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Hop Hwy IPA - Belching Beaver Brewery

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86
very good

98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 5
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Belching Beaver Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 03-05-2013

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Ratings: 98 | Reviews: 10
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Photo of Sasquatch_B_Foot
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent IPA, I'll get one here and there.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head with decent retention and lacing. Aroma of bready malt, pineapple, grapefruit and citrus hops. Flavor follows with citrus, slightly piney hops, citrus rind, light tropical fruit, mild malt. Long, lingering citrus hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied. A nice citrusy IPA that emphasizes hops over malt, but still well balanced. A solid, enjoyable hoppy IPA from a brewery with a name that didn't inspire confidence, but still delivered.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle - FW Imperial nonic glass
Notes taken on 01/24/14

A: Mostly clear caramel color amber body. Super dense and thick khaki suds form over. Nearly three fingers worth and stubborn as all get out. Sticky lacing just blankets the sides of the glass upon each sip.

S: The nose is encumbered by a honey sweet malt aroma. There is some soft tropical florals underneath all the sweetness. Mostly malt filled however. A bit of a letdown in the aroma.

T: Leads with a honey graham cracker malt sweetness followed by a light hop bitterness. Earthy and floral with some tropical fruits mixed in. Touch of passion fruit there but you really have to be searching for it. Lightly noticeable alcohol. Honey malt sweetness abounds. Not sure what’s going on here. Comes across more like a hoppy Blonde ale.

M: Moderate heaviness from the filling malts. A light drying effort and some residual bitterness bring this a touch on the lighter side however.

D: Way to malt forward to be a West Coast Style IPA of my liking. Has a very pronounced honey like sweetness. Really drowns out the delicacies of the Galaxy and Nelson hops used.

More like a dishonor to all North County brewers here. Not a repeat for me.

Photo of mactrail
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color with a nice foamy cap in the Peroni lager glass. One of the least orange-tinted IPAs I've seen from California. Brewer notes that hops are primarily Galaxy, Falconer’s Flight, and Southern Cross. Plenty bitter with some twiggy and resiny taste.

A variety of fruity enliven the massive hop onslaught. Some pineapple and mango, but overwhelmed by the grapefruit. Very pithy. The malt is so pale and ghostly, but there is some toasty flavor followed by the alcohol sensation.

Yet another sharp and acidic West Coast IPA. Perfectly drinkable but a very thin body and a real throat scratcher. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at the North Park Tasting Room.

Photo of beerviews2013
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour: got a hazy golden color brew with a nice fluffy cream head. I really love that style of foam good stuff.

Smell: Not much of a aroma to it (i really don't smell nothing at all to be honest). Could just be me I'm not sure. Any who..

Taste: this brew is all about the taste took the first taste and i got a decent hoppy bite with a lot of grain to balance it out. As i kept drinking i picked up a different hop flavor, then i picked up a lot of citrus and a greenery spice this beer takes your taste buds a couple places.

Overall: At first i thought this beer was a hoppy version of bud light and was not impressed, it was to mellow and had that lager taste, but after all these brews i reviewed i know never to judge a brew by the first drink. The head retention is all the way down the glass which is another A+ in my book. Sooo cheers!!!

Photo of srandycarter
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear dark copper, small to no head, sparce lace.

S - Light smells. Very light hops and malt.

T - Nice blend/mix of malt and hops. Pretty standard.

M - Medium body, lighter than expected. Fine balance.

D - Very easy, drinkable beer.

Drank at the Main Tap in El Cajon, CA.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, tropical fruit, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with grape Tootsie Pop, floral, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with fresh, fruity hop presence that makes this one tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of SurferEric
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Hoppy bitterness. Earthy and floral but lots of citrus taste. Great IPA. Really enjoyed this one.

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a one liter growler of this from the Shelf Turd Olypics BIF. Nice clarity, good white head. Some lacing, deep gold with amber highlights, lots of bubbles.

Hints of melon, white grape juice. sweet malt and a bunch of juicy hops. Needs to warm a bit in order for the aromatics to come out...

Pretty solid hop flavor from this beer. Enamel coating bitterness with a decent balance of sweet, robust malt backbone. Not as complex or deep in flavor as the nose indicates.

Full bodied. Constant yet fine bubbles give the beer a smoothness on the palette. Very satisfying.

A good IPA that I enjoyed drinking a liter of and would certainly try again. But it isn't anything that will change the way you see IPA's. Belching Beaver made a solid IPA, that is all at once, balanced, hop-forward, and drinkable, with a robust ABV. Pretty good job overall.

Photo of jooler
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very hoppy with a slight taste malt. Very good and crispy. The only problem is that the second sip, it just falls flat.

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Hop Hwy IPA from Belching Beaver Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.