Count Hopula | SanTan Brewing Co.

Count HopulaCount Hopula
65 Ratings
Count HopulaCount Hopula

Brewed by:
SanTan Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
On September 15, SanTan Brewing Company bears its fangs with the spooky spectacular, Count Hopula Blood Red I.P.A. brew. Boasting a rich ruby red color with 99 IBU’s and intense Simcoe hop bitterness balanced with an eternal Roasted malt, Count Hopula Blood Red IPA will bite Virgin Craft Beer drinkers and turn them into Undead Hopheads!

99 IBU

Added by Lucklys on 10-25-2010

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of DonDirkA
4.97/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Don't really see where the "blood red" comes from, its a dark brown (in my glass it looks black but its more of a mahogany. Ruby red grapefruit right up front in the nose. Tangerine, lemon, caramel malts, and some more orangey citrus looming in the back. The taste is a lot maltier than I expected right up front but that gives way almost immediately to sharp grapefruit hops with hints of tangelo, lemon, slight lime flavors, and a bit of a piney kick hovering in the background. The grapefruit lingers and blends with flavors of the caramel malts to stick around on the tongue. Its a damn good IPA, not quite what I expected but still another fine example from (in my opinion) Arizona's masters of the hop.

 708 characters

Photo of justinlaz
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of MacHammer
4.71/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I tried this beer at Monsterland before it closed in downtown Mesa. My overall impression was simply, "Yum". It seemed to hit all the right spots with me. It seemed smooth. It seemed chocolaty. It was so enjoyable, instead of looking at the menu for another variety, I simply ordered another one.

Since then, I've started brewing my own home brews and find that the recipe I keep trying to create is the memory of enjoying this beer.

Bravo San Tan Brewing Company!

 466 characters

Photo of Sndvl1999
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of BikeChandler
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Lucklys
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While the beer definitely had a nice, deep red tint to it in the light, it was very dark, albeit clear. It came straight from the tap with an off-white frothy head about 2-fingers thick with excellent retention and left a gloriously heavy sticky lacing around the inside of the glass that never faded.

I will admit that it was a little difficult to keep my nose focused on the beer, as we had a big plate of beer-battered chicken fingers and french fries in front of us, as well as a rogue smoker that interrupted half of our meal. What I did gather was very crisp and robustly full of hops, as it should be. There was a very strong grapefruit aroma that closely hugged the bitterness of the hops, making them sourly sweet in my nose. There was also something quite reminiscent of tangerines and a faint whiff of pine and malt right at the end.

The taste was very perfectly bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. It was just as advertised, with lots and lots of hops (or "enough to rip your tongue out" as Beer Advocate would say). There was a sweetness to the bitter that I'm sure was due to the background malt, and a light pine-y/resiny flavor as well. I would say the Count Hopula has a lighter body with good carbonation that is almost spicy in combination with the hops and lightly leaves the tongue on a nice crisp note.

 1,325 characters

Photo of pjbfromkc
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of azdback
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from my growler into a Stone Imperial glass. A very dark brown, almost black, color. Head is a beautiful two fingers of cocoa colored head that is creamy in appearance. Lace is sticking very well with this quickly receding head.

Smell is dark roasted malts, chocolate and some char. I smell hop aromas of pine sap, orange, pink grapefruit and pineapple.

Taste is just like the smell. Charred wood or roasted coffee beans and some chocolate. Hops take over and you taste the pineapple and bitter but sweet pink grapefruit. This is very impressive for a local IPA.

Mouth is medium with bright carbonation. Body is a bit on the full side and the finish is quite long and wet. Some alcohol burn with the swallow but that's just fine with me.

Overall I have been avoiding this all month. Mainly because of the price but also because there aren't too many local IPA's that have impressed me. This one impressed!! It really tasted a lot like Stone More Brown Than Black Collaboration. All the San Tan stuff I have tried from cans has been quite mediocre, maybe I need to research them some more. Try this if you can!!

 1,122 characters

Photo of JohnnyJam
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first growler. Purchased from Total Wine. Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

A: Got a 1 and 1/2 finger tan head that didn't stick around but didn't completely vanish. It is not red but a dark brown with a slight maroon tint. A fair amount of lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Big grapefruit smell. Very nice.

T: Big upfront grapefruit taste. Smooth. OK, blood orange taste backs it up slighly. Not piney but leaves a resin taste in mouth.

M: Easy to drink. Refreshing. Bitter but not overly bitter. The relatively high alcohol content of this beer is not noticable but hidden in the fruity taste and smell of the hops. Juicey upfront and slightly dry afterwards.

O: I like it. Compare it to a Sierra Nevada Torpedo and it is simular in but very different. This is more bitter and has a lighter mouth feel.

 824 characters

Photo of FMetzger
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of prock180
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of DinoFight
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of theempire
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of BarkBrewing
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of arizcards
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack from TW Arrowhead the first of November for $16. Canned some time in November.

Beer poured a reddish brown with a nice white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is citrus hops and roasted malts.

Taste is hop forward, a nice citrus hop greets the palate in which caramel and a slight roasted malts attempt to balance. Finish is a pretty close to being balance with a pleasant citrus aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is a very tasty brew. I previously had this with the older recipe and that was a snappy red IPA. This drinks very nicely with the bigger malt base. I suspect it is better on tap but the canned version is smackable.

 710 characters

Photo of Gatch
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Papago Brewing Co. in Scottsdale, AZ.

A - Great reddish-brown color with good head retention.

S - A nice balance of hops and malt. Light roasty character.

T - Roasted malt and slightly bitter hop presence create a great, fresh variation from the typical IPA.

M - Fresh hops blend with roasted malt to create a pleasantly balanced, enjoyable beer. Very drinkable. Great for the cooler weather.

 396 characters

Photo of pkalix
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnLynch
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of aval89
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep amber color with off white colored head

S: grapefruit & citrus dominate. Also some herbal notes & pine.. Malts lies deep in there but is present

T: big grapefruit & pine upfront.. mid palate is citrus peel.. finishes resiny with some malts to balance out.. leaves a good resin taste in your mouth with grapefruit flavors..

Mf: medium bodied with a good almost creamy feel.

O: a nice IPA for the fall!

 412 characters

Photo of Mrose78
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of gkoz
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of hacker1892
4/5  rDev +3.1%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Count Hopula from SanTan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 65 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.