Hop Venom Double IPA - Boneyard Beer Company

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Reviews: 101
Hads: 781
Avg: 4.41
pDev: 23.36%
Wants: 455
Gots: 86 | FT: 3
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 09-02-2011

80 IBUs
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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Hops and Pie. Was it hoppy? Yes but it wasn't anything special to me and had a weird malt flavor. Just strange. I know I am in the minority here and that is ok.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.62/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Toronado Seattle. Served in an odd 10-12 ounce sort of shaker glass.

Lacy, oatmeal-colored head. Settles into a film of lace over the body. Copper body with perfect clarity. 4.5

Smells of orange and grapefruit. Citrus-heavy but not particularly remarkable. 3.75

A somewhat must orange and grapefruit flavor prevails. Seems muted and contained. Could Toronado be serving an old keg? Tough to say but this isn't awe-inspiring. Caramel and malty sweetness complements the fruity citrus but it's still a bit muddied. 3.5

Definitely thick-bodied. Feels DIPA-ish. Malt is prominent in feel for sure. Tangy citrus feel up front and then becomes grainy. 3.5

Not sure what the deal is but this isn't that impressive. Will revisit.

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Photo of harrymel
3.62/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler poured earlier today from Chuck's Hop Shop

Light copper ale with soapy yellowish foam etching the surface. Grapefruit, mango, lemon peel, a bit of alchohol, some catty character and biscuity malts in the nose. Flavor follows suit with a good punch of bitterness, balanced with sweet, wet malts and plenty of juicy fruits in there. Although not overly bitter, the beer is also a little sweet with alcohol. Slight hint of acetone on the finish. Medium bodied with lower carb (I think this related to the growler fill method used here) and a resinous finish. This has all the main components of a world class DIPA, but just needs some fine tuning in the alcohol, ester and overall weaving of the flavors. I would order again in a heart beat and will likely finish the growler tonight with a friend.

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Photo of Rosanne
3.75/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mid to high hoppy sweet aroma, low carbonation, sweet more than bitter, yum, sweet linger.

Shared a taster on-tap as past of a flight at the brewery; Boneyard Beer Company, Bend, USA. As part of a six-week West Coast beer tour. I rate to taste, not to style. See my blog for more details: carbeers.wordpress.com

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Photo of maximum12
3.78/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to flexabull for sending this growler my way; my first taste of Hop Venom seemed off, so here's hoping for a truer reading. 64 oz. of liquid gold consumed during a Friday night poker game. I ended up $2.05, so I probably didn't drink enough.

The pour comes on fire retardant orange, semi-see-through, plenty of carbonation (yippee for properly filled growlers!). Aroma isn't as strong as I expected: citrus, touch of grassy wheat, pale malts.

Hop Venom is more Balanced Middle America than Rapacious West Coast. Even before the taste hits my chemoreceptors, I'm lifting the glass for another taste, because damn, either I'm thirsty or this is really good. Drinkability is is Casey Kasem territory, especially for a big IIPA. Taste is solid but not as impressive: tons of caramel malts (too much), light hit of dankness, along with softer notes of citrus & tentative bitterness. The malts make this towards the top of the thick IIPA list: more than some stouts I've had.

I'd take RPM any day, but this comes out the other side a very good beer.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled growler into a glass, courtesy of my beer patron, ramnuts. Thank you, Frank! From notes. Consumed in late May.

A: Pours a clear copper / amber body with a generous off-white head. Good retention.

S: Notes of pine, grapefruit, tangerine, orange, honeydew, sugary pale malt. This seems sweeter and maltier on the nose than I was expecting from a DIPA...

T: Earthy bitterness that leads into a strong, almost dominant malt backbone. Pine, tangerine, grapefruit, and melon express substantial, but not overpowering, hop character. Again, as noted in the nose, this is on the maltier side and it lacks the punch I'd expect from a West Coast DIPA.

M: Medium-bodied. Moderate bitterness, no lingering stickiness. Well-disguised ABV.

O: I liked Notorious quite a bit more; this was on the malty side. Frank later commented that they were tweaking batches and this one tasted off, so maybe that's what was going on. I'd love to try it again and see what it should be like.

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Photo of philbertk
3.89/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint and growler purchased @ Chuck's 85th, Ballard, Seattle. Pint--$4.00. Growler--$15.00. Half Growler--$7.50. Thin mild lace wispy white head. Cloudy bright orange gold color. Aromatic floral West Coast big but not overpowering hop front. Surprisingly mellow medium textured balanced mild sweet light caramel herbal body. Balanced hop spice tasty clean bitter hint satisfying rich IPA end. Very smooth and mellow for it's 10% ABV and 80 Ibu's. Big and Tasty! (4.25 / 5.0)

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Photo of jbwimer
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty straightforward here. Mostly getting grapefruit and pine. Hints of some tropical fruits on the aroma, but the flavor is certainly dominated by grapefruit flesh/rind.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

32 oz growler courtesy of Eric. Thank you very much for the opportunity and for hitting this want.

