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Hop Venom Double IPA - Boneyard Beer Company

Hop Venom Double IPA
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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 8.26%


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:
80 IBUs

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 09-02-2011)
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roger617

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-22-2014 01:09:21 | More by roger617
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bstave

Washington

4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

32oz growlette poured into Dogfish Head tulip pint

A- Poured a one finger off-white head over a semi-transparent copper body that becomes golden lower in the glass.

S- Wow! I am getting all hop profiles in the smell. Pine, citris, dank hops. This is nice!

T- Incredible. The taste follows the nose exactly, which I have found is fairly uncommon. Very bitter, but rounded out with some nice sweet malts. Not getting any alcohol. Excellent!

M- Medium mouthfeel. Thinner than some DIPAs, which I really like. Not syrupy like some DIPAs. Good carbonation provides nice mouthfeel.

O- Wow! I really like this beer. This and the Wisdom Seeker from Black Raven are my two favorite DIPAs in the Northwest. Well done!

Serving type: growler

02-22-2012 04:59:34 | More by bstave
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brewskis

Indiana

4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2013 00:11:19 | More by brewskis
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ajramirez1

Washington

4.61/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid double IPA. Boneyard is blowing up and this beer just adds to an already stellar lineup for being a fairly new brewery.
PNW floosies.

Hop Venom is well balanced and has the hop taste your looking for. Easy to drink with a solid taste. One of the better tasting iipa out there.

A-

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2014 03:55:21 | More by ajramirez1
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Rosanne

California

3.75/5  rDev -16.3%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2013 20:11:10 | More by Rosanne
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BrainDad

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a growlette (32 oz. sold apparently only by Boneyard). Tasted at the brewery with Tony, the owner, who sold it to go because they just opened and it wasn't busy.

Color is a beautiful shade of peach amber. You can tell by looking it is gonna be good. Aroma is solid hops and citrus.

No more than a half inch of head and nice lacing down the glass.

The flavor is where this beer stands out. Not grapefruit or pine, but a ripe, delicious and slightly sweet orange! No bitterness, smooth as the day is long.

I can't say enough good things about this beer. I could move to Bend from Michigan just to get it whenever available. We toured Oregon for a week and this was the best IPA out of many. I had some nice known and 1-2 unknown beers, but Boneyard is definitely a quality operation.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2011 00:04:09 | More by BrainDad
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BigJYoungblood

Oregon

5/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-23-2013 01:27:08 | More by BigJYoungblood
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Andrewseher


4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2012 02:48:34 | More by Andrewseher
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Alron

California

4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-02-2014 08:44:21 | More by Alron
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floor_6

Washington

4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

February 16, 2012 @ Park Way Tavern

A+

I’m not a sophisticated beer enthusiast, but this was without a doubt the best DIPA I have tried! Some might not find Hop Venom as smooth as the younger or the elder, but it was definitely a pleasure for my taste buds. Bravo Boneyard brewers!

Look – Dark golden amber, clear with a slight haze, very pleasant.

Smell – Looked so delicious I forgot to analyze the smell.

Taste – Yes, it has loads of it. Also, very pleasant.

Feel – Nice and crisp, very pleasing.

Overall – So delicious, I was compelled to order another, and didn’t even bother with The Elder or The Maharaja which were also on tap this night!

p.s. – hey, Boneyard folks, get another keg of this up to the 253 lickety-spilt – “pretty please with sugar on top”!

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2012 20:49:46 | More by floor_6
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CascadiaGrokker

Oregon

4.99/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I finally got the chance to try this after hearing many good reviews from friends. It didn't disappoint! I got a growler filled at Growl Movement in Keizer, Oregon.

When I poured it into a tulip there was a 1 finger cream colored head. The liquid is hazy, honey, amber/orange in color with good retention and lacing.

The smell was incredible! All of the best sweet, hoppy aromas I look for in a dIPA. Citrus, tropical fruit, sweet spruce needle, and grapefruit dominate the nose while a hint of malt is detectable.

The taste was very similar to the smell. The grapefruit, tropical fruit, and sweet spruce/fir flavors were pronounced, yet there was just enough malt to balance it out.

Not a ton of carbonation, but just enough. The mouthfeel is medium/ full bodied, but not syrupy or oil like.

Overall, this is just a remarkable beer. The aroma and taste offer something more that just a few beers are able to accomplish. Pliny, Hop Stoopid and many other West Coast IPA's are able to get all of the best hop flavors, yet balance them and not feel alcoholic. Hop Venom is able to take it to another level. There is something more about this beer that is hard to describe. The flavors are incredible, but there is almost a sensation or feeling in the mouth and throat about midway through a drink that takes over and accompanies the flavors. At 10%, this is perfectly balanced and drinkable.

Serving type: growler

05-25-2013 19:56:17 | More by CascadiaGrokker
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whatsajewtodo

Maryland

4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - cloudy golden, served in a tulip glass, strong head off the pour, quickly dissipating.

S - grapefruit , fresh spring meadow, freshly mown grass

T - mixed citrus, minimal sweetness upfront, moderate sour pucker. VERY smooth from start to finish.

M - initial watery, smooth feel with mild drying after swallowing.

Overall, this is a stellar brew. Even at a whopping 10%, you wouldn't guess it. It doesn't reek/taste of booze like many imperials, hard to tell it's strength over the super hop-centric flavor profile. A must have for anyone cruising the PAC NW.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2013 22:54:39 | More by whatsajewtodo
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dangeru

United Kingdom (England)

4.95/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Have had this several times on trips to Oregon, most recently on tap at Apex, but also have had as taster at brewery, and in growlers.

To me, this is the standard for the class of strong, flavorful IPA. Nose and taste have power, yet remain balanced and offer several layers of pleasing flavors. There's lots to discover when burying your nose in this beer and then taking a sip. Fantastic.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2013 21:39:41 | More by dangeru
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elfefe

Oregon

4.91/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm getting a growler of this once a month at our local homebrew store. I've had this side by side with a fresh bottle of pliny the elder and it simply beats it for smell and taste. I've had guests that don't like IPAs - or any kind of bitter beer - taste this and the hop flavor and smell is so nice and strong and complex that they loved it. You can at times forget it is actually beer and not just pure hop juice goodness. I'm a big fan.

Serving type: growler

10-18-2013 02:57:48 | More by elfefe
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msylvanus

Washington

4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap @ Parkway 16Feb, then @ Red Hot 19Feb. A bit thinner, crisper the second time around. Boneyard seems to create multiple awesome IPA's - RPM, SkunkApe, and now that I've have the pleasure - Hop Venom. This one really stood up to a night's competition of Pliny the Elder, Younger, Avery Maharaja, and Dogfish Head 120 Minute. Wonderful stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 23:04:18 | More by msylvanus
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fthegiants

California

4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I can't tell you all the fancy terms, i guess im not that smart. But if you have any intelligence, do yourself a favor drink this beer!! To me this is right up there with any IPA i have had, Pliny, Heady, Sculpin, ETC... this is just as good if not better. Yum (please forgive me for punctuation or spelling i have been drinking)

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-28-2013 03:13:41 | More by fthegiants
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stevedj

Oregon

4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is as close to perfect as you can get. Incredible hop flavor aroma and bitterness and masterfully balanced.

The aroma tips you off that this is going to be an awesome experience.

The hops kick in initially, with just the right flavor/bitterness, balance. Then the malt profile emerges, in perfect harmony with the hops, leading to a well balanced finish.

Try it . You will never go back to Pliny!!

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2014 17:22:01 | More by stevedj
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Hop Venom Double IPA from Boneyard Beer Company
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