Hopageddon Imperial IPA - Napa Smith Brewery

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Hopageddon Imperial IPAHopageddon Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

284 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 8
Gots: 33 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

144 IBUs not for the faint of heart with hopiness

(Beer added by: corby112 on 02-08-2012)
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.09/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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3/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hopageddon opens to a surprisingly sweet nose for a 144 IBU Imperial IPA, the notes redolent with pink grapefruit, sugary rosewater, rose petals, and a sweet arrangement of fruit esters, including berry, cherry, orange, peach, and apricot, with darker fig and plum beneath for added complexity and nuance. The hops do have some bite, with lemon oil, pine resin, and mint adding bitterness, these notes blending very well with the sugars. Add to that a healthy dose of brown sugar, candi sugar, and even a pinch of super sweet confectioner’s sugar, and that on top of a bed of biscuit, Grape Nuts cereal, and toast, and the result is a tantalizing, highly aromatic beer that, while it does swing heavily toward sugars, smells like the most wonderful piece of hard candy in Willy Wonka’s factory, even the aromas somehow coming off as viscous and sticky (this helped by the fact that the bottle’s open mouth is coated with enough sugar to act like a Post-it note).

On the tongue, the beer is surprisingly smooth, the hops bringing in pink grapefruit, sugary rosewater, and rose hips primarily, with lighter touches of grapefruit rind, mint, and light pine resin, with the faintest note of dandelion stem for bite. These mix with hard candy-like levels of sugar and fruit, with orange, berry, cherry, apricot, and light fig and plum fruit esters, as well as some brown sugar. Subsequent sips are more bitter, the hops bringing in touches of anise and black pepper, as well as a stronger grapefruit rind and pine resin bite, but there’s still a good balance between hops and sugars, and the beer maintains an overall sweet profile, earthed somewhat by biscuit, cereal grain, and toast. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, but with an increasing hop presence as the sugars die off, and lingers on the tongue for a long time. Mouthfeel is an oily medium, and carbonation is medium-light to medium, this latter feature lending the beer a somewhat watery sensation.

Overall, this is a very nice beer, and it’s good to see an Imperial IPA that focuses on the more palatable sweet side of hops, instead of trying to burn the tongue off with eucalyptus, anise, and pine resin. The result is closer to a DFH 120 than anything I’ve had recently, especially in the massive sugary rosewater and rose hips overtones that blend so nicely with the hard candy fruit esters. The beer may actually be a little too sweet, however, and feels like it needed a larger bitter kick, or perhaps a bready base for balance. Still, this is well worth trying, since I suspect many people will be surprised at how smooth and palatable 144 IBUs can be.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Hopageddon Imperial IPA from Napa Smith Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.