Hoppy Bitch IPA | Northwest Brewing Company

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Hoppy Bitch IPAHoppy Bitch IPA

Brewed by:
Northwest Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.64/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Very good appearance, that hot orange look with an inch of white head. And its all downhill from here. Aroma totally lacked hops, which is what a bitch would do in an ipa.

All bitterness in the taste. Boring. There's nothing else to speak of here, no other flavors, just a high carbonated high bitterness low flavor ipa. That's a bitch right there.

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Photo of bondjedi
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We bought our home from a crass and vulgar old crone who had a cat that she named "Hemorrhoid." She told me the cat's name and I pretended not to hear her, though she kept at it and asked me if I wanted to know why she called the cat - a pretty attractive one - that name. I again pretended not to hear, but she answered her question anyways: "Because he's a pain in the ass."

I bring this up only because this is a solid, attractive brew that has been saddled with an idiotic name.

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Photo of trentbent
4.35/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this in Washington. Had no idea what it was, but only small craft beer in the has station. Tastes great with my Old Man OG vaped. This beer has some grassy orange amber look, white foam with large bubbles that dissipates quickly. I poured it into a plastic cup in my hotel room. (It was too bitter in the bottle) . Smells of sweet orange mint and pine with smooth crisp mouthfeel. Taste? Juicy balanced hops with a mild bitter linger on the corners of the tongue. Overall I'm glad I forgot my phone in the car, because I might have passed on this gem if I saw the 77 rating. Might have to agree with the guy before me that something is wrong with the low ratings.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i think this beer is really good. i am a big columbus hops fan, and this beer is a great showcase of this varietal. i think what must happen, is that this beer comes around to colorado every now and again, and sits on shelves, so people end up drinking old ones and thinking the beer isnt very good. thats the only thing i can think that explains its poor ratings. when fresh, its really excellent, nice rich malt build and a fresh grapefruit juiciness to the hop profile before a grassy summery bitter finish. all very well carbonated and quite easy drinking. its not the most complex ipa out there, but it is rather versatile in terms of food. i enjoyed it with an italian sandwich, but there are lots of options for a beer this bright. a really cool illustration of what columbus hops are all about in a very northwestern style ipa. really surprised how low its ratings are. whoever their distributor is in colorado has also done an extremely poor job getting this out there and keeping it fresh.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Work was kinda rough tonight. I'm glad I could actually leave a few minutes early.

A : Large (3 fingers) butter popcorn colored head, leaving lacing behind in wisps on the side of the pint glass. The body is a hazy dark cider color, almost tea colored. The opacity is about 40%.

S : The nose is pleasantly fruity. Cantaloupe, orange peel, white grape cocktail, with a faint herbal smell and some hoppy wafts here and there. A little bit of sweat, crotch maybe, but not overpowering.

T : Very powerful flavor. While heavy on biscuit/cracker, it's still a good balance of biscuit malts and fruity hop. The hop flavors come out in piquancy of grapefruit, pear juice, grape, and orange peel. There's also a vine-y quality to it, yielding to some herbal and plant sapidity. Towards the end I can taste some bitter berry as well.

Overall the taste profile is a very vinous, fruity flavor with biscuit backbone.

F : Charged with electricity (tongue is on fire!), mildly oily, and resolves to a faint dry crack.

O : I'd have it again. A nice beer to relax with.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed golden amber color with a one finger head of a pure white billowy foam. The head fades relatively slowly leaving a ton of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a grassy and herbal nature with a little bit of a cracker smell. A hint of a caramel and pine are there as well, creating a somewhat drier, but robust aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a drier cracker taste mixed with some hop flavors of an herbal and slightly grapefruit nature. The grapefruit remains rather tame throughout the taste with the herbal hop getting stronger and being joined by some other hop tastes of a grassy nature. A hint of caramel and fruit come more toward the end, but these remain very light overall, just adding a hint of flavor to the brew. With a little bit of a floral hop and more grass coming at the very end, one is left with a rather crisp and more dankly hopped taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side to lower side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is slightly higher. While the crispness of the body and higher more tingly carbonation did match the crisp cracker like malt flavors of the brew rather well, just a hint more body may have been nice for the hop flavors of the brew. Overall the feel was decent.

Overall- A rather nice more dankly hopped and drier tasting IPA. A good one to ty if you get the opportunity.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.19/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't have much to say about this one. It smelled slightly better than it tasted, but I suppose soap smells better than it tastes as well. This wasn't quite as bad as that, but I can't say it tasted good. I didn't hate it though, just generally underwhelmed. There are too many good IPA's out there to waste time trying to convince yourself to like something like this.

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Photo of Zorro
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored ale with a tall yellowish-white colored head.

