Hop Abomination - Dry Dock Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
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
08-16-2014 22:07:16 | More by brentk56
3.78/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
03-29-2013 05:34:01 | More by BEERchitect
3.81/5 rDev 0%
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
05-22-2013 02:36:59 | More by russpowell
3.6/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
01-11-2014 06:11:17 | More by StonedTrippin
3.85/5 rDev +1%
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.
03-02-2014 07:33:48 | More by mactrail
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
06-21-2011 05:55:44 | More by corby112
3.83/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
01-22-2012 01:07:41 | More by Mebuzzard
4.06/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
09-08-2013 03:32:59 | More by LXIXME
3.76/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
08-14-2013 11:48:17 | More by tone77
3.15/5 rDev -17.3%
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.
01-16-2012 01:54:29 | More by ArrogantB
3.74/5 rDev -1.8%
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!
07-21-2013 00:51:09 | More by birchstick
3.55/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
08-25-2011 20:31:30 | More by emmasdad
Hop Abomination from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
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