Hopshackle Reviews




The_Osprey
3.5
Hopshackle Hoptane
August 2016 - Cask handpull at GBBF 2016 as ’Hopshackle Hoptane’. Clear yellow, still, small white head. Aroma is lemon wedge gummy sweets, lemon boiled sweets. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is light sugary malt, some lemonade, biscuits, touch of ginger maybe. Good. (3.5)
Saturday, September 24, 2016

teorn88
2.8
Hopshackle Hoptane
pale golden light grassy grainy some straw and starch. Mild biscuit. Overall, decent
Friday, September 09, 2016

madmitch76
2.9
Hopshackle Hoptane
9th August 2016
GBBF Day 1. Cask. Almost clear paleish gold beer, bubbly pale cream colour head. Palate is light, semi dry. Light malts. Floral hop, modest pithy citrus. Bitter finish. Fine, not the juciest of Goldens.

Monday, September 05, 2016

BlackHaddock
2.9
Hopshackle Hoptane
Gravity poured, third of a pint: 24th Aug 2016, Peterborough CAMRA beer festival. Golden amber with a weak white head. Thought this was like a watered down version of their APA (4.3%), which I had in the glass by it’s side. So, this is citrus led and fairly subtle in its make-up. Expected more from both beers and because of that I did not try their other two brews at the festival.
Sunday, September 04, 2016

BlackHaddock
3.1
Hopshackle American Pale Ale
Gravity poured, third of a pint: 24th Aug 2016, Peterborough CAMRA beer festival. Amber in colour, the head a thin white affair. Mild citrus front to both the nose and flavours, mixed fruits throughout and subtle compared to most APA’s I have encountered, even UK brewed examples.
Sunday, September 04, 2016

mR_fr0g
2.9
Hopshackle Dead Legs
Cask at the Peterborough beer festival 27/08/2016. A clear golden light orange coloured pour with a small halo of white head. Aroma is tangy green apple, sweaty grains, homebrew, pithy lemon. Flavour is composed of semi sweet Base malts tangy lemon and canned pineapple, sweet malts, little hot alcohol. Palate is light grainy, moderate carbonation, sweaty. Meh.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

rlgk
3.4
Hopshackle Hoptane
Sample at GBBF 2016, Tuesday. Clear pale golden beer with a small head. Hoppy citrus aroma, grassy, caramel, hay, floral notes. Hoppy citrus flavor, hay, grapes, bready, some floral notes. Quite ok.
Sunday, August 21, 2016

Theydon_Bois
2.8
Hopshackle Hoptane
Cask at GBBF’16, day one, 09/08/16. Pale golden blonde with an off white cap. Nose is bread dough, straw, melon, lemon rind. Taste comprises mellow citric notes, toasted grains, bread dough, orange. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Average golde.
Sunday, August 21, 2016

MrTipple
3.5
Hopshackle Hoptane
Citrus fruits, lemon, grain and cereal malts. Clear, light gold, small, frothy, white head. Light bitter. More grain malts, light bread, citrus fruits are back again too, flat carbonation, medium duration, light bodied. Nice Golden Ale, good citrus flavours in aroma. Cask at GBBF16, Olympia.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

evergreen0199
3.4
Hopshackle Hoptane
Cask at GBBF 2016, Olympia, London. A light golden coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Hoppy, grapefruit, tropical fruit aroma. Tastes quite similar, hoppy, grapefruit, tropical fruit. Tasty for its low strength.
Monday, August 15, 2016

Benzai
3.2
Hopshackle Hoptane
Sampled @ GBBF day 1. Clear yellow color, medium sized white head. Smell and taste lightly malts, pretty fruity, sweet tropical fruits, lightly bitter. Ok body, quite low carbonated. Clear yellow to golden color, average sized white head. Smell and taste malts, malt bitter, a bit grainy, bitter. Almost like a German pilsener.Decent body, average carbonation.
Monday, August 15, 2016