Smells hoppy and herbal with a strong pine sap scent. Mildly sweet smelling with a distinct honey aroma. Some tea aroma.

Starts out semi-dry with a wheat cracker malt taste. Mild bitterness really closer to a pale ale really. The taste is mostly pine board, it get drier as you drink it.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a basic IPA that is decidedly on the mild side. This is a good example to start a new beer geek out with.

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Photo of Dwkasper
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Ordered this beer then saw the low review and was nervous waiting for the waitress to bring it. Doesn't have a big taste but deserves a better rating than 77.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.3/5  rDev 0%

Pours a finger of head on a clear straw colored body.
The aroma starts with bright mango and pineapple, but quickly turns to a dull dank smell. The change is abrupt.
The taste has a solid and bold bitterness all the way through. The malt attempts to balance it but the hops dominate.
The texture is crisp with a thicker body.
It's enjoyable. Lots of big hops.

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Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Medium amber color with a brownish tinge in the tall Blanche de Chambly glass. Plenty of foam. The aroma is interesting, with a piney note and a whiff of celery and green tea. Lots of carbonation on the tongue.

Just the faintest sweetness. Some malt with an acidic edge. Starts out moderately bitter but veers toward the unpleasantly herb tea bitterness after some sipping. There is a lemony sourish note at the end that doesn't add much to the overall impression.

A sudsy Pale Ale sort of brew. Not much to please here. From the 22 oz bottle bought at The Market in Anacortes.

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Photo of woemad
3.57/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From Notes

16.oz can with no freshness date. I probably purchased this at Huckleberry's in Spokane but am not sure. According to the can, this was brewed with only Columbus hops.

Poured a golden amber color with a slight chill haze. There was a BIG, creamy beige colored head that left lots of lace. Said head took lots of time dropping.

Big, citrusy hop aroma. Bready malts were detectable but were otherwise shy and retiring.

The flavor was primarily of grapefruit-like hops. There was a surprisingly earthy malt flavor in the background. Bitterness was moderate; enough that you know you are drinking an IPA, but definitely not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel was slightly oily.

This beer seemed like a reasonably flavorful "session IPA." There's a lot of other IPAs in my neck of the woods that deliver the goods just as well or better, so I wouldn't reccomend using herioc measures to locate this beer, but if you see it and are looking for a decent IPA in a can, you cna do worse.

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Photo of bsonk
3.89/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 16oz. can into a pint glass.

A: Light amber-brown grainy malty color. Big solid foamy white head that lasts for a bit before settling down to a nice lacing.

S: Caramelly malt notes with hops, smells almost like orange peels or other citrusy terpenoids.

T: Nicely sweet and malty with a bitter hop backing. Almost an umami aftertaste, which I could be imagining. Not too complex. What I would think of as a classic IPA profile, more on the piney side of taste than the orange peel/floral side despite the smell.

M: Excellent. Slightly watery but that is complemented by the bubbly head which means it's very drinkable.

O: A good beer with cheesy graphics on the can. I'll have to try more by this brewery.

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Photo of ChugMan
3.32/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Clear golden with frothy lacing
S - Sort of watery, faint sweet cream and vanilla, sugary frosting
T - Not offensive but not impressive. Aromas are reiterated here, with similar vacant/ wateryness pervading. Slightly sour in a lime sort of way. Better when warmer.
M - Refreshingly bitter, goes down easy, doesn't overstay its welcome. This would be a good thirst quencher on a hot day
O - Certainly not a bad beer, especially for its reasonable price. Pales in comparison to other IPAs out there- most notably Stone's "Enjoy By" series, which is essentially Hoppy Bitch dialed up by 10 notches. Missing many of the wonderful floral and citrus qualities I love in IPAs, this one just falls a bit short of being really worthwhile.

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Photo of ssteakley
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

What is that, a Malty aftertaste? First taste interesting, smells good. Need to buy this just to taste a Hoppy Bitch! This is another one that can grow on you, pretty smooth for sure. Any kinda food should do or just drink several and see if it is one to keep on truckin' with I am pretty sure my Chocolate Lab would like it if he was still barkin!

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Photo of Beaver13
2.39/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16 oz can. Pours hazy golden copper with a medium creamy off-white head that goes to a thin film and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet biscuity malts with a little fruity resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet biscuity malts with big bitterness from resiny hops that leave a harsh, slightly vegetal, finish in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and a little watery.

Overall, too much sweet biscuity malt and not enough hop flavor (but does have good bitterness).

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Photo of beertunes
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a semi-hazy medium gold color with just under an inch of bright white head that had low retention and average lacing.

