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 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 MoreThanWine
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised by this discovery. The watermelon green striped label looked like this was going to be a pretty cheap beer all around. Don't judge a book, er beer, by it's cover.

This IPA pours a clear medium brown sugar color with a 1/2 inch head which lasts. The flavor is really a very nice bold crisp hop taste which is refreshing and has it's own special secondary bitterness left in the mouth which I can't quite place. For hop IPA fans I'd call this an affordable staple worth repeating again and again. Quite a respectable IPA.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into pint glass a nice copper color, a little cloudy. off white head that retains to the bottom of the glass, leaving nice lacing.
the smell is not really that hoppy, instead more sugary. as with the aroma, the taste is initially sweet and malty. hops taste builds through the aftertaste. moderate carbonation, average body to this brew. well balanced and drinkable. Although no date, I suspect this is an old variety case, as it included the Noreaster winter beer, so the hops are probably faded from the initial release. But thats fine with me.

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Photo of Lerxst
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy amber with a thick off white head that has good retention and leaves ample lacing.

S-Nose is subdued for the style. Floral and citrus hops with toasty malt.

T-Follows the nose, but with a semi sweet malty lead followed by floral and citrus hops in the middle and a slightly spicy and bitter finish.

M-A bit sticky, medium body, crisp carb bite.

D-Not bad, but it really doesn't make me want to have another.

This certainly is not a bad beer, but since there are many other IPAs that are better I can't see myself seeking this one out.

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Photo of jal30
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm a bit befuddled by the lack of hype surrounding this beer. Thanks to the fact that I've heard very little about it, I had almost no expectations when I picked up a sixer of this one. Boy was I blown away!

Very dark appearance as far as IPAs go and not much head at all. Tame nose that consists of subdued piney hop aroma with even more suppressed caramel. All signs were paving the way for another mediocre and boring IPA. Until I had my first sip! Really only Smuttynose Finest Kind compares to this one as far as east coast IPAs I've tried go. Delicious hop character with just enough maltiness but not too much at all. Remarkably smooth for an IPA--I could easily drink this all night and enjoy each one as much as the last. So smooth and yet with such strong taste! Very floral. A phenomenal brew here from this under-appreciated brewing company!

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Photo of kirkpjr
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear light copper/orange color with 2 fingers of creamy head. Thick sheets of lace coat the glass.

S: A little more malt-forward than most IPAs. Caramel, bready, and biscuit notes followed by a very tame grapefruit. Some piney hops here as well.

T: Balanced IPA. Some sweet caramel and light citrusy/grapefruit hops flavors blend well together. Small bitterness lingers.

M: Light but sticky bitterness. Creamy with moderate carbonation.

D: Easy drinking, but not quite the hop level I enjoy in my IPAs. Very smooth and I could see myself drinking several of these.

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Photo of begforme4484
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a copper/amber. Seemingly dark for a single IPA. Hardly any head to notice, but it does leave a very slight lacing.

The smell is very downplayed. The initial, yet faint, hop scent is reminiscent of a floral meadow, hence the name I'm sure. A strong malt backing rounds out the smell.

Taste is of very piney hops, hardly any hints of citrus to my taste. A somewhat full bodied malt body that dissapates in a spicy and decently hoppy/bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit sticky and the flavor stays in your mouth.

Spicy and semi bitter. I'm more a fan of West Coast IPA's, but since I live out in the east, and Hooker is a cheap 6 pack.. I rike.

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

A: Burnt copper, rusty, rich looking amber. No cloudiness or haze. A dud of a head, but a white cap and ring lingers. As far as appearance, one of the "darkest" IPAs I can recall from recent memory.

S: Hop aromas of any kind are subtle, sadly. Still, the aroma is fitting for a beer named "hop meadow". Floral hints of hoppage sort of float along, complimenting a more prominent malt base. All in all the aroma is a bit subdued, but its still pretty good.

T: Pine and citrus rind layered upon sticky sweet caramel malt. No fresh fruit here. Finishes spicy with a strong, solid bitterness. I found the entire flavor profile to be a bit muted right out of the fridge, but this is getting better as it warms. The malt is becoming more expressive, and the bitterness and spiciness of the hops are becoming more complimentary.

