Big Hoppa IPA | Big Al Brewing

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Big Hoppa IPABig Hoppa IPA
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Big Hoppa IPABig Hoppa IPA

Brewed by:
Big Al Brewing
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by hopwave on 03-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by scootpolute:
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2.89/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P - 1 Pint, 6 FL OZ. bottle into tulip glass.

A - Pours clean 'filtered', copper/orange color with a nice white head...- some good lacing.

S - Hops and lots of sweet citrus - some orange & grapefruit tones...

T - Hmmm...good start with A great hop kick at the top, followed by a dry ending...boring...

M - Carbonation is OK, with medium fullness. Present, but not 'too' much fruity/sweet flavors...The final pine/spice...relatively balanced, but the dry end is a bummer...

O - I had higher hopes living in the seattle area...this one has had 'hype'...Being a 'fan,' of big ipas, i was a little let down '. Bottom line, I'm glad I got a 22.oz instead of a 6 pk.

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Photo of jpbebeau
4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

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2.52/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of KevinCraft
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of DOCRW
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of frontalot
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Commodore69
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gregaroo
3.42/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

7-2-16 - On tap at Kedai Makan in Seattle, WA. This was the only IPA they had on tap. One and done.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber, thin white head dissipates quickly to a long lasting ring around the glass with brief lacing. Aroma is dominated by sweet and light bicuity malt with only a hint of hops. Flavor is neutral malt with decent, but non aromatic citrus hops. Pleasant dry biscuit malt and citrus hop finish and aftertaste. I enjoyed this, but it is much closer in style to an amber than a (western at least) IPA, although as it warmed, the citrus hops asserted themselves enough to make the grade. Medium bodied and decent mouth feel.

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Photo of hopwave
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap poured into a standard pint glass...

slighty cloudy orange in colour thin off white head... taste/smell is very nice fruity citrus hop bite, with a little sweetness at the end. Very nice but middle of the road IPA. very glad I got to try this one on-tap.

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Photo of Braz
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a bronze copper color with a small white head. Not a real strong hoppy aroma. Citrus notes. Taste is balanced and pleasant but the hops are light for an American IPA. I think the label and advertising is misleading. Body is smooth and creamy with medium carbonation. I think this beer would be a great gateway IPA for someone who doesn't like IPA's or alot of hops in general.

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Photo of tbauer1134
3.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My first IPA in about 10 days so I may be rating a little higher than normal. Nice copper color with a great head and lacing. It had really nice hop aroma with citrus and pine notes. In the mouth it was hoppy but balanced with some nice malts. The hops shine here however and they kept me coming back for more. A nice hoppy bitter finish sealed the deal. A pleasant surprise from Big Al Brewing.

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Photo of mactrail
1.9/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Handsome orange amber color in the big goblet with plenty of foam. Spritzy on the tongue. Then there's that WTF new car smell and something like kimchee. Then it's obvious the flavor is going to a cheesy, cardboard graininess with the sweet 'n' sour thing going on. And finally, that icky plastic bitterness takes over. It's still apparent that there was a good hop flavor here, but it's moved out.

Ironically, I was just reading the BA thread, "Does American craft brewing have a quality problem?" Well, here's a case in point. I don't think I've ever had an IPA that was really off. It seems to be a problem with Doppelbocks and other brews with lots of residual sugar.

I review this as a warning to others. Undrinkable. From the 22 oz bottle purchased today at Central Market in Seattle.

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Photo of johnnyboy76
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of harrymel
1.84/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

on tap at Waddel's in Spokane.

Pours copper with a white sheet of foam atop. Smells of resin and some bitterness, a bit of weed and lots of pine sap - not impressed. Flavor is bitter - quite bitter. A little bit of sharpness bordering on astringency, a flavor I get in mildly infected stouts. Medium bodied with low carb and a dry finish. I've got a pint in front of me, and I've struggled through maybe four ounces, I'm not likely to finish this one off unfortunately.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at the brewery.

Appearance: medium orange with a light haze and a finger of frothy ivory foam. Not bad at all!

Smell: fruity, citrusy hop aroma not unlike coriander, atop a thick, sweet malt base. Quite enticing indeed.

Taste: sweet malt with good, fruity hops and a strong but smooth bitterness. Not too bad, if not quite as enticing as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess for the style.

Overall: not a bad beer. Maybe a dash on the sweet side, but a decent IPA.

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Photo of Ross_Haddow
4/5  rDev +19.8%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of sjanowiak
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of muchloveforhops3
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of mlhenson
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of woemad
2.66/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $2.99. No freshness date, but the brewer has put virtually all of the beer’s vital statistics on the label. Also according to the label this beer was “Born and bred in White Center.” That might be the first time anyone has said that with pride.

Pours a dark orange/amber color with a decent sized off-white head with lots of lace.

Big, citrusy hop aroma. There’s a tiny bit of pine-like hop scent, but it’s dominated pretty effectively by the grapefruit-like aroma.

More bitter flavor than the nose let on. Citrus flavors still seem to outweigh piney notes, but it’s more of a contest. Where things sort of fall apart is when the malts don’t appreciably kick in when you expect them to. This could use a little more backbone. Dry finish.

Carbonation is a little low for an IPA, making this a little bit of a chore to consume the entire bomber. Resiny, oily mouthfeel.

This needs a little work. Looks like those who have it on-tap have a better experience than those who try it in a bottle. The lack of carbonation and balance issues have me considering my first drainpour in quite a while.

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Big Hoppa IPA from Big Al Brewing
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 29 ratings