Hopshackle Reviews




Mr_Pink_152
3.3
Hopshackle Rye IPA
On tap at the Jolly Brewery, Stamford. Deep golden white head. Aroma citus and grainy rye. Taste bread, light sweet to medium bitter. Medium body.
Friday, August 4, 2017

fonefan
3.4
Hopshackle Shamuzzle

Cask (gravity) @ NBF 2016 [ The 41th. Nottingham Beer Festival (The 9th Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival) ], Nottingham Castle, Friar Lane, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England NG1 6EB.

[ As Hopshackle Shamuzzle ].
ABV: 4.3%. Clear medium yellow colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, sweet malt, pale malt, fruity malt, moderate hoppy, citrus, fruity hops. Flavor is moderate sweet and light moderate bitter with a long duration, fruity hops, pale malt, fruity, citrus, sweet malt. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20161015]
7-3-7-3-14

Thursday, July 27, 2017

imdownthepub
3.2
Hopshackle Simmarillo
Cask conditioned at The North Norfolk Railway Beer Festival ’17, Sheringham, Norfolk. Gold with white head. There is a light citrus, lemony note on a malty cereal body to this. Greengage with some biscuit. It’s fine.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

imdownthepub
3.4
Hopshackle Vespa
Cask conditioned at The North Norfolk Railway Beer Festival ’17, Sheringham, Norfolk. Gold with white head. There is a sweet fruitiness to this, malt lead but with a strawberry hint. There is a late jammy hint. Reasonable.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

fonefan
3.2
Hopshackle Ohuna

Cask (gravity) @ NBF 2016 [ The 41th. Nottingham Beer Festival (The 9th Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival) ], Nottingham Castle, Friar Lane, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England NG1 6EB.

[ As Hopshackle Ohuna ].
Clear medium yellow colour with a small, frothy - fizzy, good lacing, mostly lasting to diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, sweet malt, tea, moderate hoppy, citrus, hop oil, cheese. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a long duration, hop oil, pale malt, tea, medium dry, sweet malt. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20161014]
6-3-7-3-13

Friday, June 30, 2017

anders37
3.1
Hopshackle Hoptane
Cask @ GBBF 2016. Pours a yellow color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty citrus hoppy aroma. Fruity malty citrus hoppy flavor. Has a fruity malty citrus hoppy finish.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Mr_Pink_152
3.2
Hopshackle Referectum
Tried at the Bourne Festival. Amber colour with a white head. Aroma rich malty taste light fruity to malt sweet. Medium body.
Saturday, June 3, 2017

Mr_Pink_152
3.7
Hopshackle Aniseed Porter
On tap at Smiths Bourne. Black colour with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and big aniseed. Taste sweet caramel and aniseed. Really nice smooth and full body.
Saturday, April 8, 2017

FatPhil
3.7
Hopshackle Winter Ale
Gravicask (CWAF2017)
Dark, small loose head. Lovely spiced aroma, but very well balanced.Full smooth palate. Taste also spiced, but again balanced, some coca-cola. Very easy drinker, and not caricatured. Anna felt the clove was ricking becoming too much, but she should get her own account. More SHV than just ESA, IMHO.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

FatPhil
3.2
Hopshackle Jaramillo
Gravicask (CWAF2017)
Lovely fruity perfumey aroma. Pale, small loose head. Slightly starchy pale malts, gently fruity and a touch perfumey. A very easy quaff - and it’s gone, just like that!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

imdownthepub
4
Hopshackle Imperial Stout
Bottled, 330ml, aged 8yrs (2009 version from the bottle), from Merton Beer Festival, Merton, Oxon. Inky black with beige head. Deep, heavily roasted malt from the start, quite like a deep Bordeaux in fruitiness, smooth but also tarry, liquorice. The beer is heavy on the palate throughout, leathery with a blackcurrant hint. A very decent beer indeed.
Friday, March 3, 2017

fonefan
3.3
Hopshackle Killicks IPA

Cask (gravity) @ NBF 2015 [ The 40th. Nottingham Beer Festival (The 8th Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival) ], Nottingham Castle, Friar Lane, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England NG1 6EB.

