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Bert Grant's Hopzilla IPA - Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales

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Bert Grant's Hopzilla IPABert Grant's Hopzilla IPA

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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gusler on 02-01-2004)
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Reviews by mzwolinski:
Photo of mzwolinski
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very attractive light copper in body, good swirling carbonation and a fluffy off-white head. The aroma is a Bit buttery, with the hops quite understated at first (at least by California standards).

Nice crisp mouthfeel, a lot easier-going than many double-IPAs. The fact that it only weighs in at 5% is noticeable, but not a bad thing at all if you’re not looking for a massive DIPA.

Nice citric hop flavor with a good malt base, a little toasty bread character as it warms. Floral hop character with nice bitterness. A bit of light butteriness in the finish, but not too distracting.

mzwolinski, Jan 22, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appaearance – This beer is a nice, hazy, hoppy-looking orange in color but had a small, modest Mothra-type head.

Smell – The smell here was a three-pronged Ghidra aroma of pine, citrus, and floral. It was very complex and pleasing.

Taste – The light, toasty malts that I couldn’t find in the nose came out nicely at the tongue. The hops made it here as well, keeping this one balanced.

Mouthfeel – This IPA is medium-bodied with some sugary sweet candy notes that will curdle your taste buds. There’s also a refreshing dryness at the finish that I enjoyed.

Drinkability – I seem to have liked this better than some of the other BAs. It didn’t live up to the overused “Hopzilla” monicker but was a solid offering from a usually disappointing brewery.

Comments – Thanks to Growl(er)zilla (skyhand) for getting me this bottle of tasty brew.

Go, go, Growlzilla.

She gets on the road, and will soon come around,
to your growler-deprived, macro-swillin’ little town.
She’ll take a drive near, or road trip to afar,
as she waves to the folks, at the end of the bar.

Go, go Growlzilla.

She picks up a bus, and throws it back down,
as she makes her way back, to the NW Puget Sound.
Don’t look at her cross, don’t get in her way,
or this two-fisted growler drinker’s, gonna make your ass pay.

Go, go Growlzilla.

History shows, again and again,
how Bud, Mich, & Miller, expoit the weakness of men.

Go, go Growlzilla.

History shows, again and again,
Growlzilla rules alone, and none can contend.

Go, go Growlzilla.

History shows, again and again,
we can look at our growlers, to see where Kim has last been.

Go, go Growlzilla.

History shows, again and again,
skyhand's the real deal, all others pretend.

GO, GO GROWLZILLA!

RoyalT, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a chill hazed, orange amber body with an offwhite head that rises about one inch tall. Good retention and moderate amount of patchy lace on the glass. Aroma is all Cascades hops, with grapefruit and spruce pine. Mouthfeel is light medium bodied, with prickly carbonation and a resinous hops bite. Taste is rather one dimensional as pine hops bitterness bulldozes the underlying caramel malt. Citrus rind emerges as it warms, but the malts never are able to poke through. Aftertaste is long and bitter with pine resin. I haven't cared a lot for this brewery's offerings, but this one is decent if not spectacular. Still, it doesn't live up to the hype of the blurbs written on the bottle about its "legend", "triple hopping", etc.

merlin48, Mar 19, 2005
Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Ginger man in NYC. This grant creation poured and orangy cloudy shade of amber. White puffy head, with streams of bubbles rising to the top. Left tons of lacing and sheets of lacing. Hoppy nose, with a nice crunch of hops up front on the palate. Grainy, piney, drying hops cayy the day here. Out of balance, but I like it, and other hop lovers will to. Nice hoppy, fresh AIPA.

Billolick, Nov 12, 2004
Photo of fdrich29
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think I picked this bottle up at Marty's Wine in Newton, Massachusetts.

OK so I've yet to be desensatized to marketing and names assigned to products. I like a nice, hoppy IPA. Something with the sack to call itself Hopzilla with a larger than life lizard like eye that has a hop bud in the center of the pupil, in my opion, must be a damn hoppy beer.

Not so much in this case.

You can't judge a book by it's cover, but you can certainly judge a beer by it's appearance, and this one was like an old paperback that didn't have it's front cover.

