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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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101 Reviews
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Reviews: 101
Hads: 793
Avg: 4.41
pDev: 23.36%
Wants: 460
Gots: 87 | 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: 101 | Hads: 793
Photo of grittybrews
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of ccnorthwest
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The nose is present with citrus. Quick dissipating head, yet lingers. Body is delicious with citrus and finish with a slight spike of hops. HOP VENOM!

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Photo of brewskis
4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of CrossSideTop
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So to start with the nose on this is grapefruit and marijuana (or Cascade hops). If you can imagine how good that combination would smell, that's it. Btw Appearance was light copper with a strangely thin, weak, head. Moderate lacing. Carbonation is low, but seemingly perfect for the beer. Taste starts with a big green hoppy kick up front that lingers and takes the reigns of a well developed malt profile. It's nearly perfect. Slight warmth going down.

All in all this is fantastic. For the record I'm new to this, so that was more or less free associative typing while drinking a glass, but to me this is world class. Maybe could have used a bit more carbonation, but that could be attributed to lots of things. This is a truly world class beer although a bit visually darker than I like for the style.

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Photo of South2NW
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | 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.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

After having RPM a couple years ago, I've been craving more Boneyard beers. Growler picked up from the Beer Junction in West Seattle yesterday. Tasted 23 May 2015.

Pours a hazy medium orange amber. 1.5 fingers of whitish head, great retention, big and little bubbles persist until I finish the glass, with fingers and islands of lacing reaching up.

Smell is packed with fruity aromatic hops. Some soft sweet citrus, but it's mostly big tropical aromas, pineapple, guava. Outstanding.

The taste is the true beauty of this beer. It's full of those aromatic hops - I can't recall tasting a beer with this much tropical fruit in the flavor. This is something I don't understand, how the rare hoppy beer is packed with those aromatics, but most are dominated by acids. Anyway, I'm loving this. It's sort of ambiguous fruit, juicy, pulpy, and sweet, but it doesn't match up with anything I've had. Apricot x mango is the closest I can come up with. Bitter, and I can tell there's a lot, but it's balanced so thoroughly by malt sweetness that it feels gentle.

Feel is excellent. Medium-bodied, leaning to heavy. Carbonation is medium-low, just enough to stir things up without hiding them. Lasts just long enough for the bitter to rise out, then fade and dry up.

This is a beautiful beer. One of my top 3 DIPAs, with Abrasive and Heady. Though I think I'd pick those over Hop Venom, side-by-side I might prefer this, due to the incredible hop flavors and the smooth balance.

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Photo of ajramirez1
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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.


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Photo of Sintech
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

32 oz Crowler can flown in from Bend, Oregon!

Appearance - Dark amber hue.

Smell - Tropical fruits, honey and citrus.

Taste - Honey, tropical fruits and citrus.

Feel - Perfect carbonation. Low attenuation. Pretty chewy.

Overall - Very good IPA.

Grade (B+)

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

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Photo of Rutager
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
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!!!

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Photo of AlexFields
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
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.


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Photo of mabermud
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

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Photo of raynmoon
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of kevanb
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, urban family public house

from notes

appearance: served in a urban family goblet - bright golden-orange body, moderate beige film

smell: aromatic and bright - pine, sweet grapefruit, tropical fruit, sugars

taste: bold citrus flavors - sugared ruby red grapefruit, lemon zest, pine resin, tangerine, tropical fruit. I'm really digging the boneyard stuff thats been showing up in Seattle.

mouthfeel: slick oily body, medium, abv well hidden

overall: great IPA from Bend

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Photo of John_M
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the green dragon today. Only available in 10 ounce glasses (but my bartender/waitress gave me a BIG 10 ounce glass).

The beer pours a slightly hazy, nearly opaque light orange color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is a stunner.... outside of hill farmstead out East, no one is making DIPA's like this. I get a huge aroma of rock candy, dank earth, dry citrus and pine, pine and more pine. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this hophead's orgasm in a glass. There's some noticeable sweet malt, but the hoppy bitterness quickly grabs it by the neck and pounds it into submission. Still, this DIPA is remarkably well balanced in this hugely flavorful DIPA, and I'm still trying to figure out how they got this kind of mouthfeel. The beer is medium bodied to full, with a long, bitter, yet somehow still soft and creamy on the finish, DIPA. This is clearly a big beer, but it's not at all heavy, hot or tiring on the finish. The way the brewer has integrated the alcohol into the flavor profile... this is something I seldom see in such a kick ass, in your face, DIPA.


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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Elliott Bay Pizza.

A - Severed a dark cloudy orange with a light tan head that fades to a film with bubbles clinging to the edges. Lots of lacing also.

S - Oranges, melon, and grapefruit.

T - Grapefruit, honeydew, orange, nectarines.

D - Good carbonation and a heavier to medium body. A touch sweeter overall, but no bitterness.

O - This Brewery is hot for a reason. They make killer beers. I truly enjoyed this one. I was daydreaming of it yesterday and today I am drinking it. Love it!

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Photo of dar482
4.5/5  rDev +2%

A maltier DIPA that drinks towards On the Wings. Big pine character along with grapefruit.

Not exactly my hop or malt profile, but a well made "richer" DIPA with clean drinking mouthfeel.

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Photo of flexabull
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler provided by my younger brother, thanks Bro!

Pours a bright gold color with a fine white head, very good lacing too.

Aromas are nice, a mixture of bright citrus, grapefruit, orange, caramel malt sweetness, and undertones of pine resin.

Taste is full bodied, flavorful, but not overly strong. Caramel malty, and pineapple sweetness up front, slightly creamy, with plenty of hoppiness. Hints of citrus, tangerine, pine resin, and some subtle earthy notes. This beer does a really good job being hoppy, without being overly bitter and strong. This is complex, but still well balanced,

Mouthfeel is very good, full, smooth, with nice subtle and snappy carbonation.

Overall, this is outstanding. The drinkability is second to almost none. Very impressed with how full, smooth, and flavorful this beer is, without being heavy, bitter, and overly sweet. Well done Boneyard, this is excellent.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
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…

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Photo of Kuaff
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A very solid beer, a great introduction to Boneyard. Taste and smell are beautiful and make this beer, back end is very full (although a little bitter), but heart warming and enjoyable.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Hop Venom Double IPA from Boneyard Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.