Day Of The Dead Beer (Cerveza De Los Muertos) Hop On Or Die DOA IPA
Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.

Day Of The Dead Beer (Cerveza De Los Muertos) Hop On Or Die DOA IPADay Of The Dead Beer (Cerveza De Los Muertos) Hop On Or Die DOA IPA
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Style:
English India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ranked #367
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
74
Ranked #46,958
Avg:
3.21 | pDev: 16.82%
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
371
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Day Of The Dead Beer (Cerveza De Los Muertos) Hop On Or Die DOA IPADay Of The Dead Beer (Cerveza De Los Muertos) Hop On Or Die DOA IPA
Notes: An English style IPA, Hop on or Die, is heavy handed on the hoppy bitterness just enough to balance out the florals, resulting in a smooth copper toned beer.

This isn’t an over-hopped West Coast style IPA hiding poor quality with a palate-wrecking quantity of hops, it is smooth, delicate and well balanced.
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Photo of BrewMaven
1.77/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cloudy deep gold..Massive soapy head. Artificial smell. Initially halfway decent hops flavors diminish as beer level drops and beer warms, turning into a cloying, artificial sweet mess that smacks of an imminent hangover. Who cares about the mouthfeel or carbonation, don't go near this.

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Photo of stcules
2.72/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Clean amber appearance. Decent foam.
In the smell floral and resinous hop, some tropical and pineapple. A bit too much tropical.
In the taste again, malt, hop, honey. A bit heavy and boring taste.
Almost chewy.
Drinkable, no more.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.23/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky amber/orange with an outstanding pillowy head that retains well, giving well to excellent lacing.

The aromas are inviting and somewhat off-beat for the style. The hops are very floral and present, but a strong malt presence/backbone and a surprisingly-strong crackery yeast note deliver in spades--although the aromas as a whole are rather muted.

After a strong start, the brew falters at the palate. Well-balanced, yes, but lacking any nuance or complexity. And then mineral/metallic notes take over at the finish.

The mouthfeel is "wet" and not too much more. Good carbonation provides surprisingly tepid finish, lacking the crispness expected.

Overall, a mediocre take.

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Photo of herrklemann
2.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Aroma of tropical fruit (mango, foremost) and a bit of citrus. Pours a dark amber, nicely carbonated, good head. Light sweet intro changing into a dry bitterness. Body is medium. It has a nice malt backbone, but it’s not really nuanced enough. Too little fruit, the dry bitter finish is kinda metallic. It’s an alright beer, but not great. Would've been nice, but I guess import has taken its toll on this bottle.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

P- Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a large Funky Buddha snifter.Best before 09/29/17.

L- Thick frothy off white colored head that stands one finger tall,with moderate retention and sticky lacing.Dark hazy amber colored body,with low clarity and distorted light showing through the glass.Medium amount of carbonation,and high amount of sediment.

S- On the nose I get lots of floral hops,with some spice hops,but caramel malt is the most dominant note.Lots of malt aroma for an AIPA,it honestly smells more like an English IPA.

T- On the palate I get some bitter pine up front,caramel malt in the middle,and some toasty bready cracker flavors on the back end.Some floral and spice hops on the back end,but its not very well balanced.There is definitely something off about this beer.It has a weird medicine flavored after taste.

F- The mouth feel is medium,with a sticky texture during the sip,and chalky after the sip.Lots of prickly carbonation on the tongue,with a dry finish.

O- This is not an overly impressive IPA in my opinion.I wouldn't say it is absolutely terrible,but it's definitely not something I would drink again.If you are an IPA purist I would say stay away.But if you like the English style IPA,give it a try and decide for yourself.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.87/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The aroma is bready malt and spicy earthy hops. Not a huge fan of the taste, the alcohol gets a little warm in the finish and the lingering hop bitterness is a little on the unpleasant side.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.71/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had it at Dos Caminos, NYC. Happy to see "Mexican Craft Beer" choices at a Mexican restaurant.
From the bottle it poured a clear light amber with a nice frothy and foamy head and cap that retained well.
Aroma consisted of mostly caramel malts and light citrus. Some light floral aromas. Nothing too complex.
Sweet at first and caramel malt forward. Mid palate, the moderate pine hops add bitterness and flavor. Medium bodied and prickly. Easy to drink.
A simple IPA, nothing earth shattering. Tasty enough and pairs well with Mexican food.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.29/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This IPA lacks a robust hops presence. It's very malty and sweet. Smells of toasted grains and honey. Tastes on par with a hint of hoppyness on the back end. This beer is mislabeled, but a cool label nonetheless.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.07/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours medium hazy gold with lasting white head that leaves rings of lace. Sweet caramel bready aroma. Taste is definitely malt forward, caramel sweetness, grain, some light piney hops come in late for just a touch of bitterness. Tastes more like a hoppy amber. Mouthfeel is slippery n soft, medium fullness. Overall was surprised how much I enjoyed it, though wish it had more hop bite.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.67/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 03/03/16:

