Hop Strike Black IPA | Tommyknocker Brewery

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Hop Strike Black IPAHop Strike Black IPA

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hop Strike is a dry hopped black rye IPA. The beer is characterized by an intermingling of spicy citrus hops and chocolate malt. Substantial 78 IBUs are balanced by roasted rye resulting in a nice depth of malt character and deep color.

Added by kirkpjr on 06-04-2010

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of ggroller
4.84/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a freaking great beer. I'm going to go get some more of this.

Darkish ruby red in appearance with a nice whitish head.

I can smell hops and a bit of rye. A tiny bit of coffee too.

This beer is super balanced. I can taste the rye and the hops. It's a bit roasty too.

Mouthfeel is just a tiny bit chewy.

This is 7% but it's a session beer in my opinion.

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
4.56/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- WOW. Poured from a hand pump at the brewery with a super thick off-white head, cascades like it is on Nitro but pours from old school cask. Extremely dark and great lacing. Man, I have never seen a cask beer done like this.

S- Smells of Chocolate malts, with pine, Citrus (grapefruit), and a bit of spice.

T- hmmm, a hit of bitterness followed by flavors of Citrus and pine, then carmel and spice. Very nice, bitterness could linger a bit more and it would be exactly what I want from a Black IPA.

M- On Cask, so I don't know if this is a fair reading. Supper creamy, great carbonation and zero cloying. Makes me want cask beer everyday.

D- Overall a spectacular beer, I had this also on CO2 and it was still great but the Cask is the way to go on this one, the beer went from being very good to spectacular. Made me really think Cask is King. Also made me think that a lot of pubs aren't doing cask correctly as this beer was just a different animal off of a brewery operated hand pump.

At the brewery during GABF!

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You know...after a big mountain drive I often head for Tommyknockers. Now I know, there's some alternatives, like Summit County with Backcountry and Dam Brewery, and the Golden City Brewery, and others, but Tommyknocker puts out some fine brews, especially at the brewery. Reminds me of Abita in Louisiana...if you only get the beers in 6-packs at your local grocery store, then yeah, they're so-so, but at the brewery, you often find the gems, and the atmosphere can be compelling. Anyway, I happily digress...I'd say this is a fine black IPA and I like that style, I'll admit. However, lately it's been difficult, because they have also had a fresh hop with hops from Montrose, CO, and they have a fine Saison at less than 5%, and there's the Oaked Butthead Bock, and the always lovely Imperial Nut Brown, but over the last couple of weeks I've picked growler refills of the Hop Strike...nice aroma, color, tastes of some hops being challenged by mild dark malts with a nice overall profile...refreshing and satisfying...ayieee!!!

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep dark brown, not black with some bog fluffy head rentention and lacing. chocolate sundae.

smell: big citus. smells like a strong IPA, sublte dark malts

taste: a nice dark IPA, hugge citrus flavors and a nice dark malty malt backbone.

mouthfeel: medium and light for a dark beer

drinkability: solid Dark IPA. one of the best I have ahd.

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of hosehead83
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown with ruby highlights, big rocky head of eggshell-white foam.
Aroma-Citrussy hops and a faint cocoa powder note
Taste-Cocoa porter and citrussy IPA combo of flavors. Milk chocolate, smoky, citrus hop bite, and a spicy rye profile make this a very tasty and interesting brew. A little different taste with every sip. Very flavorful, but a bit thin-bodied in the mouthfeel keeps this brew from being truly exceptional. Still, a very tasty and interesting beer. Would pair nicely with smothered burritos. Yum!

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Pleasant powdered cocoa notes up front. Earthy and piney hop notes assert their presence quickly. Doughy bread-like character that is well knit into the hop and chocolate charater.

Appearance: Dark brown pour with shoe leather edges. Sticky off-white head that retains well and laces the glass softly.

Flavor: Chocolate covered candy orange slices on the front end. Nice earthy and citrus hop character that is subdued but noticeable. Clean fermentation character. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is long and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly creamy and slippery. No alcohol heat.

Overall impression: This reminds me of Founder's Black Rye. Bottle says it's a "Black IPA" but the strong rye character takes it to another, much more interesting level. I haven't been impressed by anything Tommyknocker has done so I'm completely blown away by this. Strong work.

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4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Almost opaque. Looks more of a stout than anything else. Its actually darker than some stouts i've seen. Nice mocha colored head.

S: Smells like chocolate covered hops. Its like a hopped up chocolate stout.

T: Follows the nose exactely. This is quite unique and really good. I have had other black IPAs that are very heavy on the hops with little to the malt outside of the color. This is certainly a step above. Malt is sweet, semi lactose stout, and the bitterness is of pine needles.

M: Full, round, great balance. Sweet first, but the sweetness sticks around with the hops that take hold toward the end. Very nicely done.

O: My favorite balck IPA to date is Stone's 15 aniversary. This is nothing like that but just as enjoyable. I really dig how this style is now being duplicated by enough brewers to have a wide variety or flavors. This is a must try!

