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

Pours a beautiful ruddy golden with a nice white head.

Smell is hoppy, but with a very malty base and a slight whiff of sourness at the end.

Taste is great- nice sustained bitterness, but an undercurrent of serious malt- almost bock like in flavor, but with that delicious new world hop bitterness overlying it all. definitely a little different.

Nice mouthfeel- balanced carbonation and heft.

Very drinkable indeed.

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

It pours a slightly hazy and carbonated coppery amber. A finger of beige head dips to mere frothy wisps. Dainty lacing pirouettes on the inside of the glass.

The aroma is poignant with pine, resinous and spicy, as well as orange and some drier citrus. The malt is more background, with a caramel and berry pairing that joins up with melon and a touch of biscuit.

Upon tasting, the malt asserts initially, bringing forth caramel, berry, and some dried earthy fruit. The hops come about and mitigate nicely and evenly, with the pine again at the fore, but with the citrus more notably mandarin orange and suitably dry grapefruit. The malt is expectedly biscuit toward the close, with a yeast-driven green apple crispness along for the ride. The finish is quite dry and manageably bitter. It's balanced, blended, and just an enjoyable, basic IPA.

Light to medium bodied, the malt is moderately tangible, and the hops leave a dusty dryness in their wake.

Sometimes you want all the things an American IPA has to offer, but you want it to pat you, not smack you in the head with a lupulin blackjack. It's for those times that this beer was crafted. And well-crafted it is, with a refreshing even-handedness and balance that allows each piece to ring clear. It's very nicely drinakable, with more than one a totally unguilty pleasure. It's hoppy enough to stand up to wasabi, and level enough to enjoy on its own. It's like a Swiss Army beer, versatile and utile. And that's pretty cool.

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

Good finger of head with creamy lacing that follows. Deep golden amber with steady streams of bubbles rising to the top.

Pine, apricots and herbal hop scents appear in the nose.

Although far from the dominant taste component, I'm particularly struck by a yeast charcter inf the aftertaste; most odd from an IPA. The initial taste is a restrained yet affective use of hops. Some sour fruit and even a good, round malt presense. Not exceptional but very good; it seems to be a more traditional take on the IPA instead of some of the current Amercian "big" IPA's.

Perhaps because of the restrained approach, this brew doesn't sport some of the oiliness and astrigency that other IPA's suffer from. In fact, the mouthfeel is perfect and this is easily one of the more drinkable IPA's I've had in a while.

Thanks to autumnaldave for the taste.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle acquired in a recent trade with Dave in RI...thanks! "Connecticut's Beer" and "A Hophead's Favorite Brew" are both statements made on the label, and pretty bold ones to make. No one ever accused these brewers of being modest, I guess. However, I did note that this beer is actually contract brewed at the Troutbrook located in Saratoga Springs, am I drinking my first CT-made beer or not?

The review:
A: Clear and warm copper-orange with a thick creamy/rocky 2-finger head, nice retention. Attractive clinging lace throughout.

S: Fresh hops, herbal & grassy. Malts are sweet and subtle. A pretty straightforward IPA nose.

T: Taste is dominated by hops - herbal, resinous pine and spiced citrus flavors all comingled. Malts are less apparent but there are flavors of caramel and toasted bread/crackers that give a sweeter balance. A nice IPA, hoppy without punishing the tastebuds too much.

M: Thick and full mouthfeel. Carbonation is mild and the beer is generally very smooth. Hop bitterness curls the tongue a little and clings to the back.

D: A solid IPA. I would drink this one again and would recommend it.

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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 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 Phatz
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I accidentally let this one warm a bit longer than expected. I pulled it out to warm and got caught up. When I finally did pour the beer I got a huge light tan head, more that three fingers that I couldn't fit the beer in the glass. I was rushing the head, that had great retention.

Smell: Pine hop aroma bursts from the bottle the moment it opens. The ambitious hop character is followed by a more timid but solid malt and caramel backbone.

Taste: A hop heads joy. This beer was a bit more bitter than I expected. The hop character is sharp and aggressive but it is met with a pleasant candy malt character that keeps it from becoming cloying but it is like drinking hop tea with drops of brown sugar. And boy will it force a bitter beer face. The grapefruit and alcohol leave an intense aftertaste on the tongue long after the beer is swallowed.

Mouthfeel: It is super smooth and yet quite prickly, fluffy and full feeling. the line between the swallow and the aftertaste is blurry so the beer seems to have no end.

