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DOA IPA Hop On Or Die - Los Muertos Brewing

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 203
Avg: 3.13
pDev: 44.41%
Wants: 3
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: chinchill on 09-03-2013

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Reviews by Beaver13:
Photo of Beaver13
1.34/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a big creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet butterscotch malts and maybe a little grassy hop.

The flavor is sweet butterscotch with bitter metallic hops and maybe a little fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and a bit watery.

Overall, a butterscotch metallic mess. The worst IPA I've ever had. I did finish it, so it wasn't so vile that I dumped it...I guess it has that going for it.

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More User Reviews:
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

I wanted to like this one. I like the label. The idea of a Mexican ipa is great. But it's just not what I'd hoped. Metallic and bitter, but no hop pleasantries. Just kinda "meh"

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Photo of HerdNo1
1.5/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

I rarely dump a beer as even the typical American Adjunct Lager has the redeeming quality of being flavorless. This doesn't even rise (fall?) to that level. There is basically no smell at all. None. Then, on the palate, there is an assault of bitterness. Imagine the lightest pale ale you have ever had. Toss a ton of hops in at the beginning of the boil so that all of the aromatics are boiled off and all you are left with is bitterness. You'll have this beer. No balance at all. Just bitter.

A good IPA showcases the floral nature of the hops and may be tongue slappingly bitter but it balances that bitterness with a strong malt backbone. A bad IPA is just bitter.

I dumped this horrid mess of a beer after two sips.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +27.8%

Cerveceria Mexicana "DOA IPA"
330 ml / 11.2 oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BEFORE 021015AFL 08:49"
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

First thoughts: So this is a Mexican beer... hecho in Mexico!... do they sell this there or is this just a contract brew that's then exported to the U.S.? Secondly, how did this label get approved? I thought that "India Pale Ale" had to be spelled out nowadays? Maybe I'm just thinking of Pennsylvania, and not Federal label rulings. Also, pretty cool label and packaging overall - I cannot deny that I was drawn in by the artwork, but at least the beer is good so I don't have to feel bad about getting suckered.

Moving forward, this is a very American-style IPA that's bright,hoppy, and bitter. It looks good, it smells good, and it tastes good - no faults there. It's floral, citrusy, leafy, resinous, subtly piney, and somewhat grassy and spicy. The malt is firm, and biscuity/toasty. It's got a solid bitterness that's around 60 IBU's or more, and it's nicely balanced. There are certainly better examples of the style, but this is enjoyable as well.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

No no no....this cannot be an APA....this is a MPA. Yes Mexican PA. The taste is very malty not much bitterness of things people luv or west coasters. The beer poured clear copper with nice creamy head that is leaving a lace. Unfortunately this beer misses the mark on taste and scent. I won't be making a trip to the beer store for this one anytime soon.

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Photo of hophugger
2.62/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a semi-cloudy orange-amber. Decent head and ok lacing. aroma is slightly hoppy with a good amount of citrus. Taste is very slick, and unfortunately tastes a little off and metallic, sad!!!!Taste goes away fast and hardly any aftertaste. Did it have to be somewhere fast??. Ok, beer is not what I wanted, oh well !!

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Photo of LittleDog
4.02/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Remarkably good considering:
Marketed here as a Halloween gag.
I've had it sitting at room temperature for two months.
12 pack for 9.99 well worth it.

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Photo of mallthus
4.3/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The packaging says "Something for the gringos" and really gives you pause. Not saying it's not professional, but it gives you pause. Twist off the top (yeah) and you get a big whiff of flowers. Not too shabby.

Then you pour. Quite cloudy, this one, and the head goes crazy. That flowery aroma is predominate. The taste has a lot of flowers, citrus, and grass.

Overall, this is solid. I liked it. Nothing about this beer, save the packaging, says Mexico, for what that's worth.

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Photo of jbraico
3.18/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Slight amber color with a little head when pout. Very clear as well. Slight smell of hop. Taste of hop was obvious, but not over powering? Not as bitter as some other IPAs going down. Overall a decent beer, but not one that I would hunt for. Although the Day of the Dead company name is as cool.as it gets.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.97/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Served in a tumbler.

Never thought I'd be excited to finally find a single of this, but the completionist in me sometimes takes too much control for my liking. Regardless, this stuff pours a clear tawny amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, light menthol, pine resin, and a twinge of green tea. The taste brings in more of the same, the sweetness in the caramel accentuating the resin and menthol characters. Unfortunately, this seemingly synergistic combination just ends up wreaking havoc with my tastebuds, nothing much good coming from the experience. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly syrupy feel. Overall, this IPA just didn't do it for me, especially with that damn menthol character.

