Hopknocker Imperial IPA
Schmohz Brewing Company

Hopknocker Imperial IPAHopknocker Imperial IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,916
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
78
Ranked #46,592
Avg:
3.18 | pDev: 19.81%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
99
From:
Schmohz Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
78
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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 99
Photo of Mitchster
2/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

$7.99 for a mixed 6'er, I think. Listed on the bottle as an Imperial DIPA, at 9.5% ABV. Pours out to a very dark brown, forming a dark yellow head with average retention and sparse lacing. The carbonation is mild to moderate. This is the darkest DIPA I've ever seen. The aroma is of crystal malt with caramel, a faint hoppiness, cola, and maybe sour milk and kiwi fruit when swirled. The mouthfeel is tart and syrupy. The taste starts sour like citric acid, then into a sour candy sweetness and cola, followed by a mild metallic bitterness, and an aftertaste of leather and chemicals.

I agree with the other reviewers here. This tastes like a really bad homebrew barleywine attempt. It's nowhere close to being a DIPA. Schmohz has a ton of work ahead of them. Out of this mixed six pack, I haven't had one good beer. Yuck.

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Photo of Lauthaha
3.41/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an average beer mug at around 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Appearance: I'm a little nervous to try this one...no head whatsoever suggesting a lack of carbonation. Thick dark brown (read: murky) color dotted with what looks like chips of white paint. Maybe it's just the batch, or maybe it's just the sediment left over from brewing, but this beer is by far the worst-looking beer I've had this year.

(amendment: read some other reviews and realized that it was my mistake to pour the sediment into my glass...whoops! LoL...I raised the score from a 1 to a 2.5)

Smell: Thankfully MUCH better than the appearance. Robust flavor permeates the air; coffee and/or toffee, gentle hoppiness (for an Imperial IPA), and an enchanting sweetness that is at present unidentifiable. Also, in spite of the high ABV, there is very little in the way of "alcohol" when it comes to scent. This is perhaps the beer's redeeming quality.

Taste: Very good; very good. Boldness and strength are supplemented equally by bitter and sweet sensations. The finish is anything but ambivalent, however; it is, in fact, almost too sweet. Were the aftertaste a bit less wild, I might give the taste a five. As it is, it's still better than average. Just what I expect from an Imperial IPA.

Mouthfeel: Better carbonation than it had appeared, but aside from that, it's perfectly average. Goes down without a struggle, feels much lighter than it looks.

Drinkability: It's a very tasty beer, but the high ABV combined with the over-sugary aftertaste make it more of a dessert beer or a sipper. Definitely wouldn't make it a daily choice, but I would still recommend it to a friend.

This particular bottle seemed like perhaps something was wrong with it. The look was ALL wrong; luckily, the taste and smell of the beer saved it from being absolutely terrible. Definitely worth the two dollars I paid for the 12-ounce, but not much more. Try it if you like DIPAS or Triples.

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Photo of Jpatrix
3.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. A dark translucent amber color. Darker than expected but appealing. Smell was typical of IIPA's I have had before but this had more of a hop aroma than earlier. A deep carmel with hints of citrus but not overpowered by the hops. The 9.5% abv is not glaring. A more robust feel that was quite delightful. A bit hoppier than earlier Hopknocker's I have tried. Worth a try.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 2-24-10

Pours a nice deep amber, until I pour all of the clumpy yeast in. Now its a disgusting blend of red/brown beer and light brown chunks. My fault.

Smell is sharp, bitter hops with an earthy edge and a bit of astringency. Much more subtle than expected, by not unenjoyable.

Taste is thin, almost nonexistent malt, followed by a sharp bitterness and a flavor I can only describe as peanut butter. No as bad as I was expecting, though.

Mouthfeel has a nice thickness, but is watery and slightly metallic on the finish.

Drinkability is only decent, but the alcohol is well-handled.

Overall, give it a shot.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.21/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Extremely murky caramel brown with blurry tangerine highlights. This has to be the darkest DIPA in the history of DIPAs. The head is golden brown sugar in color and looks to be firmy creamy in texture. An attractive king's crown of lace is beginning to be laid down now that some amount of deflation has occurred.

The nose is almost 100% caramel malt and is barleywine-like more than DIPA-like. A whiff of citrus fruity hoppiness is barely perceptible, but that's only if my nose risks getting wet. 136 IBUs seems to be a ridiculous claim given what the beer smells like. On the other hand, bitterness and hop aroma/flavor aren't necessarily synonymous.

Hopknocker Imperial India Pale Ale is not a good effort. Not even close. If blinded, I would have guessed boozy, too thin, caramel-malted English barleywine... from a brewery that has a lot to learn about craftsmanship. Other than a bracing bitterness, there isn't much about this beer that says American DIPA.

