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Mishawaka Hop Head

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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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The beer with our highest level of hops it is brewed as a specialty beer a few times a year. Brewed with the intent of providing an ale with a very high level of hop flavor without excessive bitterness. We use four varieties of hops and three malts.


1.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
weitz15 (382) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 14, 2009
12 oz bottle. Somewhat sweet aroma, but a very hoppy, very bitter taste. Not a beer I would drink again.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (5840) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 19, 2008
Bottle. Clear amber with a rocky head. Fairly mild aroma is pale malts and floral hops. Smooth medium body. Decent flavor is citrusy hops with some pale malt sweetness. Not too bad.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 16, 2008
Bottled. The body was dark bronze amber with a light khaki head. The aroma was strong grapefruit with some almonds. There was also some almond. The taste was almonds with some toast. There were also some hints of pine. An earthy, dirty finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2008
Bottle from hopdog. Cool bottle art. I really like the depiction of the stoned hop bud. Kudos. Pours copper more or less with a great lasting white head and sticky lacing. Aroma is very earthy with leafy herbal hops and a good amount of malty sweetness. The flavor up front is nice and earthy, piney and herbal with moderate bitterness, a touch of metal which detracts from the nice hop profile, and a decent malt backbone that came across as doughy more than anything else really. Too bad there was the metallic aspect, as I really liked the tree like hops, as they left a nice zingy gritty mouth feel.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2008
Pours a dark copper with medium white head. Aroma is earthy and sweet, lots of caramel. Flavor is malty, lots of dark crystal and even has a touch of chocolate in there. Hops are really all bitterness and very resiny, just a touch of citrus. Should’ve been called Malthead.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2008
Pours dark copper with a half-inch head of rocky foam. A persistant skim coat displays some decent retention with some smeared lacework. Aromatics are a balance of malt and hops. A smidge of chocolate is present as well, and the hops are subdued. Traces of citrus and pine, but certainly nothing floral or pungent. Medium bodied and slightly chewy. Somewhat crisp and tacky. Malt-forward on the pallet, with more cocoa and some piney hops follow through. Bitterness is firm and fairly substantial. Here again, the hops are present, but are overcome by the malt character. Finishes with some lingering minerally bitterness, roasted malt, bakers chocolate, and a tinge of pine sap. To my tastes, the name "Hophead" is certainly a misnomer. No freshness dating on the bottle, but I was told by the gentleman I bought them from that they had just come in.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Bottle. Gusher. Poured copper with a huge white head that leaves big chunky lacing. Aroma similar to tea with a malt background. Pretty dull flavor. Mainly malts. High carbonation. Light body and tingly on the tongue. Possible bottling problem. (Rating from June ’07)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - APR 1, 2008
Bottle courtesy of stfun. Pours copper with a white head. Smells of dough and tea. Tastes resiny with some cookies and hints of pepper. Odd for the style.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
CP (124) - USA - MAR 7, 2008
This one is a bit of a let down. Hops weren’t as big as I anticipated and the flavor was more metallic and bitter than it should have been. Maybe I got a bad bottle but it seemed a tad skunky too. The appearance was a impressive red - brown coloration. Not sure what else to say about this beer I got bored drinking it.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2008
12 oz. Bottle - Pours a golden yellow-orange with foamy white head. Aroma is a light hoppiness (I suspect this is a little older and some of the aroma hops have died down) - Taste is bruising and bitter hops - damn! That’s really about it, not much else to it, but body is leaning towards medium and I like that - as a lot of the very big IPAs and IIPAs are surprisingly light-bodied (Hoptimus and Hopslam come to mind). Overall biting and bitter and probably more balanced when fresh - but nice none the less.


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