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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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Photo of arizcards
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at Papagp Brewing Company back in November for $3.99.

Pours a nice cloudy orange, leaving a broken lacing down my glass. Nose is of classic IPA-floral hops and citrus, with a hint of buttery malts. Taste is of malts with a huge citrus hop finish. Mouthfeel is a tad bit thin but classically bitter on my palate. Overall drinkability is near perfect because of the ABV. This is the first session IPA I have come across and ya gotta like it!

arizcards, Dec 31, 2004
Photo of beertaster13
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hopzilla is all that the name is cracked up to mean, a hopped up monster of a beer. The beer pours a light hazy orange with a white froth head which holds nicely througout the session. The smell is of pine and citrus peel. A light sweet malt is detected (buttered popcorn notes) The taste is a hopped up experience, citrus and pine are noticable from the top, hints of butter but the hop overwhelms all else, light-medium bodied. These powerful IPA's are a tough session beer for me, one bomber and I'm done, If you like the new hopped/ultra-hopped IPA's then this is one you must try, if not a hop fan and like subtleness, pass this one up. Goes great with lamb chops and sausage and rice.

beertaster13, Dec 23, 2004
Photo of Mitchster
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Mitchster, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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+ IBU’s. 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” doesn’t 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.

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 12, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has been sitting in the back of the fridge for a while, so I thought it was about time to drink it. It pours a nice golden amber color with a finger of head that falls to give a healthy coat over the beer. The nose is caramel and pine, as is the flavor. There is a nice sweet bitter left in the aftertaste as well. The hop lends a peppery character to this as well. I dig it. The feel is a touch thin for an IPA in my book. Drinkability is pretty good on this one as well. I will have no problem putting away the bomber myself. Well rounded beer. Worth a look if you ask me.

kmpitz2, Dec 10, 2004
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 RedDiamond
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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, there’s 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 Grant’s 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 Hopzilla’s 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.

RedDiamond, Nov 30, 2004
Photo of clvand0
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color with a tall head that has nice retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. It smells hoppy - cascades most likely. Citrus and pine. The flavor isn't well balanced. It has a lot of hops, but the malts are too subdued. This is an ok beer, but it needs a lot more malt to balance it.

clvand0, Nov 23, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

feloniousmonk, Nov 20, 2004
Photo of Reidrover
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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).

Reidrover, Nov 20, 2004
Photo of UnionMade
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Happyhour. Thanks bro!
The beer pours a chill hazed orange-amber, leaning slightly towards gold, topped with an initially thick, creamy, off white head. The head settles into a meek collar after a few minutes, hanging around for the duration of the pint. No lace, which is disappointing for the amount of hops te name suggests.
The aroma presents little, merely a vague woodsy pine. A spot of toasty malt peeks through as the beer warms, but that's about it.
The first sip is somewhat of a shock, given how little the ose offers. An immediate pine resin bitterness assails the tastebuds, restrained somewhat by a timid malt toastiness. Rather clean, the hoppy sharpness cutting off any fruitiness or other such complexity. The hops sustain throughout the sip, finishing with a grapefruit-rind citrus reinforcing the pine brutality. A bit of metallic, soapy bitterness lingers on the tongue in the aftertaste. The bitterness is way up there, but feels somewhat balanced (by american standards). Smooth carbonation supporting a rich, creamy mouthfeel and a medium body.
Not what I'd think of when asked about complexity, but certainly a beer to offer to someone from overseas when they say american beer is weak and bland. It's pretty solid for a west coast IPA, the hops and nothing but the hops. In hops we trust.
This one's for the Ol' Dirty Bastard. Rest In Payroll, dude.

UnionMade, Nov 18, 2004
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 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 Kookiekwan
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer is golden/orange in color with not even a one finger head but it did leave a suprising amount of lacing. The aroma once poured screamed pine and floral hops and it explained the name hopzilla more than anything else about the beer. The taste was of pine and sweet citrus and finished dry with hop bitterness.

Reflection: I thought with a name like Hopzilla this would be a great beer for a hop-junkie like me but it turns out that this is just an average IPA it has a good flavor and I would buy it again but where will I get my hop fix?

Kookiekwan, Nov 11, 2004
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 taez555
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a white head with a bright orange/yellow body.

The nose was a mix of biscuit and some floral and citrus hop tones.

Light to medium bodied. It starts very mild with a big malt taste, then attacks you with the citrus and floral hop bitterness and flavor. A very clean taste from beginning to end. Not a big alcohol taste to it. A nice mix of hops and malt that blends well.

Overall I found this to be a very clean, clear, tasting IPA, but… so not worth it. It attempts to be a hop monster but falls well short of beers by other brewers like Stone. At the same time it’s too hoppy to qualify as a decent session beer. Basically it’s a wanna be stone without balls. I think I’ll pass next time.

taez555, Nov 02, 2004
Photo of CharlesRiver
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear yellowish-tan color with a good size head that seems to last. The smell is hoppy and perfect. Floral and delicate and a bit sweet. Taste is very unique. Seems to be pretty well balanced overall. The ending is a bit harsh as some grassy notes hit you in the face. A bit dry in the end as well.

The carbonation level is low, but that doesn't bother me. This might turn some drinkers off. I would love to try this beer on cask.

CharlesRiver, Oct 30, 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 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 WesWes
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

WesWes, Sep 20, 2004
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 Gueuzedude
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Gueuzedude, Aug 30, 2004
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 shippos
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle, poured a pale hazy honey wheat color with a small white head. hoppy flowery aroma, tons of hops and grapefruit, lots of citrus some malt in the back. very hoppy resiny taste, this is just loaded with hops but isn't really that bitter despite the labeled 90ibu's. excellent malty center and a great mouthfeel, not to sweet and cloying just enough to fight off some the hops. very very drinkable

shippos, Aug 29, 2004
Photo of CBFanWish
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Today I went to MacGregor's for lunch and ended up with Hopzilla. As a red blooded beer drinking hophead, the name really caught my attention. 90 IBU's is nothing to shake a stick at either.
Pouring a hazy, unfiltered straw colour with a thick white head, it actually looked more like an unfiltered hefe to me. But that's not really a problem. It looked like a beer with something to prove.
As I lifted the glass, I got a strong aroma of freshly cut grass with a touch of a citric acidy nose.
Oh yeah, there are hops in that bad boy.
The taste is interesting to say the least. Grassy with strong undertones of grapefruit and lime. It was well balanced with enough malt to sooth the hoppiness.
An easy beer to drink. Smooth and refreshing with the perfect amount of carbonation. I had a second one when my bacon and brie burger came out.
A lunch fit for a king.

CBFanWish, Jun 25, 2004
Bert Grant's Hopzilla IPA from Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
83 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.