M: Pretty slick and sticky actually... compliments the flavor profile well.

D: Not a ton of citrus here, hop meadow is biscuity and the hop profile is spicy and bitter. Still, I find the beer as a whole well rounded and enjoyable overall.

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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 Ryan011235
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 4/7/10

Many thanks to Pabs311

Dark copper in color with highlights of dense amber & rust; in low light it nearly looks brown, though very bright in the light. Poured a solid head of nearly two fingers of matte-white foam. Retention is thin but pretty good throughout. Lacing isn't too bad either.

Nice aroma featuring floral hops interspersed with notes of citrus - orange peel & lemon zest. It smells rather earthy. The hop aromas seem lighter with a penchant for airiness & are supported by a solid malt bill. Notes of caramel, toasted bread & biscuits.

The earthiness carries over to the taste with plenty of piney bitterness; it hits upfront & remains throughout. While the nose seemed a good deal malty, the hops definitely showcased here. Pithy citrus notes are worked in, but take second seed to the pine grit. The malts are noticeable, true, with caramel & toasted malts but they let the hops have at it, so to speak.

Medium bodied with carbonation that is just a tad pricklier than, say, moderate - it's pointed upfront & a bit smoother toward the middle. As mentioned above, there is some prevalent grittiness. A decent amount of bitterness lingers on the finish.

I'm quite impressed with Hop Meadow; it's very tasty & a solid drinker. I'd certainly drink a lot, were I within their distribution. I'd love to try this on tap - I bet it kills.

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

The beer is served in a standard shaker style glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear, deep cherry wood or dark copper color with a ΒΌ" creamy off white head that recedes fairly soon to a ring of foam around the glass and an irregular thin patch of foam on the surface. The lacing is an interesting mix of both small patches and leggy speckles. Throughout most of the beer there is some patching lacing left behind when sipping but not much really sticks to the side of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is soft but filled with pine scents, grapefruit rind and traces of caramel. It is pleasant even though not particularly strong.

Taste: While the aroma helps to predict the flavors the major hop flavor is the grapefruit zest with the pine resin in the background. The malt backbone is caramel candy like but only strong enough at first to take the edge off the bitterness. Interestingly as the beer warms the caramel malt sweetness becomes more prominent and plays a bigger role in the flavors.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth with the light prickly carbonation that persists for most of the beer. The finish is medium long and begins with the underlying sweetness tapering off first to leave the grapefruit, pine and bitterness to play around the back of the palate as they slowly fade to dryness.

Drinkability: This is a nicely drinkable beer and I could easily have a second (in fact I would have if I had not had a train to catch). I'll certainly not hesitate to have this beer again in the future, but I would prefer just a touch more caramel sweetness early on to take the edge of the bitterness while still leaving the strong hop flavors to savor.

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

Nice amber colour and generous head with a vigorous pour. Nose has a panopoly of hop aromas, bright juicy and citrusy. On the palate there's a good mix of biscuity sweet malt with the citrusy hops, and not one particular fruit is able to be pinned down. Enough complexity to keep it interesting but also nicely drinkable.

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Photo of illidurit
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Orange-amber color with a beige creamy head. Cascade and Chinook hops make this a grapefruity beer in aroma and taste, but there is a fair amount of sweet caramely malt to go with it. Also a strong resiny character throughout. Sweet overall, with a nice bitterness. Rich mouthfeel, good but more of a hoppy red/amber.

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

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Dark orange with a thin, persistent foam head.

S: Big time grapefruit zest and hops.

T: More grapefruit and wet, bitter hops. A little rough and tangy in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: I could have 2 or 3 but that's max. Too hoppy and bitter for more than that.

Value: Good for a quality IPA.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes from a couple of weeks ago.

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy deep copper color, like an old penny. It's got an exceptionally smooth tan head. Leaves a good amount of lacing. Excellent.

S: Caramel malt dominates, with pine hops taking a backseat.

T: The caramel malt pretty much runs the show. The malt has a much stronger toasted character than on the nose. The pine hops are present, and are a bit more floral than on the nose. The taste as a whole is oddly nutty, which I'm definitely not used to in an IPA.

