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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

298 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.86%
Wants: 8
Gots: 44 | 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: 298 | Reviews: 56
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3.07/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of adami212
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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 greencovesteve
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZEB89
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 BcOneSeven
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of senglish7
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 CJNAPS
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.8/5  rDev +2.7%

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!

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4.4/5  rDev +18.9%

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3.8/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.54/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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Hopageddon Imperial IPA from Napa Smith Brewery
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