philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2010 Troobie99 (60) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A classic example of the West Coast pale--a summer sipper with lotsa light and crispness. The name is actually a bit misleading because the beer's not a hop monster; my guess is that hop infusions are made throughout the boil so that you get a total hop experience--flavor, aroma, and a nice, but certainly not extreme bittering. Hard to imagine a beer better suited to a sunny afternoon.
Full Sail Brewing Company--Hopocity Ale--Brewmaster’s Reserve 2005 22 oz. Bottle Release --5.20% ABV--55 IBU’s? (4.25 / 5.0) Pale Ale--Mild lace head. Clear thin light amber color. Rich buttery floral hop front. Wheat? Creamy cloying mild sweet butterscotch caramel biscuit butter Pils Pale Hop Oil body. Rich smooth balanced hop spice end. Sampled 4/25/2005. BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - MAY 22, 2008
This was a pretty tasty little beer. I miss a lot of these beers. they come and go, and I wish that they would continue to make some of them on a full time basis. This is a pretty big hopped up pale ale, could use a little stronger malt background (couldn’t they all) but overall it is pretty substantial and balances out the large amount of grapefruity and citrus hops that bitter out through the entire pint. I would love to have this again. Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Enjoyed 2004 @ Full Sail tasting room in Hood River, Oregon--Poured a light copper body with a fluffy one-finger head. Grassy, fruity, and pretty darn biting on the palate. Not a lot of malt flavor comes out in this hop monster. It is more hops than anything (hence the name). This is one tasty (though unbalanced) springtime brew. oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Pours a nice golden orange. Aromas of hops and citrus. Nice mellow hop citrus flavor. With a name like Hopocity, I thought or rather expected a more hop bite. porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2005
On tap. Poured a light copper color with an ever-lasting thin white head. A decent bouquet of citrusy hops and some grassy notes. The taste was very hoppy, not balanced at all. This was, however a rather drinkable beer amd what malt flavor there was must have been hidden under a steep amount of Amarillo hops. Pretty full mouth feel.
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Dark bronze with a fluffy white head and stringy lacing. Blend of citrus hops with some notes of soap in the nose. Floral and bitter. Balanced out well with a nice backing of malts. Bitter comes out more in the flavor along with citrus; mostly lemons and orange. Smooth hoppy tail that I love. Hops and malts blend very well. slimweebs (164) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 5, 2005
This beer smells better than it tastes, unfortunately. It has a very strong citrusy aroma, but the taste is a bit too sharp for my taste. Not enough balance in the flavor to keep me interested. It was a decent beer, but for the money I know I can do better. OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 From the bottle BeerLimey (2155) - California, USA - AUG 11, 2005
Pours golden amber with a fluffy white head. Classic grapefruit and pine aroma; the taste is a lovely blend of hops and subdued warm grain malt, with a long finish that draws more and more bitter as it plays out. The mouthfeel is perhaps a slgiht bit thin and a bit overcarbonated, but quite nice still.
This is a smooth drinking bitter ale, an ESB with a Pacific Northwest twist. It doesn’t have the in-your-face kick of a hard-edged IPA, but it is more than bitter enough and more than hoppy enough to make a very fine sesion beer for hop lovers. I’m very impressed!
Clear golden appearance, moderate head formation. Mild lemony aroma. Hoppy palate, fairly bitter with sweet lemon and mild ginger running through. Decent bite in the finish. DewBrewer (294) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2005
Yes it’s hoppy but there is some earthiness to accompany it. The citrus flavors are there and it is pretty bitter but the balance is nice. Good beer.