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Hoperation Overload - DESTIHL Brewery

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311 Ratings
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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 2
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 09-01-2009

An Imperial or 'Double' India Pale Ale with characteristically intense yet greatly balanced hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. It is deep golden-light amber/copper in color, although the use of the huge amounts of hops may cause a degree of appropriate hop haze. Alcohol strength is high but balanced by the hops and malt profile.

85 IBU
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Ratings: 311 | Reviews: 47
Photo of JamesStreet
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- ruby colored with a thick, white head. Big lace.
S- caramel malt, resiny hops, honey,
T- strong malt backbone but balances nicely. A little sweetness with some mild bitterness on the back. A bit of booziness, heat.
M- medium feel; medium carbonation. A little lingering heat.
O- A decent DIPA, but by no means world class.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours amber with a slight chill haze under a 1” light linen white foam collar that hugs the glass while collapsing to a thick film.
S: Hops dominate the nose with pine, mint, citrus, and light fruit.
T: Starts with lightly sweet fruit and malt and then grapefruit and citrus bitter take over and linger through the finish to the aftertastes.
M: Very creamy above average carbonation with a medium body.
O: Big hops and big alcohol balance each other. The bitterness is assertive but not harsh. A good afterwork beer.

Photo of TX-Badger
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark reddish orange with off-white head. Sweetness, some pine, light citrus and malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes very sweet.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Destihl Brewery Hoperation Overload Double IPA. Brewed and canned by Destihl Brewery, Bloomington, IL.
"Support Flavor, Boycott Bland." "Imperial India Pale Ale Overloaded with hops." 12 fluid ounces. IBU 85. Alc. 9.6% by Vol.

Clear, amber-toned, creamy, eggshell-white head of foam.

Aroma: floral notes first, then come the citrus and tropical fruit. Pineapple, mango meets lemon and grapefruit.

Drinking it down: Starts off bitter, pounces on the palate, then slides down and simmers. Caramel-y malt body stays this side of sweet. Much more malt character in this double IPA than most. Interesting dynamics here. Halfway through, the hoppy side has faded in potency, and the alcohol is taking over.

I wonder what the can tells us? "Our mission for this Imperial or Double India Pale Ale is to overload the beer with hops for an intense hop bitterness, flavor and aroma, while still being balanced by a big malt profile, resulting in a hoppy beer, with more dimension. This beer is light copper in color with some hop hazed from overloading with dry hops as well. Cheers."

They did what they set out to do, it seems. If you want to be blasted, even obliterated, by hops, and nothing else in your double IPA, this ain't the one for you. Me, I'm enjoying it. My first full taste of a Destihl beer, and I'm ready for more.

Photo of dmgeng
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just got this brew at my local liquor store and thought that I would give it a try. I've really had good luck with IPAs in a can and thought that this would be no different.

A - Great orange-copper color. Great white head with good lacing. Clear beer. Aesthetically pleasing.

S - Very pungent hop aroma with great notes of citrus and pine really coming through. A hop bomb with Simcoe/Columbus type hops! Some sweet malt tones but is second hat to the hops.

T - Great hop flavor that shines through with an amazing pine, grapefruit, and resin character. I really love the big resinous flavor that comes with the Simcoe hop. It's sweet up front with some orange and resin that are also there. This beer seems to have a more pronounced hop flavor profile instead of a muddled hop bomb that makes me enjoy it even more. Smooth with a solid hop bitterness to finish crisp. It is sweeter than some but there is plenty of bitterness to try and balance; like a boxing match on the tongue.

M - Medium mouth-feel. Moderate carbonation. Overall it is trying to balance but instead of being a gymnast it is a teeter-totter over the different parts of the tongue.

Overall, a stunningly terrific DIPA. This one really came out of no where but it is like an Imperial version of Amazon Princess and I really enjoyed it. If you've never had a piney mixed with citrus brew this a great beer to try. Awesome blend of pine/citrus hops and malt for an DIPA. I will definitely get this again and hopefully DESTIHL will release more great beers.

