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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  rDev +4.7%

WDJersey, Jul 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

nassstnate, Jul 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

jnelms, Jun 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

YalovaIA, May 26, 2014
Photo of BeerWizard
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

BeerWizard, May 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

IllicitEloquence, May 18, 2014
Photo of Critters
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Critters, May 13, 2014
Photo of gueuzedreg
3.59/5  rDev -6%
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

gueuzedreg, May 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

maniaczak, May 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

WiggyKGB, May 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Canada_Dan, Mar 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

steamboatbrewer, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of SkiBeerRepeat
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
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!

SkiBeerRepeat, Mar 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Todd, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

mactrail, Mar 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

appetiteforparis, Feb 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

mike_dawson, Feb 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Redeezy83, Feb 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Kramerbarthomer, Feb 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

mtbdonn, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of MisterNic
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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

MisterNic, Jan 21, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -41.1%

Stevedore, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

StonedTrippin, Jan 11, 2014
Hop Abomination from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.