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Hop Knob IPA - Silver Moon Brewing

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 67
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: RedDiamond on 10-21-2008

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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 67
Photo of RedDiamond
4.67/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, such brilliant aromatic hops. I'm going to guess they're Centennial, but they could be any number of northwestern varieties. They positively dazzle with floral ecstasy. They are lavish and abundant and perfect in their expression and proportions. They also assist in sustaining a head of fluffy beige foam that resembles cattail down.

Hop Knob's body is lightly clouded amber with eager carbonation. The mouthfeel is plump and easy. Bittering arrives late for a memorable finish, and there's still plenty of malt balance.

A classic northwestern IPA. One of the best in the state. (592 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I filled up a Tap-A-Draft jug at Growler guys with Hop Knob IPA. Oured in to a schooner.

Pours a pale gold color, slight chill haze, with a foamy white head.

Smell is a sweet citrus aroma, lemon blossoms and grapefruit.

Taste is also a nice fruity flavor, not a lot of malt but a pink grapefruit and sweet lemon flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, a nice thirst quenching brew.

Overall a very nice drinkable IPA. (421 characters)

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Hop Knob IPA poured a hazy amber color with a 2 plus finger foam head and some nice tiered lacing. The head took off pretty quick.

The aroma is very floral. It was creamy and a little abrasive which are a good taste quality I like. You got a good bit of spiciness in the finish. Overall this would probably out sell a lot of the IPA's in the local market. (361 characters)

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep rich copper, with a good offwhite head. Good heavy hop crispness in the aroma, lots of herbal and floral hops, cannabis, citrus and some light pine.

My favorite offering from Siver Moon. It's got a realy lush thick mouthfeel, full of hops and just enough malt to balance and beef it up. This a good drinker, with a good spicy hop bite that makes you drink it kinda slow and savor it.

Overall, a really nice IPA! (428 characters)

Photo of TheBungyo
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. Most of the really good IPA's clock in at around 7% ABV or so. At 5.7% how does this one stack up? Surprisingly well actually.

The pour is a nice orange/gold color and the head dense and creamy. Lots of lacing too.

I get orange, caramel and pine in the nose. The hop aromas are nice but not lush. If they were bigger this would be even better.

More pine and orange with a dash of grapefruit and caramel as I taste it. If this were just a bit more bitter it would be fantastic. Considering the lower ABV this is very good ... but not great. If we had this in WA I'd definitely buy it again. Well done Silver Moon. (622 characters)

Photo of Oakengroves
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent strong-hopped Northwest IPA scent. Light, colorful tone. The scent was particularly good. Solid, but somewhat standard, Northwest IPA taste. Very smooth and easy - typical IPA. Somewhat dull mouthfeel, but solid hops balance. An excellent Northwest IPA. Would purchase again! (285 characters)

Photo of peacebone116
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-oz bottle that I picked up over the 7/4/11 weekend trip to Bend, OR. Bottle also indicates ABV of 5.7%. Enjoyed on 7/24 from a tulip glass.

A: Golden, hazy orange. Egg-shell white head that grabs at the leg of the tulip.

N: Beautiful orange and pine with a bit of pineapple.

T/M: Bitter pine and earth with a nice sweetness on the back end from the malt. The body is light with an oily texture. Not overwhelmingly carbonated, but acceptable for the style.

This is a well-balanced ale. It is low in ABV but not in flavor! I think this would make a good BBQ beer because it is so rich, light, and totally sessionable if you are working around the house. (659 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 6.20.12.

A - Pours a clear medium orange with a one inch cream-colored head. Very good retention.

S - Citrusy orange and lots of pine.

T - Pineapple, peach and pine.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - Really nice. I had this about and hour after a Pliny, and I can't complain. (307 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a nonic, Hop Knob is rusty orange with a light sand colored head that leaves decent lace.

Smell is sweet, bright hops, nice pungency, a fresh bottle for sure. Floral, with some tropical fruits and a hint of resin.

Taste is good, nice and hoppy but all flavor, not a lot of bitterness, which I greatly prefer in IPAs. However ,there's a sweet malt backbone, but there is enough bitterness to keep it crisp and not cloying. There's a grainy toasted breadiness to the malt on the finish that lingers.

