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Hopageddon Imperial IPA - Napa Smith Brewery

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Hopageddon Imperial IPAHopageddon Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

306 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.86%
Wants: 11
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Napa Smith Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: corby112 on 02-08-2012

144 IBUs not for the faint of heart with hopiness
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Ratings: 306 | Reviews: 58
Photo of whatsajessica
2.13/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Unnecessarily bitter. Flat, creamy, and funky.

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very boozy one dimentional. Just malt. okay.

Photo of Hopped_head
4.97/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is most excellent, great flavor, fantastic hop profile, slightly malty. It also reminds of my my team kicking ass in playoffs, so

Photo of Immortale25
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a reddish dark amber color with a 1/2 inch beige head that retains very well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Pungent, grassy hop aroma that doesn't have as much booze fume as you'd expect. Kind of reminds me of a barleywine.

T- Has a honey-like sweetness at the start and then the bitterness comes on and, while it is aggressive, there's a smoothness that sticks from start to finish. ABV is very well-concealed and it definitely carries that barleywine quality. Hints of black pepper.

M- Sharp, oily and soft. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- I'd had a taste of this once before and didn't like it. But now that I've had a full pour of it, I'm able to derive more subtlety and balance in the overall flavor profile. Certainly more in line with the characteristics of a barleywine, but a super hoppy barleywine for sure. The alleged 144 IBU doesn't come through as intense as you would think either.

Photo of Beer_Loving_Brandon
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite IPAs. Normally a little more expensive than I like to spend for a 4pk, but worth the extra scratch.

I like IPAs so of course I tend to favor them in reviews. The only beers I feel are better than IPAs are Trappists.

Hopageddon pours without drama. Doesn't even really foam up when you open it either. Tastes hoppy (shocker) with a hint of floral/citrus notes. Has a bitter finish, but nothing too crazy. At 9.2% don't be surprised if you can taste a little alcohol. The smell is a bit peculiar. I cannot decide what it actually smells like, but it is not standard run-of-the-mill IPA smells.

If you don't like IPAs or are shy away from them, you will probably dislike this beer. If you do like IPAs, you will probably like it. If you like IPAs, but not the most extreme version, try Napa Smith's organic IPA. It smooths out a lot of the edge.

Photo of Yellolab2010
2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Here is another I must review because of a low score? Not my cup of tea for sure as way too much of a malt bomb! Others who enjoy malty sweet IPAs will love!

Photo of Sbailey344
4.78/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very hoppy but doesn't leave you with a bitter finish

Photo of jooler
2.23/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Has a weird chocolate scent. Tastes pretty hoppy with a hint of chocolate. A really subtle alcohol taste. This is a alright beer but just that initial taste sort of throws me off. Too much to handle, not my type of beer. With 144 IBU, might as well go and get palette wrecker.

Photo of Caillou
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Just purchased today (12/13/14) in Napa, CA at Whole Foods. Must still be brewed? This description states it is no longer brewed.

Photo of comadiv
4.7/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Would love to be able to find this beer locally. Tried it at Epcot Disney and was blown away by the aroma and the smoothness. It says 144 IBU's but I didn't taste it... and I'm very critical of bitterness just for shock factor. The best beer I've ever tasted... just wish I could get ahold of more!

Photo of NSXAG
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Napa Smith Brewery - Hopageddon [Imperial IPA] (22oz ---> Stemless wine glass : 9.2% ABV : 144 IBU)

IPA's being one of the last styles I ventured into as I explored more and more beers, 144 is a HUGE number for my tastes, but I've heard good things from a few random Hop-Heads along the way, so here goes nothing... Pours a pretty hazy deep orange hue with a nice creamy, 2 inch, almost "simmering" head, with hardly any carbonation at all... None the less, the retention in the head is very nice, so though unassisted, a nice cap remains amidst some fine looking lacing... Next, betcha coulda guessed it - Bright hops and some orange on the nose, but not as overwhelming as I'd anticipated... It's balanced out by another bold note that's more grainy/malty, but I can't detect exactly what... Upon first taste, a warm mellower grapefruit taste immediately rolls over my tongue, accompanied by the inherent bitterness... Followed by some "Cutie" flavors (small oranges) as the bitterness mellows to a pleasant linger, but again some more flavors presented themselves that I couldn't distinctly identify, but the profile is indeed affected by them... Mouthfeel on this beer is excellent, though fuller than many other IPAs I've had, it made for a good base to build this brew upon... Medium on the sip and smooth on the finish, with that 9.2 nicely laced amongst it all... Upon first glance, this beer is mildly intimidating, especially for someone who's not exactly a "Hop-Head" - so to speak... But what I found was a nicely balanced, fruity, (obviously) bitter beer that had many nice elements to it... My favorite it was not, but overall I was pleased to have chosen this beer to accompany this evenings' dinner and hockey... Another good brew - Cheers!!

