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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 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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't normally mention the label of a beer in a review for two reasons: number one, it really has nothing to do with the beer inside the bottle; and number two, labels are subject to change and the one you're looking at / might purchase could be completely different. However, the colors and the design of the label were so eye-catching to me that I was drawn to it in a cooler full of beer. There's just something a little bit different about the chromatic teal and yellow colors that makes it quite different from the normally very basic color schemes. Anyway...

It pours a slightly hazy, very deep amber body beneath a creamy inch-thick head of off-white that holds well and leaves short walls of lace about the glass. Within those walls are thicker rings of lace that are left behind with each sip.

The aroma is not bold, but it's clean and pleasant, offering a caramelish malt base, some gently spicy, piney, and minty hops, and a hint of yeasty fruitiness.

In the mouth it's medium bodied, gently effervescent and then creamy and smooth once it's warmed.

The flavor is very tightly knit, keeping everything compact and together in one focused and balanced ball of flavor. It's initially lightly malty with a caramelish edge, but the spicy and gently piney hops jump right in. It doesn't even make it to the middle of the palate before the hops have risen to the top - and surfacing just below them is the bitterness! But the bitterness doesn't do any more than just come to the surface, and then subside in the dry finish. Sure, it lingers for quite a bit, but it's far from harsh. It simply leaves the palate dry and refreshed. Some minty hops are left behind, as well as a bit of apple-like fruitiness (perhaps some red berries too) and a thin note of maltiness.

As it warms, more character comes out, and I'd recommend pulling this out of the fridge and leaving it on the counter for 5 minutes before opening and serving it.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
4.19/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Hazy amber/copper color, little bits of carbonation, and a frothy whitish head that's thin but retains nicely, receding to the edge of the glass and leaving some sticky rings.
S: Citrus (orangey grapefruit scents) and tangy oily hop smells predominate. Enticing without being overwhelmingly bitter or alcoholic. Some nice sugary malts support the hops, too.
T: Hops all the way. A bit of orange citrus and piny flavors at first, then some more citrus and a tad more oily taste and feel. Finish has some grainy malts, but mostly continues the hoppiness, throwing in a bit of sweetness as the beer warms.
M: Pretty good. Sweet malts and bitter hops mingle nicely. Finish is a little grainy, though.
D: Solid. No alcoholic taste to it, nice enticing bittery nip. A good quaffable IPA.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very clear amber color, with only a thin tan head that fades very fast to barely anything. I'd like it to hang around a bit more myself.

The aroma is dominated by a citrusy and bitter hop profile, not in your face at all, but definitely the prominent aroma. There's a touch of caramel sweetness in the back. Taste is some citrus up front, really some nice sweet malt as well. The finish has a nice bitter hop bite and a touch of alcohol warmth. Bitterness lingers a bit, which is nice.

Maybe a tad thin and little carbonation. A good American IPA but nothing stellar here.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First reaction when I drank this was.." Hmmm, thats different".
Lets go from there.
Deep copper color with a nice head and lacing with some staying power.
The smell is an immediate hit of hops, not overpowering, but there with some bready malts mixing in.
Taste was a bit tamer than I was hoping. Very nice feel, but lacking the bang of hops the name would lead you to believe was in there. What was there though, was a nice, mild citrus hoppiness.
More of a malt dominated IPA, than hop, but its nice.

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

Pretty hoppy, not bad. Could be a bit sweeter but not bad. A nice reddish color for an ipa. It has a good hop taste, though considdering the name I was hopping for someting a bit hoppier still. None the less it is fairly hoppy and as such drinkable. Smell also was not all that great smelling hoppy and a bit metallic. All and all a good beer though

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Photo of rgore
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - poured a hazy orange with an inch of creamy head

S - lots of piney hops dominate the nose small hits of acidic citrus (grapefruit)

T - an earthy grapefruit bitterness that you expect from most east coast ipas. plesant and what you would expect from the nose.

M - it drys out in the mouth a little too quickly for me.

D - a very drinkable ipa, and at 6% you won't end up getting fooled by the alcohol content either.

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Photo of Ragingbull
2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was staying in Thurmont Maryland and looking for a few beers to have in my hotel room and found this at a little dive of a store that I was simply hoping might have Sam Adams or Yuengling. Being a micro-brew, I decided to give it a try.

It was orange in color with no distinct aroma. Unfortunately there was no real flavor either. Some mild aftertaste, but even that was faint. This beer seemed to me to be a macro-brew in micro-brew clothing. So my excitement at finding it may be part of the disappointment. Their marketing/packaging is very clever and the label is is attractive. I doubt that I will ever buy this again. To be fair, my excitement coupled with the label may have built up the expectations.

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Photo of psulovesbeer
4.52/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A single bottle purchase poured into a pint glass.

A deep amber body with a light head draping its way down the glass. A slightly cloudy appearance.

The smell is of hops..not one type standing out in my mind but citrus, pine, and floral hop scents all come through. The taste really comes through with a big hit of hops perfectly balanced. Nothing overpowers...pine is there...bitter...citrus...flowers...a malt backbone strong enough to stand up but not sweeten the brew.
The mouthfeel is solid....nothing amazing and if you let it sit a slightly bitter after taste bites through hurting the overall balance of this otherwise very nice IPA.

Something to keep an eye out for and try Im definetly glad I did.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very nice amber with a decent, rocky head that slowly subsided and left decent lacing.

S - A bit of pine and malt.

T - A decent malty grapefruit and pine experience; has a touch of tea as well.

M - Nice fizz-creamy balance that would make this a nice ale to enjoy during a ball game in the summer.

D - Yup, more than drinkable. Probably food friendly, too. Would I go out of my way for it? Probably not.

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

Serving Type: 12oz bottle poured hard into a large mug at 45 degrees F.

Appearance: Awesome A-Bomb artwork on label. Clear amber with a nice head that fades quickly and leaves a foamy sticky lace.

Smell: Mild hops, fresh cut grass, grapefruit, and lemon peel.

Taste: Pine, grapefruit, crackers. Decent mild hop bitterness with a nice balance of malt.

Mouthfeel: Thin tangy and smooth.

Drinkability: A good IPA for all occasions.

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Hop-Ocalypse from Clay Pipe Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.