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Hop-Ocalypse - Clay Pipe Brewing Company

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117 Reviews
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Reviews: 117
Hads: 122
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Clay Pipe Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: on 08-04-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Gavage
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a dark ornage color with a 2" head that breaks apart quickly. Some spotty lace paints the glass.

Smell: soft pine and woody aroma rises fromthe glass.

Taste: bready caramel, grapefruit, pine, and a biting bitterness. Some tart green grape flavors show up late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer but a bit thin overall. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and dry at the finish. Long aftertaste here.

Drinkability: this is an average IPA that comes across a bit more biting and unbalanced. One bottle was enough for my session.

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Photo of u2carew
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A) Pours with a thin head that settles quickly. The body is copper in color with just smidge of haze. Lacing is this and semi-sticky.
S) Fruity esters - pear, hint of melon.
T) Upfront mellow malt tones - caramel with with toasted touches. Midway through the hops come in with a bitter bite. In the finish the malt sweetness fades and the hops win out.
M) Crisp. Fizzy. Looks medium body but a bit thin.
D) A decent brew. I think I'd have another one.

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Photo of deereless
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Three inches of head on top of a half inch of beer - something with the carbonation is a little off, the head is thick and creamy and leaves a few specks of sticky foam along the interior of the glass, deep gold to copper in color - 2.75, S: Extremely earthy and herbal aroma, faint smell of iced tea, smells very much like many of the English IPAs that I know - 3.00, T: There are hops on the tongue but for an IPA is teeters on side of strong pale ale, like the nose the palate reminds me of an English IPA, some grapefruit zest and woodiness to the flavor profile, little to no discernible sweetness - 2.75, M: A little staying power on the tongue - 3.50, D: A slight disappointment in terms of an American IPA, hop bite but not what I look for in the style - 2.75

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Photo of al3
3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy orange amber, lotsa lacing, thin frothy top sticks around for the duration. Probably one of the coolest labels I've seen.

S - a bit subdued, some citrus, creamy, bready aromas.

T&M - also a bit understated (considering the name) some grapefruit, a bit piney and some smooth bready flavors. Bitter and tangy on the finish. Feel is about what I'd expect, medium, not too thin, fits the flavor

D - Drinkable, but I've had better IPA's

This was a decent beer, expected a little more "punch in the face" from name and label. I would try it again on draft if I had the chance.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle bought in Washington DC, $2.00. The beer is clear, dark orange shade of copper, off-white head that started at 1 finger and ended at film thickness. Much more balanced with malts than I'd like, especially for a beer named "Hop-Ocalypse". Caramel malts too... The taste is the same as the smell, lots of caramel malt, some zesty citrus but not enough for what was implied by the name.

Overall a disappointment for me. It shouldn't be hard to make a good IPA, evidenced by the dozens upon dozens you can find everywhere in the USA.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clay Pipe- Hop-ocalypse.

Thanks to adamharbaugh for ths 1!

A- Slightly hazy orange/amber brown with a thick chunky light tan head. Good head retention and lacing.
S- Very sweet/ sugary fruit; grapefruit and orange with molasses malt and earthy hops. Crisp pine and mint aroma.
T- Strong sugary sweet citrus hops; grapefruit and lemon rind. Sticky molasses malt with a sweet and bitter earthy pine hop finish.
M- Very thick and malty sweet. Big pungent bitter hops.

Overall- Big pungent hops and thick malt. Maybe not an actual "Hop"acolypse on the taste buds but a good sweet IPA.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking ipa. big head as expected, decent lacing, nice amber color. Smell and taste is a bit subdued. Definitely hoppy, but fairly mild to be given the name hop-ocalypse. Like the pine presence, just could do for a bit more to it. A bit thin, but nice level of carbonation.

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Photo of ledzepp817
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from a bottle in a pilsner glass on 11/21.

Got this bottle from a local beer store. The name itself is intriguing and I love a hoppy IPA.

Appearance - good solid dark red amber color , the way an IPA should look.

