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Southern Tier Hoppe

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RATINGS: 698   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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We craft this much like a sculptor who uses only a hammer and chisel to shape stone into a masterpiece. Hoppe is spawned of these few essentials: barley, wheat, hops, yeast and water. This limited palette is an exercise in minimalism, with refined elements which are deliberately selected. This simple combination creates a golden shimmering brew infused with delicate aromas. The artful nature of this beer is exposed with the first taste. As the malt and hops created a composition of flavors, and elegant finish leaves an impression that your tastes will not soon forget. Don’t be deceived by th innocence of Hoppe. Please enjoy in moderation.


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2012
If rust could look smooth with waves of golden highlights and penny copper hues, then this would be the pour of Southern Tier’s Hoppe cascading down the bomber into my neat Oktoberfest mug. Too bad it stayed in the fridge, opened, for nearly a week before I had a chance to try it out. Nonetheless, the flavors are fairly intact enough for a decent rating. Nose of (almost burnt) biscuit with hints of caramel and almond. Musky citrus notes. Great bitter punch in the overall taste from grassy residue. Almond, again, hits the palate this time. Decent mouthfeel. Overall: Grassy, nutty, honey, past-prime-citrusy. Rebuy: Yes.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PhillyCraft (3185) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Bottle with Pat. Pour is a golden orange color with sticky 2 finger white head. Aromas of oranges, biscuity malt, older hops, and pine. Taste is similiar to aroma with the bitter pine and orange citrus coming through the most. I think this one was on the shelf for a little too long or I dont like the hops they used.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
budznsudz (555) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Pours dark orange with a thin white head and nice lacing. Aroma is awesome caramel malts, juicy hops and pine. Taste is beautifully malty with a nice hop bite. This has been sitting for several months and it’s still great.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fletchfighters (1064) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2012
A-- Poured an orange gold color. Good sized off white head, 2 fingers, that retained its shape and body for a while. Good head retention on swirling the glass. S-- Not a hop bomb by the smell. Balanced between hops and malt. Carmel, honey, grapefruit and orange blossom in the smell. Definite sweet smelling beer. T-- Syrupy sweet first sip. Lots of syrupy orange and sugary grapefruit flavors coming through. Falls short in the taste. M-- Much better mouthfeel. A lot of citrus flavors in the mouth and the sugar drops off after the taste. Lemon, orange, grapefruit and some pine. Prickly and oily tasting. Just a bit of a carmel finish. Might need to be a little more unbalanced towards the hops. A little too much balance and still too much sweetness. D-- Better mouthfeel than taste. A little too sweet and syrupy for me. Has a lot of good things going on with this but the first few sips of this were so syrupy. Very drinkable after the syrupy beginning and well hidden ABV. Would score a lot higher but the syrup beginning really hurt.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brewticular (86) - - AUG 12, 2012
Personally I would love some extra bitterness in the taste. Pours with vague clarity, light lacing, and a golden hue. Aroma is very mild, as is the taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinsenn (1065) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2012
Bomber at Volo. Staff thought it was about 6 months old, but no way to tell for sure. Clear amber, with white lacing. Some sediment at the bottom. Aroma is mostly raisin. Also has a big raisin taste. Good carbonation, and a big body. Quite delicious, although slightly one-dimensional.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (2643) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Pours orange and cloudy. Smells a little too fruit-citrus-skank? Hard to describe. Tastes a little sour and very bitter. Making it sound bad but it's pretty good. A spicy meatball ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (1733) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 23, 2012
Pours hazy golden with long lasting head. Smells like wet grains, sweet hay, honey, flowers. Smooth palate. Sweet malts up front, grains and honey too, smooth and slightly bitter finish. Balanced perfectly. Really good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2012
Originally reviewed: 7/23/09. Pours a dark orange with a thin white head resting on top. Decent rings remain after each sip. Little lacing. Smells like faint grapefruit and toasted biscuits. The mouth is firm and crisp. Moderate amount of carbonation. Flavor is bitter with a decent citrusy bite. Hints of honey sweetness in the mouth as well. I wouldn’t classify this as a DIPA, but it’s pretty dang bitter and pretty dang good.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
annunz123 (853) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 15, 2012
Pours a cloudy golden blonde with a generous head. Malt, caramel, and grassy hops in the aroma. Flavor starts sweet, with bread, caramel, and dark fruit, then finishes with some grassy hop bitterness. Carbonation gives this a creamy mouthfeel. Another great beer from a great brewery.


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