Hoptown Brewing Company

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IPA - American
3.93 | pDev: 9.41%
Hoptown Brewing Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been so lucky today, Two AleSmith beers – and now another West Coast IPA, I think I may very well overdose on Hops soon. Huge 22 fl.oz. brown bottle, a proper Pint for me, with a rather colorful label. I have not tried any of the beers from HopTown Brewing before – so here goes.
Yet again – I am not disappointed by the US West Coast love for Hops. An amazing, amber-orangey colored beer with hints of red from refracted light, which instantly reminded me of Orval, they are so similar in color. Very thin head when poured carefully - for this beer has mass sediment, it is most certainly not filtered!!. My Bottle had been stood for sometime and poured almost perfectly transparent, but there was a persistent orange hue. Carbonation was below average but maintained a minimal presence throughout the drink. A really hoppy nose, so characteristic of English dry-hopped beers and very characteristic of West Coast IPA's. The Pine & Vine, Shine. This beer has a tremendous fruity dimension to it in the middle. The finish is somewhat malty, slightly dry and with a bitterness that slowly fades.
Wow, I am simply dumbfounded by the high quality of this IPA. Just by the laws of chance, surely I must come across a crap beer at some point, right?? I think I am going to Vegas with the luck I have had with beers recently.
And never let it be said I am a beer snob – forget the French Cheeses, the exotic Cold Meats; I had this beer with a 415g Tin of English Heinz Baked Beans on Toast with HP Brown Sauce (a staple dietary food requirement from my Students Days in UK). They go really well together, honest.
Another Bloody Marvellous Californian IPA!!!!
As a Limey - I know I am SO lucky to live and work here!

Oct 19, 2002
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blitheringidiot from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label shows a happy town pastoral cartoon. Label states dry hopped and unfiltered.

Bomber pours a rich dark apricot color with a few scant bubbles floating to greet a clean surface.

Sweet bright floral aromatic peach fruit nose.

First swigs: Spree candy IPA sweet & cornicopia fruit. Cherry and apricot middle. Falls onto the side of orange pith hoppy over a covered malty dusty grain base. Mostly a white grapefruit center that branches out to thinner flavors.

Linger of dry and juicy hops that spells out IPA with capital letters.
Fluffy carbonation and medium body builds a nice version. Finish is a tad cloying.

Last swigs: A standard IPA that is edible and not regrettable. Glad that I grabbed this at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, CA.

Beer is good. Happy West Coast IPA beering.

Aug 19, 2006
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Troyone from California

3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick hazy apple juice color, has lots of carb action, and a three inch head with stability that dissipates slowly with lots of lacing.

The smell has a sweet cookie caramel malt; moderate flowery, herbal pine, and fruity hops; and hints of banana, pineapple, and licorice background.

A moderately sweet, lightly acidic, and lightly bitter taste; with the flavor that resembles the smell - cookie caramel malt, light perfumy flowery pine, light grapefruit, and orange hops, and hints of honey, pepper, and flat cola.

Mouthfeel has a light body, watery texture, soft slmost flat carbonation, and chalky flat finish.

The ideal session beer when cask conditioned and served with handpump.

Feb 07, 2005
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Dukeofearl from California

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden typical of west coast IPAs. A thin off-white head compliments the beer, and a nice lacing sticks to the sides as this one goes down....

Aroma is nicely hoppy- floral and piney, but not very oily. The flavor is about the hops- it's not overly hopped, but that is the main reason to drink this beer. Nicely floral, but I pick up more of the oily hops notes that I don't care for as much. I am sure this is because of the type of hops used, but I am not experienced enough to know which.

The alcoholicnotes are not as strong as in some IPAs, and this one is lower in ABV than some- good notes for that. I like lower ABV brews that still can give a strong flavor profile

Gives off the "hop burp" (sorry if that's rude to say) more strongly than some I've had.

Overall, not bad- I enjoy it in my current hop phase, but there's some I like better.

Jun 10, 2005
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baiser from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful IPA - full of hop aroma, fruity, malty and very enticing. Pours copper brown, with a frothy white head, good lacing and syrupy feel. Great balance - cascade hops, roasty flavour, good amount of malt and a strong, dry bitter finish. Very bold and full of flavour. No weaknesses at all. Highly drinkable.

Jun 20, 2005
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Zorro from California

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy bronze brew.

Smell is strong hops and a slight tart scent.

Taste is malty and strongly of cascade hops. Strong grapefruit flavor and a bit oily in taste.

Mouthfeel is good.

This is a brew that hopheads will love, I like a more balance and a more complex flavor. Still it is a drinkable brew.

May 26, 2004
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IceAce from California

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Firm linen white collar of foam. Beer is medium copper color with a slight haze.

Aroma: Definative snappy hop aroma...Cascade and Northern.

Taste: This one is straight from the Hop Channel....all hops, all the time. Very sweet and very quality IPA-like dry finish.

