Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine and get 12 issues / year of fresh beer content delivered to your door each month.

Already subscribe? to manage your subscription.

Hop Diggity - Mother Earth Brew Co.

Not Rated.
Hop DiggityHop Diggity

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

19 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 19
Hads: 128
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 7.97%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brew Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 09-11-2011

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 19 | Hads: 128
Photo of MisSigsFan
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear orange with a frothy white head. Smell is just insane. Full of dankness, tropical fruits and some slight pepper. Taste follows with just the right amount of malt. This is like Boo Koo on steroids. Seems like they tweaked this recipe lately, seeing as it's now 8.3% and went from using FF and Nelson to Summit, Belma, Citra, and Mosaic. An interesting combination of hops that really works out well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Good carbonation. Nothing spectacular here but does the job. Overall an extremely good DIPA. This stuff was canned two days ago and I'm floored. (583 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bread-like masses visible in the bottom of the bottle give me pause. I poured the beer trying to avoid getting the masses in my tulip glass. Initial pour was clean, showing a bright, clear gold beer. Second pour, through a tea strainer, resulted in more floaters than I have ever seen in a beer. Evidently, the masses broke up as I was pouring. Both puts resulted in a nice thick creamy white head. Smells malty and earthy hops. Tastes of sweet malt and floral/orange/earthy hops, but much better than I expected, given the masses and floaters. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Overall, it is a decent DIPA, with a tongue-numbing hoppiness, but well balanced. I suspect the masses/floaters might have occurred in the bottling. (725 characters)

Photo of jooler
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good initial hoppy smell. First sip tasted malty but the more I drink the hoppier it gets. It's like a more maltier hop stoopid. It also has a slight boozy taste. Leaves somewhat of a bad after taste in my mouth (211 characters)

Photo of Ashley760
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

I cannot say enough good things about this DIPA.
It is beautiful in coloring. A burnt orange almost, but still very bright. The head starts off thick and shortly gives way to a tiny ivory ring with nice lacing. Starts off tasting mildly sweet, an obvious strong hop presence and an after notes of spice and citrus. Extremely drinkable and enjoyable. (350 characters)

Photo of travolta
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A beautiful iridescent orange with great lacing and awesome, bone colored head.

Nose: Syrupy orange candy. A bit of vanilla throughout.

Taste: Marmalade, candy mango, syrup, some bitter rind, and a tiny bit of spice.

Notes: A very nice DIPA, I was not let down. (276 characters)

Photo of JohnCassillo
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bomber poured into tulip glass.

A: Pours a mostly opaque copper with a significant head which largely fades. With drinking, still leaves a very thin head.

S: Piney and dank, but you really need to dig for it. Just doesn't give off that typical effervescent West Coast DIPA aroma.

T: Citrus is the main takeaway, with some extra piney hops and even some malt in the backdrop.

M: Warm, heavy with a mild carbonation. Beer lingers in your mouth for a few, too.

O: An enjoyable DIPA that doesn't overwhelm. At 8 percent ABV, not overly boozy, but as you drink, the alcohol does become slightly more apparent. Would recommend for those who can obtain. (658 characters)

Photo of PaBrewSki
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours dark orange with a little haziness and a nice white head. Leaving a bunch of lacing as the head fades. The first thing that I smell is caramel malts followed by some pine and citrus. On first sip I thought that it was a bit malty but as drink it's really growing on me. The hops are there and although this beer doesn't quite have the hop presence that I tend to like this beer is really good. It finishes relatively dry leaving a perfect bitterness on your tongue that makes me want more and more. Overall this beer is very balanced and drinkable. (595 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopodyssey for sharing this one at Tieman's tasting.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a very earthy citrus hop flavor. (585 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Pours a rich golden amber; we poured two glasses from the 22oz. bomber and the second glass was much cloudier from yeast at the bottom of the bottle. A half finger white head dissipated quickly leaving quite a bit of lacing. Nice aroma of citrus and slightly herbal hops, sweet malt. Flavor was sweet bready malt, orange and tropical fruit, citrus hops, but more muted in intensity than the aroma. The cloudier glass had a richer, more interesting flavor than the clear early pour. Medium bodied. A nice citrus and tropical fruit flavored IPA that was nice malt balance. The hops in the flavor did not deliver the intensity promised by the aroma, but still this IPA had a nice blend of hops and sufficient bitterness. A well made and enjoyable IIPA. (782 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Big foam on pouring into the tall nonic. More of a head than you often get from IPAs. Spritzy on the tongue but hardly a bubble to be seen. A little spoiled fruit in the aroma.

