough bordering on funfetti cake. Rich vanilla bean hinting at a vague creaminess that I often get from these milkshake-inspired beers. Smells far more like a dessert than a beer... And a damn appealing dessert, at that.

T: Well there's the sour! All that fruitiness from the nose is there (plus a lot more), but it's more tart than sweet. Underripe berries and citrus up front. That wonderful fresh picked strawberry note blends with blueberry, a touch of raspberry, and a heaping helping of lime, Meyer lemon, orange, and a hint of grapefruit. Vanilla is there, but--like the lactose sugar--is restrained. It seems to fuse with the malt to follow up on the aromatic promise of 'yellow cake' after you get past all the fruits and lingers nicely on the dominant aftertaste--along with a peaches 'n cream note that's probably more like peaches 'n Greek yogurt--which is a really perfect blend of tart/sweet/bitter.

M: Speaking of that balance.. These sour IPAs absolutely nail the drinkability measure for which so many brews in the 'sour' style are lacking. There's tartness up front, but a decently sweet base pokes its way through (I'm sure the milk sugar is responsible as well) to cut that tartness mid-taste. The finish is where the bitterness comes in; it's medium-light, but just enough such that the aftertaste isn't cloying in any way. The feel of the beer is medium--well carbonated, similar to Ultrasphere, but perhaps a bit heftier.

O: Others have said it (some even predicted it), but Hudson Valley really is inventing what may become the next 'big' style. Their augmentation of the fun, easy, and delicious NE-style milkshake IPA not only makes it more complex (i.e., adds additional flavor and aromatic dimensions), but fuses it with an already popular (yet far less approachable) style that may garner more interest from non-beer lovers. The result of this fusion is both tasty and refreshing. It's the kind of innovation that I love to see in American beer, and I look forward to trying more of this style as it (hopefully) blows up!

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Amorphia from Hudson Valley Brewery
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 29 ratings