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 CWiggins
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend brought back a bottle of this for me to try (thanks, Deb!). It sat in my fridge for only an hour or so before I decided to pop it open. I've never heard of this beer or brewer, so I'm excited to be trying something new.

Poured into a Sam Smith pint glass, the beer exhibits a nice dark, golden-amber hue. But it's clear enough to be considered nearly transparent! The head that formed was off-white and very thick, and it lingered for quite some time; longer than I anticipated, actually. I like the aroma; it's very clean with overtones of citrus and pine.

The flavored impressed me, but I don't think it's particularly special. It's like most American IPAs: low barley/malt, high hop bitterness (especially at the finish), and just the slightest hint of sweetness and citrus.

What I really dig is the mouthfeel. It fills the mouth without being too sticky. Very nice indeed!

Overall, I'd have to say that if this beer was available in my area (which it isn't) and I wanted a decent, easy-drinking IPA, this would be a fine choice. I've had some I didn't like as much and others I like a bit more. It's right in the middle.

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

Great label and name for what it's worth. Average-amber to golden color. Not a whole lot of carbonation. pretty average aroma-somewhat piney and citrus. Good flavor-almost lemony actually. Somewhat malty with a slight lingering bitterness. Not the full frontal assault as some give you. Decent mouthfeel. Definately a drinkable beer. I only have one but would definately buy a 6 pack for the full effect.

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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 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 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 JohnnyM2002
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 45 degrees.

A - Pours a clear golden/amber color with a smaller head than expected...sticky lacing followed down the glass and there was medium carbonation. Color seemed a little light.

S - Hoppy aroma at first, but it seemed to calm down into a more malty-fruity hop as the beer warmed.

T - As with the aroma, the flavors seemed to lighten as the temperature rose. First few sips were of earthy hops with a mild maltiness, but the hops seemed to dissipate as I drank more. By the end, it had swayed more to an orange-malt flavor with a hop backbone, instead of the other way around. Not bad, but was expecting a stronger hop presence.

M - Good medium body with a bitter finish...aftertaste remained bitter throughout, despite the weaker flavors. Carbonation was good.

D - This was recommended by a gentleman I met in Maryland while on my last beer run down there...it's something I'll pick up again, because I believe it has potential. It's not in my upper echelon of IPAs, but the Clay Pipe offering holds its own. I'd say pick one up if you have the means.

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Photo of Higravity
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good slight orange tint light yellow with a dense white head. The smell is of citrus hop with a fruity perfume that seems well balanced with the malt aroma. It becomes a little bit of a snoozer in the taste buds as it doesn't blow ayone away, but it still a solid pale ale. Not as good as there Pursuit of Hapiness, but still a good beer. Easy drinker and could do for a session.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Cloudy amber color with unfiltered particles, foamy white head, good lacing. Smells of citrus and pine. Taste is light on the citrus, more other fruitiness with some malts and a light pine hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with some good carbonation, but no real kick at the end that you'd expect from the 'end of the world of hops'. Good IPA if you're just making the transition from Pale Ales to IPAs, as its not too overpowering in the hop department.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. It pours an unfiltered amber with yeast floaties and very active carbonation topped with an inch of beige head that recedes slowly. The aroma consists of pine, apricot, and grapefruit with notes of mango/passionfruit and pale malts. The flavor is very similar and the beer has a medium body, carbonation, and finish. Average. Not especially memorable.

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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 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 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 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 KFaulkner
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The label and name sold me on this one more than anything...

I asked the guy at the store about this one and he had no clue... guess it's a new one.

Poured a copper, any other IPA color and the smell wasn't nearly as hoppy as expected but not bad.

The taste was also not as hoppy as expectec, but was surprisingly easy to drink and smooth. There was almost no aftertaste which was actually quite welcome.

Overall a decent beer. Remember, sometimes, it's ok to judge a beer by its cover.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tried this beer at a BA Gathering in Portland 23 Sept, 2006. 12 oz. bottle with a foreboding 'mushroom cloud' on the label.

A: Deep coppery-orange with some hints of gold and a minimal white head, which lingers a while then fades away.
S: Nice piney/citrus hop nose with a decent influx of malts and some wheat.
T: Hmmm...lots of fresh hops but rather dry and definitely bitter. Malt sweetness gets lost in a tangy bitterness. Seems imbalanced...I guess I expected more from this one, especially based on the cataclysmic image on the label...
M: Medium mouthfeel & body and reasonably smooth. Again, that lingering bitterness is hard to get over.
D: Pretty average beer. Uncertain whether this is exemplary of an American IPA. I probably would not seek this one out again, but I'd recommend a try if one's available to you...maybe I'm wrong or I had a subpar bottle?