Photo of pat61
4.9/5  rDev +32.4%

Grassy, minty, herbal, floral hop nose with fresh grain and malt in the background. Pours moderately hazy copper amber with a 1” finely bubbled off-white foam cap that leaves thick, clumpy lace. Melon and perhaps tropical fruit starts a march of hop flavors across the tongue followed by citrus and citrus rind and a sprinkle of white pepper. The malt backbone brings light caramel, biscuit and hints of fresh grain and light malt flavors. Long lingering hop bitterness suggests citrus rind seasoned with a dash of gentian and a light malt sweetness that leaves a little sugary stickiness on the lips. Surprisingly well balanced. Very creamy texture supports a big bold body.

Photo of Kevinpitts
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

Old bottle (8-12) months. Suprisingly smooth with peppery taste. Better than expected. Think aging helped this beer.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%

Pours two fingers of foamy head on a hazy straw colored body.
The aroma is bold pine and grapefruit with a little pineapple and mango in the background.
The taste is big and bold with pine, lemon and grapefruit bitterness exploding though balanced out with some dose of malt.
The texture is smooth.
Quite good.

Photo of samtrillo
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%

I disagree with some reviews I've read of this beer. It's not a mess and not overly hopped for the sake of hoppiness. It's not that bitter despite what the IBUs say. The sweet malt and citrus and mango pulled from the hops really balances this beer in my opinion. It's quite delicious and underrated. It's definitely a huge IPA with a big mouthfeel and lots of hops, but it knows what it's doing with them. Good cold and at room temp. The alcohol wasn't noticeable to my mouth either, maybe my body. Granted I'm a hop head and drink my fair share of double and triples but one reviewer said this was too hoppy even for hop fanatics... nope... It's just right!

Don't be shy. Go and Try.

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.96/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

i dont drain pour beer very often, almost never in fact, so when i do, something is wrong. this wasnt a total wash down for me, but it was nasty in the tummy, and i just couldnt drink more than a glass of it. its overhopped for no reason, and i dont often say that about anything. huge bitterness and almost gritty texture do no favors to this thing, it tastes old and stale on the grain front too, but the bottle is relatively fresh. big woody hop flavors are really out of proportion, and the thick body just fills me up and turns my stomach over. even the biggest of hopheads probably cant enjoy this one very much. bronzed in color and real hazy and bubbly, its aggressive in feel too. just overdone and overactive beer that misses the mark by a considerable margin for me. its hotly alcoholic and lacking any nuance at all. its an unpleasant assault really, totally passable and unfortunate because i rather liked their organic ipa. this one goes too far.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz brown bomber purchased from Jane's Beer Store in Mountain View, CA. Highly recommended by Jamison who served me. I was going to take it back to Sydney to share with my people back there, but Jamison told me I had to drink it tonight. Who am I to argue with a man with a name like Jamison?

Pours a very hazy amber-orange colour, with a very thick and pleasing head of eggy white that leaves excellent lacing and persists as a fine pocked film. Body is extremely thick, and the carbonation is extremely languid, especially when tilted, staying almost static in the glass. Looks very good indeed.

Nose is also very good, especially on the initial opening and pour. Plenty of fresh, green herbal tones—more herbal than citric, certainly—turning slightly grassy and earthy as well. Malt character is rounded, providing a little sweetness, but it's in no way forceful: this beer is about the hops and it knows it. Powerful stuff.

Taste is somewhat more predictable. Rather flat malt character spiced with a slight pithy hop bitterness that flattens out as well in the morass of the malt. Slight oaky characters come through on the back, giving a suggestion of dankness. For a 144IBU beer, the bitterness sure is weak on the back—but I think the oak couches it slightly. It's pleasantly balanced at least—aggressive bitterness would probably make it worse, but it's certainly no match for the aroma.

Feel is good. Smooth and fairly thick with a good basis.

Overall, it's certainly a good beer. Is it on par with the best US IPAs? No, it's really not. I like it just fine, but it's probably the equivalent of half-a-dozen other similar beers I could have bought just about anywhere. Sorry, Jamison.

Photo of RaulMondesi
2.65/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

No mami! This bad sucker is more rank than General Patton! Was this thang filtered through cardboard? And that syrup! Woo! It's 11 PM, Raul likes his pancakes in the AM!

