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Hops Of Wrath - Dust Bowl Brewing Company

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40 Reviews

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 158
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 23.2%
Wants: 10
Gots: 43 | 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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Reviews: 40 | Hads: 158
Photo of metter98
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Jake's Cannery Bar, San Francisco, CA

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles and a coating of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops and cough syrup are present in the nose.
T: In the initial taste, the immediate flavor I got was cough syrup—the kind of medicine that you cringe at taking when you are a child.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer lives up to its name and has rather unpleasant flavors of cough syrup,

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of KSOZE
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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 vikinggary28
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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 stakem
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
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 everyman
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As drinkable as any well known IPA. The rating system seems mute here with such a style -- little bit bitter, a little citrus, some malt character, and clean but hoppy --it's right there with 'Lag,' Stone,' and '60.' Really, not lying. However, I prefer 'Hops of Wrath' because of historical significance and I like the brand. One aspect that is left out of beer rating, for obvious reasons, is labeling. The allure of labeling is hardly given recognition. These guys seem to understand that the dust bowl is still very much part of the Central Valley and California's agricultural history. I can appreciate a beer that signifies - through its bitter notes - the residual tone of 'Grapes of Wrath' and all its (un, yet)savory infamy. Try it sometime and commemorate a swallow to an American hero- Tom Joad;)

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
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 kflorence
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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 Tele
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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 rudzud
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
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 BierJager89
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy orange with a white head.

S: Orange, maybe some peach and mango in the nose.

T: Malt, orange, some tangerine, and pine.

M: Medium bodied and smoothish.

O: Delicious, though not quite the beast Son of Wrath is. Definitely worth a try. I think this beer is way underrated.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
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 mactrail
3.57/5  rDev -8%
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 MacQ32
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear copper gold with a finger of fairly dense light tan head, good retention, perfect lacing.

S - Very bitter citrusy, grapefruit loaded hop aromas with a kick of pine.. Sweet tropical fruits are present as well as hidden sweet malty undertones.

T - Grapefruit bomb. Lots of citrusy grapefruit and bitter hops up front, slightly piney as well. Mild sweet bready malts tame the citrus/hop burst. Extremely well balanced yet still fairly aggressive. Malts and citrusy dry hops linger through the finish as well as the aftertaste. Slightly metallic/astringent

M - Great, medium bodied (maybe a little less than what id consider medium), appropriate carbonation (a little light on the carb) fairly smooth, very refreshing.

O - Probably one of the best combinations of decent hoppy aggressiveness and delicious balance that i have every experienced. Great balance of both.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle into Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Deep yellow into orange color with slim white head. The smell is bright and hoppy with citrus and tropical fruit. This IPA is bright and juicy. Reminds me of Jai Alai and Odell IPA in terms of the tropical fruit flavor and balancing maltiness. Really delicious and 6.6% alcohol which is lower than most with this amount of flavor. I certainly wouldn't hesitate to go to this IPA. It certainly isn't a citrus bomb or heavy on pine. Well balanced, juicy, and easy to drink.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.26/5  rDev -16%
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 lordofstarside
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz to a snifter, no freshness date. Serving this one a bit warm

Pours an orangish gold with 3/4 finger of foam. Good transparency and very mild carbonation. Lacing isn't bad either, this beer meets most the checks of a good ipa

There's an aroma of up front hops with a sweet fruity malt. Hints of grapefruit, lemon, and some pine shine through with a splash of alcohol. Malty citrus is what distinguishes it from other ipas

The taste follows well, very hoppy with a strong fruity citrus. The malt is balanced well which the fruit comes across better with instead of the hops. The result is pretty interesting and well executed

Feel is also on par with the rest of the beer- nice bitter bite backed up with a sticky dry finish. Alcohol's well concealed and this stuff is pretty easy to drink

Overall this beer is probably one of my favorites I can't usually get from my excursion to California last month. Also stands out against many of the ipas I've had so far, something I'd get regularly given the chance

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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 ThePaleRider
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
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 Burlyn
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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 jeffjeff1
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife got this for me a while ago.

Appearance- copper color, nice size head with good retention, nice lacing

Smell- citrus and piney hops

Taste- mostly citrus hops, nice bitterness at the end

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very good, nice citrus and bitterness

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Photo of shleepy
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
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 OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, orange citrus, almost like orange juice. In the taste, orange citrus tartness and a nice hop. Almost tastes like a IPA made with orange juice. A hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange peel like aftertaste. Big orange juice like with nice hops.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Photo of AleEvangelist
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Today, I had the privilege of tasting Dust Bowl Brewing Co.’s IPA, the Hops of Wrath. For starters, Don Oliver is by no means an inexperienced brewmaster. He’s been homebrewing for a couple decades now, I believe, and the beers of his I’ve been privileged to try have been STUNNING…..all of them. :) So when I saw the Hops of Wrath at my local Save Mart in Oakdale, I couldn’t help but grab a bottle. I had a feeling that this was Don’s beer, as his dad had told me that he was opening a brewery in Turlock. I was ecstatic! Now the beer:

Appearance: The beer pours like a pale with a nice head that had some staying power. Even now, after it’s been sitting for a bit, there’s a thin layer of foam, with nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The color was pale amber, which you’d expect for an IPA. In short, it’s pretty. :)

Smell: Served cooler than room temp, but not cold. This beer appears from the aroma to be extremely well-balanced. I can smell sweet malty notes mixed with some floral/citrus from the hops. In all, not overly-hoppy in the nose, which bodes well for for the flavor. This beer is not hops kicked up to 11, which makes for a more traditional IPA vs. a West Coast style. (Nose is slightly stuffy, sadly.)

Taste: A very balanced blend of hops and malt! American brewers have tended to the extreme ends of hoppiness and alcohol lately. Stone is a good example of this. Those are great beers, but this leans more toward the traditional IPA side of things with aromatic and flavorful hops. It’s really tasty, bursting with the resin-y hop flavor associated with excellent IPA’s. Plenty of malty sweetness to balance it. If you want to taste more hops in this beer, I think it could be served colder. I prefer balance, so I served it more cellar temp which let the hop notes play second fiddle to the excellent maltiness! Still, the finish is all hops. The hop flavor loves to linger on the back of the tongue to remind you that you are drinking the Hops of Wrath. If they don’t hit you in the front of the palate, just wait a minute!

Mouthfeel: Since the beer is not overly alcoholic, it’s not as chewy as more extreme IPA’s would be. Not watery, by any stretch of the imagination, but very drinkable. Also not syrupy, which definitely helps the flavor not be so darn sweet.

Overall: This beer is VERY drinkable. Served colder, the hop notes would be more prominent, but they’re not missing at all. I spent the evening drinking some Noble Pils from Sam Adams, so I’ve been enjoying hoppiness all evening. This beer was the perfect closer to a great day! Well-balanced is the key to this tasty beer, something that takes skill to hit. A lot of people make IPA’s, and they war with who can use the most hops, or the highest alpha-acid hops. Someone who balances perfectly with malt possesses skill, and I look forward to seeing what comes from Dust Bowl Brewing Company!

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Photo of Klym
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Hops Of Wrath from Dust Bowl Brewing Company
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