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a slightly chill-hazed orange amber with a small white head that thins. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very grainy with a layer of piney hops. It really smells too malty for an IPA, but the grainy smell is quite fresh and inviting.

Tastes like it smells. Lots of grainy/malty flavors upfront with a slight bitter bite leading into a rather mild piney hop flavor. Finishes on the grainy side with a lingering bitterness. Very fresh tasting, but I gotta knock the score back a bit as it's not really an American IPA..

Medium body, good carbonation.

Let me first say that I really enjoy the grainy taste of this beer. It's just really not an IPA, and I had to lower the taste score as it really doesn't fit the style. Hop heads will be disappointed - the name is misleading. However, re-badge this sucker an an American amber (such as Troeg's Hopback Amber), and it's a great beer for that style.

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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 Imstillthegman
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Awesome looking label on this brew...love the mushroom cloud. I only wish this was a true hop bomb.

Pours an amber color with lighter orange hues on the edges. About an inch
of off-white head leaves average lacing behind. A thin blanket remains to coat the top.

The smell is rather subdued. Faint piney hops and some malt, but it's not easy to get much of anything. What I do get doesn't smell bad, though.

Taste starts off strong but seems to fade as I get further into my glass. Started nice, with a piney hop bitterness up front with some biscuity malts in the middle before a bit of citrus comes out.

Almost medium bodied with decent carbonation. The finish isn't very IPA-ish to me. Hardly any bitter aftertaste and it has only a light dryness to it. The label sucked me into this one, and I am always glad to try a new IPA, but I think I will pass next time.

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Photo of Phatz
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First of all thanks to gfb108 for this very kind gift.

This is a simple very easy drinking IPA. Hop-Ocalypse it is not but it has a firm hop charter that it tasty and a solid though reserved malt backbone to balance and it goes down *very* easy making this a beer like Hops-Infusion that I will buy a case of.

Appearance: Pours a golden copper color with a decent two-finger head and moderate lacing.

Smell: It has a pleasant but also somewhat typical aroma of pine hops and a few drops of grapefruit, and some fruity malt attributes.

Taste: It has a nice citric pine hop kick. The very first sip set me back a bit with a somewhat metallic aftertaste but I adjusted to it quickly or it faded and the beer became more and enjoyable as it warmed and the glass emptied. Overall it is definitely a bitter beer that is drying and the hop flavor is part of the bitterness but not all of it. There is a biscuity malts presence grain and fruitiness enough to tip the scales toward balanced though this is predominately a bitter beer. The aftertaste is terrific (after that first few sips). It leaves you with a lip smacking bitter dry that begs for more, making this easily sessionable. I wish I had some more.

Mouthfeel: It is a bit lighter than I would have hope but it is nicely carbonated and the light mouthfeel work with the reserved flavors it create a simplicity that adds to the drinkability.

Drinkability: This beer is a stage two beer for someone in transition to wanting to be a hop-head. It may not be quite hoppy enough or bold enough to please the hardcore hopheads but it is pretty dry for most macro drinkers. I found it very easy drinking and just what I wanted even though it doesn’t quite live up to the name.

Hope this is helpful.

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

Served in a pint glass, pours a nice bright amber with two full fingers of foamy off-white head, decent retention, and moderate lacing. Aroma is rather muted, earthy and somewhat piney hops. Taste is of floral perfumy hops upfront, slight biscuity malt, slight citric hop finish, very slight hop bitterness. This is a real muted beer, none of the flavors very strong, definitely doesn't deliver the hop flavor that the name would indicate. Body is on the thin side of medium, but it does have a nice dry finish. Overall, I have to say I was disappointed in this beer, I was expecting a great flavorful beer like Pursuit of Happiness, but this didn't deliver.

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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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3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle. Poured a golden orange color, very clear with a large off white head. Aroma was all hops, citrusy with orange seeming to be the predominant component. A bit of pine came through as well. Taste followed the aroma, with a quite bitter, grapefruit-lemony hops taste. Malt/sweetness was almost undetectable, although you did get a bit in the aftertaste. Finish was slightly husky. Mouthfeel was very light, with moderate to high carbonation. Quite drying, in that you kept reaching for the glass. Overall, a pretty good beer. Hoppy enough for most hopheads, very refreshing. Only flaw is it could use a bit more malt for balance. Glad I bought a sixer instead of a single.

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