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Hop-Ocalypse | Clay Pipe Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Clay Pipe Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 122 |  Reviews: 117
Reviews by NJpadreFan:
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clay Pipe- Hop-ocalypse.

Thanks to adamharbaugh for ths 1!

A- Slightly hazy orange/amber brown with a thick chunky light tan head. Good head retention and lacing.
S- Very sweet/ sugary fruit; grapefruit and orange with molasses malt and earthy hops. Crisp pine and mint aroma.
T- Strong sugary sweet citrus hops; grapefruit and lemon rind. Sticky molasses malt with a sweet and bitter earthy pine hop finish.
M- Very thick and malty sweet. Big pungent bitter hops.

Overall- Big pungent hops and thick malt. Maybe not an actual "Hop"acolypse on the taste buds but a good sweet IPA.

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Photo of gottajiboo2
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

love the name. but I thought it suggested something more deadly was going to destroy all of my tastebuds and render them useless, the instant it left the glass.
color was a clean orange-ish amber with a shallow eggshell head that dissipated into a fuzzy peach like blanket over the beer. an earthy mild hoppy aroma entered my nose. tasted of bitter orange peel and had a bubbly light feel about it. finish was a bitter fresh cut grass kinda thing. Very drinkable.


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Photo of oberon
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a lighter copper color with a quick to form one finger white head but it dissapates quickly into a thin soapy-like mass,nice hop profile in the nose citric-piney hop over top of lightly sweet caramel malt.A bit thin and a little sharp in the mouthfeel dept not quite watery but not really where it should be in my mind the sharpness comes from alot of carbonation and takes away from the drinkability and flavor.Pak some malt in this beer to give it depth and a bit more body and it would be pretty good but its left being one dimensional hoppy (wich can be good at times)with no base to it.It lacks character and body so I would pass on another.

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Photo of JasonA
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light translucent amber with medium carbonation. Nice lacing, but little head retention.

Initial hops smell quite piney. Im no expert, but that might be cloying. Aromatics quickly disappaer.

Nice hop blast on the tongue. Pretty good considering smell. Quite sticky there at the end. I believe there are some non-desirables in here, but they dont bother me.

Feels light and fresh. Freshing even. Well balanced, no hear present. Well done even for only 6%

Id get this at a pub, IPA isnt my favorite, but I would take this over other macro-ish pales.

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Photo of Kraken
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured for a 12oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Beer pours a very dark amber. Smells of heavy malt and hops . Moderate pours yields slight head that dissapates rapidly to a slight skim. . Taste is heavy malt with long hop bitterness in the finish. Finishes a bit dry . Mouthfeel is a bit thin. You could really session this beer as it is very drinkable , however the hop profile doesnt justify the name.

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Photo of Soonami
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - bright copper like a new penny, irregular white head with very good sustain and cling. A permanent stream of little bubbles keep the foam going. This is exactly what I want in an IPA

S- Herbal hops with a spicy note like cinnamon or clove. Sweet bready aroma

T- Very floral almost jasmine or chrysanthemum flavor to start. Caramel malt flavor persists on the tongue through the finish which is punctuated with a resinous hop bite

M- Sticky and viscous with a bitterness that keeps your mouth slightly puckered and wanting more. Carbonation is ample refreshing

D- A very drinkable East Coast IPA which not too high abv and good balance. Not too sweet, not too bitter.

How you rate this beer depends on how you feel about east coast IPA's, which are more like pale ales with their deeper malt profiles and aromatic hops. I appreciate this beer for what it is and what it tries to do. If you want a very bitter, citrusy IPA, then pick up a Bear Republic or Stone, because this is not what you'll find here.

The more I try American IPA's I think that it might be a good idea to create a new category for east and west coast.

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Photo of asabreed
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The name and packaging was so ridiculous (and there have been many threads about the absurd names of hoppy brews and IPAs) that I had to buy it. Into a pint glass it goes.

Appearance: Huge billowy white head which is still sticking around like ice cream and leaving thick rings around the glass. I'm guessing this was probably also near perfect temperature too, which certainly helps. Color is copper or reddish also in other forms of light, and there's a ridiculous amount of bubbles floating to the top and cascading all around.

Smell: Perfume hints of hop flowers, sweet malt, and cherries and strawberries, oddly enough. Also some sweet orange peel seems to be in the mix. Nicely balanced in the nose.

