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 andylipp
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with illegible dating. Obtained from a case brought to a CT beer event directly from the brewery, so I suspect it was fresh.

A: Brassy, crystal clear copper-orange pour with a short-lived head 1 inch head into a tulip. Sticky lacing. Swirling wakes the head and it actually stays around a while. Hmmm...

S: Citrus-y, rind-y hop aroma with a serious dollop of malty sweetness.

T: Malty sweetness quickly gives way to the citrus and pine hop flavors, with a substantially bitter finish. Malty in an East Coast IPA way, but the bitterness is bold enough to hang. Alcohol warms a bit, with some tobacco-like spicy notes in the finish, too.

M: Medium-full, with nice carbonation, too.

O: This one is on the English side of American IPAs because of it's substantial maltiness and balance. Kind of surprised I liked it so much. This brewery has had its ups and downs, but this very fresh IPA is quite nice.

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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 hopsolutely
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A well balanced and enjoyable pale ale, although not the APA "west coast" hop bomb for which I'd hoped.

Beautiful amber, clear until the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Aroma is malt forward, while the hops & alcohol are evident throughout the taste profile. Well balanced sweet, malt flavours end with a nicely bitter finish.

Overall a pleasant and drinkable beer.

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Photo of Thads324
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A : pours a cyrstal clear golden orange with a sticky looking off white head. The head stays hearty through and through.

S : No malt here, just all hop. Very citrus and floral smelling hops with a sweet back.

T : A start of hop flavor that turns to a little bitterness. Citrus and earthy hops. The earthy and grassy hop flavor follows the bitterness to round out the beer. Very little malt, but the hop is great.

M : easy, well carbonated and finishes crisp and easy. A bit warming, which is weird.

A really good tasting ipa, but I'd love to see a bit more malt balance, which could elongate the beer and improve upon the great hop flavors. Overall this is the best of the regular hooker offerings.

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Photo of OMGTheyKilkenny
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager Glass.

A: Pours a deep, semi-cloudy amber with 1 in. creamy tan head. Very nice lacing.

S: Cascade hops hit the nose first, followed by notes of pine and a complex bouquet of bitter fruit.

T: Very full flavor with bold hop character. Some sweetness and fruity notes, but the abundance of hops are front and center. Smooth, malty back pares down some of the bitterness of the hops, but just a little. If you’re offended by hoppy beer, keep walking. Aftertaste doesn’t change much, the flavor just sort of lingers. For a while.

M: This one’s a mouthful. Full, rich body that gets a little thick as it drinks. Average carbonation. Hop Meadow packs a 6.5% ABV, and Mr. Hooker has made no effort to hide this fact.

D: Generally balanced, but pushes the envelope just enough (like me). Overall, an excellent ratio of hop to malty flavors, which makes for a very drinkable beer. A sound “beginner IPA” that will still satisfy seasoned hop heads. Filling with a high ABV, so two in an evening might be enough.

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

Drank on June 20, 2011. Served at fridge temp into a tulip glass.

A: Deep copper orange with a quickly dissapating head, descent lacing.

S: Orange rind, sweet grapfruit and pinapple. There's some toasted, grainy pale malt and a little bit of brown sugar as well.

T: Toasted malt up front followed by a mellow grapfruit and orange zest. The finish is clean with a little burst of orange. Not too much going on here as far as complexity goes but its very solid.

M: Creamy and full. Great carbonation as well. Hop Meadow has a really great mouthfeel but its not as crisp as most IPA's, so it wouldn't be my first choice on a hot summer day. Descent bitterness but nothing overpowering.

O: With not too much bitterness or alcohol this is a fantastic session beer. Its a really solid choice. I could definitely consider this a gate-way beer for anyone new to craft beer.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa because it was available via the single bottle and I wanted to see if it was any better than the other IPA's that I can get a hold of. This was certainly heavier in the mouthfeel and lighter in the alcohol department than I anticipated and while that's not a bad thing, I don't feel that that's what hopheads are looking for in a style such as this.

Good copper hue to this pour with a moderate head and just a little bit of lacing to be found. The bread and dough consistency of the taste and mouthfeel were offset by the citrus zest and rind flavors present here. The aftertaste reminded me of the taste of Green Flash and for anyone who hasn't had that, it's pretty much that of mary jane herself. Sharp, dry, and "skunk", not to mention long-lasting. Close to dry-hopped taste but not as strong and heavier because of the malt presence in this.

The alcohol is here and I did warm up a bit while drinking this, but I could also have had another bottle or two in my session. This isn't my cup of tea but because of the "liquid bread" aspect of this, this beer is fine on it's own and doesn't need a spicy dish to accompany it. While it's not for everyone, it is a bit different than what else is on the market while still remaining true to form. Worth a try for those looking for a chance while still getting their hop fix.

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Photo of brunrn1
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance was good, taste was good. Next I want to try the blonde ale by this company, i was told that one is even better. Beer leaves a bit of after taste though. Drank a six pack and not sure if I would be able to drink much more in one sitting, a bit filling and left me with a headache as well. This is a beer I will enjoy every once in a while.

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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 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 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 PicoPapa
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a dark, murky amber color with a thin head. Very minimal lacing. Smells great. Aroma is earthy, piney and floral with some caramel. Taste is bitter. Nice mix of floral hops, bread and caramel. Floral hop aftertaste along with hints of grapefruit. "Hop Meadow" is an appropriate name because the smell and taste of this beer definitely conjures up the image of the outdoors. Crisp and smooth. Perfect warm weather IPA. Solid brew made in CT.

