Thomas Hooker Hop Meadow IPA | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

very good
521 Ratings
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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2/5  rDev -49.4%

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2.44/5  rDev -38.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

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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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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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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

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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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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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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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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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2.99/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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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Thomas Hooker Hop Meadow IPA from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 521 ratings.
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