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Hop Slayer - Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.

Hop SlayerHop Slayer

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BA SCORE
83
good

261 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.82%


Brewed by:
Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly known as "King Paddy"

(Beer added by: GDBEERMAN on 06-03-2010)
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BeerandWhiskeyHQ

Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Deep orange, hazy and "thick" looking- unable to see through it well. White head with light lacing, looks great!
Nose:
Malt, citrus, orange, hops character and grapefruit
Palate:
Very hoppy! A strong bitterness that lingers as a long piney finish, mild malt character, big mouthfeel and citrus character
Overall:
I like this beer a lot and the brewery is a great place with great food. I had it on tap and I would suggest you do the same. I don't much care for the can phenominon that is going on with craft beer, so get it from a keg if you can.

-BeerandWhiskeyHQ.com

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2014 14:14:32 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
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ISmith87

Arizona

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised at the 83 on this one. Its not the best, but easily measures up to beers like hop slam in my book.

A - 4 - 4 by default, drinking out of the can, which is designed well.
S - 4 - pretty intense hops. Pine and citrus, nothing too special but not bad by any means.
T - 4 - follows the nose. Pine and citrus ( esp grapefruit)
M - 4 - intensely bitter. Alc a little noticeable. aftertaste is bitter grapefruit. Light-medium mouth feel.
O - 4 - Decent double IPA. Better than its rating for sure. Must be a really fresh can... I like it.

Serving type: can

03-15-2014 16:48:19 | More by ISmith87
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This isn't a great beer, but it is good. Looks as it should. Yellow/gold/red amber and sufficiently cloudy. Tannish head with some firmness.
Largely hop aroma with a fullness and body and some firmness. This one isn't that distinct, but of a general hop aroma.
Big enough and firm mouthfeel. Well rounded hop flavors start to finish with a flavorful and enjoyable lingering bitterness.
Nothing distinct, but solid and enjoyable.

Serving type: can

12-20-2013 03:33:21 | More by garymuchow
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The pour was bright orange from the can, appearing a dark autumn orange in the vessel. Strong micro-effervesce, creamy, light tan head is moderate of stay. Lacing is speckled spots forming a broken band.

S: Toasted cereal, light perfumy floral notes, toasted orange peel, with a warming citrus grass hoppiness. The strength is rather weak, especially for a d.i.p.a. and for one aptly named hop slayer. Woodsy pine, lighty dry citrus finishes things out.

T: Thin start, a bit of watery bread, toastedness backing, with some dry pine and bittering citrus. High degree of hop bitterness, though not really flavorful, more linear, and a bit muddled. Grassy toasted pine, nice bite but fades off the tongue rather quickly and cleanly, not lingering around to pay regards. Toasted tomato skin, peppery spice with some parsley and spicy chili-herbal warmth from the alcohol.

M: Creamy mouthful, soup like texture, medium bodied, spicy, chili-citrus booziness warmth.

O: Good level of bitterness, though the flavor could of been brighter, and sharper. Things seem a bit muddled, monotoned. A marginally decent beer (b-) if you are micro-analyzing during review, a bit subpar if you are drinking casually. You might be a bit disappointed with a name like hop slayer, has a low aroma, low key complexity, and not really tasty, bland bitterness. average c standing at best.

Serving type: can

10-03-2013 23:20:58 | More by beerthulhu
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offthelevel_bytheplumb

Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Burnt orange in color, and is very hazy and bold. I can not see my fingers through the beer. No head really even begins to form on this one, but the ring on the side of the glass leaves a mild amount of lacing. Those 100 IBUs are immediately noticeable from the first whiff. Hoppy resin dominates, but some piney and orange notes are definitely there in the background. On the front, middle, and back of the tongue, bitter hops seem to be all that is relevant to this one. Who needs a malty backbone anyways? This is an easy one to slug, but your palate is just destroyed. Left Coast should just forfeit the name Hop Juice to these guys.

Overall: One dimensional, but it's a solid dimension.

Serving type: can

09-30-2013 00:44:05 | More by offthelevel_bytheplumb
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GJ40

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Brooklyn Beet Merchants.

