Jopen Hoppenbier | Jopen Bier BV Haarlem

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Jopen Bier BV Haarlem

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Vancer on 11-30-2006

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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by sfprint:
Photo of sfprint
2.4/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

exp 08/17/12

A: Single finger head, tons of chunky suspended sediment, looks like a pond. Not so much rising carbonation, dark orange.
S: Thick, heavy peach bread, slightly nostril opening, a hint sour.
T: Funny, artificial, plasticy alcohol. Also pretty bitter in a planty sort of way, the kind of plants that you shouldn't eat. Those are the two very dominant flavors. Underneath there is something kind of peachy.
M: "Tart," kind of, whatever that plasticy element is doing to my mouth.
O: Two major flaws to what would otherwise be a decent beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden, with a sticky white head. Smells like a hopped up pilsner. Bitter taste, with notes of pilsnrr and citrus hops. Dry and sharp aftertaste. Refreshing.

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Photo of chinchill
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle. Appearance clear with a durable white head.

Malty aroma with oats. Spicy,

Great balance with a spicy front end and finish. Mildly bitter. Fairly low hop level (name derived from the old [1501] recipe). Hops dominate the mildly bitter aftertaste.

Crisp, near medium body. Lively carbonation.

O: distinct and interesting.

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Photo of Keegan
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Cbmccarthy
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cwd
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mscudder
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of DerekCarruth
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RuudJH
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Searching for hoppy beers lately, I had to check the Jopen hoppenbier, naturally.
I've had a few from Jopen brewery that I found to be ok, but also a bit middle of the road.
Little 30 cl. bottle.

Thick fluffy head, good carbonation, nice lacing, a golden colour beer.
First smell from the bottle is actually malt and yeast, but after the pour the aroma developes into a nice range of hoppyness: citric, floral, spice. A bit of pine.
Taste is a bit disappointing. It doesn't have any of the tough bitterness you'd like from hop beer. It's very mellow, almost sweet from malts. Hardly any spice left in it.
However, leaving it a few minutes, it again developed into more interesting notes.
Mouthfeel has quite a bit of alcohol.
I think it's very unbalanced, but ok to try.

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Photo of metter98
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Jopenkerk, Haarlem, Netherlands

A: The beer is pale yellow in color and has a slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high dense white head that consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Aromas of sweet fruits and pale malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of fruity yeast and pale malts along with hints of alcohol in the finish. It has a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with some hints of dryness.
O: This beer isn't very complex, but when you consider it is based on a recipie from 1501, it isn't that bad compared to today's beers.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jose9e
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of BdM
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HiPpYcHoP
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of parintele
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 54V4G3
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of greedysoul
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Douberd
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Long neck bottle of 330 ml, at home. Poured into a tulip glass. Ingredients are water, hops, yeast, barley malt, wheat malt and oats. ABV is 6,8%.
Poured a beer light orange in colour, slighty hazy. Head was froathy, almost three fingers in height. Quickly half of it was gone but the remaining half had a very good retention. Very little lacing left behind.
Nice fruity smell, apricots, citrus hops, . Some alcohol if you smell really deep.
Taste is bitter right from the beginning until the very finish and the bitterness seems to stay for ages on the palate, along with the dryness. Some bready notes can be found as well.
Medium carbonation and a creamy body.
Overall, a nice sipping beer, that balances between being a pale ale and an IPA.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is called hoppenbier, but was not as hoppy as I expected.

Appearance is an orange beer with a 1 inch head and lots of carbonation. Big chunks of yeast float in the beer.

Smell is peachy and honey, some yeast smell and kind of sweet.

Taste is mainly honey and slightly bitter. The expected hop taste was not present. The amount of carbonation made the beer sizzling on the tongue. Mouthfeel was medium, the beer was sweetish. The beer tastes like there is more alcohol than the 6,8% listed.

I probably have an old bottle, but the hoppiness was absent. I want to review this beer again in the future.

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Photo of gnikola
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of safaricook
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a beer from the Jopen Brouwerij in Haarlem and therefore can be bought all over Nordholland in the right places. This beer is brewed following a recipe from 1501, when Haarlem exported beer from France to Russia with a turnover of 6 million liters a year (about the consumption of one entire Oktoberfest). I drank this at home in a original Jopen Stem-glass.

L: murky yellow orange body, nice 1-2 finger medium bubbled white head that reduces to a thin layer after a few minutes and leaves some lacing.

S: hops, floral aroma, yeast

T: really great on the hops, bitter, some sweetness

F: fine tingling on the tongue, could be more refreshing, some velvet feel

O: A very nice blonde that is clearly on the bitter side. I wonder if in 1501 this beer tasted somehow similar. It was probably not that clean and I doubt they had the same quality hops available all the time. However, this is a simple very drinkable beer that could improve a little on carbonation in my opinion.

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Photo of rarbring
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is deep golden with brass tones, clouded, a white high and firm head that leaves very good lacing.

The smell is somewhat malty, nuts, bread, but also citric, grape, and fruity, lemon and apples.

The taste is initially sweet, candy and toffee, some lemon, bitter oranges and grape peel. Well balanced.

Medium carbonation, soft and refreshing, a dry long finish.

A good American IPA I would say. Well balanced.

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Jopen Hoppenbier from Jopen Bier BV Haarlem
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 80 ratings