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Hop Abomination - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

140 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 0
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dry Dock Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
IBUs: 70

(Beer added by: Domingo on 06-03-2011)
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

siddhartha, May 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

StubFaceJoe, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of hoppytobehere
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

hoppytobehere, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of iSip
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

iSip, Apr 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

keenanite21, Apr 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

stampfler07, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

BEERchitect, Mar 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Duff27, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of MeisterMayhem
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

MeisterMayhem, Mar 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

mcaulifww, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of Jparker37
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Jparker37, Mar 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

poppyjohn, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of mastodonj
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

mastodonj, Mar 21, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

DenverLogan, Mar 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Tuckerboy, Mar 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

RudnicsMEB, Mar 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Hanzo, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of katan
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

katan, Feb 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

eawolff99, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of ajd413
3/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

ajd413, Feb 14, 2013
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3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

chugalug06, Feb 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Haybeerman, Feb 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

ucsbmullet, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of denver10
2.79/5  rDev -27%
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.

denver10, Feb 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Prospero, Feb 02, 2013
Hop Abomination from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.