There's not a lot going on here... This thang is just not for Raul. No mami, no mami at all.

Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into an impy nonic a clear rich deep bronze with a sticky tightly formed one finger white head atop,just great color and clarity.Aromas of piney hops and alcohol dipped dark fruit,alot of sweetness wich sadly comes with the style.First off dark fruit and alcohol on the palate then piney hops come into play but the malt and alcohol play the biggest role here.Another DIPA that promises big hops but is too sweet,not a bad beer by any means,I like it but the hops are only a small part of the story here.

Photo of jdhops
3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. No date on the bottle.

A: Pours dark orange with a fluffy head that dissipates pretty quickly. Very nice lacing that remains.

S: Orange, citrus. Not overpowering.

T: Easy up front, then a nice hop bitterness hit accompanied by some alcohol. The alcohol hangs in there a little longer than the hops and is quite the juxtaposition with the initial smoothness.

M: Slightly heavy, but no more than expected given the ABV.

O: Decent but unremarkable DIPA. The alcohol slightly overpowers the hops, but not so much as to overwhelm. I'd drink this again but wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #67 (August 2012):

LOOK: Bright brass, sticky suds

SMELL: Pungent hop, resin, citrus rind, pine, fresh grass, mango, mint, floral water, dank, caramel, faintly vinous

TASTE: Bitter, creamy smoothness, fresh grass, full hop jacket, very warming esters, Grape-Nuts, dry pull, stone fruit, lightly vinous, wood, fresh hops, slightly vegetal, tropical fruit, semi-dry hoppy finish

Napa Smith boasts 144 IBU’s—needless to say, our palates were tested. Yes, very bitter but also an insane amount of hop flavor. A very big beer to tackle, not for the timid. Obviously one of the hoppiest beers we’ve tasted this year. It does live up to the name, and although the alcohol was a limiting factor, you’ll want to sit back and enjoy the ride.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle no date – purchased at Boynton Liquors San Jose, CA
Hotel tumbler glass – 11/20/13

A: Pours a dark caramel amber color with orange hues and decent clarity to the brew. Nicely thick and stubborn khaki froth on top that leaves lots of etchy lace all down the sides of the glass during the drink.

S: Smells thick with caramel malt sweetness with a twangy grass and musky dank mixture. There is a light citrus dusting on the back end. Not the hoppy bouquet I was hoping for. Not bad but a bit heavy with the malty sweets.

T: Tastes follows the nose with a prominent caramel malt sweetness withstanding over a nice albeit muted hop spicing. Very leafy green with a course resinous effect. A touch of citrus zest and some alcohol heat detected. Moderate level of bitterness for the toted 144IBU's swings towards the higher end of that spectrum but overall the malts dominate. A slight step up from the nose but still rather disappointing given the namesake.

M: Smooth and moderate heft on the body with a nice creamy consistency. Moderate to high level of carbonation. Light drying in the finish with a soft linger and modest alcohol warmth.

D: A bit of a let down on the promised impending doom of Hops. A bit too heavy on the Crystal malt for my tastes. Nothing terribly flawed but this can be done so much better. That or I just got another old bottle but without proper dating who knows. Glad I only went with a 12oz single.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and some golden yellow + orange. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dank, herbal, and pine hops over a lighter hint of caramel malt sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel malts with a moderate amount of associated sweetness. That is quickly followed by strong flavors of pine, herbal, and dank hops. There is a moderate to strong amount of bitterness which lingers for quite a while.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Sticky. Moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is just not very drinkable, tastes a little like it is on the border of an American Barleywine and DIPA - sweet upfront and bitter in the finish but seemingly not in balance (almost feels like the flavors/aromas are in conflict).

Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- It has a nice deep amber color. Well carbonated.
S- I got piney, herbal and earthy, even a little resiny.
T- The malt background is certainly apparent and balances with the long bitter finish.
M- Accurate to the style. Perhaps a little heavier on the palate than desirable.
O- This is not the best IIPA I've had. The bitter finish is overpowering and the malt backbone seems a bit too strong. Good attempt, but they should keep trying.

Photo of shivtim
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery in Napa.
It's a clear deep yellow, with a very small white head. Some visible carbonation.

Nose is heavy hops, as expected.

Taste is a hop bomb with an ethanol finish. Grassy. Not very subtle, but true to the west coast DIPA style. Some malts come through, but it could use more balance. Mouthfeel is good - well done.

Good overall. Hop heads will like this one. Either this or the porter is my favorite I tried from this brewery.

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Hopageddon Imperial IPA from Napa Smith Brewery
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