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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
82
good

55 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 327
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 18.99%
Wants: 12
Gots: 51 | 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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Reviews: 55 | Hads: 327
Photo of Beerswag
1.9/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Lots of malt, heavy mouthfeel. Tastes like an English imperial ipa. Aroma is dried apeicot, and lots of malt. Funked and not the freshest bottle seems like. No bottle date. (172 characters)

Photo of jooler
2.23/5  rDev -37.7%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of Cobrito
2.25/5  rDev -37.2%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of croixian1
2.4/5  rDev -33%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.48/5  rDev -30.7%
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. (2,880 characters)

Photo of Yellolab2010
2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
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! (157 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
2.65/5  rDev -26%
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. (263 characters)

Photo of Chaz33187
2.82/5  rDev -21.2%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
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. (855 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.96/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (960 characters)

Photo of bark
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The colour is amber-brown (20 EBC), the liquid is almost clear. The two finger head disappears quickly leaving no traces on the glass.

The smell is juicy, hoppy, and quite sweet. . Fruit candy, some bitterness, quite a lot of toffee and some butterscotch. Thick hoppy notes of pineapples, grapefruits, oranges and bubblegum esters. Hints of alcohol and detergents.

The taste is at first sweet. The, hoppy-fruity flavours emerges: Bananas, figs, grapefruit, pineapples, oranges, tangerines. There are also some notes of matured cheese and rye bread. Peppery alcohol. Medium to full body. More of the alcohol in the aftertaste as well as toffee, unripe fruits and berries and hints of black pepper, it is not very bitter. Alcohol and green plants in the finish.

The carbonation is strong, the small long lived bubbles tickles my mouth. The liquid is thick and a bit dry.

A bit over-carbonated and not enough bitterness. It is OK, but there are better DIPAs. (961 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a burnt orange color and a thick, cloudy texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Below average lacing.

S: An OK aroma of hops, grass, and some citrus.

T: Tasted of hops (lots of hops as you might expect from a 144 IBU beer), light malt, a little citrus, some pine, and a slightly overbearing grassy quality (I'm not a fan of this ingredient). A bit unbalanced and thin. Not the worst DIPA flavor, but certainly an unfocused one.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a slightly harsh finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A very uneven beer to say the least. There are better examples of of the style out there. (675 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into my Heretic Brewing shaker pint, Hopageddon is bright auburn with a small off-white head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is lots of citrus hops, big lime notes, lots of doughy malt.

Taste is hoppy for sure, generic west coast hop blend, more lime than pine, but it's really about the malt here, lots of bread. Alcohol character is sweet and spicy.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium+ bodied.

Drinkability isn't super high for me, this is too malty and strong. There is some pretty robust hop flavor, but it's pretty one dimensional with the lime. One and done here. (579 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an unbranded nonic half pint glass

Pours orange amber with a bright white two finger head slightly above average retention and abundant splotchy lacing. Dank resinous piney hops, some fruit; apple and pear notes. Pine sap, piney bitterness, and strong caramel malt presence. Finishes with continued caramel notes and more strong piney bitterness accents with some spicy garlic notes and alcohol. Moderate carbonation, heavy syrupy full body that is a bit soapy and a bit coarse. This one is a bit too unbalanced for me. (553 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter glass

A- pours a murky looking brown upon pour, but when held to the light, it looks like more of a copper shade. Small white fizzy head reduces to just a thin patch floating on top with some good, thick lace.

S- sharp spruce hop with some sweet bready malt, twizzlers candy, and some alcohol. Surprisingly the malt profile is as strong if not stronger than the hops. Tropical fruit comes out as it warms.

T-doughy bready malt gives way to some caramel, hops suggest a tropical fruitiness, some pineapple and guava. The hops are there, but are overpowered by the bready malt. Can't really taste the alcohol but it is a bit warm on the back end. Not as complex of a taste profile as others that I've had of the style.

M- thick and sticky, almost syrupy body, low carbonation which leads to a pretty slick mouthfeel. Finishes a bit hot with just a touch of cream on the back end, I would like to have seen more carbonation to give it a creamier mouthfeel.

O- this one has a few months on it, which may be why the malt is so dominant, but this one seemed to be lacking just a bit. Worth a try, but not one you'd want to hold onto for a while. (1,168 characters)

Photo of rand
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A big, giant hop-bomb, but kind of a mess. Dank bouquet with edges of overripe fruit. The flavors are bitter and sweet, but not harmoniously. Orange pith and resin define the profile. So many huge IPA out there that are far more drinkable, I wouldn't seek this out again. (276 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a mini snifter. Clear copper/orange color with foamy, then clear sticky, oily lacing. Aroma is dominated by papaya and mango but there is certainly an element of alcohol heat and vanilla. Or at least at first. Then, I question my original observation and wonder if the smell is more of a buttery smell (diacityl?) As it warms, I'm leaning toward butter, unfortunately. Hop bitterness seems a bit lacking, maybe muted from the barrel aging. An interesting beer, I just feel bad that the flavor didn't really work for me. (559 characters)

Photo of jdhops
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Sherlock's (Marietta, GA). 6.98. No bottling info- unless the cryptic code followed by 198 is a Julian date, in which case it's from 7/16/12. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours cloudy pale washed out orange with a finger and a half of thick off white head. Nice clingy lacing the whole way down.

Smell is a tad faded. Faint turpentine, muted lemony grapefruit and bready. Not bad at all but it doesn't really "pop".

Taste pretty much follows the nose. Piney, citrus, sweet bread and peppery with a noticeable booze nip. The 9% abv doesn't wallop me I can tell this is no light session ale. Like the smell, the flavor is nice but just doesn't have any zing.

Oily slick medium feel with moderate carbonation. Lingering "hop muffin" aftertaste.

I wouldn't think that the muted malty imperial IPA I just drank is what the brewer intended but with no clue how fresh this is, I'm can't be sure. There are hops-a-plenty present but they don't dominate. This is pretty tasty but drinks more like an imperial red. If I ever see it on tap (or if I can ever be sure that a bottle is fresh) I'd like to try this again to see how it is. (1,151 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color; the head is impressive and leaves a goodly amount of lace

Smell: Rather malt forward aromatics, with a lot of caramel and stone fruit; pine recessive

Taste: Caramel and stone fruit, up front, with a growing grassy/piney bitterness that devolves into pure bitterness, after the swallow and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; somewhat oily

Overall: Bought this a few weeks ago but now realize that the bottle has a year or so of age on it; perhaps the hops were more interesting when the beer was fresher but this is more like a hoppy Barleywine today and not a very good one, at that (669 characters)

Photo of shivtim
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (1,444 characters)

Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quarter finger head with decent lacing on a clear light amber body.

S: very floral and earthy with hops and sour notes.

T: this one is very fruity to the point of being sour and tart rather than sweet. Almost a wet sock hop and pine note as well.

M: this one is really oily and lingers. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall this is very distinct and herbal. (370 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
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). (1,136 characters)

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Hopageddon Imperial IPA from Napa Smith Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.