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Count Hopula - SanTan Brewing Co.

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Count Hopula
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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

crobinso, Oct 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

MrJolly, Oct 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Csnowbrown, Aug 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

bambam2517, Mar 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

onedogtwodog, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
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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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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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%

BeckySherman, Nov 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

JohnLynch, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of aval89
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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Mrose78, Oct 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

gkoz, Oct 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

thatoneguymike, Nov 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

hacker1892, Oct 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

grubefresh, Oct 27, 2013
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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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Camjmorton, Nov 07, 2013
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dorf, Sep 15, 2012
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Count Hopula from SanTan Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.