Taste: Not enough malt presence in the body, which makes both the hop and malt flavors cookie-cutter like, with tinges and hints but no great flavor I was looking for from the aroma. The hops are slightly dry, and with the fairly high bitterness level, they're screaming for a malt presence to balance everything out. Oddly enough, however, the finish is lingering with some hints of sweetness and a sour and grapefruit and citrus-like bitterness. I have a feeling with some tweaking this could be fairly amazing stuff, but so far it doesn't deliver as much as it could.

Mouthfeel: A bit slick and watery, though the carbonation seems to be right. I just wish this had more of everything in it, which would maybe fix the problem and amp up the flavor and taste a bit too.

Drinkability: Not a bad brew, but there are certainly better IPAs out there. And since it's winter I'll be seeking out Pursuit of Happiness next, which is awesome. Not sure I'd buy this again, but for those of you who hate to be assualted from the hops but are a fan of them, this may be a brew to try. Or those who haven't really had IPAs who may want to seek them out also; this seems to maybe be a good starter.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I admit to picking up this bottle because of the doomsday name and label. The label boasts: "A hop flavor so delicious...it will change your world". Let's see about that...

Healthy "ziss!" upon popping the cap, and the pour yields a thick soapy head, a sunkissed amber/copper, and plenty of bubbles. Head doesn't retain that well, but leaves splotchy lace sticking to the side.

Aroma is big hops, with some depth, as they're quite fruity but also a bit piney, and an odd funkiness way back there...could it be a wild yeast strain? Doubtful. Maybe my sniffer's off today. Healthy malt presence too...from the aroma it seems this will be a well-balanced IPA.

Flavor is hop-heavy, surprise surprise, balanced by a grainy malt sweetness. The hops lean toward the sour side, like grapefruit rind (but without the "whoa!!" extreme factor). Thin mouthfeel leans a little too watery to carry the flavors through in grand style.

Ehh...the name and label are deceiving. My world isn't changed, as promised. It's a decent enough thirst quencher, tasty enough to deliver some enjoyability...but not an IPA to ponder, not one to long for, not one to blow your mind. There are many others out there like this, and even more that are better.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't normally mention the label of a beer in a review for two reasons: number one, it really has nothing to do with the beer inside the bottle; and number two, labels are subject to change and the one you're looking at / might purchase could be completely different. However, the colors and the design of the label were so eye-catching to me that I was drawn to it in a cooler full of beer. There's just something a little bit different about the chromatic teal and yellow colors that makes it quite different from the normally very basic color schemes. Anyway...

It pours a slightly hazy, very deep amber body beneath a creamy inch-thick head of off-white that holds well and leaves short walls of lace about the glass. Within those walls are thicker rings of lace that are left behind with each sip.

The aroma is not bold, but it's clean and pleasant, offering a caramelish malt base, some gently spicy, piney, and minty hops, and a hint of yeasty fruitiness.

In the mouth it's medium bodied, gently effervescent and then creamy and smooth once it's warmed.

The flavor is very tightly knit, keeping everything compact and together in one focused and balanced ball of flavor. It's initially lightly malty with a caramelish edge, but the spicy and gently piney hops jump right in. It doesn't even make it to the middle of the palate before the hops have risen to the top - and surfacing just below them is the bitterness! But the bitterness doesn't do any more than just come to the surface, and then subside in the dry finish. Sure, it lingers for quite a bit, but it's far from harsh. It simply leaves the palate dry and refreshed. Some minty hops are left behind, as well as a bit of apple-like fruitiness (perhaps some red berries too) and a thin note of maltiness.

As it warms, more character comes out, and I'd recommend pulling this out of the fridge and leaving it on the counter for 5 minutes before opening and serving it.

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Photo of prototypic
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It's hazy and dark amber in color. Head is slightly off-white and about a finger and a half deep. Retention was very good and a solid coat of lace remained.

Smell: Light on the nose. There are some piney hops and light citrus notes (grapefruit and lemon). Caramel malts are noticeable if you stick with it. Slight biscuity aroma.

Taste: Citrusy sweet initially. Grapefruit flavor is bitter and gets really bitter once the hops kick in. There is a faint malty taste, which balance it a little but not much. Slightly yeasty or biscuity. Very interesting sour flavor on the tail.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and smooth. Carbonation is good. It goes down easy enough. Due to its average flavor, its drinkability is average. Overall, it's an okay beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of nickd717
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle via trade thanks to ben4321 on ratebeer, poured into Devils Canyon pint glass.

