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Hopburst IPA | Madhouse Brewing Company

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Hopburst IPAHopburst IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Madhouse Brewing Company
Iowa, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

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

Added by DesMoinesMike on 05-13-2011

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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 106
Photo of pigc
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a copper color with a massive three finger head. Lacing clings to the glass as it recedes.

S - Initial bready malt smell followed by a wave of earthy, piney hops.

T - Follows the nose. Malty flavor at the start followed by earthy pine and a slight citrus in there as well. Very well balanced.

M - Light to medium, slightly drying. Right on par with this style.

O - The best IPA out of Iowa thus far. This isn't an over the top West Coast style IPA, more of a well balanced IPA that still feeds that hop craving IPA lovers' desire. This one is very well balanced with a strong malt backbone, well done Madhouse!

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Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Somewhat dark amber with foamy cream colored head and light lacing tendrils.

Smell: Pungent orange, toasted and caramel malts, some spiciness. Aroma is both sweet & dry, and fairly typical for an IPA, but done well.

Taste: Taste is as expected as well, but also done well, with semi-sweet orange and toasted caramel malts upfront, followed by lingering spiciness and bitterness with highlights of grapefruit and pine.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body that is somewhat smooth and creamy with a dry finish.

Overall: Great example of an IPA that nails the style, but does not do anything out of the ordinary to truly stand out. Basically, it is delicious but not unique.

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Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like this was first released in May 2011, so it's possibly 2 months old at this point. 22 oz. bomber from the cooler at John's Grocery.

Poured into a tulip glass, a thin layer of foam forms then quickly ebbs away to the edges. Color is a deeply saturated copper orange with bright clarity and rising carb trails visible. Some drippy lacing eventually forms and clings to the glass.

Sweet caramel and candied orange in the aroma, not overwhelming, fairly mild and pleasant.

Malty flavors of multigrain bread and caramel, spicy hops lend orange peel and a medium bitterness. Aftertaste has an earthy, resiny hop flavor. Very light caramel malt sweetness appears before the bitter hops do their thing, lasting well into the dry aftertaste. Medium bodied, somewhat mild carbonation. Overall pretty tasty, wish I could have tried a fresher bottle.

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Photo of daledeee
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of Abouna
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep copper color with an average sized, creamy, smooth, white head. Disappears pretty fast, but it leaves a nice creamy layer of lace.

S - Enjoyable nose. Lots of citrus and a good amount of tropical fruit as well. Grapefruit and melon pretty strong. In the back there is a herbal, floral, tea like hop aroma. Very nice.

T - The taste unfortunately does not live up to the aromatics. Nowhere near the amount of tropical fruit and only a touch of grapefruit/citrus. More pine, strong floral/herbal and bitter hop flavors. A bit of a malty finish. A bit of a spicy kick on the finish as well. It gets better as it warms.

M - Medium body with a nice amount of carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

D - Pretty easy to drink and pretty balanced. The hop flavor doesn't quite pop out as much as I'd like, and it doesn't make me want more but it does drink nicely.

Notes: Not bad but the flavor falls off a little in regards to the hop flavors. Much better than the first IPA Madhouse did, but that isn't saying much. Worth a try and it was an enjoyable experience, but I probably won't be getting this again.

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Photo of airmike
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

Cheers!

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Photo of cpolking
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
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).

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

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Hopburst IPA from Madhouse Brewing Company
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