Hopfetti

Virginia
United States
Starr Hill Beer Hopfetti Triple IPA
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
72
Aroma:
17 / 24
Flavor:
28 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20
Description 

In celebration of our 16th Anniversary and shameless love for IPAs, this beer has more hops in it than any other beer we’ve ever brewed. Featuring six different hops, including Amarillo, Apollo, Centennial, Equinox, Sorachi Ace and Triskel, this bold yet balanced Triple IPA really takes the cake.

Profile

ABV: 
10.2%
IBUs: 
72
Served at: 
45 - 50˚ F
Hops: 
Apollo, Equinox, Centennial, Amarillo, Sorachi Ace, Triskel
Malts: 
Two-Row, Crystal, Golden Oats
Judges Review 
Dan Preston's picture
Judges Rating:
72
Aroma:
17 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
28 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

This beer pours a beautiful deep golden color with a light amber hue, great clarity and a low, off-white head. A pungent nose emanates from the glass, but it’s the imperial part of this Triple IPA that is most prominent. It screams of high alcohol throughout and drowns out the majority of the other flavors. The aroma is a pungent, boozy alcohol, reminiscent of rubbing alcohol, that mostly covers up any fruity/tropical hop notes (orange, peach, passion fruit) as well as some pepper. Beyond this is light grainy malt with some toasty caramel sweetness. The strong alcohol carries through into the flavor and unfortunately combines with the fairly high bitterness (bordering on astringent) and some grapefruit rind and resinous hops to create a fairly punishing character. This combination of weaknesses makes for an unpleasant finish. There seems to be some life to this IPA trying to get out, however the alcohol is so apparent that it’s almost like a hop-infused vodka rathe than a beer. Perhaps with some age this could turn into a good American barleywine, but as is, it’s too hot to handle.

Brewery Introduction

In the mid-90’s, Master Brewer Mark Thompson returned to his native Virginia from Portland, OR, having learned two things: First, that the craft of artisanal brewing was one part science and one part art; and second, that making delicious beer was a lot cooler than anything he had ever done as a... Read More

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