Hopageddon Imperial IPA - Napa Smith Brewery
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3.58/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
02-09-2013 23:57:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.35/5 rDev +18.5%
(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.
05-09-2012 03:44:02 | More by GRG1313
3.53/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
02-10-2012 03:52:51 | More by kylehay2004
3.59/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
01-10-2014 23:42:17 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +9%
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.
02-10-2012 03:46:09 | More by nickfl
2.93/5 rDev -20.2%
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.
05-26-2014 16:19:18 | More by StonedTrippin
3.98/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
09-16-2012 18:33:16 | More by smcolw
2.4/5 rDev -34.6%
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?
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.
12-06-2012 05:54:30 | More by kojevergas
3.75/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
02-08-2012 20:01:21 | More by corby112
3.74/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
05-09-2014 01:00:45 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.03/5 rDev +9.8%
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
09-16-2012 23:22:13 | More by Billolick
3.55/5 rDev -3.3%
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).
11-26-2013 02:49:46 | More by dbrauneis
3.08/5 rDev -16.1%
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.
08-05-2012 00:43:05 | More by ccrida
3/5 rDev -18.3%
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.
06-03-2013 19:49:53 | More by bark
3.05/5 rDev -16.9%
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.
07-08-2013 21:30:02 | More by avalon07
2.85/5 rDev -22.3%
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.
08-19-2012 14:31:38 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Hopageddon Imperial IPA from Napa Smith Brewery
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