Hop Abomination
Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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American IPA
Ranked #4,341
Ranked #22,379
3.82 | pDev: 11.26%
Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
Very Good
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Notes: IBUs: 70
Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 234 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From recent notes on a trip to Boulder, Colorado. Poured into a medium sized, shaker style kitchen glass. Pours a lightly hazy, medium golden amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus and lightly dank hops, orange and grapefruit. Flavor is biscuit and slightly caramel malt, citrus and lightly piney hops, grapefruit, orange and light pine needles. Lingering pine and citrus hop finish. A solid west coast leaning IPA, not quite up to its "Abomination" moniker, but quite enjoyable.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can.

Only a slight haze within an amber-gokden color. Thick and fluffy foam cap. Fat lacing and sticky.

The aroma has a certain musky, corn husk and funk thing happening with the malty side. The hops are citrus, grainy, very piney andvslightly fruity with tones of dry, hot soil and leaves.

A light to medium style body , crispy, slightly juicy mouthfeel is rather impressive.
A fruity and juicy feel and flavor rocks a crispy edge. Light and clean, decent dry, earthy bite. Big time piney hop flavor, wild berries and more dry, leafy style hops on top of that. A light, grainy but very cleam malty balance really stabilizes this ipa. Peppery, dry hops and grains in the finish.

We made a quick stop for our second destination in Aurora, Co, just outside Denver. Just grabbed some cans for camping and hiking. Nice look to the venue, hood selection. Frendly folks to deal with. Wish I had spent more time chillin.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can, unreadable date:
Pours a lightly gazed golden with a nice full and lasting white head.

Lightest citrus hint to the pine and herbal mint nose. Really the pine sorta sticks out the most.

Taste starts with a heavy cracker malt that is combined with a light pine taste. The pine grabs hold as a light, soft, citrus comes on - bit of zest but some grapefruit/orange flavors specifically. The pith rises as the pine regains traction to yield a minty-herbal taste. A nice bitter ending with a hint of resin.

An enjoyable beer that I liked for it's flavors and non-aggressive feel. It was actually a little soft on my palate, letting the flavors have their say.

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Photo of thebeers
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazed orange-tinted gold with a finger-and-a-half of airy near-white head.

Malty aroma with pine resin and orange marmalade.

Lighter tasting than expected, with heavily-watered grapefruit juice up front, a little earthy, tea-like malt and fairly strong pine hop bitterness on the backend.

On the light side of medium-bodied with a relatively still feel.

It's certainly bitter, but there's not enough going on here to adopt the Hop Abomination moniker, IMO. Is it past its prime? If there was ever a canned on date, the misprint makes it too difficult to decipher.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a can of this at a kiosk in the denver airport. It poured a clear golden with white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had hints of malt. The taste was balance more malt that any hop. The mouthfeel was fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall it was average at best.

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Photo of bondjedi
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Buffalo Wild Wings.

This brew may have benefited form a smaller glass rather than the humongo ones that BWW likes to serve their pops in. This started off well, but by the time I made it to the final quarter, it was Hero Time like you do when drinking Colt 45's.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, one of a Denver mix6 pk.

Pours nice apricot color, minor haziness. Half inch of slightly creamy head. Not much aroma.
Not very active in the glass....carbonation is weak.

Taste is citrusy, mainly grapefruit. Slight resiny tongue, some lacing on the glass.
Head is mostly gone after two sips.
Taste doesn't tend to linger. The strong dryness in the mouth motivates the next sip more than desire or anticipation.

A decent "draft in the pub after work" kind of beer, but nothing to get excited over.
The name is very much up for interpretation: Is it a frank admission of a lack of hop flavor? Probably not the intention, but that's what it is.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can

Pours a nice slightly cloudy dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt, nice citrus note. The taste is hoppy, very nice malt note, with some nice citrus. Medium body, with a dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty IPA. My second brew from this brewery.

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Photo of Heathbar8
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Great full bodied IPA. Pours a clear amber color. Not much head. Smells strongly of hops, notes of sweet malts. Flavor is a sweet malt with medium carbonation at first, turns to a bitter hoppy-pungent flavor, ends dry and malty. Enjoyable beer, I like a hoppy IPA, so I will drink again. I like to support local breweries, and Colorado has many to choose from.

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Photo of Tone
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of pine, hops, alcohol, sweet malt, hint of resin, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, pine, resin, hops, and a hint of floral notes. Overall, great appearance, good body, aroma, blend, and feel.

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Photo of Dikfour
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Look: Pinkish amber in color. Thick streaks of "sediment?" and no carbonation. Half a finger of off white head dissipates quickly. Better than expected lacing.

Smell: Sticky piney resin. Light tropical fruit undertones.

