HopBot IPA - Hop City Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 243
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 9
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
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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 Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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)

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

Photo of TMoney2591
2.7/5  rDev -31.5%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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 superspak
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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 johnnnniee
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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 WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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. (405 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (248 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
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 StoutHunter
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (3,763 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (721 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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 thehyperduck
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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 CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%

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. (1,003 characters)

Photo of leaddog
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
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 (758 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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 ludachris
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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 JPowell712
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
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 kevinlater
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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 Antg8989
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
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 (199 characters)

Photo of PorterPro125
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of ppvora
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cold 12 oz. bottle into an ale glass.
Appearance: Copper, lovely, half a finger of head. Some aeration.
Aroma: Some malt, lots of hops, and ripe mango in the background.
Taste: Complex. Lots of flavors. Can taste a bunch of different hops and taste the noble heritage of some of them. Some ripe fruit also and bitterness (but not unpleasantly so).

Mouthfeel: Some lingering bitterness, but in a pleasant way.
Overall: A gorgeous complex beer with lots of nobility and some ripe fruit. Definitely buying more of these.

Thank-you Canada! (553 characters)

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HopBot IPA from Hop City Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.