Hoppy Bitch IPA - Northwest Brewing Company
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Reviews by smakawhat:
3.45/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
10-13-2012 21:18:08 | More by smakawhat
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2.35/5 rDev -29.4%
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).
09-12-2013 23:51:35 | More by Beaver13
2.55/5 rDev -23.4%
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.
07-27-2011 20:01:39 | More by Beerandraiderfan
2.68/5 rDev -19.5%
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.
07-28-2011 05:28:23 | More by distantmantra
3.15/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
11-24-2011 20:12:48 | More by WoodBrew
2.53/5 rDev -24%
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 :~)
07-02-2012 19:55:02 | More by scootpolute
3.53/5 rDev +6%
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.
06-07-2012 11:34:21 | More by thagr81us
3.1/5 rDev -6.9%
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
10-04-2012 20:58:25 | More by julian89
2.93/5 rDev -12%
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.
11-10-2011 22:18:26 | More by Ryan011235
2.73/5 rDev -18%
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.
08-08-2011 22:59:06 | More by womencantsail
3.48/5 rDev +4.5%
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!
09-23-2013 03:42:09 | More by ssteakley
British Columbia (Canada)
3.4/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
05-15-2011 01:12:33 | More by LazyL
Hoppy Bitch IPA from Northwest Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.