Bert Grant's Hopzilla IPA - Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
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4.4/5 rDev +19.2%
Particulate-littered, bright, brassy orange with a wonderful IPA head of sun-faded (sun-melted) creamsicle orange. Densely creamy and more than a little sticky, the head remains chiseled as it drops and leaves meandering pseudopods of baby Swiss cheese-like lace.
A simple, direct, but splendidly hoppy nose. It screams 'Cascade' and I'm all ears. I never tire of this hop and it's bright, sparkling, orange/grapefruit/lemon citrusiness. Not much else to say---it's classic Cascade and it's a humdinger.
Let your eyes wander up to the first sentence of the previous paragraph and substitute the word 'flavor' for 'nose'. Wonderously citrus zesty with no shortage in the taste or the bitterness departments. Firm smack of pungeant white grapefruit pith and spruce boughs that reaches a crescendo mid-mouthful and then slowly trails off into the bittersweet horizon.
Just enough malt on-hand to keep a loose rein on the bucking hops. I seem to have stumbled into a Wild West motif despite the fact that Godzilla is a Far East beast. Hopzilla however, is a far (North) West creation. For a laugh, check out the lyrical RoyalT's homage to Blue Oyster Cult in his review of this beer.
Medium-to-slightly full mouthfeel with plenty of sticky, sappy mouth-coating goin' on. I find myself discounting all considerations of body (wonderful) and carbonation (near-perfect) when assessing the degree of drinkability. This stuff is so damn tasty that the 'how badly do you want another?' question is the only one under consideration at the moment. Good news: I want another very badly. Bad news: this is my only bottle.
I haven't been overly impressed with Bert Grant's <anything> in the past (with the exception of his Perfect Porter). Hopzilla though is a killa' of an IPA. Quality ingredients with a strong malt backbone and bargeloads of hops---a recipe that works every time. This bomber has satisfied my 'hop jones' for the moment, but the hell of it is, it'll be back on my back like a rabid monkey before the sun has set.
05-05-2005 15:41:12 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.5/5 rDev -32.2%
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 didnt 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.
11-21-2005 18:41:57 | More by Phyl21ca
3.83/5 rDev +3.8%
Humm... An intimidating bottle and lable. Taunting me on, I've got to take the challenge. Looks rust colored, maybe on the side of orange. Pours a sometimes dense, sometimes loose head that laced well above the proteins. Off white, the head stands nicely. Smells hoppy from the boil, but not as much as expected from the late additions. A bit salty? Tastes sweetly malty with citrusy flavors of over-ripened oranges, plumbs, and a little grapes. Spicy of christmas--pine-ey, nutmeg, all-spice, cooriander, cinnamon, curracco...and don't forget the christmas tree. Hops are indeed bold into the body. It still remains salty. The finish is dry (expected from hopping and alcohol). A bit fusal and acidic. All in all, its' a bit tame-er than expected from the label. Although I got some grassyness in the nose and flavor, I expected much more. Body could have been bolder too. Give it a shot, but expect a normal IIPA, not a monster.
08-02-2005 03:13:31 | More by BEERchitect
3.93/5 rDev +6.5%
Poured into a wide-mouthed Liefman's glass to best ensnare the aroma.
Appearance: hazy orange tint, with scant head atop.
Aroma: spruce and grapefruit, at first, citrus aplenty, but plays it pretty quiet, compared to other IPAs I find more favorable.
taste: nice, smooth, untroubling, but lacking in a real hoppy bite. It's very mellow, but that's not what one expects from an IPA cast in the character of a massive monster. Get's juicier and tangier further in, and bitter-er, as well. Perhaps this beast needs some time to shake the dust from it's scales and let loose the fire-blast...perhaps...
As for the mouthfeel, I like it better, for it sticks around and lays this citric hoppiness on the palate for quite a lengthy time, never really letting go of it's hold on the tastebuds.
I just wish it were more forward with the flavor...wish a few things were more substantial, but I like what works here, and give it it's due...Go, Go, Hopzilla!
