Cloud Hopper Imperial IPA | Free State Brewing Co.

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Cloud Hopper Imperial IPACloud Hopper Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Free State Brewing Co.
Kansas, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by LambicPentameter on 05-10-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
89
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
30.89%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
16
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 89
Reviews by LambicPentameter:
Photo of LambicPentameter
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on-tap from Blanc Burgers + Bottles in Leawood, KS. Poured into a Belgian-style tulip glass

Appearance - An enticing golden-orange hue with some haziness throughout. Head is a generous finger of creamy foam. Lingers for quite awhile and leaves moderate sticky lacing as I drink it down.

Smell - Could be more aromatic, but the notes that I do get are pleasant and floral, however I detect a little bit of fruitiness as well. Perhaps a promise to come in the taste?

Taste - Very easy-drinking, with the floral aroma giving way to more of a grapefruit taste. However, the floral element is still there and softens the pungency of the grapefruit and citrus notes. Some hints of piney resin as well as a subtle malt base.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and an excellent brew to pair with food. Carbonation is just enough to give a some depth to each drink, but doesn't overpower.

Overall a solid IIPA that is very drinkable. If given a choice between Cloud Hopper and some other similar-strength IIPAs, I would probably choose Cloud Hopper on principle of supporting a local brewpub. Not as hop-forward as many IIPAs, but a very good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of mojohawk21
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Beaver13
4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
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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Photo of Dbrulet
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Rich copper color. Minimal head and brilliant clarity. Looks more like an a maibock. Pine like hop aroma with a bit of a caramel malt aroma. If I had not known it was supposed to be a double IPA I'm not sure what I would call it now. The taste is heavy pine hops with a strong malt backbone. The grapefruit hop flavor is intense,followed by a strong malt presence,and then a long, lingering bitter grapefruit fade. Mouthfeel is a bit chewy and sticky,appropriate to the style.

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Photo of HoppySeb
3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of schoon
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sgttibbs
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of RDW
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of tyalan
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BBD of either June or July of 2014, not sure about that, but smells fresh...

Pours an effervescent copper/orange with a finger of cream colored head. Great lacing & pretty good head retention

S: Catty notes, leafy hops & tangerine

T: Pineyness, orange peel, cattiness & pineapple up front. Some cakeyness as this warms, but mostly leafy hops, a touch of pine & tobacco & dryness, plus grassiness. Finishes dry, with a hint of aspirin, much pine, some lemon grass & pineapple & just a flash of booze heat & leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, good balance, warming

Solid DIPA, not great, well worth picking up a 4-pack, drinks very easy

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BlazedNug
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Basoos1
4.51/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BBD : 9 14

Dark hazy orange, saturated color, lots of visible carbonation. Clinging collar of parchment colored foam, thin broken skim eventually forms after the thin cap of foam subsides.

Aroma of toast, dried citrus peel, and caramel malt. Flavors of pine, dried grapefruit peel, dried florals, and caramel malt. Firm residual bitterness in the aftertaste. Body is medium to full, thankfully not sticky sweet. I was able to drink two over the course of an hour. Would try this again fresher, it seemed to be a decent DIPA especially for the price.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Faroveryonder
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of st9647v3
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ThickNStout
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from LambicPentameter (thanks man!). Best by 8/14, so I assume bottled 5/14. Served in a goblet.

Pours a brilliant orange gold with a one and a half finger pale cap. A halo and island of head remain, depositing a good bit of lace.

Dank, sweet nose. Floral, rubber, citrus, bread and mild caramel. Not bad but a bit "off" from expected for the style.

Flavor is notably better than aroma. Bitter sweet tangerine, petals, mildly dank (but not overpowering) onion/garlic, grapefruit, caramel, bread, peppery spice and a pronounced but fitting alcohol. This strikes a balance between dank and citrus hops that I've not experienced before.

Sticky, slick medium feel with lively carbonation. Lingering bittersweet aftertaste of rind, earthy floral and bready malt sweetness.

Good stuuf here. Well balance on a few levels- between types of hop flavor, between hop bitterness/ malt sweetness and between strength/ drinkability. Perhaps not earth shattering but this is really nice.

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Photo of beernewbie285
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
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 KevinScharlau
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Biff_Tannen
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of swaghawk
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of csmalley
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Allurex
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Cloud Hopper Imperial IPA from Free State Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.
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