Hop Meadow IPA | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Hop Meadow IPAHop Meadow IPA

Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of Bravo, Amarillo, Cascade, and Centennial hops give this beer a crisp, hoppy flavor. Dry hopping with Centennial gives this beer a beautiful aroma of citrus notes. Balanced but complex, this beer is a refreshing brew.

63 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2004

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Ratings: 530 |  Reviews: 303
Reviews by groetman:
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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Photo of Jason
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

A- Deep reddish amber glows in the light with great clarity, nice frothy off-white head leaves behind a very sticky lace.

S- Suggestions of chocolate mint, grapefruit, blond tobacco and a steely caramel.

T&M- So damn smooth in a medium body. Nice wallop of hops that throws a ton of flavor as well as a long sharp bitterness. Rounded malt sweetness hold the ale together, hints of toasted biscuit and caramel ... more toasted though. Long lingering hop character of pungent grapefruit with a mild warming fruit ester in the back.

D- Hands down one of the best IPAs in the world, balanced in a way but the hoppiness is controlled chaos and I love it.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first offering from Thomas Hooker and I have to say I was a little dissapointed.Poured a slight hazed copper/brown with a tight half finger head,aromas didnt really jump out at ya there was a piney hop presence along with some caramel and brwon sugar notes.The hop character of this beer is more of a dry resiny type type over top of a big sweet malt base of caramel and sweet biscuit the resiny hop profile comes thru more in the finish but to me seemed subdued a bit.Not a bad beer by any means but just not what I had expected.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hooker Hop Meadow IPA. 6.5% alcohol content.

A- Pours a heavily tainted amber-orange color with excellent off-white head that falls to a nice floating ring around the glass. Slightly more amber than most ipas is drink, but very nice color. Lacing sticks to the glass and remains for the whole 12.ozs.

S- Complex and appearent scents of carmel malts, hop oil, and slightly grassy.

T- Fresh hops upfront, followed by a nicely balanced malty middle that is finished by mildly sweet-bitter twang. Very well brew ipa for daily drinking.

M-D- Mouthfeel is a smooth with mild cabonation that bubbles on the tongue to make this easily consumable. Great all-round ipa.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Hop Meadow pours from the bomber a deep brownish red color with a nice frothing bubbly khaki head sitting nicely atop the brew. Red and orange flashes when lightstruck. Quite a dark brew for an IPA. Aromas of rich, thick pine sap collide with pink grapefruit slices. Big sweet caramel and bread dough aromas underneath.

First sip brings an upfront hop onslaught in the form of raw, sticky piney hop resins alongside some mellower citric tones. There's a nice caramelly bread dough maltiness that provides a nice chewy aspect to the brew. Bitter from the first sip all the way down. Leaves a slightly dry aftertaste with lingering bitterness. An interesting IPA overall.

Mouthfeel is big and chewy. Mellow carbonation works well and the brew goes down smooth. I'll have no problem taking down this bomber and wouldn't mind more! Raw, earthy bitter hops abound. This one is worth seeking out. Thanks to goodbyeohio for hooking me up with this at the Dark Lord release party.

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Photo of blitz134
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Voluminous light tan head on the pour. Tight bubbles interspersed well with a clump of large bubbles. Caramel amber in color. Perfectly clear, sparkles in the glass. Sticky lace clings to the sides of the glass. This is what an IPA should look like, plain and simple.

Aroma is sweet, lots of cotton candy. Then pine and floral hops dominate. Flavor comes across starkly different than the aroma. Lots of hop complexity. Starts floral with some biscuit malts then goes to some resinous notes and finishes with some noble, herbal notes. Progressively bitter as it sits on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is full and coats well. Really hangs around for a while. Drinkability is nice as well. Overall a very good IPA. Flavor profile is somewhat typical of that found in other brews, but this one is just a step up. Nicely done for a 6.5% abv brew.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Very pretty beer. Dark red/amber with a small tan head and a little bit of lacing. It had mostly a floral aroma, but there was a noticeable pine aroma, as well as a tiny bit of citrus. A hoppy taste, primarily pine and citrus. The taste just kept coming, and didn't fade. A pretty well-balanced IPA, not too aggressive. Could drink a few of these.

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Photo of sponberg
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gracias to fellow BA Venom for the bomber!

Pours a beautiful red-amber with a pillowy soft light tan colored head that hangs around a good long time. Aroma of slightly sweet toasted malt behind a firm layer of grassy, piney hops. Very nice.

The initial sip is nicely hoppy, a piney sword in a caramel toasted malt sheath. The middle of the sip yields the best balance, with some slightly toffee like maltiness joining in the toasty, hoppy party. Then the hop bitterness kicks in - this one finishes with a long, lasting lupulin bitterness that sits on the back of the tongue for minutes afterwards, with toasted grain and toffee apple malt shadows in the background.. I'm digging each of the flavors, but somehow they just don't flow - it's a little disjointed. Yet I find myself wanting another and another sip, because that finishing bitterness is SO addictive. Great hop burps if you're into that sort of thing. Appropriately slightly chewy mouthfeel.

I just keep thinking... I wonder what this would be like on cask? Or even better, a growler to really get to wallow in that ending bitterness kick.

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Photo of TTripp725
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of alobasso13
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Doomcifer
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh, Hooker. This is one of my staple IPA's and figured Id write a few things about it.

