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Hop-Ocalypse | Clay Pipe Brewing Company

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Clay Pipe Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by on 08-04-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of onedogtwodog
5/5  rDev +41.6%

Photo of DookDrinkyCrow
4.7/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was at a local store that had a representative set up for tasting inside. I enjoyed it and bought a 6 pack.

The pour is a rich light copper.

The smell is hoppy,

The taste is very clean, and refreshing.

Medium body and excellent drinkability.

I was also given a free glass from Clay Pipe Brewing Co. to enjoy the IPA!

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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 Umbra
4.47/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty natural, textbook amber with a fat off white head. Great lacing and retention. Nose full of funky kindbud and grapfruit. Light mouthfeel, astringent. Bitter, hoppy goodness with a nice overall mixture of hoplike characteristics. Not overpowering and useless and not weak and pitiful.
Overall, damn good and drinkable. I just returned from a west coast trip where I inhaled a fair share of the IPAs and DIIPas out there. This one definitely holds its own. Beyond the the hoppiness, it was just plain good to drink. The only thing holding it back there would be that it literally sucked all the liquid out of my mouth it was so dry. Try some and don't get all geeked out about the name you bunch of beer dorks.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.37/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges a crystal clear cherry amber color with a small white head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is indicative of the name; hoppy. However, it isnt overly hoppy. A pretty nice balance of citrus and floral hops and maltiness.

A little too dark roasty for an IPA if you ask me. Almost a coffee or chocolate flavor with deep roasted grain flavors. The hops play a large role in this play but more on the flavor side than the bitter side. SLight bitterness more common with an APA. There is bitterness but it is slight and comes very late, after the caramel and sweetness.

A really solid and balanced AIPA. I am having a hard time rating this because I love the really hoppy ones and detest the really malty ones. This one is really a perfect balance of the two. As far as style, this has to be spot on. Drinks very well and tastes great. I really enjoyed this well balanced and well made AIPA.

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Photo of Pencible
4.31/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear light copper with thin white head. It smelled like a mix of floral and grapefruit hops. Its flavor was dominant hops with delicious flavor, balanced slightly with some mild malt. It was watery with no carbonation and had a good bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a simple, but clean and enjoyable IPA.

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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 tugdriver7
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 jeffmonarch
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Brown copper with a thin off white head.

S - Sweet piney hops.

T - Really strong hops. Rich bitter bite with a clean yet bold finish.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good strong hop flavor. It's really good.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
4.19/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Hazy amber/copper color, little bits of carbonation, and a frothy whitish head that's thin but retains nicely, receding to the edge of the glass and leaving some sticky rings.
S: Citrus (orangey grapefruit scents) and tangy oily hop smells predominate. Enticing without being overwhelmingly bitter or alcoholic. Some nice sugary malts support the hops, too.
T: Hops all the way. A bit of orange citrus and piny flavors at first, then some more citrus and a tad more oily taste and feel. Finish has some grainy malts, but mostly continues the hoppiness, throwing in a bit of sweetness as the beer warms.
M: Pretty good. Sweet malts and bitter hops mingle nicely. Finish is a little grainy, though.
D: Solid. No alcoholic taste to it, nice enticing bittery nip. A good quaffable IPA.

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful malt scent that boasts of pale, carapils, and bisquit malts along with a really nice hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a solid malt component that balances well with the floral hop taste. It goes down easy and finishes mildly bitter with some lingering crystal malt flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's a well rounded IPA. It's got excellent malt character with a nice hop element. I'm not tasting a hop explosion, but I am tasting a good IPA.

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Photo of rgore
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - poured a hazy orange with an inch of creamy head

S - lots of piney hops dominate the nose small hits of acidic citrus (grapefruit)

T - an earthy grapefruit bitterness that you expect from most east coast ipas. plesant and what you would expect from the nose.

M - it drys out in the mouth a little too quickly for me.

D - a very drinkable ipa, and at 6% you won't end up getting fooled by the alcohol content either.

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Photo of garcia2a
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I'm stuck in traffic on 95 and decided to stop by a shop I know near Ikea. This was a new sixer, so I picked it up.

