Hop Venom Double IPA - Boneyard Beer Company

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Hop Venom Double IPAHop Venom Double IPA

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Ratings: 720
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.28%
Wants: 445
Gots: 72 | FT: 3
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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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Ratings: 720 | Reviews: 95
Photo of flagmantho
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of PacNWDad
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%

Wonderful array of hops, with just enough malt to support it. Hops are mostly piney in character, some citrus too. Feels very solid on the palette, not too thick though. Well carbonated, with a bit of kick in the finish.

Photo of Sarlacc83
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of sbauer
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had at boneyard tasting room in a tasting glass. Fantastic and balanced, delicious malts backup the intensely floral hop aroma and perfect hop bitter. Growlers only!

Photo of vkv822
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at Belmont Station.

Very lightly hazy, bright orange with a foamy, off white head and nice lacing.

Wonderful bouquet of hops in the nose. Tropical and citric fruits.

The taste delivers just a strongly as the nose. Starts out with tropical fruits and transitions nicely into a light, resiny pine finish.

A pleasant medium to full body with average carbonation.

A very nice DIPA. Lots of fruity, citric hops with just enough pine character to keep it from becoming one dimensional.

Photo of portia99
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bistro's DIPA fest. Was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. Hard to believe it's 10%, as it comes across as rather light-bodied, dry and balanced. It has a pale amber body, a few shades lighter than most PNW IPAs. Nice citrus nose with grapefruit leading the way, though it isn't as aromatic as several other beers I sampled that day. The palate is excellent, however, with big grapefruit and orange hop flavors balanced by an oily and biting but restrained bitterness, very Pliny the Elder-esque in that sense. Malt lends some body and slight sweetness, but it remains a lighter-bodied, hop-forward beer. Pretty impressive stuff, one of the best DIPAs I've had from Oregon.

Photo of MDDMD
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-medium amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-tropical fruit, citrus, malt, slight floral, pine, light herbal

T-grapefruit, tropical fruit, light orange, pine, caramel, bread dough, hint of floral, light herbal, slight dank notes, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-great DIPA, easy drinking considering the abv, one of the better DIPAs out there

Photo of HopHead84
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of anteater
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | 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!

Photo of inlimbo77
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of roger617
4.37/5  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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a teku, a clear amber color with a fluffy white head. Was not expecting the color. Smell is phenomenal. Lots of tropical fruits, Papaya, mango, pineapple and a touch of pine. Taste similar to the smell. Flavor just coats your mouth. This is a very balanced double. The malt lingers in the background and supports the hops without getting in the way. Very Solid. Would compare this to DRIPA and Bodhi.

Photo of FosterJM
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of draheim
4.42/5  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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nice glowing but deep orange with a nice white cap

S: Lots of grapefruit, some pine and caramel, light booze

T: Immediate throat punch with a big pineapple, light pine and booze. The beauty of this beer is its persistence. The flavor is unrelenting. Towards the end it leaves a caramel, faded hop presence, booze sting and a lighlty bitter, stick and persistent aftertaste

M: Medium body, easy drinking for a IIPA of this magnitude and tasty

O: Good, but more than a pint would be too much

Photo of JTahoe
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of starrdogg
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
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…

Photo of Kuaff
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of flexabull
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
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

Photo of John_M
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Impressive!

Hop Venom Double IPA from Boneyard Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 720 ratings.