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

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 368
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 27.22%
Wants: 13
Gots: 42 | 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:
Beer added by: GDBEERMAN on 06-03-2010

Formerly known as "King Paddy"
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Reviews: 83 | Hads: 368
Photo of PicoPapa
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Pours a murky, hazy dirty brown color with almost no head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is piney and resinous with some bready caramel malts. The taste is piney hops with lots of caramel malts and some wheat bread. Slightly resinous. Floral, piney finish. Maybe even a hint of vanilla and licorice at the end. Light mouthfeel with a mild alcohol presence. Overall, an alright Imperial IPA but I probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of Hop_God
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: crazy hazy. Murky amber orange

S: hops. Resin. Hops

T: musk. Pine. Resin

F: mild carbonation slight creaminess

O: decent. Leaves much to be desired. Not very complex. Malt forwArd hop bomb

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Photo of Samp01
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Pours a dark cloudy amber with a medium beige lasting head, some lacing. Aroma and taste is sweet caramel malt, pine citrus hops, some notes of orange, yeast moderate hops bitterness. Palate is a medium to full, moderate on the carbonation, a mild smoothness. Finish is sweet caramel malt, some citrus orange tones with moderates bitterness on the end. Has a good caramel malt background. A flavorfully good drinking, nice.

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Photo of LANDRY
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Wild Onion Brewing is turning out some great beers and Hop Slayer one of the best. A great DIPA a smokey dry bitter hop bite balanced well with malty smoothness.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of 57md
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
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?

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Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep orange, hazy and "thick" looking- unable to see through it well. White head with light lacing, looks great!
Malt, citrus, orange, hops character and grapefruit
Very hoppy! A strong bitterness that lingers as a long piney finish, mild malt character, big mouthfeel and citrus character
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.


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Photo of ISmith87
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of GJ40
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of morimech
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of bayareahustla
3.86/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of LarryK
2.03/5  rDev -45.3%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.65/5  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

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

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Photo of jeonseh
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
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

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Hop Slayer from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.