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HopBot IPA - Hop City Brewing Co.

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36 Reviews
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Reviews: 36
Hads: 249
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 10
Gots: 73 | 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 DNew15
4.87/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful citrus and pine forward smell. Smooth mouth feel with a nice hoppy finish. Darker amber color, crisp and refreshing. Perfect hoppy drink for a crisp night out on the back deck or next to the fire. Strongly recommend checking out this well balanced IPA, (262 characters)

Photo of Scooby-Brew
4.76/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow! This one is a no-brainer, enjoy it! ... full flavor, without crushing my palate. The pronounced citrus aroma fooled me into thinking this was going to sit heavily, but it drinks nicely, well-balanced. After a few, I was not surprised to learn that it weighs in over 7 ABV! (277 characters)

Photo of phdoig
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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%! (153 characters)

Photo of Ipetitt
4.71/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is quickly becoming my go to IPA for the summer, which is fortunate since it just came out this Spring. It comes off like a big IPA and don't get me wrong, it is. But this is one well balanced IPA. With a caramel and biscuit maltiness to cut the impending hops flavor you are about to enjoy, this beer has it all. West coast hops really come through, and I love that it uses Mosaic and Citra, since they impart such a fantastic citrus, tropical fruit/ grapefruit flavor. It is no joke at 70 IBU and 7.1 ABV, but it lulls you into a false sense of complacency as it doesn't come off as overly alcoholic or dryingly bitter. This is a drinkable IPA with an awesome body and incredible flavor. Do yourself a solid and pick up a 6 pack. This is a can't miss. (758 characters)

Photo of TBone2
4.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing tropical aroma tangerine, grapefruit and pineapple. It is 70 ibu but very we'll balanced. I cannot wait to try it on draught. The list of Hops is impressive and it sure comes through in the flavor and aroma.

The name is cool and the beer will deliver. (260 characters)

Photo of Tybo
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of Antg8989
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
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 (199 characters)

Photo of tprice0421
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

served from bottle. brewed with citra, centennial, mosaic, summit, and williamette hops.

pours a very hazy deep orange/bronze paled with slight straw yellow.

smells of pungent hops, slight cannabis, sweet tropical notes, citrus, pine. really great smelling beer.

front of the tongue, nice bitterness, very piney and dank at first but follows quickly with citrus and tropical notes. slight fruitiness. definitely earthy, slightly grassy notes. follows with sweetness, somewhat like caramel but not sugary. little bit of astringency lingers in the mouth.

perhaps my review doesn't do it justice, but this beer stands out to me in the myriad of IPAs. the blend of hop flavors with the malt backbone is quite nice. they seem to blend so well and transition between the rather "typical" flavors - pine, citrus, fruits, cannabis, etc. highly recommended! (854 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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! (541 characters)

Photo of JackSkerry
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (1,186 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (766 characters)

Photo of Archy
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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. (220 characters)

Photo of zhivago373
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served from bottle. brewed with citra, centennial, mosaic, summit, and williamette hops.

pours a very hazy deep orange paled with slight straw yellow. nice soapy head that doesnt fully dissipate.

smells of pungent hops, slight cannabis, sweet tropical notes, citrus, pine. really great smelling beer.

front of the tongue, nice bitterness, very piney and dank at first but follows quickly with citrus and tropical notes. slight fruitiness. definitely earthy, slightly grassy notes. follows with sweetness, somewhat like caramel but not sugary. little bit of astringency lingers in the mouth.

perhaps my review doesn't do it justice, but this beer stands out to me in the myriad of IPAs. the blend of hop flavors with the malt backbone is quite nice. they seem to blend so well and transition between the rather "typical" flavors - pine, citrus, fruits, cannabis, etc. highly recommended! (891 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop City Brewing Co. "Hopbot IPA"
12 oz. brown glass bottle
$1.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Hopbot is a solid offering that delivers a pleasant blend of tropical/citrus fruit (pineapple, mild grapefruit, lemon zest, tangerine) as well as earthy, resinous, leafy, and somewhat grassy hops atop a solid, gently caramelish malt base. It's anchored by a rock solid bitterness, and finishes dry with residual hop fruitiness, resin, and earth. It's neither head turning nor particularly original, but it's a quality beer that satisfies. Worth trying. (556 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of JPowell712
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A really nice IPA. I like the citrusy and hop flavors that came off of this beer. CANADA knows beer. They have a solid IPA here. I would suggest trying it. (158 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (1,848 characters)

Photo of PorterPro125
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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- (799 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hopbot actually has a good deal of colour and animation to it; bright tangerine highlights abound (despite a hard-pressed haziness) and bubbles continue to flutter long after the beer is poured. All that carbonation, however, amounts to only a moderate sized head and little by way of lacing.

An aroma comprised of Citra, Centennial, Mosaic, Summit, and Willamette hops is sure to be earthy, and, indeed, this bouquet is full of things one would smell in a forest, both tropical and Pacific Northwest. There's leaves, wood bark, flowers, and dewy grass - all with a bitter twist.

And let us not forget the fruit. All kinds of citrus and orchard fruit flavours can be appreciated, especially on the palate, and include tangerine, pear, lemon, pineapple, apple, and grapefruit - again, all in a bitter vein. Fortunately there's some caramelization to the malts and corresponding hints of honeycomb that aid in mellowing out the palate.

But still, this is no emasculated, commercialized IPA. Mainstream consumers will surely find it too bitter and aggressive for their tastes. Craft drinkers, on the other hand, really don't have much to complain about; there's pithy and resinous bitterness to the tune of 70 IBUs, a hefty dose of (reasonably concealed) alcohol, and a broad, substantially malty frame.

Credit where credit is due, Hop City has lived up to their name with this offering. I honestly wasn't expecting such a formidably hop-driven ale given the brewery's parent company (Moosehead). It's clear, however, that they're targeting aficionados here, not your Average Joe. Who knows if it'll be welcomed by beer geeks but it does warrant a fair shot and should certainly be taken seriously. (1,702 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev -2%

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. (1,003 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (1,451 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (1,463 characters)

Photo of ludachris
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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. (1,345 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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 (825 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (380 characters)

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HopBot IPA from Hop City Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.