Hop Strike Black IPA | Tommyknocker Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States
tommyknocker.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
465
Reviews:
193
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
12.96%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
22
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 465 |  Reviews: 193
Photo of GRG1313
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found a bottle this weekend while in Denver. Pours black with a nice off white/tan head.

Nose is simple but really nice fruited fresh coffee - not complex or layered, just straightforward. Pleasant roasted grain character. Some fresh fruit/pineapple hop tones.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium. Fresh but nothing special.

Flavors are pleasant and appealing. Again, straightforward fresh coffee flavor but with a very big and appealing hop bitter coffee character and flavor.

There are assertive hops in the nose, flavor and especially the finish which is a long bitter hop character and the most appealing part of this one. Big big finish. Worth the try and would likely try again, especially with food.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head, nice lacing on a dark body with light getting through. Very mild coffee and chocolate notes in the aroma. The taste is mostly a musty, dark roast with coffee and chocolate notes.
The name makes me think IPA but this is more of a mildly hoppy stout. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall drinkable but the name is confusing. It's a stout with no more hops than any other stout for me.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pretty good bottle of brew here. smells very hoppy and lightly roasty, nothing like some of the other more heavy black india pales. flavor is bold pine forest hops and a good dark chocolate finish, bittersweet. mouthfeel is nice, plenty of bubbles, and a nice drinkable medium body. love the aftertaste and hoppy finish of this one. worthy offering from tommyknocker, and fairly priced.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This HopStrike pours out as a very nice looking black ale with a brown colored head on top. I found the lacing to be pretty good. The smell of the beer has a well blended balance of hops and roasted malts. I wasn't able to pick up much rye on the nose though. The flavor was rich with hops and dark malty flavors. Again the rye was almost too subtle for me to pick up on. The mouthfeel was pretty nice here, it had a good body to it and left a dry feeling in your mouth. Overall it's not a bad Black IPA but it's not my favorite either.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is nearly black in color—amber is visible at the sides and bottom of the glass when it is held up to a light source. It poured with a finger high frothy tan colored head that has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of dark, roasted malts in the nose along with hints of pine resin hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some notes of chocolate malts along with a moderate amount of hop bitterness. There are notes of spiciness from the rye in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this Black IPA to be quite easy to drink because it has a good base of malts supporting the hop bitterness.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, black color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled roasty and malty with some nice pine notes.

T - Good pine and citrus hop bitterness with a nice backbone of rye, chocolate and roasted malt.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really nice black ale/rye IPA. One of the better brews from Tommyknocker.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by Jan 23, 2012. Pours crystal clear dark brown color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing on the glass as well. Aromas of caramel, grapefruit, pine resin, orange, chocolate, roasted malt, rye, bread, and some spicy hops. Nice and fairly well balanced aromas. Taste of huge caramel, biscuit, chocolate, rye, roasted malt, grapefruit, orange, pine, and spicy hops. Nice amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of rye, biscuit, chocolate, roasted malt, and spicy hops on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Good balance of roasted malt presence and hop bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Very smooth drinking. Overall a damn nice black IPA. Great roasted malt flavor presence with a nice amount of hoppiness as well.

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Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours with half a finger of tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - A spicy note of rye with some sweaty pine hop aromas.

T - Dark sugary notes of caramel and turbinado up front with a little bit of rye bread. More brown malt in the middle and the rye note swells in the finish and pine hop flavors bring with them a moderate bitterness that just barely balances out the malt.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - I expected this to be very hoppy and the aroma more or less reinforced that assumption. I was then surprised to find that the malt almost completely dominated the flavor profile. There is a lot of dark sugar and even more rye character. This beer has more actual rye flavor than any other I have had. In interesting take on the black IPA idea and probably the best Tommyknocker beer I have tried so far.