On the darker side of orange and mostly opaque. Steady skim remains throughout the glass and he lacing is sticky and lays a few stringy sheets.

Smell is sugary fruits, pineapple juice, and sweet malts.

Tends towards balance: lots of sugary sweet, though some nondescript, fruitiness. As odd as it might sound, it's rather tangy. Not overly bitter, but the juicy fruits render a tight pucker of my o-hole. There's a sweet-n-sour sauce quality here that's a bit perplexing. Malts provide a solid foundation and an additional overall sweetness.

Carbonation is soft and on the low end, but the body is smooth and mellow on the tongue.

Overall, I enjoyed this. However, there seems to be something missing. Seems like a puzzle that is short a piece. Good, but not as great as many reviews make it to be.

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Photo of Andrewseher
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Pints Urban Taproom at 412 NW 5th Ave in Portland, OR.

A: Looks like an IPA. Golden in color with average head retention. It's a good looking beer.

S: PINE. I guess there are some other floral, citrusy notes in here too, but the pine is overpowering. Not necessarily in a bad way, either. A very unique nose.

T: It tastes like it smells. Piney with a hint of citrus and a viscous, oily finish. Very unique and very tasty.

M: Very nice and, like everything else about this beer, very unique. Full-bodied and oily, the 10% ABV is apparent.

O: Very good and one of the more interesting beers I have ever tasted. If you see this beer on tap, it's absolutely worth a look, and, my guess is, you'll come back for more.

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Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange. White head.

Piney and hop resiny. Not tropical at all. Very bitter. Ends sticky.

Overall, a decent dipa, but I prefer the tropical ones.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Todd. Served in a DryHop taster glass.

A - White foam settles to a cap, leaving behind ample splotchy lacing. Transparent amber body. Looks like a DIPA should.

S - I was expecting a hyper-attenuated West Coast DIPA, but this is far more 'Mid-Westian' to my palate. Dank, piney, and slightly earthy hops, with notes of grapefruit and a bit of tropical fruit are balanced by caramel and icing sugar maltiness. Alcohol is well-hidden.

T - The taste a similarly enjoyable mix of grapefruit and orange peel hops, sweet tropical fruits, and sugary malts that verge to the browner end of the scale. There's an odd astringency in the finish that I don't totally enjoy mixed in with the moderate bitterness.

M - Pleasant, moderate carbonation. Chewy, medium-full body, with good heft for the listed 8.9%. Slightly dry in the finish, with some light alcohol warming that lingers.

D - A nice beer, but I can think of quite a few DIPAs I'd rather drink. Perhaps there's some batch variation to this. Eminently drinkable, other than the slightly off finish. However, I found myself reaching for the Notorious Triple throughout the evening, and it's a rarity for me to prefer a Triple IPA to a Double IPA.

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Photo of Stigs
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz growler (flip top) fill, served in pint glass

A - pours with a very thin layer of loose cream colored foam. the beer is a bit hazy (chill? hops?) dark gold/orange in color.

S - very bright grapefruit, pineapple. nicely balanced grainy sweetness with a hint of caramel.

T - once the first initial rush of hop bitterness dies down, citrus (pineapple, mango) lead way to some more floral hop notes. balanced a bit by sweetness through the back, but this is a big bitter beast.

M - carbonation is light (growler fill?), nicely full bodied, sticky yet wet and clingy. hardly any alcohol burn.

O - solid DIPA, seems a bit dangerous at 10% and no heat.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange. Not a lot of head, but what it has it retains well. Sticky lacing.

Smell - Piney and grapefruity. Nice hop aroma. Not my favorite profile, but it's done very well. Slight caramel malt.

Taste - Again a very nice hop profile. More grapefruit, less pine. More caramel but still dominated by hops. Moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Never too sweet. Very drinkable for its size.

Overall - I don't love the hop profile but this is very well done. Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of oceanman907
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a much sought after IPA and I finally got to try it here at Apex in PDX. Looks pretty good sting lacing classic copper gold color with a frothy white head, but the smell is not terribly amazing very citrus heavy with some heavy musty smells as well, but the flavor is really quite citrusy with some grape and pine undertones. brood ultra dry body that compliments the style. Overall, it was a great IIPA with tons of citrus and a very smooth body for the near 9% ABV.

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Photo of corby112
4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Draft at The Noble Fir in Seattle, WA.

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange color with tangerine/apricot hues and a one finger frothy yellowish beige head that slowly settles into a thick lasting ring.  Streaks and chunks of soapy lacing coat the glass.

Floral, earthy hop aroma with lots of resinous, grassy pine.  Really dank smells but there's also a lot of tropical and citrus fruit sweetness.  Hints of mango, grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel followed by some pale malt and sweet booze.

Chewy full body with a blast of dank resinous hops that provide a lingering dry bitterness that lasts throughout. Extremely fresh and crazy hoppy but there is some sweetness mid-palate and toward the finish that balances things out.  Hints of orange peel, curaçao, tangerine, grapefruit and mango.  Sweet booze but abv is relatively well masked.  Easy to drink considering how extreme it is.  Subtle pale malts toward the finish as well but this beer is all about the dominating dank hops.

