Hoppy Ki Yay
Lonerider Brewing Company

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American IPA
Ranked #4,565
Ranked #24,684
3.81 | pDev: 11.02%
Lonerider Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
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Notes: We’ve rounded up some great malts and hops for Hoppy Ki Yay IPA, our year round IPA. This straw colored ale is hopped with Columbus and Amarillo and rounded out by a mild body from the malts.
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Photo of Arjen
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden colour and a white head with lacing. Aroma's of wordt, stale hops, not too fresh probably. Retronasal it's sweetish/caramel, hoppy, bitterish, a bit herbal. Flavour is moderate sweet'n'bitter. Light medium bodied. Rather bitter finish.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draught in a restaurant in Raleigh. A hazy golden-orange color with a thick, frothy head and lacing. The nose is fragrant with lots of citrus: lemon, grapefruit, and a whiff of tangerine and berry. There’s also resinous pine needles and floral hops. The taste opens with a strong blast of bitter pine and tart lemon and grapefruit rind. But what seals the deal is the sweet malty backbone. The flavors compliment each other very nicely. It features a thick, almost creamy mouthfeel with pleasant carbonation, and it drinks easily at 6.6% ABV. Overall, I’m impressed. This is a great example of a Southern style IPA. It has West Coast bitterness with slightly sweeter malt base.

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Photo of CopperMtnPlowboy
2.1/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bought a single can at Harris Teeter in Rock Hill. Poured with little head, a hard yellow color. Smells strong, a harsh industrial, dank smell. First sip is overly bitter. I wonder if this really is an IPA. There's no citrus, no pine, and no floral taste whatsoever. All harsh, dank bitterness. If you've smelled a basement that was wet for months, you've tasted this beer. Not a fan.

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Photo of HopsMalone
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I feel like this is almost what a craft beer IPA would have tasted in the wild west but probably definitely stronger. It's not bad by any means, but tastes a little bit watered down... I guess I could call it 'refreshing' if I want to look at it half-full.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber body, finger of khaki head
Spice, malts, caramel, orange, mango
Grassy hops, lemon zest, a little spice. Kinda bitter, no malt presence
Sort of dry, abrasive, tart
A very hoppy beer, I suppose that's the idea but it's not for me. Too bitter, too earthy

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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into a tulip glass.

L---Hazy dark golden color. Nice puffy head with very good retention and excellent lacing.

S---Tropical fruit and pine. There's an obvious, strong malt presence in the smell as well.

T---Pine. Strong malt backbone adds nice balance. Flavor is weaker than the smell implied.

F---It feels like they tried to make it sticky/resinous, but didn't quite get there. Medium body with full carbonation.

O---The look and smell made my mouth water with anticipation. The rest was fairly meh. A decent beer, but not one i'll look out for.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 12oz can with a BB of Feb 2018. Purchased recently from Trembling Madness in York. The label calls it a straw-coloured IPA hopped with Columbus and Amarillo.

A: Poured into an IPA glass. Can-conditioned. A hazy orange-amber hue with fine suspended sediment and plentiful carbonation. Yields a large head of fluffy white foam that lasts for a minute or two before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing.

S: Aroma of spicy, resinous hops with hints of pine, dank weed, pepper, mild citrus peel, leafiness, caramel malt, subtle barley sugar and ale yeast. Intense US hops much in evidence - good stuff.

T: Tastes of bitter resinous hops with notes of pine, dank weed, pepper, spice, subtle citrus peel, leafiness, caramel malt, barley sugar, ale yeast and light earthiness. Slightly sweet, followed by a robust hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with lively carbonation and good body. Quite astringent; hop oils stimulate the palate. Aftertaste of bitter pine resin, weed, spice, citrus peel, caramel malt and ale yeast.

O: Rather good - a distinctively American IPA. Looks nice, while the aroma and flavour are heavy on the resinous, spicy hops. Sweet caramel malt provides some welcome balance to the bitterness. Good body, creamy and textured. Goes down a treat; worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass: color is gold/copper, head presents 1/2 inch with large bubbles and then dissipate to a ring along the glass sides.