Mouthfeel is dry, slick, a bit spicy, medium bodied.

Drinkability is good, a nice little IPA. If I lived in Bend I'd probably drink it a lot! (666 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, sudsy, and rather bitter IPA. Attractive appearance as the light amber brew foams up in the big Stella goblet. Toasty malt but on the dry side. Fragrant with resiny hops and a hint of honeysuckle.

Mineral taste and a bitter aftertaste. Overall, a highly drinkable hoppy brew with a sharp edge and tingly mouthfeel. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Central Market in Shoreline, Washington. (399 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying this one on the porch, a bit chilly tonight.
Dull orange and gold color, nice head, good retention

Aroma has the west coast stigma. Piney and citrus. Light caramel malt undertones, more of a biscuit malt.

Flavors are solid and go well with the bite in the middle and at the finish. Citrus and some floral mixes in with citrus. Sweetness up front a bit and then at the end. Caramel first, quickly, and biscuit at finish.

Good dryness, easy drinking (462 characters)

Photo of Docer
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Buddies GF brought a bottle of this home... so many IPA's from this brewer... hard to keep track and review... but yet so cool...

- Cloudy.. lightly... orange, huge fluffy white head, the yeast of the hops and gods... caramel IPA west coast goodness... something is right here...

- Crisp pine, and grassy bitter hop... melded well with a balanced caramel and slightly thin sweet profile... bready biscuit aroma... floral left in the nose... bright for sure.

- Smooth malts, floral leafy fields of hops, flowers, grass... sweet caramel and robust husks of bread... a tangy punch of zesty bitter hops... leaves a crisp freshness...

- Drying.... slightly chewy, and rather light bodied... but yet it;s all there...

- Overall a very impressive IPA... one I would be happy to call a flagship IPA as any brewer... drinkable, balanced. and tart... one to promote, and sent some kegs about! (888 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Concordia alehouse last night.

The beer pours an copper amber color with fairly good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose... just some light dry citrus, wood chips and a hint of cereal and sweet malt. On the palate, the beer is a bit better and is definitely on the dry side. There's enough malt to handle the hoppy bitterness, but this IPA is definitely west coast (stylistically) all the way. The flavor profile otherwise seemed a bit light to me, though the beer is certainly easy drinking enough. The finish is fairly long and bitter, and I found myself warming up to this beer the more I drank of it.

While nothing spectacular, this is a solid, generally well made IPA without any noticeable flaws. Not sure I'd order it again, but it went well enough with my ceaser salad. (814 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a shaker glass.

A- Poured a dark hazy orange color with soapy white head that dissipated instantly and left no lace.

S- Pungent grapefruit and sweet orange citrus notes, almost like an orange marmalade. The aroma does not stick around for long though.

T- Big pungent grapefruit notes, orange marmalade, and cotton candy sweetness. A sweeter hop and malt profile for an IPA with moderate bitterness.

M- Soft carbonation, semi-dry finish, and medium body. HIghly drinkable.

O- A solid IPA, not overly complex but lots of nice grapefruit and orange citrus hop character with some nice sweetness from the malt. (630 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance has a slightly hazy golden orange head with a firm but dissipating head leaving fair lace. Smell has a good balance of the citric piney hops with nice malt backbone with a light grassy earthiness to the nose. Taste has those upfront citric piney hops fallowed by the malt with light biscuit and grain. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Not a bad IPA overall, nothing complex, just a good ol' PNW IPA. (420 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy orange with an amber hue and an inch thick head of beige.
Decent lacing and a solid skim coat throughout the glass.

Aromatics are muted for the style but there are traces of pine, grapefruit, and crisp, chaulky malt.

Medium bodied with a drying mouthfeel.

Grapefruit pith and pine resin start the palate. A firm bitterness with husky malt follow through. The hops are restrained but theres plenty of bitterness.

Finishes with a chalky bite, pithy citrus, and pine bark.

Tasty enough but failry timid for the style, especially from the PNW. (569 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes...

Pours a bright and slightly hazy orange color with a thin white head.

