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

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BA SCORE
83
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311 Ratings
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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 11
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
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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1/5  rDev -72.8%

Beezee, Feb 19, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.7%

Rihup, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of LarryK
2.03/5  rDev -44.8%
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.

LarryK, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of Blakaeris
2.08/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours hazy copper-amber with a thick creamy head.

Aroma is surprisingly yeasty and funky - almost sour.

Taste is initially very oxidated, toasted caramel malt. There is a hint of apple, then the metallic, minerally quality takes over. Finishes with a sour then tart quality that is not pleasant.

Mouthfeel is light-medium.

A mild light brew. I won't bother with it again.

Blakaeris, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
2.13/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from can into tulip.

A: pours slightly cloudy, orange, with thin white head. Some lacing. Decent retention.

S: nose features pine and astringent alcohol, almost sherry like character. Not getting any malts. Smells like a cheap vodka with some hop pellets sitting in it.

T: the taste starts off with some citrus and pine, and quickly turns into a mess of ethyl alcohol, burn, and more alcohol. There is almost no balance here. Tastes like a flawed homebrew. Bitter finish.

MF: low carbonation, medium body, hot mouthfeel

O: this brew is sloppy. Are there hops? Yes. Do they smell good? Not really. Do They taste good? No.

homebrew311, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of kevkize
2.48/5  rDev -32.6%

kevkize, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of jlwells5
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

jlwells5, Aug 22, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

CP20, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of jsh420
2.63/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

pours muddy brownish orange with a huge 2+ finger head that left lacing

smells of lots of pine and grape fruit

taste just too damn bitter for me and that was all it had bitterness and a little heat from the booze - no malt and no other flavor from the hops

mouthfeel medium light good carbontion

overall - not a good beer imo and i would never buy this again

jsh420, Dec 07, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

TTripp725, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of IPAchris
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

IPAchris, Sep 03, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

ssoulf, May 06, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

smutty33, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of 3Hops
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

3Hops, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of bashiba
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark and cloudy Reddish Brown color with tons and tons of fluffy white head, a solid 4 inches in my snifter, very sticky and long lasting.

For a double IPA the smell is very faint, just a light bready malt note with a touch of light pine bitterness.

The flavor unfortunately follows the nose, a very mild double IPA, has a light bready backbone and a sharp hop bitterness, but nothing as far as actual hop flavors, just a bit of pine.

The mouthfeel is thick with a bit of resin.

I was excited to see a local Double IPA in a can, even if its the ugliest can in the history of beer, but this one didn't come close to full fulling those hopes with hops.

bashiba, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of 57md
2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark copper with a finger of head that slowly but steadily dissipated. The nose has mild hop notes, but also something else that is earthy and not entirely pleasant. The flavor profile is tilted slightly in favor of malts over hops. There is also an odd medicine-like flavor near the finish (maybe licorice).

In conclusion, let me say this: not every brewer should feel obligated to produce a DIPA – ‘nuff said?

57md, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of WastingFreetime
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

A. Darker murky orange-amber in color with a two fingered white head that lasts for a minute and a half, some medium levels of lacing left behind on the glass.

S. Smells of pine resin and pineapple in about even amounts. Caramel malt aroma also comes around as the brew warms up towards room temperature.

T. Caramel malt, pine resin, and a boozey warmth rearing up in the finish. Both the aroma and the flavor hit the appropriate volume levels for a DIPA but neither has the complexity levels to really stand out in a craft beer market already full of great DIPAS.

M. Slightly too thick and sluggish for my tastes due to undercarbonation.

WastingFreetime, Mar 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Travcofarms, Jun 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

smartassboiler, Jul 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

TheBigBoy, Oct 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

AirZombie, Jul 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

TastyIsBeer, Feb 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

BrewClint, Dec 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

ejimhof, Dec 31, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

jwjon1, Mar 17, 2014
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Hop Slayer from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.