Hopageddon Imperial IPA | Napa Smith Brewery

349 Ratings
Hopageddon Imperial IPAHopageddon Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Napa Smith Brewery
California, United States

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

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Napa Smith Brewery - Hopageddon [Imperial IPA] (22oz ---> Stemless wine glass : 9.2% ABV : 144 IBU)

IPA's being one of the last styles I ventured into as I explored more and more beers, 144 is a HUGE number for my tastes, but I've heard good things from a few random Hop-Heads along the way, so here goes nothing... Pours a pretty hazy deep orange hue with a nice creamy, 2 inch, almost "simmering" head, with hardly any carbonation at all... None the less, the retention in the head is very nice, so though unassisted, a nice cap remains amidst some fine looking lacing... Next, betcha coulda guessed it - Bright hops and some orange on the nose, but not as overwhelming as I'd anticipated... It's balanced out by another bold note that's more grainy/malty, but I can't detect exactly what... Upon first taste, a warm mellower grapefruit taste immediately rolls over my tongue, accompanied by the inherent bitterness... Followed by some "Cutie" flavors (small oranges) as the bitterness mellows to a pleasant linger, but again some more flavors presented themselves that I couldn't distinctly identify, but the profile is indeed affected by them... Mouthfeel on this beer is excellent, though fuller than many other IPAs I've had, it made for a good base to build this brew upon... Medium on the sip and smooth on the finish, with that 9.2 nicely laced amongst it all... Upon first glance, this beer is mildly intimidating, especially for someone who's not exactly a "Hop-Head" - so to speak... But what I found was a nicely balanced, fruity, (obviously) bitter beer that had many nice elements to it... My favorite it was not, but overall I was pleased to have chosen this beer to accompany this evenings' dinner and hockey... Another good brew - Cheers!!

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Hopageddon Imperial IPA from Napa Smith Brewery
3.58 out of 5 based on 349 ratings.
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