Thomas Hooker Hop Meadow IPA | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Thomas Hooker Hop Meadow IPAThomas Hooker Hop 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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Photo of Lupe
2.54/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Golden amber in color and slightly hazed. Almost no head to speak of, just a thin sheet - could be from the pour? (I was in a beer bar so perhaps not). No lace left behind.

Pungent hop aroma of grapefruit, lemon, pine, and grass. A caramel maltiness is peeks in after a few whiffs, but hops completely dominate. Nice aroma, can see why this was named Hop Meadow.

Starts of a with faint caramel sweetness, but that is quickly destroyed by sheer hop bitterness. Overwhelming hops with pine resin that just lasts too long. Sharp citrus that is just too much. Very one dimensional - and not a pleasant one at that. More malt please for the sake of some balance.

Medium in body and abrasive on the tongue. Feels like my tongue got into a fight.

Could not finish, just too bitter. I've been on a real hop kick lately but this one is just too much. More straight unbalanced hop bitterness than any other beer I've had. Not enjoyable at all.

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Photo of crossovert
2.65/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle born on 2011-05-18.

It pours a medium amber with a foamy off-white head.

Smell is fruity, sweet and spicy. There is some orange and some herbal notes.

The flavor is malty with a mediocre hoppiness that is sort of blunt. There is a sharp sweetness to start and the middle is okay, the end is just bitterness, not really piney or citrusy, just bitterness. It isn't that bitter.

I have had alot of better IPAs.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.83/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a dark amber with a slight murkiness. A dense, foamy head left lots of sticky, eye-catching lacing.

Smell: Caramel maltiness at once yields to the penetrating hop aroma. Hops smell pungently of grapefruit and orange zest, with a touch of grassiness.

Taste: The brief, weak malt presence is instantly replaced by sheer bitterness. The irritating, acrid taste of pine resin lasts a little too long, eventually becoming sharply offensive. The malts fail to provide any contrasting sweetness to balance this IPA out, sadly leaving it one-dimensional (and unpleasant).

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. The carbonation attempts to lend a touch of smoothness, but it's of no use against such brutal, overwhelming bitterness.

Drinkability: Well, if you're looking for an intensely bitter hop flavor, you'll definitely find it in Thomas Hooker's Hop Meadow IPA. So, there ya go. It's like stumbling around the Death Star and accidentally winding up in Darth Vader's office.

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Photo of msnow34
2.9/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours a dark brown into a pint glass smells carmel with very little head retention
Not much of a hop presence, more of a malty carmel with a little bit of hop aftertaste. Disappointed in this offering and the others in the sampler pack as i had heard great things. Due to the lack of hop presence, I wonder as to the to the freshness of the beer, as i can find no date on both the bottle or the box. I would try again if i could find a single but wouldn't spend the money on the sampler

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.91/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to connecticutpoet for sending this one my way.

A: Poured a slightly hazy, rather dark amber/copper color. One finger of white head formed a dissipated within moments to a little of foam, decent lacing.

S: A little bit of piney hops up front, but mostly malt based. Lots of caramel and doughy malts.

T: Again, a little bit of pine and floral hop components, but it is much heavier in the way of malts. A little bit of a grainy flavor, some caramel and doughy malt.

M: Medium bodied, has a slickness to it. Slight bitter finish.

O: A bit of a let down, unknown bottling date as I couldn't find one, would give it another try though.

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Photo of elgiacomo
2.94/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, best by Nov 3, 2010. Maybe a May 3rd bottling? Reviewed on July 3, 2010.

Pours fairly hazy copper/amber with a huge foamy and rocky tan head that leaves a bunch of clumpy rings of lacing and holds a foamy island and ring.

Floral and grassy hops and a lot of caramel on the nose, pretty bready and yeasty, for an IPA it is pretty weak.

Flavor starts grassy and floral, some fruit, pear & sour apple, caramel malt sweetness in the middle and good bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with prickly carbonation.

Average IPA. Too much malt for me for the style...

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Photo of garuda
2.99/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle, stamped 26.10.10 - Is this really a year and a half old?

A - Deep amber, cloudy, one finger thick white head that retains and laces well.

S/T - Ugh, from the first whiff I can just tell its an IPA thats not my style. Thick caramel malts up front, hops come in after with with some grapefruit flesh and bitter pine hops in the long finish. The caramel malt is just too strong, with sweetness lingering. Give me something much more hop forward.

M - Full body, thick and creamy across the palate, finishing dry with a touch of heat.

O - Just not a fan of these deep amber IPAs with huge malt bases. They don't allow the hops to take the stage. I'll revisit this one if I can confirm its fresh.

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Photo of SaucyA
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Holy foamy head batman. This is getting rated a two. Why? Because I'd be upset if I made a beer that looked like this. The head is four fingers of infected foam. There are yeast floaties emitting streams of bubbles, and the body looks carbonated like champagne. Minus the floaties and giant head, I guess it looks decent. Like a hazy, bronze IPA. If Jolly Pumpkin did an IPA, it'd look like this.

