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Hoperation Overload - Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works

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179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
An Imperial or 'Double' India Pale Ale with characteristically intense yet greatly balanced hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. It is deep golden-light amber/copper in color, although the use of the huge amounts of hops may cause a degree of appropriate hop haze. Alcohol strength is high but balanced by the hops and malt profile.

85 IBU

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 09-01-2009)
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Reviews by Beerlover:
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4.44/5  rDev +15.9%

I had never heard of this brewery until I saw this (in a can, YEAH!) last week. Was initially leery of this one considering all the other double and imperial IPAS saturating the maket, making big promises and leaving you with broken hopes...

A: wow! This could not look more delish! Thick 1 inch white head - almost creamy looking!? I have never seen an ipa with a head like this! Also the color of this is BEAUTIFUL! Copperish orange in color and hazy in appearance.

S: Good thing beers for drinking and not smelling because the smell is this beers weakest link. When you pour the hop aromas do not punch you in the face like a really imperial ipa. Not bad by any means just lacking.

T: This is what I've been missing about most of the ipa's I've tried lately. The bitterness is in the forefront but very well balanced with a medium malty sweetness, some piney and earthy hop tones intermingled finishes slightly dry with a hint of sweetness. This is awesome!

M: Another great thing about this beer, the carbonation is very low especially for an ipa which I absolutely love!

05-04-2014 19:04:35 | More by Beerlover
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-13-2014 18:21:53 | More by 77apm
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-21-2014 03:35:29 | More by Guinnsslvr
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

08-24-2014 14:34:23 | More by Ryan_Murphy
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-03-2014 00:09:49 | More by kwkdmk
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

07-12-2014 18:22:08 | More by acurtis
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3.45/5  rDev -9.9%

Dark reddish amber ale with a thick, ~3 finger off-white head. Excellent retention. Fluffy lacing.

Pine, resin, tropical fruit hop notes; caramel malt, biscuit, and honey.

Pretty sweet and malty, but not stale tasting. Tons of honey, caramel, brown sugar, and biscuit; resin and pine notes the dominant hop flavor. Bitterness is fairly balancing.

Not particularly lively feel; not syrupy, exactly, but just kind of oily and flat.

I'm not sure how fresh the beer is - no date - but it's intensely sweet and malty. Not what I'm looking for in a DIPA.

07-26-2014 22:22:12 | More by Roguer
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

05-11-2014 04:26:43 | More by WoodBrew
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-29-2014 00:14:25 | More by Comparison_Ford
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4.75/5  rDev +24%

04-05-2014 00:14:36 | More by larryarms847
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3.93/5  rDev +2.6%

12oz can with no date. Pours a dark amber color with one finger of head that had excellent retention. The head eventually settles to a thin cap with massive amounts of lacing being left down the glass during consumption.

Aroma of overripe citrus fruit, pine, and caramel. The aroma is trying to get to that elite level, but in the end it smells like a DIPA of 10 years ago.

Flavor is better as the malt and hops work well together. Nice citrus, tropical fruit, and pine notes. The malt adds some nice sweetness and caramel flavor. Big bitterness in the finish with some alcohol flavor and heat. Big flavor for a big beer.

Full body with a nicely paired carbonation. Despite the bitterness the easy level of carbonation lets the flavors linger on the palate. Maybe a little higher level of bubbles would of satisfied me more.

Good old school type of DIPA that attempts to add some malt flavor and sweetness. The can says "Enjoy Fresh". Well put a damn date on the can then so the consumer will know!

05-18-2014 19:34:07 | More by morimech
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

06-28-2013 17:33:54 | More by YogiBeer
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-11-2014 00:45:17 | More by beersdmf17
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3.2/5  rDev -16.4%

Sampled this at the Great Taste and at the brewpub over Labor Day weekend.

Hazy orange copper color, with a thin layer of sticky foam. Aroma was very grassy, more of an herbal bittering hop nose than any pine or citrus. Flavor was earthy with an intense aspirin bitterness. Some pale malts were there in the aftertaste, but steamrolled by the hop content. I love hops, but this needed more "C" flavoring hops to balance the one dimensional bitterness. It finished dry with a lingering bitter herbal aftertaste. It had a good amount of carbonation and body for a DIPA. The crushing bitterness and drying alcohol made me want to switch to water to rehydrate. Probably won't try this again unless it's a different recipe.

09-08-2009 23:08:12 | More by emerge077
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-20-2014 18:37:37 | More by mkirkland80
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-15-2014 03:49:43 | More by jsh420
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-02-2014 16:36:10 | More by CRJMellor
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Pours a hazy, dark copper color with a small, white head that leaves bits of lacing.

Smells of bright citrus notes and some pine.

Tastes of big hop notes with a solid malt backbone. Hops lead off with notes of grapefruit, pine, and a bit of tropical fruit. Malts come in and add a good dose of caramel sweetness. Fairly balanced overall. Ends with more hops adding some earthy spiciness.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid DIPA.

07-06-2014 02:13:10 | More by ocelot2500
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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3.76/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured from a can into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark coppery amber with a half finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, grassy and lightly piney hops with a unusual light root beer component. Flavor is caramel malt, orange, tropical and unusual fruit juice, grassy hops, perhaps a bit of rye. Finishes with a sweet mixed fruit and resinous, but not herbal hop bitterness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A rather idiosynchratic take on an IIPA, with more sweet fruit flavor than usual and not ones I recognize from hops. The hop bitterness is somewhat subdued for an "overload". Interesting, but not one I will need to seek out. Hop flavor and bitterness may be affected by the unknown age of the can, which has travelled half way across the country.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Destihl Hoperation Overload has an extremely thick and lively cream colored head, a fairly opaque gold-orange appearance, and heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is predominately of hop resin with a white bread crust background. Taste is also strong on hop oil and pronounced bitterness, but the sweetness from the malts does balance it out. Mouth-feel is heavy and slick, and Destihl Hoperation Overload finishes puckering, not the least bit alcohilic, and nicely drinkable.


08-19-2014 17:46:13 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Hoperation Overload from Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works
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