Drinkability: A bitter hoppy IPA built for hop heads and certainly not for session drinking. This beer destroyed my palate for the evening. Enjoyable? Yes. But the only thing I can drink next ... is another Hop Meadow IPA because I won't be able to taste a smaller beer =)

Hope this is helpful.

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

Dark copper color with a perfect head on the pour. Head falls to a heavy film that leaves nice lacing. Smell is full of earthy hops. Almost like being in a meadow full of hops. Taste is a little harsh at first, the hops is strong with a little bit of a metalic bite, but.... as you drink this it becomes smoother. Very earthy beer. My first taste of Hooker was an enjoyable one. I was thrilled to see this at the local distributor and look forward to trying more.

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

Hop Meadow IPA pours a slightly hazy copper color into the glass. A thick, creamy light tan head forms on top and slowly dissolves down to the beer leaving behind lots of lace netting and splotches on the glass. A strong aroma of peach, pine, grass and a hint of citrus greets you before each sip.

This medium bodied beer is slightly chewy and smooth on the palate. The flavor is more malty than I thought it would be. It begins with toasted malt and some sweet caramel malt. Towards the middle the hops move in with notes of orange citrus and pine. It finishes with a nice hoppy bitterness with a hint of green apple which lingers after the beer is gone.

I was surprised how well balanced this beer was. With a name like Hop Meadow I was expecting a hop monster, but instead was treated to an easy drinking tasty brew.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to gpcollen1 for this one.

A - Pours a hazy amber orange with a thin off white head.

S - Earthy grassy hops with some pine thrown in.

T - Raw piney hops up front followed by some earthy, grassy hops. Lingering bitter aftertaste.

M - This one feels big with mellow carbonation, which gives it a smooth mouthfeel.

D - This one is raw and earthy which is not the type of IPA I typically like but this one grew on me by the end of the glass. This one melds together well for how raw the hops taste.

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Photo of Stimack
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours to an amber/rust color with a large tan head that breaks down slowly leaving chucks of lace along the side of the glass. The hop aroma is of pine is what I notice first mixed with a alcohol smell. Also notice a fair amount of malt aroma mixed in but to me is a second thought. To me the taste has a strong hop presence that dominates but you are able to pick up some of the caramel malt flavor but you need to be looking for it. The thing is that after a few sips I am having a hard time distinguishing between what I had thought was a pine like hop presence and now citrus, regardless it is a nice mix along with the malt. Overall this is a fantastic brew, have had it a number of times in the past when I had visited my sister in CT, now it is one I usually bring home with me.

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Photo of johnniemarg
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a rich copper color with a 1-finger tan head. Medium visible carbonation.

Smell is very malty and sweet. There is a sweet peachy smell in there and burnt caramel. Hops come through grassy and floral.

Taste is also very matly for an IPA. Sweet all the way through with the hops only coming out in the finish. Bright and fruity up front, sweet and malty through the middle and a nice piny hop finish. A nicely balanced IPA, but certainly has more of a malt character than most IPAs.

Body is quite full for an IPA. Oily on the palate.

All in all, a great IPA. MY only criticism is that it's a bit thick for an IPA.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
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 BeerRun13
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautifull, clear, golden amber. A creamy eggshell head rests on top with a bubbly texture around the sides of the glass. Bubbles rise up from below and nice lacing is left.
Slightly subdued, but pleasant toasty malt and hop aroma.
Quite the formidable IPA. A great balance between toasty sweet malt and hops that also have a sweet citrussy edge to them. A touch of pine also in the hop profile. A pleasant bitterness increases. Toast shows more backbone as the beer warms.
Medium bodied and well carbonated. Crisp & Clean!
Quite a nice beer overall. I love trying the manyu offerings that one of my favorite all time styles has to offer... wish this one was more accessible.
Thanks to far333 for this one. It's a nice treat.

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

Everything I like to view is in this IPA. Dark brick red/brown in color and very dense. A large tan head fades into a sticky lacing all the way down the glass. Lace retention is second to none.

Again a great aroma also. Large amounts of caramel and toffee malt, with floral, piney hop aromas. Hints of fruit but not citrus. Great nose. Deep and complex.

The thick, chewy, lengthy caramel malt strikes you first and is with you through the 35 second finish. Floral, very piney hops with an offsetting bitterness follow through to the mid palate and finish also. Mouthfeel is bitter and dry not upleasant but not a mouthfeel I'd enjoy on a regular basis. Which therefore hurts drinkability.

