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Thomas Hooker Hop Meadow IPA | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

very good
298 Reviews
Thomas Hooker Hop Meadow IPAThomas Hooker Hop Meadow IPA

Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States | website

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 Sammy
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark appearance, majestically floral hoppy, lace in glass. Very bitter, taste the leaf, very drinkable palate cleaner, light to medium mouthfeel.Malts are there but secondary. Cannot figure what the hops are, neither 2 others on the bomber.Very good IPA, courtesy of Casey(DYCSocccer17).

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Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a copper color, nice fluffy white head on top. The smell of the beer had a good amount of hop aromas and some English malt or yeast aromas in there too. The taste of the beer had a unique spicy hop flavor to it. The aftertaste reminded me of an English pale ale. The mouthfeel of the beer was smooth, nicely carbonated and very drinkable. Overall I thought this was a really nice IPA. I wouldn't mind having it again one day.

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Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that died down rather quickly, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of floral and citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of orange citrus along with hints of caramel malts and floral hops along with a very slight amount of bitterness. Some hints of watermelon are also perceptible.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I felt that this beer seemed to be somewhat weak for an IPA because it didn't deliver much in the way of bitterness from the hops. Apart from this, it is quite balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy amber colored liquid topped by a foamy white head; nice persistece and lacing

Smell: Balanced, with plenty of piney hops and rich caramel

Taste: Caramel up fromnt, big time, with a growing grainy/piney hop bitterness building through mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitter flavor adds some peachy fruit and lingers along with the caramel

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Bitter enough to please the hophead but nicely balanced for those who like a big malt bill

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium brown color ale with a rather large white head with minimal retention. Aroma of citrus hops is really powerful and don’t allow for much else to get through (not that this is necessarily wrong). Taste is also dominated by the citrus hops, which provided quite a bitter beer. Sweet malt can be felt but the hops really covered a lot of ground in this beer. Different then your standard IPA, I even thought I was drinking a DIPA at some point.

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Photo of zeff80
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper, burgundy color with a thick, long-lasting, large head of khaki foam. It left sticky rings of lace down the sides of the glass.

S - Great citrus and pine aromas lead off, followed by some floral notes and sweet caramel scents.

T - This one has a great pine flavor with a sharp bitter hop bite. There is a citrusy taste with a great burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied brew.

D - Of the three Hooker brews I've had, this is by far the best. It really is a great piney, citrusy IPA.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A damn good IPA that I'm proud to say comes from my home state. I like the fact that it isn't a huge hops overload, they're definitely present but don't make the beer too bitter. This increases the overall drinkability of it and make sit well balanced. Now that I'm typing this I kind of want to go out and buy a six pack of this.. it's that good.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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 nickfl
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One and a half fingers of light tan foam on top of a hazy, golden-brown body. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - A moderate aroma of spicy pine hops with a little bit of lemon. Some light toasted grain and caramel in the background for balance.

T - Sweet, toasty malt up front with some floral hop notes. The hop character intensifies towards the middle and is boosted by some apple-like yeast notes and a hint of honey from the malt. Finishes with fruity, floral hops and strong, sweet honey malt as well as a bit of toffee. The sweetness of the finish is partially balanced by moderate, somewhat pithy bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately light carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Hop Meadow turns out to be an appropriate name for this beer. The hop character is quite floral with some fruity notes in the finish. This floral character is complimented by very sweet, honey malt notes that begin to become cloying towards the end of the glass. There is a good level of bitterness that makes a valiant attempt to compensate for the excessive sweetness, but it doesn't quite manage. A drinkable beer, but the hop character is, at best, barely above average and the unbalanced, sticky sweetness really drags the beer down in the end. Probably not something I would drink again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, burnished, orangish copper with a slight reddish cast when backlit. Forget the dozens upon dozens of orange-amber IPAs out there, this one is a truly beautiful color. The head is impressive in all ways that matter: size, color and consistency. It's large, pastel orange and as stiffsticky as they come. Thick, chunky, random squiggles of lace overlook a rounded mesa of slowly falling, whipped creamy foam.