Semi-cloudy honey amber with tannish fine-bubbled, frothy, chunky head of good retention. Caramel, raisin, tart, resin, and spice aromas. Extremely toasty, somewhat spicy to the taste, with dried leaf matter, leather, and both metallic and rindy bitterness as the mouth warms and finishes it. Exhibiting also powerful peppercorn notes. Very dry. IBUs seem higher than I’m guessing they actually are. Medium-bodied, fine-bubbled and slightly prickly on its way toward smoother almost nitrous suds.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Los Muertos Brewing - DOA IPA Hop On Or Die. 6.8% ABV. 11.2oz bottle poured into snifter. Best before 05/14/17.

Look: Settles a hazy orange copper, with a finger of white bubbly head from aggressive pour.

Smell: A lot of bitter hops, and sweet malts, backed by some over ripened fruits and yeast.

Feel: Light bodied, with some heavy carbonation.

Taste: Very bitter hops immediately up front, with some over ripened fruit. About midway through, the bitter hops are drowned out by some sweet malts, then back to hops. Has a wheaty/yeasty backbone, leaving a cracker like aftertaste.

Overall: I had this at a bar a few days ago, and noticed that it was made in Mexico, and got some more to review. This isn't actually a very good IPA, with a lot of bitterness and malts. Also, it seems that the two I brought back had some yeast sediment in the bottle, but was well within the BB date. My favorite thing about this, was actually the art on the label.

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Photo of do_ob
3.23/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Hazy yellow on the pour and settles as a cloudy, rustic tangerene color in the glass. About 2 fingers of sticky, white foam on top. Interesting smell, and not in a good way. Rotten, over-ripened mango, unsweetened grapefruit, and mild notes of ground pepper and funky lime. Very malty on the taste, almost cloyingly so given the pairing with sweet fruit. Woof. As it warms, more hops are able to shine through, but this beer is still incredibly malty. Unbalanced on the finish, I get a lot of malt and a lot of hops but there's some buffer that's missing. There's also a strange, bitter funkiness that comprises much of the aftertaste.

Really strange beer. I can't say I really enjoyed it, but it wasn't the worst thing I've ever had. Could be mine was really old, too. There was some yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle. I was, however, well within the "Best Before 051417" date.

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Photo of Auraan
3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured a deep amber body with two fingers of thick white head. Overall impression of appearance is of an excellent IPA, though appearance is by far the easiest aspect of the style to do well and does not telegraph the other aspects of the beer. Scents of jasmine, dank, vegetal and earthy hops with notes of onion and light notes of caramel and light sulfur. Overall impression of aroma is of a standard mid-range import IPA, similar to Canadian examples I've sampled. Not amazing, but not bad either. A solid, earthy, dank, IPA aroma. Flavor begins hoppy with note one jasmine, spicy hops and earthy, vegetal, onion-like hops. Middle continues these flavors, with notes of caramel malt apparent. Finish is bitter, with a floral, jasmine-like character, caramel malt and a moderate level of bitter hops. Overall impression of flavor is of an alright import IPA. It can't compare to the good U.S. varieties, but it's not bad. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation and a sticky feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a standard IPA, not bad. Overall this is an alright IPA. It lacks quite a bit in aroma and flavor compared to best examples, it's not bad, but there are better examples of the style. Still, compared to most export Mexican beers, this is fantastic.

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Photo of Myotus
2.93/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle (best by date 16Apr15) into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
LOOK: Pours with a finger and half worth of white foam that cuts down to a finger's worth after 1 minute then surprisingly maintains. Honey orange in color. There is a plethora of medium-sized bubbles rising to support the foam head. Lacing is thick and high.
SMELL: Strong aromas of gummy fruit snacks meet mild aromas of stale bread and hints of bitter and piney hops. This smells pretty bad.
TASTE: Initial taste is of mild floral hop flavors that meet with subtle gummy fruit snack flavors. Fruit gummy flavors grow slightly stronger as subtle bready malt flavors enter right after. As all previous flavors persist, mild piney and bitter hop flavors enter. Just when you think this near tragedy is over and all flavors begin to fade, bitter hops grow from mild to strong and leave behind a very unpleasant aftertaste.
FEEL: Light-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth and finishes with a high amount of dryness.
NOTE: It's great to see Mexico getting into the craft beer scene (or at least trying), but this was the epitome of what an American IPA should not be. I practically had to pinch my nose shut as I drank it because it smelt so bad. The taste itself was mediocre and would of been a lot better if the bitter hops were toned way down.