A - Pours a mostly clear orangish-golden color with a nice lasting off-white head and good lacing.

S - Aroma is sweet malt and somewhat muted pine/citrus hops, along with a tiny bit of grain.

T - Fairly high on hop bitterness, but less so on hop aroma and flavor. Caramel and pale malts, fairly sweet, with some earth citrusy hops on the finish and long-lasting hop bitterness.

M - Medium-bodied with a fairly dry finish and hop bitterness lingering.

D - Decent. Overall this is an average IPA.

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Photo of hdofu
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty hoppy, not bad. Could be a bit sweeter but not bad. A nice reddish color for an ipa. It has a good hop taste, though considdering the name I was hopping for someting a bit hoppier still. None the less it is fairly hoppy and as such drinkable. Smell also was not all that great smelling hoppy and a bit metallic. All and all a good beer though

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking ipa. big head as expected, decent lacing, nice amber color. Smell and taste is a bit subdued. Definitely hoppy, but fairly mild to be given the name hop-ocalypse. Like the pine presence, just could do for a bit more to it. A bit thin, but nice level of carbonation.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. the liquid is a medium light amber. The head is a good 2 fingers, white and fades leaving little lace.

The smell is nice and hopy. The APA piney woodsy thing with some sweet malt.

The taste is ok. A standard IPA / APA thing. Nothing new. nothing throwing it off either. The malt is light and does not come to play.

The mouthfeel is a disappointment quite a thin body.

The drinkability is good. Refreshing and nice just not a big WOW. MK

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Photo of alleykatking
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a pleasant deep orange/amber color. Seems to have a slight semi-haze appearance to it. Nice 1 finger cream white head that slowly dies away leaving some nice soapy lacing on the sides of the glass which come and go.

S- Slight citrus hops to this (more of a grapefruit than pineapple smell). These are not a strong as everything else in the beer but it's what I picked up on first. Sweeter malty smell to this as well with some bitter (piney) hops to this beer. Also there is a strong alcohol smell with this in the undertones of this beer. Aroma is pretty lacking in this beer.

T- Bitter and sweet upfront. Piney hops come through at first with this beer. After that comes a nice sweet malty taste mixed in with some citrus hops. The ending of this is sort of a turn off for me. I get a big presence of alcohol along with a hint of some metallic tinge to this beer. Sets back the beer at least half a point for this minor set back.

M- Light-medium mouthfeel to this beer. Nice carbonation in this one makes it for a easy drinker. Leaves a small bit of bitter hops on the tounge after sipping which is nice. Once again the aftertaste of this beer has a slight metallic hint to it which makes it not meet up to its full glory.

D- This is a nice easy drinker that you want to have when not in the mood for some heavy or tounge crushing beers. If I could get rid of the metallic hint to this beer it would be a wonderful IPA to share with people who don't like the style. Other than that being my only complaint....good beer...not great but good.

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Photo of bthompuz
2.4/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A – light amber color, a lot of chill haze, a lot of suspended particles in this beer, thin lacy head

S – not a lot of aroma, some hops come through, but much less than typical for the style

T – aspirin tasting bitterness dominates, some malt backbone, but bitterness is really all there is to this beer, hop flavor is muted, some fruity and spicy flavors but would have liked a lot more

M – thin mouthfeel

D – bought a six pack of this and not really looking forward to drinking the rest of them. Great name and label for what that is worth.

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Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a 12 oz bottle of Clay Pipe's new offering. I am drinking from a tumbler.

Appearance: The ale has a copper color with a thick head that does not retain well.

Smell: The ale has an earthy hop aroma on the first sip. That aroma is rather strong but fades quickly and eventually disappears.

Taste: Again, the first sip has a real bang to it, leaving me excited for the rest of the beer. That first sip was floral and strong. After that, the hop tastes disappeared (as in the smell), leaving a grainy cereal flavor from the malts.

Mouthfeel: The initial hop blast is nice but it does fade fast, leaving the beer with an amber ale maltiness.

Drinkability: I will gladly try this again as that first blast was very intriguing.

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Photo of TLove
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I see that many of my respected colleagues have stated in their reviews that they have chosen to rate this beer down because it didn't live up to its name. To an extent, I agree, however, we must try not to allow the integrity (or lack thereof) of the name to factor into our ratings.

