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Hops Of Wrath - Dust Bowl Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

39 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 155
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 9
Gots: 37 | 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: 39 | Hads: 155
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (338 characters)

Photo of jvillefan
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (868 characters)

Photo of AleEvangelist
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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! (2,925 characters)

Photo of Klym
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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! (507 characters)

Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 (452 characters)

Photo of ebrauser
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
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 (450 characters)

Photo of aero13
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,061 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (953 characters)

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (1,000 characters)

Photo of kaseydad
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (703 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a sturdy head that leaves plenty of foam around the pint glass

Smell: Very pithy, with plenty of pine, as well, and an underlying cookie dough malt character

Taste: Cookie dough and caramel together in the malt base with a pithy blast of pine that joins by mid-palate; the malts, which re-emerge after the swallow, provide a unique character that blends nicely with the hop elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The malt character of this beer sets it apart from other IPAs; still, it has a nice hop presence, as well, that will satisfy any hophead

Thanks, duels, for the chance to revisit (671 characters)

Photo of berkey
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle of this at Beer Revolution, just because I hadn't seen it before, I love IPAs, and it was a reasonable price. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. This is a well made beer and quite tasty. Pours a nice orange amber with a creamy white head that fades to a thin cap. Nice citrusy and piny nose, with a bit of creaminess and parrafin in the background. Grapefruit and orange interplay with pine and spicy herbs. This is an IPA with some oomph to it. Nice bitter flavors playing off of some sweet, clean malt. Lots of pine and grapefruit pith up front, with a lingering bitter finish tempered by a delicate, sweet creaminess that is very appetizing. The more I drink the better it gets. I really like this quite a bit. Big, chewy, bitter mouthfeel, with some relief from the light, sweet malt. This beer is relentlessly bitter- in a good way- and far more so than some of the big reputation bitter IPAs out there I've had. At 6.6%, it packs a lot of flavor on a relatively slender frame. Kudos! Hope we see more fine beer from this brewery. (1,059 characters)

Photo of ReDave
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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! (285 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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! (773 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased from Beer On The Wall.

It pours a clear golden orange with close to a 3 finger head of foam. Some nice sticky lacing is on the sides of my glass.

The smell is hoppy with a nice grapefruit aroma mixed in with some notes of pine. I'm trying to pull some sort of malt presence out but I can't. Oh well, it smells oh so like a west coast IPA...which it is!

Taking a few sips, the flavours start off slowly but by mid palate, they start to shine. It seems to be more balanced than the nose; nice flavours of grapefruit and pine bring bitterness but that is soon tempered by a tasty bread influence, even a touch of caramel sweetness, and hence the more balance. Very good stuff if your looking for good balance in your IPA but hopheads should also be pleased as there's a very nice bitter finish.

On the high end of medium bodied with the carbonation on the higher end of light. I really like the mouthfeel here. Also of note, head retention is superb.

Drinkability? The more subtle take on a west coast IPA makes for some great drinkability? The 22oz I started off with before I started typing this review is down to, what, 8 oz? Yeah man, this a delicious brew from I brewery I've never heard of. Keep making beers like this, Dust Bowl, and I'll gladly try more! (1,286 characters)

Photo of floraday
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Burnt orange with a great head and long retention. Lots of lacing. Great carbonation!

S: Very nice! Lots of grapefruit and pine. The hop aroma is rather pleasant and inviting, not over powering. Some roasted malt comes through towards the end.

T: Lots of malt balanced by bitter hops. Smooth! A nice IPA. The grapefruit and pine comes through nicely on the palate.

M: A nice dry finish. Very clean!

D: Great IPA! Hops and malt are balanced very well. Great brew coming out of Turlock! (538 characters)

Photo of BeerOnTheWall
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: Clean, light golden hue, gorgeous thick head when poured into the glass that lasted a few minutes leaving behind nice lacing on the glass.

S: Sniffff....ahhh! Hops. Citrus, pine, a slight hint of malt, but mostly clean fresh hop notes coming through.

T: WOW! This is a nice West Coast style IPA. Lots of citrus and a little bite of spiciness up front, still lots of hop flavors on the mid palate with hints of sweet malt, bitter finish lingers with more citrus notes.

M: Good, medium body, creamy for an IPA. A nice surprise...you wouldn't know by the taste that there is this much body to the beer.

D: I could drink this again and again. I have had it on tap as well. If you like IPA's, this is a must try! (776 characters)

Photo of jackorain
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard shaker pint glass at St Stan's/Hero's in Modesto, CA.

Pours a very nice golden/copper hue topped with a white ½ inch tall head. The retention was of a decent time period as I took some notes. The lace left behind was also nice. Lace was left in the form of several cascading rings coinciding with the previous level of the beer after each pull.

Initial nose is of grapefruit and pine ops with bready, doughy malts briefly surfacing to only to fall back and allow more grapefruit to come through. Nice but not very complex.

Pine hop bitterness and flavor hit 1st which is quickly followed by an onslaught of citrus flavors, with grapefruit in the forefront, some tangerine and lemon come through too. There is a big bitter bite that fights of the initial attempts of the biscuit and bready malts to come through. As my palate acclimated to the bitterness, some biscuit and bread notes did begin to shine through. The finish is a return of the grapefruit with some added bitterness that is reminiscent of the rind of grapefruit with some white ptih attached. The bitterness lingers quite a while after each sip. Not balanced by any stretch but this is expected from a west coast style IPA of which this is a fine example

The mouth feel is quite creamy with a medium body. Carbonation is vibrant but doesn't overpower the creaminess.

This is a very fine beverage of which I could have easily down several more than the two I had, but I had to drive. (1,484 characters)

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Hops Of Wrath from Dust Bowl Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.