Beerhunter111
3
Hopshackle Hoptane
Gbbf. Fast klare hell goldgelbe Farbe. Geruch mild zitronig grasig hopfig,. Geschmack mild hopfig, helles malz, leicht zitronig.
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Theydon_Bois
3.1
Hopshackle Vertigo "VF"
Bottle at home, 12/05/16. Deep amber to Frank Coopers orange marmalade with a decent enough light beige cap. Nose is light must, pineapple chunks that have sat in the fridge for 10 days, light peppery spice, caramel malt. Taste comprises sweet malt, caramel sauce, toasted brown sugar, fruit loaf, toffee, candied orange peel. Medium + body, limited to low carbonation, sweet malty close with light hop bitterness. Unlike the VC that I had 5 weeks ago, the VF has not held up as gracefully. Hops have faded much more ... now more akin to an aged barleywine. That said if you want to pick one up ... it’s still sippable!
Thursday, May 12, 2016

jjsint
3.3
Hopshackle Marillo
Handpull cask at the Tobie Norris, Stamford. Light gold, clear, with little head or lacing. Lemon, grapefruit and vanilla pod aroma, with a slight astringency. Sweet with a floral vanilla note, with more bitter citrus on the end of the sip. Bitter hops and botanicals on the finish. Different than most goldens, and all the better for it.
Saturday, May 07, 2016

fonefan
3.1
Hopshackle Shacklers Best

Cask (gravity) @ NWAF 2016, National Winter Ales Festival (2016), The Roundhouse, Pride Park, Derby, Derbyshire, England, DE24 8JE.

[ As Hopshackle Shacklers Best ].
Clear medium orange amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, sweet malt, caramel. Flavor is moderate sweet with a average to long duration, caramel, sweet malt, pale malt. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20160219]

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Euroscooper
2.6
Hopshackle American Pale Ale
On cask in the York Tap. Served amber and clear with a reasonable head. Has a pleasant citrus taste, with a reasonably bitter finish
Monday, April 11, 2016

Garrold
2.8
Hopshackle Simmarillo
Cask. Sheffield Tap. Clear, pale gold. Film of sticky, white head. Kid next to me stinks of expensive, but shit, man perfume. At 5pm. Why? Where’s he going, other than home? Fucking reeks. His mum presses his shirts and he has trolley bags growing out of his arse. Beer has lost, big time.
Friday, April 08, 2016

Theydon_Bois
3.4
Hopshackle Vertigo "VC"
Bottle at home, 03/04/16. Murky amber orange with a moderate off white covering. Nose is bitter orange, dusty hops, orange marmalade, caramel wafer. Taste comprises sweet malt, candied fruit peel, jiucy hop, mandarin, light mineral strokes, caranelised sugar. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, semi drying close with a sweet finale, moderate hop bitterness and a boozey kick. Not bad to be honest and considering the age, easy going sipper.
Sunday, April 03, 2016

fonefan
3.7
Hopshackle Black Mule

Cask (gravity) @ NWAF 2016, National Winter Ales Festival (2016), The Roundhouse, Pride Park, Derby, Derbyshire, England, DE24 8JE.

[ As Hopshackle Black Mule ].
Clear dark red brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, moderate to light heavy hoppy, citrus, grapefruit. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, roasted, dark malt, grapefruit, hops bitter, malt bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20160217]

Thursday, March 31, 2016

fonefan
3.4
Hopshackle Simmarillo

Cask (gravity) @ Nottingham Robin Hood Beer Festival (2014), Nottingham Castle, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England NG1 6EL.

[ As Hopshackle Simmarillo ].
Clear light to medium yellow color with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting to diminishing, white head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, fruity, grape notes. Flavor is moderate sweet and light bitter with a average to long duration, grape - pineapple, fruity, refreshing. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20141010]

Sunday, February 28, 2016

fonefan
2.6
Hopshackle Red Ale

Cask (handpump) @ GBBF 2015, Great British Beer Festival, London Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, England W14 8UX.

[ As Hopshackle Red Ale ].
Clear medium amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, hay, straw, caramel, apple, nutty notes. Flavor is moderate sweet zith a average to long duration, caramel, hay - straw, light sour malt. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20150811]

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Towey1989
3.7
Hopshackle Black Mule
Gravity at The NWAF, Derby. A deep brown colour with a foamy beige head. Aroma of orange, maybe gooseberry, some grapefruit, a little pine, slight roasted malts, subtle chocolate and dark fruits. Taste of orange, grapefruit, some passion fruit, slight resin, a little chocolate, roasted malts and subtle dark fruits. Full bodied and an oily texture. A bittersweet, chocolatey, citrus hop bitterness in the finish. Can tell this is a heavily hopped Black IPA. Citrusy, resinous and an oily texture. The roasted, chocolatey malts come through well too. A well made beer, maybe just too alcoholic at times
Thursday, February 18, 2016

fonefan
3.4
Hopshackle Extra Special Bitter

Cask (gravity) @ Nottingham Robin Hood Beer Festival (2014), Nottingham Castle, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England NG1 6EL.

