Hop Venom Double IPA - Boneyard Beer Company
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4.24/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
08-18-2014 00:57:37 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.25/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
04-10-2012 00:57:00 | More by Thorpe429
4.38/5 rDev -2%
On tap at The Bistro's DIPA fest. Was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. Hard to believe it's 10%, as it comes across as rather light-bodied, dry and balanced. It has a pale amber body, a few shades lighter than most PNW IPAs. Nice citrus nose with grapefruit leading the way, though it isn't as aromatic as several other beers I sampled that day. The palate is excellent, however, with big grapefruit and orange hop flavors balanced by an oily and biting but restrained bitterness, very Pliny the Elder-esque in that sense. Malt lends some body and slight sweetness, but it remains a lighter-bodied, hop-forward beer. Pretty impressive stuff, one of the best DIPAs I've had from Oregon.
02-15-2012 00:25:55 | More by largadeer
4.09/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
06-29-2013 22:54:31 | More by MasterSki
4.23/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
04-09-2012 19:38:21 | More by drabmuh
4.15/5 rDev -7.2%
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
02-12-2014 21:27:50 | More by mdfb79
4.15/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
08-12-2012 01:39:51 | More by corby112
4.43/5 rDev -0.9%
A: Poured a nice glowing but deep orange with a nice white cap
S: Lots of grapefruit, some pine and caramel, light booze
T: Immediate throat punch with a big pineapple, light pine and booze. The beauty of this beer is its persistence. The flavor is unrelenting. Towards the end it leaves a caramel, faded hop presence, booze sting and a lighlty bitter, stick and persistent aftertaste
M: Medium body, easy drinking for a IIPA of this magnitude and tasty
O: Good, but more than a pint would be too much
10-10-2011 23:07:00 | More by barleywinefiend
Hop Venom Double IPA from Boneyard Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 512 ratings.