The beer pours a beautiful clear amber with a short smooth head. The bouquet has a slight flowery hint. On the mouth, the hops are of medium strengh. The hop taste stays on the sides of the tongue for about 5-6 seconds post swallow. Smooth in the mouth without an acerbic bite. Very nice pale, with a decent amount of hops that allow for the enjoyment of the taste without getting overtaken by hops. A nice one to have cold with sea food, or just on the porch.

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Photo of Lambstrong
4.09/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is a golden, somewhat cloudy. It initially pours with a rich creamy white head, whic disipates. The aroma includes both malt and hops. It smells well ballanced. One immediately tasts the citrus and the hops. Grapeftuit notes present . Hoppy grapefruit aftertaste.

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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 ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of tgbljb
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a perfectly clear medium copper color with massive tannish chunky head. Nice lacing. Smell is initially fairly strong for piney hops, but this slowly dissapears leaving some maly notes. Taste is slightly malty at first, but a strong hop character quickly presents itself. Finish is long dry and bitter and very enjoyable. Great drinkability. Sorry I only bought one.

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Photo of longarm
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great amaber-orange color combined with bold carbonation on the pour. Somewhat of a rocky, pockmarked head with excellent sticky lacing and a long-lasting crown.

Sweet cotton candy aroma, pine and citrus hops. A classic AIPA aroma.

Flavor follows that standard AIPA recipe and basically well-done at that. This is a solid local beer and tastes more fresh than any Sierra Nevada I've had in the area, so it's an important contributor to a local market. Crisp finish backed with a healthy dose of hops. Maybe a little thin. It could use a little more malt to support of the hops, but it's not ridiculously out of balance.

Not something I'd give to people who don't like hoppy beers, but it isn't the end of the world or out of balance for style either. For a hophead like myself, I like it and keep it on-hand as a standard beer in the fridge. It's in the discussion for the best Maryland-made AIPA.

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Photo of drxandy
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in trade thanks to Tbn2 :D

Love the name and bottle art, really slick looking design.

Poured from 12oz to flare pint, pours a golden amber, nice weight and carbonation, white head that fades down

smells of a piney citrus hop blend, honey?, biscuity malt

tastes of citrus, honey, malts (almost wheaty), grassy, very nicely bittered and balanced a lot of flavors that i couldn't place at the time of drinking. Not as hoppy as expected, but with a name as such, i think most would agree.

mouthfeel is dry and bitter nice on the palate, easy to drink

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Photo of dickroop
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love the name and the label design on this - good play on words and it was different enough to catch my eye and get me to buy a six. Glad I did.

Pours a dark amber, not much head. Smell is a little yeasty and bready, just a hint of citrus hops, and an earthy smell that reminds me of creek water from down in the floodplain bottomland where the skunk cabbage grows... or used to (haven't been back to check in too long...)

Taste is piney and spicy and good. The mid-palate has a good, medium-strong hop presence. The finish is mild and pleasant, surprisingly not bitter. I don't think this is a hop bomb (certainly not the Bikini Atoll cloud shown on the label!), BUT it's not a weakling either. I thinks it's a pretty good IPA.

Mouthfeel is great, medium-bodied, nice stuff, with a bit if stickiness from the malt in the finish. Overall, drinkability is just fine. I will buy this stuff again. It's local to me, and I call it good. Recommended.

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Photo of praufs01
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear amber with a creamy off white head.

Aroma - Fresh cut pine dominates the aroma.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied ale with light carbonation.

Taste - Not as intense as the smell. Light piney taste that smoothes out nicely.

Overall - Pretty good IPA.

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Photo of ledzepp817
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from a bottle in a pilsner glass on 11/21.

Got this bottle from a local beer store. The name itself is intriguing and I love a hoppy IPA.

Appearance - good solid dark red amber color , the way an IPA should look.

Aroma - smelled great, citrus and earthy with the hops definitely present.

Taste - the taste is where it came up short. Don't get me wrong, it was a great tasting beer, but it did not contain that amount of kick from the hops as the name would suggest.

Drinkability - good, i could drink a few of these at one sitting.

OVerall, very good beer, would definitely have again.

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

A dark copper body with some nice carbonation bubbles. A finger of slightly off-white head with a little retention and some nice lacing left behind.

Smells of piney, citrusy hops.

Hoppy like the smell. Grassy, citrusy, piney. Slight biscuity backbone. Good, balanced IPA. Very well-carbonated and crisp.

Fairly drinkable, a good IPA.

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