HopBot IPA - Hop City Brewing Co.

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HopBot IPAHopBot IPA

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222 Ratings
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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 8
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hop City Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JackSkerry on 04-16-2014

Programmed with 5 West Coast American hops, HopBot IPA brings out waves of absurd citrus and tropical aroma and flavor.

The Citra, Centennial, Mosaic, Summit and Willamette hops are perfectly balanced by a solid malt backbone.
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Ratings: 222 | Reviews: 39
Photo of Antg8989
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

OK so I had this in August and wasn't overly impressed. Just tried the last bottle about 8/9 months later and it seemed to age well. Very surprising. Give it a shot and see if you get similar results

Photo of TMoney2591
2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Wait, is it made of hops, or does it run on hops? Regardless, this stuff pours a clear copper-amber topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises cabbage-like greens, light candied orange peel, and very light biscuit. The taste holds notes of caramel, tobacco, pine resin, and a bit of menthol-y mint. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, something seems off with this beer, the hops all over the place, vacillating between in-your-face resin and vegetables and limp menthol. It just didn't do anything positive for me.

Photo of Grogsky
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Strong, bold, American IPA. Not for those who don't like IPAs.

Photo of tone77
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a beige color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of light hops. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, light bitterness, just a bit on the bland side. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Photo of PorterPro125
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 355 mL Bottle

A- Deep Orange/Amber topped by 2 1/2 fingers of off-white head. Good retention. Minimal lacing.

S- Lots of citrus going on here. Mainly grapefruit and a little bit of orange. Lots of great pine notes. Sweet, almost tropical fruit notes (pineapple) with a little bit of sweet maltiness.

T- Citrus bomb. A lot like biting into a grapefruit! A little bit of orange comes through, as well as some deep pines notes. Although there is a lot of hoppy notes here, nothing is really over the top. Extremely well balanced.

M- Medium Carbonation and medium body.

O- Hop Bot is an excellent IPA and easily one of the best IPA's i've had that was brewed on the east coast. Delicious and well balanced. You can really tell that this beer was brewed with great skill and care.

T-

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

too much willamette for my tastes but not bad at all

Photo of eltocino
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Really good IPA. Well brewed, not too much!

Photo of Sean_burnett
4.73/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer that has excellent hop flavor but not over the top with very prominent citrus notes...almost like biting into a grapefruit.

Photo of kevinlater
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml can into nonic pint. "programmed with 5 west coast american hops" -- citra, centennial, mosaic, summit, willamette. "M03412" or "N03412" printed on the bottom of the can.

a: partially opaque light amber or deep orange. three and a half fingers of fluffy bone-coloured head. little lacing

s: lemon, melon, pineapple, pine and grapefruit. sweet caramel malt and bready notes come through. great aroma

t: fruit profile is not as vibrant and dominant as in the nose, but it's still there. definitely more balanced. candied pineapple and dank pine. lesser lemon, grapefruit, and orange notes. herbal, floral touches, and bready caramel malt flavours. good hop bitterness closing things out

m: medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. creamy and sticky

o: a good IPA from ontario. balanced & not overly hoppy

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for under $3 CDN.

Appearance - clear golden color, two fingers of head, minimal bubbles inside.

Smell - nice bouquet of citrus some grapefruit, orange and passion fruit being the stars. Not overwhelming but balanced and well rounded. Maybe a subtle lychee aroma too.

Taste - grapefruit orange and some sour lemons are the big stars here, a bit sharp, but pretty good. Mild caramel balance in behind.

Mouthfeel - surprisingly prickly given the lack of bubbles in the beer. Clean and dry finish.

Overall - A pretty good IPA with a nice non overwhelming fruit flavor and aromas. Not quite as good as a couple of the others in Ontario but worth a shot and I foresee myself picking this up again

Photo of Flounder57
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is an orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Grassy, herbal, slight citrus, toasted, pale, and caramel malts.

Taste: Herbal tea, grassy, slight citrus, toasted, bready, and caramel malts with bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, light to medium bodied, mild bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Not as citrusy or even tropical as I would have liked. Malty in the rear and a decent amount of bitterness. A decent IPA, but I would drink others before this one though.

Photo of Archy
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Aggressive upfront grapefruit hop flavour typical of a west coast style IPA. Almost too much at first, but then the brew finishes with a hint of caramel malty sweetness that balances this one off - it really grew on me.

Photo of Mlkluther
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Average IPA. Many others that are better.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

This is a very malty IPA...typical of most east coast breweries trying to copy the awesomeness of west coast style. This beer comes of more bitter and malty and unfortunately does not get the perfect attributes of citra hop. The color was a slightly hazy amber with thin white head and no lace. This beer is ok nothing to rave about. I would not try this again.....falls well short of the mark for me.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright amber with rimming pocked taupe head that rings.
Drooly herb and Lemonhedz nose.
Thread of toffee and toast crust then dried rind, grapefruit oil, kiwi, pineapple, orange and rosin hops, with a touch of burnt grass.
Orange Swedish fish ending and long barky linger.
Med-lt, oily, round.

-- Citra, Centennial, Mosaic, Summit and Willamette.

Sweet malts and a nice, shifty hop bill: Citra definitely, some Willamette wood, too, Summit for a bit of dank and Mosaic fruit salad. The malt and the fruitness make it a bit syrupy, though, as it warms - the IBUs need to be upped at this strength. And I wonder if it’s not a bit over-dry hopped. But at this price (Thanks, Moosehead!) I’d go again. Better than anything even vaguely macro has a right to be.

Photo of USBBeerGuy
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Nice Hop and citrus flavor to it --- Great session beer.
Highly recommend

Photo of Cylinsier
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a clear amber color, off-white head is fine and retains well.