Aromas are nice. Light hops, a doughy, candy like, and citrusy.

Taste is surprisingly more bitter than I expected. Apirin and grapefruit like upfront. Beer then settles into some doughy and creamy malt sweetness that is subtle and in the background. Finish has another bitter blast from the hops, kind of piney.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated and full, not lacking any body.

Drinkability is good. This IPA packs a pretty decent punch, hoppy and bitter, and I like it even though it's kind of out of balance. (594 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours like a darker yellow ipa, with some orange current running through it. Orange is the best descriptor for the aroma, hops and orange.

Citric taste ebbs and flows into some average bitterness, but largely the hop mouthfeel fades and dissolves kind of quickly. Finishes kinda dry, but doesn't leave you wanting to recommend it to anyone or seek it out. Wouldn't pay more than $5 for a bomber of this. Decent stuff in a land of very good stuff. (448 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Courtesy of ramnuts. Thanks!

A: Pours a cloudy amber color with copper highlights when held to the light. Head is barely a film on the glass, and remains a light film with a ring collar. Nice sticky lacing down the glass as I drink. Slow effervescence gives the beer a very syrupy look.

S: Mostly citrus (orange, grapefruit, pineapple) and floral hops, with some pine character. A little weed. I was expecting more than the slight biscuit malt aroma, given that this is a 'regular' IPA. It certainly smells more like a double or imperial.

T: Citric tastes up front, with a predominately orange and grapefruit bent. The mid-taste sees biscuit malt and a slight pineapple tang. The finish is floral hops, with a lingering sticky bitterness.

M: A little light-bodied and watery, with medium carbonation. Nice stickiness without being oily. ABV isn't too high, so it makes sense that I don't feel it.

D: Good. Seems like a great sessionable IPA, if it's a decent price. (1,004 characters)

Photo of LandWorld
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the tasting room in Bend.

A - orange in color with a 3/4 inch head. Lacing is outstanding.

S - citrus and pine. Smell is the best quality of this IPA.

T - disappoints after the anticipation after smell. Overall bitterness not commensurate with the aroma.

M - a little over carbonated but only a little.

O - a fresh light ipa good on a summer day. (364 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a golden yellow with a small white head. Carbonation was good

S: Seet, floral, grains and faint

T: Perhaps Centennial hops, light malt body, grains

M: Well carbonated, lighter bodied, light booze

D: Ok but not a go to beer or one I would recommend (261 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colour with a fluffy, off-white head. Good head retention.

Bright citrus and grapefruit aroma. Slightly sweet.

Slightly malty with good grapefruit flavour. Balanced towards the bitterness. Nice enough.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A decent, generic West Coast IPA. Worth a try. (309 characters)

Photo of mfavoino
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Red Hot in Tacoma on 6/9/12.

Appearance: Slightly hazy bright orange color only a bit of head and not much lacing on the glass.

Smell: Subtle citrus hops with some floral notes that are less prominent.

Taste: Initially a citrus hop flavor, then a rich caramel malt flavor takes over the palate. Mild bitterness as it finishes. Light flavors overall.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with slightly lower than average carbonation. Dry as it finishes.

Overall: An average West Coast IPA that doesn't have any flavors jumping out at me. Still, drinkable and decent hop profile. (595 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - golden color, clear, with about half a finger's worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - typical floral aroma of hops, not much else noticeable.

Taste - the taste is much like the aroma. There's not a whole lot going on here other than the taste and feel of hops. Both of which are nice, by the way. For an IPA, this hits the mark right on as far as style, but there's not much else here that adds character. At least, not that I'm noticing.

Mouthfeel - pretty mild in mouthfeel, not too creamy or too thin.

Overall - very good representative of the style, but not terribly memorable. (663 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clear, typical, golden-orange-amber color with about an inch of white head that had decent retention and lacing.

The aroma was an OK blend of pine and citrus hop scents. The flavors were also pine and citrus with some malt in the background. The body was typical for the style, as was drinkability.

Overall, a nice, but not great, example of the style. Worth trying if you see it. (416 characters)

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Hop Knob IPA from Silver Moon Brewing
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