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Hopilicious IPA - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Hopilicious IPA
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BA SCORE
85
very good

30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
American-style double IPA. Full-bodied malt flavor supports a ridiculous amount of hops, giving it pronounced bitterness and overwhelming hop flavor and aroma.

90 IBU

(Beer added by: DarkerTheBetter on 05-24-2006)
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Dbot, Aug 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

2dogbrew, Jan 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

buzzy, Sep 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

csmartin6, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of garuda
2.69/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Pale gold, slight haze, head has good retention and some lacing.

S - Nice balance of pine hops, bready malts, but some butter comes in as it warms.

T - Whoa, total butter. Pretty nasty, there's some fresh baked bread in there, and finishes with an ambiguous bitterness. More warm butter. Not a whole lot of discernible hop flavor.

M - Full body, medium carbonation, smooth consistency.

O - Overwhelming butter, especially as it warms. Little hop flavor. Labeled as a DIPA by the brewery, this misses the mark.

garuda, Mar 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

IPAchris, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of GeoffreyM
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

GeoffreyM, Feb 11, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -40.8%

brez8791, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of harrylee773
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

harrylee773, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Iron Hill, Media. Pours a nearly clear gold with a white head of great size and retention. Lots of lacing, very nice appearance. Big time hoppy nose, very floral and resinous, malt is fairly subdued in the aroma.

Huge floral hops and aspirin bitterness in the flavor. Lesser aspects of citrus and pine resins. Restrained sweetness and malt presence, it’s there but the hops are front and center; finish is pretty dry. Lots of lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy body. An aggressive and tasty DIPA with a good deal of unapologetic bitterness; not at the very head of the class for the style, exactly, but should please most hopheads. Had this one side by side with their Gary Nelson single hop IPA and preferred that one for its subtleties and better overall flavor.

tobelerone, Jul 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

ububru, Mar 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

bradleyjay34, Jan 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

OneEyedJack, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

gooch10186, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of MsRif
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Iron Hill in Media, PA. Poured a golden yellow color with a nice white head that retained well and left spotty lacing. Had an aroma of tropical fruit (mango?), earthy/floral hops and a touch of sweetness. Tasted of mango, grapefruit, earthiness (pine/grass) and sweet malts. Definitely a strong bite of hops in this one as to be expected with a DIPA.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I am not generally a DIPA fan but this one was complex and well-balanced. I very much enjoyed the hop profile.

MsRif, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Iron Hill, Media, PA

Commandeered this from the wife when she pushed it away in disgust. Poured a golden yellow color, slightly hazy, with a small cap of white head. Aroma warned me of a hop bomb, with scents of resinous pine and lots of citrus. Taste was of hops right off the bat, pine, lemon pith, grapefruit; mellowed out a bit, allowing in some notes of sweet malts and dried apricots. Not too bad at all. A little too light in the mouthfeel to be considered an excellent IPA, and the alcohol warmth was an afterthought. Pretty decent overall.

Rifugium, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

THECPJ, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of pburland23
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Iron Hill Media.

16 ounce serving in a standard shaker pint glass. Beer was a hazy, golden color with about a finger of off-white head. Decent retention with some nice lacing.

Aroma is very hop heavy...piney, resinous with some grapefruit and orange notes. Taste is very hop heavy, bitter and citrusy. There wasn't much discernible malt to balance out the hops. I like hops a lot, but there has to be some malt backbone to round out the beer and Hopilicious is a little lacking in that regard.

The beer was medium bodied with a sticky, puckering mouthfeel. Carbonation was good as well.

As I've said, the balance was lacking and that hurt this beer on the whole. It smelled great and the hops bitterness was quite nice, but the maltiness was missing. Overall, a miss, albeit a still decent beer from Iron Hill.

pburland23, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of Stigs
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pour from tap at Media location, served in a standard pint glass

A - one solid finger of creamy eggshell colored foam, leaving thin but extremely sticky lacing down the glass. the beer is only slightly hazy, dark gold in color.

S - juicy ripe melons, tropical fruits, slightly bitter grapefrut, and floral hops. malts nowhere to be found in the nose.

T - begins with a sharp bitter hop bite...melons, grapefruit, orange, wet pine needles and grass flavors come through easily. very diverse hop profile. thin layer of lightly sweet malts struggle to get through. finishes with very minor alcohol.

M - body is on the thicker side and slightly syrupy. almost clumsy yet held together by moderate prickly carbonation.

D - well done DIPA. good cap on a few good beers at this IH location.

Stigs, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of frimairist
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I got this, I was worried I might've been served the wrong beer. It was a pale gold/very pale amber and the head was short and relatively short-lived, although one that left a nice lacing that was the beer's high appearance point. The smell wasn't especially hoppy, either, piney or fruity - much maltier than I'd expected and by this point I was a bit worried it was the wrong beer. Tasting it, though, took that fear away. This is definitely an IIPA - downright floral, and with the malt from before keeping it sweeter than bitter. Even though it wasn't too bitter, though, it almost felt as if the hops were tripping over each other - it definitely tasted <i>hoppy</i> but I had trouble picking out any particular notes. There was plenty of carbonation and, as has been mentioned, a slick sort of mouthfeel. I didn't particularly detect anything that would keep it from being really, really drinkable, but in the end I was underwhelmed by this. I suppose I went in with pretty high expectations, but in the end I thought it was fine, good, even, but maybe not the hop spectacle I'd hoped.

frimairist, May 21, 2009
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4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

I was out and down yesterday for the annual Craft Brewest and since I was early, I decided to pop into the bar for some libations. The server told me that "Big" Bob Barrar had put on a number of seasonal offerings especially for the occasion and that I should try at least one. This was at least one!

