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Hill 88 Double IPA - Headlands Brewing Co.

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Hill 88 Double IPAHill 88 Double IPA

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Reviews: 5
Hads: 30
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: n/a
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Headlands Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: SanFranJake on 12-16-2013

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Reviews: 5 | Hads: 30
Reviews by kvgomps:
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4.5/5  rDev n/a

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3.75/5  rDev n/a

Photo of BenHesk12
3.63/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hill 88 double IPA was poured out of a 16oz can at The Good Hop in Oakland. The can states 8.8% alcohol and that the hops are "omakase" style, meaning that each batch of the beer has a unique hop profile. The can also informs that this is meant to be a malt forward IPA that is also aggressively hopped.

Overall I enjoyed this beer because it is a strong, unique IPA that was reasonably priced at the bar I was at. At first sip you'll notice the sweet malt character and boozy nature that 8.8 ABV brings. After the initial shock, you'll taste an adventurous hop profile that is interesting, but does somewhat seem thrown together. I'll definitely keep my eyes open for more offerings from Headlands brewing. (714 characters)

Photo of 1BeerToRuleThemAll
3.98/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bieniek30
3.03/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TheSamKuehn
3.65/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spark3148857
3.82/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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1.5/5  rDev n/a

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.68/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Databrew
4/5  rDev n/a

Photo of bobbyhands
3.87/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.24/5  rDev n/a

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3.69/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AnHeroicHippo
3.04/5  rDev n/a
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not balanced at all. Very sharply, bitterly hoppy with no balance. Boring. (76 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev n/a

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3.51/5  rDev n/a

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, pine, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with candied citrus zest and some herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with hop flavors that lean more towards the citrus side of the spectrum.

Serving type: can. (599 characters)

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3.14/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16 US fl oz can in a pint glass

Look: Slightly hazy deep amber with a lot of pale amber head. Major head retention with a fair amount of sticky lacing left behind.

Smell: This has to be one of the oddest beers I've ever smelt - for something that's touted as a DIPA there's a very sweet, malty smell to it. The blurb on the can states that eatch batch has a different hop profile, but the conclusion you'd take away on smell alone is that they forgot the hops altogether ...

Taste: ... until you taste it. 8.8% ABV and 88IBU - it's easy to say where the name came from. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden but the IBUs, all 88 of 'em, are front and centre. In addition, there are those really strange malty flavours - not as upfront as they were in the nose but they're there nonetheless. The net result is ... different.

Feel: Mind-screw in a can - the bitterness makes it feel a lot thinner than it actually is, but even so it's pretty tough going.

Overall: Mmmmm ... yeah. Really not sure what to make of this - it's a beer with a major identity crisis. IPA? Barleywine? Something else? Who knows. The 'omakase' process, wherein each batch has a different hop profile, means that what I've written here may not apply to someone elses brew, which makes rating kind of tricky. Even so, this has a bit of a 'thrown together' vibe to it and it doesn't really work for me. Curious hopheads might like it, though. (1,419 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev n/a

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4.05/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.65/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.34/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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4.01/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bi-Rite - San Francisco, CA - can (33 characters)

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4.68/5  rDev n/a

Photo of BMMillsy
3.05/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can from trade. Thanks! Pours a dark amber red with a creamy one finger head on top. Big time aroma of bready malts, caramel, toffee, somewhat dank and sweet fruity hop character I guess. This smells like nearly no hops are here at all...hellooo barleywine. Flavor is like raw malt extract, no real bitterness, toffee sweetness (but not overly so), and some metallic undertones. Big slick heavy mouthfeel, low to medium carbonation, lingering raw malt water finish. I hope this is just old and not what was intended, no date on the can so no idea. Not offensive by any means but not what I was looking for when I grabbed an IPA. (628 characters)

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Hill 88 Double IPA from Headlands Brewing Co.
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.