Hopageddon Imperial IPA - Napa Smith Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

322 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.18%
Wants: 13
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bier Academy in Canyon Country, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and earthy, dank, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with onion and garlic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty but has the onion and garlic presence in the flavor that I am not a huge fan of.

Photo of GRG1313
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Reviewing since it should have a score and this one made a nice impression. Otherwise, I continue to use "Hads.")

Pours a dark honey gold with a short/thin white head.

Very assertive papaya/quava "estered" nose with big pineapple undertones.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with really good balance.

Flavors are bright, bold, assertive and nicely fruity/bitter. A bright appealing flavor profile that is full of fruit, almost a sweet front palate, that goes to rich malt that goes to a giant bitter grapefruit oil finish.

Probably the best effort, to date in my opinion, from Napa Smith. This is a true Imperial IPA and, having tasted it room temperature, the flavors really come out. Nice; defintely will have again. Good with food but is sufficiently big and bold to be a sipper. The more I taste during these notes the more I like it.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.96/5  rDev -19.8%
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 oberon
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
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 nickfl
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured with one finger of white foam on a hazy, amber-brown body. The had settles quickly and leaves thick lace.

S - a fruity aroma of orange with sweaty pine in the background.

T - pungent, sweaty hop flavors up front. Some caramel and sweet, bready malt in the middle that fades to clove and must citrus in the finish.

M - medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - a fruity, but sweaty dipa, not a top ten beer, but well made and better than average.

Photo of kojevergas
2.48/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass with a one finger head. This stayed a long, long time providing a solid layer of lace. Orange amber color with a mild haze.

Great pine and floral aroma from the hop. There's ample malt (with a touch of alcohol) to provide balance.

This is a hop bomb. Absolutely no balance. So, unless you are a hop head, you'll want to avoid this beer. Fortunately, I love the bitterness--all of the complexity is within the hop. Plenty black pepper, one might even say there's a touch of hot pepper. Dry-ish finish with long lasting bitterness. Neutral body and carbonation.

If you love the hop, you'll love this beer.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
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 Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Yardhouse in Yonkers NY

Poise standard amber. Lite tan head, film and leaving impressive and coating sheets of lacing.

Herbal, floral hop nose

Densely hopped and boldly flavorful DIPA.144 IBUs doin their work. Thoroughly enjoyable west coast style all the way. If you are a fan of Ruination you will love this beer

Photo of corby112
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Hamilton's in San Diego.

Pours a dark golden amber/orange color with a one finger white head that quickly fades into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Vinous wine barrel aroma with earthy oak and vanilla as well as some earthy pine and sweet citrus.  Good balance of barrel and a complex hop profile.  Hints of orange peel, pineapple and grapefruit counter the grassy/earthy notes without being overpowered by the barrel treatment.

Medium bodied with some spicy hops balanced by a prominent barrel character.  Vinous with dark and light fruit notes as well as some toasted oak.  The dryness from the oak compliments the earthy hops which give off hints of pine a citrus. Decent balance but the hops are overpowered a bit and aren't as complex as the nose suggests.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.77/5  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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.88/5  rDev -22%
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.

Photo of bark
3.02/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Photo of avalon07
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Photo of ccrida
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is quite hoppy, grassy and hay-ish rather than evergreen, with hints of malt and grapefruit. It pours a slightly hazy dark copper with a fairly thick light light yellowish tan head. Mouth-filling, lip-smacking flavor has a strong, somewhat bitter hoppy core and notes of grapefruit, malt and caramel. Smooth texture is rough around the edges, and firm tingle leaves a hoppy, bitter finish with a caramel hint.

Photo of Immortale25
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
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 BeerAdvocate
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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 Fatehunter
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%

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 pat61
4.9/5  rDev +32.8%

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 flexabull
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright and clear gold color with a nice white head.

Aromas are stinky, resiny, with some citrus in the background.

Taste is semi sweet up front with hints of caramel malts. Finish is bitter, with some pine resin hoppiness on the finish. Fairly well balanced, but I'd like some more hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is nice, full and smooth without being heavy.

Overall, a pretty good stab at the style, a little refining and this could be a hit. I've thought Napa Smith has put out some mediocre beers, this is better than others I've tried from them.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy red-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades normal.

S - Lots of grapefruit, citrus, pine, grassy hops, sweet caramel malts, oak, chardonnay, and some booze.

T - Grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, grassy hops, lots of resiny bitterness, sweet caramel malts, oak, chardonnay, with a bit of biscuit malts and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, bitter, and warming finish.

D - Great hoppy DIPA. Good overall balance.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of the deepest sunset orange. It holds a two finger head of creamy but big and soapy khaki colored bubbles, showing excellent retention. Thick patterns of lacing are left around the glass. A thick haze permeates the clarity, with no sediment noted. Carbonation appears to be light. The aroma gives tinny metallics, rich caramel maltiness, flashes of white sugar, browned apple and peachy fruitiness, salt water taffy, spicy booze, mild diacetyls, and softer citric hops. The alcohol becomes much more fusel with warmth, as the hops deepen into more earthy and grassy varietals. Our first impression is that the flavoring is heavily malt-balanced, with some bitterness of hops, but not the expected onslaught of the 144 IBUs. As we sip, salty caramel and pale malts mix with floral and citric hops, cane sugar, green grassiness, juicy yeast, cola syrup sweetness, and orange fruitiness for the start. Moving to the peak is more bittered hop earthiness, coin, buttery toffee notes, and black pepper booziness to bite. Pulling to the finish is a bittered raw vegetable leaf quality, powdered yeast, bubblegum esters, basic pale and caramel maltiness, buttered sourdough bread, salt, tannic breakfast tea, and a hint of herbal mintiness. The aftertaste breathes of lemon peel, citric hoppiness, tannins, drying yeast, mineral, root, coin, booze, and cotton candy sweetness. The body is on the full side, while carbonation is medium. Each sip gives big froth, cream, and slurp, with lighter finishing pop or smack. The mouth is left fully coated, with quick tannic dryness all down the hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its depth through both the nose and flavoring. At no point did this beer really feel “cheap”, with hearty boldness and sweetness of the grainy backbone, and fighting bitterness of the hops. The flavor is nowhere near the bitterness expected from something with the IBUs advertised, but the blend is decent, leaving you curiously satisfied by the end of the glass.

Photo of Treyliff
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Hopageddon Imperial IPA from Napa Smith Brewery
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