The aroma led off with a nice blast of mostly citrusy hops, with a slight pine tone as well, and a very slight malt presence. The flavors were a big citrus hop bomb, not much malt, but the grapefruit on the finish was very bitter and lingered a bit too long for my tastes.

The body was a touch thinner than I prefer, but was pretty typical for the style. Drinkability was pretty good, again depending on how much you like that lingering grapefruit. Overall, a pretty decent beer from a regional brewery that's had it's share of ups and downs over it's life. Worth trying if you see it, and if you like big grapefruit beers, probably worth setting up a trade for.

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Photo of Steed
4.24/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

New Brewers and Brewery are now hitting home runs. Hoppy Bitch has a nice golden amber color which denotes the malt forward taste which is followed with a pronounce hop and a clean but lingering bitterness that finishes this well balanced IPA.

it was nice to try a well balanced IPA that was not overly hopped or too high in alcohol which seems to be the race by most breweries today to see who can make the most unbalanced beer when the IPA's are put on the market. The Hoppy Bitch was a pleasant sessionable beer that can be enjoyed over and over.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.46/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice looking beer on the pour, caramel red crystal clear body, with some slow rising carbonation. Head is off white and light tan, fluffy and four fingers large. Big retention and clumping action. Aggressive and impressive looking.

Nose is a faint sugar malt, and then a somewhat soapy hop accent. A bit of dry bitterness hop side. Hints of peppermint and candy. Pretty good, but kind of small.

Taste hits with a light body, and a faint malt action on the palate. Hop angle gets a tad medicinal and chalky aspirin quality. Some very tight carbonation that luckily doesn't disturb the palate. A bit jarring citrus oil also with lots of acidic quality on the finish.

Overall it's not really grabbing me, and sort of pulls me in the wrong direction, but it is drinkable.

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Photo of julian89
3.11/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber to 3 pint glasses at my buddy Keaton's b-day.

Appearance: A semi translucent pale orange with 2 inch head and good retention.

Smell: Seems to be dominated by Columbus, a fair hoppiness. A good bit of grainy malt tones. Other than that it kind of lacks in smell.

Taste: The flavor follows the nose. It's a solid (mediocre) IPA. It's fairly sweet but I don't think it's anything special.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: A decent simple IPA, not not overly Hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of scootpolute
2.53/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

P: 1 pint, 6 ozs poured into a tulip glass...Brown Bomber bottle with a fun label, devil-like writing above flames...

A: Clear brassy hue…Leaves behind some fluffy rings of lacing.

S: Mint, marmalade, faint caramel, ripe pear, Orange citrus, lemon juice, light florals and grass.

T: Yuck! A hint of hops, followed by a huge spice kick that turns into a spicy/soap combo...weird!!

M - OK carbonation... There is 'NO' balance in this beer... The hop/limited fruit/and spice combos just don't work...

O - This one is NOT great... I think this beer's name and label are the only worth-while qualities...other than that,nothing really positive to say about the beer...bummer!! Chasin' Cheers :~)

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Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to 67couple for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass. Poured red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sugar, caramel, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, cream, wood, subtle sugar, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. With this one being an IPA by the bottle I was expecting a lot more of a hop presence to be here. Unfortunately that was not the case, but there was still quite a bit going on which was nice. If the hop profiles would have carried over a little bit more this would have been an excellent brew. Definitely worth taking the time to try though.

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Photo of Durge
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light, clear amber colored brew with a fair white head and good lacing. The aroma suggests a weak cereal grain and watery skunk malt. I get some woodsy rye overtones, but all pretty muted. The flavor follows suit but brings a fair bit more hop bite, grassy swamp/herbal stuff with earthy, leafy ideas and sweet tea. This is medium bodied with easy carbonation and a midland feel that drinks readily. Not a bad IPA but not highly memorable.

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Photo of NoHipTee
2.53/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is a nice orange with a smooth head of fine bubbles.

Smell is not has hoppy as I was expecting with a name like hoppy bitch.

Taste is likewise dissapointing. Not as hoppy as I was wanting.

Mouthfeel is thin and uncomplicated.

Overall not the beer for hop-heads.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
2.64/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

No bottle date. 22oz bottle poured into a white wine glass.

Appearance- Pours a clear, burnt orange color with an off white head. Decent lacing. 4/5

Smell- Muted grassy hop aroma. That is about it. 2.5/5

Taste- There is a kind of weird funkyness to it. Grassy bitterness comes out at the end of the sip. There is also a little bit of alcohol to it even thought it is just 6.3%. 2.5/5

Mouthfeel- Average mouthfeel. I don't really have anything bad to say about it or anything great to say. 3/5

Overall- Can't seem to get that funkyness out of my mouth. It is kind of a bitterness funk. I don't know if I will be buying this again. 2.5/5

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