Looked more like an adjunct lager, I could practically see through the glass. The head disappeared quicker than Obi Wan Kenobi's body, although there were some encouraging rings of clingy lace.

Smell was weak, with some vanilla-ish tones and floral hops. Taste is sweet with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Fairly easy to drink if you can tolerate the lack of taste and body.

I'm all for trying new and different beers, but your hard earned dollars are better off on something else.

fdrich29, Jun 07, 2005
Photo of warriorsoul
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I probably should have enjoyed this one sooner...picked up in January, but I had too many others to try.
Pours a golden/orange...just shy of a full finger of white head forms but disappears all too quickly. Lacing is decent...an average looking brew so far.
The aroma is mostly zesty lemon, and citrus hops. I can detect some malt and a grassy presence. As it warms up, it has similarities to some barleywines...with cherries and spice coming through.
The taste is somewhat enjoyable, but has a very thin feel...not slick the way I would expect a "hopzilla" to hit me. I can taste the hops, but again...very tame. I am not detecting much bitterness, although the malt comes through in the aftertaste.
I could enjoy this offering, but doubt I'd pick it up again.

warriorsoul, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of far333
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy honey colored with an off-white head that is reluctant to rise up, but settles out right away. Aroma is fresh and clean, citrusy hops, a little floral. Flavor is initially malty, followed by sweet citrus hops, like I'm sucking on a tangerine. There is some bitter piney hops as well, followed by a bitter orange peel finish. The top of the tongue tingles while sweet malts rise up in the aftertaste and then even out to pine bitter. Mouthfeel is initially watery, but tingly carbonation rolls across the tongue. Thanks to my pal Petie for giving me the bottle.

far333, Feb 12, 2005
Photo of Elemental
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very grassy. It has a very light color with little to no head. The aroma is a grassy earthy hop aroma with little malt aroma. It has a very light body, a little too thin. The malt flavor is there although I think with the heavy hoppiness there needs to be a little more malt and body. The bitterness is nice and stong. It has a very heavy hop taste that is too grassy. Not as well balanced as I expect but still good.

Elemental, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of schemb
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another recent Grant's dissappointment (see my "FreshHop" Ale review) to me. Moderate hops flavor and aroma. I think they where shooting for "balance" - but if that is the case naming your beer after a giant lizard monster king is just false advertising (I have a similar problem with "FreshHop"). Paper City's ferocious Hop Monster could kick ass on this (and to be fair pretty much everythig else...I'm waiting for the Hop Monster Vs. Bigfoot episode coming soon) in its sleep, Hop Wallop's mule could take this one with a broke leg, forget about Brooklyn Monster - Brooklyn EIPA could out-hoppa this sucka...

schemb, Nov 12, 2004
Photo of Troyone
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy apple juice color with an orange hue, minimal head, and some carb action.

A light toasted caramel smell with grass/resin and grapefruit/lime hops.

Taste has a sweet light acidic/bitter caramel malt with lots of hops (not the type that jump); grass, resin, grrapefruit, and lime with hints of vanilla and cola.

Light body, dry slightly syrupy texture, soft carbonation, and a slight metallic finish.

An IPA session beer, doesn't quite live up the name but good for a session.

Troyone, Mar 21, 2005
Photo of oracle
2.83/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber served in a tradional english pint glass

This beer poured a cloudy medium to light brown, with decent 1 inch dense head that left moderate to heavy lacing.

Smell was pretty typical IPA fare, lots of heavy citrus and floral hops. However, something seemed to be missing, although I couldn't quite figure out what.

Once I took a sip, I figured it out. The flavor was missing. Lots of hop bitterness, but no real "flavor". No malt, no mild sweetness, nothing but bitterness.

This beer was disappointing. I'm going to be spending my monies on other IPAs

oracle, Dec 06, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a small head with minimal retention. Aroma of strong floral hops is quite enjoyable. Taste is a weird mix between dry hops with weird sweet malt. I didn’t particularly enjoy the mix between the sweetness and the dry hops. I would have enjoyed more bitterness and a greater level of carbonation (the beer was almost flat). I wonder if I got a bad bottle or maybe this is just not for me.