Pick your superlative: outstanding, incredible, hoptastic; all apply to the nose. I know that I'm sometimes too easy to please when it comes to hoppy IPAs, but this aroma falls just short of some of my very favorites. If I didn't know that Cascade and Chinook were in use (along with Zeus and Simcoe), I might have been able to figure it out. There's a big blast of grapefruit rind (Cascade) with a more earthy, spicy, yet still citrusy hoppiness (Chinook).

I love it! The malt structure is bigger than I generally like in my top-shelf IPAs, but it works well here. What all that malt provides is a background caramel candy flavor that never surrenders to the rather generous hop load. It also provides a sweetness that one doesn't usually taste (to this degree anyway) in such a mega-hoppy IPA.

Still though, hops are king and all parties know it. There's actually a fairly high percentage of Chinook if my taste buds are any judge. Each mouthful brings a huge smackdown of candied, caramel-coated, pine sap-dipped, white grapefruit zest chunks. Hop Meadow is as well-integrated as possible while attempting to juggle such huge flavors. [idea for a promotional poster: Uncle Sam pointing at the viewer with the words 'I Want You' crossed out and 'IBU' written underneath].

The head-lace combination is even more impressive on subsequent pours. Spackle-like sheets cover all available surfaces and the cap is rejuvenated to three fingers with each addition to the glass. The body is medium-full thanks to all the malt, and the mouthfeel is pleasantly slick and as smooth as heavy silk.

Hop Meadow is a great IPA. About halfway through the bomber, I found myself with two wishes. One, that Troutbrook would distribute to this state. Two, that this nectar would be available in one liter swingtops like the premier Troutbrook beers. On second thought, screw that, put it in jeroboams guys. A big thank you to far333 for providing and to the BA who pointed me in his direction.

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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 NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Troutbrook delivers a solid, sturdy, well-made IPA in their Thomas hooker Hop Meadow IPA.

It pours a slightly hazy, deep-copper color, and that's reflected in the rich caramel maltiness that follows in the flavor. The head is a creamy off-white dollop of froth that sticks around seemingly forever, and coats the inner sides of the glass with beautiful "Brussels" lace as it goes.

The nose is bright and enticing with a citrusy and piney hop character that carries right over into the flavor. (There's definitely some Cascade in there.... and I'm guessing Chinook or Centennial).

The flavor is well-balanced with the caramelish malt holding it's own against the bold hops - so many times the malt simply acts as a springboard for the hops to do their own thing, but the flavors work in unison here and the experience is all the better for it! It's solidly bitter beneath, but you don't really get that until you're a few sips into it as there's already so much going on. It's rock-solid and anchoring, drying each finish, and leaving you ready for another sip; leaving behind only a delicate sticky residue of caramelish malt and piney hop resin.

Nicely done! Full, flavorful, satiating.... ... all without dulling your palate or filling you up. Great with a big juicy cheeseburger and fries!!! Well worth trying!

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jaxon53 for the bottle!

Poured a rich hazy copper with a big creamy frothy white head. Faded into a nice film of lace with lots of clinging and gooiness. Lots of visible carbonation made it look lively. Smell was at first dominated by bread and earthy, grassy tones. Slight hint of citrus hops started to come through. Grapefruit and tangerine hints were there but were overpowered by the malts.

Nice bitter taste first through with hints of grapefruit and pineapple, but very balanced by the maltiness with bread and even a light sugary sweetness coming through, especially as it warmed, This is very well balanced. Nice dry finish, that brought hints of pine. Had a very nice feel on the mouth, some slickness, but very smooth, crisp with lively carbonation dancing around the mouth.

This is a very good gall overall and I am glad I got to try it, even happied I have another in the fridge. A very well rounded IPA I would not turn down and would love to try on tap!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange color with a decent-sized off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of floral hops, citrus and caramelized malt.

T: The taste starts out with a nice hops bite, which is quickly balanced by a hearty malt character and a fruity citrus sweetness. The hops presence strengthens as the beer warms. The after-taste has a little bit of sweetness along with a good amount of hops bitterness.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good representation of style, nice kick to it, this one is the type of beer that I could stick with for a whole evening. Since TH is known more for the beers that come in swing-top bottles, this beer and a few others that they make may get over-looked. I think this beer is as good in its style as Liberator and Imperial Porter are in theirs.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Brewhouse Grille - served chilled in a standard pint.