Aroma - smelled great, citrus and earthy with the hops definitely present.

Taste - the taste is where it came up short. Don't get me wrong, it was a great tasting beer, but it did not contain that amount of kick from the hops as the name would suggest.

Drinkability - good, i could drink a few of these at one sitting.

OVerall, very good beer, would definitely have again.

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Photo of mjl21
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade...thanks Josh. 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. No abv info is given. Bottling code of 307FX09.

A-Pours a clear amber that has some orange highlights. When poured the head is quite clumpy in one corner of the glass and very thin in the other portion. As it sits the head begins to dissipate and eventually encircles the top of the beer. Plenty of bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom.

S-It has some citrus, grapefruit and orange being the dominant citrus aromas. There is a touch of booze that is evident. As it warms it does get sweeter.

T-Like the nose, the orange and grapefruit citrus come out quickly, along with some lemon. The citrus is quickly replaced by sweet malt. I found it to be a tad metallic midsip. As it goes down I get some definite biscuit malt flavor which helps give it a crisp and dry finish.

M-Medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

D-Not a bitter bomb like the artwork would lead you to believe. I did like the fact that it was not another sweet East Coast IPA.

Not a bad beer. I would like to try it fresh from the tap. It is not overly heavy and went quickly.

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Photo of sholland119
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear orange amber with a generous amount of off white head and some sticky lacing.

S-Not bad. A little underdone on the hop side with just a light orange rind note. Some mildly bready and slightly sour malt.

T-A bit lacking in character. Some orangey hop flavors and just a bit of malt backing. Not much there though.

M-Medium bodied with good fine carbonation.

D-Drinkable enough but I would not seek this one out again.


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Photo of alysmith4
2.66/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Decent beer, a good representation of this style. It's very similar to Longhammer IPA though, very similar. Poured a nice golden body with a half-inch head. Smell was of grain, hops, sugar, and straw. Tasted like a nice, well-balanced IPA with a lot of nice, juicy, hop flavor. Carbonation was average. Would have this beer again, but not my favorite.

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Photo of TLove
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I see that many of my respected colleagues have stated in their reviews that they have chosen to rate this beer down because it didn't live up to its name. To an extent, I agree, however, we must try not to allow the integrity (or lack thereof) of the name to factor into our ratings.

That being said, my rating is as follows:

Appearance is an orange-ish color with a cream head and bubbly head with moderate to good retention. Smells of raisin, orange, and strong Centennial and Cascade hops. The taste is noticeably well-balanced with a strong malt structure, however, there is not a brown ale malt or caramel malt. It is lighter than it might otherwise seem. Crisp and fruity. Citrus tones with very mineral and light body with some caramel tones. Again, not overwhelmingly bitter or super hoppy as its title would suggest, but quite smooth, well-balanced, not too strongly carbonated and finished pretty well.

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Photo of meatyard
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy, well-carbonated amber/orange with a 2-finger+, white head that has good retention and leaves splotchy lacing.
Smells of sweet oranges.
The taste starts off briefly with the orange but quickly hits a very bitter note followed by lightly sweet malt that lingers along with the bitterness.
Mouthfeel is light with consistent carbonation and is dry.
There's no problem drinking a few of these as long as the bitterness suits you.

I like the aroma even though all I got was orange. I would've preferred more of the orange in the taste and less of the bitterness. Maybe a couple of tweaks and this could be a very fiine IPA

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Photo of Ralphus
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was in St. Michaels Maryland on a sailing trip when, walking through a beer isle at a grocery store, I caught sight of Hopacalypse from Clay Pipe. The marketing was too great.. I had to get it, despite knowing nothing about it. Later that evening as my parents and I tried to remember the name we came up with some other good ones.. Hopaholic and Hopageddon. Marketing is all powerful.

In any case this beer pours very well. A vibrant red orange colour that really stands out. The head dissapates to a small ring leaving behind some lacing. I found the smell contained a good dose of piney hops and fruit flavour. Nice.

