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Homo Erectus - Walking Man Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 112
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 16.91%
Wants: 13
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Walking Man Brewing Co. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: freed on 09-04-2003

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Reviews: 51 | Hads: 112
Photo of mactrail
3.24/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Orangey amber brew with plenty of white foam in the New Belgium snifter. Peculiar aroma makes me thing of very old oranges. Sharp and spritzy mouthfeel.

Quite bitter and hot with hop oils. My lips are burning. Grapefruit peel. Sweet and fruity with flavors of peach and wet wood.

Interesting but really intense. More pain than pleasure. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham.

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Photo of vkv822
3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

32oz growler, filled earlier today @ The Growler Run.
into a SN IPA Glass.

Pours a burnt orange with a foamy, off white head and spotty lacing.

Citrusy, resiny hops, light boozy notes from the alcohol in the taste.

A decent DIPA. Well done, but lacking anything particularly memorable about it.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.51/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big caramel malt nose with lots of fermentation esters. There's hops under that but just a little.

Deep amber and cloudy. Not much head at all. no rising carbonation.

Flavor involves a lot of malt, caramel, base, honey and maybe some biscuit. I get a bread thing that isn't yeast. Good hop bitterness and lots of citrus hop bitters. But there's also a slight sour thing that isn't hops. It was served in a place that usually has clean lines so not sure.

Feels a little heavy but there is good carbonation to lighten it up. More than the lack of head would seem.

Wondering what's going on here. Not really something I want to have again even though I've enjoyed it before. But this is the second time I've had a bad experience with this beer. And not in the same bar.

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Photo of lukester
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just had this beer today at lunch. Nice big hoppy IPA with a long bitter finish. I think it lacked some balance in bittering hops and malt. If I compare it to say Hop Stoopid a very high IBU IPA it doesn't hit the mark for a high IBV beer. I doubt they are using hop extract which seems to me the ingredient that is defining big IPA's.

A: Golden to copper with decent head
S: decent hop profile but lacking a big floral/citris aroma of dry hopping
T: Nice amount of malt with a bit too many bittering hops which create a long bitter finish which can be good and bad
M: ABV of 9 pushes this into good to very good mouthfeel.
O: Overall a nice beer but there are many DIPA's better than this one.

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Photo of weeare138
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for sharing this growler...
Appears a hazy dark copper with a small off white head that quickly fades into a mild cap and collar. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of honey, pine, herbal hops, and caramel.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with more of a floral & herbal flavor coming through with a touch of biscuits found in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spicy, sweet...'tis ok.

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Photo of Crosling
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GABF 2005. I am pretty sure this is a Double IPA. Although I loved their Jaywalker, I wasn’t happy with either the IPA or this Double IPA. Darkened gold color. Very mild hop nose, with a light hint of flowers and grapefruit. Medium body with a slick texture. Approachable hop flavor, very mild overall, without much complexity.

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Photo of portia99
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler received in a trade with Piclee. Thanks! Poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary snifter.

A - Pours a dirty, dark amber color with noticeable yeasty haze, low head and sparse lacing.

S - Citrusy hops - oranges mostly. Bready and biscuity malt...surprisingly low aroma intensity, but what is there is pretty good.

T - Mid level bitterness, balanced toward the malty side. Very biscuity flavors, a bit yeasty with low citrus and some earthy flavors as well.

M - A touch on the thin side of medium with a lower carbonation level (could be due to the growler serving type), smooth.

O - Not bad double IPA...I wish the hop flavors were a bit more intense especially on the citrusy side. Balanced beer with a firm malt base.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in 10 oz. serving size because "its stiff".

Perfect pour at the Horse Brass ... meringued, light red copper with a wicked lace. A beautiful presentation.

Super fruity (crystal?) hop character on the nose. Freshly alcoholic hop-head dream.

Toasty plastic grain with molasses dripping off your tongue. A rather nasty bite of malt at the middle, chewy, creamy mouthfeel by the end.

A delicious double IPA that loses a little because of the middle flavor of rank plastic. Other than that slight hint, a wickedly crippling double IPA.

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Photo of mcallister
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Amber/mahagonny depending on how the light interacts. Head is white, thin and holds no length.

Fruity and delightful. A very gummy peach fruit aroma with a pinch of tangerine and dried apricot. Leads to a thick bready malt backbone.

Tis one thick DIPA. Very viscous and jammy with an oily finish. Very balanced but not as complex as I had hoped. More pine in the taste than fruit with a hoppy floral finish. Thick toffee malt and caramel, with a grainy finish that brings things to a halt.

