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Hop Diggidy IPA - Port Townsend Brewing Company

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Hop Diggidy IPAHop Diggidy IPA

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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Port Townsend Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedDiamond on 07-23-2006

A classic NW style IPA, Hop Diggidy has a smooth pale malt background and a full round hop profile. Dry hopping insures an aromatic and lasting hop finish. Our best selling ale.

Original Gravity (OG): 1.060
Terminal Gravity (TG): 1.015
International Bitterness Units (IBU): 70
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 39
Reviews by bjohnson:
Photo of bjohnson
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to skyhand for sending this my way.

Pours a very hazy orangey amber color with an initial one finger white head. Froth dissipates rather quickly leaving a nice algae like skim on top. Sort of looks like a drawing of the sun. Nice sticky line lacing down the glass. Sweet flowers and slight fruit hop notes. Light and subtle aromas. Not much malt characteristic.

Smooth and quite subtle on the palate. Fruit and floral hop flavors aren't very heavy or biting but just enough to allow the palate to discover them. Melon fruits with touches of grapefruit and pine notes in the background. Bitterness slides in and levels off nicely in the finish. Aftertaste of slight fruit and toasted grain notes. A nice and easy quaffing beverage from the great northwest. Not overly bitter--just nice enough.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange and amber pour, haze, average head. Aroma was bitter pine.

Taste, a solid ipa, everything you expect, warming alcohol, good alternations between pine and citrus in the hop mouthfeel, ample bitterness, solid malt body that never comes across heavy or woody (unintentionally). At times some more tropical flavor will leak in.

Thought it finished very dry. Thought it didn't do anything outstanding, but was good in every area. A very workmanlike ipa.

Photo of ElGordo
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a slightly cloudy golden color, topped by a small, creamy, stark white head. Aroma of sweet bready malt, sharp bittering hops, and just a touch of astringency. Palate is well-balanced between sweet, biscuity malt and moderately bitter floral hops. Finish is smooth and a touch bitter from the hops. Not a hop monster, but a solid IPA. Body is quite nice, a light creamy texture that keeps the beer from finishing too dry. Not sure how much alcohol is in it, but I think I could drink this all day.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Alastar for this one by way of IS BIF 2. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Gentle pour yields a .5 finger coarse, white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is one of the palest looking IPAs I've ever seen. A semi-clear white peach. Lacing is stringy and spotty in parts with little cling.

S: Aroma is of clean citrus and piney hops with just the slightest touch of cane sugar. Very crisp and simple all-around.

T: Piney and resiny hops are upfront from the very beginning, lending a sharp and lasting bitterness. Very little malt character to be found but there is a slight citrus at the back. Finish is astringent and bitter with an enamel-peeling raw hop kick in the aftertaste that sticks around.

M: Light bodied and well carbonated. Lively in the mouth with a slight stickiness towards the end. Finish is messy with an aftertaste that lingers long after the brew.

D: This offering is very average. Appearance is a bit off, aroma is simple and crisp, taste is pretty spot on though lacking a little balance, and feel is appropriate. However, there are a good number of above-average IPAs around so this is my first and last go-around with this one.

Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to EehaiCJ for sharing this, review from notes.

Herbal, grassy hop aroma, floral with a touch of lavender or something like perfume. Dull hazy peach color, spotty lacing, with a spiderweb skim and nest of larger bubbles clinging to one side. Some cracker or puffed wheat cereal notes, grassy hop flavor, with a lightly bitter aftertaste. It had a soft feel, more mellow than expected for a west coast IPA. Overall it was sort of ho hum, and was blown away by the bottle of 6/10/09 Pliny that followed it.

Photo of waldowin
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the ONLY IPA other than Blue Dot that I've seen that has been quite literally opaque with hop particulate. It's almost like an unfiltered cider.
Carbonation is visible, but there is very little head at all, and what forms on the pour fades just as quickly.

The smell is very pungently full of grapefruit, overpowering all else.

