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Hoperation Overload - DESTIHL Brewery

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302 Ratings
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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 2
Gots: 41 | 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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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.

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4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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.

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4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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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

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.07/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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.

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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.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Hoperation Overload from DESTIHL Brewery
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