That being said, my rating is as follows:

Appearance is an orange-ish color with a cream head and bubbly head with moderate to good retention. Smells of raisin, orange, and strong Centennial and Cascade hops. The taste is noticeably well-balanced with a strong malt structure, however, there is not a brown ale malt or caramel malt. It is lighter than it might otherwise seem. Crisp and fruity. Citrus tones with very mineral and light body with some caramel tones. Again, not overwhelmingly bitter or super hoppy as its title would suggest, but quite smooth, well-balanced, not too strongly carbonated and finished pretty well.

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Photo of psulovesbeer
4.52/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A single bottle purchase poured into a pint glass.

A deep amber body with a light head draping its way down the glass. A slightly cloudy appearance.

The smell is of hops..not one type standing out in my mind but citrus, pine, and floral hop scents all come through. The taste really comes through with a big hit of hops perfectly balanced. Nothing overpowers...pine is there...bitter...citrus...flowers...a malt backbone strong enough to stand up but not sweeten the brew.
The mouthfeel is solid....nothing amazing and if you let it sit a slightly bitter after taste bites through hurting the overall balance of this otherwise very nice IPA.

Something to keep an eye out for and try Im definetly glad I did.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic.

Clear deep amber hue with a two finger cream colored head that leaves behind a wall of lacing about one finger wall.

Plenty of sharp and spicey hops. I think there is some Centennial in there. The malts add a little bit of caramel in the background.

The hops provide a little bit of grapefruit with some mild spiciness. The malts are sweeting the background giving some brown sugar. Full bodied with good carbonation. The finish is a little bit of lingering bitterness.

This one packs a lot of hop flavor without being extremely bitter or boozy. A very drinkable American IPA. Recommended.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorge
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You can tell from my reviews that I'm not really a hophead, but I enjoy just about anything Clay Pipe makes. So I bought a six pack. I was expecting a lot of hops. They were there, but the flavor of this beer was so amazingly balanced. I enjoyed every sip. Very nice bronze color in the glass, with a bright head and sparkling hops in the nose. Great malt flavor comes through. Complex mix of flavors that makes this very interesting. And the freshness of this locally-brewed product really makes a difference for us lucky enough to leave near the brewery.

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Photo of u2carew
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A) Pours with a thin head that settles quickly. The body is copper in color with just smidge of haze. Lacing is this and semi-sticky.
S) Fruity esters - pear, hint of melon.
T) Upfront mellow malt tones - caramel with with toasted touches. Midway through the hops come in with a bitter bite. In the finish the malt sweetness fades and the hops win out.
M) Crisp. Fizzy. Looks medium body but a bit thin.
D) A decent brew. I think I'd have another one.

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Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.27/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a pint glass:

A - Reddish gold in color, decent head that fades slow and leaves plenty of lacing.

S - Strong citrusy hop smells that overwhelm any malt scents.

T - Bitter sweet. Hops are strong in this IPA yet the malt is evident. About what you would expect from a decent IPA but if you are expecting overwhelming hops, this isnt it.

M - Not too heavy, well carbonated yet smooth.

D - I expected a more extreme IPA but this was still really good. Excellent IPA.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to enola for the offering.
12oz bottle with no freshness date poured into a standard pint glass.
Very attractive beer. Amber/copper in color. Massive sticky foamy eggshell colored head rises to 2 fingers and holds there forever. The top of the head kind of reminds me of a topo map of the Appalachian Mountain range. With each sip the head leaves a foamy moustache on my upper lip. Yum!
The aroma is not as strong as I expected. I still get a whiff of grapefruit rinds though.
Pretty typical IPA. Nothing extraordinary, nothing bad. Citrus fruits. As mentioned in previous reviews could use a bit more malt to balance it out, but that is only a minor complaint. This isn't one of those beers that will be ingrained in your memory but it will leave you satisfied.
Mouthfeel is good. The massive head is still there and leaves lot's of foam in the mouth. I like this. It is a bit watery but this again is only a minor complaint.
Not a beer I will go to the store or bar looking for. But if I'm there I may pick it up occasionally.

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Photo of bearcamp
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll admit it I bought this based off of the name and graphic on the front of the bottle. However, if you are a hop head you'll be disappointed. The Hop-Ocalypse falls far short of being an IPA and a hoppy beer. To me this taste just like a normal APA. I was expecting much more.

Appearance is copper color, the taste is not as hoppy as I thought and is also on the malty side.

This is a very drinkable and session able beer. Like I say it was not sold as advertised

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Hop-Ocalypse from Clay Pipe Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 122 ratings