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Photo of dleigh
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first IPA I really got into (shout out to Produce Row Cafe in Portland back in '08!). Recently saw it hit shelves in bottles and picked up one. There is no bottled-on date on the bottle, so who knows how fresh it was. Pretty hoppy and pretty good, but doesn't have the magic I remember from back in the day. Perhaps it's better on tap or perhaps it's been a victim of the IPA arms race of the past decade.

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Photo of beercollector
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours out a dirty straw color with a light short duration head. The nose is hops and more hops. I think this would really be an imperial IPA.

The taste starts with the alcohol, then hop and finishes with malt and just stays and stays and stays. I had this with their taster and 10 4 oz servings this one should come up last jsut because of the bitterness. The hops are a bit harsh at first then seem to marry with the malt.

It has a slick smooth mouth. This stays and the bitterness is still there minutes later. You need a sip of water or food before you try something else or just stick with this at the end of the night.

How about just a couple of pints and a drive home by the designated driver. This must be over 10%

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

SEP 7, 2014
Growler from ABV. Pouring a clear copper with a dense, off white head with excellent retention and very nice lacing, this looks great! The nose opens with a big blast of Cascade hops, citrus, chalky and moderately juicy. Candied grapefruit and citrus are present along with an intense pine oil aroma. Malt is moderate, caramel and bready in nature. The palate opens with an intense, pungent pinesol bitterness and flavor, massively resiny, immensely dank and hilariously over the top. Alcohol and sweetness are noticeable and add an intensity to the palate. Simple syrup, bread, caramel and a little burnt toast are noticeable. The mid palate has some of the citrus and fruit flavors with candied grapefruit, honeydew melon and orange peel. Mildly sweet and quite bitter on the finish, this beer is medium-full in body and softly carbonated. The booze, the bitterness and the sweetness make this a little difficult to drink a ton of. Decent stuff.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap at Life of Riley poured into chilled Pint glass.

Pours a hazy amber colored with a fuffly slightly off-white head that lingers for some time and never fully dissolves. The aroma is packed full of grapefruit, resinous hops and some slight caramel malt. The flavor has much more of the same but with more malt and sticky hops. This is a medium bodied beer and is sticky. I liked this beer but was pretty quick to move onto the next.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a slightly hazy coppery orange with a small cap of white head that left some doily lacing. Aroma loaded with piney hops. The taste reinforced the piney hops of the smell as the dominant factor, with undertones of citrus. Dry and bitter in the finish, with some alcohol burn. Medium-bodied, and quite drinkable, but can be a palate-killer in larger quantities. Which is okay, if this is all your drinking tonight.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the new Abbey Pub in Bend. Highly recommend checking it out, the place needs a lot of work for atmosphere but the beer on tap is fantastic, and the food is pretty good too. 10 taps, most of them rarities in central oregon, good call!

A: Pours a hazy orange amber hue with very small one finger head that quickly dissipated into a thin foam. Body is very opaque and cloudy, nice lacing as I drank.

S: Not a huge nose on this, expected a heavier pungent aroma from a big DIPA. Does have a nice faint floral hop and citrus aroma, a little pine resin and caramel malt backnote.

T: A little better than the aroma, starts with sweet grapefruit/orange with a little pine resin. The caramel malt kicks in the middle and it finishes pretty crisp and clean, pretty well balanced.

M: Surprisingly smooth and a little lighter than I expected from a 9% DIPA. The alcohol is well hidden in the heavy malt body but it still comes off as crisp, the carbonation is spot on.

D: Very drinkable, again it does not feel like 9% at all and goes down very smooth. Overall this was a pretty good DIPA, not as impressed as I expected to be though.

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Photo of bodybyadam
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attention bitters lovers. I had this one at SIB 05, unfortunately it was poured into a 4 oz tasting glass, more like a shot glass. The line for this one was crazy. I soon discoverd more or less it was the college kids just wanting the higher ABV than the others. The brown appearance was inviting then the nose said let me have a bite. At 80 IBU this one is one to remember. This may be bitter but it will surprise even those that don't care for bitters as much. Excellent.
- Adam

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Photo of draheim
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz into a tulip. Pours a hazy coppery orange w/ a 1-finger sudsy head that settles to a thin film of sea foam

Aroma is citrusy and herbal/floral, with more tropical fruits like mango and papaya. Some cool pine in there too.

Taste is likewise a blend of grapefruit and other equatorial fruits, some pine. Gradually I get more juicy orange, and strong alpha-acid bitterness on the finish. Plenty of pale and caramel malt serve as counterbalance to the resinous hops, maybe almost too much malt? Taste seems a little unbalanced, but this could also be an older bottle. No bottle date so we will never know.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied, not quite chewy.

