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Dr. Hoptagon - Parish Brewing Company

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Dr. HoptagonDr. Hoptagon

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18 Reviews
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Reviews: 18
Hads: 83
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 20.87%
Wants: 4
Gots: 19 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Parish Brewing Company visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Mikecap on 09-28-2013

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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 83
Reviews by cvm4:
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3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a black body with a dark khaki head that really stays around. Great lacing and retention.

S - The piney hops and malty backbone definitely battle for attention. A chocolate smell does rear its head.

T - The taste really follows the nose to me. Just a pleasant mix of piney hops, roasted malts and a bit of chocolate.

M - Medium bodied and medium to full carbonation. Creamy texture with a wet finish.

O - Solid offering here. This style is the best of both worlds, IMO.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Rhymkeeper
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Parish Brewing - Dr. Hoptagon bottled 03/05/14. Bought at brewery 6 Sept. '14
Poured from 750 ml bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Extremely dark coffee brown, almost black. Had a very good tan head up to 3/4 inch dissipating within 3-4 minutes leaving good lacing. My 2nd pint later had a good head that didn't last as long. Grade 3.25

Smell: Forgive my limited vocabulary but I found it to be at first slightly sweet with a noticeable toasty nut aroma. This was followed by a spicy almost resin after-scent. There may have been a bit of floral yeast in there too. Pleasant with a bit of bite. 2/3rd way through pint I picked up a bit of tannic astringency. Grade 3.0

Taste: Followed smell though toasty flavor added a bit of toasty caramel and very dark chocolate. It reminded me of 85% + dark chocolate. There was no bitter coffee flavor which I found to my approval as I am not a coffee drinker. The flavor smoothed out (even considering a tannins mentioned above) as the pint was consumed. Grade 3.25

Mouthfeel: Had a slight chewiness with a medium body and the carbonation felt low to moderate but proper for the taste. Grade 3.0

Overall: While not the "Badass" that Parish promised and not "Bursting" with bitter hops, I enjoyed the level of bitterness and the roasted malt.

To my reviewing criteria of anything rated 3 or above qualifies as "sure I'll have one" and would by it again given my mood, I give this an overall Grade of 3.25

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Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque dark brown color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is piney hops with roasted malt, light coffee, and a touch of citrus. A smooth and complex sipper. One I will revisit again.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.08/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DonDirkA
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of ghostinthemachine
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing beer. black with a little bit of head. it is almost clear for a black beer if that makes sense. the malt/hop balance is perfect. it is a very drinkable beer. i believe it is dry hopped with galaxy. i got a hint of chocolate and some roasted flavors then a earthy hop note.

i liked it a whole lot more than ghost in the machine. it's crazy how people go nuts over ghost but this one hangs around. this was my first time trying it so i know nothing about the previous batches

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice solid black color, with a dark brown finger of frothy head. Laced good, good retention, dissipated to a small frothy ring. The armor had some heft chocolate notes, with roast and a pleasant citrus and piny, resinous hop note. Similar tastes to the arma with plenty chocolate and roast, with citrus and pine hops and a medium bitterness. Body was full, had some creamy textures and a pleasant finish.

All in all, really enjoyable. More like a hoppy stout almost. Not overly hoppy or overly stout-like. Will be getting bottles when they drop too.

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Photo of Westyn
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Immortale25
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a full inch of dark tan head that retains very well before reducing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of bubbly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Assertive hop aroma has big notes of citrus and pine plus a nice backing of chocolate from the dark roast. A bit of booziness sneaks in but doesn't hurt the overall profile. Also some caramel and coffee.

T- Flavor is a bit more medicinal as the hops clash with the malt and show no sign of the citrus or chocolate that's in the smell. That said, it is still smooth and has equal parts roast and bitterness. It's just not as invigorating in the taste as it is in the aroma. Alcohol is fairly well hidden and there's traces of vanilla sweetness.

M- Creamy and robust with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- A decent stab at a Black IPA but, like other Parish offerings, it falls a bit short in the flavor department.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.81/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of HeadyTheElder
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Latest iteration. Bottled on 08/27/15. 12 ounce bottle poured into a Parish snifter.

This batch is the best yet of this beer and a significant improvement. Lots of great citrus and other fruity hop flavors with some earthy bitterness over a nice little roasty backbone. It is identifiable as a black IPA, but the hops really shine. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Very refreshing. This is now pretty similar in structure to Parish's great DIPA, Ghost in the Machine. The aroma is pretty nice as it warms.

Overall, a very nice and hoppy Black IPA with a smooth finish.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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Dr. Hoptagon from Parish Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.