Hoppy Bitch IPA - Northwest Brewing Company

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 1
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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Northwest Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: beerman207 on 04-17-2011

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Ratings: 102 | Reviews: 34
Reviews by Bfarr:
Photo of Bfarr
2.61/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy orange amber with big off white foamy head and great retention. Light pine and citrus aroma. Moderate hops up front quickly retreating to caramel sweetness but return slightly in the finish. Fairly robust but smooth with a light bite in the end.

There’s not a whole lot of hop flavor in this one, just the bittering. They do seem to increase but not go anywhere. The hop linger is not entirely pleasant wither. Really this is a balanced but ultimately boring IPA. You would think with a name like that you would really pour it on. I guess this one’s trying to sell on name and label alone.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
2.39/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16 oz can. Pours hazy golden copper with a medium creamy off-white head that goes to a thin film and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet biscuity malts with a little fruity resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet biscuity malts with big bitterness from resiny hops that leave a harsh, slightly vegetal, finish in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and a little watery.

Overall, too much sweet biscuity malt and not enough hop flavor (but does have good bitterness).

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.56/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Good orange appearance, 1" head, egg shell white, we're all good here. Aroma, lacked hops, we're not all good here, just bitter with no floral or hop quality.

Taste, damn, still no hops, just a grating bitterness. So tired of this! Strong carbonation just makes the bitterness prickly, doesn't bring about anything worthwhile. Bitterness overwhelms any semblance of being able to taste anything else, much less the malt profile, geee is there any caramel? I dunno, all I taste is high alpha acid long hop boil.

You know how when something is so spicy, it overtakes the flavor profile? Well, that's how this is, but replace bitter for spicy.

Not recommended unless you just like one trick ponies.

Photo of distantmantra
2.68/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Trade Route taproom. Poured into a straight pint glass. July 27th, 2011.

A: The beer poured an copper/orange color with a big 2-inch head of foam. Honestly, this may have been the result of the bartender messing up the pour... who knows. There was very minimal lacing, which surprised me for a 6.3% IPA.

S: Hoppy Bitch has a unique smell for an IPA. The beer gave off a very sweet aroma of herbs and honey, with some hops and orange peel hanging around in the back.

T: Very weak hop profile in this beer, even when fresh. The sweetness I noticed in the smell translated over to the taste, with something reminiscent of sweet corn and malt with some faint citrus hops lingering at the end.

M: Average carbonation with a small amount of bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass. Slightly sticky mouth feel.

O: My overall feeling is that this is a strange IPA. It's really easy to drink, but the prominent sweet corn flavor is off-putting.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Hoppy Bitch leaves a bitter tast ein one's mouth....just like a real bitch would. The beer pours a clear orange with thin white head that laced. The smell subtle bitter citrus, with floral notes and hints of pepper. The mouthfeel is a medium body with mild carbonation. Overall it is a neat beer to try....can see how Columbus hops accent a beer.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours a finger of head on a clear straw colored body.
The aroma starts with bright mango and pineapple, but quickly turns to a dull dank smell. The change is abrupt.
The taste has a solid and bold bitterness all the way through. The malt attempts to balance it but the hops dominate.
The texture is crisp with a thicker body.
It's enjoyable. Lots of big hops.

Photo of scootpolute
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

P: 1 pint, 6 ozs poured into a tulip glass...Brown Bomber bottle with a fun label, devil-like writing above flames...

A: Clear brassy hue…Leaves behind some fluffy rings of lacing.

S: Mint, marmalade, faint caramel, ripe pear, Orange citrus, lemon juice, light florals and grass.

T: Yuck! A hint of hops, followed by a huge spice kick that turns into a spicy/soap combo...weird!!

M - OK carbonation... There is 'NO' balance in this beer... The hop/limited fruit/and spice combos just don't work...

O - This one is NOT great... I think this beer's name and label are the only worth-while qualities...other than that,nothing really positive to say about the beer...bummer!! Chasin' Cheers :~)

Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to 67couple for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass. Poured red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sugar, caramel, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, cream, wood, subtle sugar, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. With this one being an IPA by the bottle I was expecting a lot more of a hop presence to be here. Unfortunately that was not the case, but there was still quite a bit going on which was nice. If the hop profiles would have carried over a little bit more this would have been an excellent brew. Definitely worth taking the time to try though.

Photo of smakawhat
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice looking beer on the pour, caramel red crystal clear body, with some slow rising carbonation. Head is off white and light tan, fluffy and four fingers large. Big retention and clumping action. Aggressive and impressive looking.

Nose is a faint sugar malt, and then a somewhat soapy hop accent. A bit of dry bitterness hop side. Hints of peppermint and candy. Pretty good, but kind of small.

Taste hits with a light body, and a faint malt action on the palate. Hop angle gets a tad medicinal and chalky aspirin quality. Some very tight carbonation that luckily doesn't disturb the palate. A bit jarring citrus oil also with lots of acidic quality on the finish.

