Hop Knob IPA
Silver Moon Brewing

Hop Knob IPAHop Knob IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #6,071
ABV:
6%
Score:
84
Ranked #36,883
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 13.66%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
74
From:
Silver Moon Brewing
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
84
Good
Hop Knob IPAHop Knob IPA
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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 74
Reviews by barleywinefiend:
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a golden yellow with a small white head. Carbonation was good

S: Seet, floral, grains and faint

T: Perhaps Centennial hops, light malt body, grains

M: Well carbonated, lighter bodied, light booze

D: Ok but not a go to beer or one I would recommend

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Photo of Reidrover
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz.bottle from Roth’s Vista Market in S.Salem. $4.69 This is now just Hopnob IPA and is 6.0% alc. typical clear orange IPA coloured ale large impressive frothy white head..stays for ever. Not the most aromatic IPA..what there is is citric and resin with a bit of caramel thrown in. Taste is the same mainly citric( i am reminded of Seville orange) hops and a nice caramel malt backing..very simple. Nice enough mouthfeel just about right for style though could have used more carbonation. Pretty average beer which is a disappointment as i have always liked Silver Moon when i visit Bend..it has more of a local feel about it and the beers fresh are great..in bottles i am not so sure.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy orange with an amber hue and an inch thick head of beige.
Decent lacing and a solid skim coat throughout the glass.

Aromatics are muted for the style but there are traces of pine, grapefruit, and crisp, chaulky malt.

Medium bodied with a drying mouthfeel.

Grapefruit pith and pine resin start the palate. A firm bitterness with husky malt follow through. The hops are restrained but theres plenty of bitterness.

Finishes with a chalky bite, pithy citrus, and pine bark.

Tasty enough but failry timid for the style, especially from the PNW.

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Photo of John_M
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Concordia alehouse last night.

The beer pours an copper amber color with fairly good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose... just some light dry citrus, wood chips and a hint of cereal and sweet malt. On the palate, the beer is a bit better and is definitely on the dry side. There's enough malt to handle the hoppy bitterness, but this IPA is definitely west coast (stylistically) all the way. The flavor profile otherwise seemed a bit light to me, though the beer is certainly easy drinking enough. The finish is fairly long and bitter, and I found myself warming up to this beer the more I drank of it.

While nothing spectacular, this is a solid, generally well made IPA without any noticeable flaws. Not sure I'd order it again, but it went well enough with my ceaser salad.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.67/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, such brilliant aromatic hops. I'm going to guess they're Centennial, but they could be any number of northwestern varieties. They positively dazzle with floral ecstasy. They are lavish and abundant and perfect in their expression and proportions. They also assist in sustaining a head of fluffy beige foam that resembles cattail down.

Hop Knob's body is lightly clouded amber with eager carbonation. The mouthfeel is plump and easy. Bittering arrives late for a memorable finish, and there's still plenty of malt balance.

A classic northwestern IPA. One of the best in the state.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep rich copper, with a good offwhite head. Good heavy hop crispness in the aroma, lots of herbal and floral hops, cannabis, citrus and some light pine.

My favorite offering from Siver Moon. It's got a realy lush thick mouthfeel, full of hops and just enough malt to balance and beef it up. This a good drinker, with a good spicy hop bite that makes you drink it kinda slow and savor it.

Overall, a really nice IPA!

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Photo of loren01
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear orange color, not much head with no lacing down the glass.
S: Strong citrusy scent also some caramel malty scents
T: Much the same as the smell. Lots of caramel maltiness almost too much actually followed by citrusy hops.
M: Medium bodied, carbonated well for the style
O: This is a decent IPA, very solid but nothing I'd probably seek out.

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Photo of chugamugofsud
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheBungyo
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. Most of the really good IPA's clock in at around 7% ABV or so. At 5.7% how does this one stack up? Surprisingly well actually.

The pour is a nice orange/gold color and the head dense and creamy. Lots of lacing too.

I get orange, caramel and pine in the nose. The hop aromas are nice but not lush. If they were bigger this would be even better.

More pine and orange with a dash of grapefruit and caramel as I taste it. If this were just a bit more bitter it would be fantastic. Considering the lower ABV this is very good ... but not great. If we had this in WA I'd definitely buy it again. Well done Silver Moon.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying this one on the porch, a bit chilly tonight.
Dull orange and gold color, nice head, good retention

Aroma has the west coast stigma. Piney and citrus. Light caramel malt undertones, more of a biscuit malt.

Flavors are solid and go well with the bite in the middle and at the finish. Citrus and some floral mixes in with citrus. Sweetness up front a bit and then at the end. Caramel first, quickly, and biscuit at finish.

Good dryness, easy drinking

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Photo of RJLarse
4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I filled up a Tap-A-Draft jug at Growler guys with Hop Knob IPA. Oured in to a schooner.

Pours a pale gold color, slight chill haze, with a foamy white head.

Smell is a sweet citrus aroma, lemon blossoms and grapefruit.

Taste is also a nice fruity flavor, not a lot of malt but a pink grapefruit and sweet lemon flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, a nice thirst quenching brew.

