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HopBot IPA - Hop City Brewing Co.

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86
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211 Ratings
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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 7
Gots: 63 | 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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Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, procured from the remainder bin of my local big box likka store.

This beer pours a mildly hazy, medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of loosely foamy, puffy, and somewhat rocky ecru head, which leaves some Mercator Projection sudsy lace around the glass as things steadily recede.

It smells of somewhat dank pine needles, muddled orange and grapefruit citrus pith, bready pale malt, a weak caramel sweetness, a touch of spicy yeast, timid white pepper notes, and further herbal, leafy hops. The taste is more of the same - almost funky, in a rain-soaked coniferous forest sense, acrid pine notes, plain pale and caramel malts, fading earthy yeast, and more herbal, weedy, and wet leafy hops.

The bubbles are duly present, and mostly of the innocuously frothy kind, the body a sturdy medium weight, and more or less smooth, the hops making minor ingress here, but not enough to really shake things up. It finishes strangely off-dry, the caramel and bready malt exhibiting strong lingering qualities, on par with the pine and citrus hop astringencies.

A veritable west-coast IPA from this pet project of Moosehead's long Canadian research arm, it would seem. Bitterly hoppy, and yet well balanced from the malt perspective (that's the qualifier, really?), and quite easy to drink and enjoy (whither the 7.1% ABV?), without any piddly qualms one might have in reserve, if you know what I mean. I know I do, I mean 'did', mea culpa.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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 Archy
4/5  rDev +5%

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 Sean_burnett
4.73/5  rDev +24.1%
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 DaveBar
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a high white head that lasts. Unfiltered and golden good

S- Very good. Lots of finishing hops. Caramel

T- Caramel and lots of it. Goodly amount of hops. Not very bitter at all

S- Very very good. Enjoyable creaminess

O- Very good. Not the hop bomb that I like but still very good. Boneshaker at the same price is a better beer

Food Pairing

This wonderful little IPA went well with... Monte Cristo sandwiches

Enjoy!

Photo of tone77
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
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 Samp01
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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 Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can: Poured a golden color ale with a generous head with good retention and some OK lacing. Aroma consists of citrus notes with light floral notes. Taste is also dominated by citrus notes with loads of floral notes and a lightly sweet malt backbone. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad bit hops could be even more explosive with a little bit less residual sugars.

Photo of Mlkluther
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Average IPA. Many others that are better.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Hop City's HopBot IPA week and a half ago at Boyne Country Provisions. I wasn't too impressed with the Lager I had from this brewery and I hope this beer turns out to be better, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice and it goes well with the name, I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a fairly clear amber color that took on more of a darker amber and mahogany like hue to it followed by just about two fingers worth of very light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart some nice aromas with the fruity hops seeming to stick out the most and it imparts some citrus rind like aroma followed by some resinous hop aromas that show up nicely in the background along with a very light green onion like aroma. Up next comes the malts which impart a sweet malt, light bready and some very lightly toasted aroma with a slight bit of doughy yeast showing up in the background. This beer had a nice aroma, but I could have gone without the light green onion like aspect.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium of sweetness with the bitterness showing up right in front and it's on the higher side of medium and it's followed by the same hoppy aspects that I got in the aroma but this time the resinous hops seem to show up almost as much as the citrus rind hops and the green onion aspect is hardly noticeable. Up next comes the malt which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma but they don't show up as much as they did in the aroma. On the finish there's just a little more sweetness with a citrus and resinous hop aftertaste. This was a nice IPA, but I thought it could be a little more balanced and a little less sweetness.

M- Fairly smooth, very crisp, slightly creamy, almost slightly sticky, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was decent, but i thought it had a little too much carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and it was a nice example of a DIPA, it had a good amount of things that I look for in style while having a interesting hop profile, but in the end I thought this beer was still just a little rough around the edges. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth, very crisp, slightly creamy, almost slightly sticky, a little filling and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention and I think one would be my limit for this beer, anymore than that and the high carbonation would start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance, it was just slightly better than all the other aspects, but not by much. What I like the least about this beer was the sweetness and the carbonation, they were both a little too high for this beer and the balance could use a little work also. I might try this beer again if I knew it was really fresh and it might worth a try if your a big IPA fan, but it's not for everyone. All in all this wasn't a bad beer, but it wasn't a great one either and it seemed like it fell right in the middle in just about every aspect especially for an IPA. I'm still not sold on this Brewery yet, but I'm willing to try more of their beers and I like this one more than their Lager, so I guess it's my favorite beer from them, but it for sure isn't a favorite IPA. I appreciate the effort, but this one needs some work for it to be a memorable IPA, better luck next time guys.

Photo of JackSkerry
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, deep gold/amber hue, with a good head, that has a light rust tinge. The beer clings to the glass, with lacing that stuck around for the entire glass.
As soon as the bottle is open, the hops punch you in the face. Big citrus, grapefruit notes dominate.
Very hop forward, with a bit of a malt back bone to support the beer. The malt sweetness does a good job at balancing the big grapefruity goodness of the mosaic and citra hops. The hops certainly do a good job at shining through.
The beer is not as hot as it could be, considering it is a 7.1% ABV, I would have expected the alcohol to shine through a bit more, instead the hops and malt do a good job at hiding this. The alcohol is only slightly detectable and certainly doesn't detract from this brew. The beer has some length, with a green hoppy goodness that brings to the tongue for minutes after your last sip. Mouth feel is is medium- carbonation isn't overwhelming, nice tight knit bubbles almost give it a creamy mouth feel as the beer warms.

Overall, great IPA. True West Coast representation, using some great hops- citra, centennial, williamette, mosaic, and summit. Delicious! I'll certainly drink again.

Photo of ludachris
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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 thehyperduck
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Beer4Baltimore
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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 johnnnniee
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Snooty Fox.
Pours a deep golden color with a huge off white head that persists for a while. Aromas of earthy rustic citrus and pine with bits of bread and hits of caramel to back it up. Bready maltiness with a fair bit of earthy citrus to counter. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. I sucked this 20oz glass down in nothing flat, I enjoyed this.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
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 Tybo
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The smell of this beer in really the thing that caught my attention. My buddy opened a bottle in his kitchen and all of the sudden it smelled like the tropics in 10 seconds. Great tropical notes to accompany a great hop base. One of my personal favorites but a little more difficult to track down. If you are able to - make sure you try one - you won't be sorry.

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of USBBeerGuy
5/5  rDev +31.2%

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

Photo of Cylinsier
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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 leaddog
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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 StJamesGate
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
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 PorterPro125
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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 Franck
4/5  rDev +5%

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

Photo of kevinlater
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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

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HopBot IPA from Hop City Brewing Co.
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