Hop Slayer - Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
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Reviews by beagle75:
3.73/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tulip glass.
A: Murky, medium amber color with two fingers of pearlescent cinnamon-tinted foam. Medium but inconsistent lacing remains on and a few solitary bubbles rise from the sides of the glass.
S: Caramel malt is rather pronounced in the smell, with crisp minerality, piney herbaceous hops, and a trace of esters also detectable. Intensity is sufficient for the style but some contributing elements border on being soapy or medicinal. No alcohol is detected.
T: Begins fairly sweet, with refined caramel and hop aromatics that remain true to the smell. Acidity is bright and intense, helping out a little in the balance. Malt's grainier qualities emerge in the middle, with mild estery fruit also making a contribution. Umami is defining in the finish--not overpowering, but certainly the most noteworthy quality present. Otherwise, bitterness is predictable in intensity but excessive in duration while herbaceous and toasted grain flavors keep things interesting late. Alcohol builds throughout the serving, but never becomes noxious or defiant to style.
M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly sticky and just barely astringent on the palate, with moderate carbonation.
D/O: Not being a participant in the Chicago-area beer scene, the appearance of this beer--in cans!-- at Eagle River Liquor in Fulton, IL, caught me completely by surprise. While it looks like homebrew, it actually presents a host of other qualities that are each satisfactory in their own right. One of its best features is the appealing balance it strikes between malt, hops, and yeast contributions; in the final tally it comes together remarkably well, yielding a DIPA of reasonable strength that is greater than the sum of its parts. Beer judging aside, the label art seen on the can is some of the least appealing yet encountered.
Serving type: can
09-30-2011 00:20:23 | More by beagle75
More User Reviews:
3.91/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Dark amber orange in appearance and pours a pretty off white head that dissipates quickly.
Smells like a hop bomb! I'm enticed! Strong hops on the nose, slight hint of lemon peel, and barely a dash of malt for no real attempt at balance.
Taste is bitter and straight hops all the way, not bad though, slight citrus to note as well.
Mouthfeel is crisp and bitter.
Overall a very tasty DIPA and the brewery is within driving distance so that ain't bad.
Serving type: can
06-10-2014 22:09:12 | More by larryarms847
Hop Slayer from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.