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Big Hoppa IPA - Big Al Brewing

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Big Hoppa IPABig Hoppa IPA

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BA SCORE
79
okay

23 Ratings
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Ratings: 23
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 18.56%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Al Brewing visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hopwave on 03-18-2012)
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Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by woemad:
Photo of woemad
2.63/5  rDev -21.3%

22oz bomber purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $2.99. No freshness date, but the brewer has put virtually all of the beer’s vital statistics on the label. Also according to the label this beer was “Born and bred in White Center.” That might be the first time anyone has said that with pride.

Pours a dark orange/amber color with a decent sized off-white head with lots of lace.

Big, citrusy hop aroma. There’s a tiny bit of pine-like hop scent, but it’s dominated pretty effectively by the grapefruit-like aroma.

More bitter flavor than the nose let on. Citrus flavors still seem to outweigh piney notes, but it’s more of a contest. Where things sort of fall apart is when the malts don’t appreciably kick in when you expect them to. This could use a little more backbone. Dry finish.

Carbonation is a little low for an IPA, making this a little bit of a chore to consume the entire bomber. Resiny, oily mouthfeel.

This needs a little work. Looks like those who have it on-tap have a better experience than those who try it in a bottle. The lack of carbonation and balance issues have me considering my first drainpour in quite a while.

woemad, Oct 07, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of jpbebeau
4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

jpbebeau, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of scootpolute
2.85/5  rDev -14.7%

P - 1 Pint, 6 FL OZ. bottle into tulip glass.

A - Pours clean 'filtered', copper/orange color with a nice white head...- some good lacing.

S - Hops and lots of sweet citrus - some orange & grapefruit tones...

T - Hmmm...good start with A great hop kick at the top, followed by a dry ending...boring...

M - Carbonation is OK, with medium fullness. Present, but not 'too' much fruity/sweet flavors...The final pine/spice...relatively balanced, but the dry end is a bummer...

O - I had higher hopes living in the seattle area...this one has had 'hype'...Being a 'fan,' of big ipas, i was a little let down '. Bottom line, I'm glad I got a 22.oz instead of a 6 pk.

scootpolute, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of KevinCraft
3/5  rDev -10.2%

KevinCraft, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of frontalot
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

frontalot, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Hopmodium, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber, thin white head dissipates quickly to a long lasting ring around the glass with brief lacing. Aroma is dominated by sweet and light bicuity malt with only a hint of hops. Flavor is neutral malt with decent, but non aromatic citrus hops. Pleasant dry biscuit malt and citrus hop finish and aftertaste. I enjoyed this, but it is much closer in style to an amber than a (western at least) IPA, although as it warmed, the citrus hops asserted themselves enough to make the grade. Medium bodied and decent mouth feel.

LiquidAmber, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of hopwave
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%

On-Tap poured into a standard pint glass...

slighty cloudy orange in colour thin off white head... taste/smell is very nice fruity citrus hop bite, with a little sweetness at the end. Very nice but middle of the road IPA. very glad I got to try this one on-tap.

hopwave, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Braz
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%

Pours a bronze copper color with a small white head. Not a real strong hoppy aroma. Citrus notes. Taste is balanced and pleasant but the hops are light for an American IPA. I think the label and advertising is misleading. Body is smooth and creamy with medium carbonation. I think this beer would be a great gateway IPA for someone who doesn't like IPA's or alot of hops in general.

Braz, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of mactrail
1.88/5  rDev -43.7%

Handsome orange amber color in the big goblet with plenty of foam. Spritzy on the tongue. Then there's that WTF new car smell and something like kimchee. Then it's obvious the flavor is going to a cheesy, cardboard graininess with the sweet 'n' sour thing going on. And finally, that icky plastic bitterness takes over. It's still apparent that there was a good hop flavor here, but it's moved out.

Ironically, I was just reading the BA thread, "Does American craft brewing have a quality problem?" Well, here's a case in point. I don't think I've ever had an IPA that was really off. It seems to be a problem with Doppelbocks and other brews with lots of residual sugar.

I review this as a warning to others. Undrinkable. From the 22 oz bottle purchased today at Central Market in Seattle.

mactrail, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of johnnyboy76
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

johnnyboy76, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of harrymel
1.8/5  rDev -46.1%

on tap at Waddel's in Spokane.

Pours copper with a white sheet of foam atop. Smells of resin and some bitterness, a bit of weed and lots of pine sap - not impressed. Flavor is bitter - quite bitter. A little bit of sharpness bordering on astringency, a flavor I get in mildly infected stouts. Medium bodied with low carb and a dry finish. I've got a pint in front of me, and I've struggled through maybe four ounces, I'm not likely to finish this one off unfortunately.

harrymel, Aug 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

Ross_Haddow, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of bvermilion
3/5  rDev -10.2%

bvermilion, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

harpus, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of sjanowiak
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

sjanowiak, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of muchloveforhops3
4/5  rDev +19.8%

muchloveforhops3, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

duceswild, May 02, 2014
Photo of mlhenson
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

mlhenson, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +19.8%

twelveinches, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of beertunes
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a fairly typical medium amber color with less than 1/4 inch of just off-white head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was basically hop forward, mostly citrus, with a bit of may solidness providing support. The flavors were as expected, nicely bitter hops, with a bit of pine, propped up by just a chunk of malt.

The body was exactly what one look for in an IPA, on the lighter side of medium, and crisp. Drinkability was good and overall, this was a nice beer. Nothing really notable, but certainly enjoyable. Worth your time if you see it.

beertunes, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of rab53
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

rab53, Oct 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Asics, Apr 02, 2013
Big Hoppa IPA from Big Al Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.