Hoperation Overload - DESTIHL Brewery

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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 2
Gots: 44 | 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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Photo of beergoot
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper body; thick, rocky head. Nice blend of roasted grain with a hard to describe hop presence; chocolate(?!). The taste emphasizes a roasted malt character with a nicely balancing hop bitterness. Medium body; slightly sweet with an overall dryness at the finish.

This is a nice, easy drinking beer but doesn't seem to hit the IPA category squarely. The beer is more malt-forward than anything else, and for a DIPA, this just seems odd. I do agree that there is a nice balance between the malts and hops, and the alcohol presence doesn't dominate anything, yet I scratch my head at it being labeled a DIPA. Strangely, this seems more like a heavy-hitting Cascadian ale in character. A very good beer overall, just don't expect an overall DIPA character.

Photo of woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer backlog here at Chez Woody is beginning to show some headway, partially thanks to my triage giving APAs/AIPAs/DIPAs priority. It is also furthering The CANQuest (tm) which was the underlying idea of their initial aquCANsition.

From the CAN: "Imperial India Pale Ale Overloaded With Hops"; "Enjoy Fresh[;] Keep Refrigerated[;] Unfiltered"; "Support Flavor - Boycott Bland (tm)"; "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 haze from overloading with dry hops as well. Cheers."

The Crack! came off without a hitch, but having read their verbiage, I wanted to challenge myself to see what kind of clarity I could create. I would characterize myself as successful since I got three-plus fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention that left nice lacing as it fell. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of pine tar and since I was not expecting that kind of intensity, I think that some nose hairs got burnt as my sinus cavity filled with the scent of evergreens. Phew! Mouthfeel was full, like a dollop of beer on my tongue. The hops hit the beachhead of my tongue in a take no prisoners stance, ripping away at my weakened taste bud defenses and worming its way in like muriatic acid. I reached for pliers to pull my tongue out and step on the thing but before I could do so, I was hit with a second wave of heat, alcohol and bitterness that rocked me back in my seat. Jeezus! It was hot, minty and just a handful. I often characterize myself as a self-described, unrepentant hophead, but this was causing me to swoon. I like it! I could have done with a little less of an alcohol burn, but the mintiness of the hops left me with a cool feeling in my mouth and throat. The finish was dry. Gaspingly dry to the point that I was reaching for my asthma inhaler. Phew! I CAN to nothing less than appreciate a DIPA like this.

Photo of Dreadnaughtzombie
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed a 4 pack of these to try the other day. I tried one the other 3 will probably sit in the back of my fridge till somebody else drinks them. Lol

Photo of beerthulhu
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

-9.6% abv. 85 ibus. can poured into a spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Light coppery coloring, good clarity, with a glass consuming macro-effervesce. The crown is 4+ fingers high, dirty ivory color with a resilient stay. High lace coverage, lasting foam pillar coverage throughout.

S: Aroma is sweet pine-scotch of short duration, strong upon first uncapping, but quickly tampers off. Average. Flavor followed the nose, pine-scotch, wet citrus-orange hopping with a warming of alcohol followed by a bittering of grapefruit peel.

T: Solid rate of ibus, boozy dry orange citrus, flowery, with a crisp offering of toasted speciality grains. Lingering dry, spicy hopping, boozy dry, offering of alcohol long after the swallow.

M: Fairly crisp mouthful, smooth maltiness, spicy hop juice and alcohol warmth.

O: Good dose of ibu's, balanced by a boozy, sweet alcohol and speciality grains. Dry bittering orange peel and citrus finish of good level. Complexity is rather ordinary, a bit sweet and boozy for multiples. 85 says it best for me, not mindblowing, but will give you a fix for hops and alcohol in need. Very good malt support.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark cherry amber with tan cream that goes fast but rims. 3.75
Boozy, cherry liqueur nose with some soil. 3.75
Fruitcake malts then mild resin, pine, and dried orange hops. 3.5
Vague tangerine zest and greasy resin linger.
Medium, chewy, almost hot, smooth. 3.75

Incredibly little going on here. Canning date looks to be Jan 30, so 4 months out, but even at that a DIPA this big shouldn’t die a death of hops entirely. It’s smooth enough, and not 10% hot, but overloading nothing, and I’d really rather drainpour than put the traffic on my liver. 3.5

Photo of jivewhiteboy
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the most refreshing Imperial Ipa's I've had.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Destihl probably better stick to sours !!! From the moment I popped the top on this I knew it was gonna be a struggle to finish. Way to malty, sweet, boozy and unbalanced. I always hate having to be so harsh but a harsh review is required for this harsh beer.

Photo of RJB66
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Too much alcohol taste, not my favorite would not have another. Way to many great double I's out there to force one more down.

Photo of JamesStreet
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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 +12.4%
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 -11.6%
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 +4%
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 +11.9%
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 -20.6%
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 +12.4%
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 +9.3%
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%
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 -4.8%
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 -3.7%
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 -22.2%
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 +11.1%
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 +10.6%
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 -47.1%

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 -7.7%
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 -4.8%

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.

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Hoperation Overload from DESTIHL Brewery
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