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Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor by Brouwerij Het Anker
Belgian IPA
8.00 % ABV

Review by Ricarrdo on 07/30/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 10 16 4 8 0
So called Belgian IPA – nice enough beer. About 8.?% alcohol – pours very much like champagne with a huge thick over running head – lots of carbonation from a 750ml litre bottle. Initial fruity, hoppy, spicy nose that doesn’t follow through on the taste – which is a bit of hops and spice with some nice malt biscuit backbone. Nice enough beer – not as good as Bruery Mischief and Schneider Hopfen Weisse but better than the Houblon Chouffed Dobbelen

Price: $7.00 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 0
West Lakeview

Het Anker's Hopsinjoor fills my tulip glass with a straw golden liquid that becomes even pale yellow when backlit. The body is hazy to the point of being difficult to see through and the carbonation explodes to the surface from every inch of the glass. This lively carbonation helps support the giant head. The head grew to a minimum of three fingers on the pour and at its lowest point fell to two. The head became incredibly dense and meringue like while leaving big sticky chunk lacing on its way down. This is an incredible looking beer that shows one of the best heads I've seen in months.

The nose on this beer screams Belgian IPA, what I think would be one anyway. The first thing that hits me is a dusty, musty yeastiness before the hop additions make themselves known. This beer isn't hugely hoppy but does have a lot more hops then your average BSPA. The hoppiness is of the grassy/herbal nature and rides even keel with the robust yeast characters. There's a good deal of green apple skins and gritty pear before the banana and clove ester qualities come through toward the end. The yeast used in this beer must be magical because the esters it's throwing off are all over the place in the most under control manageable sort of way.

As soon as this beer hits my tongue I know I'm in for a treat. Everything the nose suggested is right here in the flavor. The maltiness, although not very noticeable, is dry sugar cookie like and while it starts things off it's quickly pushed aside. A quick flash of grassy hops hit before they fade away to allow the fruity yeastiness to come forth. Apple skins, pears, and faint peach take over mid palate right before the mustiness joins in the fun. All the hoppiness that was in the nose shows up just before the swallow. Somehow the yeast contributions are so hearty that they more then stand up to the hoppiness of this brew. I'm really digging the complexities.

The body of this beer is on the lighter side of medium with a healthy carbonation that keeps things moving. That great Belgian carbonation is there that makes the body of this beer incredibly airy. The hopping combined with the aggressive carbonation make for a moderate bitterness on the tongue.

I honestly can't believe how easy this beer is going down. The flavors combine to create an incredibly refreshing beer and the carbonation keeps things flowing. Each glass I pour disappears far too fast.

I expected a good beer coming from Het Anker, just like the others, but Hopsinjoor blew me away. This is exactly what I believe a hoppy Belgian should be crafted like and I won't hesitate to pick these up in the future. Het Anker is up toward the top of the list for my favorite Belgian brewers and Hopsinjoor just bumped them up the ladder.

Reviewed: 8/10/08

Price: $8.49 Served In: Tulip

Review by SAP on 09/23/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2008
Fantastically explosive, I pulled off the cage and away the cork went, I lost all but about 25cl of my 750ml bottle (luckily most of it into my sink). The head ends up 6 fingers in height in my tulip glass with a pale, off-white color. The beer is deeply hazy with lots of stirred up sediment and is a gold color. The aroma has a bright, herbal, grassy hoppiness to it that has a backdrop of lemon zest, aromatic tangerine and a tropical fruit / kumquat note that gets more prominent the more I dig. The hop aromatics are clearly dominant here, but there is just a hint of cracker like malt to the finish. This smells quite nice to this hophead and I am quite sad I lost so much of this beer.

Lightly sweet with a fruitiness up front. This quickly picks up a green, herbal edge to it through the middle and the finish is a mix of hot alcohol and astringent bitterness. This is very light and thus very quaffable, for a beer of this strength. The hops provide fruit flavors of tangerine, kumquat, lychee, but definitely have an herbal & amply grassy edge to them that is accentuated by the higher alcohols. This can get slightly astringent and the herbal / alcohol notes in the finish provide more of a balance to the up front fruitiness than any light bitterness that is here.

Despite being a bit harsh in the finish, this remains just incredibly easy to drink. I could have easily finished a 750ml bottle by myself and will definitely have to try and get another bottle of this to enjoy.

Purchased: Liquor Max; Loveland CO

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 08/19/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2008
A - Huge pop on the cork! Pour produces a towering head that takes up most of the glass. Loose head is off white. Sort of soapy looking, but with surprising staying power. Body is a cloudy light yellow.

S - Signature Belgian yeast with estery banana combines with crisp hops with slight bitterness. Smells sort of flowery fresh.

T - Starts out with really signature flavors of a Belgian Golden Ale. Belgian yeastiness, coriander, touch of black pepper. Light belgian candi sugar. Hops come in. The big difference on this is how differently it's done than many other Belgian IPAs. The hops just work in harmony instead of going center stage. There are flavors of fresh pollen here too, very flowery. Finishes a little sweet with some hop bitterness. Little to no aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied. Soft feel. High carbonation.

Overall - Very pleasantly surprised. I usually don't really get into this style, but I am really digging this brew. Great balance and just a very enjoyable brew.

Served In: Pint Glass

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