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Photo of Tone
3.86/5  rDev +23.3%

Clear copper color. ¼ inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of pale malt, caramel malt, earthy malt, citrus hops, pine, and hint of alcohol. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Fits the style of an American ipa. Tastes of citrus hops, pine, sweet malt, pale malt, hint of earthy malt, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, an average AIPA.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice artwork. Murky orange-brown body, cream-colored dense pillowy head with serious staying power, although not much lace.

S: Not much. Floral, citrus, and pine hops, almost beaten out by the roasted malts.

T: Good! Grapefruit and orange, then pine, bitterness is moderate and uniform. Malt intensity varies on each sip; on some I get lots of chocolate and toasted bread, others it's just some faint barley. The changes are welcomed, but on the more powerful malty sips it can interfere with the hops. Dry, ok finish.

F: Great body, no astringency. The foamy head eludes my lips.

O: Very good IPA, and for once a Hop-pun in the name that I don't mind. The hops flavors can be a bit bland, but it has plenty of bitterness and comes out as a well balanced beer.

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Photo of Tobes181
2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy golden amber almost orange, with a 1/2 inch thick white foamy head.

Smell - Slight hoppy aroma with hints of citrus and pine.

Taste - Very smooth, with slight bitterness. Well balanced hop selection. Malt heavy on the finish with hints of pine and citrus, same as aroma.

Mouthfeel - Easy light mouthfeel, wet on the palate at first with a semi dry finish.

Overall - This is an ok IPA. I would drink again.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3/5  rDev -4.2%

A - Drank in the bottle, so color was not visible, but there was a distinct head within the bottle, lacing as well.

S - Pretty sharp dank nose, with a hint of pine and citrus.

T - A harsh bitter bash, with almost none of the standard hop highlights, no fruit. The malt is there, but is weak and not up to the task of balancing this out. There is an unpleasant metallic bite in the close, as well. Largely a one note experience.

M - Sharp with carbonation, heavy drying, but not oily build.

O - Not a particularly good or tasty IPA. Lacks any balance or even finesse, offering few of the rewards a typical IPA delivers to pair with the sharp bitter line. Not horrible, just not good.

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Photo of delta490
2.61/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured a medium dark orange/gold with a creamy off-white head. The head has great retention and leaves some nice lacing. There is almost no aroma but what is there is very citrusy, almost orange zest. The taste is just bad. There is an odd malt flavor and a very bitter off-putting flavor, presumably from the hops. It lingers on the palate for a long time after the taste. There is little reminiscent of an IPA in the mouthfeel, either, thin and lacking in the hops resinous. This is just not a good beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Even the Mexicans are making their own hop puns. We shall see if the beer measures up north of the border. From a 330ml twist-off, on to the beer:

Toasted orange colored, topped with a half-inch of head, leaving a few splashes of lacing around. The aroma is not far off the mark for the high standard set by American IPA's, as the aroma is fruity sweet with tropical notes, mango, and overall pleasant. Taste...a light amount of malt is tasted, with just a little tropical note. An echo of cantaloupe, much more resin, vague hop petals. It tastes like an IPA with a muzzle; you can tell it's an IPA, but some of its flavor has been contained. It feels light per style, and enjoys a somewhat crisp feel.

Hop On or Die is a solid hop pun, but a mediocre IPA. Still, it's a better representation of good Mexican beer than Corona.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.9/5  rDev +24.6%

OMG, a MIPA! This is easily the best MIPA I've had (I'm pretty sure it is the only). I grabbed it at Saveon because it was new to me and it had a cool label. I had no idea of the country of origin. I want to thank the brewers and encourage their countrymen to expand their adventures into craft beers. I've been to parts of Mexico 4 times and drinking is always an important part of the vacation, and Mexican beers have never been a highlight.

This one looks, smells and tastes like it could havebeen made (slightly) north of the border. It's darkish yellow with a little fizz. It has a hoppy, water aroma. The taste is a big bitter bomb with some nice malts shining through. The aftertaste is a bitter lingering.

I think it works well, and considering that very little good beer is made in Mexico, central America or the Carribean, this is a major step in the right direction. Muchas Gracias!

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Photo of beergoot
2.88/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Deep amber body; thick, frothy white head; sticky, clinging foam and lacing along the glass. Rich malt grain aroma with minimal (if any) hop fragrance; caramel. Heavy, cloyingly sweet caramel malt flavors; metallic hop bitterness breaks through and lingers at the finish. Medium bodied; heavy on residual sugars.

