RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
A beautiful marriage between American and Belgian beer, Hoppy Little Gnome is our nod to Belgian brewers that are nodding right back at us. Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Trippel and Urthel’s Hop It are two Belgian beers that are big on American hops. Ours leans closer to Chouffe with it’s abbey trippel style dry body but is full of Amarillo, Saaz, and Columbus hops. This is IPA Experiment #2 this year.

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TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2009
On draft at the brewpub (Flossmoor, IL). Rated from notes. Poured a very nice cloudy amber, a touch of a glowing golden quality, dense white head that cakes, laces well with fairly lively carbonation. Aromas are quite hoppy, throwing some good citrusy grapefruit, piney resinous qualities that remain powerful. Coupled with a lighter spicy belgian yeast, fruity, but largely covered by a powerful bouquet of hops. Initial throws good bitterness, pine and earthy/grassy hops mix with some grapefruit citrus, a lighter malt body with a touch of belgian yeast and fruity ester into the body. Lemony, a touch of spice and Belgian malt feels. A very good interpretation of Hoblon Chouffe DIPA/Tripel.

dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2008
pours cloudy amber , big white head. a hit of hops in the nose. flavor is hoppy with citrus, and a hint of sweat socks. bitter after taste. an interesting attempt, but not a bullseye in the ipa arena.

evilempire (158) - sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2008
on tap at brewpub May ’07. A true American Triple IIIPA, with a powerful full bodied pale brew offset by massive hop aroma, flavour and aftertaste. citrus to the nose and throughout. Slight alcohol flavour, but mostly buried by hop making this a really drinkable, very bitter beer with an ultra-dry finish

heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 7, 2007
Thanks for sharing, Duane. The body was gold. The aroma was classic grapefruit with some caramel. The taste was rich with the grapefruit. There was also an herbal hint with some peanuts. A little funky in the finish. An interesting brew, but I am not crazy about hopped up Belgian inspired brews.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 04/27/2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub

hazy gold, fine white head, sweet piney aroma with astrengent earthy hops, lots of bitter hop flavor, touch of caramel sweetness falls short to provide balance,

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.7/5.0
Drinkability: 5/10
Score: *4

Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2007
GTMW. This was early in the festival for me, and a fine experience it was. I’m surprised to see this one rated so low, given I think this is a better version of Chuoffe Belgian IPA. Pours a hazy golden that leads on into a palate that is as complex as a good Belgian strong and as zesty as a good IIPA. I actually see the Belgian characteristics more than the IIIPA, which is pretty impressive given the amount of hops here. Flavor is lemon drop candy, lemonheads, lemongrass, hay, Rainier cherry, orange zest, coriander, and a touch of marshmallow oak. Finish is IIPA.

tjthresh (1872) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2007
On tap at the GTMW
Mostly clear golden with some snowy white head. Some light haze that I’m guessing is from dry hopping. This think is just dripping with hop goodness. Pine, resion, some sticky citrus juice, and candy sugar. Totally agressive grassy flavor, but some of the subtle tripel character is still there. Kind of amazing if you ask me. Buttery palate, and of course there’s some tongue scrubbing bitterness. Really good.

bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2007
On tap at the brewpub. Clear golden in colour with a medium sized head. Thsi was a really strange experience. Feels like a hybrid between a belgo trippel and an american IPA. Strange.

HogTownHarry (7065) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - JUN 1, 2007
Draught. At the brewpub. Clear gold with an average white head. Very clean pine/resin hop aroma, well matched with solid lightly fruity malt. Up front the taste was dry resin/pine hop bitterness, some light roast malt with a faint apricot character - I would have said IPA rather than imperial, the alcohol was noticeable but not "big" and it certainly wasn’t a hop or malt monster. Average body, very astringent, light acidity (here’s where I started to think "yeah, imperial") and carbonation with a very long finish where the 10% finally let’s loose with the disguised punch. A solid dry IPA, I couldn’t really pin a particular hop character on it, but certainly nicely bitter in the end - reminded me somehow of the TF Decepticon I’d sample earlier in the day - don’t know why.

presario (4925) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 28, 2007
Chicago trip. Saturday 11:55. Sample tray. Grabbed the wrong sample, thought that I was drinking the Gandy Dancer and was somewhat shocked. warm soft honey and flower nose. Dark gold colour. Strong herbal hop flavour. Taste like chewing on flowers. Smooth and hoppy. Nice tribute to Chouffe. Long hop aftertaste.

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