Hops Of Wrath - Dust Bowl Brewing Company

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 156
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 23.39%
Wants: 10
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dust Bowl Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 06-18-2009

"Hops of Wrath is an India Pale Ale with moderate bitterness and a solid malt backbone. It has a fruity, citrus aroma, bright hop flavor and clean finish at 6.6% abv."
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Photo of vfgccp
3.26/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - Bright, hazy apricot body. Thin, fine white head with nice retention and poor lace.

S - Grapefruit, green wood, peach preserves, lemon leaves.

T - Super earthy. Dusty peach, lemon, raw wood. Dry, slightly funky pot.

M - Medium body with a light, dry finish.

O - Great nose, but unfortunately the flavor profile falls short of expectations.

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Photo of ebrauser
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass

Appearance: Thick white head on top of a clear, pale gold base

Smell: Grassy with small bits of pine and grapefruit. Nothing overwhelming or incredibly hoppy.

FLavor: Bittersweet taste with a fairly prominent hop base. Bitterness is a little abrasive but not in an over-hopped way. Finish is lingering citrus tartness.

MF: Smooth and a little creamy, with a little more sweetness than expected. Very drinkable

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Photo of rudzud
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice crystal clear honey amber hue with a good half a finger head that faded to leave a thin light blanket and halo.

S - Aromas of sweeter malts, caramel, acid, light metal, herbal, older hops. Not much going for the nose.

T - Taste is much more malt heavy than it should. Caramel, sweeter malts, faint faint bitter grapefruit, lightly vegetative. Definitely past its prime.

M - Mouthfeel isnt bad, lighter, smooth.

O - Overall, clearly not the freshest bottle. Bet this would have been much tastier fresh.

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Photo of stakem
3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bomber into a snifter. The brew appears a clear copper color with white spotty to stringy lacing effect.

The smell is herbal and grassy with a bit of dank appeal. As more whifs are taken, it has a solid green grassiness and somewhat soapy feel.

The taste is herbal, grassy, pine-like yet fruity with rinds/zest. Some vegetative aspects are also included with a little soapiness and caramel malt in the aftertaste.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. Not bad. Ive never had anything from this brewery before this experience but something about this seens very familiar. Thanks again Tim for the share.

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Photo of shleepy
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Hopyard in Pleasanton on 9/1/2011 (going through my notes and posting older reviews).

A: Golden, clear. Medium head and head retention. Tiny white bubbles.

S: Subtle, earthy hops.

T: Light on hops for an IPA. Super-balanced with the malt flavor. Ultimately, it tastes more like an ESB or British pale, rather than an American IPA. Pleasant earthiness and green tea flavor. Light fruitiness (certainly not as much citrus as a lot of West Coast IPA's, though).

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Minus points for being un-IPA-like, but it's a tasty, highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Scored the 6 pack while on Thanksgiving vacation in Yosemite.

A - Very dark ambery/orange. Very nice off white, one finger head. Very nice retention and lacing on the glass. Crystal clear without any floaters.

S - Plenty of orange, lemon, and mango piled up on some bready malts that also seem to be giving off a hint of something spicy.

T - Starts off very dry and bitter. Not picking up a whole lot of the citrus. Seems to drink a pretty heavy on the malts with the hops just being there to add the bitterness. Not as hop forward in flavor as I like my IPA's.

M - A little watery without a lot of afterthought. Loads of carbonation!

O - Eh, not too impressed. Way too many other IPA's in the world to settle for an average one.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

20oz pour into a shaped pint-like glass at the Standard Pour, Standard (Sonora), CA.

Like a proper West Coast IPA, the beer is a very clear middlin' orange with a nice sticky white head.

Sharp citrus dominates the nose; grapefruit, lemon, with a good bitterness apparent. Fits the profile for a good Californian IPA but hops aren't flowing from the glass like the top examples and it seems to be balanced right in the middle.

Moderate bitterness greets the tongue, and like I guessed, not destructive bitterness. Grapefruit and orange have the attention with malt that doesn't garner much attention.

I like where the Standard Pour has their carb set. After twenty minutes this one is a softy in the mouth. Not flat but not spritzy.

I'm glad there is another Central California brewery, but so far this is their only beer. Please be more interesting. I understand the need for a beer such as an IPA to pay the bills, but experiment and let us decide. Good IPA, but there is no lack of those.

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Photo of mactrail
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Handsome dark orangey amber in the Duvel tulip. Starts with a nice foam but that dissipates after less than a minute. Thin with a light body that seems to accentuate the acidic tang. Aroma of pineapple and orange peel.

Rather sweet with a sharp taste. This tastes like a Pilsener that had a hop attack. Interesting spicy notes. There is just the faintest fruity note of sour citrus and then the endless bitter grapefruit peel.

A highly hopped-up and tremendously bitter brew that keens on a single sharp note. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Beer Revolution in Oakland.

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Photo of Burlyn
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark golden honey color with a medium lasting head.

Smells like citrus and earthy hops

Citrus all the way. A little floral and malty. Not nearly as hoppy a most beers of this style.

Medium bodied with a good level of carbonation

Overall I'm happy to see a central valley brewery producing quality beer such a this. Although its a lot less bitter and hoppy than the average American ipa. In a way this is appreciated since this makes it pleasant mild and easy to drink.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pete's Brass Rail in Danville.

Brought to the table in a pint glass and I view a bronze copper ale with no head whatsoever as Pete's tries to fill the glass as much as possible, which I like and dislike at the same time. Can't fault the beer on this one. Hoppy aroma with citrus but lacking anything special. Not overpowering. Very hoppy taste with a peppery finish on the swallow. Very long bitter aftertaste. A lot of grapefruit in this one. Rather thin mouthfeel. Drinkability was so-so for myself but worth a shot for all the grapefruit lovers out there. I would love to give this another shot from a bottle as I feel it was somewhat shortchanged due to the pour and possible dirty glass.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear, bright golden orange with an off-white, frothy 2-finger head. Good retention. Lace clings to the side quite nicely.

Smell - Faint aroma. Pine sticks out. Mild citrus. Faint breadiness.

Taste - Malts come across light and bready, while the hops show moderate citrus character. Light pine. Faint orange pith bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light in body, with moderate carbonation. Very smooth. Goes down clean and with relative ease.

Overall - Hops of... Wrath? Hops of Moderation might be a more apt name for the brew. Not to say it's a bad beer, just a poor choice of name for a beer that's shows more balance than the name might infer. This beer lacks strong flavor, but it does have a nice, drinkable and approachable quality. Even so, the name it's just.... it's a head scratcher.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

MFG 1/20/15. Drank 2/26/15. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a chilled glass. Very earthy aroma, smells of fresh cut grass or pine. Colour is golden orange with off white head. Flavour struck me at first as a typical IPA, though not overly hoppy. But then it doesn't take long before the subtle citrus flavours come through. It goes down easy.

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Photo of KSOZE
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very floral/grassy/herbal aroma and flavor. Some malt there to back it up and very easy to drink. Just a touch of citrus on the back palate. This is definitely a more classic, balanced IPA. The hops are there, but they play a co-operative role with the malt.

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Photo of kflorence
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle. Deep, golden copper in color with a ton of head that seems to last forever. Lots of lacing. Carbonation looks to be on the light side of moderate, lots of tiny bubbles rise to the top as it sits. Earthy and floral on the nose with a touch of pine and caramel. Alcohol becomes more predominant as it warms. Sweet and tangy up front with a spicy, earthy middle and a bitter citrus finish that lingers on the palate. Crisp and smooth, this medium bodied brew packs some substance while remaining very drinkable. This is my first brew from Dust Bowl and it didn't disappoint, although I didn't find it overly memorable either. Just another solid, drinkable West coast IPA.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of head on a clear medium straw colored body.
The aroma is lots of citrus: orange, mandarin, lemon and grapefruit.
The taste starts with a strong pine bitterness, moderated by the malt, but still finishes with a dry pine bitterness. Good balance.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A delicious IPA.

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Photo of Tele
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 6.27.14
Consumed 8.5.14

A: 4.5 Pours a reddish gold with a large, creamy looking off-white head. The head is very uniform and actually quite pretty.

S: 4 Fairly mild aroma overall which is a bit disappointing; based on the name, I was expecting quite the hop bomb. There’s some pine first with a little bit of grapefruit as well. Fresh-cut grass, dank, and some honey/malty sweetness are present as the beer opens up.

T: 3.5 While the hops were dialed back on the aroma, they are even more subdued on the palate. The flavor starts with a pretty big dose of malt sweetness followed closely by some bitterness and a slightly sulfurous finish. There’s a little bit of lemon flavor that’s pretty nice, but any fresh flavors are overpowered by malt and bitterness.

M: 4 The carbonation is nice and the body has a good feel, if slightly watery.

O: 3.75 I was hoping for a fresh tasting, hoppy IPA with little malt, but this is kind of the opposite. If you’re into malty IPAs with a fairly strong bitter element, this might be a great beer for you, but it’s not what I look for in IPAs. At 5-6 weeks old, perhaps this beer has a crazy short shelf life before falling off.

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Photo of ReDave
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light amber orange.

Nice white head fair lacing.

fair aroma, nice ipa style could be an old bottle.

Not bad taste, 3.99 bomber, nice pretty good IPA for the price...

Pretty good balance with a nice strong ipa bitter forward

nice bitter aftertaste.
I'd get this again!

