In this beer blog, we are going to sample Hop A Peel Ale from Atwater Brewery. If you read my earlier beer blog posts, you know the history of this Detroit Craft Brewery. If you have not read those posts, please, read them to get to know this brewery along the Detroit River. Let us get into this American IPA.
This American IPA has a cloudy amber color with a constant white head on this ale. The aroma has a citrus to orange notes. The tasting profile has a dry hoppy to bitter notes. The aftertaste is very dry and bitter that hangs out too long for my liking. It should be drinkable but to me it is sipping.
Here is a descriation from their website (www.atwaterbeer.com):
Atwater’s HopApeel is a frontal assault on the American IPA style that features not only the classic American Cascade and Chinook hops, but two of the new “Super Cascade” varieties in both the kettle and in the dry hop. Dried and ground orange peel is added to the whirlpool to deliver a citric bittering that sets HopApeel apart from the masses.
ABV: 7.5% IBU: 86
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In closing, I have try and retry most of their beers. I have to say overall that I really disappointed. I love their Java Vanilla Porter. Their version of the classic beer style, which is India Pale Ale is pretty bad and disappointed. I do not know why I thought this American IPA would be any different. The malty backbone is very weak just like their Grand Circus IPA. The taste has nothing to what the name of beer and the description from bottle and website. The aroma does but the taste is like their Grand Circus IPA. It is water hop taste with alcohol. It is not a good beer. Please, let me know what you think of this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser