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La Cumbre Hoppy Hippy Organic Pale Ale

La Cumbre Hoppy Hippy Organic Pale Ale
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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 3.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Um....... What? Oh yeah.... Remarkably bright with a crisp hop finish, Hoppy Hippy Organic Pale Ale is a beautifully balanced jewel of brewing. The organic malts impart a mellow sweetness that is overtaken by the Organic Nelson Sauvin and Pacific Gem hops used in this beer. No trees or bunnies were hurt in the making of this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3597) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Tap at the brewpub November 2012-pours lite copper hue with a nice whispy white head with good lacing. nose is definately organic-lots of malt husk tones and citric, leafy tea-quality hops. flavors exhibit these leafy hop qualities with a nice dose of malt grains, but not in a bad way. a very solid little pale ale here. I thought that the sauvin would have a bit more character here, but it really doesnt come through as much as i thought. solid brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2012
10oz draft from La Cumbre; November 2012
The beer has a nice reddish color to it that shows more of a gold tint when held up to the light. The head is fairly pale tan in color, is about a ¼-finger thick, and has a fairly creamy, dense texture to it. This has a huge hop nose to it; tropical fruit character bowls you over, as notes of lychee, expressive peach, and ripe tangelo practically jump out of the glass. Really the lychee character here in the nose is just out of the glass, dead on ringer like. As the beer warms up a toasted, pale cracker like malt charter add a touch of malt complexity to this otherwise hop dominated nose.

My first sip is clean and bitter up front, but then it gets a bit funky (in a hop sort of way), herbal, and a tropical fruit character kicks in and ends up dominating the palate. A dirty pepper character is joined by a funky herbal note, huge lychee flavors, fresh kumquat zest, a touch of menthol, turpene laden herbal hops, something a bit like milkweed (?), and a green, woody hop finish. A prickly, though contained carbonation helps to balance the light bodied and quaffable beer that has juste enough viscosity to carry the ample, fruity hop notes. The tropical fruit hop notes are definitely the dominant character in the flavor, though it is well contained and balanced by the herbal, slightly funky hops notes and the light woody character. Hints of pale malt cracker like flavors add a suggestion of malt balance, but really this is all about the hops.

This is a really damn nice, my kind of Pale Ale; lots of hops and with a clean, non-obtrusive, pale malt focused, malt character. This is a fantastic showcase for both New Zealand hops and Organic malt. Good enough to buy a growler to go! & I hope this becomes a regular in the rotation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smaynard6000 (1007) - Apopka, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Growler from the brewery. Pours a light amber color with foamy white head. Sparkling clear with lively carbonation. Aroma is predominantly citrusy hops. Slightly sweet in flavor until the hops come through with a moderately bitter finish. Very drinkable and quite enjoyable.

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