Phyl21ca, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of CRJMellor
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber with a lot of effervescent bubbles and a scattered dull white head kicking off traces of lace.
Aroma of pale malt, biscuit and the overflow of typical cascade hop profiles.
Flavor is somewaht dull bittering hop notes of pine and gritty resins overpower the bread and pale malts that are there. Not unpleasant but very one dimensional.
Mouthfeel has just a hint of malt with a touch of sweet and biscuit that is lost in a tide of solid bitterness. No depth or complexity of flavor. Slight metallic aftertaste.
Drinkability is above average but again one dimensional aspect makes it relatively ordinary.

CRJMellor, Jan 08, 2005
Photo of krberg
2.4/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Cloudy golden with a large pure white rocky head that leaves a lot of lace as it disappears.

Smells like dry-hopping.

Tastes like someone tried to cover a bad batch with bittering hops. Sour, but not in the nice (lambic) way. The hopping is very one dimensional and just not balanced well against the malt (and sourness).

Feels like a beer.

I can't drink this.

There are too many good IPAs on the market, don't waste your money with on one.

krberg, Nov 05, 2004
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Is this really a hoppy beer? Well, I guess so (of course it is!). It's a hazy, lazy, hoppy, happy, beer that's just full of flavor. Is it good? Yes it is. Is it a great hoppy beer- I have enjoyed others more. The aroma is the best part of this beer. My criterion for hop monsters is to find crisp, clean, floral hops, rather than oily, piney, juniper-like hops. I just like them better. This one is more of the latter (although not as much as some), so it doesn't get my highest marks.

A nice change from the Belgian ales I usually drink.

Dukeofearl, Feb 12, 2005
Photo of lou91
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was excited when I first saw this since Grant’s was one of the first craft beers I ever tasted. I had never seen a 22oz from Grant’s and a Double IPA from hop country – what could be better. It sure looked good on the pour with a nice head and pleasant hop smells. Nice burnt orange opaque color like an unfiltered pale ale. The taste is not bad with some good hoppy sweetness and grapefruit hints. That tart grapefruit taste lingers way too long on the palate. Not a bad beer but not the great beer you would expect or hope given the source.

lou91, Apr 10, 2005
Photo of Brent
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Okay, if you are going to call a beer "Hopzilla," you better be ready to knock me on my butt with the hops. This beer was more like a guy in a rubber suit stomping around on toy cars than a towering monster. Not to say that the beer was bad, quite the contrary, it was very pleasant. The hopping was much more intent on aromatics than bittering, and the malt really was a bit thin - overall it just lacked horsepower. It reminded me of a hoppier version of their Fresh Hops Ale, but without the freshness.

Brent, Jan 10, 2005
Photo of Gusler
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after its release from the 22-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a beclouded orange-amber color with a prosperous head that is semi-creamy in texture and the color a light tan with the resultant lace a thick obscuring blanket upon the glass. Nose is citrus like in its crispness, the aroma of hops dominate with a nice earthiness from the yeast and a malt sweetness, start is slightly sweet with an excellent grain profile, the top middling in its affect on the palate. Finish is powerfully hopped, spicy and tart with the acidity moderate, quite dry aftertaste and a fine representative to the style.

Gusler, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of carln26
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bomber, hazy copper color with a decent off white head. Bouquet of floral and citrus from the hops. No malt in the nose. The taste has a great hop bite and a nice floral character. More citrus through the middle of the drink with just a slight hint of malt on the back. Light mouth feel and a great drinkability. Nice beer. This translates nicely into the bottle, unlike the Fresh Hop.

carln26, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of BuckSpin
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a surprisingly syrupy & thick warm honey amber hue. Lite sediment was noticable & suspended under a nice 1 1/2" head of loose cream foam that laced nicely.

Of course the nose is hopped (whatcha expect from a 90 IBU?). but also has hints of sweetness like honey, even pine.