M/D: The beer is extremely light bodied for the style. Not my favorite IPA by a long shot, but not bad. I'll probably give it another couple of tries down the road to see if it impresses me more.

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

Poured a deep amber color with a finger of white head into an American pint glass, and spotty lacing. Modest amount of carbonation visible. The smell was a subtle mix of citrus hops, maltiness, and caramel. The taste however was a surprisingly much more intense version of citrus hop flavor, evolving into carmal/toffee/maltiness, and finishing on a very dry note, with a bitter aftertaste. Not as fruity as some ipa's, but pleasing nonetheless, and very well-balanced. Medium-bodied with modest carbonation, and a silky feel/dry finish. Very pleasant and sessionable ipa.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice mahogany, deep reddish color. Delicious looking head (that stays practically forever) and lacing.

S: Sweet, malty caramel. A little hoppy.

T: Sweet, very sweet. A bit of a bite at the end. Great hop and malt aftertaste.

M: Great. Creamy and pretty full.

D: Can't get enough of it. Can down these easily, but savor them.

*I would like to note, every time I bought these, there was an "explosion" of head. I would start pouring and the glass would blow up with a humongous foamy head. Perhaps it was the way it was stored? I bought it warm. Wondering if anyone else had the same results.

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Photo of Casey10
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Last one I picked up in Florians in Auburn today here is my review.

A - golden yellow with small but lasting head.

S - Malts similar to a DFH 90 in smell with that bready, biscuit like smell.

T - Smooth taste can definately taste the hops that bive it a small bit as it goes down.

M - Creamy, frothy a bit of aftertaste (feel) that stays with you a bit.

D - Rated a bit high I like this one could have many others as I like IPAs and this one is right on for me.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hop meadow
4 overcast amber. one finger head is pretty tight, some decent lace.
3.5 steely caramel malt, nonassertive grassy and citric hops.
3.5 amber ale up front. an air of what is that familiar (but not in beer) ... toasted peanut skin? lightly toasted finish. where the hell are the hops. just an extremely mild citric nibble.
3.5 fairly thin bodied, modest carbonation.
3.5-4 not a terrible beer, but not close to what i expected. the bottle is undated, but just purchased from TW, and thought they didn't carry this until fairly recently.

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Photo of Ezone024
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the best part of this is that the hops are grown basically, in our back yard here in CT. but the last time i drank this i remember being really impressed by the hoppyness of it, almost reminded me of west coast styles. this time, it's alot more caramel malty than i remember, still a delicious brew. it's really dark almost red for an IPA. it claims it's a hop heads brew, but i really don't see how it can claim to be so. there's some citrusey hops on the back end, but overall it's quite sweet for an IPA.

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Photo of deereless
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Ruby red color which departs from the majority of the IPAs I've had, there's a half centimeter of foam on a hard pour and nice lacing and sticky patches along the inside of the glass - 4.00, S: Very toasty and nutty aroma, malts actually seem to play a larger role on the nose than the hops though hops are definitely present, solid spattering of grapefruit rind as well as some earthiness and spiciness, aroma is good if not different - 4.25, D: Tons of green and grassy hops that provide a solid bite, strong flavors or pine and roasted nuts, also present is a nice layer of caramel - 4.25, M: Slightly sticky and mellow on the mouth feel - 4.50, D: To be honest, my first review of this beer over two years ago gave this beer only a slightly better than average rating, since that first review my palate has either matured or my first taste of this beer was from a bad/old batch, Hop Meadow is a solid IPA, though my first taste did lead me to believe this was an English IPA, a little more malt than I generally like in an IPA but I still consider this a very drinkable beer - 4.00

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

Sampled on tap @ the Bloomfield brewery.

Poures a clear deep amber color with thick head.

You can detect the grapefruity and piney scents from a mile away. Definetely a hopheads beer, the flavor is dominated by citrusy, piney and resony American style hops, but also has a strong malt backbone, where the sweet caramel malt is also detectable in the flavor. Finishes with a high degree of hop bitterness, definetly not for the faint of heart. Mouthfeel is full, whith a moderate level of carbonation.

In short, an excellent IPA's and my favorite regular Hooker offering.

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Thomas Hooker Hop Meadow IPA from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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