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Hop Diggidy IPA - Port Townsend Brewing Company

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Hop Diggidy IPAHop Diggidy IPA

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39 Reviews
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Reviews: 39
Hads: 70
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 14.79%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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
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Reviews: 39 | Hads: 70
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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

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Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tthomas for tossing this into a recent trade. Served in my Surly pint glass.

A - Two fingers of off-white foam that has solid retention and lots of swathes of lacing. Slightly hazed straw yellow color with the occasional bubble.

S - Some sweet citrus (orange, tangerine), grassy, piny - pretty potent. Nice hint of carmael maltiness in the background. It's very fresh smelling and quite delicious.

T - Taste is surprisingly dull. There's a some nice initial citrus sweetness, a touch of floralness, and a hint of residual bitterness but it's just kind of bland. I can't even call it an English IPA, because the malt presence is also subdued. Not bad, just meh...

M - Dry finish, but also a fair bit of residual oily resin. Medium body, creamy, with mild carbonation. Quite nice actually.

D - Even though the ABV is listed you can tell this is on the lower end of the IPA scale. Mild bitterness and carbonation keep it quite easy to imbibe. The taste is just really underwhelming and I can't see myself wanting to bother with this one...

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Photo of GClarkage
2.45/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nice orangish color with good carbonation and a fluffy white head

S: Citrus mainly, some caramel

T: Smooth, easy drinking. Caramel, some citrus, floral but mainly citrus with some tropical notes at times

M: No carbonation issues and a good amount of booze and bite for a single IPA

D: Good

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Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. poured a hazy/cloudy orangeish amber color. An inch of fluffy, white head had good retention but left solid lacing.

Muted hop aromas, mostly floral and pine, are featured on the nose. The flavors are slightly sharper than the aromas led me to expect, with some citrus on the tongue that I hadn't noticed in the aromas.

Typical body and drinkability for the style. Overall a good, solid IPA, worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into an impy pint, Hop Diggidy is a hazy golden blonde with a large, frothy off-white head that leaves heavy lace. I like the lighter colored IPAs.

Smell is fruity and floral, bubblegum and wildflowers, a nice herbal mintiness. Softer, but complex and very appetizing.

Taste is nice and fresh, full of hop flavor, sweet but not cloying, not too bitter with a nice cereal backbone. Really a nice IPA, big flavor without being to aggressive, each sip begets another until the bomber disappears in a hurry. The fruitiness was really nice, great IPA.

Mouthfeel is oily, dry and medium bodied. I appreciate that it's fuller in the mouth then the stomach.

Drinkability is good, this goes down really easily, my kinda of IPA for sure. A good value too, wish I didn't have to go to WA to get these. Wish my fridge was full of them tonight!

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another of the beers I brought back from the great northwest.

Poured from the bomber with a finger of creamy head. Faded quickly, but started depositing lacing everywhere. Honey/Golden amber with perfect clarity. No visible carbonation.

Aroma was subdued but really nice. Slight fruits and just a touch floral. A little sharp at the end, like the grapefruit bitterness. Maybe pine.

Flavor is really smooth and incredibly balanced. Very bread/cracker like on flavor up front. Then it moves to a moment of fruit sweet and onto the hop bitter ending. Not too much, in fact, quite mild. But nice. More pine like at the end.

Carbonation is quite mild and this leaves a silky smooth taste/feel in your mouth.

Really quite drinkable. I think I might like this best of all the Northwest IPA's I've tried. (not including Deschutes Hop Trip!!)

Really nice IPA.... I wish I had another bomber of this one.

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Photo of tpd975
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice orangish hue with a tall white head. Okay retention and some spotty lace.

S: Nice and citric. Lots of grapefruit.

T: More subdued than I expected. Nice light citrus notes with light caramel and hints of toast.

M: Medium in body good carbonation.

D: Okay. A rather mild IPA.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A limited release IPA, I’m told it’s an imperial but couldn’t get any specs on it to back that up and it didn't taste particularly potent in the alcohol department. Mine was pumped from one of PT’s two active beer engines. I may have gotten a pour from near the bottom of the cask as my server had a hard time drawing up enough beer to fill the glass and the pint I got was full of large yeasty chunks floating about. But that’s okay. Although it makes the beer look a bit sludgy, I like yeasties and was in need of B-vitamins that day. The larger flocs dropped to the bottom of the glass while smaller ones stayed suspended.

All the customary properties of a good cask pour were present. I got a fine, soapy head with gripping lace and a soothing, dressed-down mouthfeel. Nothing suggestive of dry hopping made itself known to me. The aroma was an agreeable mix of yeast and hops while the flavor served the style very well with a wilted (in the best sense) hop character. Yellow-gold, medium bodied, clean finishing and easy drinking. I found Hop Diggidy far more agreeable than PT’s Bitter End IPA.

Followup: I spelled it wrong. It's "Hop Diggidy", with a "d". ABV=6.3%

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Photo of flexabull
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of portia99
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy gold with a half inch head of white. Traces of dotted lacing and a partial skim coat on the surface for the duration.

Aromatics have a fairly subtle notion of hops with biscuity malt. Very subdued for the style. Hints of grapefruit, butterscotch, cut grass, and toasted grains.

Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel.

Husky malt and a firm bitterness start the palate. Grapefruit, pine, and earthy hops follow through. A hint of honey underneath.

Finishes crisp and drying with a decent bitterness, citric bite, and a trace of warmth.

Another lackluster PacNW of late. Hopefully things will turn around soon. Tasty enough, but quite mediocre for the style and certainly for the PacNW. Needs way more hops all around, but the nose in particular is very lacking.

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Photo of GJ40
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Bottleworks over Memorial Day weekend. Poured into imperial pint glass.

A - Deep golden-yellow with a foamy off-white head. Head is about two fingers after gentle pour and has excellent retention. Spotty lacing left behind on the glass. Beer is slightly hazed and moederate carbonation activity in the glass.

S - Big fruity hop aromas, primarily citrus notes but a bit of tropical fruitiness mixed in as well. Grapefruit and mango both come to mind. Orange comes through as well. After the beer warms a bit the citrus notes remain prominant but some floral aromas begin to come through as well. All hops in the nose.

T - Straight hop bitterness. A bit one dimensional with the citrus, tropical and floral notes not really coming through in the taste. A faint sweetness comes in late in the drink but is certainly overwhelmed by the bitterness.

M - Light to medium bodied with a long lingering bitterness. Carbonation is rather lively.

O - What appeared and smelled like a great IPA didnt quite come through on the taste. I dont mind the bitterness at all, I would just like a bit of hop taste to go along with it. Certainly not a bad beer, but a bit disapointing

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Photo of grittybrews
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark gold with a finger of fluffy white head. Standard IPA aromas of citrus, caramel, and pine.

Moderate carbonation and a relatively full mouthfeel with flavors of grapefruit, caramel, and a mild hoppy bitterness on the finish. All the IPA style elements were solid and the brew was pleasant and easy-drinking, if a bit generic.

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Photo of ElGordo
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of Braz
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy straw coloured liquid with next to no head.

S: Floral hops.

T: Bitter hops and grapefruit.

M: Medium thickness but no carbonation. This may have just been due to the age of the cask, however.

O: A decent IPA but doesn't particularly stand out among the sea of others.

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Photo of froghop
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Hop Diggidy IPA from Port Townsend Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.