Hoppy's One Ton Pale Ale | Grand Lake Brewing Company

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Hoppy's One Ton Pale AleHoppy's One Ton Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Grand Lake Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ArrogantB on 07-26-2009

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Photo of Beaver13
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark gold with a small white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is lots of fruity resiny hops with a little caramel and spice.

The flavor is bready caramel malts with some floral fruity hops. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and kind of watery.

Overall, an OK pale ale. This was much better fresh at the brewery - more bright hop flavors and seemed less watery too.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served cool into a pint glass.

Hoppy's One Ton is a slightly hazy golden orange color with thin short-lived head.

Aroma is hoppy but not those nice fresh citrusy hops. More the mild earthy british variety.

Flavor is again very hoppy but not in the way we've come to expect. Maybe that's not a bad thing because it's different and somewhat enjoyable. Caramel malts and earthy/grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, moderate carbonation.

Overall not the best as it claims on the bottle but it's alright.

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3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From tasting notes:
A: A dull appearance, with slight head retention.
S: A hoppy resin aroma, with a buttery off-aroma. Slight skunkiness. Medium intensity on the aroma.
T/M: A medium body taste, with some sour aspects. Too little carbonation. A nice bitterness. Good lingering taste.
D: Not a first choice, but would not turn one down.

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Photo of russpowell
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up as part of a mixed brewer variety sixer when I was out in CO in mid-April; review from notes

Pours amber with of pearl colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Perfumy hops, biscuitty malt, all fade as this warms

T: Biscuitty malt, grassy & perfumy hops, some dryness too. More of the same malt as this warms. Finishes dry & hoppy

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, decent balance

An alright APA, I did expect a lot more from this one though...

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Photo of stampfler07
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of hoggywood
4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very clear amber-gold. Dry hopping really brings out a perfume-like aroma in this. Flavor is reminiscent of grapefruit with a slight sweetness. Medium bodied. As a pale ale, the hops were present but not overpowering. A very tasty beer.

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Photo of raw47
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppys One Ton Pale Ale pours light golden. This beer has a floral tone with caramel malty notes. However, the hops come through in a mild grapefruit-like way. It had just enough bitterness. This is a very solid beer that finishes clean. This is a respectable American pale ale.

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Photo of mactrail
2.71/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks nice in the snifter, not much head but a decent swirl of lacing. A clear amber color. Body is on the lighter side and it gives a good mouthful feel. But, then the hops start sawing your tongue off. This is like a nightmare IPA where any sort of aromatics have been boiled off and all that's left is an acidic, pure bitterness.

Peculiar oily sensation on the teeth and lips. Maybe that's where the ton of hops come in. Normally, if I find an IPA that's too hugely hopped for actual drinking, I"ll use it to flavor whatever cheap lager or disappointing ale that I'm stuck with. This one, however, will flavor the sink disposal.

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Photo of emmasdad
2.92/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Picked this one up in a mixed sixer the other day. Poured a nice hazy orange color, with a bit of foam on top. Some nice grassy hop aromas up front, somewhat bready on the tail. Pretty similar on the palate, but the hoppiness was muted way down (maybe an older bottle?) Either way, this one was decent at best.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came in a mix-six pack from GL.

Good looking beer, a bit light on the lacing and head. Soft golden and nice 1 finger head.

Light citrus and stubborn green pine aroma. Gently biscuit underneath.

The biscuit comes through a bit more in the flavor. Citrus and pine mesh fairly well and offer a good taste. Not as malty as, say Dale's Pale or SN Pale. And with that the hops are a bit easier, too. This isn't a light beer by any means, but lighter than those mentioned. A nice example of APA and very drinkable.

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Photo of jrohrbacher
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of JMBSH
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of beergoot
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid yellow body, fat carbonation bubbles, and a one-finger+ thick, white head.

Spicy, floral hops and citrus (orange and grapefruit) strongly hit the nose at first whiff. Some pine...

Taste reinforces the smell initially. Hop spiciness and light malt character give way to a medium hop bitterness.

Medium bodied beer, lots of soft carbonation on the tongue. Soft and clean.

Very satisfying beer with good flavor profile. Comes across almost like a traditional IPA with its strong hop nose.

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Photo of MumboJumbo
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a white head. A nice sweet, fruity aroma. A nice dose of malt paired with the hops providing some great tropical fruits. Flavor is sweet and fruity, sweeter though than fruity. Maybe even a little nutty. medium bodied, some activity. Overall, went in with minimal expectations for this and found I liked it quite a bit. A very nice surprise and one I will gladly drink again.

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Photo of unshodjogger
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of rowew
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, no date or ABV information. Apparently named after the head bull of the herd that consumes their spent grain.

Appearance: Gold, just bordering on an orange color, thin head fades quickly.

Smell: Grassy hops and a bit of bready malt.

Taste: Low carbonation level, taste is a bit subdued - basic - hops and malt.

Overall impression: This is a fairly basic APA, with a bit more hops than average, but not too much else going on. Still a drinkable offering.

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Photo of LB22
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Haybeerman
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Gold color with an ornage tinge; a bit of chill haze. Poured a 1 finger off-white head that dissipated quickly to a broken skim. Laced in spots.

S: Light floral hops and wet grain. Some astringency in the background.

T: Some toasted malts. A bit of light resiny hops. Even bitter in the finish. OK, but nothing special.

M: Light to medium body. Low carbonation; a little flat. Bitter lingers a bit.

D: OK; nothing was real wrong. I may have anticipated more given the name.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden amber in color, not much head, and a super fruity smell that is better than average. The flavor is more fruit, this is definitely hoppy but not up to IPA levels and kind of reminds me of Dale's Pale Ale. Easy to drink and the $7 price tag on the sixer doesn't hurt either.

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Photo of rawfish
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear amber-gold, a smooth pour nets a tiny white half finger head with basically no retention and very little spotty lacing.

Smells very nice, dry hopping really brings out a perfume-like aroma in this. Patchy caramel malts with some honey undertone. Floral hops of pine resin, orange and wild flowers rather bright in contrast to the sweet and darker malt.

Flavor is rather unique very little sweetness in contrast with the nose, grain husks, cereal and cardboard seem to make up the malt profile, very coarse. Hops are the same as in the nose, pine and bright oranges with a bitterness that begins early in the drink and carries well into the aftertaste, dries very well.

Medium bodied but with little carbonation, even etched glass fails to make a steady stream of bubbles. A bit coarse and desert dry in the follow, not that there was much malt here to start.

The aroma and drying bitterness highlight this brew though the malt profile is very coarse and unrefined, not much balance. I didn't much mind the lower carbonation though. Decent but the strengths of this beer aren't personally what I look for.

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Photo of Ajmorriso1
3.29/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Rayek
1.66/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: Hazy deep gold. A foamy white cap starts OK, but doesn't stick around. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Heavy anise and pepper, plus a touch of oak. A whiff of medicine mars the experience.

T: Anise, pepper, a full box of band-aids and maybe a hint of toasted malt. I have a feeling I have an off bottle.

M: Light and slick with about the right carbonation.

D: Bad. That's all I can say. Please tell me this a bad batch. Almost undrinkable.

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Hoppy's One Ton Pale Ale from Grand Lake Brewing Company
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