11-20-2004 10:48:48 | More by feloniousmonk
4/5 rDev +8.4%
The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good, but not great. It has a nice pale malt scent that is the base along with some nice floral hop notes. This says Hopzilla, but it is weaker in the aroma than most American IPA'a. The taste is quite bitter, but it is mellowed out by the malty core. It is really smooth and goes down quick. It has a nice hoppy finish that is pleasant and not at all overpowering. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine IPA, but it's not the best I've had. I was expecting something more powerful because of the name. This is better than their regular IPA. Oh well, it still drinks well.
09-20-2004 20:49:14 | More by WesWes
3.65/5 rDev -1.1%
Pours a hazy light copper color, and is topped by a thin cream colored head. A dry, bitterly aromatic, hoppy aroma wafts from my glass as I pour this beer. A deeper smell yields notes of toasted malt and a somewhat muted hop nose. Surprisingly toasted biscuits and malt notes dominate the nose. This beer is certainly sharply bitter in the taste though. More of a clean bitterness, with out much flavor or aroma hop additions. This is more akin to what the original IPA's might have tasted like, with there single hop addition. There is a lingering toasted malt note in the finish. This beer is certainly quite interesting, a completely different take for a super hopped modern IPA. This beer is best described as bitter and malty, but with no real hop flavor or aroma.
08-30-2004 18:49:31 | More by Gueuzedude
3.4/5 rDev -7.9%
Very nice four-finger head with some excellent lacing properties. Clear light amber in color.
Beautiful fresh dry-hop aroma. The malt is not hidden, though, with a pale malt aroma blending in with the floral hop resins.
The taste is a little disappointing given the excellent start. There's a Kool-Aid quality to the malt flavors (sweet and fruity). The hop is extreme, like a strong double IPA without the raised alcohol level. It is omnipresent from sip to swallow to aftertaste, which goes on bitterly for at least a minute (sort of like too-hot wings). The body and carbonation are appropriate. Unfortunately, this one is too bitter to be on my regular drinking list of IPA's.
09-03-2005 23:15:22 | More by smcolw
3.43/5 rDev -7%
03/26/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA
Presentation- 22oz nice looking godzilla-esque designed bottle. No labeled date. Poured into my Duvel glass.
Appearance- Orange-yellow cloudy pour, nice 3/4 inch creamy head that evaporates over the next few minutes. Decent lacing.
Smell- Odd bitter scent for an IPA. Definite hops, but they had some funky mutant hops smell. Definite strong scent though.
Taste- Heavy on the hops in the pine department, but kinda lacing on the grapefruit. Very very hoppy and not much to be had in the malt. Aftertaste is the flavor of the acid you find in milk. It does mild out during the bottle though and gets a bit more drinkable.
Mouthfeel- Average carbonation.
Drinkability- As I said before, it gets more drinkable as it breathes. But, overall it's a pretty unbalanced IPA. Was expecting more from this one.
03-27-2005 01:41:20 | More by GClarkage
3.98/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
11-12-2004 22:14:59 | More by Billolick
2.88/5 rDev -22%
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.
08-26-2005 02:42:08 | More by Zorro
3.63/5 rDev -1.6%
22oz bottle from Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" cream-colored head above the cloudy, medium amber brew. Head is quickly gone, just leaving a few bubbles here and there, with average to good lacing. Aroma is slightly hoppy, but much too subdued for something of its name. Taste is better, with reasonable malt backbone that is still apparent underneath the hoppy, bitter flavors battling in my mouth. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay, but could be better. Was kind of disappointed by this brew, seemed like they could done a bit more with it, fleshed it out better. Try it for yourself and see.
01-05-2005 23:32:22 | More by ppoitras
4.03/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
09-27-2004 12:52:59 | More by Gusler
3.75/5 rDev +1.6%
My last review of 2004! This brew is an orange-amber color with a thick and foamy off-white head. Sticky patches of lacing. Aroma of grassy hops and citrus. Medium-bodied and one-dimensional, like a wanna-be Double IPA without the alcohol or balance. Bitter, piney hops up front, along with grapefruit and trace amounts of malt. The finish retains the hoppy bitterness, with a nice spice flavor too. Pretty good, but needs to pick a direction.
