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Hop Hugger - Durango Brewing

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BA SCORE
81
good

29 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.89%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Koufax21 on 12-17-2011)
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Reviews by Koufax21:
Photo of Koufax21
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this one up in Durango, CO at Liquor World (the whole thing?!?). It pours a deep amber color. Darker than I would expect for an IPA. It leaves a nice, white head that laces the glass pretty well. Smells very malty. Mild citrus aromas. The taste is very bitter. Not a fan of this approach to IPA's. Overly bitter. Citrus, pine. I wonder if they use Fuggle hop in here? It reminds me of shipyard IPA. Well, it was worth a shot. Good mouthfeel, and adequate carbonation. So many good IPA's in CO, this is just not one of the better ones in my opinion.

Koufax21, Dec 17, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
1.6/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle. Pours a light golden amber with a thin white head that quickly goes to a thin film.

The aroma is extremely subdued - some sweet corny malts.

The flavor is sweet vegetal malts and a little minty leather with a big metallic ashy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and watery.

Overall, not a good IPA. It has decent bitterness but is a mess.

Beaver13, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Jason, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of tommy5
4/5  rDev +12.4%

tommy5, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of atomicbeer
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

atomicbeer, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of JohnBender
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

JohnBender, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of crobinso
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

crobinso, Jan 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

jzimmermann11, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of wells9uk
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

wells9uk, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of HurricaneCamille
4/5  rDev +12.4%

HurricaneCamille, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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

Mebuzzard, Mar 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

Huffaroma, Jun 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

habaceeba, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of mweso2000
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

mweso2000, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of iSip
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Durango Brewery Hop Hugger IPA: This beer has a deep copper color with a faint haze to the body. The white head is ample, but does fade away. The aroma is faint for an IPA, more to come on this. The flavor starts out fine, with balances malt sweetness, but the finish lacks the hop notes I expect from an IPA. There is a bit of hop there, but it is subtle and ends with a bit of bitter. The Hop Hugger is an OK beer. It is smooth and easy drinking. But as an IPA it is average or a bit below that mark, depending on your tastes.

iSip, Jan 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Brewbazstard, Jan 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Ispeakforthetrees, Dec 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

durlta, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of Ratman197
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Total Beverage Westminster poured a clear orange amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of biscuit, grassiness, earthiness, citrus and light pine. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiess, grassiness and light citrus with a smooth dry bitter lingering earthy finish.

Ratman197, Feb 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Proclarush, Jul 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

UncleAddie, Aug 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Haybeerman, Jul 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

MeisterMayhem, Jul 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

WDJersey, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

StonedTrippin, Nov 08, 2013
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Hop Hugger from Durango Brewing
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