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Hoperation Overload - Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works

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253 Ratings
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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 2
Gots: 22 | 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 +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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!

Beerlover, May 04, 2014
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can, the head takes up 3/4 of the glass but boils down to a deep hazy copper body. The full dark classic "C" hops come through in the nose. The taste starts with a soft creamy sweet malt flavor that is cut by a big hop flavor of dark green herbal character. The finish has a nice balance of hop bitterness and alcohol spice note to follow.

This beer real has a good balance of big sweet malt and bitter hops and it is very easy to drink for such a big beer.

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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.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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!

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3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ocelot2500, Jul 06, 2014
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Hoperation Overload from Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works
85 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.