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Hop Abomination - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 197
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 1
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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Dry Dock Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Domingo on 06-03-2011

IBUs: 70
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Photo of gcamparone
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
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. (692 characters)

Photo of DenverLogan
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Listed as 6.5% with 100 IBUs, making is less in alcohol but more in IBUs than their double IPA.
Copper - amber color with significant head.
Big hop aroma...grapefruit and pine.
Big carbonation and mouthfeel.
Strong hop and malt flavors, but nicely balanced. Sweet amber malts, powder sugar, pine hops, slight red grapefruit. Rich and cream, bold and delicious...I think I prefer this to the (formerly called Seven Seas) double IPA. (431 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this growler three days ago at the brewery. I am pretty sure that this version was 8.5% rather than 6.5%, but someone might have to verify that for me.

APPEARANCE: A thin, quarter-inch thick head capped the beer when poured from the growler and remained there seven minutes later after I cut up some prosciutto and sharp white cheddar to serve with crackers and my beer. That head didn’t move. The beer itself is brilliant and orangei-ish gold with a smattering of bubbles slowly rising from the bottom. By the way, the lacing is outstanding. I must have some clean glassware!

SMELL: The aroma is delightfully floral. It is piney, smells like it will be a rich flavored and resinous beer as well. This is classic, delicious, big IPA smell.

TASTE: The nose does not let down the palate in this one. Some strong, sweet and floral aromas are up front while that resinous pine from the nose fills the middle of the sip. On the end, a gorgeous and fairly bitter grapefruit takes control leaving a nice set up for the sweetness of the next sip.

MOUTHFEEL: This is a big, full, bold DIPA with a slightly creamy feel that only lightly tickles the palate on the way down.

OVERALL: After tasting many of the Dry Dock offerings at the brewery last weekend, my girlfriend and I settled on the Hop Abomination as one of our two growler fills. In my opinion this was their finest current work of beer. Get it while you can, especially at $12 a growler. (1,455 characters)

Photo of katan
4.46/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into a pint

A - Pours a deep dark orange color, very opaque. Lots of white head formation.

S - Extremely strong hop aroma, lots of piney notes and some citrus. The dry hopping in this beer had to be incredible.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, just a hint of malts when a big hit of citrus hopping comes in. Orange dominates. TUrns a little more piney and bitter in the mid-stream, bringing it into balance. Finishes with a little more sweetness or citrus hops and malts.

M - Creamy body, matching carbonation, A little sticky and oily in the finish. No alcohol warmth.

O/D - A very good IPA - incredibly strong hop aroma and flavor which really takes over the beer. ABV is manageable. Not filling. (710 characters)

Photo of mastodonj
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

For me, this brew is mostly about the aroma. A great citrus, floral nose.

As others mentioned, it is cloudy, medium amber with very elongated but thin lacing.

Smell has the most distinctive grapefruit but is not overpowering. Backed up with some caramel.

Tastes like a west coast IPA, plenty of fresh hop offset with a touch of malt. Bitter only on the exhale. Nice....

Very sessionable. For some reason, I've avoided this brewery; maybe because of the pointless name. But no more, I'll start checking them out after tasting this. (534 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served cold in a pint glass at the brewery.

Hop Abomination 9 is a hazy copper color with thin white head. It leaves behind a nice layer of lace as it settles.

Aroma is super hoppy and fresh with big citrus, especially grapefruit.

Flavor is very intensely hoppy but not overpoweringly bitter. Pale malt base with a little caramel provides the backbone for a huge hit of fresh dank hops.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied and perfectly carbonated.

Overall an excellent extra IPA. (484 characters)

Photo of iSip
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dry Dock Hop Abomination: The first thing you will notice is that this beer is opaque, like solidified honey. The head is thin and carbonation non-existent. It looks very much like a home brew or real micro-micro brew. The aroma is fantastic, very fruity. The flavor is not what you would expect from a Hop Abomination. It is very smooth, very flavorful in a hop flowery way with many, many notes, and not at all bitter or dry. The finish you could call wet. This will not become my go to IPA, but it is a great beer on the occasion that you want something a little different. Show this one off to your hop buddies. (615 characters)

