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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: 95
Hads: 756
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 7.66%
Wants: 450
Gots: 78 | FT: 3
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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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Reviews: 95 | Hads: 756
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.2/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Three Floyds in Munster, a surprise to see, but a welcome one.

The beer pours a hazy amber color, hues of copper and orange with a finger or so of white head that has moderate retention and leaves some sticky lace behind. The aroma is lovely, lots of citrusy hops, bitter pine, wildflower, hop spice and some really soft malt. Balance is spot on, integration is great, while not the most complex aroma I've encountered on an IPA, it's just really solidly done. The flavors are no let down at all, loads of tangy grapefruit hops, crisp spice, earthy grass, floral character with some bitter, resinous pine on the back end that's really soft and supporting, rather than abrasive and clashing. Sweet malt and a touch of alcohol is also present at the finish but doesn't detract from this at all, only helps to balance and mellow the hops. The body was nice, crisp, juicy that coats the mouth nicely, the finish was a little pricklier than I like and while it was dry, it wasn't bone dry.

Verdict: A damn solid DIPA from Boneyard. I've been looking forward to trying this for some time, and I never expected it to be sitting on tap in the midwest. I had to order a second glass to see if it was really was the real deal, and it delivered. Cheers to Boneyard for this, a joy to drink. (1,300 characters)

Photo of Stigs
4.12/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of Zaximus
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Maybe the most well balanced IIPAs I've had.

L - Deep copper. Almost Amber.

S- Big time floral. Grass. Smells amazing.

T- follows the nose. Grassy. Piney. Big malt backbone. Not sweet at all which admittedly is a quality I really enjoy in an IPA. Bitter finish but not a hip bomb. As I said before, extremely well balanced.

F- Full bodied for the style. Possible its best feature.

O- Very good. Not my personal favorite as I like a little more sweetness and fruit in my IPAs but still extremely well balanced and drinkable. (528 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
4.17/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (781 characters)

Photo of brewskis
4.66/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice surprise on tap at Three Floyds. Pours a burnt orange, almost amber, color with a finger and a half length off white head. Smells of resinous grapefruit and pine, as well as sweet carmel malt, some tangerine notes, maybe some tropical fruit notes. Taste starts with resinous hop characteristics. Get grapefruit rind, some orange peel, classic west coast pine, as well as some grassy and floral notes. The middle brings even more resinous qualities, but also starts to introduce the sweet carmel and bready notes to balance it. The finish is quite nice. The hop qualities are still there, but not as bitter, just resinous (if that makes sense). Just get great hoppy fruit flavors with a sweet carmel backbone. Grapefruit, mango, pine, tangerines, sweet bubblegum. Pretty full body with a creamy and oily mouthfeel. No alcohol to speak of. Definitely bitter like a west coast ipa should be, yet never gets abrasive and out of control like a lot of them do. Very hoppy, yet extremely balanced. Really, really good. (1,016 characters)

Photo of jbwimer
4/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (172 characters)

Photo of drmcleod10
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Served out of a 64 oz growler into a glass.
Thanks to Shaimless for sending this my way.

A - Light amber brown color with a 2 finger white creamy foam head with awesome lacing

S - Smell is definitely citrusy front of the nose with piney hops coming through as it warms. definitely some light floral notes. Lots of fruits coming through

T - Taste follows the nose with a really juicy punch on the front end, light notes of malt and piney hops. Love the juiciness of this as shain mentioned

M - medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Definitely a winner from Boneyard. Really want to give notorious a shot at some point. But damn, yeah this is good. Seek this DIPA out.

Thanks Shain! (695 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of philbertk
3.89/5  rDev -12.4%
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) (473 characters)

Photo of spicelab
4.86/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes.

32 oz Growler from Boneyard Taproom. ABV listed at 8.6% - according to one of the brewers, this will be a permanent change to the recipe.

Muddy looking pour initially. Hazed bronze-orange body beneath a near white, sudsy head of about an inch. Falls to a raised ring with decent lacing.

Laser sharp hop assault of apricots, passionfruit, grapefruit, papaya, strawberries and an array of candied citrus. Never experienced hop aromas this radiant and defined. Subtle herbaceous tones behind this and a mild savoury malt backbone - which is just as it should be for hops this expressive. Amazing.

Just as brilliant. Orange sherbet, honeydew melon, pineapple, tangerine, passionfruit and perky cut herbs. Not the slightest hint of alcohol.

Discernible hop oil chewiness in the mid-palate, although just above medium-bodied for the most part. Very inconspicuous carbonation and a satisying rising bitterness.