Glass- Pint

Photo of waddellc2
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

kind of fell flat for me, may have to give it another try

Photo of frozen-1984
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With the alcohol content being so high I was amazed that you cant taste it. Very smooth drinking double ipa.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a Destihl tulip.
9.6% ABV, 85 IBUs

A - Brilliantly clear deep golden amber in color, carbonation keeps it's thick egg shell-colored head alive for some time which eventually results in chunky lace coating the glass.

S - Prickly pine needle protrudes earthiness from juicy mango fruitiness with enough biscuity malt in the background to provide some sort of "balance" and a touch of honey sweetness to this big IPA aroma!

T - Big malt flavor give the beer its bready and smooth alcohol undertones while loads of hops continue a sensory tug of war between piney, earthy grass and fruity mango and pineapple with no clear victor.

M - Medium-full bodied for a double IPA, Hoperation Overload starts smooth with a warming alcohol touch and finishes with sharp and dry hop bitterness!

O - Hoperation Overload lives up to it's name with a full sensory experience of great malt character overwhelmed by both earthy and fruity hop overtones for a dangerously drinkable, higher octane double IPA.

Photo of ArrogantB
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

12oz can $2.99. Dark amber color. Mostly a malt and alcohol bomb here in the nose and taste. I don;t know where the hops are but I was not impressed.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

the way the vertex ipa was almost under flavored, this one is almost overdone, too much balance, which is such a common trap with these. its way too much malt in this, sweet coppery richness is nice with all the oils of the hops, but it never really turns into something special, and it certainly doesnt have the hop forwardness a good double should have, as flavorful as it is. more texture than flavor from the hops honestly, aggressively bitter, but with a honey resin sort of feel, which i really like. i never get anything else out of them, no grapefruit, not tropicals, nothing of the sort, oils and bitterness. its a little sloppy in that regard, you know, just throw a ton of grain in the tun to crank the gravity, and then empty the freezer of hops, its just not all that refined, as much as it is still indicative of the style and pretty tasty on the whole. i guess the sours are what these guys do well, as they two hoppy beers ive had so far have been underwhelming, especially considering the hype around their arrival here.

Photo of Beaver13
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours clear copper amber with a medium frothy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued - sweet caramel malt with some alcoholic hops.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts with a pretty big piney resiny hop finish and quite a bit of alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent DIPA. I liked this much better on tap. It was very hazy with more fruit and less alcohol. This tastes a bit like Arrogant Bastard.

Photo of DaveHack
2.94/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Overly malty and just not good

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can, the head takes up 3/4 of the glass but boils down to a deep hazy copper body. The full dark classic "C" hops come through in the nose. The taste starts with a soft creamy sweet malt flavor that is cut by a big hop flavor of dark green herbal character. The finish has a nice balance of hop bitterness and alcohol spice note to follow.

This beer real has a good balance of big sweet malt and bitter hops and it is very easy to drink for such a big beer.

Photo of schoolboy
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a huge IPA that make no apologies. It is a double that hits you with both barrels.

It pours with a huge head of loose bubbles that settles into a minor fizz. The color is dirty yellow. The aroma is a nasty malty hoppy mess.

The taste is dark and bitter, hoppy yet very sweet and malty. A hint of yeast is there and a strange aftertaste I can't define too - kind of tangy.

This is a huge brew that works and it is highly recommended, but look out, I know it is going to pack a punch.

Photo of VitoFerrante
2/5  rDev -47.2%

I want my money back. This is only the third beer I have ever drain poured. A boozy malt disaster of a beer. These guys should try another beer of the style and decide where their own beer stacks up. I was excited to try a new DIPA in a can. What a disappointment. All onion. Maybe it was just a bad batch? I really hope so.

Photo of Omnium
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can > Tulip

A - Hazy orange with a finger of foamy white head, medium lacing
S - Definitely astringent, citrus and orange, banana oddly enough, very resinous.
T - The astringency in this is really gross, it has an overly ripe banana, some apricot, and really sugary lemonade mix of flavors, malt is sweet. Bleh
M - Some alcohol burn, very tart, chewy,
O - The more I drink it the less I like it, going to pour our the last quarter of it. Just so weird and bleh

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.6/5  rDev -5%

Not sure about this one. Seems to be a thick pine and resin thing going on. But it's also coming across as chalky and chewy (though not in the best way). Sweet malty presence. It seems like wads of everything on top of itself for the sake of it and without any clear character or purpose. This one just doesn't work for me really.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

First beer I ever had from these guys. Paid 4 dollars for the can but I can justify it for high octane ABV. Into a mason jar.

