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Homo Erectus - Walking Man Brewing Co.

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Homo Erectus
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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 9
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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Photo of IntriqKen
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

IntriqKen, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of henrysunset
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

henrysunset, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of rayjay
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%

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%)

rayjay, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

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!

feloniousmonk, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of Crosling
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

Crosling, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of bodybyadam
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%

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

bodybyadam, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of charlatan
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

charlatan, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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.

francisweizen, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of RedDiamond
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

RedDiamond, May 01, 2005
Photo of beercollector
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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%

beercollector, Apr 03, 2005
Photo of GreenWBush
3.6/5  rDev -12%

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.

GreenWBush, Dec 27, 2004
Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%

Damn, this beer must be hard to find. I also had it at the Horse Brass on a recent visit to Portland, hadn't even heard of it until the bartender in the "Viper" T-Shirt recommended it.

Poured a creamy dark red-orange with a considerable head, with a nice light hop aroma. Great salty, smoky, orange-peel hop flavor with a massive bite, all built on an underlying well-balanced malty foundation. Had a nice tastebud-popping mouthfeel, and a dry finish with a slight grapefruit edge. I was quite impressed with this stuff. After I was finished there was so much lacing on the glass it looked like I just had a milkshake. I would reach for this stuff again in a heartbeat.

PopeJonPaul, Nov 28, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%

Appearance – The promise of a big, malty backbone looms large here. The body is a dark, creamy thick brownish-orange that supports an ample, foamy, lacing head.

Smell – The smooth citrus hops mix well with an underlying piney aroma. The sharp floral notes almost make this one seem dry-hopped. The big caramel-laden malty base is present in the nose as well.

Taste – This will be too much for most. The malt backbone in particular is drenched with unsulphored molasses. How I missed this at the nose I’ll never know. There’s also a stinging sense of alcohol. The ABV is not published but beware.

The hops fight back enough to stay in the game. The smooth citrus and complimentary pine are almost lost in the malty shuffle, though. They just do manage to stay on top.

Mouthfeel – Full in the body, hands down the fullest IPA I’ve had to date, with a creamy smooth middle and a bitter dryness at the end. There are so many flavors, all very big, that your cheeks and taste buds will go nuts (is the “kid in a candy shop” too worn out here). If you love big beers, though, your mouth will love you for drinking it.

Drinkability – This is too big for most beer-lovers, even those that fancy the PacNW IPA style. The ABV will take the social drinker to the mat. The huge malts will put off hop-heads. The bitter, dry finish will leave women and children crying. That said, I love this stuff.

Comments – Skyhand discovered, introduced me to, enticed me with, made me dependant on, and finally satisfied me with this “ultimate IPA” from an obscure brewery that I otherwise would have never found. BA Buds are the best!

Update – Since I loved the ’04 so much skyhand was nice enough to bring a growler over to my place for the 1st Annual NYC/Chi-town Pizza Cook Off. I found the beer very sessionable even with all of the big flavors. The excellent malt structure of this ale stood out a little more for me this time around. Overall this is one of my absolute favs.

RoyalT, Jun 23, 2004
Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.58/5  rDev +12%

Served in an 10 oz mini-imperial pint glass, the brew was a very hazy dark orange-red copper color with a fine white head. The aroma presented a well-developed and robust complex of floral hops. The combination of floral and resin hop notes was lively, bright, and mouthwatering. Also present were a variety of citrus notes...fantastic. The taste was superb as well. I was hit by a barrage of aromatic bitter hop notes (resembling the nose), held up by the perfect level of malt. The mouthfeel was smooth and full; just right for the style. This was an extremely drinkable and satisfying imperial IPA , with big flavors but at the same time being refeshing and crisp. Alcohol was concealed completely. Unfortunately,at the time of writing this review, I beleive it is only available at the brewery and Horse Brass in Portland(I had it at both, but this review comes from the Horse Brass serving). Not to be missed if you find it!

HiroProtagonist, Jan 04, 2004
Photo of freed
4.5/5  rDev +10%

I can hardly find any information about this beer, but I found it on tap at the Horse Brass. Cheers!

Imperial Pint on cask, lovely copper body with a nice naturally creamy head. A wonderfully fresh and citrusy aroma that doesn't completely hide the abundant malt body. The taste starts with a crrisp hob bite followed by a nice, somewhat traditionally british malt profile, with some almost berry flavors. That sounds off putting, but its a subtle sensation that is quite nice. The beer finishes with a dryness that any IPA should leave. It really finishes itself off well, and is quite a good beer. I was somewhat surprised by its affects upon my equilibrium, so I suspect that maybe its got a higher Abv.

freed, Sep 04, 2003
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Homo Erectus from Walking Man Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.