Pours a reddish hued amber color which is pretty dark for a regular IPA, leading one to believe there is a good malty backbone present. And right you would be to believe so. Great fluffy off-white head which leaves behind impressive lacing as well. Smells of fruity, citrus hops and caramelly malts. Great smelling brew.

As you sip this beer, you notice the balancing presence of malts poking through with caramel tasteiness and a nice citrus hop presence up front. The finish is a little dry and more astringent. This is one of the most balanced IPA's that I have tried which makes it ridiculously drinkable. Goes down smooth as silk.

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Photo of merlin48
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle obtained via trade with Brewfan, shared with mntover on Jan 18, 2006. Pours a chill hazed, copper amber body topped by two fingers of thick and creamy beige head. Excellent head retention eventually gives way to profuse, sticky patch lace. Body exhibits some fascinating carbonation action in the nature of thousands of mini-bubbles.

Aroma is very nice. Nothing brash, but lots of fresh leafy hops. Fruity and citrusy, with notes of spruce pine in the background. Some caramel maltiness is picked up underneath.

Mouthfeel has a solid medium body, nicely carbonated, with some resinous hop oil.

Taste is hoppier than the aroma, opening with some brash grapefruit rind and pine resin. Dry and bitter hoppiness most of the way through, with some subtle hints of caramel coming into play midway through. Finish is grapefruit hoppy bitterness.

A truly excellent American IPA with a leafy green, bitter hops profile that dominates most of the experience, balanced by a malt bill that is just barely adequate to produce an excellent brew that has exceptional drinkability.

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Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, w/o fresness indication. Pours a rich and menacing dark honey amber, fairly clear, with an off white head, sumptious lacing and a pungent herbal hop nose, yum yum this one is off to a good start! Oh my oh my, this is a fine hoppy IPA, well defined hop crunch, nice malty base. First class all the way, Hooker does not dissapoint, they do not know how to make an inferior quality brew. Well worth a try for all IPA/hop lovers.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple bombers from Acme Liquors thanks to Diversified Imports...well worth the trip until I see them in my area...come on Lukes!
Pours a dark bronze w/ light passing through to make it look appear much lighter. This one is much darker than I was expecting...resembles a typical English IPA IMO.
Dark tan head...a full 2 fingers worth w/ thin but clingy lace.
Aroma is sweet malt w/ some floral hops. Touch of oranges, but the carmelized malt is what is most abundant in the nose.
The flavor is also typical for an English IPA...not overly hoppy and filled w/ bitter perfection. I would consider this one similar to Hop Devil, but not as sweet. Mouthfeel is thin, but average for its style...bitter in its finish.
Drinkability is up there...only 6.5% makes this one hell of a session brew.
So glad I picked this one up...have the Old Marley and Imp. Porter to try after these.

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Photo of Homebrew35
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very clear amber body. Thick fluffy off white two finger head. Creamy lacing with a few large bubbles that cling to the glass, a nice thin white cap lasts for a while.

S:Sweet malts, weirdly some bubble gum and cotton candy, some floral notes, some earthy notes.

T:Sweet at first, a quick punch of bitter earthy hops then a quick transition to tangy slighty metalic wet slightly bitter finish. The end taste keeps me wanting more.

M:Full body, creamy head slides past your lips on every sip. Medium carbonation.

D:I could drink a few of these a night. Quite interesting from the faint smell to the quick hop bite to a lingering wet finish.

I have to say I'm kind of WOW'ed by this. Its a local beer for me and didn't like it in the past but now I think I like it quite a it.
$1.50 in a mixed sixer from Copaco Liquor in Bloomfield.

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Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz long necked brown bottle with a crimped on cap.

Clear,coppery with a 2" off-white pillowy head,good retention leaves a good coating throughout the beer. A few tiny bubbles surfacing not a lot of carbination.

Piney nose,grassy,honeyed carmell,nutty. Moderate nose good pleasing aroma.

Piney hop tastes with lots of grassy/straw tastes.Sweet,honey-like carmellness.Astringent,very well balanced,finishes dry,tart,very puckering good tasting beer really liked the finish.

Meduim body,dry and creamy. Good taste,easy drinking,enjoyable could drink a good bit of these. An average IPA not real extreme very drinkable one I would like to keep on hand. An everyday beer.

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Photo of IPAalways
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of tuowl74a
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WeymouthMike
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This review if from a 22oz bottle I picked up for about $5. For an ipa the beer has a strange bit of a red color but it has a nice inch or so head that hangs around over time and leads to a great deal of lacing. Smells of pine and fruit are easily detectable. This is my second Hooker beer I've tried the other being the Octoberfest which I did enjoy a little more. Overall, this is a good beer at a decent price but for a dollar or so more I'd rather pick up a 6 pack of 60 minute.

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Photo of KOP_Beer_OUtlet
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of far333
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep burnt orange color, with a frothy and thick apricot-colored head. The head fluffs up high like thick meringue that would support the empty bottle. Aroma is pungent and resinous, like a sniff of a bag full of oily hop cones. Hop aroma is sweet and well-balanced between citrus and pine. Flavor is rich and huge upront, assaulting the tip of the tongue with tingly tangy pine needles that transform into pale chewy malts and pulpy orange juice as it rolls across the tongue. Turns next to bitter orange peel at the finish, with a lingering bitter that sends piney notes up the back of the throat to tickle the nose (I actually sneezed). All the while the mouthfeel is smooth and full and creamy, with perfect carbonation. Oily legs of lace run down the glass from top to bottom. Another beauty from this talented brewer.

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Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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