Hoppy New Year
Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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From:
Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
 
Oregon, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
Ranked #251
ABV:
8.6%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,488
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 5.53%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
16
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 06, 2022
Added:
Jan 11, 2015
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  1
SCORE
94
Outstanding
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Notes: None
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Reviewed by Zythophile from Washington

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Can Date: 12/6/21
Palate Contaminants: none

Medium-dark gold color. Lots of fine white head. It seems to be letting a lot of light rattle around, but it's actually fairly opaque.

Lots of citrus blossom and peel for the nose. It's pretty grassy, too, and it plays nicely with that citrus. And I should probably mention the Citrus is blood orange. Interesting stuff.

Al that intensity from the nose is also present in the taste, but there's a lot more bitterness, and I had no clue. (The bitterness is less of a shock as the glass empties.) The malt is very honey-ish, and it does play well with the blood orange. The weird thing is that I don't hate the bitterness, but it doesn't mesh with the other flavors. Stil, there's lots to like.

Well integrated carbonation. The clash of sweet and bitter hangs around in the aftertaste. Medium weight, and the alcohol is easily detectable.
Feb 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by shelby415 from Oregon

Feb 06, 2022
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Reviewed by vurt from Oregon

4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
16-ounce can purchased at Wildwood Taphouse in Hillsboro, OR. Enjoyed in an English tulip-style half-pint glass. Date stamp reads "PKGD 12/06/21".

Look:
The orange-gold body is bright and clear. The snowy white head is creamy, luscious, long-lasting, and leaves behind thick rings and dense patches of lacing.

Smell:
Leads with strong orange and grapefruit aromas, followed by mild floral and tropical character. There's also a ton of fat, bready malt that's sweet but not too sweet. Finishes with a burst of alcohol that reminds you to proceed slowly.

Taste:
Neither the malt nor the hops are overpowering, though the alcohol is rather less demure. Lots of orange oil and grapefruit peel on the tongue, with some pineapple notes playing into the tropical character foreshadowed by the nose. The malt is bready and reminds me of fresh sweet rolls, yet manages to be not too sweet. Some floral and herbal notes contribute to a honey-like impression mid-palate. Copious bitterness heads off a cloying finish. Alcohol provides a few fireworks at the end.

Feel:
Mouthfeel is medium full-bodied and smooth. Carbonation is on the soft side of moderate. And in case you missed the warning in the nose and taste, alcohol warmth flashes its brights and reminds you to slow down.

Overall:
Block 15 Hoppy New Year is pretty well-balanced for an IIPA. It is intense but not overpowering, and allows some tasty nuances to break through the big hops and malt that are the hallmarks of the style. A fine beer to celebrate the festive end of the year.
Jan 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by NickThePyro from Washington

Feb 09, 2021
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Reviewed by NickSMpls from Washington

4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A bit late, but better late than never ... at least it's not July!
A lighter pour than most Imperial IPAs, still viscous. Citrus notes on the nose and tongue. Good malt base. A stiff 8.75% ABV is well hidden. Overall, very good, just not spectacular.
Jan 23, 2021
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Reviewed by DefenCorps from Oregon

4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Canned 22 Dec, purchased at Uptown Market.

A clear light orange with a dense, white head with good retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is bright and pungent citrus, pine and papaya, with grapefruit, orange, mandarin, a little pineapple a touch of dankness. Clean, soft, malt character. The palate is astoundingly clean and hop focused. Bright, clean, bitter, pungent, this is just great. Bitter orange, grapefruit, fruity, fragrant papaya and clementine, mildly oily grapefruit zest, there's wonderfully layered hop flavors here. Alcohol is well hidden. Mild, clean, soft hop flavor. Medium-light in body and softly carbonated, this feels great. Impressive beer.
Jan 01, 2021
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a two finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus and lightly tropical hops, lemon, light orange and grapefruit and mild mixed tropical fruit. Flavor is caramel malt, citrus and piney hops, lemon, orange, light mixed tropical fruit, pine needles and a touch of green onion. Lingering resinous piney and citrus hop finish. Medium bodied with a nice moderate creaminess. This is an wonderful West Coast style IPA, living fully up to its Hoppy New Year name. Sturdy, lightly caramel malt hold up to a classic citrus and piney blend of substantial hops with fleeting flavors of onion and tropical fruit. I had to restrain my drinking to make this last, each taste invited the next; there is enough complexity to keep things interesting. I've been buried in stouts this fall and winter with a bunch still to try in the fridge and now I'm regretting that I need to get to the stouts instead of holing up for the next week or so with a case of this great IPA. I shouldn't be surprised, but another stellar IPA from Block 15.
Jan 02, 2020
 
Rated: 4.14 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Dec 31, 2018
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Can:
Didn’t have the best glass, but appears an orange-yellow with a nice white head.

Nose is tropical fruit sweet with an undercurrent of vegetal bitterness.

