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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
Reviews by StonedTrippin:
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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 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 Jason
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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 Basoos1
2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of tommy5
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of firkingroovin
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 JohnBender
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of cbcrunch
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crobinso
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Ivybus
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzimmermann11
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of IPA1978
2.92/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of wells9uk
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of HurricaneCamille
4/5  rDev +15.3%

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 Huffaroma
4.75/5  rDev +36.9%

Photo of habaceeba
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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 mweso2000
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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 Brewbazstard
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of sporklift87
4.27/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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