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Hop Abomination - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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86
very good

183 Ratings
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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 1
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dry Dock Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Domingo on 06-03-2011

IBUs: 70
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Ratings: 183 | Reviews: 45
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.69/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dank, intense hop profile with a solid malty sweetness.

Photo of PikesPilsner
4.81/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My absolute favorite IPA.I have not tasted a better hop flavor combination in any IPA.

Photo of TheDoctor
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Can


A:
Pours a ruddy clear copper with a half finger of frothy head that quickly fades to a frothy ring of soft white foam that is easily roused. Little to no retention; confetti specks of lacing. (3.5)

S:
Pungent hop oils. Green hops, medicinal bitterness, cracker malts, funky citrus hints. (3.75)

T:
Dry, bitter cracker flavors. Dry, even bitterness, hard water, sap, herbal hops, astringent resin flavor. (4)

M:
Dry, quick finish with a light-medium body and active carbonation. (4)

O:
Solid IPA.
This is a well-made, evenly hoppy beer that tastes sharp and fresh but is quite drinkable. Generally herbal with a slightly fruity smell and lots of resinous funk. Crisp but slightly sticky with sweet pine a lingering medicinal bitterness.
Will have again; well worth trying. (3.75)

Photo of beergoot
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can label data: none.

Dark gold colored body with a fairly thin head. Pine and citrus hop aroma; honeydew melon and raspberries. Juicy, sweet flavor with a big hop bitterness. Coarse mouthfeel; semi-dry finish.

This beer is big on the hop bitterness but lightweight with the malt flavor balance. Rather rough and unbalanced overall. Should please those looking for a huge hop bitterness taste experience, but otherwise, it's just another IPA beer face in the crowd...

Photo of bound4er
4/5  rDev +4.2%

A. Amber to reddish orange appearance. Head pours fairly thin and recedes rather quickly.
S. Nice blend of floral and tropical hops (citrus mainly) with hints of pine and faint malt.
T. Clean and refreshing easy drinking IPA with citrus, mango and dank pine hops framed around just enough of a malt core to balance things out. Finishes with nice, lingering bitterness.
M. Medium bodied, mildly carbonated. Makes for easy quaffing.
O. This is a perfect camping or day-on-the-water beer given the aluminum can format and its high drinkability. Wish this was available near me as it would be a staple in my refrigerator.

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, another mixed pack selection from the King Soopers in Glendale, Colorado. Cool menacing roiling sea imagery depicted on the label.

This beer pours a hazy, dark bronzed amber hue, with two flabby fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and overly bubbly ecru head, which leaves a decent array of bleeding webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of dank piney forest, orange and white grapefruit rind, grainy pale and caramel malt, a chalky flintiness, and further leafy, floral hops. The taste is more bitter, slightly dank, and certainly resinous green petrichor notes, crackery pale malt, a reduced biscuity caramel sweetness, a touch of lemon floor cleaner, and the same late-arriving floral, slightly perfumed hops from the nose.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, just a wispy frothiness manifesting for the most part, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, though a slight clamminess arises at the first sign of warming. It finishes off-dry, the lingering pale and caramel malt tag-alongs keeping things on the level, and the Smokey the Bear hops maintaining their astringent stance.

An interesting and enjoyable enough version of the style, though the hops seem more restrained and dulled than the better examples available out there. Still, a good find in canned format, all the better to make it under that no-smiles 50lb United Airlines checked bag limit.

Photo of dcscientist
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

This was included in the sampler pack I bought, so I tried it even though it's not my favorite style. Good rendition of an IPA, but a bit hoppy and crunchy for my taste. They've done a bunch of other ones in this style so try those if you like this one.

Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

Appearance: Pours from the can with a slightly hazy copper color; the head is rather modest but it does leave some splashy lace

Smell: Dank and resinous with a caramel undertone; slightly floral, too

Taste: The dank and resinous flavors mix with the caramel and produce an ever-sweetening combination that winds up tasting like a hop flavored hard candy; balanced, in the finish, with the sweet tones lingering

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice IPA that winds up being just a tad too sweet to contend with the top beers of the styel

Thanks, JMBSH, for the opportunity

Photo of BeerWizard
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Continuing with my can quest for the summer, finally broke down and got the Hop Abomination from Dry Dock. I've had their Apricot Blonde (ok), and their imperial pumpkin (underwhelming), and I've just been reluctant to try them again. But what the hell, can an IPA ever be all that bad?

Let's break this beer down. Six of cans depicting green eyes coming up from a green ocean. Looks remeniscient of a UFC ad, but what sold me was their own description of the beer denoting "massive amounts of floral, citrus and tropical hop flavors," which is basically right up my alley. So much so that I'm surprised we haven't bumped into each other before.

Pour yields a clouded amber beverage with a quickly dissapating off-white head, much like the "ivory whitecaps, swirling amid golden seas" also mentioned in the description on the can. I do love my hazy ales. Nose off the bat sets it apart from other IPA's. I've heard the descriptor "dank" used a few times, and that's what this is: a soppy, dank, fruity and herbal IPA.