It arrived with a finger of off-white head exploding with CO2 bubbles which gave the nose a sticky piny-ness. Zounds! Holy Hops, Batman! The color was a deep, golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. The first sip left me gasping for breath. If you are a self-professed hophead, as I am, this is the beer for you. I have tasted this sort of thing before, but generally from west coast brewers, not so much here on the east coast. SPOILER ALERT: this compared very well with Moylan's Hopsicle, which I also crave. This was hops, hops, and more hops, scrubbing across the dead taste buds and awakening the dormant ones like the company commander with his aluminum trash can and baseball in the first days of boot camp. OK, deep breath. Whoa, that was like standing in a pine forest and hitting a menthol cigarette. Suddenly, I was aware of my heart beating. Colors were more pronounced and the TV seemed to be melting. Say, what was this anyway? CIA sponsored beer?!? I once got kicked off of an A-B tour for suggesting that a "Hop Wand" - hops encased in a plexiglas wand were waved in front of of the FVs that held Bud. As a believer in Equal Time, Barrar must have used a "Malt Wand". This was distilled hops, nothing more, nothing less. I used to know my name but now it is "Tabula Rasa". All beers should be like this! Drinkability - low! I simply do not have enough remaining expendable brain cells.

woodychandler, May 18, 2009
Photo of mempath
4.8/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

wonderful, deep apple cider color with massive, thick lacing that remains as the head settles slowly. and this is after it was bottled the night before.

smells of intense, smutty-ish grapefruit and menthol.

taste is an even more intense blast of pine resin and camphor...there is something chewier and more full-bodied than the high IBU smuttynose IPA....making this a little more drinkable, especially if you are a devoted, insane hophead. i love malts, but they are perfectly present and bludgeoned here. THIS IS ART!

now, as i drink this, hours after being bottled, the carbonation is still high level and perfectly balanced.

i highly recommend this offering from Iron Hill. lucky me to be only a mile from the site! yee haw

mempath, May 08, 2009
Photo of gibby
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

10 oz serving at Iron Hill in media, pa..$5

Golden color with pillowy head. Smell was citrus, pine, little bit of honey. I could taste citrus and pine with a touch of malt thrown in for good luck. Little more boozy than I expected, not sure of the ABV %. I caught a bit of a buzz off the 10 oz serving b/c I had not eaten lunch yet. Big time lacing on the glass, very sticky and oily.

To be honest, I was kind of disappointed with this beer. With its 90 ibu's and 8 lbs of hops per barrel I was expecting more. Not saying it was bad at all but I guess it didn't live up to my expectations. Overall iron hill is a good place and I enjoy their food, beer and great location in media. Cheers.

gibby, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this one as half of the GIF portion of Triple Threat. I have had a couple from Iron Hill previously and was impressed, so needless to say when this one showed up on the porch I was ready to dig in. The pour was very nice, with a crystal clear orange amber colored liquid coming out. A very nice three inch high head of white foam formed on top and then gradually settled down to just a thin layer across the top of the glass, but not before depositing copious amounts of side glass lace up and down the glass.

The aroma was tremendously hopped heavy as I would have expected. A very deep resiny hop aroma was coming off of this one. Lots of sugary sweet notes riddled throughout as well. This was definitely a treat for sure. Big floral notes all over the place, with a definite fresh smell coming off it. The flavor followed suit perfectly. This was definitely a hop bomb of an IPA. Not terribly strong, almost no alcohol present in it, this was just flat out good. Rich sugary flavors intermingled with a very nice orange and tangerine like flavor. The hops so fresh it literally felt sticky. A very rich IPA here that I most certainly enjoyed. I was able to put this down during the course of the day and night, so Drinkability was outstanding. There is no doubt I would love to get a hold of this one again.

Overall, this was a very nicely done IPA. One of the better that I have had from the east coast. I am sure it is wonderful on tap, because even in a week old growler it was still wonderfully carbonated and fresh. You should go get some of this one; I doubt you will be disappointed.

mikesgroove, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy copper colour with a nice sized tan head that has a good amount of retention time and leaves clumps of itself on the glass.

The aroma is a hop bomb blend of grassy, floral, and juicy fruit notes along with a subtle background malty sweetness.

Any malt that was present in the aroma is basically thrown out the window here. Hops come at you from all angles and hit with the characteristics mentioned in the aroma: juicy citrus fruit, grassy (and at times dirty) and floral notes all around. There a high bitterness here as well, along with some alcohol flavour coming through here and there. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very slick and oily with, again, a dirty feel to it.

This one wasn't bad overall, although I'd have liked to have seen a bit more malt balance in the flavour, regardless of the style. It would have improved the drinkability tremendously. Still, it's a pretty good brew that worth a shot at the least and one that'll likely be thoroughly enjoyable to most hopheads.

SixpointJMH, Oct 12, 2007
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Hopilicious IPA from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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