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Hop Hwy IPA - Belching Beaver Brewery

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Hop Hwy IPAHop Hwy IPA

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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Belching Beaver Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 03-05-2013)
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Sammy, Jan 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

HopsintheSack, Oct 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Ashley760, Aug 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

jenray, Dec 29, 2013
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3.2/5  rDev -16%

bimada, Aug 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Jgrody, May 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

meangreenc, May 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

funkel81, May 16, 2013
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3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

mactrail, Dec 07, 2013
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3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Nugganooch, Feb 05, 2014
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3.43/5  rDev -10%
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!!!

beerviews2013, Aug 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

SoCalBeerIdiot, May 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Kramerwtmf, Aug 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

JerseyHopHead, Jun 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Dicers, Jun 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

srandycarter, Mar 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

gefinley, Aug 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

MoorBeerPlz, Jul 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

bcerv-ca, Mar 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

tbeq00, Dec 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

sillyhed8, Jul 26, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev -7.6%

bdelonj13, Aug 20, 2014
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3.68/5  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.

MusicaleMike, Jun 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Booner818, May 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

hbchrisg, Jun 08, 2014
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Hop Hwy IPA from Belching Beaver Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.