Overall, on the one hand I'm enjoying the complexity of this imperial IPA in a world where the style seems to be trending toward more in-your-face pure hop aroma/flavor; on the other hand, it still seems a little muddled. As a more traditional Northwest take on the imperial IPA I can see what they're trying to do, so I'm scoring it at or just shy of outstanding on all counts. Glad to finally have tried this one anyway.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes. On tap at Horse Brass in Portland. Beautiful copper/bronze, 1 finger foamy head, good retention and lacing. SMELL weak at first, it grew stronger. Vaguely grainy, malty sweet, piny/earthy hop notes. Alc heat, fruity esters, hops and matly sweetness blend and balance nicely after warming some. TASTE Malty sweetness holds its own early and through the middle before giving way to assertive hop flavors and bitterness. bit of booze. FEEL peasant slightly viscous texture, full body, mildly drying, bitter finish. OVERALL a bold, tasty sipper.

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Photo of charlatan
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Colour is somewhere between brick red and bronze and my pint has a decent head. Smells of citrus (particularly grapefruit and lemon) and brown sugar.

It delivers a pleasant interplay between the expected citrus flavour and the aforementioned brown sugar. If anything it might be a bit too sweet (but it has nothing on Walking Man's barleywine in that department!) and a tad syrupy.

Walking Man claims 9% for this one, and it slides down rather easily for such a potent brew.

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Photo of hopdog
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired in trade with riversideAK (from the Uber Tavern). Thanks!

Poured a deeper and slightly hazy amber color wtih a larger sized off white head. Aromas of fresh floral hops, earthy, and pine. Tastes of the same floralness, toasted caramel, pine, and some citrus. Alcohol content well hidden. Some lacing left on the glass.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark bronze amber with a three finger light tan head with good retention and pillowy lacing, looks great. Nice aroma of caramel and bready malt, citrus and lightly piney hops, orange citrus. Flavor is rich caramel and biscuit malt, resiny citrusy and somewhat dank hops with hints of grapefruit and pine, finishes with very nice caramel mixed with hop resins. Great mouth feel, medium with a pleasant creaminess. A quite intensely hopped IPA, but with a big malt body to support the hops. For all the hop flavors and power, suprisingly little herbal hop flavors. However the balance of rich malt and strong hops works out quite nicely. I like malty IPAs and this one hits the spot. Glad I got to try this now that they are bottling it.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a shiny pint of this at Horse Brass in Portland.

Clear light amber ofrange with an impressive head.

Aroma is nice juicy rich pacnw hop and a good floral sweetness. Light organic pine resin.

Malt profile is a bit chewy toffee caramel, but the hops pile on to take precedence. Great full mouthfeel, really a treat! There's a tad bit of metallic twang I was getting in the middle-to-late, but was barely noticable. A really impressive IPA, but a tad high in the ABV's. I would really like this if it were toned down a bit, makes it much more drinkable.

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Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brouwers, 9/10/10

A-Clear copper with some honeyed highlights, frothy off white head, great sticky lacing.

S-Fruity and juicy. Peach mixed with grapefruit and a hint of honey.

T-Starts off with a stone fruit sweetness, then citrus hops kick in followed by a dry finish of white peaches.

M-Medium bodied with a light lingering bitterness.

D-Quite tasty. Hard to believe this is 9% ABV.


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Photo of mabermud
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: This is a gorgeous looking beer. The body looks deep orange with a very, very light reddish hue. Or you could say this appears burnt or imperial orange. The head is obviously high quality. Sticky lacing and legs that leave behind works of art. Imagine Kate Beckingsale dressed up as a head of beer. This is what the head looks like, no other explanation needed.
Smell: Surprisingly, the smell is toned down. I would have thought Kate Beckinsale would have smelled scrumptious. This has faded aromas of citrus/orange hops and light caramel malts delicately balanced.
Taste: Of course, the taste follows the smell. This definitely tastes like a DIPA from east of the Mississippi. Heavy on the caramelized malts. Tropical and citrus fruit with sweetened caramelized malts. This could be called a Founders Centennial DIPA.
Feel: I'm feeling good. This has a substantial body and mouth feel that is semi-tacky in the mouth. Lower levels of carbonation and medium-high body.

Overall - Outstanding appearance. Decent smell. Outstanding taste with a great feel. This one is difficult to come by. I have only seen this around once or twice in the last couple of years. I must be looking in all the wrong place. Cheers!

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Photo of jds16
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice orange color with a good head that lingers, great lacing down the glass. Translucent but not transparent. Smells bready, earthy, a little orange peel. Very malty, strikes me more as strong ale than IPA but it's delicious regardless. Lots of pine, caramel, and grapefruit; quite bitter. Very tasty, and a nice change of pace from the typical DIPA.

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Homo Erectus from Walking Man Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.