Flavor hits with papaya sweetness, backed by a lemon/grapefruit pith bitterness that acts as a counter. There’s a very mild nip at my tongue about mid taste that basically signals the sweetness will start to fade and the pithy bitterness will ease the flavor to the a balanced end. As it warms that nip grows a little bit of a rubbery aspect, but the bitterness that follows grows a tad as well (little bit of spring onion).

I wasn’t expecting the sweetness I got but it wasn’t heavy or cloying. It reminded me a little of how El Dorado can seem. It played well on this easy on the palate offering, which could’ve had a bit more aggressive bitterness to swing its sweet partner around a full turn versus just a half.
Feb 06, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by rab53 from Washington

Jan 14, 2018
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Reviewed by Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Hoppy New Year! pours a clear deep yellow, almost orange. A foamy white head sits atop and stays afloat at almost 1/4".

This has intensely aromatic written all over it. Super dank and piney, tons if citrus, with onion and garlic galore. It even smells sticky!

The flavor follows. There is so much onion and garlic, it screams Centennial hop overload (perhaps). Of course, it's bursting with citrus as well, and a good amount of sugary rock candy like sweetness to keep it dialed back a tad. There is the faintest hint of buttery bread in the background as well.

The feel is smooth but sticky with a medium carbonation. There is a decent amount of alcohol warmth, and this is clearly pulling on the bitter side of the chain.

This is an interesting DIPA. It has elements that I love, and elements that I'm not so fond of, but after my second go around, it is increasingly impressive. Either way, it's an experience, and one worth taking. Cheers.
Jan 06, 2018
 
Rated: 4.02 by johnny_chimpo from Washington

Feb 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by Bjlynch83 from Oregon

Jan 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4.45 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon

Jan 14, 2017
 
Rated: 4.79 by devilmakesthree from Oregon

Jan 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.23 by NWHopinator from Oregon

Jan 08, 2017
 
Rated: 3.92 by johnnyboy76 from Oregon

Jan 08, 2017
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Reviewed by Skrumpy from Oregon

4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Glad to see this beer out again for 2017. Slightly cloudy with a thin head, amber in color, minimal lacing. Aroma is fruit forward with some biscuit malt. Floral notes as well. The floral carries over into the flavor, along with some ripe melon, juicy citrus and sweet, tropical fruit. Super smooth and so delicious. A superb beer.
Jan 03, 2017
 
Rated: 4.46 by GoBeerGo from New Hampshire

Jan 01, 2017
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Reviewed by DanJan from New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a Crowler into a pint glass. It looks delicious and beautiful. Somewhere between a mix of apple juice and orange juice in the best possible way. A little bit of head with some decent lacing. Nose is hop forward with lots of citrus fruit added in. The malt balances things out nicely. The flavor is very juicy with notes of pine and citrus and malt. Just really excellent. The more you sip the more subtleties you can pick up but it's almost hard to just sip. The mouth feel coats your tongue just enough to last but leaves you wanting more. Scarily crushable and a beer I would come back to again and again.
Jan 12, 2016
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Reviewed by John_M from Oregon

4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at 16 tons recently.

IMHO, this beer is VERY similar to the current Sticky Hands DIPA, to the point that I really wonder how different the two recipes are. That being said, this is a delicious DIPA, with plenty of tropical fruit (but not too much), considerable hoppy bitterness, a light skunky quality that is wonderfully aromatic and delicious, and even a hint of pine and citrus. The finish is dry and fairly bitter, and the alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile. The beer is insanely drinkable, and I had to force myself to leave the taphouse after a single glass.

Very, very impressive.
Jan 09, 2016
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Reviewed by josephandbrown from Oregon

4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
14 oz draft pour into some sort of goblet.

Holy crap this is a good beer. It looks unfiltered; it's quite cloudy. Otherwise, it's a pale golden color with a decent if short-lived head. The smell is great- I get heavy citrus notes and hints of the malt.

Hoppy New Year's flavor is both intense and nuanced. I again get citrus notes, an excellent hop character, and a nice malt backbone. It's nicely carbonated, and has a smooth finish.

This is probably the best beer I've had by Block 15.
Jan 08, 2016
 
Rated: 4.56 by chossboss from Oregon

Jan 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4.02 by drone from Oregon

Jan 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4.46 by South2NW from Oregon

Dec 31, 2015
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Reviewed by Wendeba from Oregon

4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
I have been traveling from coast to coast in the past year of my life, and figured, "hey, why not try some regional beers along the way." I can honestly say that this is the best beer in GA, MS, TN, AK, TX, OK, NM, CA, AZ, MT, ID, MO, SD, and maybe some others, but thats where i have mostly sampled. If you have the chance, GET THIS BEER!
Mar 02, 2015
 
Rated: 4.52 by switzer from Oregon

Jan 18, 2015
 
Rated: 4.34 by Raptor66 from Oregon

Jan 11, 2015
Hoppy New Year from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 28 ratings