5 Seasons Hopgasm
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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
HopGasm is Brewmaster Kevin McNerney’s innaugural release at 5 Seasons. HopGasm is a west coast India Pale Ale, bold in every sense. It invites you with a nose far more intruiging than most IPAs. We use 5 different hops, including Simcoe and Amarillo, which gives an incredibly rich bouquet and a pleasurable mouthfeel. It’s a bit over 7% ABV, but a solid malt backbone and a sumptuous aftertaste will make you want multiple HopGasms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 21, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a nice creamy white head that clings to the glass and leaves solid lacing. Plenty of resiny pine in the nose as well as hints of juicy citrus fruits. The malts are very secondary and hardly noticeable as a faint caramel sweetness in the background. The taste follows the aroma with a bit of citrus bitterness up front that gives way to the light caramel malt backbone. The pine comes back in the finish and leaves a resiny bitterness after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky. A solid IPA from 5 Seasons and very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NachlamSie (3259) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2009
On tap at the brewpub for breakfast. Pours a cloudy, dark copper. Sure, this is hoppy but not overly so. It is floral, peppery, with gentle citrus notes. Lots of hops are in the flavor, but again it’s not very bitter. This is juicy with the only real dryness lingering after a few sips. Suggestions of peppers, herbs, and oranges are here. This is not bad, but it didn’t live up to the hype for me. I’ve tasted McNerney’s powerful hop bombs when he was with Sweetwater. This is definitely is milder and less hoppy than Sweetwater IPA, Donkey Punch, Happy Ending, etc. etc. Perhaps this was intended to be more subtle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1583) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Best of the night. Big hops in the nose, flavor, with a huge sweet malt backbone. Words are failing me but I kept coming back to this one. VERY GOOD

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3405) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 11, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Sticky resiny hop flavor with a bit of caramel sweetness on the finish. Aroma is grassy piney hops. Delicious and full bodied. A nice debut for the new brewer here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5773) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 4, 2009
Clean copper/orange with creamy off white head and lace. Very hard hop aroma with a hint of earthiness. Sweet maltiness and a nice evergreen bitter with just a hint of perfume on the finish. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Very solid and different.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (4006) - - FEB 15, 2009
amber under a large off-white head. hoppy citrus aroma. a good hop malt balanced beer. complemented the pork chops nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (15522) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 4, 2009
A woody, citrusy, delicious, fruity dark amber hop bomb. I quite enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2009
Reddish copper, clear with small white head. Juicy sweet malt background with a crisp, pine-forward hop aroma. Low carbonation and a slick and slightly oily mouthfeel. Not orgasmic, but good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2009
Tap. Pours a slightly hazy copper with a one finger off-white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of citrus and pine hops with some sweet malt and a touch of caramel to back it up. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Actually, a really awesome beer. This beer was very aromatic. Nice hoppy aroma. It reminds me of Sierra Nevada Torpedo. Just an awesome pungent hoppy aroma. A clear beer. The menu said that "Kevin" was the new brewer. I do not know if he brewed this or not, but for a local place it was VERY good. They had a bunch of signs promoting this beer, and I agree they should have had the signs. Great beer, and to think that this was brewed locally makes me proud. A very crowded place, but the beer was great. The beer had a nice hoppy flavor. It was all about the hops. Very citrus like hops, and very good. I agree with the other raters the pine and ctirus hops just dominate. Honestly, an extremely good beer. Dunwoody (Old Prado location).

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