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Hops Explosion IPA - Watch City Brewing Co.

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Hops Explosion IPAHops Explosion IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

54 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Watch City Brewing Co. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-05-2001)
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Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 37 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Davepoolesque
1.75/5  rDev -54.8%

Davepoolesque, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Kmlund
2/5  rDev -48.3%

Kmlund, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of jneiswender
2.85/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

M-medium

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.

jneiswender, May 10, 2010
Photo of DuxburyIPA
3/5  rDev -22.5%

DuxburyIPA, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of TripelMark
3/5  rDev -22.5%

TripelMark, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of dubdrop
3/5  rDev -22.5%

dubdrop, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of NEhophead
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewpub on 07.08.2007.

Clean copper with a slight haziness beneath a creamy off-white head. Patches of condensed lacing with good strength. Musty floral hop aromas with a slight touch of hop resin. The flavors begin where the aroma leaves off, but the bright, floral hops quickly subside to a weak, adjunctory, and stiff wheat flavor. Yeasty astringency lingers leaving a dry finish, and a confused bitterness. Medium in body; yeast-filled film on the palate. Not impressed from a local brew with some past respect. The flavors seem all over the place with a noxious yeast character.

NEhophead, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy mandarin orange. Good-sized white head that recedes to a thin film with some stronger concetrations of larger carbonation bubbles. Some spotted lace. Nose is hops and a bit of dough.

Flavor is one dimensional. Just loads of citrus hops with just a faint bit of pine. Malts are present and give a nice doughy aspect but fail to help with any semblance of balance. Just a lot of hops going on--kind of tingles in the finish too. Medium body that is a bit astringent. Slight dry finish which is very nice. Fine but not a solid representation for the style.

MuddyFeet, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of comrade_tony
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

comrade_tony, May 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Biketopia, Dec 19, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

scxcrunner, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of pveilleux
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

pveilleux, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of Flounder57
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

32oz mini growler poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel and bready malts followed by some floral hops.

Taste: Same as above with some grassy hops in there too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, low to medium carbonation, medium bodied, and some mild hop bitterness.

Overall: Pretty average IPA on the border of a bitter or English pale ale.

Flounder57, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of YonderWanderer
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

YonderWanderer, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of DelicateDelirium
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

DelicateDelirium, Jan 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

GraduatedCashew, Sep 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Dizzy242, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of mmmbeer
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a 64 oz. growler filled almost to the very top. It pours a fully opaque, nearly uncarbonated toasted amber hue, with a somewhat creamy finger of off-white head that leaves a few patches of lace. Pretty tropical in the nose, with lychee, pink grapefruit, mango?, sweet/toasted malts, and some late pine. Definitely a bitter explosion on the palate, with orange peel and pulp, white grapefruit, lychee, spicy green hops, pine and perhaps some crystal malts. Very low carbonation in its dry, yet creamy body, and the hops linger nicely for a while. I bought the growler pre-filled, so maybe that explains the lack of carbonation. A good IPA, not great, but having just moved to Waltham, it makes for a nice introduction to my new local brewpub.

mmmbeer, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of goz
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

goz, Feb 13, 2003
Photo of Truh
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Filled an order of nitro for Wile E. Coyote with this one on 10/22/2004. 16-oz. pour in a pint glass at the brewpub.

Film of coated head at start with some excellent stick and lace all the way down. Hazy, yellow straw hue with amber touches at its core. Huge, juicy hop nose made up of grapefruit, oily hop resin, some sweet grass, and freshly fallen, wet leaves. Bitingly hoppy as it passes the lips; tough to find any malt in there, or much of anything else for that matter. Begrudgingly, as pour warms, hints of malt start to break through the hop barrier. More than one of these could be deadly on the palate. However, this is a nice addition to the brotherhood of the bud.

Truh, Oct 27, 2004
Photo of bjohnson
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy yellowish copper color with an initial one finger white head that dissipates to a fine dusting after about 3 minutes. Nice lace.

S: Aromas of fruity hops and biscuity malts.

T: Initial taste of citrus hops, maybe grapefruit, then a nice smooth bitterness and back to hops, then finally finishing with a good bitterness and a bit of malt. Very good tasting IPA.

M & D: Mouthfeel and drinkability are good. Nice smooth beer finishes dry making it an easy drinker. Good levels of carbonation don't overhelm the hops. Well balanced IPA. I would have another!

bjohnson, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Sammy, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of Andy
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy off orange color. Earthy hop nose, some malt hints (even chocolate-oily). Hop flavor is very earthy with a quiet malt balance. Malt is bigger in this finish, which also includes some citric tartness

Andy, May 30, 2002
Photo of hermesch
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an inviting deep copper with a formidable head that doesn't quit. Neither does the lacing for that matter. An impressive sight.

Smell: Strong hops backed by spicy pine notes that tickle the back of the nose.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Dominant hop/piney taste, though backed up nicely by sweeter citrus notes and a trace of malt.

Drinkability: This is a solid IPA with individuality. I drank several at the bar less than an hour after slicing my finger open and getting six stitches in the ER. They eased my pain and brought back my smile. Try this beer!

hermesch, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown topped with a two finger tan head, laced in bits.
Citrus and floral aroma, clean and fresh, toasted bread, a note of tea.
Also get the citrus and floral notes in the taste, bready, caramel, well balanced, even though it's a hop-forward brew, you can still taste the malt.
Medium bodied and smooth, easy drinking for the style.

mschofield, May 20, 2004
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Hops Explosion IPA from Watch City Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.