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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Reviews: 117 | Ratings: 122
Photo of jordoo
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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 +8.5%
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 -1.4%
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 -10.7%
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 -13.5%
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 -9.9%
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 -9.9%
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 +9.3%
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 -2.3%
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 +11.8%
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 +21.4%
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 -3.4%
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 -18%
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 +1.1%
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 +3.4%
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 -8.5%
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%
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 -13.2%
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 -14.4%
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 -14.6%
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 ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to give it up to the label on this beer, it just looks cool. I guess that is strange since it is a depiction of a mushroom cloud wreaking nuclear holocaust. Hmmm, I did love the end of terminator 3 when the missiles launched. Anyway, lets discuss the actual IPA. Nice orange color in my Killian's (GASP!) nonic glass. very rocky, craggy white head. Very hoppy nose but I can't tell what type of hops (I suck at that). Very good balanced flavor with hoppy bitterness but yet subdued. Good, bready flavor with a nice amount of hops but this is no hop bomb. Hop heads you will like this but it ain't gonna blow your mind. The IPA's from the east are definitely more balanced and sometimes that is a nice alternative to the West Coast pine juice I normally like.

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Photo of Lambstrong
4.09/5  rDev +15.2%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"I love the smell of hop cones in the morning."

--Robert Duvel in 'Hop-Ocalypse Now'

Yes, yes, I know that it's 'napalm', 'Duvall' and 'Apocalypse', but what's wrong with a little poetic license? Given the name and the label (both great), this Clay Pipe offering has some work to do to live up to its advance billing.

Molten lava orange beneath a whipped orange mousse head. The foam is a little on the soft and featureless side, but does gain a little character as it melts. A moderate stickiness leads to a passable amount of sudsy lace. Actually, in the end, a generous amount ends up on the glass.

The hop bill reportedly contains American, English and German varieties. Only the grapefruit citrusiness of the first (Cascade?) reaches my nose. Other than a hint of caramel malt, that's about it. Not bad, but it's certainly no nuclear explosion of hoppy goodness.

Hop-Ocalypse, while not as delicious as its name would suggest, is a pretty decent IPA. The malt support is just firm enough and features a good bit of caramel flavor that isn't aggressive enough to completely smother the hops. I'm still unable to taste anything other than the bittter grapefruit and lemon zestiness of one or more of the C-hops (a guess). Why should German hops be present in an American IPA anyway? If it was to provide complexity, it didn't work.

At the risk of beating a dead horse, if a brewery is going to give a beer a name like this, they should at least make sure that it's scathingly hoppy. Alpha acids are more noticeable on the finish and as the beer warms, but no hophead worth his salt needs to invest in a bomb shelter. If this bottle had been fresh off the line.... who knows?

The mouthfeel is 'IPA standard'; perhaps a fraction lighter. The bottom line is that it fits with the rest of the beer's attributes and will be scored accordingly. A few fewer bubbles would have been nice.

I repeat, what a great name and what a great label. It's too bad that more couldn't have been done with that concept. Hey Clay Pipe... if you're listening... a hop-saturated DIPA using Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo is the way to go. I might buy a sixer on occasion, but better IPAs shouldn't be too hard to find.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.57/5  rDev -27.6%
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 franksnbeans
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper with a finger of head that dies pretty quick. Smells of nice big hops, a little citrus and pine. The taste is dissapointing. It looked great and smelled great but leaves much to be desired once tasted. Hoppy and a bitter bite of rind but nothing else. Feels very thin, almost watery in the mouth. Drinkability is high if you can take the taste. A cool looking local that I wanted to try but there are many better IPA's available.

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Hop-Ocalypse from Clay Pipe Brewing Company
3.55 out of 5 based on 122 ratings.
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