The beer hits heavy with the malt sweetness, has a fair amount of bitterness, yet lacks any redeeming hop aroma. Also, the malt grain is very one-dimensional with the caramel character. Unbalanced and lacks depth and complexity, but looks awesome. Passable but wouldn't be my first choice for an English IPA or American India Pale Ale styling.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear amber producing 2+ fingers of frothy, moderately lasting, beige head that leaves sheets of webby lace. Aroma is thin caramel malt, floral & pineapple with a hint of tangerine & peach in the background. Taste is caramel malt & candied apple & a thin fruity mix of tropical fruit, peach, & some pine resin in the finish which becomes prominent in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, slick & slightly prickly.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.57/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark gold with a very light brown tint to it. Light bubbles on the body and an even head that settles quick before the first sip rising to roughly 1/2" with a hard pour.

Smell: Light hop scent, comes and goes. Bland at best.

Taste: Very bitter, deep grapefruit but less citrus skin than most IPAs I've had. Should be one of the perfect IPAs to look for when transitioning to an IPA.

Mouth: might look flat but definitely isn't, medium to heavy carbonation and just an above average on the sticky value to the beer. The hops give it a dry feel but them again that could be just me.

Overall: Not a bad brew, worth the gamble and better than some of the overhyped crap you light normally find. Happy Cinco de Mayo...salud!

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Photo of pkalix
3.64/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, very bitter funkiness to it.Thin, sticky lace around the level where it was poured. Not terribly bad, but not a preferred IPA for me.Mexico is coming of age!

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

No label information. DOA IPA: Hop On or Die is brewed in the style of an American IPA. Available year round in 12 oz. 6 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 52 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pours a creamy frothed head of a toasted white complexion over a caramel amber body with a moderate haziness and ample carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is streaked and patchy. The aroma consists of very fruity, soapy and herbal hop blends over a simple bready malt body with a touch of caramel syrup sweetness. The hops are fairly balanced in the aroma, moderately aromatic with a perceivable low bitterness. The flavor preserves many of the impressions of the aroma, with a moderate fruity, herbal, sudsy and slightly spicy hop flavor up front atop a lightly toasted caramel and pale malt blend with a modest hoppy bitterness on the end that drags out the otherwise clean, brief finish. The texture of this beer is slick, lightly chewy and faintly dry, with a carbonation that generates a soft crispness, the drinker should expect a light and reserved frothy mouthfeel. The body of this beer is shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is very slightly bitter over sweet, although neither come off as profound. The alcohol presence is light and off characters are simple. Hop on Or Die comes off as a lighthearted and sessionable IPA with a nice fruity and sudsy hop profile generating a fairly mellow bitterness compared to the standard of the style. This may very well be one of the finest IPAs, if not one of the only IPAs that you can get out of Mexico anytime soon, but held up against the many fine examples of American IPAs that are widely available from state to state, many are going to find this beer too simple to fill the IPA void in their lives. On a positive note, it has high drinkability and accessibility written all over it, so I'm thinking this may be a great gateway IPA for those crossing over from Mexico's imported macro ales and lagers to sample what the craft beer market has to offer.

Los Muertos Brewing's
DOA IPA: Hop On Or Die

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Photo of snaotheus
3.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


11.2oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Best Before 082115AFL 07:18. I wonder how far out they "best by" their bottles.

Pours nearly clear golden with a slight bronze tinge, pretty good sized head which slowly relaxes into a creamy, unevenly sloped mound. Lots of carbonation. Smell is mild, a little boring. Not much to speak of here...slightly grassy, slightly hoppy, slightly straw.

Taste is too sweet -- syrupy, strange lemon grass/menthol twist, slow, medium-bitter pine finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and sticky yet effervescent. Overall, not great. Not terrible, either. But also wouldn't want to buy a pack. Glad I bought a single only.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Appearance: Copper. Lingering frothy head.
Smell: Pine, floral, and grapefruit.
Taste: Sweet malt, pine, pepper, and bitter rind (of some type of citrus).

Well, this is a first for me. A Mexican IPA. I was pretty nervous. However, it was truly not bad. It's sweet at first, and then wow, a very sudsy bitter takes total control...and the bitterness lingers. I wouldn't get it again, but I am happy that this is coming out of Mexico. I'm hopeful for a change in the current sad state of beer affairs there.

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Photo of peensteen
3.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Hazy golden orange colour, one finger white head, fairly dense and rocky, good lace. Smell is of sweet honey malts, buttered bread and bitter hops, hops are a mix of muddy citrus notes with some pine, more of a generic citrus than any specific fruit though. Taste is bitter and citrusy, grapefruit comes out though a bit muddy, sweet malts mid palate, caramel into the aftertaste, bit of an odd sulfur/yeasty/caramel in the finish as well. Dry mouthfeel, low carbonation, moderate resiny feel, medium body. While not stellar this isn't too bad, to me it comes off as a scandanavian type of IPA, if you told me this was made by Mikkeller I probably wouldn't question it.

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DOA IPA Hop On Or Die from Los Muertos Brewing
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