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

Color is great. Like a dark bronze.

Smell is fantastically hoppy.

Taste is amazing. This beer isn't for the faint of hop-heart. It's characteristic is bitter, hoppy and biting! There is a little note of sweetness like caramel. Tail is bitter hops!

Mouth feel is full. Good and drinkable for the hops lover like me!


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Photo of abriggs1
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The smell of this IPA makes a great first impression. Creamy caramel and whole wheat bread infect my nose with pleasurable anticipation. A bit of grapefruit from the cascade hops, but not as much as other similar IPA's.

I love the egg colored foam that thickens in my glass. So far so good!

This brew is one of the best examples of a robust but balanced American IPA I've ever had. Most of the hops used in this beer usually lead to a sharp and unbalanced beer, but somehow they managed to temper the chinook and columbus into something that's got bite and balance. There's a short burst of sharpness that quickly gives way to the creaminess I smelled. Similar to Sierra Nevada's Torpedo, but less dry and more rich.

This is the best Connecticut beer I've had so far. I always say, any idiot can pour way too many hops into a brew and call it an IPA, but finding the balance between sharpness and smoothness is where the real art lies. I am proud that this beer is brewed two towns over from me.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy golden color with about 2 fingers of frothy, creamy eggshell white colored head that remained throughout the beer.

The scent was of citrus, caramel malt, some yeast.

The taste was of sharply bitter earthy and floral hops, citrus, sweet malt, and some bread.

Medium body, very smooth and creamy, low carbonation.

This was a nice IPA, good balanced flavor. Drinkability is average because it is kind of filling.

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Photo of Homebrew35
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
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 JCBears
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice hard amber color. Strong and with back bone. Hoppiness hits you fast and hard. A breathe of fresh air if you will that clears the nose out. Almost grapefruit like and has a firm richness that fills your nose. Smoothness that turns hoppy but not rally bitter. there is that backbone again firm and fair. Almost a maltyness around the edges that frames the taste. Great full mouth feel. Nicely drinkable but not something I could have a six pack of myself

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy to see this on tap at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Cloudy, golden-orange body with bright gold highlights under a finger of foamy beige head. Leaves webbed lacing.

Huh - smells leafy & nutty, none of the usual aromatic culprits present in IPA. Nicely balanced, good smell, just never would've guessed that this was an IPA based on this alone.

Taste is very nutty up front, followed by black tea, then there in the end is some bitterness, just barely squeezing in. Nice toasty aftertaste. Good, but again, IPA?

Medium-bodied, smooth with just a tiny bit of snap in the finish.

Easy-drinking, nice balance, good flavors. Overall, a pleasant brew I could see spending some time with. I feel like I should do a little "background check" into this - this bar has a tendency to mislabel their drafts, & it wouldn't surprise me to find that this was a mistake.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thomas Hooker Hop Meadow pours a nice coppery amber with a small whitish head quickly falling and leaving a fair amount of sudsy lacing as you drink.

The aroma is a Hop Meadow indeed, strong floral hop notes, full of pine and citrus scents. The aroma of this beer even fills the nasal passage ways when you drink it.

The flavor bears out the with full lively hops and a mouthfilling bitterness that is wonderfully balanced by a medium malt body which supplies drizzles of caramel and buscuity notes. The hops are very resinous with pine, orange and grapefruit.

The mouthfeel is full without being heavy, nicely creamy and smooth on the finish.

Very very good, pleasantly bitter, nicely satisfying and highly recommended.

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Photo of beldin96
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a big fan of IPS's but this one is pretty decent. Up front you have a good nose of floral hops, and some light sweetness. It has a good body to it, which does not over do it. On the taste it has some light malts, and a good balance of hops. It is not a hit you over the head hop, but you get some good bitterness on the back end. Over all it was good and I would get it again.

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Photo of mnrider
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Brown Bottle. Nice lime green label.

A: Pours an amazing deep reddish orange with large fluffy off head. Great lacing.

S: What an awesome smell. Strong hops with buttery mint malts.

T/M: Medium bodied and smooth, hops are great. Malts are well balanced with a toasted chewy taste. Not too bitter either.

D: One of my new favorites. Forgot all about this brew. So good. I need to start getting this on the reg.


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Photo of awalk1227
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 10/19/10 A faint stamp on the bottled reads 13/07/10, let's hope three months on this beer means it's still as the brewer intended.

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint

A: Dark amber with a half finger of off white head. Sticks to the glass a little.

S: On the maltier side. I think this is a more East coast trend. Toasted nuts and malts, hops on the back end.

T: Toasted malts, biscuity taste. The bottle doesn't lie, there's a bitter blast at the end. A pretty balanced flavor.

F: Slightly oily and full with the biscuit malts, blends well with the flavor.

D: Good! Smooth and rich, with enough going on in the flavor to keep you coming back for more. I'd definitely like to try a fresh sixer of this. I think we're getting Thomas Hooker in GA soon!

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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 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 rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber brown color with good cap of off-white head, good lacing. Scent is of earthy and spicy hops with touches of pine and faint citrus, backbone is brown sugar sweet. Taste brings a very earthy and english like taste... the hop notes are earthy, spicy and floral with only the kiss of pine and citrus, backbone is of mild brown sugar with touches of bread. Medium bodied, slightly oily and coating, little lingering spicy aftertaste. A very well done IPA that leans slightly more towards the English variety.

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Thomas Hooker Hop Meadow IPA from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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