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Homo Erectus - Walking Man Brewing Co.

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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 10
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a orangish gold color with good carbonation and a small white head

S: Flowers, pine and grapefruit.

T: Taste is well hopped, slight bite and very balanced, not overly done but a treat to drink! Grapefruit, floral and a tad pine. Caramel backbone

M: Mouthfeel has a medium body with a slick texture.

D: Very good!

Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

HV

Photo of djbreezy
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
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

Photo of brewandbbq
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1/2 gal growler from the source.

Pours dark gold with a copper hue and a viscous, robust head of off-white. Plenty of dotted lacing throughout the glass as well as a thin skim coat on the surface.

Aromatics lead off with a nice blend of citrus, pine, and sticky malt. Not screamingly pungent but enticing nonetheless. Powdered grapefruit and pine resins.

Medium bodied with a plump, tacky mouthfeel.

Ripe fruit, gummy malt, and leafy resins start the palate. Plenty of juicy malt to balance and bitterness is fairly light for the style. Sturdy in nature with a good amount of heft and hops. Freshness abundant.

Finishes with lingering, sticky resins, pine-rubbed grapefruit, and a bit of warmth.

Tasty IIPA. I was also able to sample a beer similar to this one (after hours) which was brewed with agave nectar, which kicked ass. Shot down on the growler on that one though.

Photo of jdense
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of sprucetip
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of czechsaaz
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of RedBrewer83
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped at the brewpub today .... I was hoping to score some Jaywalker or Old Stumblefoot... but alas, they were no longer on tap.... I was able to talk the fine ladies working behind the bar to fill some 22's for me (I had sanitized bottles and caps with me and a capper.... I'm a nerd.... and I'm okay with that :-)

I am reviewing this one as a growler because it was off of tap.

I had a pint of the homo erectus at the pub and was pretty damn happy with it.. soooo... I want a beer.. one 22 down. Poured into my shaped SA glass.

Slightly hazy golden amber.. great head and lacing..

Nose is a fresh battering ram of PNW hoppiness.. pine and citrus.. but a surprising smack of floral hops are a nice distraction.. lite pale malts with only whiffs of caramel.. this just smells soooo fresh.

Flavor mirrors the nose with only a little bit more pale maltiness and with a bunch more juicy hops.. the citrus and pine are waaay up front with a more floral essence coming out on the finish... the malts are not an afterthought by any means.. instead more of a way to get the hops into the front of the palate.. the finish is fairly dry with a lingering hoppiness that sticks around and makes me want another sip... drinkability is really fairly high.. body is lite for such a heavy hitter, but really spot on for a nice dry PNW DIPA.. this one should certainly be considered for a place among the big boys.

Edit: I can't believe that I've never been to Walking Man before today.. for some stupid reason (mainly apathy), I've always just assumed they were somewhere up near Seattle.. instead, the are only a couple of minutes off of I-84 on the way home from PDX... They can count on seeing me anytime I make the trip.

Photo of weeare138
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of hopdog
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
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

Photo of John_M
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of mcallister
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of TheBungyo
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If Walking Man were located in a major city like Town Hall is, we'd see much more championing of their brews. As it is, they're located in the middle of nowhere and only the most attentive of beer lovers know they exist. Once you do however, this brewery is unavoidable. You can't sneeze without a true Northwest BA mentioning Walking Man.

This brew pours golden autumn with a nice dense head of foam. Lacing tracks the progress on down.

Though the malt provides a firm backbone the hops quickly overwhelm it. Lemon, orange, grass and caramel surge over the tongue to provide a temporary respite from the massive bitterness the finish incurs. This is a world class double IPA that certainly satisfies all hop desires.

In all this is the beer you pray for when looking for a hop fix.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a beautiful golden amber color like amber the jewel. Nice head of sticky white lacing.
Sweetish Malt and fresh piney hops in the aroma. Does the 9% alcohol raise it's head after it warms? Nope...aroma stays clean and fresh...even more hops with more of a citrus note as it warms and more fruit notes to the brew.
First impression is the sweetness of the amber malts...clean, not cloying, but definately sweet. Immediately there is the presence of piney hops that melds to grapefruit citrus peel hops....intense and all that is left of the complex flavors after you swallow.
Hmmm...again I ask, 'Where is the alcohol'? It isn't present in the flavor, either.
Aftertaste is palette scarring citrus....nice dryig in the mouth.
After'feel' is....'Ah yes...THERE's the alcohol.'
Carefull with this one...it is deliciously addictive and the alcohol REALLY needs to be respected. It's there...you just don't know it while drinking it.
Thanks skyhand for sending me a growler - 64 oz. of amber drops from heaven. Good stuff.

Photo of henrysunset
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of rayjay
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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%)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, pale orange appearance, huge frothy creamy-toned head...leaving loads of lace...

Piney, citric aroma, bittersweet, fresh and delighfully hoppy.

Zesty in the mouth, flush with fruit, creamy and delicious. Fine and mellow hop attack, blasts the tongue, but smoothly. Very smoothly, but then the flavor gets stronger, fuller, more prominent on the palate. Grapefruit grinds it up with berries, lemon, orange, mixed well with bitter hops.

Medium bodied, fullish mouthfeel, long finish, fruity and bitter and ever so delicious. yum, and...9%? Wooo, here it comes...burns brighter, gets bolder, smacks the senses about a bit. Yums, yums...

lipsmacking bitter hoppiness, easy-drinking, but higher booziness...makes one big, bad, beautiful brew!

Photo of Crosling
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of bodybyadam
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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

Photo of charlatan
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Homo Erectus from Walking Man Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.