Hop Zombie - Uncle Billy's Brew & Que

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89
very good

28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Uncle Billy's Brew & Que visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: AChamberlain on 03-24-2009)
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Photo of ROBORB
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler via lb4lb, thanks man! This beer poured a hazy orange color with a short lived 1 finger head. There was minimal lacing present. I really enjoyed the aroma of this beer. I could pick up pine, citrus and a nice floral scent. The taste was dry up front but the malt never really balanced it completely. I found it to be a very easy IPA to drink and would look for it on tap if I ever see it again. Thanks again Deniz!

Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is very hoppy. I get a lot of pine and mango notes. No doubt this is a nice, hop-forward IPA. The flavor is very similar. I get a ton of grapefruit as the predominant flavor, but there is also a little bit of pine and biscuit malt in there. The alcohol is very well hidden. Low to medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very easy to drink and very tasty.

Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A growler, Growlin' At The Moon, from jamescain.

A: The IPA is a lighter amber color, I'd say that some yellow tints come through but the thickness of the ale prevents me from saying that. The first few pours of the ale generate a thick white head - moderate lacing the end result.

S: Plenty of aroma, oranges both pulpy and zesty. Very floral and powdery. The hop aroma was a pleasant surprise, quite rich and wholesome. The caramel body lingers in the background, allowing the hops to come through.

T: The first sip: Orange Julius without the icy foam. Seriously, the citrus zest is intensely strong up front. As it relaxes, the hops get absorbed into the caramel malts, resulting in a spicy bitter breadiness. The citrus flavors run throughout, pulpy at times, powdery at others, the flavor starts strong and blends in before re-appearing at the finish. The murky thickness of the hops adds so much sweet citrus that the ale goes down rather quickly.

M: I stick by my Orange Julius association - a rich citrus solution, powdery and thick. I wasn't expecting it to be this enjoyable.

Photo of UTCengOwl
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap a few times out at their Oasis location. It's wonderful to be able to bring people out for that view and not have to eat the mediocre overpriced food at the Oasis. I'll just kick back with a beer from Uncle Billy. The menu mentions that this is their Amarillo IPA and I love me some Amarillo hops.

The beer is a hazy golden color with a white head. The pour didn't give much of a head, but it's still a decent looking beer. Looks even better with a sunset overlooking Lake Austin

The nose is a resiny, grapefruit bomb. Amarillo hops come back to life! The taste is right along those lines. Resiny and grapefruity. Maybe some pine... but that could just be the resin talking. Definitely sticky. The carbonation and weight are both solid and leave the beer somewhere between a 4 and 4.5 for mouthfeel and drinkability. I went with the 4.5 on drinkability because I keep coming back here and I keep ordering this beer. That's gotta mean something.

I've been extremely happy that Uncle Billy's opened out on the lake and this beer is one reason why. Now I just need them to be able to bottle out there and for them to have Hell in Keller on tap. Is that too much to ask?

Photo of hiikeeba
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up clear golden with a dense white head that lingers, leaving nice lacing along the glass as you drink

S - Citrusy hop aroma, some malt sweetness

T - Some malt sweetnes, firm background bitterness in the finish, but with a grapefruity flavor from the hops.

M - Medium-low mouthfeel, appropriate to style

D - Very easy drinking IPA.

Photo of stumac
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of AgentZero
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of AAxsom
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of champ103
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy copper orange color. A small white head forms and leaves light lace behind.
S: Resiny, pine, and citrus hops. For the hophead in you.
T: Follows the nose. Not much noticeable malt, but not overly bitter either. A big hop presence of resin, pine, and citrus.
M/D: A medium body that is creamy and smooth. Crisp and dry at the same time. The bitterness slightly builds throughout. Which slows me down a bit as I make my way through the pint.

A very nice IPA. Fairly standard, but very enjoyable. Hop heads should not miss this if at the brewpub.

Photo of AChamberlain
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super solid IPA. Amarillo hops abound. Orange to amber color with a soft off white head. Sweet hop aroma. Sweet and bitter hop flavors. Straight hop juice, in good way. Drinkable. Two pints went down easy. One I will definitely keep my eye out for. I am split between this and their Woodeye IPA but I actually think this might win in head to head match.

