Thursday, November 4, 2010
Southern Tier Hoppe Imperial Extra Pale Ale
I picked up a bottle of Southern Tier Hoppe Imperial Extra Pale Ale from Al's of Hampden. The beer pours a golden color with a frothy white head that sticks to the glass nicely. The aroma consists of caramel and toffee with lemon and pine accents. The taste is smooth and sweet with lots of caramel and toffee hanging on the tongue, a bit of toasted caramel, and a fresh lemon finish. There is a faint pale ale malt flavor, but it hides in the background behind the flowery accents that come along for the ride. The after taste is piney and lightly dry. The alcohol content is 8.0% ABV. The Hoppe is a very smooth drinking and sweet beer that is enjoyable through and through. It has a warming effect for the cooler fall days, while hanging on to the warmer summer months with the lemon and pine end to the beer.