Out of this world. Exceptionally clean and vivid hop profile that boggles the palate. Enjoying straight from the source just after being tapped may have biased my review, but this redefines the meaning of fresh hops in my eyes. (1,162 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Apex

A: Cloudy blood orange. Restful off-white head. Washes the glass.

N: Deliciously full. Spruce needles, pineapple, and mango. Malts add an inviting base. Some onion adds zest.

T: Pure delight. Beep, lush hops lend grapefruit, pineapple, earth, and spruce. Has a pleasant balancing sweetness. Onion and marijuana.

M: Sticky and drying, yet never steps over the line where I tire of it.

O: I'm an unabashed Boneyard lover, and I'm not afraid to admit it. This beer is so expertly balanced, it's difficult to describe. Or maybe not worth describing because I'm so busy drinking it. (598 characters)

Photo of suspect
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (699 characters)

Photo of dsigmon
4.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received a 32 oz growler from @kurmaraja straight from the source. This is my first growler trade as well so it's adding to my excitement of this great beer.

A: Pours a dark amber with a gorgeous frothy head. You can tell by the pour that this is going to be a nice resinous IIPA.

S: Immediately from the pour the smell hypnotizes you. I've stuffed my face in many a glass and have never smelled an aroma so enticing. The floral characteristics are something I've never experienced to this degree. It was like walking through a field of wild flowers...shortly after walking straight into a fruit stand. Oranges, tangerines, lemon zest..it's all there and just lures you in every so closely. I want to drink it but I can't stop smelling it!

T: At first you get a nice burst of tart citrus fruits followed by just the perfect balance of orange juice and caramel like sweetness. As you are enjoying the tart citrus, a touch of spice and pine join the playing field which meld perfectly. The balance between the tart citrus, orange, tangerine, pine, and caramel culminate into something almost magical. Sip after sip, layer after layer coats the tongue in an abundance of flavors that end in what is basically my "wet dream" of an IIPA. I can't get enough of this brew...through is an eerie amount aromatics that continue to arise and the continuance of flavors dance across my tongue...this is perfect.

M: Perfect. Perfect level of carbonation so the beer dances across your tongue followed by a nice resinous coating. Not too thick or too thin and leaves you wanting more!

O: I can't lie. I wasn't expecting this. I had checked the score on BA but didn't read any reviews or have any real expectancy of what this would be like. This, to me, is the perfect IIPA. I've had PF, Heady, Pliny, Abrasive, and many of the top guys. This beats them all out IMO. Thank you Boneyard for putting out something so amazing! Now I just need more :( (1,938 characters)

Photo of PacNWDad
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%

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. (223 characters)

Photo of distantmantra
4.82/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Pine Box. Seattle, WA.

A: Deep golden orange in color with a small head of white foam.

S: Strong notes of pine along with some floral and citrus notes.

T: Big wallop of pine and citrus, but there is caramel malt to help smooth things. Absolutely fantastic flavor.

M: The alcohol is apparent but not unpleasent. Viscous, oily and full-bodied.

O: Can Boneyard make a bad beer? I'm starting to think they can't. While RPM is more of an everyday beer, Hop Venom is one for special occasions. Drink lightly, but savor every drop. (544 characters)

Photo of raynmoon
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall, a very tasty and extremely balanced beer. Very similar to Pliny the elder, if you were to make a comparison, but I may like this one a little more. Perhaps it is because I can't get it regularly, but either way, it's still great.

The gold standard for a west coast India pale ale. (292 characters)

Photo of South2NW
4.66/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap from Baileys Taproom

A: poured a deep amber color, with frothy white head.

S: explosion of fruits! Peach, mango, orange. A little bit of pine and floral, as well.

T: Another explosion of fruits. Citrus hits you immediately, and is backed up by a good amount of malt, and some pine comes out as it warms.

M: medium body, prickly carbonation.

O: absolutely delicious DIPA from Boneyard. Now, I need some Notorious. (424 characters)

Photo of roger617
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Scored a growler of this through the Home Brew Talk Make A Wish. One of my top wants for quite some time, so I couldn't be happier to be the recipient of this one! Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark golden/copper with just under a finger of white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing.
S: Strong aroma of citrus hops, pine, and grapefruit. Not a hop bomb, but still super dank and incredibly well balanced.
T: This beer is so sweet, I have a very hard time believing the ABV. Awesome flavor of citrus blend, pine, a mild malt backbone, all so well balanced. As it warms up a bit the malt and pine start to come forward, but there is so much sweet flavor that it maintains a great balance.
M: Carb-wise, you never know what to expect out of a growler. I was so happy when I popped it open to an aggressive 'pssst'. Carbed very well, leaves a slightly dry after taste.
O: Seek it out. Don't trade whalez bro for it, but if you have the chance to try this, do not pass it up. The balance of citrus, hop, pine, and malt is perfect. The ABV is hidden so well you'd think you're drinking a session. I'm at this point always ISO hop venom. (1,145 characters)

Photo of boralyl
4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - This beer produces a small white head with nice lacing and decent retention. The beer is clear and copper in color.