Photo of Domingo
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is from the taproom, although I’ve also had this at the Rackhouse Pub. Perhaps it might end up being a new regular item? The chalkboards in the taproom claim this has an insane 250K IBU’s. I’m assuming this is either a joke or refers to the weird “theoretical” IBU count that can go to a million.
Oddly, the ABV’s only 6.5%, so it’s on the upper end of a normal IPA, but probably not strong enough to be a double. Fine by me!
Anyway – this one’s is a shade or two lighter than copper. Head’s a standard 1/4” sheen for a draft beer. Lace rings are there as you work your way down.
The flavor profile has huge pine and citrus rind notes throughout. Grapefruit is one of the primary notes, but there’s also a hint of dank/cannabis flavor in the finish. That isn’t my favorite flavor note, but it does work here and it never heads into “swampy” territory either. Not the most bitter beer I’ve ever had on the palate, but it’s about as hop-centric as a beer can get. A little bit of malt creeps in here and there, but it’s really only there in tiny doses.
There isn’t much heat on this at only 6.5% ABV, which makes it pretty drinkable…but not for the faint of heart or for anyone who isn’t a serious hop lover. There isn’t much of a malt base or booziness to hold the hops back, so they run wild. I’ve had this 3 times and I find that I drink the first 1/2 of the glass pretty quickly, but the last 1/2 lingers and becomes an inadvertent sipper.
I think this might be my favorite of the various hop monsters from Dry Dock. The hop blend works for me, and I like that it’s a bit milder. Plus, even with the crazy amount of hops, it never really has any harshness. (1,713 characters)

Photo of hoppytobehere
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can, not dated as far as I can tell.

A: Bright copper color, cloudy. Some floaties. Great head and sticky lacing.

S: Nice hop aroma. I smell something resembling Summit hops, but I could be wrong.

T: Grassy, citrusy hops. Nice bitterness that isn't too overwhelming. On the end, there's a touch of malt that works nicely.

M: Could use a little more carbonation. Otherwise, fine.

O: Not a bad local IPA. Definitely above par. I'll pick this one up again. (466 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of pine, hops, alcohol, sweet malt, hint of resin, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, pine, resin, hops, and a hint of floral notes. Overall, great appearance, good body, aroma, blend, and feel. (434 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at the Rackhouse in Denver, CO.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with lighter tangerine hues and a one finger white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.  Sporadic lace left behind.  

Sweet citrus hop aroma that's slightly earthy and resinous, bursting with tropical and citrus fruit.  Hints of papaya, mango, pineapple, orange and lots of grapefruit.  Subtle pale grainy malt with hints of graham cracker and biscuit.

Medium bodied with a good balance of dry bitterness and sweet citrus/tropical fruit notes.  Subtle pine earthiness with lots of mango, tangerine, orange peel and grapefruit.  Grainy pale malt backbone provides good balance without overpowering the hops.  Very quaffable. (717 characters)

Photo of bound4er
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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. (621 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

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 (607 characters)

Photo of minterro
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (1,331 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hops. Ok, I'll bite.

A recipe from the new head brewer, Doug...so I'm told. Let's drink!

Orange golden pour, clear. Looks bright and a bit oily. Must be from the Amarillo and Nugget hops packed in there.

Aroma is hoppy, sure enough. Fruity, estery, tropical, and zesty. A bit of mineralnessness or something that gives it an earthy sense. Malt is defeated here.

And malt is overwhelmed in the flavors. I would say this is a double IPA, the abv on this one is above 7% and the malt is gone. Perhaps some sweet biscuit...perhaps. But the hops take the cake. Citrus and orangey. The end threw me off a bit. Seemed buttery and diacetyl-y on the end. That cut into the overall and the mouthfeel as well. Not sure what was going on for this. (740 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
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) (821 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
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 (481 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

With the "citra" this and a "galaxy" that- it seems that American IPAs are trending toward the captivating tropical and citrus character in aroma and taste predominantly. But other American IPAs stay true to their origins with deeply bitter, piney and resinous ales- yea, this is one of those.

After just a few drinks, the strong lacing power sends orbits of lace around the glass. Underneath, an ominous amber-bronze color emerges- rusty with its haze, the beer continues to brag with its creamy off white foam and confident retention

Hop dominant aroma are lead by pine cones, fresh-cut grass, woody stems and twigs, lemony sassafras, earthy chives, catty tones, and afterwards a pithy citrus scent. Background malt compounds of toasty bread crust and singed grains only hint toward the sweetness of dry burnt sugar.

A mild dry sorghum sweetness soothes the taste buds early- just before the onslaught of hops strike, bringing the taste of perfumy lemony woods, fresh cut grass, pine spa, botanical chi herbs, and even a whiff of cannabis just before the beer turns to throat gripping bitterness to finish. of barley and tea. Hop dominance grows- perfumy wood, fresh grass, pine, herbs, chives, sassafras, pepper.

Medium bodied, its light creamy carbonation is soon driven off by hops- leaving behind a malty-dry ale that is aided by hop dryness, alcohol, and an astringent bite in the back of the throat like overcooked tea leaves and stemmy hops.

Before the ultra citrusy hops, before the smoother alpha hops, before hop aroma was preferred to flavor- these were the beers- they were grassy, bitey, bitter, and unapologetic. This is one of those examples. You have got to want the dominance of that palate to ensue in order to truly enjoy a bitter like this. (1,768 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,413 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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. (302 characters)

Photo of MisterNic
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
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 (370 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
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! (673 characters)

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Hop Abomination from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.