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Photo of Parmesan
2.56/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look: Amber golden color. Pours a nice white smooth head with a little lacing and the once the head dissipates, a nice white foam covers the top.

Aroma: Lots of caramel and nuttiness, not a lot of hop aroma.

Taste: Almost all bitterness. Very small amount of piney hops and a little bit of malt, but not much. The bitterness is very overpowering.

Feel: Very astringent, and the bitterness coats your tongue.

Overall: One of the worst IPAs, I have had. Pretty much nothing but bitterness.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.4/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated "best before 04/02/17" (really???) into pint glass. Hazy amber with a persistent light tan head. Initial maltiness is followed quickly by pine bitterness. Pretty chewy mouthfeel for an IPA. Slight alcohol warming. Resinous, dry, bitter finish. There is an attempt to blend malt and hops into a coherent whole, but it doesn't work very well. This is not a subtle beer.
If I was in Mexico and had to choose between DOA and a Corona, I suppose I'd take the DOA. But if it was really hot, I might opt for the Corona.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.79/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy medium coppery amber with a big two finger ivory head with great retention and thick lacing, looks nice. Aroma of caramel malt and grassy hops with a European profile, mildly floral. Flavor follows aroma with caramel malt with robust grassy hops with a reasonable resinous finish. Well balanced. Pleasant creamy body, good mouth feel. A pleasant surprise from this series. Not a standout IPA in a very competitive style, but with a great body and good balance between the good caramel malt base and the hops, which are not very herbal or fresh, but flavorful and satisfying. This is a stand out beer amongst the more commercial mass produced ales from Mexico. I would have not problem getting this again in a pinch. Seems to be underrated here, perhaps there are batch variations.

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Photo of JUSTBEER84
3.59/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is one bitter beer. Not the most bitter I've had but definitely bitter. I am a fan of bitter IPA's as long as there is a malt backbone to fill out the body and contrast of the flavor. This beer has a decent malt presence but not quite enough for me to call it great. Don't buy it unless you like it sharp and bitter.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is mango and wet hay.
The taste starts with a harsh metallic bitterness, mellows a bit in the middle and finishes with a long dry bitter note.
The texture is soft.
The taste was an assault on the senses.

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L- Clear amber color with a creamy but slightly bubbly head.
S- Toasted-sweet malt aroma.
T- Robust malt taste with a hoppy backbone. Strong floral-pine bitter aftertaste.
F- Medium, smooth.
O- Good IPA, I expected a more balanced hop taste which is crammed into the aftertaste.

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Photo of supie12
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straight from the bottle:

No head to see, color seems like an orange-amber when held up to the light.

The taste was weak as far as Hops go, but maybe thats just because i was drinking it from the bottle.
The smell was nice, I always enjoy the smell of hops.

Ill have to try again poured into a glass to get a better quality taste.

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Photo of pkalix
3.64/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, very bitter funkiness to it.Thin, sticky lace around the level where it was poured. Not terribly bad, but not a preferred IPA for me.Mexico is coming of age!

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Photo of beergoot
2.88/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Deep amber body; thick, frothy white head; sticky, clinging foam and lacing along the glass. Rich malt grain aroma with minimal (if any) hop fragrance; caramel. Heavy, cloyingly sweet caramel malt flavors; metallic hop bitterness breaks through and lingers at the finish. Medium bodied; heavy on residual sugars.

The beer hits heavy with the malt sweetness, has a fair amount of bitterness, yet lacks any redeeming hop aroma. Also, the malt grain is very one-dimensional with the caramel character. Unbalanced and lacks depth and complexity, but looks awesome. Passable but wouldn't be my first choice for an English IPA or American India Pale Ale styling.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.96/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This IPA is just bitterness, not balanced at all, not very pleasant to drink. Day of the dead beers are mild and commercial but not bad examples of the styles.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear amber producing 2+ fingers of frothy, moderately lasting, beige head that leaves sheets of webby lace. Aroma is thin caramel malt, floral & pineapple with a hint of tangerine & peach in the background. Taste is caramel malt & candied apple & a thin fruity mix of tropical fruit, peach, & some pine resin in the finish which becomes prominent in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, slick & slightly prickly.

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Day Of The Dead Beer (Cerveza De Los Muertos) Hop On Or Die DOA IPA from Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 371 ratings