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HopBot IPA - Hop City Brewing Co.

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86
very good

166 Ratings
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 6
Gots: 36 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: JackSkerry on 04-16-2014)
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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  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 oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  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.

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of biegaman
3.86/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
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 WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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 spinrsx
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of tbeckett
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of StJamesGate
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of andrenaline
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrebeka
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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HopBot IPA from Hop City Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.