Count Hopula | SanTan Brewing Co.

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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

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 64
Photo of ronniebruner
1.72/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Beer starts off decently with a nice looking reddish copper color. Its all downhill from there as the beer is overhopped beyond enjoyable. The trend these days is to make beer so hoppy that it tastes like grass, bbut htis is just rancid and terrible. Undrinkable. Says its from the Vault series, but they should keep it in the vault. Steer clear.

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Photo of mactrail
3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad malty brew with just enough hoppy bite. The color is actually a rather nice red-brown. Even a decent cap of foam in the tall Belgian glass.

Sweet from start to finish, but the hops are bitter, woody, and tangy, all in a nice way. Quite a decent brew. Modest floral and resiny aroma.

Jeez, I should have been reviewing this instead of sipping and reading Christmas letters. I am feeling woozy...

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 1702, Tucson; November 2011
The beer arrives with a frothy, pale brown tinged, stained tan colored, one-finger thick head. The beer is a concentrated amber hue that shows a clear, rich brown amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of pine and citrusy hops as well as sweet tea and toasted grain like crystal malt; Specific notes of ruby-red grapefruit zest, perhaps a touch of fruitier tangelo zest, some definite herbaceous pine character, caramelized brown bread crust notes and some sharper, richly toasted grain notes.

Sharply bitter up front, the bitterness grows through to the finish, though it never quites gets to a biting or gripping level. The beer tastes / feels thin some how, perhaps a touch tinny. It is quite a bit drier than I was expecting, but it does have a touch of crystal malt derived, caramelized sweetness; perhaps just enough to soften the hop bite just a bit, but not enough to really accentuate the juicy hop fruit character that was noticed in the nose. Still some notes of grapefruit zest and citrus oil does come through, along with a firm bitter pine note and a touch of herbaceous character that leans towards hemp. The long finish seems to have a touch of roasted, or deeply toasted grain astringency to it, though just a touch. The body of this beer is mediumish, it is light enough to bee quite quaffable, but has just enough texture to rest just a bit on the palate.

Not bad, but it seems to come off as being a touch too thin; it could use some more malt fullness, which would really help to play up the fruit and citrus qualities that the hops have. As the beer warms up some more of the fruit character comes out in the flavor, so I would definitely suggest trying this on the warm side of cool (this beer is on draft, so you don’t have a whole lot of choice on this end).

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and candied fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with brown sugar, citrus zest, and pineapple juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid candied fruit and citrus forward hop aspects all around.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of GregJ
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a amber red. Smells of sweet malts, rye, earthy/grass hops. Tastes of sweet malts, rye, some pine, grassy. Medium body and med/light carbonation. Pine resin and sweet malts left on the palate.

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Photo of Auraan
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a deep reddish brown with a one finger red tinted off-white head. Very interesting look, quite different from a lot of other DIPAs and even red ales I've had, it looks quite nice. Scents of grapefruit, citrus, pineapple, pine and wet grass with hints of tropical fruit and faint notes of brown sugar. A typical DIPA aroma, nothing to out of the ordinary, but nothing wrong either. It's pleasant. Taste begins with bitter citrus pith, grapefruit pith, and pine resin, adding some flavors of grapefruit juice and hints of roasted malt in the middle and finishing bitter, with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Other than the hints of roasted malt the flavor is typical for a West Coast DIPA, but the roasted notes do contribute a bit of depth to an otherwise standard flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation and an oily/slick mouthfeel. True to style, easy to drink, nothing off about it. Overall this is a good DIPA. It's standard to be sure, and doesn't do a whole lot to stand out other than adding some roasted malt, but that's enough to make it worth trying. There are better DIPAs out there, but this one isn't bad.

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Photo of puck1225
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on draft into a wide mouth glass (an unusual glass ware choice at this establishment). Excellent curtain lacing from a thin head. A deep red color with an caramel, fruity taste. Sort of like a red IPA. Smooth rich feel, an enjoyable beer!

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Photo of aval89
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

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Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Boulders, in a shaker pint.

Rusty blood-red, type O-negative. Dark and just a bit hazy. Half a finger of silky sand-colored head quickly drops to a thin top layer and deposits walls thick as silk sheets.

Sweet, floral nose. I get a good amount of dank hops, grass and orange. The malt brings sweet burnt sugar and almond with lightly toasted biscuits.

The flavor’s way maltier than expected. Tons of caramel, baked German bread. Toasted ritz crackers linger long into the finish. Booze blends with the malt in hints of whiskey. Hops are a touch dank, very floral, and only a little bitter. Flash of bright, tangy grapefruit peel at the swallow.

Moderate to high carbonation peppers the tongue. The body's medium-light, kind of airy, and fizzes up moderately as it moves. Bitterness is gentle and alcohol, big as it is, doesn't really make its presence known.

Count Hopula is very drinkable for its ABV. A little more abrasive than top-tier double reds.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear blood orangish red color with off-white head. Caramel malts, pine, grass, and some nuts on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium to full bodied. Finishes with a piney malty note.

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Photo of Gatch
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyJam
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of azdback
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
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!!

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Photo of Lucklys
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of MacHammer
4.71/5  rDev +21.1%
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!

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.97/5  rDev +27.8%
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.

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Count Hopula from SanTan Brewing Co.
3.89 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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