Hopageddon Imperial IPA | Napa Smith Brewery

Hopageddon Imperial IPAHopageddon Imperial IPA
BA SCORE
54.5%
Liked This Beer
3.68 w/ 354 ratings
Hopageddon Imperial IPAHopageddon Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Napa Smith Brewery
California, United States
napasmithbrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
144 IBUs not for the faint of heart with hopiness

Added by corby112 on 02-08-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,886
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
354
Liked:
193
Avg:
3.68/5
pDev:
14.67%
Alströms:
3.8
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
58
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Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quarter finger head with decent lacing on a clear light amber body.

S: very floral and earthy with hops and sour notes.

T: this one is very fruity to the point of being sour and tart rather than sweet. Almost a wet sock hop and pine note as well.

M: this one is really oily and lingers. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall this is very distinct and herbal.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bier Academy in Canyon Country, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and earthy, dank, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with onion and garlic 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 mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty but has the onion and garlic presence in the flavor that I am not a huge fan of.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Reviewing since it should have a score and this one made a nice impression. Otherwise, I continue to use "Hads.")

Pours a dark honey gold with a short/thin white head.

Very assertive papaya/quava "estered" nose with big pineapple undertones.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with really good balance.

Flavors are bright, bold, assertive and nicely fruity/bitter. A bright appealing flavor profile that is full of fruit, almost a sweet front palate, that goes to rich malt that goes to a giant bitter grapefruit oil finish.

Probably the best effort, to date in my opinion, from Napa Smith. This is a true Imperial IPA and, having tasted it room temperature, the flavors really come out. Nice; defintely will have again. Good with food but is sufficiently big and bold to be a sipper. The more I taste during these notes the more I like it.

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Photo of spycow
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.96/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

i dont drain pour beer very often, almost never in fact, so when i do, something is wrong. this wasnt a total wash down for me, but it was nasty in the tummy, and i just couldnt drink more than a glass of it. its overhopped for no reason, and i dont often say that about anything. huge bitterness and almost gritty texture do no favors to this thing, it tastes old and stale on the grain front too, but the bottle is relatively fresh. big woody hop flavors are really out of proportion, and the thick body just fills me up and turns my stomach over. even the biggest of hopheads probably cant enjoy this one very much. bronzed in color and real hazy and bubbly, its aggressive in feel too. just overdone and overactive beer that misses the mark by a considerable margin for me. its hotly alcoholic and lacking any nuance at all. its an unpleasant assault really, totally passable and unfortunate because i rather liked their organic ipa. this one goes too far.

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of kojevergas
2.48/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked this one up at Bevmo. It was something like $5.00. 651ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an Oskar Blues pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I believe this is me second beer from this brewery and I like to be optimistic. After all, I love beer.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige-khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a transparent copper-auburn. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Abundant carbonation bubbles are present. Lacing is decent.

Really though, the head holds up for a good 3 minutes. Not bad at 9.2%.

Sm: Floral hops and oily, piney hops. Sticky, nectary, and wet. Lacks the dry must that some IPAs possess. Diverse and evocative. There's a spectrum of hops in the aroma here, not just a focused blast. I'm really curious where this beer is gonna take me. I'm not great at picking out individual hops, but I definitely get amarillo.

T: Pale clean malts form the foundation upon which pleasant floral hops sit. Pine and oily hops make an appearance, as do more nectary plantlike hops. Bitterness comes on the backend, but it's decently concealed. I get bright vaguely tropical fruit esters. The spectrum of hops I mentioned earlier is present in the flavour, but it's not as pleasant as it was in the aroma. The climax features hops competing rather than collaborating. Not a rewarding beer. As it warms, that cloying bitterness emerges more and more, lowering my opinion of the beer. Surprisingly, little alcohol comes through. No yeast comes through. It could use better handled malts to conceal the bitterness. The hops need more focus and direction.