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Photo of aero13
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was in Modesto this weekend visiting my In laws, so needless to say much of my time was spent was in pursuit of some decent beer in this smaller city.

Found Hops of Wrath on tap at the BJ's next to the mall. It was the only IPA on tap and the proximity to the brewery made me excited to try this Cali IPA.

The color is light copper and has a fairly translucent consistency. The flavor was fresh and smooth, with the traits that guarantee that I will be happy...

-Grapefruit undertones
-Piney taste
-Low malt content
-Easy to drink

I went through 4 pints while watching the NBA slam dunk contest and left feeling toasty, but not overwhelmed or headache inducing.

If you love a delicious Cali IPA with these qualities you will be happy with H.O.W... I found a box of them at the Bevmo and after sampling a 22' I decided to bring 5 back south with me. The bottle certainly isn't as good as the tap (ce la vie) but is essentially the same flavor spectrum with a bit of a metallic hint. No date on the bottle or the box, but these were fresh from the brewery.

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Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from the awesome trader Bitterbill, cheers Bill!

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2 fingers of fluffy cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing, sort of a letdown, this drags down the overall rating

S: Rindy & citrussy hops that fade a touch as this warms

T: Grapefruitty & herbal hops up front, some biscuitty malt & dryness up front. Earthy hops, dryness & grapefruit also show as this warms. Finishes with much grapefruit & herbal hop bitterness, plus a touch of honey malt

MF: Medium bodied with fairly lively carbonation, making the hops pop. Great balance and a touch of creamyness

Great drinkability, not exactly in my AIPA wheelhouse, but close enough to please most hopheads. I'm fairly impressed with my first beer from these guys!

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Photo of Klym
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a surly nonic.

This is probably the best example of a B+ beer I've ever encountered.. It's just so good, without anything about it being great or exceptional. A really nice balance of hops (though they get a little bit too bitter toward the end), with citrus sprits and a malty backbone. I really enjoyed drinking this and would totally pick up a bottle if I'm just looking for something to enjoy while watching a movie or something. My now go-to IPA in terms of availability and decency. Nice!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Manufactured 7/9/14.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with solid citrus forward hop characteristics that make this one tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of berkey
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hop Yard San Ramon. Served in a pint glass 09/03/10.

Medium sized nicely retained head tops a clean pale amber body. Spotty lacing.

Aroma is pleasanty bitter with some minor citrus but isn't exactly dizzying with hop complexity. Sturdy but clean bread-like malt backbone doesn't have a problem cutting through.

Floral and grassy on the entry with a lingering dry but clean bitterness on the aftertaste. Not as intense as the name might have some guess if they miss the literary reference but very easy drinking for what it is.

I'm not completely certain this does enough to distinguish itself in a very crowded local IPA market but the brewer seems to know his or her trade well enough to make me curious to see what else they offer.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #39 (Apr 2010):

Clear and copper, with an impeccable off-white lacing on the glass ... a beautiful-look- ing brew. Orangey, with mineral salt, floral notes and a little biscuit in the nose. Crisp medium body with a deep smoothness that runs well with the assertive hop bitterness. Fruity, with hints of caramel, hermit cookie dough and a little bread. The malt stands tall enough and does not topple over as the hops make a hard push of bitterness and flavor. A bit of orange rind, herbal and faint tobacco show as the hops unfold. A quick kiss of warming, alcoholic, fruity esters in the middle lingers on the breath. Long hop finish with a base of malt to help it along.

Sip after sip, the hop flavor grows on you, and near halfway through the bottle, this beer becomes near exceptional. Soft goat cheese coated with fresh cracked black pepper, can- died walnuts and fresh figs seem like a good pairing here.

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

Bottle from BevMo in Modesto, CA

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus hops on a decent malt backing

T - Lots of bitter citrus hops up front with the caramel malt in the finish

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

O - Overall this is a good IPA has a good flavor thats enjoyable and keeps me coming back for more worth getting if you see this fairly new brewery around

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Photo of jvillefan
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 22 oz. bottle poured into perfect pint glass

A: The beer is a medium amber color. When poured into the glass there was an ivory colored head that took nearly 40% of the glass.

S: One of the most pleasantly fragrant beers I have had in a while. There are hints of citrus and pine. The overwhelming aroma comes from the very clean and crisp smell of hops.

T: This is one of the best IPAs I have ever had. The hops are at the forefront of the bold and bitter taste. The pine and the citrus that are found in the aroma is mirrored in the rich flavor of this beer.

M: The beer is a little viscus but not as much as some other IPAs. If there is one fault in the beer then it is here but the mouthfeel is still above average.

O: This is my second time drinking a 22 oz of this beer and it will definitely not be my last. I could drink this beer every day.

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Hops Of Wrath from Dust Bowl Brewing Company
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