Flavor really showcases herbal-not-piney hops on a bed of tropical fruit. There is a slight off flavor for me where I'm tasting something like freeze-dried vegetation, but that is by no means necessarily the case, just what I am tasting. Very funky-fresh, sweet, hardly bitter enough for an IPA, but I think the showcasing of the hop, whether bitter or not so much, is still effective. Carbonation is low, mouthfeel is medium, with the big flavors staving off all but the slightest sense of wateriness.

Overall, I am most impressed by the uniqueness of this IPA, and I think that's really what brewers have to do now with SO MANY IPA's out there for consumers to enjoy. The flavors are good, my only regret is that kind of funky, dry-grass flavor lurking just underneath the surface. If they could address that issue, I think they'd have a world class beer on their hands.

Photo of gueuzedreg
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fresh growler from the source had a few hours after fill.

A- Deep mahogany, medium lacing cloud white in color, very good retention and legs that move and shake

S- Big malt upfront, then hops and pine. Kinda bland here

T- Bland malty with bland hops with bland gha. I remember loving this beer; but since then I have been blessed to try top notch IPA around the nation. Bland gha

M- Really watery for me; I like the effort toward some sort of creaminess or texture of some sort. Sort of a void here on that. Other than that the carb is spot on.

O- Under impressed, maybe I got a bad batch. I remember it being better in the long long ago

Photo of SkiBeerRepeat
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Nice honey color with a two finger of white head, moderate lacing.

S- First thing that hits is the resiny hop notes followed by pineapple and mango. Of course with the pine of american hops

T- bitter sweet taste of mango followed by a sweet aftertaste of tropical pine. It is more fruity then flowery the bitterness mellows as the beer warms

M- Noticeably carbonated with a moderate crispness followed by a smooth cream like finish.

O- It is not a bad American IPA that is for sure. I like the bitter/sweet tropical fruits that come forward in this beer. It is not a citrusy hop which is a nice change from some of the other American IPAs. Great for backpacking!

Photo of mactrail
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orangey amber color in the Ciney tulip with a less than assertive foam. Pleasant sudsy mouthfeel with sufficient carbonation. Lovely aroma of fresh flowery hops. Malty and smooth with that rich variety of hoppy flavors. Some resiny flavors with a touch of pine. A little roasted malt balanced by the bitterish finish, but it's not very bitter by usual IPA standards.

A salty tang to this stuff and a dark scratch in the back of the throat. Pleasant and quaffable hoppy brew. The clean aroma makes every sip a pleasure. From the 12 oz can purchased at Wilbur's Total Beverage in Fort Collins.

Photo of MisterNic
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Hazy amber, 1 finger head that sticks around

Smell-Dank, citrus, pine hops, grapefruit, smells like a bag of hop pellets

Taste-Sweet malt, pine up front, citrus, pine middle, dry grapefruit, pine finish

Mouthfeel-Full-bodied, sweet malt balanced by hop bitterness, just a little alcohol warmth

Overall-Good ipa, balanced and hoppy, would buy again

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a solid ipa, but it has some flaws. for one, it has barely any head retention. i like a nice lacey rich ipa, and this one looks the part for just a minute but then recedes into a hazy honey colored flat brew. the nose is great, a mix of all the hop characters, leaning toward tropical fruit, but with some definite woodiness and bitterness as well. my second real problem with this beer is that by packing so many different hop styles into this beer, its lost any real hop identity, a hop abomination indeed. none of the families are allowed to really come out, and as a result the taste is a muddles mix of all of them, which is less flattering than it sounds. still juice and fresh in the west coast vein, which makes it still darn good, but its confused. my third problem is that i want more bubbles, this beer seems a bit heavy, especially after a few of them. its got a lot of flavor but not enough momentum, more carbonation would solve this. overall though a tasty ipa from dry dock, but i think their double ipa is a superior brew in many ways.

Photo of ZoomanCru
3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

App: Cloudy copper like that of an old penny. Massive amounts of hop sediment makes this beer impossible to see through. One finger off white head that dissipates quickly with some reluctant low lacing and those tell-tale pale ale divots in the middle.
Smell: Good hop nose, fruity, sweet, sour, and bitter. Some smoke and pine like hints in the background. Not as massive as I was hoping. Little bit of heat.
Taste: Hoppy, but honestly a bit underwhelming. Some grapefruit and lemon, well balanced with malt flavors but malt is rather unpronounced. Sweet enough to counterbalance the hops without adding their own special characteristics. Slight woody characteristic up front. A little algal, kind of like Nori. Not bad at all, but not memorable.
Mouth: Nicely carbonated with enough body to stand up to the addition of hops. Good carbonation. Pretty easy drinking.

Photo of gcamparone
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass.

A- Pours a hazy, unfiltered dull golden-orange body with an off-white head that reduces at a medium rate. Leaves little lacing.