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Photo of Murrhey
4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 64-oz growler into a shaker pint in high elevation Libby, Mont. Purchased the fill for 12.95 at Mainbrew in Hillsboro, Ore. Hope it held up well, but who knows?

A- One finger white creamy head with surprisingly long retention for the high ABV. Hazy brown-amber color. Light seeps through, but it is very hazy. Sticky lacing. Clearly not a carbonation problem.

S- Grapefruit, citrus, piney-hops. Thick hop oil. Warm and hides alcohol notes well.

T- For how hop-forward the aroma was, the flavor is amazingly smooth and malty. Alcohol hidden entirely. This would be a dangerous beer. Malty, honey, caramel, maybe a touch of brandy, but not much. Incredible. One of the best DIPAs I have ever tasted.

M- Thick and smooth. Honeyed feel.

O- A very, very good beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 02/11/14 notes. Big thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing a growler of this; thanks Ross, big Want of mine. Poured into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a murky, amber-brown color with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, pine hops, lemon zest, light floral notes, and some light earthy notes. Nice nose, lots of citrus and fruit. Liking the nose a lot.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, light pine hops, earthy notes, bread, grains, spice, and yeast. Taste is good but seems less hoppy than the nose; a step down for me.

m - Medium body and very little carbonation. No bitterness but growler seems to have lost some carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a DIPA that is quite good, though the taste wasn't as hoppy as I was hoping for. Easy to drink, but I'd like to try it again, preferably on tap. Worth seeking out.

EDIT: 04/16/14: Had another growler of this and it was much better. Awesome piney and citrusy nose which was great. Bumping nose up to a 4.5

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

keg tapped recently for 32oz fill @ valley growler
The beer pours a coppery amber color with a light, off-white head that settles quickly to a ring that tightly clings to the perimeter. The nose is candied pineapples when cold, but it quickly sinks its teeth in - a mix of booze and citrus. There's also malty sweetness that picks up in the nose as it warms. The taste is clean with a good amount of candy-like sweetness to balance out the generous hop profile. The fruit profile doesn't change much compared to the nose - tropical fruits mainly, but it's also thick with malt. This is easily medium bodied, but is well carbonated to break up the heaviness of the malt and palate-saturating hops. Although sweet (perhaps overly) and hoppy, there is a distinct booziness in the finish that's unmasked. This is a good DIPA, but I'm more content with RPM

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a shaker glass.

A- Poured a hazy orange color with white soapy head that left splashy lace.

S- Some big tropical fruit notes especially mango, some peach, some citrus, and quite a bit of malt sweetness.

T- Lots of sweet and juicy orange marmalade notes, mango, peach, and grapefruit notes. Lots of sweetness from the malt and medium level of bitterness.

M- Lots of warming, full bodied, prickly carbonation, slightly sticky, but easy drinking for the ABV and fuller body.

O- This DIPA is bursting with hop flavor and a lot of sweetness. Overall, it is really good but I prefer some of Boneyard's other hoppy offerings to it like RPM.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic DIPA, and dangerously crushable despite the higher ABV. Lots of nice hops on the nose and very balanced flavor profile. It pours a nice clean amber with a big white head with slight lacing.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%

Thanks to DCLAguy11 for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial 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 citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with really nice citrus forward hop qualities all around.

Serving type: growler.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review, this is #15 on the "Top Beers - American Double / Imperial IPA" list on beeradvocate.com. Served in a snifter from a 64 ounce growler.

Beer is orange / amber and completely clear with moderate carbonation, steady and a white head of small bubbles with lacing and some nice retention. Looks good.

Aroma is strong and forceful with nice citrus and fruits and a lot of hop earthiness.

Beer is light in body and chewy with hop character and flavor on the palate, sulfur and earth with strong pops of fruit breaking through. I bet this beer is amazing on draft, the growler version is great but if the fruits would pop a bit more I'd really love it more. Definitely a repeat.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to boralyl for shooting this growler out my way. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head. Pretty good retention for a growler with a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some really nice tropical and citrus notes. Hops are very, very prominent with not much else coming through the background. Flavor is similarly hop-centric, though not quite as intense as the nose. Great hop additions here, carrying seamlessly through the dry, bitter finish. Really a nice brew; I look forward to trying more from them.

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Photo of suspect
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Central Waters snifter. Thanks to mrmarmot for bringing this back from Idaho.

A: Hazy burnt orange color. Aggressive pour leads to a 1 finger rocky white head. Head takes a few minutes to dissipate but leaves little bubbles along the top. Big sticky lacing leaves trails down all sides.

S: Big sticky hop notes and a big badass malt backbone that doesn't want to be ignored.

T: Wow, sweet with hops. Don't know how else to describe. It's a really perfectly balanced DIPA with the emphasis on the hops but the malts really blend enough sweet to balance the bitter.

M: Perfectly carbonated, wonderful bittersweet finish.

O: An extraordinary DIPA. Most excellent.

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Hop Venom Double IPA from Boneyard Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.