HOP-Tagon X-Series: Imperial IPA | Silver Moon Brewing

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HOP-Tagon X-Series: Imperial IPAHOP-Tagon X-Series: Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Silver Moon Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
99 IBU

Added by Reino on 04-15-2009

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Photo of Reino
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Silver Moon has been a very lackluster brewery for me, and they tend to play it safe, minus their black strap molasses brown ale. I work at a beer store, and we just got this beer in today. I could have waited 2 days and drank it for free with the staff, but I bought a bottle because it has yet to be reviewed and this way I could review it without any bias.

Appearance- Two fingers of off-white head atop a clear amber, burnt orange body. Very little lacing is left as the beer goes down the ol' throat.

Smell- Floral hops up the wazoo with good amount of citrus, as well. Some sweetness joins the party as the beer warms. This beer smells the part.

Taste- Bitter from the start and quite floral in the hop department. The heat that comes in at the end is fairly noticeable. There is a decent amount of malt sweetness balancing things out, but the bitter hops come in and wipe it out before it becomes too apparent. The bitterness and malt ratio aren't quite congealed. It's not so hoppy that I can say, "Who gives a fuck about the malts?" and it's not malty enough to give it the lame-ass "balanced DIPA" stamp. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy drinking this, but it has some stiff competition from it's NW peers and doesn't really take a stance on which type of DIPA it wants to be.

MF- Fairly lively carbonation with a medium body, Hop-Tygon finishes slightly dry with hints of pine and flowery hops that linger.

Drinkability- I don't love it, and I don't hate it. It brought much more punch than I expected from a Silver moon beer, but the hops were one dimensional in the wrong way when it came to flavor. At nearly $7 I probably wouldn't buy it again, but I'm not mad that I tried it. In a different regional market this beer would probably thrive.

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Photo of ElGordo
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is a slightly cloudy orange color, topped by a finger of creamy white head that subsides almost immediately. Aroma of citrusy, earthy hops, heavy on tangerine. The malt backbone adds a nice sweet note reminiscent of sorghum syrup.
Palate is a big punch of hops up front, with citrus and a bit of cannabis skunkiness. The malt provides a big, thick, syrupy base, with some sorghum sweetness coming through before the swallow. The bitterness comes through full-force on the finish, with a lingering citrus note.
Body is thick and a touch syrupy, appropriate for the style. A mildly chalky texture comes through on the finish, but is not wholly unpleasant. Overall, a solid hop bomb that incorporates just enough of the malt base to not be overwhelming.

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Photo of Docer
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is called "HOP-Tagon" not "Hop-Tygon"... 22 oz. bottle..

- Nice orange cloudy west coast looking IPA... fluffy white head quickly down to a large foamy ring and thin pillow on top.

- Big floral hop notes and some citrus blended in with a light caramel malt, and some sweet candy notes.

- Big malt punch... caramel, grassy... earthy, brown sugar sweet with a nice bitter punch of citrus hops.... very floral aroma hops as well....

- Medium bodied, slightly dry, and chewy. Just a touch sticky as well.

- Overall a very smooth and dangerous double IPA.. hides the alcohol well, and is very well balanced without being too overly sweet.

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Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of coastiefish
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22OZ poured into a pint glass

A- Cloudy copper, very thin layer of head. Looks like a beer.

S- Touch of sweetness mingled in with a nose full of malt. Citrusy. hints of bread and caramel.

T- Grapefruit and grassy. After sitting for a little while, a well rounded spruce and bready malts come forward. Big green bittering left on the tongue after each taste.

T- As this beer sits it mellows out nicely. I have been sipping slowly, so it has had time to open up some. The profile smoothed out some to be less sharp, less piercing to the palette as it started out.

M- Nice and clean, possible the tiniest bit slick which makes it move around real nice in there.

O- All in all, it was a great brew to try. I like the 8.5% I love the mouthfeel. I like the way it lingers, however it is real green bitter

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Photo of Derek
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8.5% abv.

A: Crystal clear bronze with a white head, some retention, nice lace.

S: Dank gonga aroma is up front, followed by some stewed apricots and pine. Hints of underlying toffee, papaya and mango. Some depth to the aroma, but it's not as big as you might expect from a DIPA.

T: Plenty of ganga comes through in the flavour as well. It's big, but not overpowering. Very piny, apricot, marmalade, hints of grass and sponge-toffee. Solid bitterness; alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body is smooth, with a modest carbonation and hints of hop acidity. Crisp finish and the alcohol is mild (more like a single IPA).

D: A really easy drinker for its strength; well-crafted.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle date that I can find. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance- Cloudy orange color with a tight off white head that dissipates to a ring.

Smell- First, I smell malt. Then hops. I wish it was the other way around. After those two, there is alcohol. Lastly, a little orange, fruity aroma.