Overall it's not really grabbing me, and sort of pulls me in the wrong direction, but it is drinkable.

Photo of Zorro
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored ale with a tall yellowish-white colored head.

Smells hoppy and herbal with a strong pine sap scent. Mildly sweet smelling with a distinct honey aroma. Some tea aroma.

Starts out semi-dry with a wheat cracker malt taste. Mild bitterness really closer to a pale ale really. The taste is mostly pine board, it get drier as you drink it.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a basic IPA that is decidedly on the mild side. This is a good example to start a new beer geek out with.

Photo of julian89
3.11/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber to 3 pint glasses at my buddy Keaton's b-day.

Appearance: A semi translucent pale orange with 2 inch head and good retention.

Smell: Seems to be dominated by Columbus, a fair hoppiness. A good bit of grainy malt tones. Other than that it kind of lacks in smell.

Taste: The flavor follows the nose. It's a solid (mediocre) IPA. It's fairly sweet but I don't think it's anything special.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: A decent simple IPA, not not overly Hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Dwkasper
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Ordered this beer then saw the low review and was nervous waiting for the waitress to bring it. Doesn't have a big taste but deserves a better rating than 77.

Photo of Ryan011235
2.91/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter on 11/10/11

Deep browned amber color; rustic. Two finger head dissipates after a few minutes leaving a thin, soapy layer and large swaths of lace. The lace dries up over time.

The hops seem dank, but the aroma isn't brimming with hop aromatics. Grapefruit pith and orange rind, mostly. Bready malt notes; a bit sweet. Smells earthy and almost musty at times; dunno what's up with that.

The taste is close in line with the aroma, but translates better here. Piney hops bring along a moderate bitterness, rounded out with zesty citric tones. Toasted bread offer a substantial malt backdrop. Quite dry.

Medium body with watery edges. Carbonation isn't too excessive but does accent the zesty aspects of the hops. Finishes with some bitterness lingering.

It isn't everything I want in the style but it's not bad to sip on for a minute. It's just too malty for its own good. I'd give it another consideration if on tap.

Photo of womencantsail
2.74/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks, Bobby. With a name like Hoppy Bitch, how could this one disappoint?

A: The pour is nice looking; orange in color with sticky white head and good lacing.

S: First thing that comes to mind when smelling this beer is burnt rice. It's quite grainy with a mild malt note. There really isn't much hop aroma to it, which is strange for a PNW IPA. Slightly musty with an herbal/vegetal note being it as far as hops go.

T: The flavor is similarly poor. Some toffee gives the beer sweetness, but there is still the burnt rice character. A decent dose of toasted grain as well as a slight nut flavor. Moderate bitterness with a light citrus peel note.

M: The body is medium with medium to high carbonation.

O: This one definitely wasn't a "Hoppy Bitch". Not very good at all.

Photo of ssteakley
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

What is that, a Malty aftertaste? First taste interesting, smells good. Need to buy this just to taste a Hoppy Bitch! This is another one that can grow on you, pretty smooth for sure. Any kinda food should do or just drink several and see if it is one to keep on truckin' with I am pretty sure my Chocolate Lab would like it if he was still barkin!

Photo of LazyL
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gas station special with a name I couldn't pass up. A clear pale orange with yellow highlights and a thick creamy head. Toasted marshmellow and sweet malts on the nose. The tsase is heavy roasted malt with a charred bitterness. The mouthfeel is creamy with an oilyness and a medium bitter finish. Not bad but feels and tastes more like an ESB or bitter Scotch Ale.

Photo of bamadog
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Special thanks to beerman207 for bringing this one back from his recent trip out to the left coast. How in the hell are 2 guys from Kentucky the first to review a beer from Washington? Review is from notes taken on 4/20/2011 and poured from the bottle to a glass.

Appearance: Pour is an orange/coppery color and it starts with a big 2 finger creamy eggshell colored head with decent retention; just a little bit of haze to the body, it still shows pretty strong carbonation bubbling up; head eventually fades to a full, but uneven, creamy cap with some long swaths of lacing that trail down into the beer.

Smell: As the name would suggest, there's quite a bit of hops biting in the nose; there is a bitterness to them that has a little minty/herb-like aspect to it; slight citric presence as well that is reminiscent of orange peel.

Taste: I wish there was a bottling date on the label, because while the hops are fair in the nose, they come across a little weaker in the taste profile, and subdued by a maltiness that I can't quite pin down, but I have to say it's a little reminiscent of corn (somehow I doubt it was intended to taste like this) The same hoppiness I smelled in the nose does come across in the mouth with the same aspects to it, but a little thin and papery, and again, just subdued by the malt.

