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Hopburst IPA - Madhouse Brewing Company

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Hopburst IPAHopburst IPA

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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 10
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Madhouse Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Hopbursting is a relatively new brewing technique in which the vast majority of hops are added to the kettle late in the boil in order to achieve enhanced extraction of hop components (i.e. Hopbursting gives you tons of hop flavor and aroma!) Our Hopburst IPA has a substantial malt base, balanced with huge additions of our unique hop blend. This creates an incredibly flavorful beer, with smooth bitterness and hoppy goodness.

55 IBU

(Beer added by: DesMoinesMike on 05-13-2011)
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

Localdrinklax, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of Abouna
4.83/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well I'm certainly no beer reviewer. I tend to shy aware from the "beery" expletives.

That said, I do have a fair palate for micro brews and am especially keen on IPAs. Unfortunately I had nearly burned myself out on IPAs lately...simply too much Ranger after getting a very good deal.

My brother picked up this Madhouse and I was back in the game! Wow:

- Hoppy, but not blatantly so. Seems like lots of IPA makers are jumping on the hop wagon without balancing.

- Just a hint of sweetness. Again, not blatant, but just right.

Unbelievably drinkable. The only other IPA I've had that I like as well is the Hebrew.

Abouna, Jun 21, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Jman_01, Sep 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

TonyJ815, Oct 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Averwo, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of AmericanGothic
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper orange with one finger of off-white head. Decent retention and lace.

S: Mangoes and apricots, very good. Smell lasts until the end of the glass.

T: Mellow peaches up front grow a little in sweetness through the middle, with a flash of sharp pine on the finish. Wow, that's a lot of flavor for a single IPA! Alcohol hides in the pines nearly undetected.

M: Medium-light body and plenty of cream, feeling very good.

O: Yowsa! Very impressive, great profile, and it's local. Dangerously drinkable and the flavor won't let you put it down. I can see some other IPAs having to give up shelf space in the fridge because this one will be moving in. My first beer from Madhouse, and now I'm anxious to try more.

AmericanGothic, May 23, 2011
Photo of agomega
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a huge frothy white head that lingers.

Smell: Tons of hop aroma. A very nice mix that is difficult to nail down. There is some orange and pineapple citrus aroma, a piney note, and a nice subtle floral aroma holding it all together. Very pleasant.

Taste: Sweet malty backbone that is almost perfectly balanced with hop bitterness. Even though there is some piney hop aroma in the nose most of the flavor is citrus - primarily orange, but maybe some subtle pineapple or lemon in the background. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium mouthfeel. Very well attenuated and easy to drink for a decent sized IPA.

Overall: This is really a great IPA - much better than I was anticipating. Even my wife stole half a glass from my bottle. Highly recommended.

agomega, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of daledeee
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 oz bomber from an Iowa brewer.

This pours a very rusty clear body with a nice white head and lacing.

Nose is mostly hops.

Taste was one of the biggest surprises I have ever had in a beer. This stuff is GOOD! I had a couple other drinks from this brewery and it was OK but not exceptional. This is really good stuff. It is nicely hopped and on the sweet side but has malt as well. Hops are on the grapefruit and grassy side.

Mouth feel is wonderfully creamy and perfectly carbonated. This is as good as any West Coast IPA. It may not be quite as intense on the hop loading but it has the mouth feel and balance that I seek.

daledeee, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First! I got a glass or three at the release party tonight at Jasper Winery. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the brewery can produce a brew with this intensity.

It's and amber color like dark ice tea with a small amount of carbonation and white head. The aroma shows a lot of the hop characteristics and has a touch of citrus included. The taste almost made my eyes go cross from the amount of flavor that hit my tongue and give a five-finger death punch. The hops were very noticeable with some additional notes of citrus and a touch of pine and sunshine! It's tartness is mid-level making for a fairly balanced higher-end IPA. The body is a tad heavy for the style but still good.

I honestly can't wait to get a few bombers of this. A few hop heads were comparing it to other brews and the consensus is that it's about half way between Ranger IPA and Hopslam for flavor and intensity. Another win for Iowa breweries. Cheers!

DesMoinesMike, May 13, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was released on May 12, 2011 and I am trying it on May 13, 2011.

The beer pours a glowing orange-brown-copper-amber and a touch of ruby with a quarter inch of rapidly dissipating head that leaves little to no lacing.

The aroma is hop, fruit forward with tropical fruit, melon, a touch of pine and slightly sweet, strong tea with lemon. There is also a bit of spicy rye-like malt.

The taste is sweet, but not disproportionately so, nowhere near cloying. There is a ton of melon and cantalopue and some tropical fruit. There is the slightest bit of pine, and just a touch of the tea with lemon that is more apparent in the aroma. There is also a bit of the spicy rye-like malt that shows up in the aroma and provides balance in the taste.