Spicy and sweet varieties of hops. Seems to go with the massive sweet malt. This is really heavy and strong. Bitter orange marmalade is the taste. Candied mango. Sharp and on the acidic side. Very bitter aftertaste. Even a little woody and astringent.

This is certainly not going to be a favorite DIPA. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Baron's Marketplace in San Diego for nine bucks. (563 characters)

Photo of joshbhs04
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hop Diggity - Mother Earth Brew Co
California

American Double IPA
8% ABV

Appearance- Amber with some haziness but not much, Head is small and doesn't retain itself long.

Aroma- Citrus hops, underwhelming a little bit. Maybe some pine behind the citrus

Taste- Citrus and melon definitely. Not much bitterness, a very balanced double. Wish some more hops came through. Maybe a little breadiness from the malts.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodies that lingers for a few seconds. Moderately carbonated as well.

Overall- Will drink again but wont target if other options are available. I think it’s a good DIPA for people who are not big HopHeads. (640 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours incredibly. Rich deep gold color topped by a white head that almost immediately shows signs of lacing all the way down the glass. Steady stream of bubbles rising on the side. Clarity could be better, though it is still brilliant. Maybe just a slight chill haze. It is unfiltered, so it got really cloudy towards the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma is decent for a DIPA. Hints of sweet honey malt, cantaloupe, and a subtle vanilla and caramel. Definitely leans more on the sweet malt aroma than any sort of "dank" hops. Not sure when this was brewed, but I can tell that the hops have started their decline.

Head is perfect. Like a soft pillowy cream on top, it almost pushes back when you try to take your first swig. It tastes pretty balanced between malt and hops. Sweet malts reside up front, honeyish, while the bitterness migrated to the sides of the tongue and to the back of the throat, where it lingers for a while. Hops are present, and lend a herbal quality to the beer. The combination of that and the malt give a melon like flavor to the beer. The bitterness becomes more intense after a while, enamel coating and definitely lingering. There is some heat present in the exhale as well. A raw, sort of fusel alcohol quality. More present at first, but through the course of the pint, it mellows more. Maybe it is enhanced by the bitterness of the hops? Smooth mouthfeel, completing the incredible soft head. Really, just a perfect body for a DIPA.

Would need to give this a shot while fresh because I have the feeling that it might be different when really fresh. Right now, the hops taste faded. It's really bitter at the end, but there is not much going on hop-flavor-wise. I like the sweet malt taste and it does come off as well balanced, but I am let down by the flavor (and slightly by the aroma as well). (1,829 characters)

Photo of rawfish
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish amber, into a snifter. The head is very small, barely half a finger, retention is nil. Leaves behind a trail of wispy lacing as you drink though.

Best part of the beer, blasts of dank pine and lemony herbs, strong citrus backing with slight tropical notes of mango, pear and a bit of green onion. Bready caramel base with a bit of grain husk.

Malts lay down a solid foundation of rye bread, whole grains and a hint of cereal. Pine, orange citrus and bright herbal hops. Unlike any other hop profile I've had, pine and darker citrus notes resonate with tobacco, wild flowers, lemon grass and sweet onion. Both floral and earthy. Finish is lightly bittering with some alcohol punch and a raw pine and light grain aftertaste, rather clean.

Alcohol is well hidden and the bitterness is kept to a low knell. The body is perfect, as is the carbonation.

Only good things to say here, a true sensory experience. The silk screened bottle art is amazing just like all the Mother Earth brews, aroma is great and the flavor is unique in that it manages to have both floral and earth tones in the hop flavor. (1,116 characters)

Photo of ImperialRed36
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle from Dimension Liquor in Lake Forest

A - Pours a dark amber, reddish brown with a slight haze. Light head which dissipates quickly.

S - Nice citrusy, piney nose without being overwhelming. Floral notes are present with toasted bread.

T - First taste is citrus with mild tangerine flavors and some minor grapefruit. A caramel and resin finish. Not your overly hoppy DIPA. It is unexpected and the alcohol doesn't assert itself.

M - Very light mouthfeel, especially for a DIPA. Doesn't have that bite that you'd expect from a double. Smooth drinking, goes down easy. Almost a pilsner feel to it.

