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Hop Venom Double IPA - Boneyard Beer Company

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95 Reviews
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Reviews: 95
Hads: 755
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 7.66%
Wants: 449
Gots: 78 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 09-02-2011

80 IBUs
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Reviews: 95 | Hads: 755
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 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 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 stevedj
4.81/5  rDev +8.3%
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!! (406 characters)

Photo of ajramirez1
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
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- (287 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 mdfb79
4.17/5  rDev -6.1%
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 (1,037 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 fthegiants
4.84/5  rDev +9%
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) (329 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1771st Review on BA
Draft to 16oz Pint
On tap @ Uber in Seattle, WA

App- This was served to me in a straight up pint glass. A big tall 16ozer. Huge dark oranges with some golds and yellows mixed in. The head was a good 1-1/2 fingers and left an amazing cling down the side of the glass. Just a window curtain.

Smell- This was a good mix in the glass when it warmed of fresh fruits, oily hops and dark pine. A bit strong on the pine IMO. A good mix of dank and fresh and on a cold night in Seattle this was warming on the nose.

Taste- This was a good beer. I mean when you can have this much hop flavor with a light malt bill and find that balance you are doing something right. Forget Pliny. This is up there with Heady. I was very glad I found this and had a 2nd glass. The hops are fruitful and thick but not overpowering to the rest of the flavors.

Mouth- A big thick full mouth feel. Felt like a cream sickle type of residual flavor. Creamy, lush and piney.

Drink- Such a good beer. Needs to be higher on this list than it is. (1,035 characters)

Photo of elfefe
4.91/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz, capped growler
Lost Abbey TEKU

A: Pours deep orange color. Slightly hazy. A little off white in head. Loose bubbled. Leaving some bits of lacing.

S: More herbal hops here. Green onion. Garlic. Sweet malts. But I do get some grapefruit coming in as well.

T: Wow. This is delicious. Again, more herbal and earthy hop. Not the overwhelming citrus blast. Some pine. Sweetness from malts. Finish is dry.

M: Medium bodied. (426 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.78/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (1,060 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i tried this on tap at the Three Floyds brewpub a few weeks ago. This is from notes.

Near clear gold with a gigantic, pillowy head that completely coats the glass in swaths of ivory lace. Orange and peach on the nose in abundance, you can smell it from well away. Lots of balancing, clean, doughy malt in there as well. The taste is massive, massive hops with orange, peach, pineapple, aspirin hop notes overwhelming the palate. Some soothing booze mixes with the solid malt balast in the background. The mouthfeel is full and completely coating with lupulin oil. Strong bitterness lasts forever in the hop smack of a finish.

This is a delicious DIPA. Huge and complex with an incredible array of hop flavors. I hope to get a chance to try this again. Fantastic.
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Photo of scottfrie
4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks for the growler, Jeff! Poured into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a deep amber with a fluffy, greasy and thick off-white head that left a network of sticky lace down the glass. Head slowly faded into a thin wispy film.
S: Massive and extremely fresh notes of juicy citrus all the way. This beer smells freaking amazing. Tropical hints of mango and pineapple mix well with grapefruit pith, tangerine nectar and a fresh bouquet of flowers.
T: A little more malt than the nose suggested but still extremely hoppy. Citrus and tropical fruits dominate with flavors of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, and flowers. The aftertaste is lightly sweet with nectar and fruity.
M: Medium-full body, very drinkable and smooth mouthfeel, not greasy, not viscous, no alcohol, not cloying, with smooth soft carbonation. Drinks amazingly.
O: One of the best dipas I’ve had the pleasure to drink. It’s incredibly flavorful, smells like nothing else, and has a delicate yet potent flavor. Seek this brew out, fourwheelz. (1,008 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 portia99
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

64oz growler poured into a Throwback snifter.

A - Pours a medium amber in color with a finger thick pillow of dense white foam that shows good staying power. Head slowly falls to a thick collar, leaving only sparse lacing on the glass. Small floating particles slightly mar an otherwise very good looking beer.

S - Aroma is thick with pine - super resiny. Pineapple and grapefruit heavy citrus are layered in the aroma as well. Firm malt body to balance, sugary, caramelly. Gives a bit of a sweet overall impression with tons of fruity and piney additions.

T - Much like the aroma...only more so. Resiny pine, grapefruit, tropical fruits, medium bitterness - this is more about the hop flavors than being a super bitter DIPA. Sugary and lightly caramelly malt balances things and seems to enhance the fruity, citrusy aspects of the hops smoothing the edges and really bringing them to the forefront. Really intense hop flavors here, no trace of alcohol - excellent DIPA.

M - This might be the thickest non-stout I've ever had. Has more than a passing resemblance to maple syrup in the glass and on the tongue. Carbonation is at a lower level managing just a mild tingle on the tongue. Liquid is sticky/resiny and very thick and syrupy.

O - I really enjoyed this DIPA. Strong malt backbone that I thought would take over the hops as the beer warmed a bit in the glass, but never did. Hops were firm in bitterness but not overpowering. Loaded with complex hop flavors that really expressed themselves well thru the malt base. Slight sugary aspects seemed to bring out the citrusy flavors a bit towards the front. The caramel aspect of the malt faded to the background and allowed the hops to shine - typically I find heavy malt IPA/DIPA have the caramel aspects dominate and I was afraid this one would follow that pattern too, but happily did not. (1,851 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (835 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Taphouse in Seattle. Copper pour with little head in a pint glass. Big floral aroma with definite light sweet citrus. The hops really shine through here and I get no booze on the aroma despite the relatively high ABV. Flavor follows aroma exactly, with beautiful dry hops along with juicy citrus and a slight malt backbone. Slick but pretty easy drinking with medium carbonation. Solid brew! As with RPM, I want more of this. Boneyard is doing some great stuff. (470 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 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 CuriousMonk
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky dark golden orange color and a one finger frothy beige head that slowly settles into a thick lasting ring. Streaks and chunks of soapy lacing coat the glass throughout. 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. Really wish 10 Barrel and Boneyard would ship their beers to me… (979 characters)

Photo of dangeru
4.94/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (391 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (1,214 characters)

Photo of Rosanne
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%
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 (313 characters)

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