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Hop Hugger | Durango Brewing

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Hop HuggerHop Hugger

Brewed by:
Durango Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Koufax21 on 12-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 38
Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle

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

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Photo of Chief_Mug
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was an enjoyable beer. It is is somewhat complex with malts and hops. It has different tastes but blends well. It is darker that most IPA's, it may be because of the malts. I acquired it in a beer trade at work, but will when I see it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a strange ipa really, and my first beer from Durango brewing. it pours an orange glazed honey color, clear and bright, with an inch of thick white froth. it smells really herbal, almost strangely so, like culinary herbs. basil and tarragon come to mind, amidst the hop bitterness and pale malt base. the flavor too is very herbal, with basil being readily detectable to me. lots of hop punch on the back end, both oily and bitter, but it comes across just a little sloppy, more like a happy accident than an intended outcome. still, drinkable enough at 7.5% abv, you might want to slow yourself down a little with these as the buzz sets in quick. overall I liked this just okay. I thought the herbal qualities detracted from the hop experience, and that there is just a little too much weight to this. enough to make me want to grab that Durango mixed box though just to try.

edit: this is fantastic on tap, a totally different animal. super fresh and distinct, woody and bright. improving a few ratings as a result of this experience.

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Photo of atomicbeer
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark amber with an almost ruby red cast. Decent tan head recedes to a rocky cap. Tiny bubbles rise in thin streams. Appealing aroma: grapefruit and cherries, pine and biscuit. Piney taste, some grapefruit, followed by bark. Another sip is even more bitter. Thinking this has a good dose of Ahtanum hops. Bottle says 6 hops and 3 malts. The 7.5% ABV hides well. A good to very good American IPA. "Have you hugged your hops today?" I think I just did.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as single at Lukas in the pick your sixer section. Beer and brewery I am fairly certain I haven't tried. The beer is poured to a pint glass from undated brown bottle and pours a clear amber gold color with a 1 finger white head, some retention, solid lacing. The aroma is very muted, which is unfortunate as it seems good, just weak. A base of biscuity caramel malt from which a citrus hop character rises. I would love a bit more character. The flavor builds on the weaker nose and presents a pleasant blend of the caramel, biscuit, and citrus fond in the nose. Medium bitterness with a more pronounced pine and citrus hop character. Finishes with a mild lingering bitter together with a pleasant sweet citrus flavor on the tongue. Taste is good. Mouthfeel is fairly dry. Good carbonation. Overall, not a bad brew, not one I would seek out but not one I would turn away.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.86/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid beer from the southern mountains of Colorado. This beer seems to me to straddle the line between Pale ale and IPA.

Pours really nice. Golden copper color with fine looking white head; semi rocky, good lacing.

Underneath a steady hop aroma is light caramel, mostly biscuit, malt. the hops dominate without being over done. This reminds me a bit of Dale's as far as hop clarity goes.

The flavors aren't light, but aren't like some muscle IPAs, or even Odell's IPA. Definitely more hops than malt. Citrus and floral. Green pine. Some tropical.

the bitterness is subtle. Semi dry, but not sweet. I think this is a good IPA, before IPAs became so common and hop heavy. Not as balanced as some of the top tiers, but a good 6pack for the fridge

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Photo of Beaver13
1.61/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle. Pours a light golden amber with a thin white head that quickly goes to a thin film.

The aroma is extremely subdued - some sweet corny malts.

The flavor is sweet vegetal malts and a little minty leather with a big metallic ashy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and watery.

Overall, not a good IPA. It has decent bitterness but is a mess.

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Photo of Ratman197
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Total Beverage Westminster poured a clear orange amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of biscuit, grassiness, earthiness, citrus and light pine. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiess, grassiness and light citrus with a smooth dry bitter lingering earthy finish.

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Photo of iSip
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Durango Brewery Hop Hugger IPA: This beer has a deep copper color with a faint haze to the body. The white head is ample, but does fade away. The aroma is faint for an IPA, more to come on this. The flavor starts out fine, with balances malt sweetness, but the finish lacks the hop notes I expect from an IPA. There is a bit of hop there, but it is subtle and ends with a bit of bitter. The Hop Hugger is an OK beer. It is smooth and easy drinking. But as an IPA it is average or a bit below that mark, depending on your tastes.

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Photo of Koufax21
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this one up in Durango, CO at Liquor World (the whole thing?!?). It pours a deep amber color. Darker than I would expect for an IPA. It leaves a nice, white head that laces the glass pretty well. Smells very malty. Mild citrus aromas. The taste is very bitter. Not a fan of this approach to IPA's. Overly bitter. Citrus, pine. I wonder if they use Fuggle hop in here? It reminds me of shipyard IPA. Well, it was worth a shot. Good mouthfeel, and adequate carbonation. So many good IPA's in CO, this is just not one of the better ones in my opinion.

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Hop Hugger from Durango Brewing
3.47 out of 5 based on 38 ratings.
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