12-31-2004 16:29:51 | More by Dogbrick
4.08/5 rDev +10.6%
Oddly enough a strong vanilla/hazelnut nose...Outstanding...some floral notes but big on the hazelnuts...Not sure what hops eminated this smell but I like it ....light orange color...little head....relatively flat mouthfeel...90+ IBU's but you'd never guess it...seems more of an APA....a little nice piney bitter finish to it...nicely balanced with some caramel maltiness...the hazelnut/vanilla is nowhere to be found on the taste.
Perhaps my expectations were too high....I expected something special....instead I got "good'....would score extremely high as an APA but as an IPA it seems to lack top end qualties....still worth trying...and the deeper I drink into this 22 ouncer the more I like it...let it warm up...some nice caramel sweetness emerges as does a stronger hop profile
01-14-2005 06:22:21 | More by ZAP
3.98/5 rDev +7.9%
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 couldnt 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. Theres 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 didnt 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.
Shell 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.
Dont look at her cross, dont get in her way,
or this two-fisted growler drinkers, 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!
08-30-2004 16:05:56 | More by RoyalT
4.08/5 rDev +10.6%
Orange-golden with a nice head of thick white foam. Aromas are of fresh floral, citrusy hops, and biscuity malts as well. Taste is hoppy, but not as hoppy as I would like from a brew called hopzilla. The middle is biscuity, and the finish is dry and slightly acidic as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is pretty good as well. Nice? sure, but hopzilla? No!
01-18-2005 01:21:26 | More by francisweizen
3.88/5 rDev +5.1%
Presentation: Picked up on a recent visit to Hi-Times, Costa Mesa. 22 ounce Bomber that has a white, green and yellow screen printed body that wraps all around the bottle.
Appearance: Cloudy hazed tangerine orange body that looks luminous at times when back lit. Nice head at first but this soon breaks down to a broken frothy dirty white covering but it manages to leave a decent lacing on the walls of the glass. Average levels of carbonation but it is finely dissolved.
Nose: Grainy pilsner malts!?! WTF!??! It took a while to get my head round this one, well that and some heat. Only when it warmed did it start to reveal those juicy citric hop aromas that I so expected. A light pine character and some coniferous hints, but the overall strength is average at best. The bottle states that Triple Hopping produces strong floral notes I beg to differ.
Taste: 90+ IBUs. This is an IPA that has a solid bitterness mixed in with a balancing contribution from the grainy malts. Piney at times but with a delicate lemon trait that balances the earlier malts. Very bitter lingering tangerine finish. Dry and piney with some sharp Curacao Oranges on the tongue.
Mouthfeel: Juicy and sharp on the tongue, solid feel mixed with the bitterness and finely attenuated conditioning produces a smooth feel even if it does have a somewhat raw bitterness that grabs at your tonsils.
Drinkability: No problems with this, the lingering bitterness really adds to the impatience to get the next mouthful.
Overall: Hopzilla doesnt really live up to its moniker, but neither does it disappoint, its kind of somewhere in between. Low on aroma, but once this warms the nose and tastes improve to give an above average IPA worth trying.
12-12-2004 06:34:11 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.48/5 rDev -5.7%
A floral aroma, a thick, chunky head, and a golden body with lots of CO2 define the initial presentation of this self-described beer monster. At 90+ IBUs, theres also an obvious buttload of hops in here. Initially this is not so overpowering as to smother the more floral nuances of the hop profile. But eventually, this lupulus compendium (I waited all week to write lupulus compendium Ahhhh ) this lupulus compendium (still good) does scorch the palate and denies the greater pleasures of the hop. Too much of a good thing ..
Bert Grants Yakima brewing operation is within fair proximity to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation where mutant fire breathing lizards are found in great abundance. I like mutant lizards, but I found Hopzillas flavor too bitter for my tastes. Hopzilla does have a full mouthfeel however, and the ale boasts great head retention. Also, the silk-screened bottle stands out as among the most distinctive in the Northwest.
