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Homo Erectus - Walking Man Brewing Co.

Homo Erectus
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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%


Brewed by:
Walking Man Brewing Co.
Washington, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: freed on 09-04-2003)
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Uber Tavern Seattle. Funny thing...this a wallop of a beer. Big, bright, huge aroma and flavor...but it was enjoyed as a session beer Yep...that's right. A real quaffer.
It started with the mouth feel. There was a huge flavor profile, but the very smooth drinkable carbonation melded with a full malt backbone...well, let's say it was a rich, satisfying drink. Granted, sitting in Uber with the fire pit and a cool, rainy night outside...it was a nice for contemplation and sipping. But in fact I was on Beer Safari with 3 bros, and everything was upbeat and let's do more, more, more...
the appearance is a rich yellow/amber with a smooth head, followed by righteous lacing. Aroma is full hoppy-ness, fresh and bright. Flavor rolls with citrus, slight mellow caramel, maybe a touch of banana. The mouth feel is sinful. Sinful! Soft, luxuriant...inviting....
Damn, I'm poppin down a full octane beer, but it seems like I'm sippin on a perfectly poured Brit Pale Ale.
Let's face it... there are many, many excellent IPAs...but not unlike PTY, this one stands out for the drinkability above and beyond the great flavor.
Hope you're lucky enough to have one poured on tap for you>

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2013 23:51:50 | More by BillRoth
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lukester

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2012 06:05:28 | More by lukester
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2012 12:45:32 | More by Rifugium
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Outlawshaw

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Homo Erectus is Walking Man's flagship Imperial IPA which has a nice bitter hop flavor and a nice malt flavor that tries to catch up but can't quite make it. Hops win.

I really like beers that try and have a balance war in your mouth. This is a solid IPA. Watch out... it is easier drinking than a 9% should be and will knock you on your ass if you're not careful.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 23:29:26 | More by Outlawshaw
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distantmantra

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Porterhouse, West Seattle.

A: Orange/gold in color. Small white head and thick lacing.

S: Strong pine scent backed by citrus.

T: Grapefruit and floral with some piny notes. At 9%, the bite is there but not overwhelming.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

O: Well balanced with a nice hop profile backed by maltiness. Highly drinkable for an Imperial IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 04:26:17 | More by distantmantra
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev 0%
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.

HV

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2010 19:39:35 | More by sholland119
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djbreezy

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a 4 oz sampler glass at the Walking Man pub.

appearance - poured an amber orange, streaking lace, low head, retention along the edges

smell - the dry hopping is evident, big resinous hops on the nose, piney

taste - resinous and flavorful hops dominant with a slightly bitter finish

mouthfeel - medium/full bodied, slightly dry finish

drinkability - strong and hoppy but the alcohol is well hidden, amazing IPA

From the brewery:
An Imperial IPA brewed in celebration of being erect for two million years. Special batches: Big Phat Homo (dry-hopped) and My Old Kentucky Homo (bourbon barrel aged). 2005 North American Beer Awards Silver Meda

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2010 00:28:01 | More by djbreezy
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jdense

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Walking Man 12/3 poured into pint glass.

Light amber one finger white head slow disipation, nice retention and very good lacing. Complex nose, fruity and piney hops with bready malt backbone. Big hop hit on tastebuds, good grapefruit hops, with a fairly dry malt profile providing nice balance. Fairly dry hoppy bitter finish. Very drinkable for this ABV, if I didn't have to get to Beervana that evening I would have had several of these. Big hop bomb. Very tasty, worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2009 17:20:42 | More by jdense
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sprucetip

Alaska

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2009 01:29:27 | More by sprucetip
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czechsaaz

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2009 00:03:35 | More by czechsaaz
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RedBrewer83

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2009 15:10:19 | More by RedBrewer83
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DiabolikDUB

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2009 16:23:52 | More by DiabolikDUB
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2008 21:08:39 | More by SurlyDuff
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dirtylou

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Brouwers in Seattle

appearance: served in a pint during hopfest (an extraordinary surprise), bold orange body with a big foamy beige head and pretty nice retention...looks inviting

smell: zesty hops, pine and citrus, rather floral with a noticeable thick caramel malt base

taste: great DIPA...thick and chewy with strong bitter hops...apricot, grapefruit and other citrus and a big caramel malt base. This has a big oily finish with a varietal of fruit-jam flavors (citrus, peach, berry) - great DIPA

mouthfeel: huge body, thick and full, molassess and citrus

drinkability: good

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2008 01:16:52 | More by dirtylou
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One could argue that this is the beer that has ruined me for lesser DIPA's. My palate has never been quite the same since I first sampled this hop nectar at the Rose & Raindrop years ago.

