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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

238 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 7
Gots: 19 | 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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freduardo

Alabama

4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-30-2012 04:47:54 | More by freduardo
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 01:42:32 | More by Treyliff
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jgluck

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-19-2012 03:31:34 | More by jgluck
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Omer4176

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-17-2012 23:28:49 | More by Omer4176
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gleemonger

California

4.5/5  rDev +23%

12-08-2012 00:34:00 | More by gleemonger
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kojevergas

Texas

2.4/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 05:54:30 | More by kojevergas
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raulazzer

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

11-30-2012 18:54:18 | More by raulazzer
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BrakeDance


3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

11-25-2012 06:59:37 | More by BrakeDance
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TaylorK

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-17-2012 03:06:42 | More by TaylorK
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InfernoBoss

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

11-14-2012 06:22:28 | More by InfernoBoss
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 20:49:30 | More by ThickNStout
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wembly13

West Virginia

3/5  rDev -18%

11-10-2012 00:35:35 | More by wembly13
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

11-07-2012 15:47:55 | More by williamjbauer
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.3%

10-23-2012 01:49:14 | More by PatGreer
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

10-16-2012 16:44:05 | More by RblWthACoz
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Cobrito

Georgia

2.15/5  rDev -41.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 02:54:01 | More by Cobrito
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KingNugos

California

2/5  rDev -45.4%

10-15-2012 00:29:08 | More by KingNugos
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Mohlman

New York

4.5/5  rDev +23%

09-28-2012 19:16:36 | More by Mohlman
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guezarka

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.3%

09-26-2012 23:24:36 | More by guezarka
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Billolick

New York

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2012 23:22:13 | More by Billolick
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2012 18:33:16 | More by smcolw
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

09-15-2012 23:42:48 | More by kaelingirl
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Resuin

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

09-14-2012 05:14:12 | More by Resuin
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croixian1

Florida

2.35/5  rDev -35.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 20:05:48 | More by croixian1
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travolta

California

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Tan, light, little frothy head, nice retention. Pale apricot in color, sticky lacing.

Nose: Sweet vanilla, raisin, candy and sugar, pineapple and tropical fruits.

Taste: Malty, syrupy, with carbonation that is very light. Plum with some dark fruits. Tiny bit of citrus notes.

Notes: If you are going to call it an imperial ipa, make it crazy. This is an excellent ipa, but perhaps not imperial.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 00:25:50 | More by travolta
Hopageddon Imperial IPA from Napa Smith Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.