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Hops Kill ? - BrewDog

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Hops Kill ?Hops Kill ?

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very good

29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: StJamesGate on 10-15-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

aztraz, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brewdog pub in Camden Town. Served in a Lost Abbey style tulip. The chalkboard doesn't beat around the bush, calling this beer Hops Kill Nazis.

A: Clear ruby body under a thin head of ultrafine, fairly sticky foam. Delicate lacing. Nice enough.

S: Big, poweful hoppiness; dank pine and fruity citrus coexist harmoniously, with some mango for good measure. Excellent.

T: Caramel malt starts things off (a little surprisingly, given the purely hoppy aroma), with the fruity hops close behind. Very tropical. Major bitterness and significant booze on the finish. Good, not quite great.

M: Creamy, lively, and a little sticky. Appropriate.

O: The booziness was the one real drawback of this beer, although after more than a week of drinking almost nothing but 4% cask Bitters, the jolt wasn't entirely unwelcome. A good beer.


woosterbill, Apr 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

hawkon, Apr 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

jisak74, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of bark
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is deep red/amber (37 EBC), the liquid is clear. The finger thick head is compact and pale brown, it sinks quickly to a thin lid without leaving much lacing.

The smell is dry and very hoppy. Dried red fruits and berries, grapefruit, bitter oranges and cookies. Powerful bitterness with a touch of metal. Hints of boiled vegetables and nuts. Some alcohol, but not at disturbingly levels. It is very American.

The taste is not as dense as the smell suggested. It is, in fact, rather fresh and very hoppy. “Brown” malty flavours of biscuits and plums. Grand smooth bitter notes. Dried fruits and red berries. Bitter oranges and lemon peels. Full bodied flavours. The aftertaste is bitter with more fruity flavours, lots of semi-sweet malt with notes of cookies and biscuits. Bitterness and leather in the finish.

The carbonation is strong; the many small bubbles are short-lived. The liquid is dry and a bit sticky.

I didn’t really like 5 A.M. Saint, the baby brother of this beer. This one is better: It is much fresher and lacks the musty notes I found in it.

bark, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of rarbring
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The brew is deep ruby with brown shades, an off-white head, little lacing but good curtains.

Smells hops, hops and hops. Pine, resin and glue. Floral ripeness.

Sweet brown bread with honey, black currants, grass and bitter nettles.

Medium high carbonation, a coarse dry feeling - all the way.

Well this is a beer that is very well done, but to my mind actually to hoppy.

rarbring, Mar 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours is slightly hazy dark amber with a compact head that slowly dissipates into pretty nice lacings.

S: Roasted caramell malt, some sweetness. American hops, both bitter and floral. Citric and mild piney. Bitter oranges, grapefruits and faint pineapple.

T: Bitter and floral hops up front, morse piney than citric. Nice balanced sweetness in the roasted caramell malt. Buttery.

M: Creamy medium to full body, low carbonation and a lovely roasted and bitter aftertaste.

O: A nice one!

Evil_Pidde, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of danieelol
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With great thanks to dgilks.

Pours a darkish red/brown. Good head/lacing.

Nose is tropical hops, brown sugar. Bit of hydroponics. Almost a rich umami coffee smell.

Taste is rich with malt with strong bittering hops. In the 5AM Saint/Prototype 17/this trilogy, on the Irish Red/American Amber spectrum, this is the closest to an Irish Red. More like a marriage of 5AM Saint and Hardcore.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are medium.

Nice beer.

danieelol, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of mdagnew
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a deep amber red colour. Creamy head poured small but quite thick then faded very quickly to light wispy covering with thicker edging... light carbonation... some light lines of lacing...

Aroma - Lots of piney, peppery and grassy hops up front mixed with toasted caramel malts... lightly roasted nuts, spicy dried fruits (raisins, figs), citrus peel, some rubbery traces, toasted malty loaf, blood oranges, light liquorice, some wet hay...

Taste - Good blast of grassy and spicy hop bitterness, piney resin traces, overripe fruits (bitter oranges, apples), also some dried fruits (prunes, dates), light alcohol, brown sugar, crystal malt, toffee, rubbery traces, soapy notes...

M&D - Fairly sharp and dry initially then smooths out... full bodied... dangerously drinkable as the 7.8% is very well hidden..

Overall - An exceptionally good amber Ale and one that i would like to see Brewdog brew year round... definitely recommended..

mdagnew, Feb 21, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was very kindly sent to me by Zimbo along with a Westvleteren 12. Poured from a 330ml bottle into a straight Congqing glass.

Pours a medium dark amber colour with a small off white head.

Smells of faint fruit and cooked sugar, cake almost. Lovely and rich but very faint.

Tastes gorgeous. It seems to be both subtle and strong at the same time. The flavours aren't massive like a double IPA and work well together, yet it has a strong hoppiness at the same time, and the overall taste though subtle, lingers in the mouth for an eternity.

A truly gorgeous beer, one that has changed my view on Brewdog beers as a whole. My only quip is, why can't they sell this in supermarkets instead of Hardcore or 5AM?

CwrwAmByth, Feb 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

ygtbsm94, Feb 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

jakesingleton, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of thepeter
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very amber red brew with a soapy head that lasted the entire time. aroma of pine and resin with a hint of sweet caramel. Tastes Like a really hopped up evenly malted IPA. A bit nutty and biscuity as well. Palate was smooth and medium bodied. Orerall a great hopped up red that kicks you in the teeth, a really great beer.

thepeter, Jan 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

gulden, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of crusian
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Glasgow Brewdog... not sure why this is called Hops Kill ? clearly labeled on the board as Hops Kill Nazis. Also has it listed at 7.6% They certainly have interesting names for their beers sometimes.
Pours a dark ruby color with a finger of head.
Nose, wow. bartender says it is dry hopped with Chinook... and yeah, smells like yesterday. wow. a hint of caramel malt, but mostly chinook.
Taste is chinook, piney with a hint of citrus, damn. this is one hoppy mother. Caramel malt does nicely balance it a bit, and has a nice malt backbone to support it, but damn, this is amazing. This may be the best Brewdog beer I have had. It tastes like this was kegged yesterday.
mouthfeel is light to medium, and fine... but man, this is a surpise hop bomb, Nicely done!!

crusian, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

The beer appears dark ruby hued with an inch of soapy beige head. The aroma brings a big bouquet of hops among a robust malt profile. Malt emerges more as the beer warms. Bread, pine, toast, biscuits. One of the tastier beers I have had from BrewDog. Medium bodied with solid carbonation. I would definitely have this again.

Huhzubendah, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of dgilks
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle straight from the brewery.

Clearish, dark amber-red colour with a smooth, billowing, tan head. Good head retention.

Dank, piney, citrussy hop aroma with plenty of spritz. Some deeply caramelised malt. Somewhat fruity.

Toasty, nutty malt with rounded sweetness. Nice, clean finish. Prominent piney hop character but the malt is definitely at the fore here. I actually really like this and find it to be a compelling beer.

Medium to medium-full body with moderately-low carbonation. Good.

A well balanced Imperial Red Ale. Great combination of hops and malt. Well done Brewdog.

dgilks, Nov 09, 2011
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Hops Kill ? from BrewDog
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