A - Looks dark with a weird unfiltered cloudy shade and a full two inches of rockin head that pulls back to a tanish colored lace ring. Great lacing.
S - Smells of dank old hops reminiscent of a barleywine with some caramel malts and wood.
T - Taste is OK watery malts a touch of banana peel or some old fruit I can't tell. Hops are their like candied with a slight lingering bitterness at the end of the palate to cover the ABV.
M - Medium bodied sort of watery but taste doesn't clash well.

Overall I am not sure what went wrong choice of hops maybe malts? Its a very sub par taste in the age of world class DIPA's I haven't experienced in a while. Pass if you can.

Photo of mr-jj
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz can into tulip.

Pours a dark copper color with a thin pillowy head. Lots of lacing and decent retention.

Aroma is caramel with some pine.

Taste is weird. Some strange banana flavor competing with pine and caramel.

Overall this felt more like a barley-wine with its sweetness and malt but with some unexpected and unwelcome banana overtones.

Photo of snaotheus
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a tulip. No dates that I can see.

Pours slightly hazy coppery color with a humongous head that fades slowly. Takes two pours, yields a rich pillowy layer. Lots of very fine, slow carbonation. Pretty beer. Smell is mild, but nice. Floral, tropical, hoppy. A little piney.

Taste is surprisingly reminiscent of banana, seems off. Aside from that, it's pretty tasty. If it was a Belgian IPA, that would be a different story. But really, aside from that, it's pretty tasty. Floral with a little honey, slight citrus, orange.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Overall, nice beer, but a bit spoiled by the weird banana flavor.

Photo of mactrail
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%

Crazy sweet and woody brew. Attractive dark amber with a nice head in the Gulpener tulip. Big aroma of honesuckle and rubbing alcohol with a note of fresh cut pine wood.

Candied watermelon rind with a hickory smoked blackberry syrup. Boozy and aromatic.

It's a truly strange but intriguing flavor. For sipping and musing, it's one to remember. From the 12 oz can purchased at 99 Bottles in Federal Way, Wash.
4.0 3.5 3.5 3.75 3.25

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, no can dating. Pours lightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and solid balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark malt sweetness; with decent strength. A bit too perfumy/piney with weak strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, citrus rind, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark malt sweetness; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice DIPA. Good complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured from a can into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark coppery amber with a half finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, grassy and lightly piney hops with a unusual light root beer component. Flavor is caramel malt, orange, tropical and unusual fruit juice, grassy hops, perhaps a bit of rye. Finishes with a sweet mixed fruit and resinous, but not herbal hop bitterness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A rather idiosynchratic take on an IIPA, with more sweet fruit flavor than usual and not ones I recognize from hops. The hop bitterness is somewhat subdued for an "overload". Interesting, but not one I will need to seek out. Hop flavor and bitterness may be affected by the unknown age of the can, which has travelled half way across the country.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Destihl Hoperation Overload has an extremely thick and lively cream colored head, a fairly opaque gold-orange appearance, and heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is predominately of hop resin with a white bread crust background. Taste is also strong on hop oil and pronounced bitterness, but the sweetness from the malts does balance it out. Mouth-feel is heavy and slick, and Destihl Hoperation Overload finishes puckering, not the least bit alcohilic, and nicely drinkable.

RJT

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Poured into a an ale chalice, color is amber, head is white and presents over 1 inch thick then dissipates to a ring and lacing on the glass.

Aroma is hop forward, bit citrus and pine, earthiness blend, then a lot of malt, caramel and maybe some toffee and biscuit.

Taste is a bit too much malt sweetness with more neutral bitterness then the aroma would lead to believe. Malt starts as caramel like then transistions to some subtle toffee and light scotch like flavors. Hops are more earthy than the aroma but really just seem to provide the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is exceptionally strong on the tongue and biting, really drying it out.

overall, i see where the hoping makes this a dipa, but i think it could do better as strong red ale with a toned done down bitterness.

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Hoperation Overload from DESTIHL Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.