Smell is crisp, clean malt, light toast, mixed hop notes with citrus, pine, light herbs.

Taste is similar with good malt base, cleanly fermented, bitterness is blend of citrus rind, pine, herbs - good, bitter ipa.

Mouthfeel is crisp, moderate carbonation, lingering bitterness.

Overall a solid IPA, like a good base take on the style - good malt presence/flavor, quite bitter to follow.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap. Hazy dark orange color with white head. Aroma has candied orange and some caramel malt. Taste is grainy with orange notes, some nutty malts, light bitterness on the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Classic but very well made.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lonerider Brewing Co. "Hoppy Ki Yay"
12 fl. oz. can, "12 BEST BY 09/14/17" and sampled on 08/23/17
$2.17 @ Beer Belly's, State College, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: After just having had a blood orange IPA that I thought was too bitter it seemed appropriate to have another IPA to see if my sense of bitterness was off, and oddly, I see that Lonerider also make a blood orange IPA out of this beer. But that's not what we're going for, what we've got here is the regular straightforward Hoppy Ki Yay. So, nice head. Too big in fact. I've got three fingers thick of off-white froth that I'll have to wait for as it slowly settles. The body is a cloudy amber. Hmmm, there's something odd in the aroma, something phenolic I think. Kind of like plastic. Medicinal I might call it. Not good. At the very least the hops should over-ride it, or at least match it in an IPA, but that's not the case here. There is some fruitiness though. The flavor follows. I wonder if this is an infected batch? Or is that somehow a piney note from hops? The lightly caramelish and bready malt is nice though, but what is that odd note? It's not horrific, but it is distracting. The fruitiness, again, is nice as well. Kind of like Fruity Pebbles, which is probably from Amarillo hops. Tropical too. And lightly piney, perhaps even spruce like. Anyway, I wanted to check myself for bitterness and this does not seem too bitter to me. In fact it seems right on. I'll guess 65-75 IBUs with an IPA of this girth (malt) needing about that much (70). Overall I can't get behind this beer though. The phenolic or piney note is just too much. Medium leaning medium-light in body and gently crisp. Oh, and I notice some very good lacing has been left behind - points there. Still, taking away what I see as a flaw this is still just a basic IPA, nothing better.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I'm trying this at my Bestie's in Charlotte. It poured a clear copper with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent was bland. The taste was bitter leaning and more English than not. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall I was not overly impressed.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Good looking beer, classic honey IPA coloring

S: Sweet malts, floral hops, sweetness, biscuty, slight pine notes

T: A sweeter tasting beer with piney and resinous flavors. Floral notes. Taste dies off with a slight bitter finish.

O: A typical IPA beer, doesn't stand out from the pack but not at the back either.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chill hazed deep gold/pale amber producing 2+ fingers of frothy, moderately lasting, beige head that leaves webs, blotches & motes of clumpy lace. Abundant effervesce rises from the bottom long after the pour. Aroma is a fairly balanced mix of caramel malt, honey, grapefruit, floral, resinous pine & a hint of tropical fruit. Taste is also a balanced mix of caramel malt, graham cracker, grapefruit/orange juice, backed up by a hint of resinous pine. Starts sweet, finishes bittersweet with notes of caramel, pine, grapefruit/orange zest/juice but rapidly transitioning to a bitter, astringent aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderate-high carbonation, juciy, peppery with a slight prickle, drawing & drying in aftertaste.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned and sadly punctured in my bag on the bus on the way home
Thankfully I had a plastic glass in my bag as well so poured a little for the appearance and shotgunning the rest.
Sharp hops great brew
Deadly drank quick

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Photo of EMV
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy medium golden copper pour. 1.5 fingers of foamy head leave decent lacing.

S: Light on the nose... some malts/grains and a bit of evergreen.

T/F: Grains and malts... fairly mild hop profile. Some decent evergreen and citrus notes. Not overly bitter. Medium in body and carbonation.

