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Durham Hop Addict - County Durham Brewing Company

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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
County Durham Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Viggo on 04-05-2006

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3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear dark amber colour with a smooth, white head that dissipates to a thin film over the beer. Nice lacing.

Bright citrus aroma with a touch of sweetness. Nice and fruity.

A smooth caramel maltiness with some moderate citrussy fruit. Nice balance and a touch of floral and slightly grassy character adds nice depth.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Fine.

A really beautifully crafted pale ale. There are plenty of hops here and a smooth maltiness that brings it all back together.

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3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Victory Cafe. Pours an amber-orange colour, with small white head. Head dissipates fairly quickly, small amount of lacing. Smells of soapy (I think that best describes this) with a some toffee sweetness. Some bitterness in the flavour, but not over the top. The name suggests hoppier than it is. Smooth carbonation.

Photo of biegaman
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Smokeless Joe's, in Toronto.

There may not be remnants of hop cones floating in the beer but it is considerably clouded nevertheless. Its haziness is supported by an awfully toasty, sandy (almost russet laced) golden colour. The head is strong and sturdy enough to give me the impression that even an earthquake couldn't shake it off (indeed, its lacing turned out hard as concrete).

A name like "Hop Addict" makes you think of a gluttonously hopped West Coast-style IPA that might douse your nose hairs in sappy resins before setting them aflame with a piercing citric acidity - any notions of this beer being that can be done away with quite quickly. The bouquet is reserved, if ordinary, and, let it be said, in need of more hops.

I've had beers so full of delicious fruity citrus or succulent piny resins that you literally would just hook it up to your veins if you could (your veins start to run green anyhow). This, however, is relatively lifeless of lupullin and showcases, instead, a rather conventional, lightly toasted malt profile. It is hoppy only by English standards, I reckon.

If I wasn't itching for hops before this, I am now. All this toneless, cardboard-y malt leaves me dreaming of zesty, spicy, sprightly hops. The beer drinks without much sensation and an astoundingly coy bitterness given its name. The beer is palatable enough to lend itself to multiple rounds but with no real character I'm not so inclined to let it.

This bar as a tendency to keep their taps a little too cold and, in fairness, as it warmed more of that delicately leafy hoppiness came through (and with it a soft mist of grapefruit). The beer is made much more agreeable but around the same time it starts to get a little too filling. By the end of the pint, my belly feels as though it's in its second trimester.

Hop Addict may offer a slight change in content (a few more hops) but it doesn't offer a change in form - this is still the same old malt-forward, overly conservative, humdrum kind of offerings that Ontario craft brewers have been underwhelming us with for years. If you have a 'hop addiction', don't make County Durham your dealer.

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3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Victory Cafe.

Poured a deep amber colour with a small amount of white head.

Faint hop smell with some sweetness. Not an overly impressive nose.

Palate was bitter piney hops with a slight caramel malt backbone that gave it a little bit of sweetness. Bitter on the finish. I drank this thinking that it was a slightly weak IPA only to find out that it is a pale ale, which would make it a somewhat hoppy pale ale.

Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

A very good beer. Nice to find a pale ale with some bitter hop bite.

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3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Victory Cafe. One-finger frothy off-white head. Some lacing but not much retention (finally just a ring around the glass). The beer is dark-amber in colour.

There's almost no smell here. Some light bread and faint hops, sweet candy malt. Very weak.

There's something off here. I've had this beer a few times and remember liking it more than this. Maybe something is wrong, I'll have to come back to this one another time. There's an off flavour of dust or cardboard or something. Still, it's not that bad. Good dose of British-style hops, though nothing that would satisfy an addict. Seems to be just generally bitter instead of having a specific hop profile. Light sweet malt background. Almost tastes more like an extra bitter ESB than an IPA. Very English.

Prickly medium body and medium carbonation. Good feel.

I'll have to try reviewing this again, I seem to remember it being better than this. Although it certainly wasn't terrible. There's just not much going on in this beer besides an anonymous bitterness.

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3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at BeerBistro.

This beer appears a clear medium amber hue, with one finger of foamy beige head, which leaves some webbed lace around the glass as it dissipates. It smells of caramel malt, and citrus and pine hops. The taste is grapefruit, orange, and a bit of pine hops, and soft caramel/toffee malt. The carbonation is on the mild side, the body medium weight, and a wee bit syrupy, and it finishes mostly dry, and hoppy.

An impressively balanced and tasty APA, very easy to drink.

Photo of mrmanning
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at C'est what? Copper liquid is topped with a frothy beige cap. The aroma is heavy citric hops(mostly grapefruit)with some pine, followed by bready, cookie dough and caramel. Taste is bright cirtus rind hops, fresh leafy greens and pine with some butterscotch and caramel sweetness. This is quite dry and chalky, and finishes bitter and and tasty. I wish it was available near me!

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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Beer Bistro, generous white head and clear golden / amber colour. Not a lot of visible carbonation but good lace and retention. Smells hoppy enough and enticing. Taste is high grapefruit hoppiness, lots of IBU's here, dry, tart, thirst quenching and satisfying. True to its' name with a bone dry mouthfeel. If you like hops, you can't go wrong with this but like so many quality beers, probably not meant to be drunk all night long. Enjoyed with good food, it hit the spot and I'd love to buy this at the local LCBO if it was available.

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Durham Hop Addict from County Durham Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.