This is hands down the single most hop-filled beer I have ever tasted, even more out there than Blue Dot. The start is a fresh, wet-hop flavor of cedar and pine, which is absolutely blasted away with grapefruit, finishing with a small bit of astringency and a healthy wallop of bitterness. Bitter almost to the point of being sour, this is a beer completely dedicated to the flavors of the hop, almost completely ignoring any malt flavors. I'm sure they exist, but there's no way I can taste them through all this citrus.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and very drying. A bit more malt would have helped balance things nicely.

I absolutely love this beer and all its hoppy intensity. That said, it is so intensely bitter and hoppy that I'm going to have to take my time just to finish this 22oz.

Photo of JTahoe
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap served in a pint glass at Roanoak Tavern, Mercer Island.

A - Hazy orange tinted gold with minimal off-whit head, dissapates fairly quickly. Some fine grained sticky lace hanging around. Not gorgeous, but ok.

S - Fairly bright with floral and herbal notes. Decent grainy background. Enticing enough and pleasant.

T - Pine and bitter herbs with musk rose. Really nice hop bite. Biscuity malt backbone is present.

M - Medium-light feel, ample carbonation.

D - This is a solid brew and quite enjoyable. Recommended.

Photo of IgotsHops
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was pretty disappointing, but overall a pretty good standard American IPA.
Not too much to note, except for a good pine hop aroma. Like drinking a wreath.
Good summer beer, but didn't excite my tongue. Good clean mouthfeel. Easy to drink. Pretty overpowering bitterness at times. It built up on my palate and made me want to stop drinking at times.

Photo of Braz
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this at Parkway tavern in Tacoma. Deep gold in color. Nice white head that sustains for some time. Floral and citrus notes on the nose. Very well balanced I.P.A. Mild sweetness with a nice hop presence. Dry body with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Photo of Crittervision
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hooo-ly crap. on smelling out of the bottle, the nose is outstanding.

thin white frothy head, excellent retention that really sticks to the glass and falls slowly. cloudy orangey-gold body.

the smell, like i mentioned to begin with is incredible. pineapple-mango goodness. sweet. no bitterness whatsoever. just impeccable.

slightly hoppy on the back of the tongue. very floral and filling in that respect. no tropical fruits in the taste as one would expect from the smell. a little disappointing as the smell was really building up expectation.

mouthfeel is a powdery dryness, spiciness provides a light mustardy feel, but overall pretty alright*

the floral taste comes on a bit too much and isnt helped by the dryness, i was really hoping for the pineapple and mango to come through in the taste and provide a refreshing juiciness, but must say am a bit underwhelmed. at the least, it smelled outstanding. still drinkable by any stretch of the imagination.

*justin.

Photo of bosco7
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Red Apple Market in Silverdale, WA.

Pours hazy light copper. Fizzy head.

Smells of pine needles, orange peel, caramel and grapefruit.

Dull/vegetal cascade hop flavors upfront (orange, grapefruit, and some floral qualities). Harsh bitterness.

Decent IPA there are some qualities that I found to detract from the whole experience.

Photo of flexabull
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of acertain, (ratebeer) thanks again!

Pours a hazy bright gold color, with a small white head.

Aromas are very citrus like, grapefruit, and some pine notes.

Taste hop dominant, with a slight malty back drop. Pine hop bitterness, tart, and tangy. There is a sweet creamy malt flavor that while is there, the malt profile seems a bit thin.

Mouthfeel is OK. But seems a bit watered down, and kind of weak. Not bad though.

Drinkability is good. Not a great IPA, but a solid easy drinking one in my book.

Photo of portia99
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received in trade with olympuszymurgus - Thanks! Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Pours a very pale golden color with a slight haze. A finger of gleaming white head sits atop this IPA and lingers for a while with no sign of wanting to die at all. Paler than most IPA's but still a pretty good looking beer.