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Photo of Boone757
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Mellow here in G-boro.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep chocolate brown with a half finger off white head atop,mild leafy hop and earthy tones in the nose,the rye is subdued.Flavors are a good mix of dark bread,bitter chocolate,and herbal/citric hops,all come together pretty well.The hops dont "strike" to hard but its a nice well rounded rye/CDA hybrid to be had.

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Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. bottle served in a ping glass.

A - Pours a very dark brown with lighter than expected tan head. Head has good duration and leaving plenty of lacing.

S - A nice spicy citrus hop aroma with plentiful chocolate malt notes and some aroma of baked bread.

T- The flavor is less hoppy and more malty than indicated by the aroma. The rye component comes forth in the flavor. Mild-moderate bitterness,,with a fair amount of roast and chocolate malt character, particularly in the finish.

M - The body is medium with a nice moderate level of carbonation.

O - A very fine black rye IPA with sensory characteristics that match the proclaimed style, if a bit less hoppy than the usual IPA.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz bottle into an IPA flute.

Pours black, maybe more of a deep murky brown (you can see some ruby coming out across the bottom), with several fingers of light mocha colored head. This leaves behind a rich foamy looking cascade of lacing that hangs in thick sticky patches down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells leafy and spicy with some slight metallic hints. Rye has presence up front of the nose, while fresh green citrus mingles with crunchy roasted notes. Pronounced chocolate character comes out across the back.

The taste is bitter green fruit and burnt roast, while the rye adds a dry doughy feeling spiciness to this. All add an even sharpness to this across the palate, while sweet chocolate hangs on the edges, keeping all of that assertive character in check. The finish is all aggressiveness, with notes of dry pine, spice, pith and char all hanging fairly heavily in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm prickly feel to the carbonation up front but then gets more smooth and silky feeling on the edges where all of that chocolate sweetness is. There is some light warmth here from the ABV but it mostly just adds some extra intensity to all of those burnt and bitter flavors.

I liked the flavorful aggressiveness of this, with the rye and hops not disappointing here, yet this was just balanced enough so that things didn’t get too over-the-top. This was a solid pick-up and probably the best beer that I’ve had yet from Tommyknocker.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids, Longmont, CO

Hop...black...rye...pale...ale. There's a lot to like in that description. Poured a dark brown, almost black, with a small tan head that retained as a ringlet. Complex aroma: roasted malts hit me right away, with grapefruity hops soon to follow, resin, and a spicy rye character in the background. A good mix of all the aforementioned qualities in the taste, with the resinous and citrusy hops taking the foreground, but a definite roasty base, slight cocoa and caramel tones, with a bready, spicy pumpernickel distinction. Nice! I liked it. Medium body, moderate carbonation, full of flavor, and quite nice to drink.

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

16 ounce pint - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Made its way to my table a black body in appearance, ah, but wait, there are some hints of dark ruby at the far, far edges if the light strikes it just right. Slim, ivory-hued head.

Smell: Roasted grains, pithy citrus rinds, and a wafting resinous scent of cut pine garnished with a few drops of clean alcohol.

Taste: Opening roastiness with a quick shot of citrus, then, back to fire-licked grains, an ultra faint hint of chocolate, then, back to the hops with light florals and resinous pine and a single pearl onion. Medium bitterness assisted from the roasty astringency of the malts and zesty rye. Touches of lemon and grapefruit. Closes out dry, moderately roasty, and with some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: It's a decent brew, and, for me, one of the better releases from Tommyknocker.

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Photo of russpowell
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours garnet-hued mahogany with 3+ fingers of billowy tan head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Peppery & grainy notes

T: Peppery notes, with charred grain, hints of grassyness & herbal hoppyness up front. Charred grain with hints of astrigency as this warms, plus Baker's chocolate, grainyness becomes juicer as this warms more, even a bit of coffee. Finishes crisp, with more charred grain & piney notes arriving to give this a touch more complexity

MF: Creamy with medium body, fairly good balance

Not a bad rye beer, almost pulled together for a better score, still one I'd try again if jonesing for a rye beer...

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