Mouthfeel: A wee touch thin on the malt side of the equation...but the stickiness of the Cascades more than make up for any potential shortcommings.

Drinkability: This one would never be turned down at my place!

Mar 11, 2004
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nvsblman from Arizona

3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a color somewhere between copper and amber with about half a finger of fluffy head. The aromy is citrusy with a little pine in the background. Also noticing some caramel. The taste is very much like an English IPA, a nice hoppy flavor with a well balanced malt profile. Not as hoppy as the aroma might indicate. The mouthfeel was a little thin. Not a bad beer, just not what I expected from an American IPA.

Nov 29, 2005
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MuddyFeet from North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dang, incredibly carbonated. Huge head that overflowed the edges of the glass. Cakesheet-like lacing. Very hazy peachish-orange. Nose is slightly citrus hops. Quite snappy and floral.

Flavor is a fairly toned down American IPA. Very smotth and drinkable. The hops are citrus--but more of the grapefruit or unripe orange. Some lemon zest. Malts provide a slightly caramelly backbone. Medium to full body, this beer holds up well even after it warms. Solid beer.

Jun 10, 2006
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watermelonman from California

3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really like the color of this beer, so it still looks good although the head and lace are a little weak. The color is mostly of dark bronze minor tones of red.

The smell has minor malts with a good amount of hops. It comes out really well. The taste isn't too bad either, with the same hops apparent both up front and through the finish.

I'd personally give this thing a little more balance, but it remains drinkable anyway.

Jun 17, 2004
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carln26 from Missouri

4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at the Hop Yard in Pleasanton, CA. This is right next to the brewery, and the beer was wonderfully fresh. Hazy copper color, with a nice sized white head. Wonderful fresh hop aroma. The nose has some grapefruit a little orange, pine hop. The flavor mirrors the nose well. It has a lot of the citrus, light caramel sweetness. A little floral hop bitterness on the finish. Slick slightly dry mouth feel. Very drinkable. Very nice as a fresh draft beer.

Aug 09, 2006
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ojclark from California

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma of malt and floral hops. Clear, golden/amber, frothy off-white head: thick and mostly lasting. Some lacing. Toasty, malty flavor very well balanced with resiny, spicy hop flavor and a good level of bitterness. Some fruity notes in the background. Medium carbonation, creamy mouthfeel with a long, sticky finish and a nicely balanced aftertaste. Very nice.

Feb 17, 2008
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kmpitz2 from Tennessee

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Initial pour gives me a nice deep copper to light amber color with a 2 finger big bubbly head that falls slowly leaving nice sticky lace. An additional pour gives a bit of yeast into the mix, clouding up the brew nicely. Nose is moderately citrusy over a chunky sweet caramel base. The is a bit of earthy hop going on in there as well. Flavor is nice. Very solid bitter herbal blast hits initially, but not offensively. This falls back behind a moderate caramel maltyness and a fairly big citrusy grapefruity hop. Finish returns to a mellow bitter lingering on the sides of the tongue. Tasty beer. Feel is towards the thick end of moderate with a solid moderate carbonation. Overall, a very tasty beer. The nose is not as good as I would like. A touch more brilliant hop would be nice, but I'll still take it. I'd drink it again.

Jan 31, 2006
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meathookjones from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This pours out a hazy deep amber with an off white head that towered out of the glass and I had to wait for it to die down to finish the pour. The head collapse into a mountainous landscape leaving chucks of lace in its demise. Smell is comprised of citric hops with a touch of earthiness to it and not much in the way of malt. The taste was heavily biased towards the hops as expected with big citric hops dominated a small sweet malt backbone. The after taste was fairly bitter with a citric touch to it. The mouthfeel on this was thinner than I would expect, but not so much as to hurt the experience. Good drinkability if you are in a hoppy mood, I would come back to this one again.

Aug 26, 2004
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misterscooter from California

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For all the times I've been to the Hopyard (next to Hoptown), I've never had a Hoptown brew. So, of course, I had to order it when I was elsewhere.

Not much head on this orange/brown/amber beer, only about 1/2 inch with some sticking to the side. The smell is orange candy dipped in dark chocolate underneath the essence of beer.

Feels good in your mouth, just a bit of a tingle. The malty orange is there with mild hoppiness. Only a little bitterness so it didn't feel or taste like the IPAs I'm used to so the taste is down a bit for an IPA. Otherwise, I would have it at a 4.0 because I did like it.

Sep 27, 2005
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sloejams from Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My local shop (Cap N Cork in Los Angeles) just started carrying Hoptown products. With the name Hoptown, I’m heading for the IPA and it better be fucking hoppy.

It pours a nice, clean amber color with a frothy head. Great lacing. Yup, it was hoppy – a pleasant mix of floral and citrus scents. The taste was sweeter than I expected – nice, round caramel taste with pine hops swimming about it. A few sips and I was digging it. It was very easy drinking.

California doing IPAs right, again and again.

