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

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BA SCORE
84
good

327 Ratings
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Ratings: 327
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 12
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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Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Latarnik, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

beerthulhu, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of liamt07
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from Sammy, 12oz can into a tulip.

Unfiltered reddish copper, with a couple fingers of white head. Dense retention and quite nice lacing. Nose is resinous, tropical fruits, grapefruit and orange. A solid malt presence too, resembles an imperial red ale in some regards. Taste again has a big sugary, caramel malt presence, before some citrus, pine and a bit of dank quality. Medium feel and not that bitter. Not really any detectable alcohol either. Low carb and a good drink - a pretty good malt DIPA.

liamt07, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another solid IPA/DIPA in a can, this is becoming a trend for sure. My first entry from this brewery and I have to say I enjoyed it. Hazy dark orange color, fluffy off-white head that has good retention, lots of lace on the glass. Looks good.

Aroma is aggressively hoppy, lots of pine resins and citrus, with a decent amount of caramel malt sweetness noticed underneath. Flavor follows suit, it’s big and bitter with a solid malty backbone that doesn’t get in the way of the citrusy, resinous hops. Long and lingering bitter finish.

Medium full bodied with moderate carbonation and an overall smooth and creamy mouthfeel that I really liked. Booze is held pretty well in check and not very noticeable. Nice DIPA if not totally exceptional. I’d go back and have another and look forward to other offerings from Wild Onion when I can get my hands on them.

tobelerone, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

WoodBrew, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of scruffwhor
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice doughy head after the pour of about three finger thickness. The foam is thick after every sip with good lacing. Slow, but numerous bubbles lazy make there way to the top of my glass. Thick, almost hazey dark copper amber hue.

Hop cone and resiny orange peel permeate the nostrils. The back bone is a pretty perceptable malty biscuit and toast.

Very toasted, citric orange and grapfruit peel bitterness upfront. The palate adds a syrupy bitter citrus feel to the mouthfeel from start to finish. The middle shocases some mediocre malt flavors, then back to a slow and warming (from the alcohol) hop bitterness finish.

Not a bad DIPA for this local brewery, but it could use some better balancing between the hop and malt flavors.

scruffwhor, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

DrDemento456, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Duff27
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Into a tulip...Aggressive glug-style pour leaves a huge three inch off-white head on a light ruby red beer. Head retention seems very good as I don't think i could even have a sip without getting foam all over my face, hah. Good clumpy lacing.

S- Pungent citrus smelling, pineapple.

T- Ohh, that's some bitterness right there. In yo' face danky hops. "Your face is gonna cave in." Alcohol is well hidden in there, everything is well hidden behind that bitterness.

M- Medium mouthfeel, creamy. Good carbonation.

D/O- This one appears to be very polarizing with the reviews so far and I can certainly see why. Love it or hate it, everyone can agree it's different than 95% of the other DIPAs out there. Do yourself a favor and buy a 4 pack for $10...try it and if for some reason you don't like it, give the other 3 to beer friends, chances are they will.

Duff27, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of IPAchris
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

IPAchris, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

OWSLEY069, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

barnzy78, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -18.5%

smartassboiler, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of alexgash
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

alexgash, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of malfunxion
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

malfunxion, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Whiskeydeez, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

ShemRahBoo, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of morimech
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

morimech, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Gatordaddy
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Gatordaddy, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of millerbuffoon
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

millerbuffoon, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of jmdrpi
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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

jmdrpi, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +8.7%

lupercmda, Jul 30, 2014
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 GbVDave
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

GbVDave, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -18.5%

jenray, Dec 11, 2011
Hop Slayer from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.