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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
83
good

252 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 6
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Napa Smith Brewery visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
144 IBUs not for the faint of heart with hopiness

(Beer added by: corby112 on 02-08-2012)
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2/5  rDev -45.7%

KingNugos, Oct 15, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.7%

atrocity, Jun 17, 2014
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2/5  rDev -45.7%

apanloco, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Cobrito
2.15/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance and smell are nice; lots going on in both in terms of lacing, aromas, etc. Taste is a crazy-quilt mixture with malts winning out in the end and nothing coming together very harmoniously. Tempted to use the word monstrosity to describe this. Could not disagree more with reviewer who suggested Ruination fans would like this; this is so much wetter and maltier and kitchen-sink unsubtle as far as ingredients go. And where are the bitterness and pungency that to me are the defining characteristics of an IPA? This is a poster child brew for the kind of DIPAs I don't like, but unfortunately there are many others, too.

Cobrito, Oct 15, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

popery, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of croixian1
2.35/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber, almost muddy in color. Rep at a beer tasting says they do not filter their beer, so there is a cloudy residue. Mouthfeel is soft and inviting, but taste left something to be desired. There is almost a kind of sourness in the finish that I found off-putting for an IPA. Initial hops taste very up-front, but fades quickly. Not an overly impressive beer, glad I only bought one bottle.

croixian1, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.4/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked this one up at Bevmo. It was something like $5.00. 651ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an Oskar Blues pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I believe this is me second beer from this brewery and I like to be optimistic. After all, I love beer.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige-khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a transparent copper-auburn. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Abundant carbonation bubbles are present. Lacing is decent.

Really though, the head holds up for a good 3 minutes. Not bad at 9.2%.

Sm: Floral hops and oily, piney hops. Sticky, nectary, and wet. Lacks the dry must that some IPAs possess. Diverse and evocative. There's a spectrum of hops in the aroma here, not just a focused blast. I'm really curious where this beer is gonna take me. I'm not great at picking out individual hops, but I definitely get amarillo.

T: Pale clean malts form the foundation upon which pleasant floral hops sit. Pine and oily hops make an appearance, as do more nectary plantlike hops. Bitterness comes on the backend, but it's decently concealed. I get bright vaguely tropical fruit esters. The spectrum of hops I mentioned earlier is present in the flavour, but it's not as pleasant as it was in the aroma. The climax features hops competing rather than collaborating. Not a rewarding beer. As it warms, that cloying bitterness emerges more and more, lowering my opinion of the beer. Surprisingly, little alcohol comes through. No yeast comes through. It could use better handled malts to conceal the bitterness. The hops need more focus and direction.

Mf: Sticky, nectary, wet. Little cream but plenty of rolling smoothness. It's smack-your-lips luscious, but it lacks the assertive carbonation to make it crisp. Decent thickness and presence, though it does seem unnecessarily heavy on the palate. Oily. Far too coarse and dry up front and on the finish; only the body of the beer is as it should be.

Dr: It's not very drinkable for the style, mainly due to its mouthfeel. That coarseness really dries my mouth out, which makes it impossible for the beer to refresh. It's priced alright, but I wouldn't get this again. It started out well but once I hit the taste, it started dropping off. A decent effort from Napa Smith, but it needs to bring more balance to the table. Suffers from the usual problems of American brewed IPAs. I wouldn't recommend this to friends. Too damn bitter. What happened to balance?

D+

A poor candidate for aging. Drink fresh.

True to its label, it would pair well with spicy buffalo wings. Fish tacos might be a stretch.

kojevergas, Dec 06, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

sergio1va, Jan 23, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

jriggins6, Aug 06, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Beers9beers, Feb 03, 2013
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2.52/5  rDev -31.5%

ChrisSantana, Aug 12, 2014
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2.63/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

RaulMondesi, Apr 06, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

ColForbinBC, Oct 09, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.85/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No freshness info. Poured in to HF stemmed tulip.

A - Medium to dark orange colour with a half finger of off-white head.

S - A big sweet caramel malt aroma up front, followed by some citrus and floral hop aromas. The malt profile takes centre stage in the nose.

T - Sweet caramel malts are dominant and the supposed 144 IBU of hops get lost in the background. Fairly sweet overall with with some toffee and bready notes accompanying the caramel malt flavours. There is definitely bitterness present here, but it is not intense at all and some very light citrus and earthy flavours come through from the hops but are barely detectable beneath the sweet caramel malts.

M -Medium body, creamy. Light carbonation.

O - This one drank more like a barley wine than a DIPA. Was expecting a big hop bomb but this came nowhere close to that. Disappointing.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 19, 2012
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2.86/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

On tap at the The Loft on the LMU Campus
a- no head- amber
s- carmel malty smell, not really attractive
t- really hoppy, but bitter from start to finish, as the draft went from cool to warm, it got more and more bitter, heavy aftertaste
m- very bubbly and boozey feel
o- not bad for someone who's bat shit for hops, but inescapably bitter. Not my jam. I'd pick a weak unoriginal ipa before this.

Chaz33187, Mar 23, 2013
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2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

StonedTrippin, May 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

lcdawg, Apr 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

aztraz, Jun 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Bustafluff, Nov 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

MPSTARR, Jul 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Jessenimmo, Jul 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

kjlcm, Feb 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

wembly13, Nov 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
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Hopageddon Imperial IPA from Napa Smith Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.