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Hopfenstark Hooligan Bitter
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Brewed by Hopfenstark
Style: Bitter
L’Assomption, Canada
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   EST. CALORIES: 105   ABV: 3.5%
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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lubiere (10438) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2010
A reddish copper ale with a very thin off white head. In aroma, oily caramel malt with maple notes and treacle. In mouth, a rather bizarre oily biscuitty malt with blue cheese notes, rather unpleasant, some British hops in finish. On tap at V&V, August 15 2010.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8551) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2014
Cask at HO.ST. Deep amber-brown pour. Cloudy burnished appearance - looks great. The nose is softly malty. A touch o baked bread crust. Nice earthy hoppiness and a little bit of toffee. It’s it a minerally bitterness that helps dry it out. Nice pint.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2007
My Bottom Line:
A perfume of floral hops and actual petals swirls into this perilously drinkable Bitter, efficiently reaching a firm and earthy hop bitterness. Citrusy fruitiness also leaks from this jolly hop bouquet as quaffability soars.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A fluffy head of foam covers the misty deep copper red.
-The body is healthy (maybe a little too slim for my tastes though), yet there are few malt flavors; malt complexity could be increased a tad.
-Carbonation is very low due to the cask serving; this is a very authentic pint of bitter throughout.
-Chocolatey allusions are perceived in the aroma once in a while.
-A wooden dryness accompanies the finishing hop bitterness.

On cask at Vices et Versa.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6743) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2014
On cask at station ho.st. Pours a mostly clear amber with a large white head. Sweet citrus and a touch of hops. Medium bodied, soft and sweet, moving into a gentle bitterness for the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2007
Cloudy chestnut brown bitter in excellent condition, showcasing a large and lasting off-white foam. Quite a leafy and highly earthy nose where the toasted, almost roasted nutty hints are taken on by heavier hops than expected. They did make it bitter indeed, insisting on its fruity hop aromatics, rather citrusy on top of its generous earthiness. A fun take on the style and worthy of its cask conditioning.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2007
In short: Soft fruity English Ale. Smooth and pleasant.
How: Cask at Vices & Versa (sipping in Rastacouere pint)
The look: ruby-amber body topped by a medium beige head
In long: Very soft beer. Delicate malt profile with fruity flavours mixing red fruits and dark fruits. Quite earthy too. The complete opposite of a crisp beer this is very smooth, even velvety beer. Overly soft carbonation (even by cask standards). The mostly aromatic hops provide a very light bitterness with a little touch of grapefruit. After drinking quite a few pints over there I must say that this is not quite what I’ve come to expect from a Cask Bitter. This is even a rare case where I doubt that the cask is the proper vehicle. Still this is a nice beer that I will sure have again. If all hooligans were that pleasant and soft, then after European football games you’d have a bunch of blue-shirt guys hugging a bunch of green-shirt guys.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TaktikMTL (6021) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2010
Cask. Verre de dégustation, provenant d’un fût, dégusté au Festival Bières et Saveurs 2010 (Chambly, QC). Arôme: Odeur de jus de pommes fermenté. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée foncé opaque. Présence d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de pommes et d’houblons. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’amertume d’houblons en arrière goût. (Rating #3267)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2008
Sampled cask conditioned at Vices et Versa. The pour reveals a murky brownish amber color with a medium offwhite head. Very pleasant aroma of earthy, fruity hops with fruity caramel. Good flavor of earthy, grapefruity hops with caramel and a solid bitter finish. The body is light with a soft, pillowy texture provided by the cask conditioning and low carbonation. Good stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JulienHuxley (3459) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 21, 2010
Cask at brewpub’s anniversary. Dark brown pour, no head. Aroma of old, dry, english hops, some cooked veggies and malt. Taste is actually quite good if you can get over the very ordinary aroma. The beer tastes a lot fresher than it smells, good hop flavors, some caramel - just bitter enough. OK.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rodenbach99 (3257) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2014
Une pinte au pub rue Ontario. Une bière légèrement cuivrée avec un filet de mousse pâle. Un nez de houblon avec une trace de malt. La bouche est simple mais efficace avec des notes de houblon quelque peu amère et une finale un peu maltée.


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