The taste was a complex mix of sweet malt, fruits and dominant hops with a long bitter finish. I found the finish, while suiting the title of the beer, detracted somewhat from it's drinkability.

Mouthfeel however was good. Smooth with a refreshing bite from the carbonation. Overall I'm glad to have picked this up as I didn't see it anywhere else on my travels.

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Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.27/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a pint glass:

A - Reddish gold in color, decent head that fades slow and leaves plenty of lacing.

S - Strong citrusy hop smells that overwhelm any malt scents.

T - Bitter sweet. Hops are strong in this IPA yet the malt is evident. About what you would expect from a decent IPA but if you are expecting overwhelming hops, this isnt it.

M - Not too heavy, well carbonated yet smooth.

D - I expected a more extreme IPA but this was still really good. Excellent IPA.

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Photo of Risser09
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - Fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color with slow moving carbonation to the surface. An ivory, 2.5" head forms and shows great retention. Spongy, swiss cheese lace sits on the glass. Craterous head as the beer recedes.

Smell: Grapefruit, Centennial hop aromas are strong, with an underlying pale malt that shows off the sweetness. Some earthy and mineral tones are slight.

Taste: Sweetness avails itself as a primary sensation, with the bitterness lagging behind. Grapefruit and lemon are bitter flavors, and pale/caramel malts lead the sugar brigade. Pretty nice, though not a Hopocalype.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, lightly carbonated, with a little bit of bitterness. Some booze in the finish.

Drinkability: A decent IPA. It needs more hops to live up to it's name, but is decent otherwise. I might go for it again, if available.

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Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a modest head that leaves a film and some shards

Smell: Some citrus and minty hops with a solid caramel backbone

Taste: Caramel up front, that is joined by a earthy, but minty hop flavor at mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors are rather balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A pretty middle of the road IPA; drinkable, but nothing worth seeking out

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Photo of demo3210
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bought this as a recommendation from a friend.

The appearance has a nice color to it and is a little darker.

The smell is like any other IPA - kind of flowery and dense. Noticeable hoppiness. Little alcohol smell.

The taste is bitter crisp. Tastes flowery, green, and hoppy. Kind of bland overall, but very heavy on the tastebuds. Tastes like an IPA. No alcohol taste at all. Becomes dull over an extended session.

Mouth feel is crisp and refreshing, but on the dense side.

Drinkability is very low. I am notorious for being able to chug many beers that most others are unable to, like Guinness or denser. Hop-Ocalypse says this is a very drinkable IPA on the box, but I feel that it is not remotely close. It's heavy on the tastebuds and starts to become monotonous throughout the drinking session. This is my biggest complaint with the beer. It also has low alcohol content. Provides a different kind of buzz than a macro beer, which is nice. Kind of like a wine-buzz versus a beer-buzz, but a different kind of beer-buzz. I think it's the hops.

Overall, a descent IPA that is reasonably priced. I wouldn't recommend to a newcomer to fuller beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of Soonami
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - bright copper like a new penny, irregular white head with very good sustain and cling. A permanent stream of little bubbles keep the foam going. This is exactly what I want in an IPA

S- Herbal hops with a spicy note like cinnamon or clove. Sweet bready aroma

T- Very floral almost jasmine or chrysanthemum flavor to start. Caramel malt flavor persists on the tongue through the finish which is punctuated with a resinous hop bite

M- Sticky and viscous with a bitterness that keeps your mouth slightly puckered and wanting more. Carbonation is ample refreshing

D- A very drinkable East Coast IPA which not too high abv and good balance. Not too sweet, not too bitter.

How you rate this beer depends on how you feel about east coast IPA's, which are more like pale ales with their deeper malt profiles and aromatic hops. I appreciate this beer for what it is and what it tries to do. If you want a very bitter, citrusy IPA, then pick up a Bear Republic or Stone, because this is not what you'll find here.

The more I try American IPA's I think that it might be a good idea to create a new category for east and west coast.