Feb 16, 2006
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neonbrown82 from Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer was amazing from the pour to the finish. Thanks to axisjones for sending this in his BIF20 package, and to mentor for sharing it with me. Started off with a beautiful and fluffy cascading head that laced well to the glass.

Smell is amazing. Smells like amarillo hops maybe. Very grapefruity and tangerine. Smells like it was just pulled from secondary earlier this morning. The dry hopped freshness is great.

The taste is very well balanced. It is not very highly bitter, but instead the hop profile is biased towards the aroma, which extends into the taste
with a subdued hop bitterness and a pungent fruity aroma.

The mouthfeel is a bit light, but very highly refreshing. Has a mildly dry finish that really brings out the subtle hoppy and malty flavors in the aftertaste.

If only I could get this here in Iowa, I would drink the ever living shit out of this beer. As I was telling mentor earlier as we were sharing the bottle, the one thing that bothers me about trading is that if I find an exemplary beer such as this, it is disappoint that I might not be able to drink it again.

Jun 23, 2005
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CharlesDarwin from Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed November 26, 2006. On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Light wisp of coarse lemony hops. Orange golden-fringed pour. Rim of whitish. Flavor is a light, nice almost raisiny malt character, backed with a heavy hand of hops, in sweet candied orange peel cirtus and lot of both white and ruby red grapefruit character. Some candied ginger and light cherries back this one out of becoming too uninteresting. Another well done, yet not exciting IPA.

Dec 19, 2006
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poluti from Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour is a pale orange with a nice white head. The smell was very hoppy (which is a good thing), however after a couple wafts I the balance between the hoppy scent and the alcohol seemed to fade and the alcohol prevailed. I found the malt bill to be a little too sweet. Possibly too many unfermentable sugars for my taste. It was pleasant, however not enough hop work for my tastes. The bittering hops weren't as prevelant as the aroma and finishing hops . I found the mouthfeel to be pleasant but nothing special. I originally had the drinkability lower, but looking back it is about par for the course.

Oct 29, 2005
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DogFood11 from California

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance was really nice and inviting...Huge frothy head that you have to pour with care to keep under control, great lacing and deep orange color...

Citrusy hops are touching the fine line of overkill. Touching the line is a good thing sometimes and in this case it pulls through nicely. Some lighter fruits combine with orange peel and grapefruit to make for a lipsmacking good brew.

mouthfeel was a bit stinging.

Jul 12, 2005
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magictrokini from California

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orange-gold pour with a fluffy white head. Clean, hoppy, citrus aroma with some grass. The taste mirrors the aroma. The hops are prominent and taste fresh. Good malt back really compliments this beer. I had this after the DUIPA, and I gotta say, this was much better in terms of balance and taste.

Dec 09, 2008
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SethB2 from California

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Lagunitas pint glass.

This is an exeptional looking beer. Burnt orange, non transparent with a head that lasts for what seems like forever. Looks very nice. Smell is hoppy, but mostly piney hops in my opinion. Taste bitter right off the bat, but the malts do make a brief appearance before finishing bitter and dry. Very nice. Mouthfeel and drinkability are also good.

This isn't my favorite IPA, but Hoptown does a very nice job with this one and I would recommend it to anyone who loves hops. Nicely done.

Apr 02, 2006
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IntriqKen from California

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rustic golden orange fills the glass with a little yeast floating in suspension. Nice single finger head that melts to a rim of sticky lacing.
Aroma is all about hops...Cascade and Centinial...fresh, citrusy and green.
Taste surprisingly has a malt thickness and sweetness that is reminiscent of a DIPA. As you swallow though, pleasantly bitter citrus hops take over...pineapple at first...then orange, finishing with grapefruit. Just a hint of sweetness blending in with the hops at the end reminds you again of the DIPA similarities.
Finish is drying...not cloying at all.
This is a complex, yet straightforward IPA...a wonderful marriage of malt and hops and something I would like to keep in the fridge all of the time.

Oct 14, 2006
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from fartingdog, courtesy of Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very sweet and very hoppy with fruity citrus and some caramelized malts.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with a strong burst of floral hops bitterness up front. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of caramel and citrus to tone things down. The malt character is good but on the light side for the style. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Quite tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is yet another excellent West Coast IPA that I could enjoy for a whole evening, since it’s so light for an IPA and has an ABV level low enough to allow you to go with it for a while. Overall, I think this is a very good beer.

Oct 25, 2007
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ChillMike from Alabama

3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky light-amber color, a smallish off white head that leaves some nice lacing. Smells of pine, citrus, malts and a hint of raisin. Wow not what I expected in as way of taste, extremely malty flavor, also tastes of earth with the hops not really appearing till the aftertaste. Not a bad beer by any sorts but it really doesn’t strike me as a pure IPA, it’s almost like it’s an IPA trying to include a porter flavor. Interesting beer but definitely not my favorite IPA

Jun 03, 2006
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