Overall a very nice drinkable IPA.

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Photo of flexabull
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes...

Pours a bright and slightly hazy orange color with a thin white head.

Aromas are nice. Light hops, a doughy, candy like, and citrusy.

Taste is surprisingly more bitter than I expected. Apirin and grapefruit like upfront. Beer then settles into some doughy and creamy malt sweetness that is subtle and in the background. Finish has another bitter blast from the hops, kind of piney.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated and full, not lacking any body.

Drinkability is good. This IPA packs a pretty decent punch, hoppy and bitter, and I like it even though it's kind of out of balance.

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Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a nonic, Hop Knob is rusty orange with a light sand colored head that leaves decent lace.

Smell is sweet, bright hops, nice pungency, a fresh bottle for sure. Floral, with some tropical fruits and a hint of resin.

Taste is good, nice and hoppy but all flavor, not a lot of bitterness, which I greatly prefer in IPAs. However ,there's a sweet malt backbone, but there is enough bitterness to keep it crisp and not cloying. There's a grainy toasted breadiness to the malt on the finish that lingers.

Mouthfeel is dry, slick, a bit spicy, medium bodied.

Drinkability is good, a nice little IPA. If I lived in Bend I'd probably drink it a lot!

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Photo of bitterthebetter
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear golden copper with white head

aromas of grapefruit, slight pine and floral notes, slight biscuity malt

grapefruit notes with sturdy pine, more floral and dry hops on the finish, slight caramel backbone and faint lemon

light bodied, hops enduring on a rising finish, decently dry finish

light, smooth, decent hoppiness, not as big and bold as I prefer but its solid and tastes like an IPA should

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance has a slightly hazy golden orange head with a firm but dissipating head leaving fair lace. Smell has a good balance of the citric piney hops with nice malt backbone with a light grassy earthiness to the nose. Taste has those upfront citric piney hops fallowed by the malt with light biscuit and grain. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Not a bad IPA overall, nothing complex, just a good ol' PNW IPA.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Hop Knob IPA poured a hazy amber color with a 2 plus finger foam head and some nice tiered lacing. The head took off pretty quick.

The aroma is very floral. It was creamy and a little abrasive which are a good taste quality I like. You got a good bit of spiciness in the finish. Overall this would probably out sell a lot of the IPA's in the local market.

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Photo of Spikester
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber with a one finger white head and lots of lacings. Aroma is some floral hops. Taste is bitter earthy hops with a kiss of grapefruit. Malts are present but subdued. This beer is about the middle of the APA style. Nice enough just not to style. Easy drinker a bit watery on the palate. I would guess the abv at about 5 to 5.5%.
Would make a decent session beer. Just don't expect the big hops of an IPA. Maybe they were aiming at the English IPA style. This would be very close to that type. Carbonation is fairly light.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy amber body. Large off-white fluffy head. Moderate retention but fairly decent lacing down the glass sides.

S: Some orange and grapefruit, a bit of grass and pine. Dull, bready malts fill out the aroma profile from start to finish.

T: Lots of malt, too much malt actually. The breadyness drowns out the citric and earthy hops that were at least present in the nose.

M: A bit thin in the middle. Carbonation levels were good. Finish is muted and a bit muddled. No bite or crispness.

D: A decent, but not memorable IPA. Not something I'd seek out in a bottle.

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Photo of beertunes
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clear, typical, golden-orange-amber color with about an inch of white head that had decent retention and lacing.

The aroma was an OK blend of pine and citrus hop scents. The flavors were also pine and citrus with some malt in the background. The body was typical for the style, as was drinkability.

Overall, a nice, but not great, example of the style. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Tucquan
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this from a 22 oz bomber in Portland, OR on 2010-01-23

A - Clear gold with a light tan head

S - Mild bread and floral

T - Too light on the malt but lots of pine and grapefruit bitterness

M - Light with medium carbonation

D - Easy to quaf but the unremarkable taste left me wanting more

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Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of birdypowder
2.51/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hop Knob IPA was a disappointment. It fell well short of embodying a classic American IPA in both the aroma and taste.

Aroma:
There were some pleasant malt aromas but unfortunately that is where the fun stopped. Whiffs of skunk over-powered the malt and the weak hop aroma. The hops contributed some fruitiness but where was the citrus I've grown to love in American IPA's?

Appearance:
A smallish off-white head with barely acceptable staying power capped this hazy amber orange colored brew. There was enough lacing to be noticed and briefly appreciated.

Taste:
Hop Knob tasted thin for an IPA and not surprisingly it was also lacking in malt character. It was a tad watery. There was some pleasant back end bitterness but without an enjoyable malt presence to escort the bitterness across the tongue I'm afraid it was all for not. There is not much to latch on to here but at least it goes down smooth!

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Photo of dgilks
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colour with a fluffy, off-white head. Good head retention.

Bright citrus and grapefruit aroma. Slightly sweet.

Slightly malty with good grapefruit flavour. Balanced towards the bitterness. Nice enough.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A decent, generic West Coast IPA. Worth a try.

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Hop Knob IPA from Silver Moon Brewing
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 74 ratings