S- Wow, super tropical and fruity. Grapefruit and pineapple, citrus, some piney, resinous aromas. Very inviting.

T- Holy balance. Juicy, fruity, citrusy, tropical hops, sweet caramel, ends fruity with grapefruit and pineapple. Slight bitter, creamy finish. This is AWESOME.

M- Medium body, medium-low carbonation.

This is one of the most underrated beers I've ever tasted. The balance and explosion of flavors work awesome. It's raw, unfiltered character and hop profile mimic the best IPAs out there. A must try.

Photo of LXIXME
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A small off white head quickly dies into a very thin lacing above a thick unfiltered particle filled IPA.

Citrus, light pine notes, light grasses, and an even light yeastiness all in the aroma of the beer.

Big citrusy to piney hops in the taste of this IPA, seems to be less of the west coast style in the taste then there was in the aroma but this is not a bad thing. A very easy drinking citrusy IPA style of beer.

A dryish citrusy aftertaste on this medium bodied beer.

I have found my favorite Dry Dock beer, well until I get the chance to visit the place and do their sampler anyway.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - out of a can I cannot see much, but having had this on tap it pours nicely

Smell - nice citrus notes with a great malty backbone

Taste - lots of malt for sure. Not much littering from the hops with just a slight floral note to it.

Mouthfeel - pretty easy drinking beer.

Overall - nothing special, but still a very drinkable IPA

Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, lots of fruits. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, fruity, dry at the finish and tasty. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Photo of Shumania
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can poured into a harpoon ipa tumbler

A: dark amber murky glowing color, small white fluffy head

S: huge punch of tropical hops! Orange rind, mango, pineapple

T: the taste lacks the tropical hops from the smell. Balanced taste between the hops and malts. Good bitterness to this ups.

M: fairly easy to drink

This is another take on an ipa, good and fairly straightforward, the best part was trying a local option from another part of t jhu e country

Photo of spoony
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From an undated 12 oz can into a tulip.

A-A hearty pour produces about one finger of off-white head that drops quickly into a patchy cap and then to a collar. The brew is sort-of ugly, but inviting in that IPA way with a reddish, honey color and murky appearance.

S-Stong floral and pine scents hit my nose almost as soon as I poured this into the glass. Seriously, the scent filled my small kitchen. There is a bit of orange and tropical fruit, too, but aside from a low level of bitterness and a slightly sweet character, this smells mostly like an old-school IPA. A bit of doughy malts balances things out.

T-The taste is less impressive than the smell, but still worth the time. I get lots of earthy, soapy pine, with a hint of garlic. The bitterness levels are low -- this brew is surprisingly sweet -- but the taste lacks the little whiff of citrus and tropical fruit that made the smell so inviting.

M-The feel is chewy with very soft carbonation. Weight is medium. This brew feels like it looks.

O-If smell was all that mattered, this would be a great beer. It also tastes alright, especially if you are a fan of earthy, pine-forward IPAs. Unfortunately, it is sort of homely and odd on the palate. With so many other great IPAs out there it is hard to justify buying more of this beer, even if it is a solid effort.

Photo of minterro
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Little's liquor and wine

A&S: Very sweet maltyness (similar to a double ipa), fruity hops (passion fruit, mango, pineapple). Very hazy dark orange colored beer. Off-white head with pretty good retention and lacing. Lots of unfiltered specks riding the lively bubble current.

T&M: Lots of citrus in the taste. Very heavy on the malts. Not super complex. Taste holds on a long after the taste is a sort of negative way, super malty. Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

Overall: For being pretty highly malty, its still very easy to drink.

Photo of birchstick
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - pours caramel in color with a white head that settles to form a thin layer on top and leaves a good lacing down the side of the glass

N - onion, earthy, citrus hops rise out of the glass to the nose

T - taste follows the nose. Starts off with a touch of citrus hop, which quickly moves on to a caramel malt base. The hop abomination next ensues, with earthy, citrus, dank hops overwhelming the back end of the palate and leaving a bitter finish.

M - creamy, yet a little light

D - overall, this is a nice IPA. Nice balance between the malts and hops, but there is no mistaking the style in this - the hops are aromatic in the air and bold on the tongue. Solid beer!

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy orange with very little head. Leaves some traces of lacing, but not much. Aroma is decent, somewhat appealing, but certainly not all that I hope for in an IPA. The smell does improve towards the end of the glass.
Taste and mouthfeel are fairly well done, but there's still something missing.
Overall this is worth a try since you can get it at a decent price and in a can which can be convenient.

Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cheers to SteveO fo this one!

Pours a hazed apricot with a thumb of cream colored head. Good lacing & above average head retention

S: Pine & faint breadyness, plus orchard fruit

T: Pine, lemons, breadyness & pears up front. Some peppery & woody hops, a kiss of caramel & dryness as this warms, plus some grapefruit. Finishes dry, fruitty with grapefruit & woody hops

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, good balance

A pretty good AIPA, was hoping for better from these guys

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Hop Abomination from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.