Golden and hazy with a small dusting of head. Aroma is hop oils with a hint of booze. Flavor is hop oils, bitterness and again a hint of booze. Mostly pine but some citrus and earthy hops.

Good but not great.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2013 21:52:51 | More by GJ40
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morimech

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky, dark amber with barely one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin film. Just a little lacing is left down the glass. A good hoppy aroma of citrus, pine, and dank green plants. The malt also comes through with caramel aromas. A relatively balanced flavor of hoppy bitterness and caramel sweetness for a DIPA. The use of caramel malt seems to make this beer easier to drink, but also detracts away from the hop flavor and the hop flavor is what people seek in these beers. Nice old school West Coast hop flavor is still present. Finishes with a bitter bite. Full and rich body with good carbonation. The whole package is quite a bit different than the majority of DIPAs that are flooding the market. An enjoyable brew that is quite drinkable.

Serving type: can

08-25-2013 20:02:20 | More by morimech
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metter98

New York

3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down rather quickly, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel hops are present in the nose along with notes of citrusy and pine resin hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some initial hints of malty sweetness that is promptly followed by a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium=-bodied, somewhat crisp and slightly syrupy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a good balance between the malts and hops and doesn't have an "in your face" amount of alcohol or bitterness compared to some of the other beers in the style.

Serving type: can

05-15-2013 04:00:45 | More by metter98
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bayareahustla

California

3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can thanks to RWNAY.

Appearance is like a dark apple juice, almost reddish but i would say mostly dark orange.

Smell is rediculous on this one. tons of melon pineapple and mango. almost getting hints of vanilla. really liking this ones nose man i could tape a sample of this beer to my nose and walk around at work all day and be perfectly happy with that. :)

Taste does not follow the nose as much as i was salivating for. quite boozy at first but smooths out with the carmel notes. nice bitterness, not too much, not too little, just right. little bit of pine.

Mouthfeel is perfect in the carbonation area. drank this puppy at about 48 degrees and loved it.

i would intake this beer again.

Serving type: can

05-15-2013 00:51:08 | More by bayareahustla
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours lightly hazy medium reddish amber in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some dark orange + ruby red highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of thin film along with a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit, tropical/pineapple. and pine hops over the top of caramel malts. Light notes of grassy hops as well.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of caramel malts with some light amounts of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit, tropical/pineapple, and pine hops. These hops impart a moderate to strong amount of bitterness that lingers for quite a while and fades slowly.

M: Slightly fuller than medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I found this beer to be pretty easy to drink and enjoyable but a touch too big to be a sessionable brew. Nice hop flavors and aromas with a decent amount of complexity.

Serving type: can

05-02-2013 01:46:12 | More by dbrauneis
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LarryK

Texas

2.03/5  rDev -45%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at the Pony Bar, I was eager to try this newly-minted Chicago-based entrant into the increasingly crowded NYC craft scene, but came away rather disappointed.

Appearance: Light, almost unexpectedly transparent for a DIPA.

Smell: Almost nonexistent. Some light citric notes, but nothing so bold that it announces itself.

Taste: Flavors are muted, very little to get excited about here. Some grapefruit, some pint. Almost tastes oniony, though not sure if that’s my mind imparting a nonexistentent flavor due to word association with the brewery name.

Mouthfeel: Thin, light-bodied, forgettable.

Overall: A suboptimal double IPA. I’d be willing to give this another go on the chance that Pony received a bad keg, but my initial experience with this beer was less than satisfying.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2013 15:17:08 | More by LarryK
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a tulip
A: Hazy copper-orange with a 1/2-finger head that quickly settles
S: Bold, malty with a heavy dose of grapefruit pith
T: Lots of malts again, noticeable hops with citrus/pine but lacks the freshness many DIPAs show
M: Fairly full bodied; good malt/hop balance but not quite as crisp as I'd like
O: Decent overall, though this particular can feels a bit tired- I couldn't find a drink by or bottled on date and I feel this would definitely benefit from one; I would like to try it again if I could be certain it was fresh

Serving type: can

04-20-2013 03:29:31 | More by ONUMello
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Right in to the glass looks delish, semi hazy amber with heavy bubbles on the body hovering the wall of the glass. Head is an off-white rising to maybe just under a finger's length.