The mouthfeel is round and smooth but could stand a little more carbonation. If you like a very melony, tropical fruit type of hop forward IPA, then definitely try to get a taste of this. Delicious and a hopheads delight!

According to the bottle: Hopbursting is a relatively new brewing technique in which the vast majority of hops are added to the kettle late in the boil in order to achieve enhanced extraction of hop components (i.e. Hopbursting gives you tons of hop flavor and aroma).

cpolking, May 14, 2011
Photo of phenomenologian
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Upon pouring a white fluffy two finger head forms. It retains really well and laces nicely. The body is translucent and you can see constant bubbles rise to the top. The body color is an orangish hue. Almost brownish but predominantly orange. A dull orange at that. This is what I like to see in an IPA. Something like this or something around that color.

The smell is definitely of hops. It has a nice smell that is overloaded with hops. It also seems to have hints of citrus and barley. Hops are the best thing. Love the smell so far.

On the bottle is discussed a technique called hopbursting which shows in the awesome taste. Awesome blend of hops which I can taste some barley in or maybe Im wrong. Wonderfully tasting beer.

Its carbonated a bit and not to harsh. The mouthfeel is good and complements the qualities of the beer.

Overall, I love hoppy IPA's so Im obviously going to rate this high. I love the taste and other qualities. I will buy it again. Its a bit expensive but its a big bottle and you get your moneys worth if you like hoppy IPA's. Give it a try if you like any IPA.

phenomenologian, Feb 11, 2012
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4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bomber.

pours out a muddied bronze colour with a tan tinged white head...frothy, sticky and leaving some sticky lace. tropical hop aroma...mango, banana, papaya with a good dose of sweet maltiness. the taste profile backs up what already has been detected in the nose...a sweet malt base providing the backdrop for a burst of hoppy goodness. the hops a bit more oily, herbal and piney than were detected in the smell deppartment, but also plenty of juicy hop flavours that run the gamut of tropical fruit flavours. plenty of residual bitterness to balance out the malt sweetness. tastes really good. full bodied with a slick yet luscious mouthfeel. drinkability is nice.

overall this really hits home with all the right stuff for an IPA. this definitley is on the bigger, bolder and brasher side for an IPA, but most hop heads wouldn't want it any other way. definitley recommended.

budgood1, Dec 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

lionnusmb, Jan 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

LXIXME, Jul 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Cramerican, Feb 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

hurdjg, Apr 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Thompson, Aug 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Lionhawk, May 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

bcsbeer, Dec 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

columbiankramer, Mar 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

zowie, Nov 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

GFG, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of airmike
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber poured into pint glass

A: Amber in color, an agressive pour yields minimal head that disipates quickly. I can tell already this is under-carbinated.

S: Nice Piny, floral hop aroma. Not much to add other than smells tasty!

T: A sweet flavorful brew and nice hop flavor without being too bitter. Really tasty, tastes better than the 2 month hopslam I had the other day. This is more pine/floral in the hop department where hopslam is more sweet grapefruit like.

M: Mouthfeel is pretty standard, except the carbination just about all but dissappeared on me by the time I was halfway done with the glass!

Overall, I am proud to see a big hoppy IPA come out of Iowa that is well done and this is Madhouse's finest release to date! Fix the carbination issues, and we're talking an A+ brew!


airmike, May 16, 2011
Photo of argock
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Received as a gift from little sis Tami.

A: Medium-amber with 1-2 finger fluffy light beige head with decent retention and random lace formations all around the glass.

S: Orange citrus and floral hops with an earthy undercurrent. Malts are light crystal with nice bready roundness.

T: The flavor is vibrant with pineapple and orange with floral tinges and the same herbal/earthy notes. There is a light-medium caramel sweetness that I wish was a little less prominent. There are toast and bread notes these as well. Solid balanced IPA flavor.

M: The feel is a little slick and oily with medium-body. It has low carbonation overall.

O: A nice beer that could benefit from a little more aggressive dry-hopping and decrease in the crystal malts. All in all though, this was a pretty enjoyable IPA and very pleasant surprise.

argock, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of mdwalsh
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap at El Bait Shop in Des Moines, IA.

The appearance was not impressive, but not great. The head was too small, there was haze involved.

The smell was what hooked me. An intense, dank hoppy beer with all sorts of citrus and pine.

Taste followed with the aroma with a solid malt backbone.

The mouthfeel was good, but nothing to write home about good or bad.

Try this beer if you can.

mdwalsh, May 24, 2011
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Hopburst IPA from Madhouse Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.