Taste- Alcohol is the biggest thing in the taste. After that is the malt and fruity hops. It leaves a very bitter aftertaste. Like the bitterness turns into those little scrubbing bubbles and they are scrubbing the taste buds off of my tounge.

Mouthfeel- A smaller mouthfeel than I would have thought. It may get a little thinker as it warms, though.

Drinkability- This is a good DIPA, but I have had better. I don't know if I will have it again unless I am looking for a very alcohol driven DIPA.
Thank you to my brother Danny for getting this for me.

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Photo of birdypowder
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a very attractive looking Imperial IPA with an inviting and complex aroma. However, it is a bit out of balance and the bitterness is too harsh, making completion of an entire pint or bomber a bit of a task.

Intense hops, citrus(lime) alcoholic, some delicious honey aromas from the malt? Smells a bit sweet. Also a bit of "kitchen cleaner" aroma maybe from some higher alcohols.

Great clarity for style - complements the beautiful copper color. Decent head and good lacing.

Lots of alcohol, strong bitterness, not too intense but it lingers too long. Could be more balanced and hop bitterness is too harsh. Nice full body and good conditioning.

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Photo of loren01
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly cloudy orange color, small head with no lacing.
S: Smell is of caramel maltiness. Smells very sweet, maybe light buttery scent as well. I expected a bit more hop scent with the high IBU's
T: Big caramel sweet flavor up front with tangerine flavors toward the aftertaste. Alcohol is not very will hidden. Very astringent hop/ETOH bite at the end
M: Medium to full bodied beer, has a big ETOH burn
O: Not totally sure what to think of this one. A bit more on the malty side that what I was expecting. For as malty as it is the beer finishes very bitter almost astringently bitter. Not my favorite imperial IPA.

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Photo of ccrida
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Hop-tagon is dully, murky orange with an off-white head that leaves heavy lace.

Smell is big tangerine, citrus fruits, sweet malt. Some skunky cat pee as well, but overall, not very aggressive hops, smells more like an English pale ale.

Taste is similar, really pretty malty, with plenty of citrus hops, again, loads of tangerine, English ale ester like, with lots of malt flavor as well, sweet tea, with moderate bittereness. Really not my style of DIPA, it has a malt extract feel to it, is overly sweet. There's a little dusty herbal hop note that wafts through eventually, which is the most interesting hop flavor.

Mouthfeel thicker, a touch gritty, dry.

Drinkability isn't too high for me. I don't care for the flavor much, and it's to heavy.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy dark copper with an inch-plus head of beige. Plenty of ripped sheets of lacing and a solid skim coat for the duration.

Aromatics are chock full of pungent, spicey, grassy hops. Pithy grapefruit, pine resin, and grass-covered bark. A touch of chaulky, biscuity malt runs underneath.

On the fuller side of medium bodied, with a crisp, creamy mouthfeel. Velvety and lush.

Grapefruit pulp, spruce dew, crushed tangerine seeds, and a pressing bitterness start the palate. Caramel-drizzeled toasted malt adds some depth, but the aggresive hopping is primary.

Finishes with a lingering, pithy bitterness, grapefruit rind, and warming alcohol.

This ones a fairly aggresive IIPA. The bitterness could be smoothed out and the nose could be more floral. A nice enamel ripper though.

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Photo of OMsweetOM
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of CoryR
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of NoHipTee
2.92/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: more orange than I expected. Very little head.
S:very sweet citrus tones.
T: Very sweet....I would not have thought that it was possible to taste sweet with an IBU of 99 but *surprise*....it is.
T:the sweet yet bitter beer is unable to hide the alcohol burn.
M:after taste is a quickly fading hoppiness that leaves me longing for the hoppiness that I expected when I opend this beer.

This beer seems to be a hybrid of hoppy and fruity....not sure imperial IPA is the best description of this beer.

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Photo of pdxbeerdrinker
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of jdense
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from Whole Foods Hollywood PDX, poured into Delirium Tremens tulip to celebrate Bruins victory of Tejas 9.25.2010.

2/3 finger white head, quick dissipation with minimal lacing over orangish/light amber clear body, good carbonation rising from bottom of etched glass. Nose on the tropical side, mango and guava, a bit of bubblegum, balanced by some sweet and dry malts. Taste is a bit sweet up front, a bit of citrus in addition to the tropical notes, sweetish middle leading to a fairly bitter get your attention finish. Mouthfeel is medium full, fairly dry finish, average effervescence. Not picking up the alcohol at first, though more noticeable as it warmed. Certainly not my favorite of the style, I prefer BBC Hophead, but I get to Beervana more often than Bend so this will have to do. Not bad, worth a try for lupulin lovers.

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HOP-Tagon X-Series: Imperial IPA from Silver Moon Brewing
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 18 ratings