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Photo of ericj551
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Meadow pours a nice clear orange with a light creamy, lasting head. Smell is grassy and slightly pungent hops with a bready sweet maltiness. Taste is bitter hops up front, followed by the same bready maltiness in the aroma. More malt flavor than I'm used to for an IPA, but I don't think this is a bad thing. Maybe the beer could use a little more hop flavor, but overall, a great IPA.

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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 nouseforotacon
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Naturally kicking off the first NFL sunday, NBS style, with a CT Hooker brew.

Short and creamy mound of foam atop a transparent ruby red bottom. Head dwindles and fades slowly, very pleasant appearance, especially held up to the light.

Very, very sweet and sticky/piney smell, typical citrus fruit profile, particularly pineapple and orange. I also noticed some apple and other sweet/floral qualities that give this brew a wonderful bouquet.

Resiny/oily hops as the brew hits my mouth with a distinct, pungent twang. Hops are upfront and unapologetic, not masked by citrus or floral qualities on the palette. Definite and distinct grapefruit in the taste.

Mouthfeel is very slick and oily, going down incredibly smooth. Leaves pine/tar on the tongue. Bitterness is controlled, leaving its presence on the back of the tongue/throat.

Perhaps this is an IPA in the truest sense of style. I can appreciate this one and enjoy it, but I'm not sure how many of these I could drink in a single sitting. Recommended, especially for true IPA fans.

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Photo of kimcgolf
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a much darker color than I was expecting from an IPA, almost a hazy brownish orange. However, had a thick tan head that lingered throughout, and left excellent lacing all around the glass. Aroma of hoppy citrus fruit, but not real defined. Flavor was more hoppy grapefruit, and the finish was long and slightly bitter. A good IPA.

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Photo of bruachan
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hop meadow, eh. not quite the baddest sounding brew, but not everything can be named "Ruination"

i question the way this beer has been stored; there wasn't actually any beer in my imperial pint glass, just whipped beer cream. in fact as soon as the beer hit the lip of the bottle it turned to foam and plopped into my glass, as some very malty aromas fluttered around

the head retention is quite good and lacing also nice. when the beer finally settles out it's very dark for an IPA. we'll say it's a deep amber, but more reddish even. cascade hop aroma and a nearly hot hop assault on my taste buds. it's a truly tangible experience. there's plenty of caramel sweetness in there, too, but the hops are what it's all about

it's fairly bitter, but the hop flavor is bigtime, and actually balances with the malt flavors with a fair degree of success

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

Had a 22oz bomber from a trade.

A coppery-amber pour filled my glass, rather clear with a solid finger of sidewalk white head, very nice. The bouquet was young green hops and citrus rind with faint malts, quite enticing.

Rather hoppy on the taste but in a piney bitter somewhat tannic note. I can't put my finger on it, but the blend of hop to malt didnt seem to fit. A bit thin i think. The taste was better than average but i just didnt care for it... I want more from my IPA's. Quite crisp on the palate but i just dont see myself drinking this when i have other IPA's to choose from. Again, not bad but i expected more. Did i expect too much? Possibly, i'll have to review this one again.

Props to goodbyeohio for the trade.

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Photo of Truh
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sharpened the blade on my scythe with this one on 7/7/2006. 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle poured twice in a Arrogant Bastard shaker glass.

Huge, frothy bed with a glove-like stick settles to a 1/2-inch of thick, just off-white head with crenellation. Medium amber hue with more clarity than not, though not complete, which allows for some noticable, slow action. Very green, wet hop on the nose, almost to the point of being an air freshener - pine resin, spruce tips, and fresh tilled earth are all banging on the olfactory senses. Initial hop hit decelerates quickly to a somewhat metallic tinge on the tongue, unexpected. Some woody canker sits and dog paddles around, lingering, along with some oregano, basil, and fiddlehead notes.

Good stuff at the start, but withers at the end.

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

Many might be wondering why i am following up a bad r eview with this good review, well i have tried the hooker that is brewed in Hartford and is served in the 22oz bomer bottles, the 6 packs are sub contracted to a place in new york and are by far not doing the beer justice. The 22oz is an great Ipa, nice pungent smell with great hop taste. If you are going to go after one of these go for the Bomer, the 6 pack is not worth it.

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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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