[ As Hopshackle Killicks IPA ].
Clear medium yellow color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting to diminishing, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, moderate hoppy, fruity hops, fruity. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, citrus, fruity, hoppy, pale malt. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20151008]
6-3-7-3-14

Saturday, February 25, 2017

90
4
Hopshackle Restoration
Dit is de 2010 editie. Dus een zevenjaar oud flesje. Mooi oude (be)legen smaak. Rond en notige smaak.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

john44
3.5
Hopshackle Double Momentum
Bottle. BB date Mar 2010; Drank Jul 2010 - Golden in colour. Slightly Hazy. Very Fruity; citrus orange & grapefruit, peaches. Bitter Hoppy; grassy hops. Malty; caramel, sweet grainy malts. Alcohol quite noticeable. Bitter fruity hoppy dominates sweet caramel malty throughout. Dry very bitter hoppy finish. Decent. (2010-07)
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

john44
3.4
Hopshackle Caskadia
Gravity Cask Third of a Pint at GBBF 2011 (Day 1), Earl’s Court, London Aug 2011 - Light Brown in colour. Very Fruity; tangy grapefruit and lime citrus fruit; honey, strong vanilla. Malty; bready malts. Intense citrus fruit and malt. Tangy bitter finish. Very quaffable. (2011-08-02)
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Fin
3.3
Hopshackle Jaramillo
Cask gravity in the company of FatPhil and Anna at Cambridge Winter Beer Festival, Friday 20th January 2017. Pours gold, good clarity, a very soft mouthfeel, this is hoppy but a little creamy edge to it, a touch soapy perhaps. Nice beer but lacking just a little, light fruitiness as opposed to the description of intense fruit, not really getting tropical either, that said I am enjoying it, it’s a good beer. A6 A4 T7 P4 Ov13 3.3
Friday, January 20, 2017

Fin
3.2
Hopshackle Winter Ale
Cask at Cambridge Winter Beer Festival, Friday 20th January 2017 in company of FatPhil and Anna Pours chestnut in colour, good clarity with a slight ruby glint. Spicy nose, and spicy in the mouth a touch of cough sweet, it’s ok. A6 A4 T6 P3 Ov13 3.2
Friday, January 20, 2017

fonefan
3.3
Hopshackle Mantra

Cask (gravity) @ NBF 2015 [ The 40th. Nottingham Beer Festival (The 8th Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival) ], Nottingham Castle, Friar Lane, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England NG1 6EB.

[ As Hopshackle Mantra ].
Clear medium yellow orange color with a small, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, fruity malt, apple. Flavor is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration, tropical fruit, pale malt, sweet malt, fruity, apple. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20151007]
6-3-7-3-14

Saturday, January 7, 2017

fonefan
2.9
Hopshackle Opulus

Cask (gravity) @ NBF 2015 [ The 40th. Nottingham Beer Festival (The 8th Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival) ], Nottingham Castle, Friar Lane, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England NG1 6EB.

[ As Hopshackle Opulus ].
Clear medium yellow color with a small, frothy - fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, grain, pale malt, fruity. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average duration, pale malt, fruity malt, sweet malt, grain. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20151007]
6-2-6-3-12

Saturday, January 7, 2017

john44
3.7
Hopshackle Restoration
Bottled. Produced Apr 2010; Bottle No 517 of 1600; BB date Nov 2015; Drank Mar 2014 - BCA; sedimented - Deep Amber Red in colour; Ruby against light. Vinous; like a sweet fruity red wine. Very Fruity; plums, raisins, cherries, apples. Very Malty; toasty malts, caramel, candy sugar, some nuts, hint of chocolate. Yeasty and Spicy. Hoppy; slight hops. Warming alcohol. Sweet vinous fruity malty throughout. Liked it. Terrific English take on a Belgian style. Nice Beer! (2014-03-18)
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Lowenbrau
3.1
Hopshackle Simmarillo
Cask @El Lúpulo Feroz, Oviedo. 07-05-2015.
Pours very little hazy pale gold with little white head. Short head retention, poor lacing. Grassy, malty, flowers, lemon, citrusy nose. Light to medium body, soft carbonation, oily texture. Taste is litle bitter, citrusy, fruity, some metalic, some dry aftertaste.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Grumbo
4.5
Hopshackle Hoptane
Catching up on ratings from GBBF 2016. From cask. Poured pale gold with frothy white head. Beautiful aroma, lots of fresh hop, tropical fruit, lemon and goosberry. Moderate sweetness and citrus bitterness. Light refreshing body, very easy drinking. Lemon, light dry, citrus finish. Thought this extremely good for a <4% golden ale, and for us, this was our surprise festival winner.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

imdownthepub
3.8
Hopshackle Hopnosis
Cask conditioned at Nottingham Beer Festival ’16. Gold with white head. Fresh and hoppy beer, crisp, fruity. Good zesty grapefruit notes, refreshingly dry and bitter. Good depth. Very pleasant indeed.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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 9, 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 5, 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 4, 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 4, 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 9, 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 7, 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 8, 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 3, 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 2, 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