Taste: Caramel and toffee up front. Light and quick. Nearly missed it. Middle bridges nicely to end but offers nothing new to the profile. Finish is bitter, though not as much as I was expecting. Piney and light lemon citrus.

Feel: Medium body and pretty dang dry finish. A little thin but damn close.

Overall: Pretty decent everyday IPA. Likable but not lovable. I would still rather have a SN Torpedo. Worth a six pack. Maybe it'll sit with you better than me. Above average. Not terribly much to it.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored with excellent clarity. A fingernail of tan colored foam sits on top. Aroma of piny hops and light malt greets my nose. I taste piny hops and light malt. The mouth is slightly chewy and sticky.

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Photo of zeff80
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a golden yellow color with a white head of foam. Nice head retention and it left sticky rings of lace. It smelled piney with some strong citrus notes. It tasted of pine and orange with a sweet caramel backbone.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Can

Pours a ruddy clear copper with a half finger of frothy head that quickly fades to a frothy ring of soft white foam that is easily roused. Little to no retention; confetti specks of lacing. (3.5)

Pungent hop oils. Green hops, medicinal bitterness, cracker malts, funky citrus hints. (3.75)

Dry, bitter cracker flavors. Dry, even bitterness, hard water, sap, herbal hops, astringent resin flavor. (4)

Dry, quick finish with a light-medium body and active carbonation. (4)

Solid IPA.
This is a well-made, evenly hoppy beer that tastes sharp and fresh but is quite drinkable. Generally herbal with a slightly fruity smell and lots of resinous funk. Crisp but slightly sticky with sweet pine a lingering medicinal bitterness.
Will have again; well worth trying. (3.75)

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Photo of beergoot
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can label data: none.

Dark gold colored body with a fairly thin head. Pine and citrus hop aroma; honeydew melon and raspberries. Juicy, sweet flavor with a big hop bitterness. Coarse mouthfeel; semi-dry finish.

This beer is big on the hop bitterness but lightweight with the malt flavor balance. Rather rough and unbalanced overall. Should please those looking for a huge hop bitterness taste experience, but otherwise, it's just another IPA beer face in the crowd...

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Photo of bound4er
4/5  rDev +4.7%

A. Amber to reddish orange appearance. Head pours fairly thin and recedes rather quickly.
S. Nice blend of floral and tropical hops (citrus mainly) with hints of pine and faint malt.
T. Clean and refreshing easy drinking IPA with citrus, mango and dank pine hops framed around just enough of a malt core to balance things out. Finishes with nice, lingering bitterness.
M. Medium bodied, mildly carbonated. Makes for easy quaffing.
O. This is a perfect camping or day-on-the-water beer given the aluminum can format and its high drinkability. Wish this was available near me as it would be a staple in my refrigerator.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, another mixed pack selection from the King Soopers in Glendale, Colorado. Cool menacing roiling sea imagery depicted on the label.

This beer pours a hazy, dark bronzed amber hue, with two flabby fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and overly bubbly ecru head, which leaves a decent array of bleeding webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of dank piney forest, orange and white grapefruit rind, grainy pale and caramel malt, a chalky flintiness, and further leafy, floral hops. The taste is more bitter, slightly dank, and certainly resinous green petrichor notes, crackery pale malt, a reduced biscuity caramel sweetness, a touch of lemon floor cleaner, and the same late-arriving floral, slightly perfumed hops from the nose.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, just a wispy frothiness manifesting for the most part, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, though a slight clamminess arises at the first sign of warming. It finishes off-dry, the lingering pale and caramel malt tag-alongs keeping things on the level, and the Smokey the Bear hops maintaining their astringent stance.

An interesting and enjoyable enough version of the style, though the hops seem more restrained and dulled than the better examples available out there. Still, a good find in canned format, all the better to make it under that no-smiles 50lb United Airlines checked bag limit.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This was included in the sampler pack I bought, so I tried it even though it's not my favorite style. Good rendition of an IPA, but a bit hoppy and crunchy for my taste. They've done a bunch of other ones in this style so try those if you like this one.

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Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

Appearance: Pours from the can with a slightly hazy copper color; the head is rather modest but it does leave some splashy lace

Smell: Dank and resinous with a caramel undertone; slightly floral, too

Taste: The dank and resinous flavors mix with the caramel and produce an ever-sweetening combination that winds up tasting like a hop flavored hard candy; balanced, in the finish, with the sweet tones lingering

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice IPA that winds up being just a tad too sweet to contend with the top beers of the styel

Thanks, JMBSH, for the opportunity

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Photo of BeerWizard
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Continuing with my can quest for the summer, finally broke down and got the Hop Abomination from Dry Dock. I've had their Apricot Blonde (ok), and their imperial pumpkin (underwhelming), and I've just been reluctant to try them again. But what the hell, can an IPA ever be all that bad?

