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Hop Knob IPA - Silver Moon Brewing

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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Silver Moon Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 10-21-2008)
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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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

Mebuzzard, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of LandWorld
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

LandWorld, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.03/5  rDev +11%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of mfavoino
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

mfavoino, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of bluckbeyes
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

bluckbeyes, May 30, 2012
Photo of loren01
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear orange color, not much head with no lacing down the glass.
S: Strong citrusy scent also some caramel malty scents
T: Much the same as the smell. Lots of caramel maltiness almost too much actually followed by citrusy hops.
M: Medium bodied, carbonated well for the style
O: This is a decent IPA, very solid but nothing I'd probably seek out.

loren01, May 29, 2012
Photo of Bookseeb
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Bookseeb, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of IPAaDay
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

IPAaDay, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of kickerofelves
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

kickerofelves, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

CoryR, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

John_M, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of TheBungyo
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

TheBungyo, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of dgilks
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

dgilks, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of peacebone116
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

peacebone116, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of chumba526
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears bright (but hazy) orange with a small off-white head.

It smells of grassy, pine like hops. I also get some grapefruit/ deep citrusy smells and a mild bread like malt smell.

It tastes of pine like spicy hops. I get a bit of a grassy and grapefruit like flavor. The grapefruit flavor lingers on for a while. There is a bit of a bread like malt flavor though hops dominate.

The carbonation is around medium.

Overall not the best IPA I have had but a pretty decent example of the style.

chumba526, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of flexabull
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

flexabull, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of Docer
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

Docer, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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

barleywinefiend, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of brewandbbq
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

brewandbbq, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

beertunes, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of Tucquan
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this from a 22 oz bomber in Portland, OR on 2010-01-23

A - Clear gold with a light tan head

S - Mild bread and floral

T - Too light on the malt but lots of pine and grapefruit bitterness

M - Light with medium carbonation

D - Easy to quaf but the unremarkable taste left me wanting more

Tucquan, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of callmemickey
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy amber body. Large off-white fluffy head. Moderate retention but fairly decent lacing down the glass sides.

S: Some orange and grapefruit, a bit of grass and pine. Dull, bready malts fill out the aroma profile from start to finish.

T: Lots of malt, too much malt actually. The breadyness drowns out the citric and earthy hops that were at least present in the nose.

M: A bit thin in the middle. Carbonation levels were good. Finish is muted and a bit muddled. No bite or crispness.

D: A decent, but not memorable IPA. Not something I'd seek out in a bottle.

callmemickey, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of birdypowder
2.53/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hop Knob IPA was a disappointment. It fell well short of embodying a classic American IPA in both the aroma and taste.

Aroma:
There were some pleasant malt aromas but unfortunately that is where the fun stopped. Whiffs of skunk over-powered the malt and the weak hop aroma. The hops contributed some fruitiness but where was the citrus I've grown to love in American IPA's?

Appearance:
A smallish off-white head with barely acceptable staying power capped this hazy amber orange colored brew. There was enough lacing to be noticed and briefly appreciated.

Taste:
Hop Knob tasted thin for an IPA and not surprisingly it was also lacking in malt character. It was a tad watery. There was some pleasant back end bitterness but without an enjoyable malt presence to escort the bitterness across the tongue I'm afraid it was all for not. There is not much to latch on to here but at least it goes down smooth!

birdypowder, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of Arbitrator
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Arbitrator, Apr 14, 2009
Hop Knob IPA from Silver Moon Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.