S - Reasonable, floral hops. A perfumey mixture of sweet yeast notes and grassy hops. No real malt noted in the nose.

T - The head is still three fingers but I'm diving in. Y'know... this isn't bad. I thought it was gonna be infected, but... I guess it's just a little wild. Tastes mostly of bitter, metallic, earthy hops with a slight twinge of beefy malts. Not particularly the best put together IPA I've ever had. The more I drink it, the more I taste random off flavors.

M - Soda. Fizzy.

D - Uff.

Notes: How come Liberator was so damn good?

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Photo of hopburster
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Maudite snifter. Thanks to naloxene for providing this beer as an extra!

A: Pours light, hazy, orangish amber with a 1 finger white head. Head recedes quickly, leaving minimal lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Piney up front with biscuity malt overtures...not picking up much in the way of floral or fruity hop presence.

T: Biscuity malt taste dominates the initial impression with a medium piney hop presence on the finish. I really enjoy hop-forward IPAs and I feel like the hops in this IPA have been relegated to second place behind the malty characteristics.

M: Medium body, oily mouthfeel and little to none of the lingering bitterness I like in an IPA.

D: Decent, solid IPA...not at the top of the class, but solid nonetheless.

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Photo of mully
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a -- hazy caramel color thin head falls quickly but hangs on valiently

s-- malty - brown sugar --a litte hop freshness

t-- probably aged too long - mellow hops malt sugars - rasins brown sugar --

m-- slightly watery - not full

d -- could drink plenty but would choose not to

maybe my bottle was old I would like to try it fresh

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber to red in color with a light tan head. Sweet malts are evident in the aroma and mix with a little sweet citrus and lemon smell, but also some pineyness and some alcohol. Taste is predominantly the piney hops, a little light lemon and honey sweetness, followed by a spicy hop bitterness and alcohol finish. Good size medium body and creamy texture for an ipa, but with a nice pepperiness on the tongue that cuts through the smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is fairly evident for its strength. Although the drinkability is good, by the end of 22 ounces, I was ready to move on, and would prefer, if available, a smaller serving size.

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Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Dark brown in color with little head and acing. Looks and smells like and English IPA with notes toffee and caramel aromas. Hops? Their present but play more of a cameo role. A very interesting take on the style, different from all the other American styles I've tasted. Much prefer the cloudy orange and pine myself. Probably won't try again, but recommended for those who prefer the English style IPA.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at just over fridge temperature in a pint glass. Thanks to Ego for crossing the border to bring this one back from NY...

Appearance- Pours a glorious sunset red, creating at the same time a Cool Whip-esque creamy off white topper. Full, sticky lacing with a few breaks line the inside of my glass.

Smell- The nose on this beer is very interesting... in addition to the sweet hop profile, there is a big, fat maltiness that more than balances the aroma. Creamy and slick aren't words I often use to describe a beer's smell, but they do apply here. Notes of vanilla beans and sweet cream round out the nose... chlorine... I'm floored at how much of a back seat the hops take.

Taste- A firm malt backbone grips the tongue and envelops it completely, deferring slightly to the hops and then turning over its power completely in the long, mouth puckering bitterness. I'm surprised at how average (at best) this ranks to other well known IPAs... there are tannins present in the aroma and especially on the palate that detract from my enjoyment here.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Much too light for a great IPA, as the carbonation is weak overall and can't carry the load... it 's frankly boring. For the style, there are better options.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours to a frothy beige head, lots of carbonation evident, and amber color. This beer is very clear for a hop bomb. Aroma is spicy hops with a honey and malt background. Flavor is very hoppy, dry and bitter. The mouthfeel is light-medium with some astringency. An OK beer but nothing I would seek out.

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Photo of joepais
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured a good two fingers worth of head on top of clear amber body lace runs down the glass as you drink it

Smells of very malt forward then piney hops comes into play

I get a metallic flavor then some good hoppy bitter

Medium mouthfeel slight oiliness in the finish

Drinkability is good. I call this an average IPA maybe I'm spoiled I've been drinking some great ones lately

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Photo of leif86
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark ruby body - a little hazy. Light tan head, about two fingers worth, leaves good lacing.

S: A little fruit and a little caramel - some citrus hop aroma in the back.

T: Helllo alcohol - a little more than I'd like in a simple IPA. Some grapefruit hop flavor and bitterness (that lingers and tingles).

M: Little sticky, maybe a little bit more than I'd like, but still good.

D: Not bad but certainly far from my favorite IPAs. I could see myself drinking this but not paying for it - just not that good.

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Photo of Gmann
3.34/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour a hazy dirt brown color with little to no head. Looks a lot like iced tea. The aroma is of fading grassy hops, floral. There is a faint honey sweetness as well. The taste has a grassy and piney flavor but it appears that the hop flavor is fading away. The hops are coupled with a toasted malt that produces a rusty and lemony flavor. The feel is light with soft carbonation, finishes with a dry bitterness. I am guessing this is an old sample since it came in a 12 pack that also had their Oktoberfest. The hops are still kicking but it is more of a stale earthy bitter hop. Will need to try a fresher sample.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy light brown topped by a one finger offwhite tightly bubbled head. Decent retention and thin but very sticky lacing down the glass.