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4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Village Draft House

Arrived in a 12oz chalice; pitch black with a thin lacing of brown head. The nose is very pleasing; roasted malts, a hint of chocolate, and floral hops. The taste is very similar; roasted malts up front with a clean, floral finish with hints of chocolate. As the beer warms, there are some noticeable peppery characteristics that come from the rye. It's medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and very smooth.

This beer has a little of everything that I love. I'm a huge fan of the Black IPA movement and I'm also a huge fan of rye beers. The rye is subdued until the beer warms leaving one with the impression that this is just another decent black IPA. Once the beer warms though the rye is noticeable and works so well with the roasted malts and the hop character. This is a beer worth checking out!

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4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with a nice light tan head with great lacing and retention.

S- The aroma has some dark malts and a good dose of fresh citrusy hops. Smells good!

T- The taste like the aroma is dark roasted malts up front with a little sweetness sneaking in and finishing up with a lingering bitterness from the hops.

M- The mouthfeel is somewhere between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I am a big fan of most of the black IPAs out there and this one did not disappoint.

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4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:Cloudy deep dark brown, almost black with quarter inch head that dissipates quickly.

Smell:Incredible piny citrus hops covered over a roasted caramel malt.

Taste: As good as it smells. Toasted dark rye with with robust coffee and caramel notes.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, light bodied. Maybe could use just a wee bit more carbonation.

Overall: This is a great beer, and it won't be my last.

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4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jesse13713 for this beer; yet another want/cool local he sent in our trade.

Pours a dark caramel toned black with a healthy three-finger off white head that froths big time, and is cake-like with lots of rockiness. Leaves excellent lace and has phenomenal retention. Great looking head, and pretty good looking body.

Spicy chocolate malt is dominant in the smell, with some black pepper and dark chocolate coming out the most. Citrus and tropical fruit are much lesser but are there for sure.

Boy this beer tastes delicious. Spicy rye, dark roasted malt, rich chocolate, with crisp fruit in the background. The black IPA style seems to be very polarizing, but I can't get enough of it, especially with the added rye complexity. The malt is coffee like at the end, making the finish clean along with the hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp, smooth, and thinner than you'd expect from a dark beer like this. The malts are hidden well in terms of the feel, especially considering how strongly they taste. Could be a bit fuller though. Drinkability is excellent due to the dry end and the flavors are balanced enough that the beer remains easy to down til the end. Great beer, shame it was brewed only once (according to this site anyways).

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Photo of Mitchster
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with 2-row, Munich, 34 & 75 Crystal, Carafa III, Chocolate malt, and roasted rye. Hopped with Chinook, Summit, and Willamette. 7.0% ABV, 78 IBU's. $1.79 for a 12oz. single @ BevCo.

Pours out to a clear very dark walnut, forming a modest light tan head with good retention and nice sheets of lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The nose is wonderful...you get a really nice balance of the spicy rye, the skunkweed from the Chinook and Summit, the carob and cocoa from the chocolate malt and some really nice toasty, Oolong tea, and biscuit smells as well. The taste is a recap of the aroma, but perhaps not as intense and not as well balanced. The bitterness, while moderate, hogs the show from the subtleties I pick up in the nose and the rye really adds a dirty, earthen flavor. Lighter bodied than I would expect from a 7.0% beer.

A really good beer, but almost a great beer. If I could, I would ditch the rye (replace it with pale 2-row), and knock down the IBU's to maybe 60-64.

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4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Almost completely black. One finger worths of a white, tannish head. Good lacing.

Hugh hop aroma in the nose. Very piney with some roasted chocolate. Some earthy/grassiness as it warms. Very pleasant.

Taste is like bitter dark chocolate. Citrus comes through with a pretty clean finish. Rye does make an impact without being intrusive. Adds to the full flavor. Orange peel mixes with the roasted malt. Very good.

Good carbonation and excellent drinkability. I love me some dark rye beers and this one was a pleasant surprise. I will have to head up to the brewery and try this on tap. If you can get your ahnds on this it's woeth the try. One of the better rye beers I've had lately.

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4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown color; deep ruby on the edges. Poured a deep tan 1 finger head with fair retention to an even skim. Laced in wide rings.

S: Very sweet toasted malts. Citrus tickle. Chocolate and burned toast.

T: Big malts up front that carry into the middle; bitter chocolate, burnt caramel. Citrus and grapefruit hops add a bit of complexity as they seemingly layer onto the malt character. A little resiny through a sharp bitter finish.

M : Medium body. Moderate carobnation. Starts creamy and smooth, transitions to resiny, finishes bitter.

D: Very drinkable; especailly with moderate abv. The interaction of flavor and feel was very pleasant. Really enjoyed this one.

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Hop Strike Black IPA from Tommyknocker Brewery
3.78 out of 5 based on 465 ratings.
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