Smells of buttered biscuit malt and fresh piney hops. Hint of maple.

Tastes of buttered toast, caramel, a hint of roast, and piney hops with a tinge of citrus.

Feel is medium to full with a tingly carbonation on the tongue.

A very nice IPA with some good body and a slightly richer flavor than most of the IPAs I've had. Pretty tasty and worth a try.

Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Smell of sweet hops. Mouthfeel is orange, citrus ans pineapple. Very herbal and pine resin. Bitterness is short, fruity and tasty.

Photo of leaddog
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark amber with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell - citrus and earthy hops, caramel malts, tropical fruits (mango).

Taste - citrus and earthy hops and tropical fruits followed by a pleasant sweetness from the caramel malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a lingering bitterness from the citrus and earthy hops.

Overall - An American IPA that has all the elements in place. I was hoping for more of the bitterness from the hops to come through in the taste as opposed to tasting them in the finish. The caramalts provide a pleasant balance to this brew. Just some minor tweaks with this one will make this stand out with all the great American IPA's out there.

Photo of Samp01
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper amber with a medium off white head. Starts with a nice aroma of pine citrus hops, caramel malt, slowly progresses to more of a citrus grapefruit fruity aroma as it warms up. Taste is sweet caramel malt, citrus pine hops with grapefruit notes. Palate is a medium body with moderate carbonation. The finish is caramel malt with moderate citrus grapefruit hops and a mils nutty flavor on the end. A nice good drinking brew.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473 mL can picked up at the LCBO; packaged July 15 of this year if I am deciphering the code properly. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a clear orange-amber colour, topped with slightly more than one finger of soapy, frothy head. It seeps away slowly over the next period of minutes, and in its place a bubbly film remains. Nice swath of lacing. Loving the aroma on this one - lots of juicy grapefruit citrus, in addition to mandarin orange, pineapple and pine resin. The malts are not very prominent, but do provide a slight caramel sweetness that accents the multitude of hoppy notes.

A solid-tasting strong IPA with no major flaws. Bready malt and caramel sweetness provide a typical backdrop, with some apricot as well. I don't know if I'd call the flavour profile complex, but there's certainly a lot going on, as you might expect from a beer with five types of hops - pine resin and citrus pith are the most noticeable features mid-sip, with a more earthy, dank bitterness taking over at the finish. The aftertaste provides a mixture of said earthy bitterness and malty sweetness; no real alcohol flavour, although at 7.1% you might notice it warming your chest a little. On the fuller side of medium-bodied, with a smooth, satisfying mouthfeel and restrained carbonation levels that gently prickle the palate.

Final Grade: 3.90, an excellent B+. HopBot IPA is definitely my favourite Hop City brew so far, though as an unabashed hop head that probably isn't particularly surprising. Personal bias aside, it would be difficult to argue that this is *not* a very well-made IPA, and personally, I feel that it could stand toe-to-toe with several of the heavyweights in this province, e.g. Mad Tom, Boneshaker, etc.. Strong, quite hoppy, and delightfully tasty; this is a beer that all Canadian IPA fans should consider keeping an eye out for.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

Single bottle poured into an English pub glass. Color on the dark end of orange amber, with a decent layer of creamy off-white head. Aroma is initially sweet malts, toffee-like, but rather quickly a strong hop note pushes forward, fermented citrus and tropical fruit with some bold floral overtones, rather dank, lush, and medicinal. No shortage of pine resin on nose and palate ... Full on hop bomb here. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, mango, lychee, and papaya detectable, hints of lime and green banana, but these fruity notes almost get lost in the resinous murk at times. Butterscotch peeks through here and there. The malt backbone is indeed solid but the hop onslaught grabs my attention. This one does grow on me as I drink. Things eventually mellow a bit and start to integrate into a tea-like tannic citrus bouquet. Moderate to thick bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Finishes with some watermelon rind and a dry flinty note. A tad coarse perhaps but there is nevertheless much to like.

Photo of ludachris
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

The body is a shiny brass orange with plenty of clarity. Nearly three fingers of sticky, billowing white head forms after a steady pour. Strong levels of carbonation keep it afloat for awhile. The sides of the glass are coated with dense patches of lace as the head recedes.

A mix of papaya and mango surround its vibrant grapefruit core. There's a weighty sappy sweetness to it with plenty of fresh grass as well. With all that being said, it's a straight shooter and seemingly clean with no sign of booze.

Bitter piney, grassy, sappy hops stick to every corner of the palate on the first sip. Citrus rind mixes in seamlessly. The grapefruit character is more chewy than vibrant. As it nears its finish, sweet bread and caramel come through with pine needles along the sides that still carry a sting.

It's a tad syrupy, but for the most part it's quite clean and concise. The finish is quick and dry and leaves just enough hop bitterness to chew on.

All in all, a solid offering from Hop City. In comparison to who I think is its direct competitor in Amsterdam's Boneshaker (being from the same province, in the same format with the same ABV and of the same style) I find this to be a much more refined and clean IPA. It's hard to believe its alcohol content when drinking it as well. This would be trouble on tap. Worth a buy at the LCBO.

Photo of phdoig
4.75/5  rDev +25%

A very citrus infused west coast style IPA. Lot's of flavor comes through, notably mango. Good Malt balance. Hard to believe this comes in at over 7%!

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, apricot, orange peel, floral, grass, light caramel, biscuit, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and balance of citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; with decent strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, apricot, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, pine, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish fora good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; with a great crisp malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good IPA. Nice complexity of citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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HopBot IPA from Hop City Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.