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Count Hopula - SanTan Brewing Co.

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Count Hopula
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32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SanTan Brewing Co. visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: Lucklys on 10-25-2010)
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JohnLynch, Aug 05, 2012
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3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Auraan, Nov 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

aval89, Oct 03, 2011
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4.98/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

DonDirkA, Aug 03, 2012
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MrJolly, Oct 31, 2012
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Mrose78, Oct 23, 2013
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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!

MacHammer, Apr 16, 2013
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crobinso, Oct 20, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

JohnnyJam, Oct 05, 2012
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BikeChandler, Sep 06, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While the beer definitely had a nice, deep red tint to it in the light, it was very dark, albeit clear. It came straight from the tap with an off-white frothy head about 2-fingers thick with excellent retention and left a gloriously heavy sticky lacing around the inside of the glass that never faded.

I will admit that it was a little difficult to keep my nose focused on the beer, as we had a big plate of beer-battered chicken fingers and french fries in front of us, as well as a rogue smoker that interrupted half of our meal. What I did gather was very crisp and robustly full of hops, as it should be. There was a very strong grapefruit aroma that closely hugged the bitterness of the hops, making them sourly sweet in my nose. There was also something quite reminiscent of tangerines and a faint whiff of pine and malt right at the end.

The taste was very perfectly bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. It was just as advertised, with lots and lots of hops (or "enough to rip your tongue out" as Beer Advocate would say). There was a sweetness to the bitter that I'm sure was due to the background malt, and a light pine-y/resiny flavor as well. I would say the Count Hopula has a lighter body with good carbonation that is almost spicy in combination with the hops and lightly leaves the tongue on a nice crisp note.

Lucklys, Oct 25, 2010
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Boulders, in a shaker pint.

Rusty blood-red, type O-negative. Dark and just a bit hazy. Half a finger of silky sand-colored head quickly drops to a thin top layer and deposits walls thick as silk sheets.

Sweet, floral nose. I get a good amount of dank hops, grass and orange. The malt brings sweet burnt sugar and almond with lightly toasted biscuits.

The flavor’s way maltier than expected. Tons of caramel, baked German bread. Toasted ritz crackers linger long into the finish. Booze blends with the malt in hints of whiskey. Hops are a touch dank, very floral, and only a little bitter. Flash of bright, tangy grapefruit peel at the swallow.

Moderate to high carbonation peppers the tongue. The body's medium-light, kind of airy, and fizzes up moderately as it moves. Bitterness is gentle and alcohol, big as it is, doesn't really make its presence known.

Count Hopula is very drinkable for its ABV. A little more abrasive than top-tier double reds.

Phelps, Nov 07, 2011
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 1702, Tucson; November 2011
The beer arrives with a frothy, pale brown tinged, stained tan colored, one-finger thick head. The beer is a concentrated amber hue that shows a clear, rich brown amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of pine and citrusy hops as well as sweet tea and toasted grain like crystal malt; Specific notes of ruby-red grapefruit zest, perhaps a touch of fruitier tangelo zest, some definite herbaceous pine character, caramelized brown bread crust notes and some sharper, richly toasted grain notes.

Sharply bitter up front, the bitterness grows through to the finish, though it never quites gets to a biting or gripping level. The beer tastes / feels thin some how, perhaps a touch tinny. It is quite a bit drier than I was expecting, but it does have a touch of crystal malt derived, caramelized sweetness; perhaps just enough to soften the hop bite just a bit, but not enough to really accentuate the juicy hop fruit character that was noticed in the nose. Still some notes of grapefruit zest and citrus oil does come through, along with a firm bitter pine note and a touch of herbaceous character that leans towards hemp. The long finish seems to have a touch of roasted, or deeply toasted grain astringency to it, though just a touch. The body of this beer is mediumish, it is light enough to bee quite quaffable, but has just enough texture to rest just a bit on the palate.

Not bad, but it seems to come off as being a touch too thin; it could use some more malt fullness, which would really help to play up the fruit and citrus qualities that the hops have. As the beer warms up some more of the fruit character comes out in the flavor, so I would definitely suggest trying this on the warm side of cool (this beer is on draft, so you don’t have a whole lot of choice on this end).

Gueuzedude, Feb 15, 2012
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A - Great reddish-brown color with good head retention.

S - A nice balance of hops and malt. Light roasty character.

T - Roasted malt and slightly bitter hop presence create a great, fresh variation from the typical IPA.

M - Fresh hops blend with roasted malt to create a pleasantly balanced, enjoyable beer. Very drinkable. Great for the cooler weather.

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Count Hopula from SanTan Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.