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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 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 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 StoutHunter
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
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 johnnnniee
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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