Count Hopula - SanTan Brewing Co.

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16 Reviews
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Reviews: 16
Hads: 58
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 17.56%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SanTan Brewing Co. visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Lucklys on 10-25-2010

On September 15, SanTan Brewing Company bears its fangs with the spooky spectacular, Count Hopula Blood Red I.P.A. brew. Boasting a rich ruby red color with 99 IBU’s and intense Simcoe hop bitterness balanced with an eternal Roasted malt, Count Hopula Blood Red IPA will bite Virgin Craft Beer drinkers and turn them into Undead Hopheads!

99 IBU
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Reviews: 16 | Hads: 58
Reviews by Csnowbrown:
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of HoppySeb
3.16/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JohnLynch
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Auraan
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a deep reddish brown with a one finger red tinted off-white head. Very interesting look, quite different from a lot of other DIPAs and even red ales I've had, it looks quite nice. Scents of grapefruit, citrus, pineapple, pine and wet grass with hints of tropical fruit and faint notes of brown sugar. A typical DIPA aroma, nothing to out of the ordinary, but nothing wrong either. It's pleasant. Taste begins with bitter citrus pith, grapefruit pith, and pine resin, adding some flavors of grapefruit juice and hints of roasted malt in the middle and finishing bitter, with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Other than the hints of roasted malt the flavor is typical for a West Coast DIPA, but the roasted notes do contribute a bit of depth to an otherwise standard flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation and an oily/slick mouthfeel. True to style, easy to drink, nothing off about it. Overall this is a good DIPA. It's standard to be sure, and doesn't do a whole lot to stand out other than adding some roasted malt, but that's enough to make it worth trying. There are better DIPAs out there, but this one isn't bad. (1,158 characters)

Photo of aval89
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep amber color with off white colored head

S: grapefruit & citrus dominate. Also some herbal notes & pine.. Malts lies deep in there but is present

T: big grapefruit & pine upfront.. mid palate is citrus peel.. finishes resiny with some malts to balance out.. leaves a good resin taste in your mouth with grapefruit flavors..

Mf: medium bodied with a good almost creamy feel.

O: a nice IPA for the fall! (412 characters)

Photo of McMatt7
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DonDirkA
4.97/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Don't really see where the "blood red" comes from, its a dark brown (in my glass it looks black but its more of a mahogany. Ruby red grapefruit right up front in the nose. Tangerine, lemon, caramel malts, and some more orangey citrus looming in the back. The taste is a lot maltier than I expected right up front but that gives way almost immediately to sharp grapefruit hops with hints of tangelo, lemon, slight lime flavors, and a bit of a piney kick hovering in the background. The grapefruit lingers and blends with flavors of the caramel malts to stick around on the tongue. Its a damn good IPA, not quite what I expected but still another fine example from (in my opinion) Arizona's masters of the hop. (708 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of MacHammer
4.71/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I tried this beer at Monsterland before it closed in downtown Mesa. My overall impression was simply, "Yum". It seemed to hit all the right spots with me. It seemed smooth. It seemed chocolaty. It was so enjoyable, instead of looking at the menu for another variety, I simply ordered another one.

Since then, I've started brewing my own home brews and find that the recipe I keep trying to create is the memory of enjoying this beer.

Bravo San Tan Brewing Company! (466 characters)

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -30%

Photo of GregJ
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a amber red. Smells of sweet malts, rye, earthy/grass hops. Tastes of sweet malts, rye, some pine, grassy. Medium body and med/light carbonation. Pine resin and sweet malts left on the palate. (198 characters)

Photo of ronniebruner
1.72/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Beer starts off decently with a nice looking reddish copper color. Its all downhill from there as the beer is overhopped beyond enjoyable. The trend these days is to make beer so hoppy that it tastes like grass, bbut htis is just rancid and terrible. Undrinkable. Says its from the Vault series, but they should keep it in the vault. Steer clear. (351 characters)

Photo of JohnnyJam
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first growler. Purchased from Total Wine. Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

A: Got a 1 and 1/2 finger tan head that didn't stick around but didn't completely vanish. It is not red but a dark brown with a slight maroon tint. A fair amount of lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Big grapefruit smell. Very nice.

T: Big upfront grapefruit taste. Smooth. OK, blood orange taste backs it up slighly. Not piney but leaves a resin taste in mouth.

M: Easy to drink. Refreshing. Bitter but not overly bitter. The relatively high alcohol content of this beer is not noticable but hidden in the fruity taste and smell of the hops. Juicey upfront and slightly dry afterwards.

O: I like it. Compare it to a Sierra Nevada Torpedo and it is simular in but very different. This is more bitter and has a lighter mouth feel. (824 characters)

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.4/5  rDev +12%

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Count Hopula from SanTan Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.