A - a gently hazed rosy amber w/ quick to drop pale cap w/ tiny bead. There ar ringlets of lace that collect on the glass

S - The smell is very piney up front and augmented by a subtle citrus hint. The malt has a biscuit scent w/ light lemon rind ester accenting the hops and gentle caramel sweet odor

M - A subtle bitterness that seems to increase as the beer is enjoyed -a gentle astringent qualtiy w/ moderate carbonation and semi-dry finish

T - A delicious citrus flavor is detected w/ mild sweet and toasted malt tinge w/ a light piney flavor following -so kind of a like a hop -malt-hop sandwich with enough malt there to augment the hop but not intrude on the bitterness which is still moderate in taste and a light nutty note in the finish w/ semi-dry almost powdery malt quality and gentle lingering grapefruit in the back-end.

D - An IPA I feel is solid and still carries a mild amount of malt w/ the hops. A very nice balance is created in this beer w/out neglecting the flavor of the hops over bitterness for the sake of being very bitter

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Thanks to jlindros for this bottle!

What fun 'twould be to frolic in a meadow of hops! This beer pours a clear russet-amber topped by finger of ashy white foam. The nose is a lovely dichotomy of buttery biscuits and majestic pine. The taste emphasizes the pine, though the biscuits do not completely fade silently into the night...they just aren't able to return to the same balance that existed in the nose, instead resigning themselves to a submissive role. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a very nice IPA, not necessarily something I would call great, but one of the better IPAs have recently gotten to try.

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Photo of Jason
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
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 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 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 billab914
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Poured dark copper in color with a small white covering on top of the beer. Very nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and caramely with some citrus hops as well. The taste is similar to the nose in that I'm getting more caramel then hops. The hops give it a nice citrus flavor but the caramel malt seems to be slightly more dominant. There is also a little pine in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I enjoyed this beer, it was a little sweet but still very drinkable.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded and very dark ruby hued amber. Mild nose with some pine like citrus scents to it and an almost salty edge as well. Flavor is smooth with hops. No hop bomb here though. Just a pretty smooth and even pine like character. Feel is higher with carbonation on the tongue and a thicker almost syrupy liquid feel. Drinkable, sure. It is a good IPA, but no home run.

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Photo of jwc215
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask-conditioned at the Hop Devil Grill in NYC.

Pours slightly hazed golden/amber with a creamy head that leaves lacing on the glass.

The smell is of rich citrus and pine. Slight woody notes.

The taste is pine and cedar with bitter grapefruit/orange citrus. A subdued sweet malt holds the hops together and giving it some balance without interfering in the hop dominance. Slight peppery, spicy alcohol makes this especially good for the winter. Very fresh, full tasting in a smooth, medium body.

Well-done - nice, complex, tasty hop profile with just enough malt to give it more depth and a slight touch of non-interfering alcohol. Very easy to drink, esp. for moderately high abv.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured with a nice off-tan head that experienced low retention. The nose had a nice floral/hop aspect. The color was a deep orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. The mouthfeel was a bit thin, but there was a good hop presence on the tongue. The finish was hoppy, but I got a better hop bite on the tongue than what I experienced on the finish. Overall, not bad, but I have other IPAs that I would reach for first.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber. Piney aroma wafted out on first uncapping, but let's look at it first....hazy and russet-toned, nearly crimson in spots, with a lightly toasted cap of foam nestled surely on top.
Aroma smacks of forest floor, pine needles, as well as a lick of the sap, bitterness abounds, fruits lies hidden behind, and there's a touch of caramel malt in the nose, as well. Very likable.
Earthy feel in the flavor, caramel and hop on the tongue, slick, but bitter, coating the tastebuds thoroughly. rather complex, actually, quite a busy flavor we've got, with various degrees of texture and taste. A judicious mix of malt and hops, providing continually taste, many rewards.
Medium-bodied, with a bitter, bold mouthfeel that turns into a soft, lush finish.
Very nice IPA, more English, perhaps, than those West Coast pine-bombs, but all-American, nonetheless. Pleasant, persistently flavorful, easy to toss back, for sure.
Much thanks to sulldaddy for hooking me up with another Connecticutt classic.

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Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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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