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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2005
Many more thanks to BBB63 for the bottle. Appearance is nothing fancy for an IPA, golden orange color with a thin head. Aroma is a buttery citrus smell, very leafy and smell like cooking. Flavor follows as it is not overly hopped, but the hops dont hide. They standout in the taste, but then fall down to a somewhat smoothed mouthfeel, like melted butter. Palate is wonderful since it has a well rounded bit to it that lasts the entire moutfeel and doesnt kill the beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gws57 (1274) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Found this one bottled at a liquor store in St. John, Indiana, as part of a mix 12 pack of various beers from Indiana brewers. Nice, hazy bright reddish brown pour, thick head, a great citrusy hoppy nose, a well-balanced flavor of citrusy and piney hops, citrus fruits, cherry. Sharp bitter finish. An excellent brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6019) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2005
Tap at brewery: Slightly hazed deep golden hue topped by a nice creamy head and outstanding lace. The aroma has notes of piney and aromatic hops, pineapple and currants, roasted and bready malts, vanilla, hop spice, and earthy yeast esters. The taste is bitter but balanced enough with fruity undertone. The finish is lightly spicy, moderately bitter and a touch dry and metallic. The overall feel is crisp with a bit of alcohol and bitter bite but isn’t overpowering. I liked this enough to go back and get a growler on my next visit. In a world full of similar American made IPA’s, this one stands out. (Borderline IIPA) Two Hearted fans will like this one, hopheads rejoice!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2010
12 ounce bottle.A hazy orange pour .big creamy off white head .nice lacings .taste fresh creamy big caramel, citrus, .im really inpressed i wasnt expecting much.nice bitter hop finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2005
Beer acquired in trade with BBB63 (thanks!). Poured a medium to dark amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of light pine, flowers, citrus and caramel. Tastes of caramel, butterscotch, and citrus. Medium bitter with a nice malt balance (not your typical overboard bitter IPA). Very good, and I’m glad I had the chance to try this one!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6265) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Bottle: Dark golden, very cloudy with bits, large and small, floating about, moderate foamy off-white head, with sticky lacing.   Strong hop nose, slight pine, with a very subtle malt background.   Strong, assertive hop flavor up front.   This is my kind of IPA!   This is big, nothing subtle or soft about this, IPA except the malt backbone.   Big body, with a fairly moderate mouthfeel.   Clean finish, surprisingly long bitter finish.   Hop heads should celebrate as this is a BIG IPA, and well worthy of its praise.   If IBUs are your nemesis, stay way, as this will destroy the common folk!   No doubt one of the better/bigger IPAs to come out of Indiana.   Mucho thanks Mike for this kick ass example of a Big Boys IPA!

Note: Being from the PNW, I find this IPA quite suitable for this region, and even bigger than some of the finer examples available here.   I will only add that a bit more malt backbone would only highten its scores.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Pours the standard light copper to amber with a thin white, quickly diminishing to nothing head. The nose is enormous on this brew. I could smell it upon cracking it open. Dripping with papaya with hints of resinous (marijuana?) and light sweet malt. Really one of the bes smelling brews I’ve had in some time. The palate is a little thin with low carbonation, though for the style, I suppose that’s what I want, because man could I ever drink a few of these. The flavor is really top notch as well. Again, big papaya, though now there’s also some resinous pine and marijuana-like flavors. Really strong bitterness over a light malt, it’s tough to find a beer so big in the hops, I swear this might be one of the hoppiest beers I’ve ever had (somehow). The bitterness just lingers and almost leaves an impression on the tongue with that resinous flavor. I really like this, I’m glad to have found another good local brew!

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Onslow (1153) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Hazy, copper colored pour form a 12 oz bottle. Thin head. Aroma of caramel, malt, citrus, floral hops. Nicely balanced malty flavor offset by smooth hoppiness. THe name made me expect and over the top exercise in sheer hoppiness, but this was rather a pleasant surprise – a somewhat sweet, full bodied IPA with pronounce but well balanced hops. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10585) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Draft sample at IBGF 06. Hazy copper color with a large off-white fizzy head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Moderate earthy bitter flavor with the same earthy bitter finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - OCT 29, 2006
bottle-thanks to vyvvy for sharing this fine beer from IN. Cloudy orange body with a huge off-white head. hoppy nose as expected with pine, grapefruit and resin-light orange as well. nice green hop flavors here-not overy bitter, just lot of hop flavor. some light resin and earthy notes on the finish. i dig the green hop flavor here. the finish had a light metallic note which brought it down just a bit. palate is full and with medium carbonation. a very respectible IPA


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