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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

258 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 8
Gots: 25 | 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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Photo of lcdawg
3/5  rDev -18.7%

lcdawg, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of MastaShonuf
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

MastaShonuf, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of makasi
4/5  rDev +8.4%

makasi, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Huffaroma
5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am still in shock by this beer in the amount of hop that it contains within it. And being at 144 IBUs it blew me away. The funny thing was my wife and others tried a sip and looked disgusted at me for how bitter it was, while I sat back and laughed.

Appearance, nice roasted orange color with a nice bubbly head that was 1/2" thick.

Smell, great notes of grapefruit and peaches. Some pine notes and roasted grain in the background.

Taste, upfront almost a grapefruit apple flavor and all of a sudden it bites you and doesn't leave with the extreme hop. It was awesome to have something that wasn't so sweet with a imperial IPA and had some good strong bite to it. Its what I look forward to.

Mouthfeel, great carbonation and a little richness add to this beers power.

Overall fantastic and will go back for more. Probably my favorite Imperial IPA so far.

Huffaroma, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.55/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An ode to the hop. This beer is probably more like sucking on a hop cone than any I've had before. The color is "fiery" orange and clear with a micro-bead, orange-tinted head on top.

Of course, with a micro-bead head, the carbonation is going to be silky smooth. The body is moderate - light for a DIPA.

The flavor is of hops. If you have ever smelled raw hops, this beer will bring you fond memories of the leafy greens. Hop flavor is almost brought to a peak by the high alcohol content that remains neutral in this brew. Hops range from floral and citric to piney and dank with a focus on the citric/floral hops.

I assume this was bottled 1-5 months ago, but cannot find a bottling date. My first Napa Smith brew and one that leads me to seek out more.

EnojysAnyBeer, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of jucifer1818
4/5  rDev +8.4%

jucifer1818, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Chaz33187
2.86/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Chaz33187, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Thedrizzle
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Thedrizzle, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

DaPan, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of bpasquini
4/5  rDev +8.4%

bpasquini, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of MacTeo
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

MacTeo, Feb 21, 2013
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.

ngeunit1, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of ipajunkie
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

ipajunkie, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of popery
2.25/5  rDev -39%

popery, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of thgrayson
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

thgrayson, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of Danno48
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Danno48, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of Beers9beers
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Beers9beers, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of flayedandskinned
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

flayedandskinned, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of jesus808
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

jesus808, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of freduardo
4/5  rDev +8.4%

freduardo, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Treyliff
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Treyliff, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of jgluck
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

jgluck, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of Omer4176
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Omer4176, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +22%

gleemonger, Dec 08, 2012
Hopageddon Imperial IPA from Napa Smith Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.