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Troutbrook IPA | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-15-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 11
Reviews by far333:
Photo of far333
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Attractive inch high head with big bubbles sitting on top of amber liquid. The head lingers and laces the glass. Strong hoppy smell. Strong hop bitterness all over the tongue. Hints of florals and citrus. Hop bitterness lingers. Flavor is good, but could have a little more character. A bit tingly mouthfeel - perhaps a little overcarbed.

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Photo of pbrian
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice big, balanced, creamy IPA. Not an over-the-top hop monster but quite complex and enjoyable.

Thank god the new brewer from Lucknow got things brewing again here. They have a whole new line-up of beers and all of them are very good.

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Photo of goz
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

NERAX 2003 : Pours a deep amber, good size soapy bubbly looking white head, diminishes to a thin film and leaves small rings of lace. Aroma is dominated with floral piny hops. Flavor has some caramel, but is dominated by the piny hops. Smooth, medium body, easy drinking, and very quaffable.

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Photo of beanoboy7
2.84/5  rDev -24.3%

Photo of mikeys01
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Eli Cannon's. The Hooker IPA appears a solid amber/orange reminiscent of autumn leaves capped with the winter's first light snow in the form of a light creamy white head. Aroma jumps right out at you with high alpha hoppiness that's quite sharp but a little sweet too. The hop bite is right there waiting for you in pure unrefined glory, more bold and bitter than in many other IPA's, definitely overpowering the malt profile a bit but not causing too much chaos. A little bit of pale malt sweetness comes in a the end, but the finish is fairly dry and bitter. Body is reaonably light. An excellent beer from Paul Davis, I'll be keping an eye out for this on the shelves.

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Photo of necoadam
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Eli Cannon's

Color was mostly a dark copper color with a nice huge head on this beer. Lots of carbonation was left behind on the glass after I was done with this beer. Smell was hoppy enough, but had a nice malt backbone to it to my surprise. Taste was hoppy enough, but it wasn't overdone which I liked about this beer. Some piney flavors also arouse backed by some malts, but wasn't overpowering as well. Nicely balanced I must say. I would seek this out again for sure.

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Photo of Ralelen
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe that this is the same as the Hop River, so I shall post this here:

This beer is not retired. It can be found at many Hartford establishments as of 7/18/09. Crazy Bruce's, CT Beverage Mart, Manchester Discount Liquors, and Liquor Depot all have this in the bottle. Also. Dish, the Corner Pug, Vaughn's, Wooden tap and many others have this on tap.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a brassy amber, upon settling, with a thick, creamy bone colored head. Great sticky casky lace, with a lasting head.
Aroma is very hoppy, loaded with high alpha citric hoppiness. Decent malt balance, slightly toasty, but difficult to make out through the hops. Some piney hoppiness, with a bit of noble hopping, probably spalt. Smells like raw hops straight off the vine.
The flavor starts with light toasty malts up front, and perhaps a little crystal malt. Some juicyfruit esteriness in the midle, with a hint of pear, quickly taken over by the powerful citric hopping. The hops gain speed, and finish with a sharp, grapefruity bitterness, with a bit of an oily feel. Some husky graininess and a strong citric hop taste linger in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, with that creamy cask conditioned carbonation.
Definitely a very hoppy IPA. Hoppier than the tap version. Perhaps a little overhopped for my tastes, but the cask conditioned version seems to have a more pleasant hop profile, with a little more complexity, which doesn't seem to bother me as much that the malt is a bit understaffed and overwhelmed. The hops get to be a little too much after a while, and after the third pint, I was pretty much sick of it.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on cask at NERAX. (OG 1058, ABV 5.8%, 58 IBU)

This ale poured from cask a dark amber color with rich, white foam. The smell was dominated by floral hops, but with a good bit of malt aroma, also. The taste was a good balance between strong floral hops and sweet malt. The mouthfeel was smooth, clean, and crisp. The body was on the light side of medium. This was a nicely drinkable IPA.

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Photo of Boto
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad to see the brewery still up and running while they get someone elst to try and run the restaurant side. The beer is a rich, copper color. A bit of head to it. Nice hoppy nose, with a hint of maltss. Full taste of malts and hop bitterness. A bit more potent than than the Pale Ale (formerly just known as "Hooker"). A well balanced brew.

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Photo of Sellen
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Troutbrook IPA from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
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