Hop Venom Double IPA - Boneyard Beer Company

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 744
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 7.66%
Wants: 445
Gots: 75 | FT: 3
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 09-02-2011

80 IBUs
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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 CascadiaGrokker
4.99/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (1,394 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 jmarsh123
4.96/5  rDev +11.7%
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! (1,103 characters)

Photo of aobrehm
4.96/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

There are several great 2xIPAs out there, but this one in contention for the best. Might not have the hype or marketing of Pliny, but it's world class. Boneyard is only available on tap... so try to track this gem down at a good beer bar. (238 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 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 floor_6
4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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”! (794 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 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 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 BrainDad
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (793 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 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 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 whatsajewtodo
4.81/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (565 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 bstave
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
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! (712 characters)

Photo of D_McClain
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Light, clean amber color with a thick creamy head. Aroma is heavy on grapefruit with modest floral notes around the edges. Taste is sour grapefruit, a little bit peppery, a touch floral, with a subtle honey background in the malt. Juicy at first then a dry biscuit finish. Surprisingly smooth both in taste and feel - fortunately lacking the harsh astringency of many strong IPAs - while yet possessing a nice, bright crispness too. Don't let the name scare you, this one doesn't sting a bit. Overall a very pleasurable IPA to spend time with. (545 characters)

Photo of msylvanus
4.75/5  rDev +7%
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. (347 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 blackie
4.71/5  rDev +6.1%
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 (871 characters)

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 grittybrews
4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a luminescent orange-gold with a trace of off-white head. Absolutely huge aroma of grapefruit, pine, honey, and caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a full, resinous mouthfeel -- malty without being too sticky. Fresh pine, grapefruit, and floral notes up front followed by hints of orange and a sweet caramel biscuit backbone. Nice kick of pine on the finish -- bitter without being too astringent.

Really well-balanced with killer aroma and flavor and barely a hint of booze -- top notch. (496 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)

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Hop Venom Double IPA from Boneyard Beer Company
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