Hops Explosion IPA - Watch City Brewing Co.
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4.25/5 rDev +9.8%
Presentation: Hand bottled @ Watch City for BeerAdvocate.com
Appearance: Clean, rich dark amber in colour. Pours an awesome creamy, foam head that sticks to the glass and has amazing retention.
Smell: Extremely aromatic. Huge, assertive hop bouquet. Spicy, citrusy, earthy with specifics like grapefruit and flowers in the aroma.
Taste: Smooth mouthfeel. Medium-bodied. This is a very hoppy beer. First sip brings on an aggressive, fresh and complex hop profile of citrus, grapefruit, rind, salt, floral, mineral, spice and herbal flavours that peaks with a quick and intense sting on the palate. Hop flavours carry through to the very end. Malt characters are there, but my tastebuds are telling me merely for body and some balance. However, there are some toasty/biscuity flavours that pull-thru the intense hops with some dextrin flavour. A sweetness lurks in the behind the hops too, and rounds things off, well as much as it can. Hop flavours come back at the end and pretty much dominate the aftertaste.
Notes: Whoa! Did I mention that this is a very hoppy beer? Incredible aroma and bite. Hopheads, you'll love it! I'm literally burping-up hops.
This beer was brewed with 29lbs of hops in a 12bbl batch at 68 IBUs, using Cascade, Willamette, Perle, Eroica and Chinook hops.
11-02-2001 00:00:01 | More by Todd
4.35/5 rDev +12.4%
I ordered this on tap initially, which was a fine brew. After realizing it was available cask conditioned I had to order one and see what I could see.
Wonderful orange coloring with a little, frothy white head.
More citrus than hops smell and taste, but hops do kick in on the way down. The beer, of course, was not as cold as were used to with tap beer, something I was not used to but cherished with each sip of this baby.
Good mouthfeel here, lots going on, many feelings going on. The beer had attitude and I can't help but think as it swirled in my mouth that this beer was taunitng me, daring me to enjoy it and allowing me to go to another level of beer appreciation.
08-09-2004 05:24:06 | More by fdrich29
4.2/5 rDev +8.5%
Finally had the chance to meet up w/ carln26 for a few pints and thanks to Longstaff, I was in for a treat...Watch City's Hops Explosion IPA offered cask conditioned.
Pours a bright golden orange w/ two full fingers of creamy white head, so dense the majority of it remained the duration of the pint.
Lacing was thick and clingy...holding strong to the side of the pint glass.
Aroma was very fruity...citrus and grapefruits mostly...nice.
Taste was delicious...my first experience having the IPA on cask, so I was very pleased. Mouthfeel was slick, but not over the top...the hops dominate, but it also has a decent malt backbone...making this brew very drinkable. Bitterness is all up front and is very mild...the aftertaste is so clean and drinkability is through the roof.
A must try if in the area...thanks again for the tip Longstaff and thanks for meeting up carln26.
03-26-2005 23:29:42 | More by warriorsoul
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
Enjoyed at the brewpub. This batch came out 5.9% a.b.v. and IBU 68. Medium yellow, that leaves a lace trail. C-hop aroma. A good bitterness, like a 1.5 times IPA. The malts are here for drinkability. Pretty solid Amercan IPA, and it tastes better than it looks.
07-16-2009 02:00:01 | More by Sammy
4.6/5 rDev +18.9%
Pours a cloudy pale orange color leaving a thick frothy white lace that sticks to the glass. The smell is orange, peach, grapefruit, sun ripened fruit bouquet, delicious nose. The taste starts smooth slightly hoppy followed by a bitter grapefruit nudge but not overpowering sort of mellow to compliment all the flavors in the beer. The sweetness of fruit really balances this beer. The finish is again smooth, mellow fruity esters, with one last helping of citrus rind to leave you with a bite in the back of the throat.
05-30-2006 16:04:02 | More by Franchise
4.22/5 rDev +9%
Clear golden orange with a small bubbly white head that dissipated quickly and leaves nice sticky laces.
Citrus, grapefruit, pine. Apple fruitiness from yeast. Caramel bready malts.
Big hop taste. Super citrus, lemon, grapefruit, orange peel. apples and other fruit/floral flavors from the hops and yeast. caramel bread malt profile. Buttery bitter grapefruity resin that tingles the palette. piney in the aftertaste.
Buttery smooth. medium to light bodied. sticky and dry.
Great drinkability, could drink these all night long (and have). loaded with hops, enough malt to give stability to the mouth feel and ever so slightly balance it.
08-11-2009 23:40:39 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
3.8/5 rDev -1.8%
Medium amber in color, small white head, diminishing to a long lasting, clingy lace. Aroma is floral, citrus, pine - all about the hops. Initially has a small malt sweetness - hints of caramel, followed by a good and long last hoppy attack. My main mug-filler at WCBC.
02-13-2003 14:24:54 | More by goz
4.15/5 rDev +7.2%
Hops Explosion was the 1st beer I tried from Watch City. Its often on tap there, so I go back to it whenever the current seasonal doesnt agree with me. Color: medium brown towards orange; nice head with a good lace on the glass after a sip or two. The aroma is mild hops with a surprising citrus smell. The citrus carries over to the flavor as well. For a beer called Hops Explosion, I was expecting more in the hops area, but this beer is all about balance. The hops flavor is tempered by the other characteristics of the beer. This is very drinkable, and because of the citrus/hops balance, is an excellent warm weather beer. Ive had the beer on cask too, but will not write a separate review. It is worth ordering it off the pump. The texture and flavor are improved by the cask-conditioning.
07-06-2004 23:39:54 | More by carln26
2.85/5 rDev -26.4%
Had on tap at the brewpub. Served in a small/medium sample glass as part of a sample tray.
