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

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 361
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 13
Gots: 36 | 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

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Beer added by: GDBEERMAN on 06-03-2010

Formerly known as "King Paddy"
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Reviews: 82 | Hads: 361
Photo of morimech
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (762 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can. No discernible freshness or drink by date.

Murky dark copper to burnt sienna body. Finger of tight, dense, dirty khaki head. Plenty of hops on the nose. Notes of resin, pine, Scotch tape, and mint. Sugary, caramely malt comes through as well.

Toasted malts up front lead into a rather fruity-but-caramelized palate. Herbal hop bitterness glides in stealthily and soon turns more citrusy, resinous, piny, and dank. Malts turn more butterscotchy toward the finish. Plenty of residual bitterness, piny-ness, and fruity malt in the end. Full-bodied, with a thick, creamy feel. Somewhat surprisingly balanced for the style, and the fruity/butterscotch malt works very nicely with the hop flavors. (706 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.01/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a murky dark orange amber color with a cream colored thick and yeasty looking head and mild carbonation.

S - Mild spice, pine, slightly floral, and caramel - faded.

T - Mostly caramel malt and faded floral goodness with some funky dankness. Not much going on.

M - Thick medium body and fairly gentle on the tongue.

O - Could this beer be over the hill? Blended and balanced with the nod going towards the malt side of things. (439 characters)

Photo of jsh420
2.72/5  rDev -26.9%
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 (362 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
2.18/5  rDev -41.4%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-01-09 in Columbia, PA

A - Cloudy brownish-orange with a 3-finger eggshell head into a nonic glass with good lacing.

S - Pine, grape taffy, caramel malt, flowery.

T - Big and sweet caramel and bready malt, pine, grapefruit flesh and rind, earthy spice, herbal/medicinal. Alcohol is apparent but not over-the-top. Finishes moderately dry with a lingering sweet malt, pine/herbal and rind bitterness.

M - Medium+ body and light-medium carbonation. Viscous and prickly.

O - A nice DIPA. I enjoyed it. It's heavier on the pine and malt than bright citrus but there's enough bitterness to compensate. (616 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into an imperial pint. Thanks to emerge077 for the hook up!

A: Pours a completely hazy and unfiltered dark copper color. Sitting briefly on top was about one solid finger of creamy eggshell colored foam. It quickly melted down to a thin yet creamy ring that didn't leave very much lace.

S: Smells like sweet citrus fruit with zest, pine, and grapefruit for balance. Some caramel and vanilla make the rounds too. Slight whiff of alcohol tickles the nostrils.

T: Very much like above with the citrus and pine duking it out. Alcohol keeps a relatively low profile. Interesting strawberry-like flavor lurking in the background. Grapefruit drizzled with caramel.

M: Big and thick with medium to low carbonation and sweet fruity qualities. Dry and bitter citrus rind compliments the astringent hops and alcohol heat. Very balanced and not palate fatiguing in the least.

O: I've been kinda meh about some of their offerings in the past but this was a welcome suprise. Buy this! (999 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice but not spectacular DIPA. Obtained in a trade with TMoney2591. Pours a hazy orange with a medium size delicate, bubbly white head...not the frothy cap you usually get with a DIPA or IPA. Head retention is fairly good and there are solid rings of lacing on the glass.

Smell is fairly mild...piney and citrus hops....Very pleasant but I have experienced many more powerful IPA aromas.

Taste is good, even better as the beer warms up a bit. Good piney hops bite with enough bready malts to balance things out. Still primarily a hoppy beer, just nicely constructed and accessible to others besides pure hopheads.

Mouthfeel appears a bit light at first. More rich as the hops numb the tastebuds. In any case this is crisp and refreshing.

I would gladly drink another one of these. There are better DIPAs out there but this one is pretty good. (846 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of seeswo
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Blind Beer #1, finally doing my job. Figured if I was going to take a day off of my brief hiatus for hopslam, I can open a blind beer. Poured from a 12oz can into the sweet Half Acre tulip like glass and alongside a water and some smoked pulled pork with a bourbon-mango bbq sauce.

Pours a hazy, translucent slightly orangish brown color with a sizeable tan head that leaves lacing all over the place. Looks pretty nice - 4.0

Smells like mango and bourbon - no I kid. It smells very hoppy in the bitter end of that spectrum with a decent malt backbone. - 3.5

The taste is extremely bitter with malts that are trying their best (and failing) to balance out the extreme and generic hop bitterness. It only is tamed in the finish where the lightly caramel malt flavor rounds off the bitterness, leaving a reasonable finish. I do have a bias for more distinct hop flavors (pine, resin, orange, tropical). If anything, this may be a bit floral. - 3.0

The mouthfeel is dominated by the bitterness, but the body is average with a medium-high amount of carbonation. - 3.5

Overall, I know I haven't had a beer in 10 days, but this beer is too bitter for me. I rarely if ever say that, so there may be some palette refreshing here confounding my opinion, but this is not nearly my favorite. I assume its an IPA, but it could be a DIPA, which is a strange distinction in craft beer these days (with 8% meaning both IPA and double IPA at times). I have no guesses - 3.0

Reveal - Wild Onion Hop Slayer DIPA. Hilarious that I couldn't tell whether it was an IPA or DIPA, but somehow nailed the ABV (8% on can). ...and this is fun. Thank you Kristian (pellinore1)! (1,656 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, 8% abv. Cloudy, dark copper color. Off-white head fades to a thin layer rather quickly, but does leave a nice patchwork of lace. Some sediment floating about gives a dirty look. Perhaps I should have poured better.