Mf: Sticky, nectary, wet. Little cream but plenty of rolling smoothness. It's smack-your-lips luscious, but it lacks the assertive carbonation to make it crisp. Decent thickness and presence, though it does seem unnecessarily heavy on the palate. Oily. Far too coarse and dry up front and on the finish; only the body of the beer is as it should be.

Dr: It's not very drinkable for the style, mainly due to its mouthfeel. That coarseness really dries my mouth out, which makes it impossible for the beer to refresh. It's priced alright, but I wouldn't get this again. It started out well but once I hit the taste, it started dropping off. A decent effort from Napa Smith, but it needs to bring more balance to the table. Suffers from the usual problems of American brewed IPAs. I wouldn't recommend this to friends. Too damn bitter. What happened to balance?

D+

A poor candidate for aging. Drink fresh.

True to its label, it would pair well with spicy buffalo wings. Fish tacos might be a stretch.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of brentk56
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color; the head is impressive and leaves a goodly amount of lace

Smell: Rather malt forward aromatics, with a lot of caramel and stone fruit; pine recessive

Taste: Caramel and stone fruit, up front, with a growing grassy/piney bitterness that devolves into pure bitterness, after the swallow and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; somewhat oily

Overall: Bought this a few weeks ago but now realize that the bottle has a year or so of age on it; perhaps the hops were more interesting when the beer was fresher but this is more like a hoppy Barleywine today and not a very good one, at that

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Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into an impy nonic a clear rich deep bronze with a sticky tightly formed one finger white head atop,just great color and clarity.Aromas of piney hops and alcohol dipped dark fruit,alot of sweetness wich sadly comes with the style.First off dark fruit and alcohol on the palate then piney hops come into play but the malt and alcohol play the biggest role here.Another DIPA that promises big hops but is too sweet,not a bad beer by any means,I like it but the hops are only a small part of the story here.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and some golden yellow + orange. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dank, herbal, and pine hops over a lighter hint of caramel malt sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel malts with a moderate amount of associated sweetness. That is quickly followed by strong flavors of pine, herbal, and dank hops. There is a moderate to strong amount of bitterness which lingers for quite a while.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Sticky. Moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is just not very drinkable, tastes a little like it is on the border of an American Barleywine and DIPA - sweet upfront and bitter in the finish but seemingly not in balance (almost feels like the flavors/aromas are in conflict).

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark golden brown color with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, earthy hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a strong but not over-powering earthy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid 2IPA to drink for a while.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured with one finger of white foam on a hazy, amber-brown body. The had settles quickly and leaves thick lace.

S - a fruity aroma of orange with sweaty pine in the background.

T - pungent, sweaty hop flavors up front. Some caramel and sweet, bready malt in the middle that fades to clove and must citrus in the finish.

M - medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - a fruity, but sweaty dipa, not a top ten beer, but well made and better than average.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass with a one finger head. This stayed a long, long time providing a solid layer of lace. Orange amber color with a mild haze.

Great pine and floral aroma from the hop. There's ample malt (with a touch of alcohol) to provide balance.

This is a hop bomb. Absolutely no balance. So, unless you are a hop head, you'll want to avoid this beer. Fortunately, I love the bitterness--all of the complexity is within the hop. Plenty black pepper, one might even say there's a touch of hot pepper. Dry-ish finish with long lasting bitterness. Neutral body and carbonation.

If you love the hop, you'll love this beer.

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Photo of atrocity
2/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of ZEB89
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Yardhouse in Yonkers NY

Poise standard amber. Lite tan head, film and leaving impressive and coating sheets of lacing.

Herbal, floral hop nose

Densely hopped and boldly flavorful DIPA.144 IBUs doin their work. Thoroughly enjoyable west coast style all the way. If you are a fan of Ruination you will love this beer

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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Hopageddon Imperial IPA from Napa Smith Brewery
Beer rating: 54.5% out of 100 with 354 ratings
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