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Hop Venom Double IPA - Boneyard Beer Company

Hop Venom Double IPA
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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 68
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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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.96/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Thanks to WhiteJordan for the growler hook-up

Poured into my Upland tulip, glows orange with a nice creamy off-white head. Sticky lacing coats the glass the whole way down.

Wow the nose on this! The instant I popped the growler the aromas rushed up to my two-feet away nose. One of the stronger punches I've ever received. Lush tropical fruits, citrus and good dank pine. All hops!

Similar flavors only even more complex. A hefty dose of tropical fruit up front. Tastes like there is a lot of Citra in this one. A little bit of stickiness in the middle of the palate. This one has malts, but even at its maltiness points, hops still dominate. Finishes very dank and piney.

Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat sticky and hides the alcohol incredibly well. Usually anything above 9% in pales is a danger zone where the booze dominates. This drinks like a 6-7%. My friend I shared with was amazed when I told him it was 10%.

One of the best DIPA's I've ever had. It's got it all. Wonderful nose, complex flavor and a great mouthfeel while being incredibly smooth. Definitely a permanent ISO. Thanks Jordan!

Serving type: growler

05-03-2013 16:15:35 | More by jmarsh123
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blackie

Virginia

4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Brouwer's

a: draft served in a shaker pint at the beginning of a long trek home, the beer is an orange-amber in color, layered with a finger of beige carbonation that retains well, lace clinging behind

s: the nose brings an instant punch of pungent, resinous citrus oils and juicy tropical fruits with tones of pine needles, grapefruit, mango, passionfruit; fantastically rich hop aromas just pouring out from the firm pale and caramel malt backing, sweet alcohol

m: a malty, medium body, carbonation moderate and smootho

t: complex hops dominate the hefty caramel and pale malt structure - grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, and mango all push through, juicy and resionous, some sweetness in the middle with growing moderate bitterness, tropical candy, vivid and striking - pure hop, delicious

o: an incredible dipa to stumble into on a cool spring night, loved this

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2013 03:29:11 | More by blackie
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.14/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-16-2013 00:10:53 | More by Alieniloquium
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HopHead84

California

4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

3/27/2013

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.

Serving type: growler

03-28-2013 16:48:55 | More by HopHead84
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2013 18:09:19 | More by writerLJBerg
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anteater

Oregon

4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler

A: Good looking beer, clear and golden

S: Bitterness, some citrus and a bit of alcohol

T: Really nice citrus flavor from the hops, the malt really steps back and lets the hops shine. I'd say the hop flavor is very forward, more so than something like Pliny. There is a slight alcohol presence but overall this one is delicious and will go down super easy.

M: Crisp, awesome

O: A truly good IPA. I actually like both RPM and Notorious a little better than Hop Venom but if you ever have the chance to try it, I would not turn it down!

Serving type: growler

03-13-2013 04:26:09 | More by anteater
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Murrhey

Montana

4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-13-2013 03:19:45 | More by Murrhey
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to oregonskibum for sending this one as what was essentially an extra in our larger trade.

Beer pours a hazy orangey-gold with a nice white head and some decent lacing. It's a little darker than I expected. The aroma here is super impressive - a big tropical/citrus fruity hop aroma with a nice amount of malty sweetness backing it up. Flavor follows the nose and wow is this an impressive-tasting beer! It's got a great citrusy hop thing going on here with a nice bitter (but not too bitter) finish. The malt plays a more significant role than I usually like in my DIPAs, but it works here, bringing a nice sweetness to the table that provides and excellent base for the citrusy/bitter hops. It's a little on the boozier side for a DIPA (hey, it's 10%!), but it still drinks pretty easily. Mouthfeel is nice as well, medium-bodied and a little bit sticky. I tend to think of myself as a bit of a DIPA snob, and I doubt the quality of each new one that arises that I've never heard of, but this one absolutely lives up to the billing. I can't wait until these guys start canning and I can get this more regularly from my west-coast buddies.

One thing of note: this beer is awesome when it's nice and cold, but as it started to warm, it got boozier and more syrupy. It still was far from bad, but I would recommend not letting this one warm up too much.

Serving type: growler

02-15-2013 02:15:27 | More by starrdogg
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

9.2/10

Serving type: growler

02-10-2013 04:55:02 | More by AlexFields
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a hazy honey-amber with a sticky looking white head.

Smell. Sticky resinous hops, plenty of citrus rinds, a little sweet malt and cedar.

Taste. Huge bitter citrus rinds, some cedar and sweet caramel malts.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium carbonation.

Overall. A fantastic hop bomb, my kind of iPA!!!

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2013 20:32:24 | More by Rutager
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flagmantho

Washington

4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2013 00:42:33 | More by flagmantho
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-19-2012 03:29:38 | More by Stigs
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philbertk

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
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)

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2012 05:04:38 | More by philbertk
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mfavoino

Washington

4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2012 00:49:45 | More by mfavoino
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

32 oz growler courtesy of Eric. Thank you very much for the opportunity and for hitting this want.

