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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
86
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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DuxburyIPA

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -22.5%

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dubdrop

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -22.5%

03-06-2014 13:57:27 | More by dubdrop
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pveilleux

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

01-28-2014 14:18:50 | More by pveilleux
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TripelMark

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -22.5%

11-03-2013 19:17:59 | More by TripelMark
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -48.3%

10-03-2013 16:42:54 | More by Kmlund
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

09-23-2013 17:12:45 | More by GraduatedCashew
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scxcrunner

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

08-27-2013 11:18:32 | More by scxcrunner
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comrade_tony

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

05-05-2013 21:33:27 | More by comrade_tony
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

04-19-2013 01:53:10 | More by Flounder57
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

1.75/5  rDev -54.8%

03-11-2013 22:16:44 | More by Davepoolesque
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-13-2013 06:36:00 | More by DelicateDelirium
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

09-19-2012 21:40:28 | More by Rekrule
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koopa

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-20-2012 02:12:20 | More by koopa
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redfox405

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

08-09-2012 02:52:05 | More by redfox405
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

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
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Dizzy242

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

07-08-2012 14:13:19 | More by Dizzy242
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

05-25-2012 19:33:49 | More by standardcherry
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noyellowfizzbeer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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Biketopia

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

12-19-2011 02:27:53 | More by Biketopia
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

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

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.

05-10-2010 02:38:08 | More by jneiswender
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CHILLINDYLAN

Washington

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
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

Drank from a cask at Watch City Brewing Co., Waltham, MA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a slightly hazed, medium amber color with a tight, sticky, off-white, two-finger head that slowly faded to a resilient cap of froth. Thick, spiderwebbing blankets of lacing coated the glass and remained long after the beer was finished.

The aroma was fairly mild. Powdery with some citrusy hop notes (orange peel was most noticeable). Semi-sweet caramel malts were detectable as well.

The taste was quite hoppy yet balanced. The hops were fruity and slightly floral. Caramel malts came through up front. Orange peel dominated the center. Notes of grapefruit and pine appeared in the lingering, off-dry finish.

The mouthfeel was slick and creamy with a very fine and mild carbonation. Definitely more interesting than your average cask conditioned ale.

Many hoppy beers become overwhelming bitter when served at cellar temperature (i.e. on cask). This beer however had just the right balance of malty sweetness and hoppy goodness to remain highly drinkable. Overall, quite an impressive offering.

06-26-2009 00:06:44 | More by Damian
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%

This beer poured a light to medium hazy, hazy golden color with a frothy head to it. There is a nice retention of the head and an abundance of lacing left on the glass. Nose is very powerful - strong floral hops dominate the nose, with a touch of citrusy grapefruit hops mixed in. Taste is huge on hops - completely lives up to its name. The citrusy hops hit you first, grapefruit is the most detectable, then a slight biscuity yet sweet flavor and then floral hops dominate the rest of the way. This is a medium body, with medium carbonation beer. It's crisp and clean and goes down very easy. Another nice brew by Watch City.

04-22-2009 13:26:22 | More by Jayli
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

A thin finger of head. Golden/orange amber. Nice clarity. A speck of visible carbonation.

Light citrus aroma. A bit of toasted malt in the backround.

Flavor is real nice. Great bready quality to the flavor. Initial burst of cracker/dough then a blast of hops. This is followed by a moment of fruit and into the bread notes. Finishes with a bitter burst again that is a bit resin like.

Mouth feel is almost powdery. Not in a bad way. But just feels a bit thick. Medium bodied.

Nicely drinkable.

03-15-2009 16:55:43 | More by Reagan1984
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Hops Explosion IPA from Watch City Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.