Hop Garden Double IPA | Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant

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Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ffejherb on 12-31-2008

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by Soonami:
Photo of Soonami
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dock Street Hop Garden DIPA is a nice beer, but I feel like it lacks some of the pungent hop flavors and aromas of the best DIPA. While it is certainly bitter and uses many hop varieties (12 I think), there just isn't the expressive floral, fruit, citrus, pine, and resinous qualities I want. The alcohol was pretty obvious and a little hot, while malt provided just a bit of sweetness. I think this is a beer that could have used more late hop additions and more dry hopping.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dock Street- Hop Garden DIPA

A- Deep reddish copper with a huge head. Big ringed lacing down the glass.
S- Powerful green pine needles and hops. Slight sugary fruitiness.
T- Thick sugary sweet carame, grapefruit, cherry, and grape. Fresh green oily hops in the end.
M- Thick sugary sweet malt dominates with a slight bitter but more sweet hop finish.

Overall- Very pungent DIPA thats sweeter than expected but quite tasty and was very enjoyable. I hope to find this 1 again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Johnny Brenda's, 20 September 2009.

A quick stop out of the house to get a little walk in the sunshine brought me to the doorsteps of Johnny Brenda's. The side doors were open and it was sun-lit inside the bar... shall we have a pint? Yes.

Well... no. The Dock Street Hop Garden is only sold in a 10 oz. glass. OK then, I agreed, but I'll have a pint of P.B.C. Walt Wit to back that up please.

It was delivered without head, in a tall glass; and fairly clear amber in color. (I'm not sure how to rate that as it was most likely just a dirty glass and/or a bad pour. Maybe the bartender even felt the need to fill the glass up as it's just 10 oz for $6).

The aroma was hoppy with citrus and pine over a biscuity malt. It didn't really smell any stronger to me than many standard west coast IPA's, but oh well, I guess I can understand that. Sometimes you can only get so much out of the hops depending on how you're using them and what your malt base is.

In the mouth it didn't really feel all that much fuller than a standard IPA, or should I say, most west coast IPA's. It was decidedly medium-full though, with a firm maltiness; and the carbonation was OK, although a little lower than I might have expected. I checked - it wasn't a cask.

The flavor was solid, with citrusy and piney hops and a biscuity & lightly caramelish malt almost slammed out of the way by a fist of bitterness from behind. As you might imagine, it finished dry. But where were the remnants of the malt and hops? There were some, but for the most part, it was just a blocky, solid punch of flavor and then it disappeared.

I was hoping for something more fruity, or at least a little more citrusy - or even piney - but the the hops only went halfway. And, to be honest, they were the best part. The malt was just too thin to cut it. It hung on to balance it, but it was still on the edge of falling apart. On the other hand, the hops were slightly unique in not just following the crowd; and the malt wasn't syrupy (as it can sometimes be when over-done).

And I need to take a step back and evaluate it overall. I don't want to seem too harsh here. It was an enjoyable beer, but I don't think it quite fulfilled the role of a double IPA. It was more like an unknown understudy stepping on-stage during a sold out Broadway musical - it's still good, but it's somehow missing the magic.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub.Served in a tulip.A nice clear copper color with a tremendous thick white heading. Left a mess of lacing. This is the best nose I have ever gotten from a beer. All the hop varieties they speak of are there. Grassy,piney,fruity,with a touch of citrus and solid sweet caramel backbone.
An all out assault on the palate that attacks the tastebuds with some heavy mixed hop artillery. The sweet malt backbone was an afterthought. Hop juice in a glass. Lighter bodied for a IIPA and very well carbonated.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery. Showed a clear yellow/gold with a frothy white head, excellent retention and lacing. Smell of floral hops, biting lemons and spice. Taste light malt body up front and then a very clean hop profile leaves a bitter dry finish. Very drinkable considering the alcohol. Very nice.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Belgian Café, Philly, PA

Poured copper-golden with a small straw-white head and some carbonation visible. Typical citrusy, piney hops in the aroma, and similar in the taste, with a bit of smooth, light, sweetness from the malts coming through. Not too intense on the hops for an imperial IPA, giving a decent medium mouthfeel and decent drinkability.