Juicy hop aroma with a big caramel malt aroma. Stonefruit, and citrusy hop aroma. A hint of pine.

Caramel malt backbone. Grassy and herbal hop flavor. The nose and the mouth seem really different. A good amount of sweetness. Bitterness lingers, but balances the sweetness well.

Medium body, good carbonation. The hop character really seems to have faded since I picked this up a few months ago. Not bad, but sort of a mess now. (659 characters)

Photo of bashiba
2.86/5  rDev -23.1%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of GJ40
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (253 characters)

Photo of 57md
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
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? (425 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rusty orange with thick, white, frothy head. The lacing is abundant.

Smells of orange peel and resinous pine are the first to the nose, followed by an herbal spice. Not much malt is being picked up.

The citrus and pine hops are pleasant, but there's a huge fusel spice to this. It kind of reminds me of that onion-like quality in Gubna.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation, but boozy. It's tolerable, but I've tasted DIPAs with 8% or more that hide the alcohol much better than this.

Overall, it's a good beer and one I'll likely have again, but it's a notch below most of the great DIPAs that are readily available. (645 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can. Pours a slightly haze deep copper caramel color with a big fluffy light tan head. Head slowly settles, leaving sticky lace. Citrus and caramel in the nose. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty citrus rind bitterness with a strong malt backbone. Hop resin. Lingering bitterness. Nice lace left on the glass. Overall, not bad but a little "thick". (338 characters)

Photo of vande
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap recently at my local Tap-House...

A ~ pours a pretty looking, cloudy orange-red color with a decent layer of head that leaves quickly...

S ~ lots of fruits, a sense of tropical aroma[ed] hops here...Lots of citrus, grapefruit, some pineapple...

T ~ Well hidden alcohol level here, greatly masked by the explosion of hops that splatter across one's taste buds...a great tasting imperial ipa!

M ~ medium bodied, well carbed smooth drinking IPA

O ~ tap and/or can - a good buy and a palate pleaser! (508 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow. No real head. Pour is thick and not highly carbonated. Smells piney and bitter. Tastes abrasive and unbalanced. Overall good carbonation. The beer is overwhelming and unbalanced. Not very good but drinkable. Might be a bit old but I think its just good first attempt from a new brewery (306 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip.

A- Cloudy orange with 3" of off-white head, some lacing that sticks to the top of the tulip glass.

S- Off-smell, sourdough? Hard to get pass that smell. Some pine/citrus hops but not prevalent.

T- Again, can't get pass the sourdough, metallic off flavor. I've noticed this before in other brewpubs that maybe aren't as experienced. Is very bitter and malty.

M- Medium bodied, off-flavor leaves a dry, astringent mouthfeel.

O- Just not feeling this one. Have had to many amazing Ipa's and DIPA to know this is nowhere near that level. (558 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.72/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,848 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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 (549 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
2.09/5  rDev -43.8%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour - dark orange with some red and brown highlights thrown in. The inch or so of foam is starting to leave some streaks of lacing inside the glass. This looks slightly hazy and a little ominous...I like where this is headed.

Aroma - a big blast of tropical fruits, grapefruit and a pineapple hit me right between the eyes. As soon as I get near this glass it's like someone is shoving my face in a bag of hops.

Taste - chewy, resiny with plenty of hop bitterness hitting the tip of the tongue and balanced very nicely by lots of tropical fruit sweetness. It has some astringency from all those little green fellas. Not overly cloying and certainly not too hoppy. It leaves my tongue coated with alpha acids (well, probably not literally) and give me a nice warm feeling inside - like I want to go hug a big hop-shaped pillow.

Overall - Want a big IBU-laden and hops-infested IPA? Here ya go! Hop Slayer should provide what many-a-hophead craves - that being lots of hop bitterness with a malty backbone to keep everything in check. You don't want those little green bastards getting out of control and ruining things for your palate. It's nice to be able to say that I love the label on this can and definitely enjoyed what graced the inside of it as well.

Would I buy more of it? - sure thing. I wouldn't mind having some of these chilling in the fridge at all times, just in case. This is a beer that I don't mind drinking a little on the cold side despite the high alcohol. Something about a nice, cold, strong IPA works wonders on a warm evening. (1,562 characters)

Hop Slayer from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.