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 drabmuh
2.26/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hop-octopus. Copper in color, moderate to low carbonation, clear, clear, clear almost no head, diffuse, does not vocer the top of the brew Subtle aroma. Definite hop character but not overpowering. Boring taste. I do not like this beer. My wife also thought this beer was uninteresting and bland.

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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 kennyo
2.48/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

was on my way to Baltimore and stopped in State Line and was looking for local beer. Hop-ocolypse, I like hops, good name, what the hey.
Poured an amber color with a small head, crystal clear. nice lace throughout whole beer. Light malt , spicy hops aroma. Body is thin, not enough malt at all. Taste is hops, not really much too this beer. Thats the problem of trying an unknown beer, 5 more to drink but I can do it.
The label is a H (hop) bomb mushroom cloud but should be a wisp of evaporation because this beer is nor da bomb

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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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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.57/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean copper color with a small off white head that did not stay long. Aromas of a peppery malt and a decent hop presence. As in the taste, malty and a small bitter, yet very thin. A very thin maltiness mouthfeel and a dry aftertaste. I think it is pretty light for an IPA, it does have a good nose, but just a bit more flavor.

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Photo of Ragingbull
2.58/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was staying in Thurmont Maryland and looking for a few beers to have in my hotel room and found this at a little dive of a store that I was simply hoping might have Sam Adams or Yuengling. Being a micro-brew, I decided to give it a try.

It was orange in color with no distinct aroma. Unfortunately there was no real flavor either. Some mild aftertaste, but even that was faint. This beer seemed to me to be a macro-brew in micro-brew clothing. So my excitement at finding it may be part of the disappointment. Their marketing/packaging is very clever and the label is is attractive. I doubt that I will ever buy this again. To be fair, my excitement coupled with the label may have built up the expectations.

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Photo of alysmith4
2.66/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Decent beer, a good representation of this style. It's very similar to Longhammer IPA though, very similar. Poured a nice golden body with a half-inch head. Smell was of grain, hops, sugar, and straw. Tasted like a nice, well-balanced IPA with a lot of nice, juicy, hop flavor. Carbonation was average. Would have this beer again, but not my favorite.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle bought in Washington DC, $2.00. The beer is clear, dark orange shade of copper, off-white head that started at 1 finger and ended at film thickness. Much more balanced with malts than I'd like, especially for a beer named "Hop-Ocalypse". Caramel malts too... The taste is the same as the smell, lots of caramel malt, some zesty citrus but not enough for what was implied by the name.

Overall a disappointment for me. It shouldn't be hard to make a good IPA, evidenced by the dozens upon dozens you can find everywhere in the USA.

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Photo of deereless
2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Three inches of head on top of a half inch of beer - something with the carbonation is a little off, the head is thick and creamy and leaves a few specks of sticky foam along the interior of the glass, deep gold to copper in color - 2.75, S: Extremely earthy and herbal aroma, faint smell of iced tea, smells very much like many of the English IPAs that I know - 3.00, T: There are hops on the tongue but for an IPA is teeters on side of strong pale ale, like the nose the palate reminds me of an English IPA, some grapefruit zest and woodiness to the flavor profile, little to no discernible sweetness - 2.75, M: A little staying power on the tongue - 3.50, D: A slight disappointment in terms of an American IPA, hop bite but not what I look for in the style - 2.75

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Photo of rallison
2.91/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a 1/2 finger white head.

Smells of slightly off hops with unpleasant yeasty notes.

Taste is also unappealing. Relatively bitter piny hops with an unwanted astringency and some weird off flavors floating around. Astringent, unwelcome aftertaste. Slightly soapy flavor. Malt does not really mesh with the hops. Very unimpressive.

Mouthfeel is ok. Drinkability is low due to the other aspects.

Not recommended. There are many, many IPAs I would drink before this.

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Photo of Enola
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average. The ber is a golden orange with a little head and lacing. The smell is bready. The taste is hop bitterness but without the malt to balance it out. The bitterness is a little excessive. The beer is still good and drinkable though. The bitterness lasts for a while. I would try this again.

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Photo of demo3210
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bought this as a recommendation from a friend.

The appearance has a nice color to it and is a little darker.

The smell is like any other IPA - kind of flowery and dense. Noticeable hoppiness. Little alcohol smell.

The taste is bitter crisp. Tastes flowery, green, and hoppy. Kind of bland overall, but very heavy on the tastebuds. Tastes like an IPA. No alcohol taste at all. Becomes dull over an extended session.

Mouth feel is crisp and refreshing, but on the dense side.

Drinkability is very low. I am notorious for being able to chug many beers that most others are unable to, like Guinness or denser. Hop-Ocalypse says this is a very drinkable IPA on the box, but I feel that it is not remotely close. It's heavy on the tastebuds and starts to become monotonous throughout the drinking session. This is my biggest complaint with the beer. It also has low alcohol content. Provides a different kind of buzz than a macro beer, which is nice. Kind of like a wine-buzz versus a beer-buzz, but a different kind of beer-buzz. I think it's the hops.

Overall, a descent IPA that is reasonably priced. I wouldn't recommend to a newcomer to fuller beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of jrob21
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of weeare138
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to egajdzis for sharing this...
Appears a hazy orange toned amber with a small white head of foam that leaves streaky lacing around the glass.
Smell is of biscuit, orange, toasted malt, and a touch of caramel with pine.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with more of the citrus and caramel coming to the forefront.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a citrusy, lemony bitterness grabbing the palate on the swallow.

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Photo of jhammerly
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to MaltyGoodness for this beer.

