Hop Abomination - Dry Dock Brewing Co.
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Reviews by tylerprince:
3.58/5 rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Tried on tap at Freshcraft in Denver. A bit disappointing.
Hazy copper with a one finger off-white head. Poor retention but great lacing. Looks oily and thick.
Smells like the typical DIPA, citrus and floral notes. Subtle grassy aromas and a thick, biscuity malt.
Citrus with hints of pine. Wrecked by a thick, skunky malt - biscuity and caramel qualities, hints of tobacco. Finished more like a weak brown ale than like an IPA.
Way too thick and a bit undercarbonated. Far from sessionable; I felt full after half a pint. Oily, syrupy and sticky.
I won't be trying this IPA/borderline IIPA again. While Dry Dock is a fairly popular brewery, this beer lives up to part of its name - just take the "hop" out of "Hop Abomination."
Serving type: on-tap
06-29-2012 19:45:59 | More by tylerprince
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3.7/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
Serving type: can
05-23-2014 04:44:33 | More by BeerWizard
3.59/5 rDev -5.3%
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
Serving type: growler
05-06-2014 22:21:12 | More by gueuzedreg
3.66/5 rDev -3.4%
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!
Serving type: can
03-06-2014 23:56:35 | More by SkiBeerRepeat
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
Serving type: can
03-02-2014 07:33:48 | More by mactrail
Hop Abomination from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
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