Smell: Smells awfully floral and pretty damn strong, malty scent with raw hops. I honestly could sniff this all day.

Taste: Like the scent, heavy floral but missing that bitterness feel I love from IPAs in general. Heavy grapefruit that creates a subtle citrus-sweetness to it. With light piney feel. I will look for this brew on tap maybe it gives it a little more respect.

Mouth: medium to heavy, and I would say an average stickiness to it. Very crisp malts at the end, not bad.

Overall: This DIPA has to grow on you, it is not the type that I personally think you would love off the bat. The recipe might need some tweaking and I normally wouldn't recommend in aging in barrels but this might be all this brew needs to compete with the "big boys". Salud!

Serving type: can

04-17-2013 04:25:19 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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jeonseh

Indiana

3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a tulip

A - Dark burnt orange and brown; Hazy beer with small white head

S - Orange, pineapple, light grassy, slight garlic, and grapefruit

T - Orange upfront with slight grapefruit bitterness in the middle. Enough malt to keep it balanced.

MF - Medium body with light stickiness. Full mouthfeel with lots of carbonation, Thick hop resin that remains on the tongue

O - Solid DIPA with a good balance and a strong bitter grapefruit presence

Serving type: can

03-09-2013 03:33:49 | More by jeonseh
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wild Onion "Hop Slayer"
12 oz. can, no apparent freshness dating
$3.95 @ The Beer Shoppe, Ardmore, PA

Interesting design on the can. Good marketing there.

The body is a cloudy orange / very-deep amber. The creamy yellowed-white head drops rather quickly but it retains a thin collar, and it does leave some nice lacing at first. Not a very good appearance overall.

The aroma is bright with citrusy hops (grapefruit, pineapple). There's a bit of a resinous and grassy character to it as well. Not much malt makes its way through.

The citrusy hops return in the flavor with lots of citrus rind, a bit of grapefruit, and some lighter fruit flavor (apple, berry, perhaps grape). The malt simply acts as support, which is fine. It's very lightly sweetish, and just subtly bready and caramelish. The hops are the showpiece here, and in that respect it's got a good balance. The bitterness is kept in check, although I'm not sure you can say that given that it's got at least 90 IBU's to it... perhaps I should say the bitterness doesn't eclipse the maltiness. It finishes hoppy, dry and bitter, but it's not a raspy or biting bitterness, and it does fade (eventually). Some alcohol is present as well (as expected), and that helps to dry it as well.

In the mouth it's medium-full in body with a standard carbonation. It delicately bristles, and then softens to become almost creamy-smooth.

Overall it's a pretty decent beer. The appearance hurts it, and it seems to be missing some of that "je nais c'est quoi" that gives some beers a certain "magic", but it's otherwise well put together and enjoyable.

Serving type: can

02-26-2013 14:39:22 | More by NeroFiddled
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The guy on this can does not look healthy. I suggest a full physical.

This definitely doesn't strike me as a iipa. It's smooth and slightly sweet (maybe from malts?) with an earthy thing going on. Pretty decent bite from hops. Nothing too overpowering. Overall a decent iipa.

Serving type: can

02-25-2013 03:56:36 | More by RblWthACoz
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this in the mix and match section at the House of 1,000 beers. Paid $1.75

A - Pour is a very dark amber brown somewhat hazy with a 1/4 head that forms a thick lace ring very sticky.

S - Very herbal hops yet juicy with papaya and mango sweetness. Very aromatic.

T - Slightly herbal hops cling to the palate many seconds after sipping. Hops are fairly balanced with the malt so their is no alcohol taste. Just a hop forward DIPA.

M - Medium bodied, somewhat chewy, not bad.

Overall seeing as how they don't have an IPA this is a great DIPA. Hidden ABV, aromatic hops, and smooth slightly bitter body. Almost as good as Heady Topper... almost.

