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Hopknocker Imperial IPA - Schmohz Brewing Company

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Hopknocker Imperial IPAHopknocker Imperial IPA

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73
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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 21.1%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Schmohz Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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mgroothuis, Jun 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +29.9%

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4/5  rDev +29.9%

adamant1912, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of Jpatrix
3.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. A dark translucent amber color. Darker than expected but appealing. Smell was typical of IIPA's I have had before but this had more of a hop aroma than earlier. A deep carmel with hints of citrus but not overpowered by the hops. The 9.5% abv is not glaring. A more robust feel that was quite delightful. A bit hoppier than earlier Hopknocker's I have tried. Worth a try.

Jpatrix, May 04, 2010
Photo of youngleo
3.83/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a nice inch and a half head. Head was a little brownish in color. Also had some big bubbles in the head. Left some very nice lacing with every swallow. Brew itself was brownish in color, with a slight red tint. Had that hoppy pine smell. Also a slight sweet smell. Also I thought strange, it had a slight chocolate aroma. Tasted very good. Then again, a little chocolate, hops, and malt. Also hints of fruit or maybe apple. Again I thought the flavor was very good. Felt good in the mouth. I thought carbonation was about right. I think overall this brew was very good. With the higher alcohol content you couldnt make this a session beer. But you could certainly enjoy drinking a few and enjoying the flavor. I would buy and enjoy again.

youngleo, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of Giggy
3.63/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank this at the brewery. Served in a Schmohz Brewery pint glass.

A: cloudy chestnut brown, orange around the edges. Light tan head that disappeared fast.

S: caramel with slight fruits, slight hops, slight spices and nuts. Key word is slight, not a lot to the aroma.

T: spicy, caramel, dates, prunes, pine

M: easy to drink. Alcohol is not completely hidden in this one. Tingle on the tongue.

O: I will drink it to support the small Michigan Brewery. I wouldn't necessarily consider this a IIPA, just an above average strong ale.

Giggy, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of TomToro
3.6/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Color is dark brown

Mouthfeel is thick and little carbonation (I prefer less)

Taste reminds me of a Tripel I had recently, but not as strong
Not what I expected from a DIPA. Something is overpowering the hops. Perhaps too much sweet and I detect a leather smell.

Strong Alcohol that doesn't show. Sneaks up on you.

Won't have more than one as it's very filling.

Good to Average beer. Won't buy another, but won't refuse a cold one from a friend.

TomToro, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of jera1350
3.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Rouse for this one!

A murky copper body with a dense little head of tan foam that leaves plenty of lacing.

A very barleywine like smell. Caramel and toffee malt with a touch of burnt sugar. Hops are there, although a bit light.

A huge hop punch in the mouth up front. A very pungent and dank hop presence that blends with a bit of astringent alcohol. Solid barleywine like malty backbone. Fruit notes come in as it warms. Not bad, but a little messy.

Full bodied with a touch of prickly carbonation and a sticky finish.

It's not a bad overall beer by any means, but could use some refining. If thought of as a barleywine, this fits the bill.

jera1350, Oct 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

jduprey007, Aug 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

gopens44, Oct 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

MacStinson, Feb 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Slay40, May 20, 2013
Photo of Wildman
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a murky medium amber color and formed a light tan foamy head and left trace lace as is subsided. An aroma of hops, pine, and citrus. The flavor was of pine, caramel and pepper, The body is medium light and the finish slightly bittersweet. A session IPA more than a standout type.

Wildman, Nov 13, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

skinnypete16, Aug 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

shamrock071521, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of BMoney575
3.45/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 2-24-10

Pours a nice deep amber, until I pour all of the clumpy yeast in. Now its a disgusting blend of red/brown beer and light brown chunks. My fault.

Smell is sharp, bitter hops with an earthy edge and a bit of astringency. Much more subtle than expected, by not unenjoyable.

Taste is thin, almost nonexistent malt, followed by a sharp bitterness and a flavor I can only describe as peanut butter. No as bad as I was expecting, though.

Mouthfeel has a nice thickness, but is watery and slightly metallic on the finish.

Drinkability is only decent, but the alcohol is well-handled.

Overall, give it a shot.

BMoney575, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A strongly red ale malty characteristic to a secondary hoppy ale. Drinkable, but not what you would expect from a DIPA. Caramel. Fresh from Champane's. Drinkable on some nights, not for me tonight. Middling mouthfeel, off-white coloured body. I would drink this if I couldn't find a beer during a natural disaster.

Sammy, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Lauthaha
3.4/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an average beer mug at around 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Appearance: I'm a little nervous to try this one...no head whatsoever suggesting a lack of carbonation. Thick dark brown (read: murky) color dotted with what looks like chips of white paint. Maybe it's just the batch, or maybe it's just the sediment left over from brewing, but this beer is by far the worst-looking beer I've had this year.

(amendment: read some other reviews and realized that it was my mistake to pour the sediment into my glass...whoops! LoL...I raised the score from a 1 to a 2.5)

Smell: Thankfully MUCH better than the appearance. Robust flavor permeates the air; coffee and/or toffee, gentle hoppiness (for an Imperial IPA), and an enchanting sweetness that is at present unidentifiable. Also, in spite of the high ABV, there is very little in the way of "alcohol" when it comes to scent. This is perhaps the beer's redeeming quality.

Taste: Very good; very good. Boldness and strength are supplemented equally by bitter and sweet sensations. The finish is anything but ambivalent, however; it is, in fact, almost too sweet. Were the aftertaste a bit less wild, I might give the taste a five. As it is, it's still better than average. Just what I expect from an Imperial IPA.

Mouthfeel: Better carbonation than it had appeared, but aside from that, it's perfectly average. Goes down without a struggle, feels much lighter than it looks.

Drinkability: It's a very tasty beer, but the high ABV combined with the over-sugary aftertaste make it more of a dessert beer or a sipper. Definitely wouldn't make it a daily choice, but I would still recommend it to a friend.

This particular bottle seemed like perhaps something was wrong with it. The look was ALL wrong; luckily, the taste and smell of the beer saved it from being absolutely terrible. Definitely worth the two dollars I paid for the 12-ounce, but not much more. Try it if you like DIPAS or Triples.

Lauthaha, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of zachary80
3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small head, but I didn't give this a very good pour. Head is off-white and fades. Leaves good lacing.
Body is brown with hints of red. I remember this as being a little more red when I had it on tap

Smell is a little strange. Some aromas similar to those in wild ales. Slightly grassy. There is something pretty offputting as well, but not sure what it is

Taste is surprisingly fruity, lots of citrus flavors come through. Not much of the traditional hop flavors come though. Pretty sweet overall. Slightly sour. Almost like a Flanders Red. Slightly unpleasant aftertaste.

Good mouthfeel. Overall very drinkable for being 9.5%, but this seems misclassified

zachary80, Mar 12, 2011
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Hopknocker Imperial IPA from Schmohz Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.