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Hop Abomination - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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48 Reviews
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Reviews: 48
Hads: 204
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 23.42%
Wants: 2
Gots: 32 | 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 StonedTrippin
3.61/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

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

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can

Pours a nice slightly cloudy dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt, nice citrus note. The taste is hoppy, very nice malt note, with some nice citrus. Medium body, with a dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty IPA. My second brew from this brewery.

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Photo of Tone
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of birchstick
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

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Photo of Beaver13
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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...

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Photo of GilGarp
4.37/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of spoony
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of denver10
2.84/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

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Photo of katan
4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Domingo
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Hop Abomination from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.