Hopageddon Imperial IPA - Napa Smith Brewery
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
3.8/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-12-2013 18:31:29 | More by BeerAdvocate
More User Reviews:
2.93/5 rDev -19.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-26-2014 16:19:18 | More by StonedTrippin
3.74/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-09-2014 01:00:45 | More by lacqueredmouse
Hopageddon Imperial IPA from Napa Smith Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.