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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
84
good

267 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 8
Gots: 24 | 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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Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

kaelingirl, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of Resuin
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Resuin, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of croixian1
2.35/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber, almost muddy in color. Rep at a beer tasting says they do not filter their beer, so there is a cloudy residue. Mouthfeel is soft and inviting, but taste left something to be desired. There is almost a kind of sourness in the finish that I found off-putting for an IPA. Initial hops taste very up-front, but fades quickly. Not an overly impressive beer, glad I only bought one bottle.

croixian1, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of travolta
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Tan, light, little frothy head, nice retention. Pale apricot in color, sticky lacing.

Nose: Sweet vanilla, raisin, candy and sugar, pineapple and tropical fruits.

Taste: Malty, syrupy, with carbonation that is very light. Plum with some dark fruits. Tiny bit of citrus notes.

Notes: If you are going to call it an imperial ipa, make it crazy. This is an excellent ipa, but perhaps not imperial.

travolta, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of 2neardead
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

2neardead, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of bigorange
3/5  rDev -18.7%

bigorange, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of crowsoup
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

crowsoup, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.28/5  rDev +16%
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.

Cyberkedi, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.85/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Hellyeahimdrinking
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Hellyeahimdrinking, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of HamGlade10
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

HamGlade10, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of jriggins6
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

jriggins6, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of ccrida
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

ccrida, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

TrappistJohnMD, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of rajendra82
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

rajendra82, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of joshwalt
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

joshwalt, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of KimenTshom
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

KimenTshom, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of litheum94
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

litheum94, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of BrewtalAlement
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

BrewtalAlement, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of poopsyeah
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

poopsyeah, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of DallasJones
4.5/5  rDev +22%

DallasJones, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of glitchedmind
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

glitchedmind, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of rangerred
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

rangerred, May 31, 2012
Photo of Mister_Joshy
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Mister_Joshy, May 29, 2012
Photo of Aschap
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Aschap, May 29, 2012
Hopageddon Imperial IPA from Napa Smith Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.