S - Fruity with a bit of citrus...grapefruit mostly, although a bit on the dull side - not really crisp or sharp. Also a bit of grassiness in the aroma too. Malt has a presence taking on some bready and grainy characteristics.

T - Quite bitter up front. Hops don't offer much flavor...what is there is a bit grapefruity and somewhat earthy. Graininess and breadlike flavors from the malt balance out the bitterness nicely. Wish there was more hop flavor to go with the bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is thin overall and carbonation level is medium and just about right for the style. Nothing special of note here either positive or negative.

D - Alcohol level is not stated on the bottle anywhere, but it does not feel like it is very high. No alcohol noticeable in the flavor either. Sessionable IPA...enjoyable with a pizza for lunch sorta beer. I like this beer, but wouldn't go out of my way to get it again. Happy to have the chance to try it.

Photo of John_M
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Parkway Tavern.

The beer pours an orange amber color with fairly good head retention and light lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light citrus. On the palate, this beer was considerably more impressive and is NorthWest al the way stylistically. The IPA is quite dry and bitter, with just enough malt to balance the hoppy bitterness in this beer. I also pick up some light underlying brown sugar, which adds an interesting note to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is at most medium bodied, with a moderatley long, clean, bitter finish. Drinkability was pretty good... would have to guess the abv. to be in the 6% range.

A nice, solid, easy to enjoy/appreciate IPA.

Photo of froghop
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy amber-orange with thin egg-shell head, good lacing.

smells of grapefruit hops, some caramel, some floral, citrus, dandilion.

taste is thick, some grapefruit, some orange, caramel, some pine, malt in the back, nice bitterness that grows as you drink.

Photo of unHipHopHead
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Not much head at all, what was there dissipated pretty quickly leaving a small island of large bubbles. A hazy orange color.

S - sweet citrus fruits, some pine, a little alcohol aroma as well.

T - A bitter hop taste that hits mostly in the back and sides of the tongue. It's pretty dry and not too sweet or malty so the hops do stand out. Although it is sort of one dimensional in terms of the hop flavors.

M - Dry finish with mild carbonation. Quite nice actually.

D - It tastes as though its a lower ABV drink and if you want a crisp and dry IPA this is a decent choice. It doesn't hit you over the head with hops or sweetness or malts. Goes down pretty smooth and is refreshing.

Photo of mactrail
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sweet and tangy hoppy brew with a touch of caramel. Golden amber in the tall glass. Light body Modest aromatics but it has a brief nose of malt and sweet flowers. Some flowery and grainy flavors.

There is even a touch of a candy flavor that makes me think of a Tripel. The bitterness, however, sweeps all before it. Long bitter aftertaste. There are some brief pleasures here but it's not very drinkable for me; hard core bitterness addicts may find it satisfying. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bottleworks in Seattle.

Photo of GClarkage
2.45/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

06/26/07- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 22oz bomber with no freshness info listed. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Pretty clear amber-golden colored pour. 1/2 inch head forms and fades quickly. Leaves light trails of lace behind.

Smell- Bits of pine needle and bits of grapefruit. Maybe a touch of toasted malt, but not much.

Taste- Hop bomb, well, not a huge hop bomb, but drastically unbalanced. Hops are pine flavored, rather than fruit flavored and pretty damn bitter. Mix that will no malt and you get, not a very tasty and satisfying beer.

Mouthfeel- Bitter flavorless aftertaste with a higher carbonation level.

Drinkability- Not the worst IPA, but needs some serious help in the malt dept to make this drinkable.

Photo of czechsaaz
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big hop aroma, mostly citrus aromas but with some pine & resin hop aroma mixed in. Malt aroma is faint but smells like light crystal malt.

Golden colored but pretty cloudy. Starts with a big head with huge bubbles and fades to a small white layer. Some lacing in the glass.

Initial flavor is hop oil bitterness but not really strong. Then I get malt but also not a strong malt flavor. The follow up is nice hop flavor with citurs and woody varieties. It's pretty good but none of the flavors seem very strong. It just seems a little lacking in character to me.

