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Cloud Hopper Imperial IPA | Free State Brewing Co.

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Cloud Hopper Imperial IPACloud Hopper Imperial IPA
BA SCORE
3.76/5
Very Good
94 Ratings
Cloud Hopper Imperial IPACloud Hopper Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Free State Brewing Co.
Kansas, United States
freestatebrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by LambicPentameter on 05-10-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,093
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
94
pDev:
12.5%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
20
Trade:
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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of Whitesheep
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ok, so I am drinking this out of a paper cup in a Hampton in Wichita and it is hard to get a good look at this beer. Here goes anyway. Pass on the "look," smell is nothing special but the taste (what matters) is really good. At 100 IBU this is a hop lovers beer. If I could get this in Phoenix I would make it my beer for special occasions only because it is 9% ABV and expensive at $10 for 4. Otherwise I would drink it often. Feel is just fine for a high ABV Imperial IPA, but nothing special. Overall gets a boost because taste gets a higher weight from me.

If you like IPA's and are in a place, like a Hampton, where you can survive the high ABV, this beer is the bomb.

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Photo of zombles222
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeyMcD86
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank out of a shaker glass.

Look: light to medium amber with a medium to medium plus haze.

Aroma: big malts and yeast on the nose. Some burnt orange poking through.

Taste: aroma translates to the palate along with a nondescript bitterness which heightens the burnt orange flavor and covers up the high alcohol content.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin for 9.2%. On the plus side it's not syrupy.

Overall(style points): at 9.2% this beer is a huge malt bomb. It has enough bitterness to counteract sweetness but no where near enough hoppy flavor and aroma. 83.5 points.

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Photo of barczar
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is very piney, with significant caramel malt sweetness. Muted grapefruit and floral notes add depth.

Flavor is on the sweet side initially, a touch vegetal, citrusy, then becomes very bitter in the biting finish. More bitter than I'd prefer. Aftertaste is earthy.

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Photo of fredmugs
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JISurfer
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid DIPA had on draft at the brewery. Wasn't crazy bitter, nice balance of malts and hops, not boozy at all. Clean finish with no cloying bitterness afterwards. Would get again if I was in the area. Don't know if I ever will be again though.

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Photo of Groenebeor
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of schoon
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aratcliffe
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CotterEU
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wapcap
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer gets better every year. Deceptively smooth and balanced, the hops comes through on the entire beer. Very well done!

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Photo of beernewbie285
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Being an IPA lover I found this to be a bit much the hop flavor was great smell and color but the bitterness was very high. Having had beers with more of a hop profile with half the bitter I would not buy this one again. Perhaps it is just the difference in imperial vs. Double or triple IPA. I will still continue trying free state beers this having been the first one. I am still very hopeful for the brand.

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Photo of AGoodStout
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Halfbrother83
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Sixpoint
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of blasass
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tone
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, gold color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of piney hops, citrus hops, alcohol, slight sweet malt, hint of yeast, hint of citrus, and strong resin. Fits the style of an American / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of piney hops, citrus hops, strong resin, sweet malt, alcohol, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, and feel.

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Photo of gruss004
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sweffin
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 30helens
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Smitch
3.04/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beaver13
4.67/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy orange amber with a small creamy off white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel malt, tropical fruit and some piney hops.

The flavor is sweet caramel malt, tropical fruit and piney resiny hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a very nicely balanced DIPA. Great blend of sweet caramel malt, fruits and piney hops.

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3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kraty1
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Cloud Hopper Imperial IPA from Free State Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 94 ratings
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