O - I enjoyed this beer even though it was not what I expected from a double IPA. It was recommended to me by the beer expert (Maida) at Dimension. They knows taste and never steer me wrong. I would drink again but not as my first "big IPA". Almost a strong (8.2%) session ale. (892 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice big frothy near white head, tons of cling lace. Murky apricot body.

S - Big citrus nose, malt present as a back up. I think I detect a little pine in there too.

T - Nice big caramel center wrapped well in citrusy hops.

M - Medium body, nice balance, well carbed.

D - I like this one. Not a whale, but a solid tasty IPA. (332 characters)

Photo of Deigea
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Began reviewing halfway through bottle, after letting it warm up significantly.

Appearance: Golden yellow, barely fading to amber in color. Light, white head develops and lingers, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on top.

Aroma: Deep piney hop scent. Not overwhelming, and definitely enjoyable, but nothing fantastic. I'm catching a very mild fruit flavor in there as well, peach maybe?

Taste: At first light and citrusy, the heavy taste of the hops hit soon after, leaving a bitter streak down your tongue and slightly in the back of your throat. It's definitely got some power even for a double IPA. The pine and hop taste sit in the back of your throat long after sips. Slight numbing of the tastebuds and roof of the mouth are becoming noticeable.

Mouth-feel: There's a special crisp to it that's enjoyable at first, then the heavy hop flavor comes through right after and washes it away. The lingering of the hops leaves a heavy feeling in your mouth, quite different than the beginning taste.

Overall Impression: I'm guessing when they say 'pilsner-based Imperial IPA' they mean the type of yeast. I'm not usually a huge fan of pilsners at all, so it's interesting to me to finally taste a super hopped up version of it that's actually enjoyable. While it's definitely worth trying, the overall taste is a bit too much. I feel that the beer doesn't evolve over the course of drinking it, it always seems to keep with the hopped flavor, but I did find it worth trying. It definitely really shines once it's warmed up. Don't think I could drink multiples of these in a single night though. (1,619 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Mother Earth Brewco.

12/08/12
Pint glass

A: Hop Diggity pours a dark caramel color body with some minor haziness to it. Off-white creamy froth with a light trellising of lace.

S: Nice floral aroma of juicy stone fruit, citrus peel, and some pines. Has a real lemony herb note to it. Some light sugary cereals and a bit of caramel sweetness in the nose.

T: Juicy citrus flavors of tangerine and grapefruit. Honeydew melon and young berry. Nelson’s assert themselves with a hit of white wine grape. There is a bit of exotic florals mixed in there as well. Grainy malts blend with an overall caramel sweetness and give a graham cracker impression of sorts. There is an upper moderate level of bitterness to the beer that is rather smooth. Definitely resinous through the finish. Alcohol really well masked. A little heavier on the caramels than I prefer but still has a nice balance to those great hoppy flavors.

M: Moderate heft to the body with a smooth feel overall. On the watery side with an honest drying in the finish and a long lasting bitterness that tightens up the palate.

D: A delicious DIPA that touts some caramel malt balance to that tropical hop combo. A touch sweeter and I do think the recipe could use a little more scrutinizing but still pretty good. Comes off a little cluttered at times. (1,323 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear dark orange, nearly amber, with a thin off-white head that eventually leaves spots of lace down the glass.

Very hop-forward aroma, with the aroma exploding with grapefruit and pine aromas combining together nicely.There's a bit of sweetness but it doesn't come off as a major component of the beer's nose.

The flavor is moderately bitter, with big notes of grapefruit and orange, along with some sticky pine. The malt profile is a touch sweet, with a hint of caramel.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, though crisp and incredibly drinkable.

Better than Primordial--this stuff is awesome! (653 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/11/2011

On tap at Mother Earth.

A: Dark golden orange with good clarity and a big frothy head. Retention is very good and sheets of lacing are left behind.

S: Dank pine and earth with bright citrus notes: tangerine, orange, grapefruit, and mango. There's a hint of onion. Malt is redolent of bread and caramel but it doesn't overpower the hops.

T: The beer opens resinous and moderately bitter. Malt appears as caramel and provides a little balance and sweetness, though the beer is dry overall. Tangerine melds with grapefruit and orange pith. Alcohol is deftly masked in the bitter finish.

M: Medium in body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and dry.

Overall: A good Double IPA, though a bit maltier than I like. Recommended. (758 characters)

Hop Diggity from Mother Earth Brew Co.
86 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.