Hopyard Dog | Pale Horse Brewing Company

Hopyard DogHopyard Dog
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Hopyard DogHopyard Dog

Brewed by:
Pale Horse Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by olmatty on 10-18-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 27
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy; however there isn’t the same kind of balance you get from the better beer in the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are several other IPA’s that I would select before this one.

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2.75/5  rDev -23%

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of RonfromJersey
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$6.99 bomber from Rutherford Wine.

Dull copper body, excellent clarity. Three fingers of highly whipped snow white foam. Drippy random lace.

Light citric orange nose. Needs a deep sniff.

Dulled semi-sweet caramel begins the taste. Slight fruit. Bitter bite at swallow and a tingle follows. No highlights, all sorta dull.

Medium mouthfeel is satisfactory.

Nothing really wrong, but nothing really interesting. Best thing is the picture of the dog on the label. Pass.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of beerthulhu
2.58/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Hopyard pours a dirty orange with a translucent nature. Within lies a light and lazy display of carbonation, on top a creamy light tan head that was foamy, stayed a bit, and left only a modest calling card on the vessel for lace.

S: Faint hoppiness, sweet caramel, orange blossom, and dried vegetation. Not even pale ale strength here much less ipa with an aroma of dried weeds.

T: Lemony-pine hops mix with a sweet caramel grain touch upfront. Buttered crossiant with some floral notes appear in the middle. Hopped well for an ipa, just it seems like a mesh-mash flavor wise, not clearly defined, homogenous and just not very tasty. Grapefruit caramel jucie sweetness ends with a dry and bitter flowery vegetative finish.

M: Medium body, creamy textured, softly carbonated.

O: Not very tasty over-all. Lacks crispness and the hop palate is a wreck, everything clashing into a muddled mess. Hopyard dog is a junkyard dog with a dirty flavor, mutt hop complexity and lacks a clear defined flavor that will make me never consider buying this again. Avoid.

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a one finger head. Some mild lacing develops during the session.

Smell: some floral and earthy hop bitterness rises from the glass.

Taste: caramel, orange, some pear, a bit of earthy tones, and a decent bitterness create a well balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: an easy to drink IPA that is tasty and is refreshing. Worthy of a try.

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4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden with orange hues
S:subdued but appealing grapefruit, tangerine. maltiness also evident.
T: big rich, fresh, complete and balanced right through to the end. Bitterness nicely supports not dominates. Hops and malt integrate nicely. Alcohol is 7.2% which is usually too high for my taste but I'm surprised how well it fits with this beer.
M: fresh, full
O: a very nice IPA that I would certainly buy again. I'll look to try it on tap to compare.

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of AlexanderSelby
2.64/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Fine, hazy light tangerine look with a solid head. Smells very nice with an abundance of bright herbs and fruit. Taste is intense. An absolute hop bomb with an almost intolerable bitterness on the finish, but the opening grassy/orange hop and malt combo is on point.

For my taste, simply to much power with bittering hops. I was struggling to get through the bomber, and simply did not find the experience reasonable. In the grand scheme of hop bombs, though, the flavor of this one is pleasant and grassy-orangy, but this simply is not my kind of IPA.

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of beer2day
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold with 2 finger fine bubbled light cream head. Plenty of retention and thick, chewy lace.

Pine and herbal hops along with biscuit malt sum up the nose. Pleasant, but somehow incomplete. Wanted to go higher than a 4 here, but just could not.

Maybe the taste tells me why. Lots of herbal, sweet, grassy hop flavor, but at the cost of a tinny aftertaste. Would like to know if the bottle was old, but no date present. Lots of biscuit malt here too, a little much for my taste.

Feel is about right for the style. No resin or oil, just appropriately thick for the malt and herbal hop character.

Lots of room for improvement here. Has the ability to be a pretty good beer, just raw and unfinished.

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3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale copper amber with 1/4" of soapy, bubbly head. Earthy, piny, grassy hop aromas in the nose. Nice, bready malt character with pine and citrus fruit notes from the hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and refreshing with moderate carbonation.

This is a nice IPA with a decent hop character and a solid malt character. At times it's a little unbalanced, but overall it's tasty.

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3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden Orange Pour with lacy head. Looked nice

Smell earthy

It was plenty hoppy. A little too much carbonation. Almost Champagne-like

Had a earthy, herbal tea after taste. Pleasant to some, others maybe not so much. For me, it was fine.

I enjoyed it before dinner and the last part of the bomber with my burger. It is delicious paired with food.

Not quite my favorite IPA, but it served well.

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Photo of loren01
3.01/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a bubbly orange color, good sized head with great lacing
S: Smell is of biscuty malts and grassy/herbal hops
T: Not much malt maybe a little biscut flavor with herbal tea like aftertaste...very bitter
M: Maybe a little much with the carbonation
O: Not my favorite, could be a lot better with some tweaking to the recipe.

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3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Rogers, AR on a flyer, let's see whether we have gold or crap...

Pours amber with 2 fingers of rocky sand colored head. Great head retention & good lacing

S: Grassyness & leafy hops, some apricot notes

T: Woody hops, some bready notes, leafy tobacco notes up front. Slight toffee notes get pushed aside by more leafy hops, plus some herbal hops as well once warm. Some pear & Winesap apple notes as well, hop bitterness is moreish with slight grapefruit presence as well. finishes with woody herbal hop bitterness & a touch of canned peaches

MF: Chewy, slight carbonation, nice creamyness, good balance

A decent stab at the style that skews English IMO. I prefer more pine & citrus, but this at least mentally green lights me to give any other Pale Horse beers a shot...

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3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Body is hazy tan with a foamy head that leaves some lacing.

Nose of biscuity malt and grapefruit hops.

Tastes pretty much the same as the nose. Has a pretty bitter finish.

Carbonation is fizzy, and the mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing.

Not a bad IPA, just a pretty average West Coast style IPA.

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Hopyard Dog from Pale Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 42.5% out of 100 with 40 ratings
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