[ As Hopshackle ESB ].
Clear medium to dark orange amber color with a large, frothy - creamy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, hay, caramel, light to moderate hoppy. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a long duration, sweet malt, caramel, grass - hay, light nutty. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20141010]

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

fonefan
3.1
Hopshackle Vespa

Cask (gravity) @ Nottingham Robin Hood Beer Festival (2014), Nottingham Castle, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England NG1 6EL.

[ As Hopshackle Vespa ].
Clear light medium yellow color with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing to lasting, white head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, moderate hoppy, citrus - grass, UK yeast. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a long duration, fruity hops, citrus, sweet malt, grassy notes, light earthy. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20141010]

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

fonefan
3.2
Hopshackle Humopolus

Cask (gravity) @ Nottingham Robin Hood Beer Festival (2014), Nottingham Castle, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England NG1 6EL.

[ As Hopshackle Humopolus ].
Clear light to medium yellow color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, fruity malt, moderate hoppy, fruity hops. Flavor is moderate sweet and light moderate bitter with a average duration, fruity, pale malt, dusty malt, earthy notes. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20141010]

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

RichardGretton
3.4
Hopshackle Simmarillo
Bottle. Golden beer with a strong white head. The aroma is citrusy, and the flavour is fruity and citrusy with some dryness and yeastiness. Overall a reasonable blonde beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Monday, November 02, 2015

Travlr
2.4
Hopshackle Opulus
Gravity cask at Nottingham festival 2015 with chriso, Boudicca, fonefan and Charlotte. Clear yellow color. Aroma of light hay. Taste is lemon.
Saturday, October 17, 2015

sound67
3.9
Hopshackle Killicks IPA
[Robin Hood Beer Festival, Nottingham Castle, 2015] - Hopshackle Brewery, Market Deeping, Killicks IPA, 5.8%. Clear yellow golden, with a frothy, medium sized white head. Rather intense flavour of vitrus,hops, herbal and medicinal notes. Medium body, hardly watery, modest carbonation. Lemon, apricot, pine, herbal and spicy notes at the start. Drier towards the middle, pine getting resinous, with floral notes. Lemon and herbs in the finish, bitter, dry, pinewood plus honey melon aftertaste. Genuine IPA variation, very interesting.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Garrold
2.9
Hopshackle Humopolus
Cask. Sheffield Tap. Straw colour. Bread. Sweet malts. Light hop. Green hop. Taste is soft sweet. Short finish. Completely underwhelming, especially when factoring in the silly money price tag.
Monday, October 12, 2015

CH-303
4.3
Hopshackle Restoration
Appearance: 2010 vintage, bottle 333/1600. Dark brown with hint of red. Small, fizzy light tan head.
Aroma: Dark malt, dark fruit. Raisins.
Taste: Dark fruit, raisins, vinous. Some dark malt. Warming! Very nice.
Bought: Beers of Europe, 275 ml, £3.89
Info: 9/10-2015, 96/300M, BB: 30/11-2015

Monday, October 12, 2015

Travlr
2.9
Hopshackle Killicks IPA
Gravity cask at Nottingham festival day two with fonefan, Charlotte & chriso. Bright clear yellow color. Aroma of peppery herbs. Taste is black pepper and lemon. Nice.
Thursday, October 08, 2015

Travlr
2.8
Hopshackle Mantra
Gravity cask at Nottingham festival with fonefan, Charlotte, Boudicca & chriso. Clear pale yellow. Aroma of white pepper. Taste is peppery lemon. Light body.
Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Mr_Pink_152
3.1
Hopshackle Mantra
Tried at the three horseshoes, waddington. Golden colour with a creamy white head. Aroma has light fruit. Taste mainly sweet, with a slight bitter finish.
Thursday, September 24, 2015

BlackHaddock
3.3
Hopshackle Killicks IPA
Gravity poured half-pint on 26th Aug 2015 at the Peterborough Beer Festival. Golden body with a weak white topping. Herbal and spicy hop nose with a citrus leaning, taste follows in the same was although there is a good malt backdrop that blends in well. An easy drinking IPA with enough alcohol to give you a mini boost.
Thursday, September 03, 2015

