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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Is an award-winning, traditional, all-natural style of beer that falls under the category of a "West Coast" India Pale Ale (IPA). Characterized by its high hop content, high alcohol content and deep amber color, Hoppy Face™ is brewed using water with a high mineral content. Using only the finest 2-row malted barley and great northwestern grown hops, this combination results in a clean, crisp, well-balanced beer. As usual, no artificial preservatives have been added to our beer during and/or after the brewing process.

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3.2
iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUL 23, 2006
So is it an amber (as Rb says) or a West Coast IPA (as the brewery says). Let’s find out. 22oz bomber, no date. Pours a hazy orange copper with a moderate, light red-yellow (very very light, mind you) head. Aroma is of piney, grapefruity hops, some grainy and caramelly malts, some nuts, and a slight bit of chalkiness. Quite bitter up front, with not a lot of hoppy flavor to back it up. Just bitter, which is stupid. Some nuts and caramel do show up midway through into a somewhat dry finish. Moderate carbonation, medium bodied. I don’t feel that this beer is that great. I think I paid $3.50-4.00 for this, which is too much.

3.8
SDalkoholic (2444) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Creates a heaping amount of froth up top a burnt orange hue. The nose is decorated with mild hops and weak notes of caramel hop. The flavor is a lop sided mixture of caramel malt and bittering westcoast hop that really tips the scale on shock value. Aftertaste is bitter and extremly dry, but overall this is a intimdating amber ale.

3.1
Ratman197 (15766) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2006
On tap @ Falling Rock poured a hazy amber with a small lasting off white head. Aromas of carmel, pine and a hint of citrus. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flkavors of light carmel, earthy and a hint of pine with a smooth finish.

3.3
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 27, 2006
(Draft at brewery. 03/2006). This really is their IPA. Mild, floral hops aroma. Slight bubble-gum character to the flavor. Up-front bitterness. Clear gold/amber with white head that dissipates to medium film. Sweet, malty backbone wih hints of caramel. Medium bodies. Finishes slightly sweet with a m inor, lingering floral bitterness.

3.5
DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 4, 2006
04-Mar-06 (22 oz bottle: $2.99 at BevMo in La Jolla, CA) This just came back in stock, so I picked up what I know is a fresh bottle, so a few additional words are in order. This beer is, in fact, not just a hoppy brew like I originally stated, but a wonderfully flavorful and balanced amber. The malts are toasty, husky, pleasantly grainy and only lightly sweet, balanced with a citrusy, moderately bitter hops. In the nose, it’s mostly a pleasant, generic hoppiness with mild huskiness in the background. Body is medium "plus", the palate is relatively clean thanks to the longevity of the hops, and there are no carbonation issues this time around. Amber body is somewhat hazy with particles adding further obstructions when looking through the beer. Tall, rocky, off-white head is long-lasting and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. A change in perception for this beer this time around, but no changes in my actual numbers. Ambers tend to be pretty boring, but this one is flavorful and energetic, not bashful with the hops.

11-Jan-05 (22 oz bottle: $2.79 at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA) If this is their version of an amber ale, I can’t imagine what their IPA would be like. This is rather bitter and hoppy for an amber ale, in fact, it’s totally dominated by the hops. The hops is very bitter and floral with a finish that is reminiscent of grapefruit rinds. There simply isn’t much maltiness to this beer, at least not in comparison to the hops. The nose mirrors the flavor, sweet, floral and hoppy. Moderately sweet, even in the bitter, hoppy finish. Very lively mouthfeel from all the carbonation. Medium amber color. Massively carbonated beer that produces a billowing, off-white head. For the first few minutes, the army of carbonation bubbles in incredible. Despite the multitude of carbonation bubbles rising quickly through the beer, the head eventually settles to about half an inch in thickness. A few small globs of head stick to the glass. Lots of sediment sits loosely on the bottom of the bottle. Despite the overall lack of balance, this is still a pretty enjoyable beer, but I’m not sure this really falls into the amber category. (7, 4, 7, 3, 14 = 3.5)

3.5
hopdog (13315) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2005
22 oz bottle acquired in trade with DarkElf (thanks!). Opened to a loud PSST and poured with a huge, huge head. Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with an off white head. Aromas of caramel, oranges, flowers, and citrus. Tastes of caramel, grapefruit, citrus and light pine. Nice an hoppy for an Amber ale.

3.6
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUN 15, 2005
Pours copper with a substantial foamy head, aroma is sweet malt with floral hops. Sweet apricot, malt is present and piney hops is there to balance nicely. Medium bodied but a bit watery mouthfeel, finishes crisp. Very drinkable, more hops than you might expect from an amber but then it’s name should let you in on that fact. This is a good beer, would probably sell well if the brewer would redo the artwork on their labels and lose the lame happy face theme.

3.4
Ernest (7917) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2005
Draught, Falling Rock. Body is light amber. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel), moderately hoppy (flowers, orange), trace yeast (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Pleasant pale ale with a nice juicy malt component.

3.2
mjg74 (3230) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 28, 2005
Pours a fairly average amber color. With a huge head. Some sediment is floating around. Aroma is slighlty sweet and hoppy. Lots of carbonation. Beer is quite bitter. Some malt character as well. Bitter grapefruit like aftertaste. Would be better with less carbonation.

3.6
bb (9900) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Bottle. Copper color with a big off-white head. Citrus hop aroma with a sweet malt backing. Nice hop flavor with more sweet malts - fruity - mostly citrus - and some pine. Could use a bit more bitterness (but that’s a personal preference). Very nicely balanced and easy to drink.


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