Had on tap at numerous places (HorseBrass, R&R and the brewpub in Stevenson), but most recently at Concordia Alehouse (where, along with the knuckledragger, it's almost a regular).

The beer pours an intriguing dark brown color with nuances of amber. The beer has a persistent head with sticky lacing everywhere. This does not look like your typical DIPA, but don't be fooled. This is a hop bomb ready to explode. On the nose one gets some dry citrus, earth and tobacco. There's a hint of sweet malt as well, but only a hint. The beer smells pretty good, but again not like any other DIPA I've had. On the palate this DIPA is unique. There is a huge mouthfeel/presence, and it doesn't have the usual piney, orange citrus flavors. There is considerably dry citrus bite from the hops, but this beer is amazingly smooth and quaffable. I don't know how Walking Man does it, but there is enough malt in this bad boy to counter and balance the hops, but without being overly sweet or tiring. The finish is pretty dry and is very long. The abv. is very well disguised in this beer, but it's more then just that. It's actually very refreshing on the palate and each gulp begs you to take the next gulp.

The most drinkable DIPA on the planet, IMO. Excellent and highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2007 17:27:58 | More by johnmichaelsen
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mcallister

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2007 23:00:36 | More by mcallister
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this on several occasions, most recently on-draught at Concordia Ale House. At 9% ABV, this is definitely in the Double/Imperial IPA category.

A: Rich auburn orange/brown, crowned with 1/2 of creamy light tan head. Only slightly hazy when held to light, showing off very few lazily rising single carbonation bubbles. Good-looking sticky bands of lace.

S: Immense hoppy nose, full of pine and grapefruit with an underlying layer of caramel-sweet malt. Served a little cool, so the full aroma didn't immediately burst forth, but as it warmed the hop aroma really developed and shone.

T: Thick sweet malt is engulfed by big grapefruit and resin bitterness. Malts are full of biscuits and caramel; hops are juicy and pucker-inducing. A huge, flavorful IPA with excellent balance.

M: A creamy mouthfeel, thick and clinging. Surprisingly smooth; warming from the elevated alcohol level is stealthy.

D: A terrific DIPA, bold, balanced. Huge IBU's, listed at 100 on WM's website, make this a Hophead's dream. It's one that I like to have occasionally (simply because the extremely hoppy beers are not my favorites). However, this is definitely one of Walking Man's best and is one I highly recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2007 06:03:27 | More by msubulldog25
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henrysunset

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer very much today. The beer had a fragrant smell, but less overwheming than other Imperial IPA's I've tried. The taste follows suit, pretty dry for an imperial, it is well balanced for certain. Very tasty and very drinkable,... but 2 of these beers would send you off into space.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2006 08:28:46 | More by henrysunset
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rayjay

Hawaii

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Rose and the Raindrop in Portland, OR. Recommended by the barkeep when I asked for the freshest, hoppiest IPA on tap.

Pours a deep orange, so deep I almost doubted his expretese! It manages to pull it off, though, as it is very inviting looking. Healthy head but no lace.

Taste is very northwest, with cascades dominating the profile. A flavor explosion fades to an enjoyable bitter aftertaste. The dark color is decieving because it doesn't come across as very malty at all. Refreshing.

A great session beer for hopheads (a 2-3 pint session, anyway!) Cheers!

(edit: 9% abv? I don't believe it, I would've guessed 6-7%)

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2006 17:43:37 | More by rayjay
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Crosling

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2006 03:34:17 | More by Crosling
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bodybyadam

Washington

3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2006 02:18:11 | More by bodybyadam
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charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2005 21:13:56 | More by charlatan
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown/orange with rusty edges and a big/fat tan/brown head of foamy foam foam. Aromas are all fresh cut citrusy hops, herbal hop notes, pines, hop resins, oils, and cones. The taste is a bit bready and biscuity, and than the orange citrusy hop flavors come into play with some lemony/lime/herby goodness in the mix as well. Mouthfeel is medium>thick and the drinkability is damn good for a double ipa as well. Damn good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2005 06:16:44 | More by francisweizen
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RedDiamond

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First, I love the irony in the name. The beer named for the man that stands upright delivers a roundhouse kick of hops and enough alcohol to knock you on your butt. For the record, the ABV is 9.0%.

There’s a lot to like here: the clear sorrel color, the two fingers of suds, the seductive floral aroma. The flavor is alive with leafy, herbaceous hops that still leave an opening for a sweet flush of malts. Alcohol also makes its presence known.

This is a buccaneer beer – a real swashbuckler. Imperial in every way.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2005 04:40:40 | More by RedDiamond
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beercollector

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
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%

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2005 00:47:58 | More by beercollector
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Homo Erectus from Walking Man Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.