BlackHaddock
2.6
Hopshackle Ballast
Gravity poured half-pint on 26th Aug 2015 at the Peterborough Beer Festival. Golden, clear body, wispy white head. Heavy on the citrus in both the nose and taste, too much for me to be honest. Some malt action in the flavour but the citrus dominance was not for me. Dry bitter finish, but too citrusy all round (scored objectively as possible).
Tuesday, September 01, 2015

rlgk
2.7
Hopshackle Red Ale
At Great British Beer Festival 2015, Day 1. Clear golden/copper beer with a small beige head. malty yeasty aroma, caramel, some berries, grainy notes. Fruity malty flavor, grapes, raisins, some yeast.
Friday, August 21, 2015

Aniela
3.2
Hopshackle Ballast
Cask at Egham Beer Festival 2015-08-07. Clear pale golden beer with an offwhite head. Malty caramel grassy aroma. Malty fruity grassy citrus flavour.
Thursday, August 20, 2015

evergreen0199
3.1
Hopshackle Red Ale
Cask at GBBF 2015, Olympia, London. An amber/red coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Malty, caramel aroma. Tastes similar, malty, caramel, some fruit.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

rlgk
3.1
Hopshackle Ballast
Cask at Egham Beer Festival 2015-08-07. Clear pale golden beer with a small head. Malty caramel aroma, bready, hay, citrus, grapes, some bready notes. Malty fruity flavor, grassy, citrus, floral notes.
Sunday, August 16, 2015

madmitch76
2.9
Hopshackle Red Ale
11th August 2015
GBBF Day 1. Cask. Hazy amber beer, small pale cream colour head. Palate is light and semi dry. Modest fine carbonation. Tangy malts, some unsweet toffee. Tangy dried fruits. Floral bitterness. Ripe fruits in the semi dry finish. Okay.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

yespr
3.1
Hopshackle Red Ale
From cask. Pours clear and golden orange with a small off white head. Aroma is toasted malty and light caramelish. Bitter, toasted and light caramelish. Dry and bitter far finish.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

yespr
3.2
Hopshackle Ballast
From cask. Pours clear and golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma is toasted malty and slight fruity. Sweet, toasted and light grassy. Bitter. Smooth fruity and bitter finish.
Sunday, August 09, 2015

berkshirejohn
3.3
Hopshackle Ballast
Cask at the 21st Egham Beer Festival. Pale straw with a thin white head; grassy aroma; some lemony citrus and passion fruit flavours; and a dry pear juice finish.
Friday, August 07, 2015

madmitch76
2.9
Hopshackle Simmarillo
2nd August 2015
Hazy gold beer, thin white head. Palate is light with a mild minerally crispness. Thin malts. Modest orange hops, tiny bit of pith. Light finish. Inoffensive but tastes a bit staid.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

jamestulloch
2.7
Hopshackle Simmarillo
Bottle, gift from Andrew. Hazy dull golden body with a faint white film despite a fairly aggressive pour. Low carbonation. Light lacing. Aroma of grape, apple, grass and green pepper. Flavour is tangy, verging on sour. Notes of grass, grapefruit, celery and dishwater. Thin body with a watery, slightly oily texture. Soft fizz. Tastes diluted and vegetal. Lacking crispness and punch.
Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Mr_Pink_152
3.3
Hopshackle Kinesis
Tried at the Deepings beer festival. Gold colour with white head. Aroma has apricot and pine. Taste has a light bitterness.
Sunday, July 26, 2015

Mr_Pink_152
3
Hopshackle Extra Special Bitter
Tried at the Deepings beer festival. Slightly hazy Amber colour with a white head. Aroma is mostly caramel taste is too with a bitter finish.
Sunday, July 26, 2015

FatPhil
3.3
Hopshackle Zen
Gravicask (CWAF2015)
Nice traditional bitter colour. Very bready aroma. Smooth sweetish palate. Taste follows the aroma, simple but tasty breadiness, which gets even breadier in the finish. Pretty decent.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

FatPhil
3.2
Hopshackle Red Ale
Gravicask (CWAF2015)
Looks nice, a rich red, with a small head. Soft sweet fruity malty notes in the aroma. Watery palate. A bit bland, again some caramelly malts, sweet esters, and fruity hops. Not grabbing me, but not at its best I fear.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

FatPhil
3.1
Hopshackle Simmarillo
Gravicask (CWAF2015)
Pale, small head. Pleasant floral and citrussy hops, some yellow grapefruit says Anna, and light grains in the aroma, fairly typical for a golden. Pleasant light malts, fruity hops, a little watery. Decent, but a bit weak. A summertime sessionable pale hoppy bitter, for sure. But it’s winter?!?!?

Thursday, July 09, 2015