Poured into my new Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Copper body with a thick fluffy head that settled down to a thin layer. The nose was citrusy, very faint. Some maltiness starts out on the tongue followed by some hop bitterness that lingers for awhile. Some grapefruit qualities to the taste. Body is a little thin but medium-bodied. A good beer, nothing great though. However, I wouldn't turn another one down if offered to me.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.04/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Amber, hazy with fair amount of very fine, particulate matter suspended, formed two finger off white head of medium and small bubbles which dissipated slowly leaving lacing on glass, light carbonation of medium bubbles.

S = Good citrus notes, some pine, nice and fresh smelling.

T = Very bitter, almost astringent in the finish, some sweet orange rind-yellow grapefruit flavors in the mid-palate, not much balance.

M = Thin bodied, but a little frothy when swished enough. I found this probably the most disappointing aspect of this beer. I would have preferred at least slightly more body. Just based on the bitterness throughout my mouth during the finish this did coat my mouth adequately but it just didn't have a great feel doing it.

D = I wouldn't turn this beer down, but I will not be seeking it out again. It is too one note and that note is more on pure bitterness than hops flavors.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.04/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from maltygoodness and the Summer Sipper BIF

a - poured a two-fingers thick off-white head into my sam adams bubble glass.. it leaves nice sticky sides and good sheeting throughout. the body looks bright and alive, a very clear red-orange shade.
s - faints notes of oranges and grapefruits with some malts and a light breadiness thrown in.
t - it's hard to find any citrus taste in this one, it is a little spicey and bready but overall not a lot going on here for my taste.
m - crisp bite and a little thin.
d - went down smoothly and easy to drink but i think i was just ready to get this one over with.

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Photo of Braudog
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

True amber color with an active appeal and an airy foam top. Light hoppy aroma. My first impression of the flavor was of tea ... like the home-brewed iced tea my wife makes. There’s a buttery aspect, but I can’t shake the tea idea out of my mind ... the hoppiness taking a different character than I’d expected. I know that sounds weird, but this is a decent beer. (#2660, 1/21/07)

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Photo of Durge
3.07/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper color with a big off-white head and great lacing. Weak citrus aroma and dishwater malt. Tastes of citrus hops, kind of weak, bready, mid to weak bodied. Drinkable, but a little disappointing. A little floral hint as well as some biscuit. A mediocre IPA. OK.

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

Appearance: pours a dark ornage color with a 2" head that breaks apart quickly. Some spotty lace paints the glass.

Smell: soft pine and woody aroma rises fromthe glass.

Taste: bready caramel, grapefruit, pine, and a biting bitterness. Some tart green grape flavors show up late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer but a bit thin overall. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and dry at the finish. Long aftertaste here.

Drinkability: this is an average IPA that comes across a bit more biting and unbalanced. One bottle was enough for my session.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.09/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A deep amber brew with a lot of small particulate floating in this beer. Looks like someone is unfiltered! It has a two finger head that will vanish in about three minutes. Specks of lacing adorn the glass from start to finish.

S - A pretty strong pine aroma.

T - The flavor isn't very pronounced for an IPA. It is slightly malty with a touch of upfront pine flavor. The aftertaste is a little bitter (compared to the weak foretaste, it is moreso), but it is nothing special really. It is hardly leaving me as a hopped caracass in the center of a mushroom cloud of hoppiness as the label would suggest, but it is alright.

M - Thick, smooth, quite refreshing especially considering the bitter aspect.

D - Far from a potent IPA, but it is a good beer. Easily sessionale and pleasant. Good with food too. I am a little displeased with the label and name. Sure it is a nice label and a clever name, but it hardly fits the beer. Nothing hopocalyptic about this beer really. It is nothing bad though. I think a lot of people would buy this pleasant IPA expecting a deadly hop bomb and be sorely disappointed, but it is a fine beer. I find it amusing that somehow the label on this one was put on upside-down, I've never gotten an upside-down label before . . .

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Photo of al3
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy orange amber, lotsa lacing, thin frothy top sticks around for the duration. Probably one of the coolest labels I've seen.

S - a bit subdued, some citrus, creamy, bready aromas.

T&M - also a bit understated (considering the name) some grapefruit, a bit piney and some smooth bready flavors. Bitter and tangy on the finish. Feel is about what I'd expect, medium, not too thin, fits the flavor

D - Drinkable, but I've had better IPA's

This was a decent beer, expected a little more "punch in the face" from name and label. I would try it again on draft if I had the chance.

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Photo of sholland119
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear orange amber with a generous amount of off white head and some sticky lacing.

S-Not bad. A little underdone on the hop side with just a light orange rind note. Some mildly bready and slightly sour malt.

T-A bit lacking in character. Some orangey hop flavors and just a bit of malt backing. Not much there though.

M-Medium bodied with good fine carbonation.

D-Drinkable enough but I would not seek this one out again.


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Photo of ffejherb
3.17/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle into new Sam Adams glass on 7/15/08. Thanks to Deuane for the trade.

A - Hazy orange/caramel-colored body with lots of gritty bits floating around. Almost two fingers of bubbly, off-white head retained quite well and left a bit of lacing. Carbonation is quite spry and quick to race to the top of the glass.

S - Quite a malty nose for a brew boasting a moniker like Hop-acalypse, with notes of sweet caramel and toffee. However, there is quite a mélange of hops present in the aroma, including hints of citrus, herbs and also a medicinal aspect.

T - Malt-forward IPA with medicinal and herbal hops and just a touch of mild bitter citrus. Overall, there's quite an earthy quality to this brew, which typically is not one of my favorite characteristics of IPAs.

M - Medium body with a fairly syrupy texture that's a tad watery overall. Carbonation is quite lively and spreads like a wildfire across the palate rather quickly. Finish is short and only mildly bitter.

D - I think this one's past its prime. Hops profile is a little uneven and lacks consistency, in that I mean it is hard to discern exactly what's in there.

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