On the darker side of orange and mostly opaque. Steady skim remains throughout the glass and he lacing is sticky and lays a few stringy sheets.

Smell is sugary fruits, pineapple juice, and sweet malts.

Tends towards balance: lots of sugary sweet, though some nondescript, fruitiness. As odd as it might sound, it's rather tangy. Not overly bitter, but the juicy fruits render a tight pucker of my o-hole. There's a sweet-n-sour sauce quality here that's a bit perplexing. Malts provide a solid foundation and an additional overall sweetness.

Carbonation is soft and on the low end, but the body is smooth and mellow on the tongue.

Overall, I enjoyed this. However, there seems to be something missing. Seems like a puzzle that is short a piece. Good, but not as great as many reviews make it to be.

Serving type: growler

08-18-2012 00:51:45 | More by BarrytheBear
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JTahoe

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2012 04:44:47 | More by JTahoe
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2012 01:39:51 | More by corby112
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harrymel

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler poured earlier today from Chuck's Hop Shop

Light copper ale with soapy yellowish foam etching the surface. Grapefruit, mango, lemon peel, a bit of alchohol, some catty character and biscuity malts in the nose. Flavor follows suit with a good punch of bitterness, balanced with sweet, wet malts and plenty of juicy fruits in there. Although not overly bitter, the beer is also a little sweet with alcohol. Slight hint of acetone on the finish. Medium bodied with lower carb (I think this related to the growler fill method used here) and a resinous finish. This has all the main components of a world class DIPA, but just needs some fine tuning in the alcohol, ester and overall weaving of the flavors. I would order again in a heart beat and will likely finish the growler tonight with a friend.

Serving type: growler

08-09-2012 04:21:54 | More by harrymel
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draheim

Washington

4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Chuck's Hop Shop, Seattle. Pours a slightly hazy coppery gold.

Aroma is a bright burst of hoppy tropical goodness.

Taste is sharply citrusy w/ a bright sweet pale malt backbone. Some pine too. A searing bitterness on the finish. Grapefruit grapefruit grapefruit. Alcohol completely hidden.

Mouthfeel is clean and sharp with a bitter finish.

Overall a world-class DIPA, about as good as any other I've tried.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2012 04:12:36 | More by draheim
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Arbitrator

California

3.78/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled growler into a glass, courtesy of my beer patron, ramnuts. Thank you, Frank! From notes. Consumed in late May.

A: Pours a clear copper / amber body with a generous off-white head. Good retention.

S: Notes of pine, grapefruit, tangerine, orange, honeydew, sugary pale malt. This seems sweeter and maltier on the nose than I was expecting from a DIPA...

T: Earthy bitterness that leads into a strong, almost dominant malt backbone. Pine, tangerine, grapefruit, and melon express substantial, but not overpowering, hop character. Again, as noted in the nose, this is on the maltier side and it lacks the punch I'd expect from a West Coast DIPA.

M: Medium-bodied. Moderate bitterness, no lingering stickiness. Well-disguised ABV.

O: I liked Notorious quite a bit more; this was on the malty side. Frank later commented that they were tweaking batches and this one tasted off, so maybe that's what was going on. I'd love to try it again and see what it should be like.

Serving type: growler

08-02-2012 06:57:46 | More by Arbitrator
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2012 17:23:45 | More by mdaschaf
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brystmar

Texas

4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Apex.

Cloudy orange pour with frothy white head. Great retention, spiderwebs of lace adorn my glass. Juicy fruits jump from the glass into my nose, reminiscent of a Hill Farmstead DIPA. Hops are so juicy and fresh.

Taste mostly follows suit, though it's more hop-forward compared to the fruity magic from the nose. Piney and bitter at the end as this 9% beast's alcoholic warmth roars to life, massaging my throat as it descends. Deserves a 4.25, rounding up here and docking "overall".

Nearly full-bodied, yet actively carbonated. Creamy. It's clear that tons of work went into this final recipe. Recommended if you can find it!

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2012 00:59:56 | More by brystmar
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suspect

New York

4.3/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 01:08:12 | More by suspect
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BIG thanks to JM03 for this!

Pours a light caramel color, clean, with a big white head. Aroma was piny, and resinous with some citrus and tropical fruits. Taste is big pine, resin, some grapefruit and caramel malts. It's got a bit of a full body to it, creamy, almost rich. Even though it was a growler, carbonation was nearly perfect.

This is a fantastic, resinous, beast of an IIPA. AWESOME!

Serving type: growler

05-31-2012 02:09:17 | More by EgadBananas
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distantmantra

Washington

4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2012 01:46:37 | More by distantmantra
Hop Venom Double IPA from Boneyard Beer Company
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