Big caramel malt nose that's very doughy. Good hop balance that's slightly piney.

Sharp caramel malt again that's very dry with a tad bit of hops but not enough.

This beer could really use more hops.

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Photo of
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle, courtesy of scthaden - Thanks!

Clear, amber color. Mid-sized, creamy, light tan head.

Aroma was grapefruit and grass, with a touch of caramel.

Much more bitter than sweet - grapefruit in character. Crackery in middle. Pepper at finish. Grassy finish which lingers well into aftertaste.

Medium body, with low to medium carbonation. Dry.

Pretty good. I rarely say this, but I think this beer would be improved by a little more balance. Hops are great, but could use a stronger malt contrast to show them off better. As it stands, a bit too one dimensional.

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Photo of mentor
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bomber provided by Sulldaddy. Thanks for the opportunity. Pours a two-finger tan-orange head over swamp-murky orangish brown liquid. Smells piney, grapefruit pith, and pineapple. Winterfresh clean, yet sour white grape and sharply dried ragweed. Taste starts smooth sweet before a gentle pine-sol jumps in. During the swallow, this changes to a really rough grassy citrus (potent grapefruit pith with some orange rind). The aftertaste reveals that the sour has persisted and it hangs around in the aftertaste for a good long time. Beneath the sour, the aftertaste also holds sourish nectarine and aged cherry. Sorry, but whatever this hop schedule is, it doesn't work for me. Keep the pine resin in the forest.

Man, the head just hung around and hung around. It formed thick coagulated mats of dense foam and left incredible lacing on the inside of the glass. Medium-light body (but creamy smooth) and moderately carbonated. The carb is sharp and adds an acrid sting on parts of my tongue and the roof of my mouth (middle of my palette, to be precise).

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Photo of ImusBeer
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was a mystery beer a my Taco Mac

Poured a reddish amber with a small head, off white in color with a small bit of lacing.

Aromas of citrus and pine are there and are also present in the taste with the addition of a malt sweetness.

It is medium hoppy with a light sour aftertaste, thin and a bit watery on the tongue. A nice medium ipa, nothing out of the ordinary and nothing really to see, move along.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Looks of an unfiltered IPA, which in my opinion is kind of ugly. Color is a nice deep orange/amber brown with a 1/2 inch of sticky head.

S - Well this one isn't going to be very bold. Mostly caramel malts as listed in the description with mild hopping.

T - Not that bad, borderline's one an "English" IPA being more herbal of hops and fairly sweet. Not bad just not that great.

M - Light to medium this IPA goes down easy.

Overall defiantly not sure how old these are since I see no "bottled on" date but aside that I can think of better IPA's with not only more hop flavor but more ABV and even more ABV. Not bad Connecticut.

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Photo of shand
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

Pours a hazy orange-amber colour with two fingers of head that retains and laces decently. Smell is very hoppy, a tad more astringent than I'd like, possibly due to the cleaner-like citrus. The taste is also good, but still stuck with a bit of that astringent citrus and hop quality that bothered me from the nose. Caramel malts are also present. Not bad, but still too strong on the household cleaners for me.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied and well-carbonated. The drinkability is quite good, it hits the tongue first with it's best foot, so I took big gulps on my way down. This one is strange. I picked up a six-pack of this, and all but one of the bottles I had presented this astringent quality that really hurts the brew quality. As this was my last one, and the fifth in a row that showcased this quality, I'm reviewing them like this.

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Photo of smcolw
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The cask version of this beer is very different from the bottle. First, casks tend to emphasize the subtleties of a particular beer. In this case, there's a strong maple syrup sweetness that is drawn out--too much so. Second, the warmer temperature detracts, rather than enhancing, from the flavor. Third, the flavor profile puts the into the Old Ale category with a large kick of hops.

It's not bad, just confused.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11/9/07- Received via BA Talisker as a gift.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info to be found. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Presentation- Amber colored pour with a 1/2 inch head upon pour, a light rim remains for the duration. Light and quick evaporating lace sheeting to be found.

Smell- Really wonderful boquet of grapefruit and orange hops combined with pine needles. Also a light whiff of caramel malt in the background.

Taste- One of the first times where the scent has totally fooled and bamboozeled me. Well, at least the malt part. This is a hopfest beer all the way...maybe just a wee tiny minute hint of any kind of malt in this one. Pine needles and furious bitter grapefruit lash out at you. No sweetness at all, just bitter as hell hops.

Mouthfeel- Thankfully not extra long lasting hop bitterness in the aftertaste and a mid range carbonation level.

Drinkability- Might be giving this one a bit higher marks than it deserves in my book. I like at least a touch of some balance in my IPA. It's like on of those single hop experiment beers. Pretty brutal and tough to get down. The scent is a positive point though.

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