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

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82
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319 Ratings
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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
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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Photo of garymuchow
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

garymuchow, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev +8.7%

thewimperoo, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

whatname, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of hilgart1
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

hilgart1, Feb 06, 2012
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
Photo of seeswo
3.2/5  rDev -13%
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)!

seeswo, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

RonfromJersey, May 09, 2012
Photo of zonker17
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

zonker17, May 19, 2012
Photo of jzeilinger
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

jzeilinger, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

krome, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of BeerLover99
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

BeerLover99, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

JayQue, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Tucquan
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Tucquan, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of oglmcdgl
3/5  rDev -18.5%

oglmcdgl, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Bierguy5
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Bierguy5, Nov 06, 2011
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 jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

jgunther71, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of mychalg9
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

mychalg9, May 17, 2013
Photo of NJBeer265
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

NJBeer265, May 23, 2014
Photo of buzzy
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

buzzy, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of JeffTheJuice
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

JeffTheJuice, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of jplopez21
4/5  rDev +8.7%

jplopez21, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of Chucker17
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Chucker17, May 31, 2013
Photo of tbeq00
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

tbeq00, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of sneaks2210
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

sneaks2210, Mar 23, 2013
Hop Slayer from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.