The high IBU's sing loudly on the tongue, pallete and throat, but ther are nice accents to it. Its surprisingly creamy on the tongue (perhaps the syrupy quality) with some mild honey sweetness laying a thick base for the hops to dance on. If this is designed its a nice way to offset the strong hop qualities. It is sharp, and swallows very hopped with an even stronger bitter echo that resonnates loudly over a bitter film on the throat.

While not one of my favorite genres, it was good. The body is a bit lacking, and its not as complex as a Burning River, but I would recommend it and try it again (especially with some Thai food).

BuckSpin, Jun 27, 2005
Photo of mntlover
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange/copper mixture with a smaller white head that leaves some lace behind.

Aroma is caramel malt with citrus hops mostly orange peel some grapefruit and light pine. Little on the light side but pleasant.

Taste is caramel malt with good hop flavors citrus light orange moves to bitter grapefruit with some pine resin mixed in. A bitter regular IPA more so then most very nice in my book.

Mouthfell is big feeling also for a regular IPA nice not quite up to I2PA status but getting there.
Drinkability is good a decent offering, big on hop flavors and bitterness.

mntlover, May 29, 2005
Photo of Zorro
2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear coppery gold colored brew. In fact this is almost exactly the same color as the old varnished pine cabinet work in my kitchen. It was gold when new but age has darkened it to a golden copper color.

Smell is clean and clearly malty. Hops are also present but don't overpower everything else in the glass. Pleasant citrus hop scent that is mild enough to let you smell a bit of toast and biscuit in the malt. I give this a little extra credit for maintaining a balance.

Taste is malty and mildly sweet with a strong hop flavor of citrus. Hop after taste is VERY bitter in the first taste. Grapefruit and lemon come through most in the hop. Bitterness in the aftertaste a bit too much for the body and malt level involved. Taste gets a bit metallic, probably from the bitterness firing all the taste buds all at once. This could have been done better with a hop mix and more dry hopping and less high alpha acid hops.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability? Not really in my book. This is a balls to the wall hop monster all right. It is unbalanced and very quickly becomes a pain, like a little kid that discovers curse words and starts repeating that one word over and over again for shock value. This beer knows only one word too "BITTER" aftertaste. I would suggest the maker cut back on the High Alpha acid hops and dry hop more with several varieties to add flavor and aroma without harsh bitterness.

Zorro, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First review in a while. 22 oz. bomber procured from Southtown Beverage (read:beerfly). Poured a hazy, golden color without any semblence of a head. Just some errant bubbles here and there. Smeel was yeasty and slightly honey like with just a hint of citrus and pine. Very subdued character. Taste was the raw piney and bitter type typical of a good american IPA. Definitely not a bad beer but nothing overly impressive. Just good and consistant.

GreatPondBrewer, Sep 15, 2004
Photo of neonbrown82
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a nice fluffy one and a half inch white head on top of a hazy pale golden straw colored liquid. Appears to be pretty well carbonated. Head retention is great. Lacing is quite sticky.

The smell isn't the most powerfully hoppy thing I've experienced in my life. At least not hoppy enough to justify the name of Hopzilla. If anything, the smell is more Maltra (Mothra). It does have a very distinguishing bitter hop aroma to it, though.

The taste is just barely above average for an IPA as well. It is well bittered, but lacks a clean citrusy dry-hopped taste. The malts are dominated by a coating bitterness. Has a very dry finish. Not one of the most drinkable IPA's I've had.

Thanks to axisjones for the bottle.

neonbrown82, Jun 26, 2005
Photo of Ahhdball
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent beige crown atop the good looking clear amber brew. Clingy thick lace followed.

The aroma wasn't that powerfull. Don't get me wrong there was some citrus and an average amount of hops. It's just not what I expected.

The taste. Hmm not exactly what I would expect from a beer with the name of a 200 foot, 5000 ton radioactive monster. Malt beginning with a good amount of hops, some honey and a little pine.

Mouthfeel was slightly thick, left a good clean finish. All in all I might have it again but I don't think I'd pursue it.

Ahhdball, Jul 01, 2005
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Bert Grant's Hopzilla IPA from Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
83 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.