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Hopageddon Imperial IPA - Napa Smith Brewery

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Hopageddon Imperial IPAHopageddon Imperial IPA

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238 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 6
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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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

09-10-2012 02:09:46 | More by 2neardead
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3/5  rDev -18%

09-06-2012 00:32:50 | More by bigorange
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

09-05-2012 02:25:20 | More by crowsoup
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is quite hoppy, grassy and hay-ish rather than evergreen, with hints of malt and grapefruit. It pours a slightly hazy dark copper with a fairly thick light light yellowish tan head. Mouth-filling, lip-smacking flavor has a strong, somewhat bitter hoppy core and notes of grapefruit, malt and caramel. Smooth texture is rough around the edges, and firm tingle leaves a hoppy, bitter finish with a caramel hint.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 15:29:16 | More by Cyberkedi
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Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No freshness info. Poured in to HF stemmed tulip.

A - Medium to dark orange colour with a half finger of off-white head.

S - A big sweet caramel malt aroma up front, followed by some citrus and floral hop aromas. The malt profile takes centre stage in the nose.

T - Sweet caramel malts are dominant and the supposed 144 IBU of hops get lost in the background. Fairly sweet overall with with some toffee and bready notes accompanying the caramel malt flavours. There is definitely bitterness present here, but it is not intense at all and some very light citrus and earthy flavours come through from the hops but are barely detectable beneath the sweet caramel malts.

M -Medium body, creamy. Light carbonation.

O - This one drank more like a barley wine than a DIPA. Was expecting a big hop bomb but this came nowhere close to that. Disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 14:31:38 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

08-17-2012 06:07:21 | More by Hellyeahimdrinking
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

08-11-2012 00:50:17 | More by HamGlade10
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

08-06-2012 15:13:41 | More by jriggins6
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3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into my Heretic Brewing shaker pint, Hopageddon is bright auburn with a small off-white head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is lots of citrus hops, big lime notes, lots of doughy malt.

Taste is hoppy for sure, generic west coast hop blend, more lime than pine, but it's really about the malt here, lots of bread. Alcohol character is sweet and spicy.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium+ bodied.

Drinkability isn't super high for me, this is too malty and strong. There is some pretty robust hop flavor, but it's pretty one dimensional with the lime. One and done here.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 00:43:05 | More by ccrida
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4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber color in Teku glass. Lots of white head that lingers well with nice lacing along sides of glass.

Smell is heavy with honey and citrus hoppiness.

Taste follows the smell well. Lots of honey and pine. Tagerine bitterness is prominent. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied. Good carbonation.

Overall this was very nice. Good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 23:38:01 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical amber colored DIPA body with a two finger thick head and mild residual carbonation. The smell was very mild for a DIPA, with the hops coming across as piney, floral, herbal, and earthy. The taste was quite bitter, with the same piney-earthy-herbal hop profile up front, and some spice in the finish. The malt was evident as a simple and light sugary taste. The overall flavor profile reminded me lot of a strong tea with some sweetness. The beer drank much more easy than the 9.2% ABV it contained, and there wasn't any warming or burn at all. This beer did not start very promising, but delivered the hops in the end.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 04:27:18 | More by rajendra82
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-23-2012 02:04:22 | More by joshwalt
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-21-2012 23:37:01 | More by KimenTshom
Photo of litheum94


3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle enjoyed at Whole foods.

Bright, bronze body. Clear. Small, off-white head, leaves some pretty awesome lacing.

Leafy, piney, spicey. Very earthy hop profile. Very floral. Some bread aromas.

Caramel malts and some grapefruit, with flower petal flavors. Very leafy hops, with some oak flavors. Slight pone bitterness on the finish, but pretty balanced.

A pretty good DIPA, and easily this brewery's best beer. The barrel aging adds a nice twist. Worth a try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 21:47:57 | More by litheum94
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-19-2012 14:04:49 | More by BrewtalAlement
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

07-17-2012 23:26:12 | More by poopsyeah
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

07-02-2012 00:15:42 | More by DallasJones
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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

06-04-2012 05:19:20 | More by glitchedmind
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4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bomber.

Pours a clear dark reddish copper with a very thin, off white head.

Aroma is full of hops. Lots of citrus with grapefruit being predominant along with some lime. A little bit of oak on the nose too.

The flavor has plenty of citrus up front from the hops along with a very strong bitterness that lasts throughout. There is definitely sweetness from the malt which is to be expected. I can taste some wine characteristics in this including oak and some grape. It is subtle though and more noticeable as the beer warms.

Overall, I am really impressed with this beer. It definitely improves as it warms and the complexities from the barrel aging become more apparent. My one complaint is it is a little sweet and syrupy but it never does become cloying. Really an awesome job and the best beer I have had from Napa Smith. Might pick up another bomber or two.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 01:11:55 | More by rangerred
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

05-29-2012 07:37:09 | More by Mister_Joshy
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

05-29-2012 01:55:56 | More by Aschap
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-27-2012 01:09:48 | More by Pugs78
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3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright and clear gold color with a nice white head.

Aromas are stinky, resiny, with some citrus in the background.

Taste is semi sweet up front with hints of caramel malts. Finish is bitter, with some pine resin hoppiness on the finish. Fairly well balanced, but I'd like some more hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is nice, full and smooth without being heavy.

Overall, a pretty good stab at the style, a little refining and this could be a hit. I've thought Napa Smith has put out some mediocre beers, this is better than others I've tried from them.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 03:21:58 | More by flexabull
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

05-09-2012 04:34:46 | More by SuqMadique
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4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Reviewing since it should have a score and this one made a nice impression. Otherwise, I continue to use "Hads.")

Pours a dark honey gold with a short/thin white head.

Very assertive papaya/quava "estered" nose with big pineapple undertones.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with really good balance.

Flavors are bright, bold, assertive and nicely fruity/bitter. A bright appealing flavor profile that is full of fruit, almost a sweet front palate, that goes to rich malt that goes to a giant bitter grapefruit oil finish.

Probably the best effort, to date in my opinion, from Napa Smith. This is a true Imperial IPA and, having tasted it room temperature, the flavors really come out. Nice; defintely will have again. Good with food but is sufficiently big and bold to be a sipper. The more I taste during these notes the more I like it.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 03:44:02 | More by GRG1313
Hopageddon Imperial IPA from Napa Smith Brewery
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