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Photo of Deuane
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Brilliant copper with a medium light tan head that retained well and left nice lacing.

S-Light citrus aroma with sweet caramel malts and a bit of alcohol burn. A well balanced aroma.

T-Sweet maltiness with a nice citrus smack. A well balanced DIPA. Certainly not a West Coast hop bomb but not overly malty either...good stuff.

M-Medium body with a faily sharp finish. Nice lingering hop bitterness.

D-Very well balanced and nicely done. Becomes a bit more hop forward as it warms. Enjoyable and certainly worthy of a second offering.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub, served in a tulip

A golden orange body, almost has a reddish hue to it, with a one+ finger cap of yellow infused foam. Some mild, delicate lace appears as the cap slowly fades and the sip marks become more apparent.

Hop garden huh? 13 hop varieties? Sure. Considering the variety of hops in this thing, the aroma is just what you would expect. Floral, citrus, and pine all fighting for the spotlight. Some clean biscuit malt stands tall just enough to let you know its there.

On the palate, the floral hops race to the front with a sugary sweetness quickly in tow. Pine needles with oranges and lemons come through the middle before a mellowing bitterness takes over. The bitter kick is brief and not overly powerful, but it suffices for sure.

A nice medium to full body, creamy and chewy but most importantly, smooth. The carbonation is damn near perfect. The finish is dry and mildly bitter with a just a pinch of sweetness.

The 9% is barely noticeable as this goes down easily. A delicious take on the style for sure. Not overly aggressive in the hop onslaught, but definitely satisfying.

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Photo of corby112
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber/copper color with golden ruby hues when held to a light source with a one finger off white head that has decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic small bits of lacing.

Aroma is dominated by floral hops, hop oil and pine. There is a slight malt backbone presence but this smells overwhelmingly bitter with very faint citrus notes

Chewy medium body with a very intense dry bitter hop blast. Floral hops dominate throughout and are very prominent out front. Caramel malt backbone really doesn't balance things out much and the citrus notes from the aroma are nowhere to be found. Resinous and bone dry with an extremely bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden but this beer is kind of one dimensional. Not very drinkable due to the intense dry piny feel.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into a nonic pint glass at TJs in Paoli PA.

A: A medium amber orange color with a one finger off white head and nice glass lacing.

S: Pine hops with hints of some floral qualities and a nice full malt sweetness.

T: Hops come first but are not over the top. Hops flavors include pine, grass, floral and a bit of sweeter citrus like pineapple and mango. A real nice caramel sweetness couples with the hops to really balance things out. A bitterness is on the finish.

M: Medium and drinkable, not overly bitter and a bit crisp and light for a DIPA. Not much alcohol detected.

Overall a solid DIPA, but not outstanding. It was very enjoyable but there are beers that are better. Still I would gladly drink these at any given time.

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Photo of HRamz3
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of oglmcdgl
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at ujs glenside.

A- comes to me with a small cap of white head that settles quickly leaving a few wisps on top and a thin ring. Clear golden orange in color.

S- citrus and piney hops with a rather large sweet malt punch. Smell east coast to me.

T- pine, grapefruit, a little peaches. Malts are bold with some caramel and grainy breads.

M- a bit more then medium in body with a touch of slick to it. A lighter then mid carb.

D- its all right. Its fresh and clean but a bit to piney for my tastes. For sure a east coast style dipa.

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Photo of ffejherb
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Dock Street on 12/30/08.

A - Clear amber/orange body with modest amount of carbonation and one-finger creamy, off-white head that retained pretty well and left a fair amount of lacing. Head flared up with each swirl of the glass.

S - Moderate citrus hop character with sweet caramel malts and a bit of alcohol in the nose.

T - Citrus hops with some piney accents and a subtle sweet caramel malt character. There's also just a touch of alcohol in the back, especially as the liquid warmed up.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation and an oily texture, almost syrupy. Alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering. Finish is moderately bitter and dry with some residual heat from the alcohol.

D - Straightforward DIPA that is simple yet effective. While it hints at some West Coast tendencies, this is not as in-your-face and citrusy as others I've had. Solid take on the style.

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Hop Garden Double IPA from Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 13 ratings