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Photo of portia99
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received in trade from Beerman777. Thanks! Poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a not quite clear pale orange color with a 1/2 finger of white head that doesn't last very long. Dissipates to thin, uneven islands on the surface.

S - Fairly malty in aroma...sweet, candy sugar-like, with some fresh baked bread, some yeasty aromas. Hops are fruity and subdued in the overall profile.

T - Flavor follows the aroma closely...definitely on the malty side. Bitterness is light but crisp. Bicuity and bready flavors, some light sugary sweetness all appear. Overall, a pretty light IPA.

M - Light in body, medium in carbonation. Nothing really distinct here - positively or negatively.

D - This is very smooth and light, especially for an IPA...seems very sessionable. The flavor isn't outstanding, so I probably would order one and move on to something else, but if I had a six pack in front of me as my best option, it could easily disappear in a session.

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Photo of nickd717
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle via trade thanks to ben4321 on ratebeer, poured into Devils Canyon pint glass.

A - Pours a mostly clear orangish-golden color with a nice lasting off-white head and good lacing.

S - Aroma is sweet malt and somewhat muted pine/citrus hops, along with a tiny bit of grain.

T - Fairly high on hop bitterness, but less so on hop aroma and flavor. Caramel and pale malts, fairly sweet, with some earth citrusy hops on the finish and long-lasting hop bitterness.

M - Medium-bodied with a fairly dry finish and hop bitterness lingering.

D - Decent. Overall this is an average IPA.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.26/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hop-octopus. Copper in color, moderate to low carbonation, clear, clear, clear almost no head, diffuse, does not vocer the top of the brew Subtle aroma. Definite hop character but not overpowering. Boring taste. I do not like this beer. My wife also thought this beer was uninteresting and bland.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a pleasant deep orange/amber color. Seems to have a slight semi-haze appearance to it. Nice 1 finger cream white head that slowly dies away leaving some nice soapy lacing on the sides of the glass which come and go.

S- Slight citrus hops to this (more of a grapefruit than pineapple smell). These are not a strong as everything else in the beer but it's what I picked up on first. Sweeter malty smell to this as well with some bitter (piney) hops to this beer. Also there is a strong alcohol smell with this in the undertones of this beer. Aroma is pretty lacking in this beer.

T- Bitter and sweet upfront. Piney hops come through at first with this beer. After that comes a nice sweet malty taste mixed in with some citrus hops. The ending of this is sort of a turn off for me. I get a big presence of alcohol along with a hint of some metallic tinge to this beer. Sets back the beer at least half a point for this minor set back.

M- Light-medium mouthfeel to this beer. Nice carbonation in this one makes it for a easy drinker. Leaves a small bit of bitter hops on the tounge after sipping which is nice. Once again the aftertaste of this beer has a slight metallic hint to it which makes it not meet up to its full glory.

D- This is a nice easy drinker that you want to have when not in the mood for some heavy or tounge crushing beers. If I could get rid of the metallic hint to this beer it would be a wonderful IPA to share with people who don't like the style. Other than that being my only complaint....good beer...not great but good.

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Photo of thain709
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A deep copper body with some clarity to it...an off white head forms...not very big...but leaves decent lacing

S - As the name states there are a lot of hops in the nose...crisp citrus hops

T - The hops get pushed to the side in the mouth...bready and caramel malts take over and mask the hop bitterness...but...it doesn't lean to on side or the other...there is a sweetness but that bitterness comes back and balances it out pretty well...I get almost a little smokey flavor...weird

M - Medium bodied...crisp but has a little metallic taste

D - This beer started off great but I was hoping for more hop profile in the taste...all in all a decent IPA and a nice offering from Clay Pipe

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Photo of DookDrinkyCrow
4.7/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was at a local store that had a representative set up for tasting inside. I enjoyed it and bought a 6 pack.

The pour is a rich light copper.

The smell is hoppy,

The taste is very clean, and refreshing.

Medium body and excellent drinkability.

I was also given a free glass from Clay Pipe Brewing Co. to enjoy the IPA!

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