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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

288 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 8
Gots: 36 | 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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Photo of rkf1976
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Old_Jeffro
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of cheefdaddy1
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of LSx
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of lcdawg
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of MastaShonuf
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of makasi
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

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.

Photo of jucifer1818
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Chaz33187
2.82/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Photo of Thedrizzle
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of bpasquini
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of MacTeo
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

Photo of ipajunkie
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of popery
2.25/5  rDev -39%

Photo of thgrayson
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Hopageddon Imperial IPA from Napa Smith Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.