Photo of JDV
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Uncle Billys.
Pours an attractive hazy, unfiltered orange color with a medium lived offwhite head that leaves some light lacing. Smell jumps out of the glass at me with pungent fruity, citrusy and piney hops. Really appealing nose on this beer.

Taste is dry, and citrusy with bitter orange rind fruitiness, and some fruity malt that attempts to balance. It still comes off hoppy and leans dry, however.

Medium bodied with refreshing medium to slightly prickly carbonation that keeps this easy drinking, as rich in hop flavor and aroma as it was. One of the better IPAs they've had on in a while, and I really enjoyed this one.

Photo of Hovawart
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My personal preference for an IPA is that it has a strong pine aroma and taste. I'm a big fan of Doubles/Imperials. My son and I went camping this weekend and stopped by the Oasis. I am currently watching the incredible sunset over Lake Travis while drinking this beer.

My overall impression of this IPA is that it is in the middle of an identity crisis. Am I a hoppy wheat beer or a wheaty IPA? The color and taste are more citrus oriented than a purist IPA like Stone. The hops are not overbearing, but they are definitely present. The orange/lemon flavor is a bit distracting for an IPA. Despite my criticism of this beer as an IPA, as a "good beer" it doesn't disappoint. It is an enjoyable beer with few weaknesses.

If you're looking for a noteworthy IPA, this isn't it. However, if you're at the Oasis and want a beer, Uncle Billy's Hop Zombie isn't bad!

Photo of acbe
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours hazy copper to orange in color in the pint glass that it was served in, about one finger of head that maintained moderate retention and some lace.

S - Hops are forefront; lots of citrus, pine and resin. Carmel malts are nicely balanced with hops.

T - Citrus by the way of grapefruit rind, some pine/resin hop flavors with a nice caramel malt sweetness, bitterness is up there but not overwhelming.

M - Medium carbonation, medium/heavy body, well rounded.

D - Definitely for the hops heads, nothing awing, but a really solid enjoyable IPA.

Photo of Jmick28
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of TxZemer
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of elNopalero
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my notes:
Pours a clear straw yellow with a clean, floral nose. Nice carbonation lightens the chewiness on this one, and it works wonders. Definite piney and floral hop profile working in tandem. I would have had another if I didn’t have a long drive ahead of me. Good stuff!

Photo of kspongeworthy
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from xpimptastikx. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - Generous white foam with good retention settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and spotty lacework. Hazy golden body.

S - The aroma was somewhat unexpected, as I read this was an Amarillo IPA. There's lots of tangerine flesh and tropical fruits, but also a slightly musky and floral character to it, but none of the spice or zest that I typically expect. The musky flavor dissipated as the beer warmed, so perhaps it was due to Texas' dumb growler laws. Sugar cookie malt backbone supports things. On the whole the aroma is a tad understated.

T - Icing sugar malts, tangerine and candied citrus, very low bitterness. The previous reviewer's reference to Orange Julius is pretty apt as this drinks more like a fruit beverage in some ways. No alcohol presence, and more balanced than the aroma suggests.

M - The feel is my favorite thing about the beer. It's got sufficient heft, but goes down super smooth and easy, with soft almost cask-like carbonation. Finishes quite dry and clean, and there's no alcohol presence at all.

D - It's not the most mind-blowing IPA, but the combination of low alcohol, low bitterness, and growler-level carbonation makes it super easy to crush. Not something to seek out, but worth trying if you're in the Austin area and need a hop fix.

Photo of LianoPerez
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of jefe2
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Uncle Billy's
Hop Zombie
6.66% ABV
Had on tap 11/5/2010
appearance : bright copper, medium thin white head

smell: piney, citrusy hops with some fruit cocktail nectar
sweetness and a slight bit of tart acidic fruit, like an overripe pear.

taste: grapefruit rind, with bitter hop finish. While the finish is bitter, it is rounded out by sweet fruit nectar, and the bitterness is held to a steady level that doesn't built up from sip to sip. There is also a slight bit of rubbery bubble gum flavor, like the pink penicillin liquid. All the elements balance nicely and come together for an interesting and tasty profile.

drinkability: good, for a hop head. The bitterness is strong, but steady.

mouthfeel: medium bodied, a slight bit thicker than say, sierra nevada.

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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Hop Zombie from Uncle Billy's Brew & Que
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