S - The aroma has a lot of fruity characteristics. Grapefruit is the most apparent, but there is also citrus, orange and some piny notes. There is a nice caramel backbone throughout.

M - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. For the alcohol content, it's not syrupy at all.

T - There is a ton of dank hop flavor in this beer. Citrus and orange show up first, followed quickly by grapefruit through mid-taste. There are some piny notes and bitterness in the finish. There's a little bit of sweet malt present, but this beer is about the hops. There is virtually no alcohol presence, which is surprising for the beer being at 10%.

This is an amazingly drink-able beer. The alcohol content is well hidden. I prefer this to their even bigger Notorious Triple IPA. (887 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Pine Box in Seattle, served in a pint glass.

Looks a slightly hazy golden orange with a small white cap of foam on top.

The smell is similar to Boneyard's standard IPA, with citrus, pine, and breadiness coming through. The dank hop aroma is a bit more prominent in this one, though.

Also much like the standard IPA, it delivers a great balance of bitter hops and sweet citrus, with the familiar malty, bread-like aftertaste. But the flavors are a bit amped up since this is an imperial ipa.

The feel is crisp and refreshing, but also somewhat substantial.

A very satisfying DIPA. (598 characters)

Photo of Alron
4.86/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Fresh Growler poured into a Mason Jar.

-Appearance was gorgeous. A copper and golden amber, clear. With a nice two inch head. Excellent lacing and retention. Looks almost thick.
-Smell is fantastic, just what you want out of a Double IPA. Citrusy, Hoppy, Grapefruit, Piney.
-Taste is delicious, not overly bitter hops, Orange peal, Grapefruit, Pine. Barely notice the 8.9%, which if you ask me is the truly amazing part of this beer.
-Mouthfeel has good carbonation and in fact is slightly chewy for the style (which I do enjoy). Finishes sweet , clean and dry.

-Overall a fantastic beer. I had heard it was good and this one really lived up the expectations. This one is right there with all of the other top Double IPA's I've had. I believe the higher ABV% is what really sets it apart for me. (798 characters)

Photo of BigJYoungblood
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A:golden honey
S:very citrus and hoppy
T:sweet citrus yummy hoppness
M:just enough carbonation, light and refreshing for ABV and IBU
O: I reference all beers based on this. This is the most balanced beer I have ever had.

Source: Many Growlers upon Growlers. (258 characters)

Photo of mfavoino
4.84/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap on 8/25/12.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark orange with thick white head that retained pretty well.

Smell: The nose on this one is great. Tons of citrus and tropical aromas along with a more subtle grassy scent. Really potent and jumping out of the glass. Smells like a big DIPA.

Taste: Follows the nose with fresh orange, grapefruit, and other tropical fruits. Hops don't destroy the palate because of a considerable pale malt presence. Finishes with moderate bitterness that gives some more earthy, resiny hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: A full-body and rich. Would like a bit more of drinkability.

Overall: I've had this one a couple of times now and really think it rivals any DIPA in the country. Really looking forward to canning. (752 characters)

Photo of JTahoe
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Draft pour into tulip at Apex in PDX.

A - Glowing amber with a fine white head, and tight shimmering lace.

S - Fresh and bright with a subtle combination of citrus and evergreen.

T - Deceptively smooth and almost simple at first blush, yet full of flavor without hitting you over the head. Caramel malts appear first with tropical fruit coming next and a nice earthiness grounding the whole. Hop flavor and bitterness develops with each sip: pineapple, then a citric bite, next lemon zest and a hint of grapefruit, and finally resinous pine. Alcohol is surprisingly masked. The most balanced DIPA I have encountered.

M - Full body and smooth with a nice snap of dry bitterness and tight (perfect) carbonation.

O - Wow. I'm a fan of big IPAs (Mongo, Sculpin, PTE, etc.) but this is impressive in its ability to be subtle and complex all at once. Super drinkable. (867 characters)

Hop Venom Double IPA from Boneyard Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.