Let's break this beer down. Six of cans depicting green eyes coming up from a green ocean. Looks remeniscient of a UFC ad, but what sold me was their own description of the beer denoting "massive amounts of floral, citrus and tropical hop flavors," which is basically right up my alley. So much so that I'm surprised we haven't bumped into each other before.

Pour yields a clouded amber beverage with a quickly dissapating off-white head, much like the "ivory whitecaps, swirling amid golden seas" also mentioned in the description on the can. I do love my hazy ales. Nose off the bat sets it apart from other IPA's. I've heard the descriptor "dank" used a few times, and that's what this is: a soppy, dank, fruity and herbal IPA.

Flavor really showcases herbal-not-piney hops on a bed of tropical fruit. There is a slight off flavor for me where I'm tasting something like freeze-dried vegetation, but that is by no means necessarily the case, just what I am tasting. Very funky-fresh, sweet, hardly bitter enough for an IPA, but I think the showcasing of the hop, whether bitter or not so much, is still effective. Carbonation is low, mouthfeel is medium, with the big flavors staving off all but the slightest sense of wateriness.

Overall, I am most impressed by the uniqueness of this IPA, and I think that's really what brewers have to do now with SO MANY IPA's out there for consumers to enjoy. The flavors are good, my only regret is that kind of funky, dry-grass flavor lurking just underneath the surface. If they could address that issue, I think they'd have a world class beer on their hands.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fresh growler from the source had a few hours after fill.

A- Deep mahogany, medium lacing cloud white in color, very good retention and legs that move and shake

S- Big malt upfront, then hops and pine. Kinda bland here

T- Bland malty with bland hops with bland gha. I remember loving this beer; but since then I have been blessed to try top notch IPA around the nation. Bland gha

M- Really watery for me; I like the effort toward some sort of creaminess or texture of some sort. Sort of a void here on that. Other than that the carb is spot on.

O- Under impressed, maybe I got a bad batch. I remember it being better in the long long ago

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Photo of SkiBeerRepeat
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Nice honey color with a two finger of white head, moderate lacing.

S- First thing that hits is the resiny hop notes followed by pineapple and mango. Of course with the pine of american hops

T- bitter sweet taste of mango followed by a sweet aftertaste of tropical pine. It is more fruity then flowery the bitterness mellows as the beer warms

M- Noticeably carbonated with a moderate crispness followed by a smooth cream like finish.

O- It is not a bad American IPA that is for sure. I like the bitter/sweet tropical fruits that come forward in this beer. It is not a citrusy hop which is a nice change from some of the other American IPAs. Great for backpacking!

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Photo of mactrail
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orangey amber color in the Ciney tulip with a less than assertive foam. Pleasant sudsy mouthfeel with sufficient carbonation. Lovely aroma of fresh flowery hops. Malty and smooth with that rich variety of hoppy flavors. Some resiny flavors with a touch of pine. A little roasted malt balanced by the bitterish finish, but it's not very bitter by usual IPA standards.

A salty tang to this stuff and a dark scratch in the back of the throat. Pleasant and quaffable hoppy brew. The clean aroma makes every sip a pleasure. From the 12 oz can purchased at Wilbur's Total Beverage in Fort Collins.

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Photo of MisterNic
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Hazy amber, 1 finger head that sticks around

Smell-Dank, citrus, pine hops, grapefruit, smells like a bag of hop pellets

Taste-Sweet malt, pine up front, citrus, pine middle, dry grapefruit, pine finish

Mouthfeel-Full-bodied, sweet malt balanced by hop bitterness, just a little alcohol warmth

Overall-Good ipa, balanced and hoppy, would buy again

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a solid ipa, but it has some flaws. for one, it has barely any head retention. i like a nice lacey rich ipa, and this one looks the part for just a minute but then recedes into a hazy honey colored flat brew. the nose is great, a mix of all the hop characters, leaning toward tropical fruit, but with some definite woodiness and bitterness as well. my second real problem with this beer is that by packing so many different hop styles into this beer, its lost any real hop identity, a hop abomination indeed. none of the families are allowed to really come out, and as a result the taste is a muddles mix of all of them, which is less flattering than it sounds. still juice and fresh in the west coast vein, which makes it still darn good, but its confused. my third problem is that i want more bubbles, this beer seems a bit heavy, especially after a few of them. its got a lot of flavor but not enough momentum, more carbonation would solve this. overall though a tasty ipa from dry dock, but i think their double ipa is a superior brew in many ways.

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Hop Abomination from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 234 ratings