Serving type: can

01-28-2013 03:22:04 | More by DrDemento456
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy and murky orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, dry orange citrus hops. In the taste, dry pine to orange citrus, and minty hops. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry minty hop in the aftertaste. Nice dry hops, citrus to minty presence stands out.

Serving type: can

12-31-2012 18:18:16 | More by OWSLEY069
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a glass. no date on can.

appears a hazy orange rust color with off-white head. decent lacing and head retention. smell is earthy, grassy, onion hop flavors. bold. taste is dominated by hops, but it has enough crystal malt to balance the hops with caramely sweetness. medium body and carbonation, works for the beer.
overall - a nice beer with enough malt backbone, how I like DIPAs

Serving type: can

11-01-2012 01:08:52 | More by jmdrpi
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An okay DIPA, nice bitterness, not too sweet, but beyond the bitterness it lacks pronounced and distinct hop flavors. Pours a cloudy golden with some floaties and a fairly decent head. Some nice tangerine notes in the aroma, as well as some lemon and cereal grain. The flavors are a little flat and one dimensional. Nice bitterness- not much else. Fairly creamy in the mouth, but a little thin in the finish.

Serving type: can

08-12-2012 03:12:09 | More by Georgiabeer
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a slightly cloudy amber color white a nice looking white head on top. The smell of the beer is loaded with hoppy aromas as well had a good amount of malt sweetness too. The taste is pretty good, the hops are prominent but so is the sweet malts. The mouthfeel of this beer is oily, smooth and lightly carbonated. Overall this is a pretty good Double IPA. I wouldn't need to buy cases of it but it's still a good brew to try.

Serving type: can

07-07-2012 01:17:16 | More by Knapp85
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mactrail

California

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting hop bomb. It is a little murky but tasty. Amber orange in the glass with a touch of haze. Nice foam. Moderate carbonation. Great aroma of flowery hops and orange marmalade with a little Scotch.

Rich and spicy. Quite malty with a touch of acidity. Hoppy from start to finish, but not as bitter as most big IPAs. There's a little softness to the flavor, a warm malt taste, rather than the astringent and harsher style. More of the orange flavor. Plenty of bitterness along the way, but it doesn't overwhelm the fruity and aromatic flavors. I think of tangerine peel.

More drinkable than lots of big hop brews. From the 12 oz can. Bought at Food and Friends in Philadelphia.

Serving type: can

06-12-2012 04:35:38 | More by mactrail
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from Sammy, 12oz can into a tulip.

Unfiltered reddish copper, with a couple fingers of white head. Dense retention and quite nice lacing. Nose is resinous, tropical fruits, grapefruit and orange. A solid malt presence too, resembles an imperial red ale in some regards. Taste again has a big sugary, caramel malt presence, before some citrus, pine and a bit of dank quality. Medium feel and not that bitter. Not really any detectable alcohol either. Low carb and a good drink - a pretty good malt DIPA.

Serving type: can

06-11-2012 23:33:37 | More by liamt07
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very good drinking DIPA, with smooth understated carbonation, much citrus flavour. Golden colour. Hops like a 1.5 ipa than a dipa. Orange Citrus hoppy nose. Unobtrusive complementary intelligent malting so that grapefruit did not burn.Slightly lower mouthfeel than you get from the style, which I was good with.

Serving type: can

05-10-2012 00:23:01 | More by Sammy
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

$2.65 can from Abe's.

Very hazy dull orange body, topped by four level fingers of whipped off-white micro-bubbles. Good lacing.

Classic IPA scents of grapefruit, orange, and pine. But it's just not as big and assertive as hoped.

Initial sweetness slips by sloppily without leaving a base. Plenty of juicy fruit. Big big bitter bite. But it's all a big blur, no sense of individual elements.

For a DIPA the mouthfeel is a bit wimpy.

Okay, worth trying a can, but not one to return visit.

Serving type: can

05-09-2012 04:00:26 | More by RonfromJersey
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Hop Slayer from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.