A-somewhat cloudy amber body, and a faint head (can't identify the color)
S-floral hop aroma
T-very strong herbal hop flavor
D-I think kind of one dimensional. Certainly very hoppy but not much in the depth department. I would steer hopheads to it but few else.
05-10-2010 02:38:08 | More by jneiswender
4.75/5 rDev +22.7%
Poured from a 64oz. growler, which was purchased & filled at the brewpub on 5/10/07 and consumed on 5/11/07, into a mug glass.
A: The beer is a light golden brown color with a thin dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: It has a very fruity citrus aroma with a good hops background and a little bit of caramel in there.
T: The taste starts out with a sweet burst of citrus and caramel, but then a strong flavor of floral hops bitterness comes in and dominates the taste, thus earning the beer its name. The malt character is a little thin, but that’s not a bad thing; it works very well for this beer. The after-taste is hoppy with a little bit of sweetness.
M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.
D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, good representation of style, good kick to it. I could drink this beer all evening, but alas the growler disappeared rather quickly. I guess I’m going to have to head up to Watch City and get some more very soon.
05-12-2007 01:23:37 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.2/5 rDev +8.5%
Just came on cask.
It came to the table an incredible bright orange creamsicle complete with brilliant white fluffy head. As it cleared, the color dulled to an orangey amber haze with tan shadows down the back side of the glass. All along the citrus scent drifted across the table, and when I leaned in for a sniff, the aroma leapt up my nose.
It had a tender mouthfeel that went down easily, tasting mostly of sour, citrusy hops and a yeasty finish. The head stayed firm halfway down the glass, leaving streaks down the side.
This isn't exactly what you might expect in an IPA, but I like it. If a nice juicy orange could be turned into a beer, this would be it!
03-14-2004 00:32:05 | More by gentlebubbles
4.38/5 rDev +13.2%
This beer had a good, floral nose that was up front and left no question as to what style it was. The head was light and bone-white, but man-oh-man, did it leave a sticky lace. The color was a cloudy, lemon-yellow, speaking to the importance of not fining the crap out of beer. It may not have been sparklingly pretty, but the bite of the hops on the tongue is unbeatable. The mouthfeel was medium, but not inappropriate. The finish tended towards dry, which was a direct result of the hop intensity (65 IBU, 5.7% ABV). A gooood beer!
06-23-2006 14:01:53 | More by woodychandler
4.43/5 rDev +14.5%
A- Light amber 1/8" head with nice lacing. stick nicely to the sides
S- Hops, hops, hops, earthy, citrusy, just smells delicious
T- My god this beer is very very hoppy. As a hop head I can only commend the brewer for an excellent beer. It's biscuity and hoppy and slightly orange and a nice sweetness not normal for this hoppy of an IPA
M- Medium body, lightly carbonated
D- If you're a hop head, this is pretty close to heaven.I mean this is more of a double IPA than an IPA.
07-25-2007 03:52:09 | More by RixBeer
4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
Very nice lace on the glass, thin, but typical bar head; amber in color; clear.
Very low aroma; frankly, I detected a little soapiness. No discernable hop. SECOND TIME REVIEW: Simply an awesome prickly, grapefruit-like hop aroma...very floral.
Excellent floral hop in the taste which was completely missing in the smell. The hoppy flavor is high but not overwhelming. Good body with appropriate amount of carbonation.
A nice IPA, but lacks the nose to be a great one.
04-09-2007 00:23:26 | More by smcolw
4.15/5 rDev +7.2%
Poured on-tap and served in a Sam Adams glass, the beer is a bright, vibrant, yellow-copper coloring with a thin, filmy, white head that clings strongly to the glass. Aromas of sweet caramel, a subtle roasting, and spicy, dry hops. Flavors are cedar and grassy hop forward with a bitter, drying end of the palate. The hops profiles are balanced by a solid, buttery and sweet caramel backbone. Very balanced with enough of a resiny hops punch to quench a hophead's thirsts. Aftertaste is bitter and green, with a dry, bitter finish. Very well rounded and drinkable.
07-21-2012 16:59:12 | More by GarthDanielson
4.4/5 rDev +13.7%
Appearance: clear orange in color sporting a 2" head that lasted a long time. Super thick lace painted the glass. Handful of carbonation bubbes slowly rise to the surface.
Smell: citrus and mild pine bitterness.
Taste: caramel, grapefruit and lemon citrus, and a hefty dry pine bitterenss which help balance the malt sweetness.
Mouthfeel: slightly heavier than some other IPAs. Very crisp at the start, less crisp and dry at the finish. The aftertaste was long on the bitterness.
Drinkability: for me this was what I like in an IPA. Bold flavors, mildly refreshing, and easy to drink. Outstanding.
08-09-2006 11:57:28 | More by Gavage
3.68/5 rDev -4.9%
Had on cask with crystal hops at Watch City. I reviewed this a short while ago, also on cask at Jake's up the street. I was hoping a second go-round would be better. And sure enough, it was much better. Probably because, later that night, I talked to the bartender at Jake's, and the cask had been there for quite some time. So just a word of warning if you're at Jake's.
A: Pours a dark amber with a thin layer of head. Dissipates quickly, but good lacing.
S: Floral hops, a bit of earthiness to it.
T: Much better this time. The hops are much more present and flavorful. Floral and hints of citrus. An earthy malt backbone balances it nicely.
M: A little thin, but smooth overall.
D: Again, much better the second time around. I could definitely throw down a few of these as it was much more enjoyable at the brewpub.
08-23-2007 13:27:55 | More by YonderWanderer
Hops Explosion IPA from Watch City Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.