Mouthfeel: Body is between light and medium in weight, and the carbonation is about spot on -- strong and prickly, but not overly done to the point where it hurts and it allows it to come across as foamy/creamy; a thin stickiness is left on the palate and especially the roof.

Overall: I feel this is a beer I could drink a lot of in the summer, but would need to make sure I was getting a fresh sample to be sure of that. It has a lot of potential, and with a moderate ABV of 6.3%, it isn't going to cause too much of a problem.

Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Medium amber color with a brownish tinge in the tall Blanche de Chambly glass. Plenty of foam. The aroma is interesting, with a piney note and a whiff of celery and green tea. Lots of carbonation on the tongue.

Just the faintest sweetness. Some malt with an acidic edge. Starts out moderately bitter but veers toward the unpleasantly herb tea bitterness after some sipping. There is a lemony sourish note at the end that doesn't add much to the overall impression.

A sudsy Pale Ale sort of brew. Not much to please here. From the 22 oz bottle bought at The Market in Anacortes.

Photo of MADhombrewer
2.64/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

No bottle date. 22oz bottle poured into a white wine glass.

Appearance- Pours a clear, burnt orange color with an off white head. Decent lacing. 4/5

Smell- Muted grassy hop aroma. That is about it. 2.5/5

Taste- There is a kind of weird funkyness to it. Grassy bitterness comes out at the end of the sip. There is also a little bit of alcohol to it even thought it is just 6.3%. 2.5/5

Mouthfeel- Average mouthfeel. I don't really have anything bad to say about it or anything great to say. 3/5

Overall- Can't seem to get that funkyness out of my mouth. It is kind of a bitterness funk. I don't know if I will be buying this again. 2.5/5

Photo of Durge
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light, clear amber colored brew with a fair white head and good lacing. The aroma suggests a weak cereal grain and watery skunk malt. I get some woodsy rye overtones, but all pretty muted. The flavor follows suit but brings a fair bit more hop bite, grassy swamp/herbal stuff with earthy, leafy ideas and sweet tea. This is medium bodied with easy carbonation and a midland feel that drinks readily. Not a bad IPA but not highly memorable.

Photo of 81tillinfinity
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Average ipa not enough hops to much malt yada yada yada. Still drinkable if you're a hophead wont do anything for you.

Photo of ChugMan
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Clear golden with frothy lacing
S - Sort of watery, faint sweet cream and vanilla, sugary frosting
T - Not offensive but not impressive. Aromas are reiterated here, with similar vacant/ wateryness pervading. Slightly sour in a lime sort of way. Better when warmer.
M - Refreshingly bitter, goes down easy, doesn't overstay its welcome. This would be a good thirst quencher on a hot day
O - Certainly not a bad beer, especially for its reasonable price. Pales in comparison to other IPAs out there- most notably Stone's "Enjoy By" series, which is essentially Hoppy Bitch dialed up by 10 notches. Missing many of the wonderful floral and citrus qualities I love in IPAs, this one just falls a bit short of being really worthwhile.

Photo of txex97
2.99/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up bottle at Full Throttle. Going by label seems like a session-type IPA (6.3%, 60IBU- BTW website says its 80... hmmm)

Pours nice, clear and orangish in color, good carbonation.
More malty than hoppy in aroma. This also translates into the taste. Has bitterness but not floral- flavor maintained from initial sip through finish- nothing exciting. Neither hoppy nor bitchy... I consider this one more of a pale ale than an IPA. Not bad but not great.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed golden amber color with a one finger head of a pure white billowy foam. The head fades relatively slowly leaving a ton of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a grassy and herbal nature with a little bit of a cracker smell. A hint of a caramel and pine are there as well, creating a somewhat drier, but robust aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a drier cracker taste mixed with some hop flavors of an herbal and slightly grapefruit nature. The grapefruit remains rather tame throughout the taste with the herbal hop getting stronger and being joined by some other hop tastes of a grassy nature. A hint of caramel and fruit come more toward the end, but these remain very light overall, just adding a hint of flavor to the brew. With a little bit of a floral hop and more grass coming at the very end, one is left with a rather crisp and more dankly hopped taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side to lower side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is slightly higher. While the crispness of the body and higher more tingly carbonation did match the crisp cracker like malt flavors of the brew rather well, just a hint more body may have been nice for the hop flavors of the brew. Overall the feel was decent.

Overall- A rather nice more dankly hopped and drier tasting IPA. A good one to ty if you get the opportunity.

Photo of chumba526
2.24/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appears deep orange with a good sized head.

Smells of toffee, sweet honey, and mild citrus.

Tastes of toffee. There is a bit of an odd grassy hop flavor but overall it is not hoppy. It has an odd citrus flavor and seems to taste a little cheap. There is really nothing about this beer.

It has a full-bodied mouth feel.

Overall not a very good IPA. I drank the beer but it is quite odd tasting and not a good example of an IPA.

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Hoppy Bitch IPA from Northwest Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.