Flavors include watery caramel, tart grapefruit juice, wood resin and a few shots of grain alcohol. After every small sip, I find myself grabbing the mouse and clicking the last three scores down another half-notch. Looks like the final resting place has been reached. The gravestone should read 'not yet gone, but soon to be forgotten'.

This may be the thinnest DIPA that I've ever consumed. Did they add any malt at all? Not only that, but there aren't many bubbles, despite a healthy 'pffft' on crown cracking.

Hopknocker IIPA is not good beer no matter how you slice it. Bonecrusher Stout was lousy as well. If Schmohz hopes to compete in one of the most outstanding craft beer states in the nation, they need to step up their game in a major way. Trouble is, they have a long way to go to be considered average.

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Photo of Wildman
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a murky medium amber color and formed a light tan foamy head and left trace lace as is subsided. An aroma of hops, pine, and citrus. The flavor was of pine, caramel and pepper, The body is medium light and the finish slightly bittersweet. A session IPA more than a standout type.

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Photo of BierFan
2.38/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark and murky. Almost no head. Very much unlike any other DIPA I've ever had.

Smell: Very sweet and sour. Like some sort of sour fruity candy. Unusual.

Taste: Biscuity malt in the background. Sour hop weirdness upfront. Gets some mint flavors once it has a chance to warm. This is one mess of a hoppy beer. Perhaps American Strong Ale would have been a more appropriate label.

I hate to rank craft beer so lowly but this one has deserved it.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
2.46/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours from the bottle a deep dark reddish brown with a small head that quickly fades and some visible floaties in the glass. Probably the darkest double IPA I have ever seen myself. Aromas start off with some caramel malts and a bit of a fruity undertone but there is where it pretty much ends. Not very appealing at all with no hop profile going on and what reminds me of a dirty water smell. Not sure I want to proceed further.

First sip brings caramel and biscuit malts upfront that leads into a fruity flavor profile. Hints of diacetyl meander through as it flows down with a kick of hop bitterness (that's where they were hiding) along with some pine and herbal afterthoughts. More on the malty side than hoppy though really. Not really enjoying this one, kind of a mess of a DIPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good creaminess. It's not overly heavy and pretty much on point for the style overall. Still, I just didn't enjoy this beer overall as it didn't live up to the style. I wouldn't seek this one out again but I'd like to try some of the breweries other offerings.

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle sniff revealed hops and a whiff of caramel.

Pours soft with a small caramel colored head, that sits for a time and leaves little to no lacing.

Brown in appearance, like that of Coke. Without a doubt the most sediment I've ever had to shake from the bottom of a bottle. Could be promising. Once the sediment is dumped in small wisps of creamy browns barely noticeable begin to float and to mingle fluidly into the middle of the glass, yet seem to be kept from reaching the bottom.

Smells like an IPA, spicy and strong. A little synapse of a nutty sent connects somewhere in the memory of my brain.

Taste is sharp, spicy and bitter. Dark and brooding with a fleeting tinngy after taste. It seems like it wants to reach the upper realms of my nasal cavities but can't quite make it. Feels a bit watery over my tongue, very slick.

Cheers,
Jordan.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes Oct 6, 2008
Pours a dirty orange,with a thin white head,Aroma is pine,oak,grain and grassy hops. Flavor is kind of a somkey earthy malt character with hints of fruit (peaches) plums,maybe some grapefruit, the hops come in at the end with a herbal note,odd but drinkable.

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Photo of hdrider
1.46/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Went to a little hole in the wall local bar the other morning. Seen they had some beer other than the typical budmillercoors. Seen an IPA a IIPA. I thought great!!! ordered the IPA fisrt, then the double.

Poured dark and a bit thick with little head or lacing
smelled very little hops, more grainny malt, much like a scotch ale.

If I didnt know this was supposed top be a IIPA I would have thought it was a bad scotch ale with a little bit more hops than usual.

Very dissapointed in the brew. not reccomended. Too bad though because its made here in Grand Rapids.
I will say this however, I am glad the little hole in the wall bar is at least trying to get some better brew in. It is better than BUd LOL

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Photo of Derek
2.8/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I sampled this at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Fest.

A: Golden-bronze, clear, very little head.

S: A little pine, citrus & caramel.

T: Citrus hops, a little grass and pine. More of a lack-luster American pale malt flavour (than quality continental malt). Not enough bitterness.

M: Moderate body and carbonation.

D: Easy drinker, but not enticing. I'd find it more sessionable with some more bitterness.

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Hopknocker Imperial IPA from Schmohz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 99 ratings