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Hop Monster - Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

157 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 14
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Paper City Brewery Co., Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 10-30-2002)
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athomasPSU

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

06-13-2014 17:07:19 | More by athomasPSU
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

03-16-2014 12:49:02 | More by Fettpopps
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

03-11-2014 20:12:43 | More by Kmlund
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

02-13-2014 14:42:03 | More by Davepoolesque
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rorjets

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-11-2014 17:33:23 | More by rorjets
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jeff1973

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

12-30-2013 08:33:31 | More by jeff1973
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Bjlps

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

12-06-2013 11:40:58 | More by Bjlps
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nyyfanatic213

New York

2/5  rDev -47.1%

07-03-2013 19:37:13 | More by nyyfanatic213
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.6%

05-05-2013 22:49:59 | More by ejimhof
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BGsWo22

New York

3/5  rDev -20.6%

03-20-2013 20:49:29 | More by BGsWo22
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Ecxeeder616

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +19%

01-08-2013 20:50:31 | More by Ecxeeder616
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RyanLigeia

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dark golden color. Decent sized head for a 9.5% ABV beer and leaves some nice lacing too.

A blast of tropical/citrus/juicy hops and a caramel/candied belgian sugar aroma. A slight wheat scent is in there as well as a slight maltyness and touch of alcohol.

The taste is pretty unique. Mostly follows the scents (juicy hop blast, caramel/candied belgian sugar, a hint of wheat maybe, nice malt backbone) but theres a sort of gumball-like flavor in there somewhere too. Also, the abv is MUCH more present here than in the smell but I like that in my double/imperial versions of just about any style.

Leaves the mouth feeling almost bitter/dry like real grapefruit juice (not a bad thing). Moderate carbonation, right around enough body to match the huge flavors, alcohol warmth as it goes down. A good sipper.

One of the best local offerings available anywhere around here in Western MA (in my opinion). Probably my favorite Paper City beer, despite IPAs being one of my least preferred styles these days. My opinion could be biased though, due to a bit of nostalgia, as this was one of my gateway beers into the craft community when I was younger.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 22:51:21 | More by RyanLigeia
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coming right from Boston.

The "blonde" descriptor written on the label is somewhat decieving seeing as the body is a rich peachy, marmalade orange hue. A finger's worth of creamy white head floats on top, leaving horizontal legs of lace as it recedes.

The nose is fairly tamed for a 9.5% DIPA. Ripe pineapple, fresh mandarin oranges, and a brush of pine sap are layered over a juicy resinous core. Sweet, rich bread comes through as well but like nearly all DIPA's of this strength, it plays more of a secondary role.

A big woop of sticky pine and semi-sweet grapefruit hits the back of the palate with a bang. Sweet pineapple, orange and lemon come at the tail end of this hop wallop, seeming as though they're trying to cover its tracks but the bitterness lingers long past the finish.

This high alcohol ridiculously hopped beer demands a big body and that's exactly what it has. Creamy and smooth through and through with any hint of alcohol being lost amongst the hop assault.

This is a very well rounded and flavourful DIPA that I'd love to try on tap. The aromatics could be a tad more pronounced but this is still a great beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 23:50:35 | More by ludachris
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redfox405

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -20.6%

08-09-2012 02:55:43 | More by redfox405
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

07-13-2012 01:13:27 | More by DonFrap
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luvbier

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-27-2012 20:26:05 | More by luvbier
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amnesia85

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-03-2012 02:55:44 | More by amnesia85
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whiskaudio

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

03-25-2012 11:24:24 | More by whiskaudio
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tpauer

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -14%

03-12-2012 02:34:46 | More by tpauer
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

2/5  rDev -47.1%

02-19-2012 00:43:16 | More by jfcaa193
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iohann

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-26-2012 20:14:37 | More by iohann
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a bright amber color. Quite hazy. Head is excellent. Off-white and nearly two fingers high. Head retains well and leaves tons of lacing. An undoubtedly attractive brew.

S-A bit of an odd nose here. Nose seems to be made up of more Belgian hops than anything else. Like a Belgian DIPA. Smells a bit grassy. Mild sweetness. Definitely boasts a hoppy nose but it is a unique aroma none-the-less. Not sure how much I like it though.

T-Sweeter than I anticipated but there is a pretty stiff kick of grassy and piney hops. Hops taste a bit medicinal and herbal. Decent balance; chewy caramel. Alcohol masked quite well. Has a taste of its own. Citrus comes out as the beer wamrs just slightly. Finishes mildly bitter.

M-Medium to heavy bodied. Mild carbonation. Alcohol dries the palate a bit. Chewy feel.

O/D-In conclusion, I did not love this beer. Hop profile here isn't my favorite. Definitely decent. No real complaints but I would not buy this again. It grew on me as I slowly polished off the bomber.At $6.25 a bomber, and local, I would like to see this a bit cheaper but it isn't overpriced really. A respectable and unique DIPA from my home state.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 02:48:27 | More by VelvetExtract
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold body, topped by three fingers of snow white rocky froth. Good lacing.

Extraordinarily mild orange aroma. Nothing bad, but I expect more nose from an ipa.

Starts with a big dollop of caramel. The big blast of sweet is quickly matched and overpowered by a bigger blast of bitter that roars through the afterglow. Juicy fruit provides an undercoat to all that bitterness.

Solid mouthfeel delivers the beer well.

Overall, an agressive abrasive DIPA that may not be for everyone, but should work for those who like those kind of IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 05:20:51 | More by RonfromJersey
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light creamy head fades semi quickly light lacing hazy peach brown orange color.

Nose light citrus, candy hops light grassy hops, light herbal like, light malts, wheat, fruit and candy, gumball.

Wheat, light malts, semi sweet, quite bitter, chewy hops, light citrus, light fruity hops, touch of earthy spicy hops, light gumball flavor, a bit sweet too. Finishes quite bitter still, lingering fruity and candy hops, light sticky sweet.

Mouth is med to heavier bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, nice hops flavors, quite bitter, move light wheat, sticky finish Though, and a bit too heavy and sweet, it would be a great beer without the heavy thick sweet sticky part.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 01:46:40 | More by jlindros
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surprenant1138

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy dark amber with minimal white head and some lacing. Aroma is faint; some light citrusy hops, a bit piney, and some Frey grass smell. I detect a sweet berry fruitiness also. Mouthfeel is dry, and medium bodied. Taste is very refreshing, sweet like berry flavor, lemons, some pine and grassiness. Very tasty dry IPA here.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 00:25:34 | More by surprenant1138
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Hop Monster from Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
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