Hop Hugger - Durango Brewing

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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 16.19%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Durango Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Koufax21 on 12-17-2011)
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3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a strange ipa really, and my first beer from Durango brewing. it pours an orange glazed honey color, clear and bright, with an inch of thick white froth. it smells really herbal, almost strangely so, like culinary herbs. basil and tarragon come to mind, amidst the hop bitterness and pale malt base. the flavor too is very herbal, with basil being readily detectable to me. lots of hop punch on the back end, both oily and bitter, but it comes across just a little sloppy, more like a happy accident than an intended outcome. still, drinkable enough at 7.5% abv, you might want to slow yourself down a little with these as the buzz sets in quick. overall I liked this just okay. I thought the herbal qualities detracted from the hop experience, and that there is just a little too much weight to this. enough to make me want to grab that Durango mixed box though just to try.

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3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark amber with an almost ruby red cast. Decent tan head recedes to a rocky cap. Tiny bubbles rise in thin streams. Appealing aroma: grapefruit and cherries, pine and biscuit. Piney taste, some grapefruit, followed by bark. Another sip is even more bitter. Thinking this has a good dose of Ahtanum hops. Bottle says 6 hops and 3 malts. The 7.5% ABV hides well. A good to very good American IPA. "Have you hugged your hops today?" I think I just did.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as single at Lukas in the pick your sixer section. Beer and brewery I am fairly certain I haven't tried. The beer is poured to a pint glass from undated brown bottle and pours a clear amber gold color with a 1 finger white head, some retention, solid lacing. The aroma is very muted, which is unfortunate as it seems good, just weak. A base of biscuity caramel malt from which a citrus hop character rises. I would love a bit more character. The flavor builds on the weaker nose and presents a pleasant blend of the caramel, biscuit, and citrus fond in the nose. Medium bitterness with a more pronounced pine and citrus hop character. Finishes with a mild lingering bitter together with a pleasant sweet citrus flavor on the tongue. Taste is good. Mouthfeel is fairly dry. Good carbonation. Overall, not a bad brew, not one I would seek out but not one I would turn away.

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3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid beer from the southern mountains of Colorado. This beer seems to me to straddle the line between Pale ale and IPA.

Pours really nice. Golden copper color with fine looking white head; semi rocky, good lacing.

Underneath a steady hop aroma is light caramel, mostly biscuit, malt. the hops dominate without being over done. This reminds me a bit of Dale's as far as hop clarity goes.

The flavors aren't light, but aren't like some muscle IPAs, or even Odell's IPA. Definitely more hops than malt. Citrus and floral. Green pine. Some tropical.

the bitterness is subtle. Semi dry, but not sweet. I think this is a good IPA, before IPAs became so common and hop heavy. Not as balanced as some of the top tiers, but a good 6pack for the fridge

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Hop Hugger from Durango Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.