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Dr. Hoptagon - Parish Brewing Company

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Dr. HoptagonDr. Hoptagon

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Parish Brewing Company visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mikecap on 09-28-2013)
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Reviews by cvm4:
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3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

cvm4, Oct 22, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

tbryan5, Oct 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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

Rhymkeeper, Sep 24, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +1%

JamesStreet, Nov 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

tetu, Dec 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

DonDirkA, Jun 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

jwerner23, Jul 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Jlog7910, May 22, 2014
Photo of ChristianT
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

ChristianT, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of EgadBananas
3.96/5  rDev -2%
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.

EgadBananas, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
3.96/5  rDev -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.

Immortale25, Oct 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

JDice20, Jun 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

crashphoenix, Aug 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

mattviator, Nov 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

HeadyTheElder, Oct 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Beerbuddha, Sep 25, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +4%

Floral with roasted malts and light chocolate. Dark brown to black with a quickly dissepating off white head. Floral grapefruit up front, malty sweetness with roasted malts. Sweet malt and grapefruit hop aftertaste.

GregJ, Nov 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

mklisz, Apr 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

mjwaters1, Feb 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

creepinjeeper, Jan 13, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +11.9%

RedStick71, Nov 02, 2014
Photo of Mikecap
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Barley Oak as part of their LA Beer Week Event. Served in a standard shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a jet black with a thin brownish head that fades relatively quickly, nice lacing and retention along the sides of my pint glass.

Smell: Hoppy up front with some piney and floral notes, a touch of citrus. Not very roasty as black IPAs often tend to be. Solid aroma overall.

Taste: Up front with hop bitterness, followed with a nice touch of chocolate which I didn't catch as much in the nose. Definitely some piney hop taste but a nice balance with roasted malt and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation without being too filling. Nice balance between sweetness and happiness, and drinks more like an IPA.

Overall: Very solid beer that I'm looking forward to seeing in bottles soon. Drinks more like an IPA than a stout, which is what I like in this style.

Mikecap, Sep 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Travis1221, Feb 03, 2014
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3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Going into any "Black IPA", I'm always excited to see if it sells its hop character and uses the dark grains to accent dryness and bitterness. Or if the ale beefs up its dark malt taste to more resemble a hoppy Porter. Where there's nothing wrong with either, the former really wins over my taste buds! Question: will this beer go there?

Dr. Hoptagedon opens with a very dark and creamy pour. As the ale settles into the glass, its body gleems with seemingly clear opaqueness as the ale casts an onyx-like dark brown sheen. The beer's foam billows to the top with a tall column of sand-stained head. Slow to separate, its froth is slow to settle as well, sticking to the glass with clumping lace. Its a strong appearance overall.

Its balanced scent is half hops and half malt. As the nose if first stricken by pine, citrus pith and fresh cut grass; that's all quickly followed with bold coffee, dark chocolate and heavy toast. It promises to be just as much porter as IPA along with some vegetal astringency, so we'll see...

And that balance of malt and hops continue in taste. But on the palate, its the burnt caramel, heavy toast, Breakfast Blend coffee, bittersweet chocolate, walnuts and husky wood taste that take hold first. Its growing middle palate introduces its hop character- first leading with the pith of grapefruit, orange and grape seed. Then comes the bitterness as the ale turns piney, sappy, and deeply resinous. A lasting earthy and vegetable tone of freshly chopped grass and burnt embers conclude the taste as the sweetness fades evenly throughout.

Medium-full in body, its porter structure is slow to release as the ale really prefers its creamy and roasty underpinnings. Its reluctant transition toward dryness is slow and reveals flavors of roast, burnt wood, light ash and burning pine cones before its sticky bitterness sets in. Finishing malty-dry, the ale trails with alcohol warmth and continued roast.

Although the ale has a lot going for it, I expected that at some point that the beer would talk me off of the fence and allow me to decide whether it wants to be an IPA or a Porter. But it never does. Where balance is its finer attribute, its also its hindrance. But I gotta say, I don't do nearly enough drugs to fully appreciate what they're trying to do with their label art.

BEERchitect, Nov 05, 2013
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Dr. Hoptagon from Parish Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.