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

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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 11
Gots: 20 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

kguard, May 19, 2013
Photo of mychalg9
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

mychalg9, May 17, 2013
Photo of sdonegan
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

sdonegan, May 17, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

metter98, May 15, 2013
Photo of bayareahustla
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

bayareahustla, May 15, 2013
Photo of Kubrickx
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Kubrickx, May 12, 2013
Photo of jdhasse
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

jdhasse, May 04, 2013
Photo of jklecko2
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

jklecko2, May 03, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

dbrauneis, May 02, 2013
Photo of LarryK
2.03/5  rDev -44.7%

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 JakeMorgan13
4/5  rDev +9%

JakeMorgan13, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of pknyc
4/5  rDev +9%

pknyc, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of Izzybone
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Izzybone, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of ONUMello
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

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

ONUMello, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Whiskeydeez, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

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!

BlurryVisi0n, Apr 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Eaglefan344, Apr 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

magnusdave, Apr 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

americanjones, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of DylanK
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

DylanK, Mar 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

MIA4IPA, Mar 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

sneaks2210, Mar 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Fusebuddy, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of jeonseh
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%

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

jeonseh, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of EmmTee
4/5  rDev +9%

EmmTee, Mar 05, 2013
Hop Slayer from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.