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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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Reviews: 101
Hads: 793
Avg: 4.41
pDev: 23.36%
Wants: 462
Gots: 87 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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 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 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 largadeer
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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 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 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 mdaschaf
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Brouwer's Cafe

A: Hop Venom is a clear copper/amber color with a nice off-white head on top. Decent head retention that leaves some pretty lacing all around the glass.

S: Tons of tropical and citrus fruit on the aroma. Grapefruit, apricot, orange, and a bit of mango as well as a slight grassy aroma. There is some faint pine at the end.

T: The flavor profile backs the aroma up nicely with more tropical fruit, chiefly grapefruit upfront, but also some mango and papaya. There is a nice piney bitterness on the finish as well as some faint candied sugar malt.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Alcohol is hidden nicely and drinkability is very good.

O: First beer I have had from Boneyard and it is amazing. Can't wait to have this one again and try their other offerings.

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

Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is mildly hazy and dark orange colored with a thick head. The aroma brings some dank hops, pine. Very nice. The flavor is also quite tasty. More of a pine and resinous flavor than a citrusy, tangy DIPA. A touch of earthiness. Alcohol presence is masked very well. Easy to drink. Medium bodied and creamy. I would definitely have this again. Recommended.

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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 HopHead84
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25


32oz growler into a snifter. Thanks, Dyan! Damn, I didn't realize this was 10%. No turning back now.

A: Hazy dark orange with a big white cap of foam. Good retention with lots of lacing.

S: Bright and vibrant, redolent with aromatics of tangerine, orange, nectarine, grapefruit, and cantaloupe. There's some tropical character in there that could be perceived as mango or passion fruit, accompanying a dash of onion. Very expressive with a light bready malt base and some pine.

T: Succulent orange flesh hop character with just a touch of alcohol burn on the back of my palate. Citrus is juicy and vibrant, imparting nectarine, mango, and peach. There's a lower moderate bitterness with a light sweetness that keeps the palate refreshed and eager for another swig. Malt presence waxes toward the finish, which is more balanced with a lot of hop flavor. Citrus lingers.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation. The beer is sticky and light on the palate, which isn't the case with recent batches of some local IPAs in this ABV range that I used to enjoy.

Overall: Really well done. From what I can tell Boneyard is the best hoppy stuff coming out of the Pacific Northwest.

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Photo of John_M
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the green dragon today. Only available in 10 ounce glasses (but my bartender/waitress gave me a BIG 10 ounce glass).

The beer pours a slightly hazy, nearly opaque light orange color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is a stunner.... outside of hill farmstead out East, no one is making DIPA's like this. I get a huge aroma of rock candy, dank earth, dry citrus and pine, pine and more pine. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this hophead's orgasm in a glass. There's some noticeable sweet malt, but the hoppy bitterness quickly grabs it by the neck and pounds it into submission. Still, this DIPA is remarkably well balanced in this hugely flavorful DIPA, and I'm still trying to figure out how they got this kind of mouthfeel. The beer is medium bodied to full, with a long, bitter, yet somehow still soft and creamy on the finish, DIPA. This is clearly a big beer, but it's not at all heavy, hot or tiring on the finish. The way the brewer has integrated the alcohol into the flavor profile... this is something I seldom see in such a kick ass, in your face, DIPA.


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

Thanks to oregonskibum for this growler!

Pours a nice amber color with a big thick head.

Smell is just amazing. HUGE juicy hop aroma of tropical and citrus fruit, pineape and mango and orange, floral aroma too, pretty sweet. Damn this smells good.

Taste is only slightly less impressive. Again, very sweet, all of the same tropical fruit, strong sweet malt presence but also huge hops though it isn't very bitter. This is delicious.

A fantastic, world class DIPA. Huge juicy fruit presence and great drinkability.


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

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

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Photo of flagmantho
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap in a pint glass at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: great orange hue with plenty of haze and a finger of creamy ivory foam. Nice!

Smell: rich malt with very fresh, citrusy hops. Quite good indeed.

Taste: strong malt flavor with a rich and delicious citrus hop character throughout. Bitterness is quite balanced for a beer of this much hop character. Amazingly smooth for a beer of this strength.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a moderate carbonation and a good creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: hugely drinkable for an IPA of this strength, both in hoppiness and ABV. Wonderful.

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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 HuskyinPDX
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Elliott Bay Pizza.

A - Severed a dark cloudy orange with a light tan head that fades to a film with bubbles clinging to the edges. Lots of lacing also.

S - Oranges, melon, and grapefruit.

T - Grapefruit, honeydew, orange, nectarines.

D - Good carbonation and a heavier to medium body. A touch sweeter overall, but no bitterness.

O - This Brewery is hot for a reason. They make killer beers. I truly enjoyed this one. I was daydreaming of it yesterday and today I am drinking it. Love it!

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

On tap once again at one of the Bistro fests, my review #2400. As usual, Boneyard offers up a very light, yellow and orange colored ipa. Aroma is a blast of pine. Pine venom. Mixed in with that is a decent amount of tropical fruit as well. Very nice.

Taste, jeez, hides the alcohol so well, such a light malt bill, such a powerful hop flavor without abrasive bitterness. This is how its done, boneyard makes so many great versions of ipas and whatnot. Mouthfeel just keeps droppin' mad amounts of hop bomb grapefruit, pine and mango all up in yo senses. The malt bill does start to get heavier as you drink this, the hops ebb and flow and fade away slightly.

Usual stuff, tons of amarillo, simcoe and citra I would surmise. This is the new evolution of big hopped beers. Lots of proprietary hops, sugar, and little malt. Delicious.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, urban family public house

from notes

appearance: served in a urban family goblet - bright golden-orange body, moderate beige film

smell: aromatic and bright - pine, sweet grapefruit, tropical fruit, sugars

taste: bold citrus flavors - sugared ruby red grapefruit, lemon zest, pine resin, tangerine, tropical fruit. I'm really digging the boneyard stuff thats been showing up in Seattle.

mouthfeel: slick oily body, medium, abv well hidden

overall: great IPA from Bend

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