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Hopageddon Imperial IPA - Napa Smith Brewery

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Hopageddon Imperial IPAHopageddon Imperial IPA

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297 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.86%
Wants: 8
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Napa Smith Brewery visit their website
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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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of shivtim
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery in Napa.
It's a clear deep yellow, with a very small white head. Some visible carbonation.

Nose is heavy hops, as expected.

Taste is a hop bomb with an ethanol finish. Grassy. Not very subtle, but true to the west coast DIPA style. Some malts come through, but it could use more balance. Mouthfeel is good - well done.

Good overall. Hop heads will like this one. Either this or the porter is my favorite I tried from this brewery.

Photo of Zbeetleman
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of brureview
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quite an interesting DIPA. I haven't tasted another imperial IPA like this beer.

Poured a very attractive tea color in a tulip with a 1 finger head.

The aroma was quite nice- heavy vanilla, but no fruit as usually expected
in a DIPA.

The mouth feel is not very carbonated. I did see carbonation bubbles in the head.

The taste was fruity, and a hint of chocolate. I couldn't identify the fruit.

The finish was excellent. At warmer temps, 52-55F, one experiences the full bitterness and hops of 144 IBUs. The serving temp on this DIPA is crucial to tasting it.

Overall, quite unusual. Not the typical, in your face Imperial IPA. Exceptionally hoppy and bitter, and not fruity. Worth checking out.

Photo of avalon07
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
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 Locklilly
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good IPA (the reviews on the bottle a bit over the top). Not too much taste of alcohol despite its high ABV and a refreshing, but not citric, taste high in hops.

The appearance is a bit booring (the head disappears quickly, leaving nothing) but overall a nice beer, better with food than without in my opinion.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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2/5  rDev -45.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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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%

Photo of chanokokoro
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Photo of bark
3.02/5  rDev -18.4%
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%

Hopageddon Imperial IPA from Napa Smith Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.