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Hop Venom Double IPA - Boneyard Beer Company

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Hop Venom Double IPAHop Venom Double IPA

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101 Reviews
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Reviews: 101
Hads: 793
Avg: 4.41
pDev: 23.36%
Wants: 462
Gots: 87 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Boneyard Beer Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 09-02-2011

80 IBUs
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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 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 zeledonia
4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

After having RPM a couple years ago, I've been craving more Boneyard beers. Growler picked up from the Beer Junction in West Seattle yesterday. Tasted 23 May 2015.

Pours a hazy medium orange amber. 1.5 fingers of whitish head, great retention, big and little bubbles persist until I finish the glass, with fingers and islands of lacing reaching up.

Smell is packed with fruity aromatic hops. Some soft sweet citrus, but it's mostly big tropical aromas, pineapple, guava. Outstanding.

The taste is the true beauty of this beer. It's full of those aromatic hops - I can't recall tasting a beer with this much tropical fruit in the flavor. This is something I don't understand, how the rare hoppy beer is packed with those aromatics, but most are dominated by acids. Anyway, I'm loving this. It's sort of ambiguous fruit, juicy, pulpy, and sweet, but it doesn't match up with anything I've had. Apricot x mango is the closest I can come up with. Bitter, and I can tell there's a lot, but it's balanced so thoroughly by malt sweetness that it feels gentle.

Feel is excellent. Medium-bodied, leaning to heavy. Carbonation is medium-low, just enough to stir things up without hiding them. Lasts just long enough for the bitter to rise out, then fade and dry up.

This is a beautiful beer. One of my top 3 DIPAs, with Abrasive and Heady. Though I think I'd pick those over Hop Venom, side-by-side I might prefer this, due to the incredible hop flavors and the smooth balance.

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Photo of Sintech
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

32 oz Crowler can flown in from Bend, Oregon!

Appearance - Dark amber hue.

Smell - Tropical fruits, honey and citrus.

Taste - Honey, tropical fruits and citrus.

Feel - Perfect carbonation. Low attenuation. Pretty chewy.

Overall - Very good IPA.

Grade (B+)

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Photo of ccnorthwest
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The nose is present with citrus. Quick dissipating head, yet lingers. Body is delicious with citrus and finish with a slight spike of hops. HOP VENOM!

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted on tap at the Bistro dipa fest. Mix of orange and yellow colored beer, lots of pine in the aroma jumbled up with tropical fruit. Good stuff.

The alcohol is amazingly hidden in this one. Super cracker dry light malt bill, heavy hop flavor with pretty low levels of bitterness to this one. Boneyard delivers once again. Mouthfeel just keeps hitting you with waves of mango, pine and grapefruit. Never heavy. Seems like a lot of citra, amarillo and simcoe in the beer. A little sugar to dry it out probably. A real delicious beer.

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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 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 NolaHopHead
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

32 oz Crowler. Pours clear golden amber, thin white head. Sweet smell of bread and fruit. Taste is sweet and fruity up front which turns to citrus hoppiness and a biscuity dry finish. Balance is great. Mouthfeel is slippery. This is a top notch IPA.

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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 Stevedore
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Apex in Portland, Oregon.

Pours a medium golden-copper hued body, one finger white head with good retention, not much lacing. Smells primarily of grapefruit, tropical fruit and pine mixed in with a bit of caramel. Hop-forward, intense and nicely balanced. Flavour is similarly excellent; tropical fruits and pine flavours pop out, with a bit of a floral presence, balanced just enough by the caramel and bread. It's a fair bit different than Notorious. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, dry, slightly resinous, easy to drink. Overall, I loved this one and would highly recommend to anyone visiting the PNW.

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Photo of aobrehm
4.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

There are several great 2xIPAs out there, but this one in contention for the best. Might not have the hype or marketing of Pliny, but it's world class. Boneyard is only available on tap... so try to track this gem down at a good beer bar.

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Photo of Roby923
4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Double IPA paradise. On tap at CC pdx. Incredible hop presence on smell and taste. Doesn't leave you reading for water, but for another one. Yet another Bend benchmark brew.

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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 D_McClain
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Light, clean amber color with a thick creamy head. Aroma is heavy on grapefruit with modest floral notes around the edges. Taste is sour grapefruit, a little bit peppery, a touch floral, with a subtle honey background in the malt. Juicy at first then a dry biscuit finish. Surprisingly smooth both in taste and feel - fortunately lacking the harsh astringency of many strong IPAs - while yet possessing a nice, bright crispness too. Don't let the name scare you, this one doesn't sting a bit. Overall a very pleasurable IPA to spend time with.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass at Clyde Commons.

The nose is floral fruit, jasmine and raspberries.

It's very bitter. Aggressively hoppy. I love it. Some fruitiness, but only just and mostly on the end. Otherwise it's grapefruit peel and hop acids.

Quite drinkable; I have no complaints. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A very solid beer, a great introduction to Boneyard. Taste and smell are beautiful and make this beer, back end is very full (although a little bitter), but heart warming and enjoyable.

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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 sbauer
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had at boneyard tasting room in a tasting glass. Fantastic and balanced, delicious malts backup the intensely floral hop aroma and perfect hop bitter. Growlers only!

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Photo of mabermud
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Geez, this is a great beer. Awesome look. Sticky white head. Rich, amber body. Juicy, rich, piney, hoppy aroma. The feel is venomous. Something gives this a small bite. Amongst DIPAs, this is the best I have had this year. The best balanced DIPA I have had. Definitely World Class stuff.

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Photo of PacNWDad
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%

Wonderful array of hops, with just enough malt to support it. Hops are mostly piney in character, some citrus too. Feels very solid on the palette, not too thick though. Well carbonated, with a bit of kick in the finish.

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Photo of dar482
4.5/5  rDev +2%

A maltier DIPA that drinks towards On the Wings. Big pine character along with grapefruit.

Not exactly my hop or malt profile, but a well made "richer" DIPA with clean drinking mouthfeel.

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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 Davepoolesque
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a teku, a clear amber color with a fluffy white head. Was not expecting the color. Smell is phenomenal. Lots of tropical fruits, Papaya, mango, pineapple and a touch of pine. Taste similar to the smell. Flavor just coats your mouth. This is a very balanced double. The malt lingers in the background and supports the hops without getting in the way. Very Solid. Would compare this to DRIPA and Bodhi.

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Photo of CrossSideTop
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So to start with the nose on this is grapefruit and marijuana (or Cascade hops). If you can imagine how good that combination would smell, that's it. Btw Appearance was light copper with a strangely thin, weak, head. Moderate lacing. Carbonation is low, but seemingly perfect for the beer. Taste starts with a big green hoppy kick up front that lingers and takes the reigns of a well developed malt profile. It's nearly perfect. Slight warmth going down.

All in all this is fantastic. For the record I'm new to this, so that was more or less free associative typing while drinking a glass, but to me this is world class. Maybe could have used a bit more carbonation, but that could be attributed to lots of things. This is a truly world class beer although a bit visually darker than I like for the style.

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