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Hopburst IPA - Madhouse Brewing Company

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Hopburst IPAHopburst IPA

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very good

93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 10
Gots: 8 | 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:
Beer added by: DesMoinesMike on 05-13-2011

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
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was bursting with hops in my nonic pint.

Appearance- This beer's foam has a nice dense look to it, but fades once the first drink is had. I like the big ring of lace orange-white lace that is left behind on the glass. An amber-golden glow comes from the glass, the carbonation columns are plentiful and fast moving.

Smell- This nose is pretty good! The citrus comes across as mandarin oranges, and even a bit like marmalade! I thought that there would be more resin, but this nose is a little more sweet than malty.

Taste- There is a big change on the palate. The beer gets a little more herbal and slightly bitter. It is like a combo of resin and tea-like qualities. I also pick up a little booze heat in the finish that is a touch inappropriate. There is a little bit of the marmalade, but it is so buried. Huge potential, but it does not pull it out.

Mouth feel- The feel is fine for the style. It is a solid medium that straddles the line between slick and creamy.

Overall- This IPA starts out very nice but falls off a little on the palate. I wish more of that sweet orange came through. I would come back to this IPA more if that were the case.

Photo of CHADMC3
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper body beneath the dense, foamy tan head which is quite slow to dissolve leaving a persistent head.

Earthy and spicy hop notes float from the glass. There is also some bread presence and nutty sweetness.

The flavor is also spicy hops with a sweet malty backbone. The spicy hops really kick in as it warms.

The body is rather chewy for an IPA with medium carbonation and a spicy finish.

Not necessarily the pungent hop kick I'm used to seeing but this is tasty. Impressive head retention and visually appealing to boot.

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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of katan
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint

A - Pours deep copper in color. Very clear, seems to be well filtered. Light off white head formation, just a little bit of lacing.

S - A more malty IPA - lots of nuttiness, bits of caramel, and just a little citrus hops.

T - Starts off sweet, malty, thinking of a sweet chocolate and caramel. Melds into some citrus hopping and a fair amount of bitterness in the mid-stream. Balanced and smooth. Finishes with a clean amber like flavor of of caramel.

M - Moderate body, light carbonation. Comes off pretty heavy. Alcohol warmth is restrained. A bit sugary and clingy.

O/D - More of a pale ale than an IPA, but I don't mind this beer. This probably brings back Madhouse a little bit for me. A little filling from its hefty nature. Overall tasty.

Photo of hedgepigtails
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Herky21
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Caramel, amber body.

Smell: The nose is great, lots of grapefruit. It's citrus-y and the dryhopping is done really well it seems like. The scent is my favorite part though, great nose.

Taste: Fantastically smooth . The hop bitterness comes around in the middle of the drink but the finish has a big caramel sweetness that is really welcome after the bitter middle part of the drink.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and hoppy. Really sticks to your teeth. And despite such a malty body it is a very light feeling beer which is nice.

Overall: There are so many IPAs available but many are missing out on a good hop selection. This is a well made beer, especially for Iowa.

Photo of Ejayz
2.25/5  rDev -41.4%

Photo of argock
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of JackieTH
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is amber orange capped by an inch of pillowy, off-white foam that persists nicely and leaves rings of lace. Smells of oranges, grapefruit, pine, and a subtle presence of malt. Taste is orange marmalade and grapefruit hop, subtle resin hop too, bitter initially, but with a decent heap of malt that reigns in the bitterness with a biscuity backbone while keeping the hop flavor front and center. Medium body holds together well, slightly chewy, tingling carbonation. Very solid offering out of Iowa.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of bismarksays
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours an orangish/amber color with a nice two finger head. Decent lacing. It certainly looks the the part

S- Wow, orange juice and flowers. Hopbusting indeed.

T/M Strange, not bitter to me..really at. Really citrusy and slightly sweet, maybe a touch metalic...like those little cans of orange juice I had as a kid. Not unpleasant, but not really what I was expecting. Mouthfeel, a little sticky and resiny, but nothing unexpected from an IPA or Pale Ale.

Overall- A solid IPA. If anyting, it might be a little sweet for my standards, but if someone told me that they loved this beer, I would understand why. For me, the highlight of this beer was the nose.

Photo of phenomenologian
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of quaybr
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes: had on tap at Crescent Moon Ale House, 12/29.

Body is a crystal clear copper. No head, just a light foam ring around the top.

Aroma is of citrus and floral hops.

Caramel malts a little too much, outweighs the flavoring and bitter hops. A relatively clean finish begins to leave an oily residue as the brew warms up.

Part of the unpleasant taste is probably a product of undercarbonation.

I didn't particularly enjoy this beer. If this were an english IPA I would have reviewed it a little differently.

Hopburst IPA from Madhouse Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.