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 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 Redrover
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a bottle of this one while visiting Williamsburg. When poured into a pint glass, the beer is a hazy bronze with a very small tan head. Good lacing.

Nice citrus and grain aroma, but it could be amped-up a bit.

The taste is slightly bitter with citrus and pine notes. There is lots of caramel taste for balance. Not ahop bomb, but it is tasty.

The mouth is slightly oily with a soft feel. I think this is an easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Copper colored with an overly large pillowy light beige head, decent carbonation, and solid lace sheets.. Balanced earthy and citrusy hop aromas that lean bitter. Similar hop flavors and decently balanced but more bitter than hoppy. Medium bodied and smooth with a dry bitter finish.

Boring bitter-driven American IPA ...

Per CPBC website:
13.5 OG (1.055 s.g.)
50 IBU
Ingred: 2-Row Malted Barley, 20ºL Munich Malt, 60ºL Caramel Malt. Amer, Engl & German Hops.

'7006' lasered on bottom
Tasted: 06/28/07

($1.99 / 12 oz.)

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

12oz bottle poored into a pint glass.

This one came out with a smallish white head that left some lacing and a clear light rust colored orange body. Smell is of carmal malts and some citrus hop grapefruit/orange. Taste pretty much as it is in the nose a carmal malt backdrop with citrus hop flavor, mainly grapefruit. Slightly lighter than I'm used to for an IPA, but overall pretty easy to get down. Nothing wrong with this beer but when its called "Hop-ocalypse" and it has a huge explosion in the label, well it pretty mutch sets itself up for a fall. Again this is a decent brew but its not even close to being a super hopped up IPA as it advertises and it could actually use a little more malt IMO.

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Photo of ralree
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice deep red, with a tan head. Head is weak and doesn't lace well.

S: Spices, caramel malt, apricots, dark fruit, a touch of grapefruit, pretty alcoholic.

T: Caramel malt, not too roasted, but a little toasty. Undertones of barley. Flowering hops dominate the flavor. Fruit is mainly a faint apricot and dark fruit with a little bit of bitter grapefruit backing. This is a nice blend of flavor that is pretty bitter, but not too sweet.

M: A little over-carbonated. Medium-light body, kind to the mouth - dry and non-astringent.

D: Drinks pretty well - goes down pretty easy, and is pretty refreshing.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A clean, slightly-reddish amber. Nice sticky lacing left behind.

S: Quite a floral scented aroma... like a flowering fruit in some ways? A twist of lemon rind in there, with a lightly sweet malt backbone.

T: The flavour is almost a little too similar to the aroma, which is not quite right - I'm not wording it very well. Rather floral and planty, a bit of a vegetal flavour. It's good on the nose, but not quite right on the tongue. I wouldn't call it bad, though.

M + D: A gentler, pleasant carbonation with a slightly oily finish which seems to have a bit of a delayed drying touch. Not so shabby, but perhaps a little subdued for what I might expect out of an American IPA. The flavour is not so bad as to make it unpleasant to drink, but might be one that's further down the chain of choice when picking out a beer.

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

Not my favorite for an enjoyable balanced IPA but I thought I'd try it and probably won't, again.

A= cloudy copper, fair yellow-white head which stays for a while, good lacing.

S= modest scent with some whiffs of grass, pine, citrus & hops.

T= very bitter and biting, definitely not pleasant for me unless I were having it with certain meals. Strong pine, dried-grass, some hints of citrus, occasionally biscuit-taste in the finish.

M= bitter, about the same as putting a few drops of Bitters on your tongue.

D= the beer seems to take on better character after it sets in the stein for a few minutes. But my stomach can't handle one of these, let alone more, and this is Day 2 and Bottle 2 of my attempts.

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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 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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Photo of dsa7783
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle purchased from State Line Liquors in Maryland...
Cool front logo sticker with a nuclear bomb...
First-ever beer from this brewery - curious to see what they have in store for this American IPA...
Pours a ruddy, dark-orange hue with hardly any head and no lacing what-so-ever...
Nice aroma bursting with fresh, wet hops, citrus, lemon, and lime...
Very earthy, bitter taste rendolent of bitter grapefruit... certainly a more bitter than sweet IPA... Heavy on the citrus, low on sugars...
Mouthfeel was good, but nothing above and beyond - slightly loose and watered-down to say the least...
Drinkability was good, with a nice, casual, 6% ABV...
Good sample, but not great...

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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 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 csmiley
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours copper in color. At times the color starts to take on an orange tint. A rough pour only gave up a head of half inch. Lacing and retention were both just about average.

S - Mild earthy hop aroma is what comes through first. That is followed by caramel and citrus. Could be orange or lemon. Smell is light for an IPA.

T - The hops are the main flavor in this beer. Tastes like a mix of citrus and pine at first. The pine quickly falls away leaving only citrus (orange or lemon). The background has a pretty solid caramel malt and honey flavor that gives it a decent balance.

M - Medium to light bodied with good carbonation. Finish is a little dry. The hop bitterness in the aftertaste is just a little off for my taste. Maybe even astringent.

D - Drinkability is average given the glaring problem with the bitterness in the aftertaste. If nothing better were available I would consider having another.

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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 sinistrsam
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll prefeace my review by saying I was told all kinds of great things about this beer, so I tried to make this objective.
Got this in bottle at Max's in Fells Point.
It poured a clear and watery-looking orange/brown and left minimal lacing on the glass.
Tons of piney hops adn mild citrus in the nose gave it a great aroma.
I was looking for TONS of hops; with a name like Hop-Ocalypse you think you're entitled to them. Unfortunately, they came up short. There were hops, don't get me wrong, but it was mild really, with some malt character showing through and not much of anything in the finish. Disappointing.
The mouthfeel was bitter and piney but not overly-sweet like some AIPAs.
Overall a pretty drinkable beer, but not the blown-away hop experience I was looking for.

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Photo of atsprings
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark orange with a thin head that diminishes to a ring. Aroma features both floral citrus and earthy pine hops along with some sweet malts. The taste is some sweet malts and citrus hops, but a little on the bland side. The beer is very light bodied, but slightly over-carbonated. This one is just another run-of-the-mill IPA.

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Photo of armock
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazy copper color with an off white head

S - Is mostly of piney hops with a hint of citrus

T - Starts with bitter hops with a citrus flavor

M - Feels a little thin with light carbonation

D - I got this beer as part of a Christmas gift so for free beer this is pretty good however this is not a beer that I would go out to try and find overall kinda just average

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

A: A clear amber with not much head retention. Decent lacing.

S: This must be what they are talking about when the brewers named it. Good smell.

T: Not very bitter, good hop flavor though. A bit of an earthy sweet aftertaste.

M: Well carbonated, a bit sticky.

D: This could be a very sessionable beer for me.

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