Medium full bodied with a pretty high carbonation level.

Nothing about the beer is strong or hard to drink so it is pretty drinkable. But it jsut doesn't have anything that makes me want to get it again over most beers in the category.

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy apricot/peach color with a fluffy white head that leaves much remembrance of its presence

Smell: Floral citrus aroma

Taste: Fruity citrus up front, with a juicy character that emerges by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a light bready character; the finish brings on more of the same

Mouthfeel: Medium body with spritzy carbonation

Drinkability: A nice refreshing West Coast IPA; certainly not among the biggest or boldest by those high standards, but easy to drink indeed

Photo of GJ40
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Seattle.

A - Golden with a strong haze and small off white head. Good lacing.

S - Floral and fruity with a lemony aroma that kind of took me by surprise.

T - Starts fruity and floral but then yields a nice citrusy bitterness. I like the flavor a lot more than the aroma.

M - Moderate consistency and carbonation.

D - Very flavorful and easy to drink. This would be a nice regular for me if I lived in the area. And at $3.49 for a 22oz bottle, the price isn't too bad.

Photo of loren01
3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a cloudy orange color with lots of floaties in it. Large 2 finger width frothy white head, good lacing down the glass
S: Nice hoppy, citrusy smell. Also some ETOH scent
T: Not balanced at all, hops, hops and more hops. I like hoppy beers but this gave me bitter beer face bad.
M: Medium bodied, high amount of carbonation
D: As I said I love IPA's but damn, they could have balanced this one a little more. I could hardly choke this one down. My tastebuds are destroyed.

Photo of mabermud
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great mouthfeel and great taste. To compete with the big boys, this needs a higher ABV.

Photo of Slatetank
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bottle up at 99bottles in Federal Way. The bottle I bought has a smiling lady with a crown of hop adorned vines and a hop necklace holding up a pint glass of ale. The name is Hop Diggidy.

A - A hazed light golden amber w/ a thin 2 finger white head. The lace sticks quite well and there is a fair amount of it.

S - A sweet and perfumy scent of herbal hops stands out right away. Pine cones and a citrus tangerine-like scent are the most noticeable in a host of hop odors.

M - Bitterness follows sweet pale malt flavors. A varied blend of bitter and a tangy finish w/ a nice full carbonated middle.

T - A host of hop flavor is represented in this ale: grapefruit, pine, tangerine and some herbal flavors. The hops get prickly and pine needle-like as the effervescence recedes. A pleasant malt taste fades into a bitter bite. The malt is a subdued flavor and adds only a skosh of sweetness.

D - A full on bitter brew which would appeal to hop heads. I am not that big of a fan of acid which builds in this ale after a full sampling. A decent example of the style, but I would prefer a bit more malt to support the ample hop flavor and bitterness. The nose is nice w/ floral hop notes. I would sample a Hop Diggidy again for sure.

Photo of Hornet2003
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly pale amber. Little head. Tinge of cloudiness.

Smell: Intense gapefruit, orange, lemon aromas.

Taste: Well the bitterness is definitely at the forefront. Tangy and full of fresh fruit flavours. Obviously citrus is predominant. Slight sweetness at the end. Classic PNW style.

Mouthfeel: I'm not sure how to rate this since I opened a 3 day old growler. For what was poured in my glass, it was great. The carbonation wasn't over the top. I just wonder if it is different straight from the tap. Slight alcohol burn after it has gone down.

Drinkability: Well based on taste alone, I would rate this as a greatly drinkable IPA. Great aroma from the dry-hopping and the flavours are spot on. Since the alcohol is nowhere to be listed, I'm not sure about sessionability. I would guess it's around 6% so this growler will take some work.

Overall: I was surprised by some of the reviews passing this off as "average". I found it to be full bodied, aromatic. drinkable and well-balanced with the sweetness at the end.

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Hop Diggidy IPA from Port Townsend Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.