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Count Hopula - SanTan Brewing Co.

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Count Hopula
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very good

52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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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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.

Photo of crobinso
2.75/5  rDev -30%

Photo of MrJolly
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of mactrail
3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad malty brew with just enough hoppy bite. The color is actually a rather nice red-brown. Even a decent cap of foam in the tall Belgian glass.

Sweet from start to finish, but the hops are bitter, woody, and tangy, all in a nice way. Quite a decent brew. Modest floral and resiny aroma.

Jeez, I should have been reviewing this instead of sipping and reading Christmas letters. I am feeling woozy...

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Csnowbrown
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of bambam2517
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Nuggetz
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of onedogtwodog
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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).

Photo of Texasfan549
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of taospowder
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and candied fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with brown sugar, citrus zest, and pineapple juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid candied fruit and citrus forward hop aspects all around.

Serving type: can.

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

Photo of BeckySherman
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of dwagner003
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnLynch
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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!

Photo of Mrose78
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of gkoz
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of hacker1892
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of grubefresh
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Count Hopula from SanTan Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.