Hop Abomination - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 193
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 1
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 denver10
2.84/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy caramel golden with a cream colored head and a little lacing. A nice aroma billing some sweet, bready malts alongside some juicy tropical fruits.Flavor has bready underbelly alongside the fruits from the aroma and florals. The fruit and floral seems to be competing for space and the florals winning, kinda diminishing the fruits in the flavor unfortunately. Some bitterness. The flavor is messy and doesn't come close to delivering like the aroma suggested it might. In fact the promise of the aroma makes the flavor that much more disapointing. A medium bodied, active mouthfeel. Overall, disappointing given my expectations based upon the greatness of their IIPA. Drinking one was not a problem but it is probably going to be a challenge to motivate myself to drink the rest of this sixer (and every subsequent can I drank ended up in a further dropping of my rating it turned out). Just not an a beer that I found enjoyable at all. (948 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz can. Pours a hazy amber tea color with a small white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is surprisingly muted - a little pine and tropical fruit.

The flavor is sweet caramel biscuity malt with a decent amount of bitterness in the finish. It's not very flavorful hoppiness though - a touch of fruit and some pine. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty watery.

Overall, a bit of a disappointment given their DIPA. (466 characters)

Photo of ajd413
3.02/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I admit I love hazy beers and this is one! Poured can into tulip glass. Slight whitish head that faded quickly. Appearance is deep golden color with a nice haze to it. Smell is nice and citrusy but nothing special-just like a standard IPA. Taste was not perfect, with a bit of diacetal that seemed to get worse (or I couldn't stop thinking about it). Not a bad IPA but I would not buy a six pack of it either. (409 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was a Hop Abomination #3, not sure what differentiates it from #1 or #2. I had a quick sample of this and it seemed pretty good but when I got home and poured the growler I was a little disappointed. Nice orange color. Smells slightly hoppy, fruity but also like caramel? The taste had a distinct caramel and butter flavor layered over the hops and I just did not like it. It wasn't bad at all but I'll need to try this again just to verify that it is not a very good IPA. It sucks because I recently had a very fresh bottle of the DIPA and that was good. (560 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
3.17/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Looks bad, foggy, murky, swampy, red-brown. Lt. yellow foamy head. No lacing.

Weak apricot, pineapple, and orange. Very light.

Tea, light, mild IPA flavors, not much bitterness, sweetness is also mild... A bit weak. Nice carbonation.

Not sure if this one if recommendable.. Not Dry Docks best work. I see improvements come to this one. (339 characters)

Photo of ZoomanCru
3.19/5  rDev -15.4%
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. (869 characters)

Photo of Dikfour
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Look: Pinkish amber in color. Thick streaks of "sediment?" and no carbonation. Half a finger of off white head dissipates quickly. Better than expected lacing.

Smell: Sticky piney resin. Light tropical fruit undertones.

Taste: Caramel and toffee up front. Light and quick. Nearly missed it. Middle bridges nicely to end but offers nothing new to the profile. Finish is bitter, though not as much as I was expecting. Piney and light lemon citrus.

Feel: Medium body and pretty dang dry finish. A little thin but damn close.

Overall: Pretty decent everyday IPA. Likable but not lovable. I would still rather have a SN Torpedo. Worth a six pack. Maybe it'll sit with you better than me. Above average. Not terribly much to it. (726 characters)

Photo of dcscientist
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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. (255 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored with excellent clarity. A fingernail of tan colored foam sits on top. Aroma of piny hops and light malt greets my nose. I taste piny hops and light malt. The mouth is slightly chewy and sticky. (211 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hops and Pies poured a clear golden amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of biscuit, skunk bud, orange, tropical fruit and a hint of pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, grapefruit, orange zest and light tropical fruit with a smooth dry lingering bitter grapefruit finish. (329 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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... (470 characters)

Photo of tylerprince
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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." (736 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (1,052 characters)

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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 (344 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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 (644 characters)

Photo of SkiBeerRepeat
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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! (670 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of Jparker37
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

S - Pine, mango, sweet tangerines, faint catty resin.

A - Medium sized light tan head holds a cap of rocky foam. Very hazy and a pretty dark amber. Spotty lacing.

T - Loaded with toasty malt early and most of the way through. Citrus hop flavors play the largest role in balancing. There's also a level of earthiness in there. Finishes with a little spicy blend of hops and alcohol.

M - Medium to medium-full body, medium-light carbonation, semi-dry.

O - Wish I could gather more of this IPA. To my preference, I like an IPA with a sturdy backbone and this one is maybe a little too malty. I liked the unfiltered look, even some hop debris floating. (689 characters)

Photo of Shumania
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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 (464 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Hotel glass (half pint, half snifter)
From: Wilbur’s Total Beverage in Fort Collins, Colo.
Price: Part of a variety 6-pack for $9.99
Purchased: May 2, 2013
Consumed: May 2, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel hazy color with two fingers of gray bubbly head. Average lacing on the side, a bit disappointing actually. Average retention on the way down as well.

Smelled tons of hops up front. Grapefruit dominates here, but floral hops come in to mix it up. Also some orange rind, tropical notes and some spices. All leaves a lasting dry bitter finish.

Taste didn’t quite live up to the smell. Got grapefruit, but not the best grapefruit I’ve ever tasted. Very dry hops. Still orange rind. Tropical hops are still noticeable, while the floral hops become less powerful. Still very bitter, although it comes in rather late. Those are still pronounced as well, but I couldn’t put my finger on them. Some buttery notes as well.

Light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Refreshing, slightly bitter finish. Soft carbonation. Long, bitter, watery finish.

I had higher expectations for this beer. The smell was the best part by far, the rest was just above average. (1,199 characters)

Photo of BeerWizard
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (1,895 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)

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)

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