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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: 35 | 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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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.

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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.

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