11-30-2004 04:18:24 | More by RedDiamond
3.38/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
01-10-2005 03:55:31 | More by Brent
3.08/5 rDev -16.5%
Im kind of disappointed in this one Id been sitting on the bottle for a few weeks, in eager anticipation. It didnt meet my expectations. Pours a very hazy, almost milky, yellow-orange color. The head is fairly thin and fizzy, producing almost no lace. The aroma is intense in a pine-tree-sap, lemon-pepper, oily hop way. Little yeast and meaty fruit underneath, but it just didnt seem to come together for me. Taste is citrusy as well, without much malt to balance things. Its not a bitter beer, and the finish seems more yeasty than anything. Interesting: yes. Would I have it again: not if I were buying.
02-27-2005 19:34:26 | More by Suds
3.85/5 rDev +4.3%
Poured from a slick, painted 22oz bomber, it comes forth in a cloudy, tawny golden hue. Head is white, creamy to start, but quickly fades to a miniscule layer, and then it's really just a rim job with a smidge of lace. Aroma is vibrant and robust, a solid whack of citrus upside the head. Malt? A touch of toastiness, but that's really laid low by the hops. Checked in a bit less than medium for body, and it was overly foamy/bubbly on the tongue, though not to the point of being prickly. Taste? Verrrry hoppy, of course. There's citrus, then more citrus. I found little to no malt to balance things out, though. A real hop monster, but without some malt I thought I was drinking a lemonade. The Cascades linger long and hard on the palate, as well. Decent, but I'd not yearn for it. Many better hop monsters out there.
02-03-2005 14:51:59 | More by Bierman9
3.53/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
03-19-2005 12:03:46 | More by merlin48
4.1/5 rDev +11.1%
Ok I think Bert Grants has been going down hill for some time ,though they do have a good beer or two ( Fresh Hop Ale is a personal fav).
So maybe they have turned it around with this one, as their original IPA is quite weak.
Well its off to a good a start in the glass, typical dark orange with nice carbonantion strings and a smallish pure white head..greeat lace.
Surprisingly for Grants the aroma is "tres hoppy", very spicy and sherberty,very nice.
Again the taste is mostly resinous hopiness, though there is a brief show of malt sweetness at the first sip, nice bitter finish.
Very pleasant on the palate, nice.
Very drinkable stuff and at 5.0 might make a good strong session ale( well upper reaches of "session" ale).
11-20-2004 06:31:17 | More by Reidrover
3.95/5 rDev +7%
Appearance - light orange amber. Large head, cream-colored with thick lacing as it recedes.
Aroma - sweet citrus aromas and some grain coming through as well. Light but pleasant.
Taste - sweet citrusy hops, turning more piney at the swallow. Turns more like grapefruit at the finish. Overall, a good bitter and sweet balance, I like it.
Mouthfeel - I think the malt lends body, though not much evidence in the taste. Creamy, smooth, most palatable.
Drinkability - low abv, but drinks bigger. Good stuff, but maybe HopMothra would be a better name, this is too tame and sweet for the bigger venue.
01-19-2005 19:57:58 | More by brewdlyhooked13
3.73/5 rDev +1.1%
22oz bottle. Hopped with Cascade and Chinook. 90+ IBU.
Pours out to clear, slightly hazy deep caramel with orange accents, forming a soapy off-white head with very good retention and nice sheets of lacing as to be expected from a highly-hopped beer. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma is distinctly Cascade hops with their associated strong floral and citric characteristics. The hops are fresh smelling, but not pungent. Swirling produces some mild pungency, but it's not quite as aromatic as the label would have you believe, and not quite up to other West-Coast hop monsters. Still, it's good. Mouthfeel is bitterly astringent with an oily, medium-dense body. The taste is predominated by fresh hop character...vinous, lightly-pungent, floral, citric, and compared to others, distinctly peppery. The bitterness is very one-dimensional and carries some heavy medicinal overtones. Not very pleasant. Alcohol is somewhat confused with the pepper from the hops, though it's hard to believe it's only 5.0% as stated here? Otherwise no off-flavors.
Um, so this is an okay (I)PA I suppose. It's not quite as pungent or balanced as I would like, even for a West-Coast approach...for that I would pick Stone. Still, it's not like it's bad, but it just doesn't do a whole lot for me.
12-21-2004 20:21:04 | More by Mitchster
Bert Grant's Hopzilla IPA from Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
83 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.