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Hopkilla - People's Brewing Company

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Hopkilla
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85
very good

31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 16%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
People's Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: salvo on 09-10-2010)
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Reviews by Arsenal0328:
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Arsenal0328, Apr 17, 2013
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Photo of alleykatking
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap...

A- Pours a semi-hazed copper color. One finger large off white that shows great retention. Streaky sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Tons of piney and citrus hops in the front of the beer. Some bready malts can be detected in the aroma but most everything gets covered up by a strange citrus scent like citrus floor cleaner.

T- Big grapefruit and citrus hops in the front of the beer dominate most everything else there is. Malts come through for a short period in the middle where a bready caramel malt shines through. The ending on this beer is bitter hops to the max. Interesting to say the least.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the lower end I would say. Hops kill the palate in a citrus overload. Aftertaste is more hops but with a strong hot alcohol in there. This beer is very hop forward and there is no real balance on it. Alcohol did a drying number on the palate with each sip.

D- The drinkability on this beer is not very great. The balance should be a little better even for a hop head like me. I could only do one of these pints before having to switch to something else.

alleykatking, Oct 05, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

awdturboiv, Mar 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

JLateralus21, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of jmarsh123
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Tried this one at the Bloomington Micro-brew fest.

A - Deep orange/red with a good head.

S - Piney/citrusy hops; maybe some grapefruit as well.

T - Very much a hop bomb although the balance of hops seemed a bit off. The piney flavor overpowered the initial citrus smell. Finishes very bitter and dry.

M - Under carbonated which made the mouthfeel off.

D - I appreciate the need for ultra-hopped beers, but this one was below my expectations. Its finish is so bitter, even hop heads like myself can only handle so much. If it had a bit more carbonation, the grade may bump up a bit.

jmarsh123, Jun 27, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

indy351, Jul 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

gonzoduke, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Cresant
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer at the New Albanian Brewing Co. on Grateline Rd. Served in an oversized pint glass. Nice off white head which left wispy lace. The body was clear and cooper colored.

The smell was piney and cat-piss-like (in a good way!).

The taste reflected the aromas. Grapefruit and alcohol were there too. A bit grassy and a little harsh.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied but it seemed a bit undercarbonated. Slick.

Cresant, Sep 30, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

cosmonick, May 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

aasher, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of JDizzle
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Scotty's Lakehouse.

A: CLoudy and copper colored. Off white head that stayed around a while.

S: Smells of pine and grapefruit!!

T: Alcohol(which I like) and piney grapefruit are very present. Not much malt to back it up. The finish is very bitter. I would love to know the ABV??

M: No complaints here. Very nice with good amount of carbonation.

Overall this was a very good beer. I could have finsihed a few more pints, but I was with the family. I will seek this one out again when I go back, but if they have a Version 2.0 coming I would think they could improve by hiding the alcohol a little better and balance it out a tad more.

JDizzle, Oct 05, 2010
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Viperman1316, Jun 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

gratefulbeerhead, Nov 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

brewskis, Jul 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20%

BSuter, Aug 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Bis4beer70, Oct 03, 2014
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2/5  rDev -46.7%

Klif, Mar 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

TheWiredDJ, Aug 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

WoodburyMN, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of JamesS
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half pint at Black Swan Brew Pub, Plainfield, IN. Poured a very nice deep, deep copper color with nice head and nice lacing. Nice scent, fairly deep malts and a bit of sweetness, with a huge pine-floral hop kick; slightly unbalanced. Nice flavor, decent two-row; mostly it's a hop bomb, though; quite unbalanced... but it's not hop water, it's still a good, decently thick beer; wonderful pine and floral hits all the way through that last. Very little heat from the alcohol, too, which was nice.

JamesS, Mar 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

instinct2, Jul 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

jooky22, Nov 07, 2013
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3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The on-tap version of Hopkilla is a step down from the fresh-hopped oak aged tapped Firkin. See my Firkin review for more.

There was little head but some resinous lacing. Smell is powerfully of pine with little else to back it up. It is almost green in its new brownness, lighter than expected yet packing a wallop.

The taste is big, bold of piney hops and powerfully resiny. Ultimately, it is unrefined and a bit sloppy in its presentation, wonderfully assertive and bold but still rough. There are many home-brew qualities lingering at the edges here, not yet ready for company.

There are so many things that I love about local folks being creative and assertive, and I hate to be critical, yet criticism helps refinement, and it is needed here. I can't wait for version 2.0.

salvo, Sep 10, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

neckbracesub, Jun 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

lucasj82, May 19, 2013
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Hopkilla from People's Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.