Noumena
Hudson Valley Brewery

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Style:
American IPA
ABV:
7%
Score:
89
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 3.98%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
13
From:
Hudson Valley Brewery
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
89
Very Good
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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 13
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was only the second beer from Hudson Valley that I was able to have and review here at the house an like the first, I traded for this quite a while ago. Dated 10/5/17 with OBJECT PERMANENCE written underneath it, this held up well over the nearly two years that I had it in my basement. Although it's listed as an American IPA, this was close to being a Sour IPA, in my book as this look, tasted, and felt like one of the more typical sours that I'd had from Hudson Valley.

Of course, the pour was golden, cloudy, and topped off with plenty of head. The lacing that was left behind wasn't as impressive with a few half-rings lingering near the top of my pint glass once I worked my way through this. Loads of grapefruit, with pineapple, lime, and pine in the nose as the taste had all of those in good proportion to each other. Slick, somewhat sour, and quite acidic, the tart and citrus undertone to this gave this beer it's hallmark as it was quite juicy but not so easy to chug in spite of it's bursting fruit presence. Lemon zest and peppery spice gave this a kick as this felt more and more floral as it warmed up, with a moderate but piercing carbonation keeping this light and lively.

The amount of booze was on target, as it gave this beer legitimacy and heft without feeling overdone or overpowering. This was a good take on what Hudson Valley's come to be known for and easily accessible for this looking for something more than a typical American IPA. Good job all-around with this one!

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Photo of Billolick
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tall can, cant make out any dating on the bottom of the can, smudged

Procured via a trade in the Equilibrium lot a few days ago.

Typical NE Juicy IPA look to this one, looser bubble head leaves some fine and ringed lacing.

Grapefruit juice all over the nose.

This a highly complex and super tasty take on this red hot style....juicy, tropical, a hit of tartness, drying hops in the finish. Pineapple, mango, grapefruit, lemons all coming to mind up front, tart note in the middle and then hops in the rear...

Very soft, creamy and silky smooth in the mouth.

Wonderful stuff, expertly crafted...go get some

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy yellow pour with bit of bubbly head and limited retention. Lemon and orange stands out the most in the aroma. The taste was incredible. The lemon and orange were there but there was so much more. You get a bit of pineapple and even some pear. It is perfectly balanced. There is sweetness but it does not overwhelm, just a touch of tart, and there is zero lingering bitterness. Absolutely outstanding balance. Medium mouthfeel with maybe just a touch of cloying sweetness, not quite clean finish. Overall this is very impressive brew.

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Photo of CHickman
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 10/5/17 with "Object Permanance" on the bottom, it pours hazy yellow to yellow/gold color with a 1+ finger thick white head that was full of bubbles of all sizes, fading very slowly and leaving decent foamy lacing. The brew itself has the standard NE style IPA looks, but the head was not as gripping as I expected.

Smells of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, tangerine, tropical fruit, light floral notes, a hint of biscuit and then coriander or white pepper. The nose was dull and timid with nice soft citrus notes, but not much malt backbone.

Tastes like it smells with grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, red grapefruit, yuzu, tropical fruit, melon, light floral notes, piney hops/pine cones, spruce tips, coriander, souring orange juice, peppery spices and some biscuit or toasted grains as it fades. The bitter citrus and grapefruit flavors dominate but don't cross the line to a bad level or undrinkable. It seems like the hops are very fresh and raw, so it made my tongue sizzle a bit. It could pass for a glass of grapefruit juice in a blindfolded taste test.

Mouthfeel is super creamy and buttery smooth, sliding down easy with little to no carbonation, a medium to almost thick body and feel, then a very sharp bitterness that resembles grapefruit juice in it's sweetness as it fades. A little too bitter for my taste-buds, but overall a very solid Double Dry Hopped IPA that hides the ABV well.

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Photo of avas
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Archetypically hazy NEIPA. Yellow peach flesh hue, but looks more like lassi than juice. Head retention is lacking, but to be expected given the adjuncts, I suppose.

S: Muted at first, the aroma really doesn't come out until the beer warms up. That said, when it does, it's quite nice. Lots of bright citrus zest (orange, lemon, lime), sweet peach, and that vague lactose creaminess. As it warms, I get some more sweet tropical fruitiness as well (think: guava, pineapple), and they begin to overtake the citrus scents.

T: Follows with bigger flavor than aroma would suggest. Beautiful combination of ripe stone fruits, very zesty citrus, and a touch of sweet tropical flavors as it warms. Yellow peach and apricot coated in freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. Underlying juicy pineapple and hints of mixed berry. Lemon/lime skin bitterness on finish offers an almost tart/sour sensation, but it's cut nicely by lactose sweetness. A bit of oat/lactose flavor on the backend, but far more restrained than that which can be offensive in other beers in the milkshake style. El Dorado is much more prominent than Mosaic, IMO.

M: Medium weight. Carbonated more like a sour than a NEIPA--a bit sharper with larger than normal bubbles, but evenly dispersed. Carries the beer along the palate nicely, but detracts from creaminess. Nicely balanced on the bitter vs. sweet spectrum, with the tart citrus bitterness and hefty lactose sweetness checking each other well. Higher acidity (lower pH) than most IPAs, which makes itself known on the finish (esp as the beer warms), but it's not unpleasant. In fact, it accentuates the citrus notes by more closely mimicking the sensation of biting into, say, a grapefruit, which is pretty acidic itself.

O: Another great beer from HVB that takes a popular style and adds a bit of unique, fun flair. It may turn off some with its acidic, grapefruit juice-esque bite, but it handles the wheat/oat/lactose/hops fusion quite well while showcasing an underloved and underappreciated hop (El Dorado). I think there's room for improvement (muted nose before it really warms up, mouthfeel could be creamier given adjuncts), but the flavor/aroma profile is quite enjoyable. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Noumena from Hudson Valley Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 13 ratings