O: A fairly benign IPA. Not unpleasant but expected a bit more with the ABV. The can probably wasn't helped by being 10 months old. Once again failing to check the dates on a Wegman's mix-6 (where beer goes to die) comes back to bite me.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

-spiegelau ipa glass, best by 10.08.16. consumed 10.18.16.

A: Dark oxidized orange, good clarity, with a medium density of macro-effervesce. Beefy two inch soapy foam head is bone white, moderately retaining with a big soapy splash of lacing on the glass.

S: Aroma of wet greenery, and fresh wet pine. Touch of soft fruitiness, breakfast fruit. Low awareness level, light toastiness.

T: Flavor of lemon fruity hops, fresh wet pine, and hop oils. Fresh greenery toasty bread, barley with a medium sense of bitterness that was smooth with some grapefruit notes. Flowery columbus hops with some grassy lemon straw tones.

M: Creamy and slick mouthful, low carbonation awareness, very slippery texture.

O: Good drink-ability, hoppy with toasty malt. Solid drinker, nice lingering hoppiness adds some coating on the tongue. Everyday drinker.

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Photo of tone77
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy, dark golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of light pine, hints of malts. Taste is pine, minty, dank, some malts are present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, drinkable, but the flavors just aren't meshing together.

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Photo of krbrevard
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a wine glass (that is all that was available at this location). I blame the initial good taste on the cheap picante noodles that accompanied the beverage. By the time the noodles are done, a definite alcohol flavor coming through. In the end, just another mediocre IPA...

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

on draft

dark copper amber in color, white head. generic american hop aroma. taste is bitter but not in a good way, the hop and malt flavors just don't mix well.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I want this review to help those who like me, were on the fence about trying a new NC beer while visiting the state from elsewhere (I am on vacation here in NC, and I live in another state).

Much of NC beer is hit or miss, or just somewhere in between. This IPA is an in betweener. It's a muddled swirl of hops, sweetness, fruit and alcohol flavors. It wasn't bad but I wasn't impressed. If I had a do over I would have just picked a good standby on the shelf nearby (Bell's, Lagunitas, SN Torpedo etc.) and been on my way.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured a fairly substantial head with a clear amber body.

Smell is quite sweet for an IPA, with dare I say almost some Belgian influences of cloves, coriander, caramel and a slight scent of yeast (although, not necessarily of the Belgian variety).

Taste is interesting, but I have a hard time to love it. The Belgian influences are still there, but with a maltier backdrop. I get some very slight piney hops as well. Mouthfeel is unremarkable, and basically what one would expect from the style.

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Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz can.
Good appearance with a body that's a little darker than average.
Nice fruity-hoppy nose with a flavor that follows. Near moderate bitterness overall, with some sweetness up front.

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Photo of WittyBeerReference
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite North Carolina IPA's to date. Very drinkable American IPA. I might even venture out for a visit to the brewery and try their other offerings. A great eastern NC brewed beer.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Comma, motherfucker. This is a local brewer for me, and I'm a little surprised I haven't reviewed it before. I'm not sure if that's supposed to be Bruce Willis on the can but it should be. Pours a dark bronze to amber with an attractive rocky head and abundant early lace. Nose is solid but standard: grapefruit and pine.

A little bit of early balance, punctuated by dark fruit, is swept away by a fruity, piney hop assault. Tight and resin laced, with a hefty heaping of booziness. A little aggressive and unbalanced, particularly in the finish, but sometimes that's what you want. Drinks a little heavier than it's abv, which means the texture could use adjusting.

Not an outstanding example of the style, but when wanting something a little muscular and uncouth in an IPA, you could do a ton worse. It's actually quite nice with the tikka masala I am currently enjoying.

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Photo of ordybill
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear golden orange with a medium sized white head. The aroma is hops and citrus. The taste matches the aroma but also has a noticeable amount of malt.

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Hoppy Ki Yay from Lonerider Brewing Company
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