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Sticky Zipper - Oakland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 17.8%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Oakland Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ngeunit1 on 03-24-2012)
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Reviews by kflorence:
Photo of kflorence
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%

A: Pours a deep golden, copper with a thick, frothy head atop. Lots of lacing as you drink. Carbonation levels look spot on. A beautiful and inviting beer.

S: Pine, citrus and grass with sweet, butterscotch malts lingering in the background. Hop dominant for sure, but with a good malt balance.

T: Resinous and bitter up front with lemon peel, pine and grass. The malts sneak in towards the middle with hints of butterscotch and caramel, but the bitterness wins in the end with a lingering hop stickiness. Not much complexity, mostly an all-out hop assault on your tongue.

M: Sticky and resinous from all the hops, it comes off a little bit thin and oily but manages to pack enough body to have some chewiness.

O: As a fan of Cascade and Columbus hops, I quite enjoyed this brew. However, if you're looking for a balanced or complex IPA, look elsewhere as this one is relatively straight-forward and hop dominant. Sure to please a hophead near you. Cheers!

kflorence, Dec 03, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of dertyd
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

dertyd, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%

650 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Clear orange body with a small white head and nice lacing.

Smell - Musty piney hops. Caramel is faint, but it's back there a little bit.

Taste - Much hoppier than malty, which I like, but it's unbalanced, even by my standards. Pine hops. Grassy and very bitter. Grainy malts, but it's faint.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated and overly bitter. Medium-light body.

Overall - Very bitter. I seldom say something needs more malt to back it up, but this does. More aromatics would be nice too.

Alieniloquium, Jun 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

jwluvsIPA, Jan 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

waddellc2, Jun 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Vlaminck, May 22, 2014
Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%

Bomber with no freshness date.

Golden body with amber highlights. Pours with two fingers of head that recedes to a film after a few minutes.

Mild but fairly enjoyable nose. Citrus and pine, butterscotch, a touch of crystal malt.

Palate is good but underwhelming. There's a fairly even mix of bready Munich and caramel malts that support a citrus and pine hop flavor that could use a lot more depth and punch. It's well attenuated and pretty crisp, with mild herbal hop notes in the finish and a gentle bitterness.

A solid offering that hides the ABV well, but I can think of dozens of better IPAs from California.

largadeer, Apr 09, 2012
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1/5  rDev -71.8%

BigDaddy79, Jun 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Ilovebeer1549, Mar 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Alron, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of colforbin73
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%

i like this ok, but it is a bit of a palate wrecker.

the pour is very nice -- the beer is absolutely crystal clear. excellent copper color fairly sticky.

the smell is grainy with a little touch of piney hope. the taste is a bitter bomb - prepare to have taste buds annihilated, big time back of the tongue burn here and the high abv is not helping. this one is a flame thrower.

at 7.4% this is really close to being an Imperial IPA. they would be better off calling it thusly and people would be better prepared for major hop burn... maybe cut back some of the earliest additions and add more post cooking.

it tastes fresh. i might try it on tap. it would be an excellent cask ale.

colforbin73, Sep 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

sansho, Jul 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

HCGS89, Jul 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13%

Madskill, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of potownbill
3.93/5  rDev +11%

Picked up a bottle at City Beer in San Francisco on a recent vacation in California.
Appearance: Beautiful clear orange yellow with a nice off-white head that left some decent lacing on the hotel bathroom glass.
Smell: Pine hops with some tropical fruits.
Taste: Definately has a pine hop taste. Bitterness lingers, which is the only drawbacl.
Mouthfeel:Overall, pretty decent, although it is a little thin.
Drinkability: Happily, drank the whole 22 ounces.
Liked it.

potownbill, May 12, 2012
Photo of Nugganooch
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%

Thanks to my bro for grabbing me this bottle on his NorCal trip. Lovin’ the name & label!

Consumed yesterday - Bomber to my Alpine pint glass. (no bottle date)
*Contract brewed by Hermitage for Oakland BrewCo. Dry hopped with Columbus, Cascade, and Falconer’s Flight.

A: Sticky Zipper pours a rich caramel amber color with some orange hues and good clarity to it. A heavy pour garners up a sloppy beige foam head with light retention that leaves soft lines of dotted lace down the glass.

S: The cap releases an aromatic spike of fruit punch and pine resins. Citrus zest, tropic floras, and sticky pine needles. There is a bit of spice and earth mixed with grains. Some sweet caramel notes elevate as the beer sits a bit. First few smells are quite nice and punchy with hops.

T: Taste is juicy and resinous to start. Sappy pine cone with bitter melon rind meets concentrated lemon peel. There is a distinct herbal spice and hemp note towards the end. This is quite bitter and somewhat astringent, leaving a long lasting pucker to the palate. Malts provide a nice light grainy flavor with some sweet caramel candies to balance. A touch of ABV warmth. Pretty tasty but I will say the flavor profile starts to fall apart a bit after the first few palate numbing assaults. Leaves you wanting more of that initial depth and unique hop character.

M: Moderate feel with a decent texture that teeters somewhere between smooth and gritty. Crispy light finish with a dry astringent pucker from copious dry hop additions.

D: This one is oozing with hop oils and will definitely satisfy the hoptarts. I really enjoyed it for the most part and would have again. Caramels and malts are just enough. ABV’s well masked. The flavors do tend to get a bit lost in the sauce leaving you with a run of the mill hopped up IPA. You start to lose some of the intricate Sorachi Ace lemon qualities as the palate gets pummeled a bit.

Worth checking out.

Nugganooch, Jul 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Ropowers3, Jul 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

AngusOg, Jun 19, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

drewone, Dec 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13%

jp11801, Jul 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

DaveHack, Dec 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

justinbrown, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

big thanks to beermebaby89113, split this with the wife. enjoyed from a hill farmstead tulipy wine glass.

a - brew poured a semi transparent orange with a generous 2 fingers of frothy ipa head. as it dissolved, it left chunky lacing on the side of the glass.

s - smells wonderful. sitcky piny hops. nice citric sweetness, pretty balanced.

t - YUM. tastes just as good as it smells. finishes a bit bitter...great pine cone tasting hops. really balanced and tasty. everything i look for in an ipa.

m - medium to full bodied, finish is a subtle bitter. great brew.

o - overall, this is a winner. smells and tastes like the style should. nice abv, bitterness is just right. would definitely have again.

cosmicevan, May 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +41.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
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Sticky Zipper from Oakland Brewing Company
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